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Fraternizing with the enemy [Dec. 2nd, 2016|01:28 pm]
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We tire of DSL. Mostly, we tire of random web pages thinking that they can just splatter our browsers with videos that start playing, and phones that randomly download crap when you think they're off, and crap like that. But, since everybody thinks we have cable, it looks like we should get cable. We've been having little spats at home, "who's using the internet?" "Not me, I'm reading my book" [hack hack hack] "it's your phone! It's your computer! Stop it!" "I didn't DO anything!" Etc.

Plus, recently Verizon decided to hike our regular phone rates. So, we got a quote from comcast. For approximately the same price we're paying now for phone and internet (separately) we can get phone and internet from them. And it would be hugely faster. So, we're thinking of doing it.

How sad will we be to have our phone with comcast? They SAY they have some gadget to allow voice calls to get priority. Our neighbors have comcast, and a couple years ago it was impossible to talk with them because of the bad service, but lately it's been fine. So maybe it's true...
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California in January [Dec. 1st, 2016|10:34 pm]
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Strangely, Jocelyn has a week off in January. It's supposed to be "project week" -- what it really is is semester break. But Jocelyn's going on an exchange week to Spain over March break, and apparently that can count as your project. So, instead she has a vacation. Apparently some kids are doing both a real project as well as the exchange student thing (we get to host a Spaniard in April), but we're taking advantage of it to go see my parents.

We'll fly to Reno, and meet up with my mother and stepfather for a couple of days, and one of the days we'll leave them to gamble, and drive to Carson City, where my father's widow now lives. (I suppose technically she's my stepmother.) She's got some boxes of my father's stuff she wants to give me, and I've been trying to figure out a time to come to Carson City for a while, and this seemed like the right opportunity.

After that, we'll drive down to the Bay Area, where one of Jocelyn's good friends from middle school has moved, and then fly home from SFO.

So, what interesting thing could we do on Friday January 27 in between Reno and San Ramon? San Ramon is further east than I used to regularly go, so I don't really know what's there.

I see that 6 Flags is there in Vallejo, and if the friend doesn't want to do that on Saturday, then maybe we'll go there. Jocelyn's not much for roller coasters, but the animal shows might be fun. But if the friend wants to do 6 Flags on Saturday, then I should have a backup plan. Are there fun and/or interesting places to go in Sacto? Jocelyn's not much into skiing either, or we might stop at some ski area. But it seems kind of expensive to go skiing if you're not really into it. It's over $100/day most places!

It's possible that the kids will want to be left alone and I'll have a free day on Saturday Jan 28, starting and ending in San Ramon. Not sure if I'll figure that out early enough to make an interesting plan with anyone.
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Early social media [Nov. 30th, 2016|06:03 pm]
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I was just interviewed by Claire Evans, who is writing a book on "a secret female history of the internet". Her web site is a little odd. Of course she wanted to know all about LambdaMOO. I never experienced all the bad stuff that happened to other women on LambdaMOO, but I expect (and I said in the interview) that was because I was kind of mom to the MOO, and "nobody hits on Mom".
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I try not to be a sheep [Nov. 29th, 2016|10:43 pm]
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But here it is "giving tuesday" and I've donated to Wikipedia and Board Game Geek cuz I was inspired by this stupid meme. Oh well. You too can be inspired, but it'll have to be on "procrastinating Wednesday" instead :-)
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Winter cometh [Nov. 27th, 2016|06:01 pm]
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Sailboat is in the driveway. Dock is disassembled and mostly in its winter resting place. Windsurfers are put away in the garage. The remainder of the dock and the other human-powered boats are strewn haphazardly on the shore where probably tomorrow morning we'll do something about it, but really they can all sit there as long as we take action before the town lets the lake fill much more. Not sure when Ken will get around to covering the sailboat and sticking it in its winter resting place. I raked the winter resting place last week so it can go there without any additional work. Wetsuits are strewn haphazardly on the front steps. Probably we'll do something about that this evening, now that they're pretty much drained.
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biking, served cold [Nov. 21st, 2016|09:47 pm]
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Had the usual opportunity to ride to Waltham this morning. 30 degrees and blowing a howling gale. Fortunately, when you are riding up a hill, it is hard for the wind to be in your face, because it's gone over the top of the hill and got distracted up there in the sky. And several streets I ride on happen to have a bit of a hill to the west. So I got a faceful only occasionally, and occasionally the eddies decided to come behind me and give me a lift.

Odometer did its usual crap out for about 3/4 of a mile before I noticed and wiggled its wire. Not sure if the missing bit was more up or more down.

22.48 recorded in 2:10 for an average of 10.3, which surprised me, given the cold and the wind. I was expecting less than 10.
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Aerial silk tent [Nov. 20th, 2016|09:11 am]
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It's nearly complete. Ken wants to do something different about the entrance, and he also thinks it needs some reinforcement at the top with more ropes, so he took it down yesterday to work on it again.

It's quite the greenhouse when the sun is shining on it!

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I have PTSD [Nov. 15th, 2016|10:19 pm]
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Post Trump Stress Disorder

I have to stop reading twitter. It's really stressing me out.
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latest silk videos [Nov. 12th, 2016|02:02 pm]
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I have neglected to post Jocelyn's latest videos. She made separate audition videos for smirkus camp and big top tour this year (though with some overlapping material).
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The apocalypse, before and after [Nov. 10th, 2016|09:51 am]
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Before the apocalypse, on Monday, I went on a bike ride to Waltham to pick up a car on my way to work: 23.23 in 2:19 for an average of 10.0. It was cold. The thick air and the stiff muscles make me go slower.

After the apocalypse, on Wednesday, we had a meeting with Perry's school. He doesn't qualify for an IEP, but we can maybe get him on a thing called a 504 plan, in which he'll get some accommodations such as getting to write things on a computer rather than by hand, even in standardized testing. This is really all we need. Plus they're inviting him into a social skills workshop thing once a week, which is probably good, unless he decides it's stupid and he doesn't need it. He could do this even without a 504, I think. Personally, I think they shouldn't have waited until the meeting to invite him in. The whole process has been very slow. If my kid actually had a problem, I'd be really upset with the school system. As it is, he's doing remarkably well, considering he hasn't been in regular school for 6 years.

I want to rename the upcoming holiday "Friends and Family Day". I'm not really feeling very thankful.
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