Wednesday October 1, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_40

It's been a month! What have I been doing?!

The weather has gone from hot to warm to cool mornings with pleasant afternoons. It's officially Fall. I need my "sunrise" alarm clock in the mornings now, otherwise I wake up in the dark. I hate waking up in the dark (unless I can go back to sleep :-).

Rich took a leaf off the "Martian Bush" in our front yard and we stopped in at the Sloat Garden Center one Saturday morning to see if they knew what it is. The "Martian Bush" is a fatsia japonica or japanese aralia

We had a very small earthquake. I thought I felt something but wasn't sure. I found out for sure from Twitter. It was fun following the reports as they came in.

I've been doing a lot of TWiki. First, test cases for the plugins installed at The Company. Then, a set of three training presentations: Essentials, Intermediate, and Advanced. I've given the first two a few times each. I'm still writing the third one.

We had dinner with some of my co-workers at an Ethiopian restaurant on Haight St. in San Francisco. The meat sambusa (spiced ground beef in crusty dough) was good. The veg. sambusa was edible. The rest was as expected. I really do not like Ethiopian food. But I enjoyed the company and conversation.

I had a "Cock and Bull" Ginger Beer. Quite good -- the "color" of original Fresca and VERY gingery! (We checked later and BevMo carries it! Yeay.)

We got there half an hour early, found a perfect parking space 20 yards off Haight, then walked up the street and back. Haight St is... trying very hard to be a hippie mecca. All tie-dye, bongs, vintage clothing, and tattoo parlors. Kinda weird. We don't go into that neighborhood often.

As we walked back to the car after dinner, we passed two men who were having a physical/verbal altercation. That's not something we see in other parts of The City. The Haight is so not my favorite neighborhood. :-(

I ordered a HP 2133 Mini-Note PC. It comes pre-loaded with Suse Linux. It's not a Mac but it's not Windows either and it's a real computer. It has a high-resolution screen, a nice UI, enough RAM (upgradable), plenty of disk, and weighs less than 3 pounds.

I've been installing missing pieces (gcc, Apache) and then I will load in TWiki. It should be a nice (and much lighter!) machine to take with me on the train.

We got our flu shots. Given that I take the train three days a week, packed in with so many people, I want all the protection I can get.

We had another dinner at the new Halal restaurant. They were doing fixed price dinners during Ramadan (opening after 7pm).

Dinner was yummy: lamb & rice soup with tomato in it (even Rich liked it); red cabbage with oil & vinegar and mint; little meat pastries; boneless chicken breast stuffed with sausage(?) served with saffron rice; baklava; tea w/cardamom.

This month I read Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend, by Victoria Laurie (I like this series a lot); Agnes and the Hitman, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (delightful!); The Penguin Who Knew Too Much, by Donna Andrews (also hyenas, wolves, alpaca,... and murder) ; Her Royal Spyness, by Rhys Bowan (set in 1930s London); Murder With Reservations, by Elaine Viets (this series just keeps improving); The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett (hooray for the classics).

We watched The Librarian: Quest for the Spear and the sequel, Return to King Soloman's Mines, both great fun.

In between and around the rest, I've had nearly enough naps and oodles of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. I've chatted with my sister and found topics to twitter.

Onward and Upward.

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