Sunday October 31, 2004

Ghosts of Halloweens Past

Happy Halloween

Heart's Gladness is... Halloween Memories

Anibat1-5 My sister and I never wore "store-bought" costumes for Halloween (those stiff nylon things with plastic masks). Our mother was a consummate seamstress and a very creative person (she's still creative although I don't think she sews much anymore). Our costumes were always home-made and definitely creative.

One year I was an... I'm not sure what she was exactly... but I was a little round lady in a red and white polka dotted dress, with a mob cap and a frilly parasol. Whatever she was, I loved her dearly and played dressup in the costume for years after.

Frank1-6 One year I was Frankenstein's monster; the monster was about 7 feet tall. His monster's head was made from a KFC bucket, covered in white paper and colored green, with eyes and hair made from construction paper (and ears that stuck out!). I held a crosspiece of 2x2 wood which wore the monster's shirt (a stuffed sweatshirt of my Dad's, with stuffed arms). I also wore a pair of my Dad's pants (belted just under my arms) and pair of his shoes. The trick-or-treat bag was attached to the monster's hands (in stuffed gloves). I could barely see, looking down at my feet beyond the hem of the shirt and my sister, dressed as Igor, guided me around. It was a great costume. ...
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Ghosts of Halloweens Past ( in category Retrospectoscope , Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 31 Oct, 21:36 Pacific

Friday October 29, 2004

Treasures 2004_43

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words,

I hope you'll consider starting your own list of Treasures. These are my Treasures for the past week. ...
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Treasures 2004_43 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Fri, 29 Oct, 12:37 Pacific

Tuesday October 26, 2004

Around the Bay Area in 90 days

We've had our Scion XB for 90 days and just over 3000 miles now and I still love it! It's a cute little car and soooo comfortable.

It's averaging about 27 mpg - not quite the advertised 32, but not too shabby. It's fun to drive and easy to park. The other night we drove it into the City and parked in a space between two driveways. We weren't sure we would fit but we did (with 6 inches to spare)!

I've had a few more people ask about it. I tell them to try one. Sit in it. Take a test drive. You may be convinced the same way we were.

Around the Bay Area in 90 days ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Tue, 26 Oct, 20:42 Pacific

Monday October 25, 2004

Weekly Wrap-up (Mon. Oct 18 - Sun Oct 24)

The early part of the week was still rainy. I think we may have gotten safely out of fire season for this year.


This was my first week to work at home in the afternoons. My HR representative came through and approval was granted. I can work at home every afternoon. Yeay!


Tuesday we had a Junior Achievement presentation at noon. I've decided to play. I'll do 2nd grade.

Dinner at an Italian restaurant we discovered in the City a few months back. We shared two delightful salads (I learned that I like figs!) and a wonderful veal chop. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up (Mon. Oct 18 - Sun Oct 24) ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 25 Oct, 01:35 Pacific

Saturday October 23, 2004

Treasures 2004_40

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words,

I hope you'll consider starting your own list of Treasures. These are my Treasures for the past week. ...
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Treasures 2004_40 - posted at Sat, 23 Oct, 00:05 Pacific

Wednesday October 20, 2004

TV-B-Gone

Several of the restaurants we patronize regularly have televisions going - our favorite diner, the burrito place, one of the Chinese places, the Japanese restaurant (that one's at the far end of the sushi bar and more difficult to see). I often find myself watching (especially the one at the diner). I don't want to... not really. But I get sucked in by the colors and motion.

You're staring at a piece of furniture!

People on TV are not your friends. They're not in the room with you. You are alone in the dark, staring at a plastic box. Think about it. This is like a science fiction horror story; but it's really happening. People have stopped living as humans and connected themselves to machines instead.

Does this happen to you? Do you wish you could just turn it off?

Now you can :-) ...
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TV-B-Gone ( in category In The News , SciTech ) - posted at Wed, 20 Oct, 17:44 Pacific

Monday October 18, 2004

Weekly Wrap-up (Mon. Oct 11 - Sun Oct 17)

It was a warm week. Warm is nice but occasionally the weather bordered on hot, with ind, and I don't like that, especially in October. October is fire month in California.


On Monday, Rich joined me for lunch. We had a picnic in the little park about a block from the Job. Rich brought a sub sandwich and a couple of thermoses of cream of celery soup. It was a nice picnic (however, I had to beg some paper towels from a couple of mothers who were far better prepared for their picnic than I was for ours!).

Monday night, after dinner, we stopped by Baskin Robbins. Ooooooo. They had pumpkin pie ice cream! I bought a quart to take home. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up (Mon. Oct 11 - Sun Oct 17) ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 18 Oct, 13:02 Pacific

Saturday October 16, 2004

Treasures 2004_42

"Life ... is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?"
-- Margot Fonteyn

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words,

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Treasures 2004_42 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sat, 16 Oct, 09:16 Pacific

Thursday October 14, 2004

Konfabulous

I have discovered a delightful new desktop toy for my Mac. It's called Konfabulator. Konfabulator is "whatever you want it to be".

Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your AirPort signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather.
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Konfabulous ( in category Special Interests ) - posted at Thu, 14 Oct, 22:01 Pacific

Tuesday October 12, 2004

Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Oct 4 - Sun Oct 10)

After a lot of effort (and completely replacing Palm Desktop with Apple's iSync and The Missing Sync (Mark/Space), I finally got my new Kyocera handheld to sync! The "missing" piece appears to have been that I needed a newer and better USB hub.


We had a fire drill at The Company on Tuesday. That horn is brutal! It's also 3 feet (horizontally) and 3 ft (vertically) from my head. Ouch!

In other Job-related news, I met with our HR manager. She's confident that she can resolve my telecommuting difficulties. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Oct 4 - Sun Oct 10) ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Tue, 12 Oct, 01:18 Pacific

Sunday October 10, 2004

It's Art! Who cares if it's misspelled?

Well, some of us do...

Misspelled1

A colorful mosaic gracing the entrance of Livermore's new library is of a genre known as naïve art because of its whimsical design and childlike nature.

Maybe that explains why 11 of the 175 names and words on the piece are misspelled -- from "Eistein" and "Shakespere" to "Van Gough" and "Michaelangelo.
[ San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, October 8, 2004 ]

Ouch. ...
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It's Art! Who cares if it's misspelled? ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sun, 10 Oct, 14:57 Pacific

Saturday October 9, 2004

Treasures 2004_41

"Life ... is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?"
-- Margot Fonteyn

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words, ...
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Treasures 2004_41 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sat, 09 Oct, 15:44 Pacific

Tuesday October 5, 2004

Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Sept 27 - Sun Oct 3)

Autumn days. Autumn nights. Fog on the car windows in the mornings. Blue skies in the afternoons.


Another quiet week. Not much going on. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up (Mon Sept 27 - Sun Oct 3) ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Tue, 05 Oct, 23:49 Pacific

Saturday October 2, 2004

Treasures 2004_40

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words,

I hope you'll consider starting your own list of Treasures. These are my Treasures for the past week. ...
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Treasures 2004_40 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sat, 02 Oct, 12:57 Pacific