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success with vampires [Mar. 24th, 2019|03:16 pm]
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It's been almost 5 years since my cancer surgery. I saw a blood drive sign today, and decided to give it a go. I read on the red cross site a while ago that they will take you after only one year, but I didn't trust it, plus I was having a hard time getting a handle on my dietary issues, I thought maybe I needed all my blood. But, I felt pretty good today, so off I went. On my bicycle no less, it being 1.5 miles from my house.

All went well, and so here I am back home having another snack and drink. Maybe I'll go back to giving regularly. It even says there's no age upper limit!

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how to lie with statistics [Mar. 22nd, 2019|10:08 pm]
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We went to the parent portion of driver's ed last night. My parents didn't have to do this... At least, if Perry starts down this path (he doesn't have a thousand places to go like Jocelyn does, so there's not a burning need), we won't have to go a second time.

Mostly, they showed us videos of crying parents of dead teenage drivers, and teenagers doing stupid things in cars, and exhorting us to install spyware on our kids' phones so we could tell if they were speeding. There was a little practical advice about how to actually get the road test scheduled, and a cool plug for an extreme driving school which sounds interesting and fun for grownups too, as well as helpful. I know I paid a whole lot more attention to the road right after I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced Rider Course -- and I keep thinking I should retake it since it's now been almost two decades since I took it.

Anyway, one of the things they said was that the draconian junior operator laws had decreased teen accidents by 50%. Well, we had earlier learned that teen driving is down about 50% from when we were kids. So, does that mean that the per capita crash rate is the same? One can never know...

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A dish best served cold... [Mar. 19th, 2019|10:44 pm]
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Ken woke up on the last day with a little line of bug bites on his leg. We were concerned... We reported it to the front desk; they were slightly alarmed, but I bet their management is going to be panicked.

When we got home, we set about remediation. Our chest freezer is currently full of plastic bags with our clothes. At the maximum setting, it will get down to about -25. Someone did a study, if we keep our stuff at that temperature for 24 hours bedbugs will all be dead. (Hardy little critters!) Of course it actually takes quite a while for the clothes to get all the way that cold, so it'll be another day before we make the freezer accessible again. And the ice cream will be really hard.

Probably there aren't actually any bugs, but better safe than sorry. This seemed easier and better for the clothes than drying them for 2 hours to kill them with heat.

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google biking [Mar. 19th, 2019|10:38 pm]
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Google has a set of bikes, intended for their employees to get around their rather large campus. A lot of these have escaped into the wild, and Mountain View residents feel they are for general bike-sharing. (Google disapproves.) Anyway, there was one of these bikes at our motel, and I eyed it carefully, decided it hadn't moved in 2 days, and I would have my exercise the last day not be on the elliptical, but biking on the nearby Stevens Creek trail.

OK, so it's an upright, and it only has one speed, and coaster brakes, and generally is not what I would call a nice bike for riding long distances. Well built though! That thing would take a lot to break. (Not that I tried.) I was out only for about 20 minutes, since we had a plane to catch.

Anyway, I was amused to see that the bike trails have a speed limit! I couldn't have gone that fast if I tried on this bike, but on a good bike, I might have broken the speed limit, and a lot of people I know routinely ride faster than that, and not on a sprint.



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Dancing at google [Mar. 17th, 2019|12:03 pm]
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It's fun dancing at the google campus. They have interesting "art". Here's me and Cally with a google street view car and "you are here" symbol.



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California scenes [Mar. 14th, 2019|11:02 pm]
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Apparently there was an accordion festival in Cotati for some years, started by this gentleman.


I enjoyed this advertisement. For comparison, below is the google map of the downtown area.




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10 hours and counting [Mar. 11th, 2019|10:09 pm]
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yduJ is leavin' on a jet plane...

Heading for sunny California tomorrow for a visit with the 'rents (who report to me that their computer is broken so the first thing will be tech support) and then a square dance, which will in the past has also included a board games party at [personal profile] cjsmith's house, and I kinna hope it does again!

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Oh no, the kid is DRIVING [Mar. 8th, 2019|08:33 pm]
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Jocelyn drove the car for the first time yesterday. Well, on the road. We had her in the parking lot a couple of months ago. Yesterday she had her first official driving lesson behind the wheel, where apparently they didn't mind that she'd only had one parking lot session with her parents. So when I picked her up at circus practice (the local place in Norwood, so, 20 minutes away, not on the freeway), I offered her an opportunity to drive home. Surprisingly, I was not a nervous wreck. I did occasionally mention that she was drifting left in her lane, and point out hazards, but even Jocelyn says that I did it calmly.

Next week she has another driving lesson. Unfortunately they're hard to schedule, given her school location and circus practice, so it might be a while before we get the full 12 of them done, which has to be done before the road test can even start. Plus 40 hours with parental supervision. I logged 25 minutes for yesterday's drive because there was a little parking lot stuff at the beginning and she drove pretty slowly.

In other news, we decided we're not going to buy the Tesla model 3 after all, so we asked for our money back. I'm thinking we'll be getting a Chevy Bolt, but it could be a next gen Leaf or something else entirely.

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bathroom [Mar. 4th, 2019|02:01 pm]
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So, I finally got the floor done and the vanity installed! I had the floor tiles tested and they did not have asbestos after all, so I went with the cheaper option (still cost about $3500)

Yet to do in the never-ending bathroom renovation: New light fixture (the old one has rust) and move the mirror, which as you can see is no longer centered over the sink. Unfortunately there's a big hole behind the mirror where an attempt at a medicine cabinet was made before they ran into a stud and covered it over with a flat mirror. So I'll have to get wall board repair as well.



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I just love nerds [Feb. 22nd, 2019|04:08 pm]
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On a food-related list discussing how to cook spaghetti squash, one person mentioned cutting it crosswise before cooking it in various ways. Another person asked for clarification:

"Does the plane of this cut contain the squash's axis of radial symmetry, or lie orthogonal to it?"

I just had to laugh. You're not going to see that question from Martha Stewart!

(I'm guessing contains the axis of radial symmetry, but I'm awaiting the answer from the original poster.)

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