Weekend Wandering Plus

September 20, 2017

Saturday was a busy day (and only 3 days ago, even though it seems much longer). First off was family work – bills, etc. Then we set off on foot for the Seattle Asian Art Museum. There was not a specific installation to see, but the lack of anything on the walls. They are getting ready for a major remodel, and all of the art has been removed. 

They had a taiko drumming group and lion dancers programmed, along with art activities. I was really hoping to hear the drums inside an empty building,  but all of the performances were outside. 

Even the camel had a good time. 

From the museum we headed down to a bus route and travelled to Wallingford for a wurst. 

After eating our fill and enjoying some music it was back on the bus for home.

Not content to call it a day, we both headed into my office for a few hours of work. And finally, there must be baseball, so we went to watch Carl’s baseball team from last year play a game. [I was able to fit a few hours at work in because the baseball game was held at one of the 3 high schools by the office. ]

Sunday was busy, but all at work. By myself. It was necessary because I had a presentation for our Monday board meeting that was not complete. I streamed some music and buckled down for a day similar to a regular work day, but without interruptions. Until I got home where work continued in a different vein. 

Wayne Drop had accompanied me home. He’s big and blue and friendly, but lacks appropriate outer wear for traveling to and from his engagements.

 I had a king-size sheet to work with, but no clear path beyond. So the evening was spent trying, tucking, pinning  (actually binder clipping) until I had a plan. 

Monday was back to the grind, including said Board meeting, that lasted until past 6:30. From there to a fabric store for Velcro and cord. And home to sew.

Pulled out the trusty 60+year old Singer Featherweight and set to creating what was essentially a cylinder with an open top. [Carl assisted with the bottom circle by holding the middle point while I drew the circle  (pin, 18 inches of string and a white fabric pencil)]

This work went on until about 1:30 am, but it’s done. [Deadline was Friday am, but the Mariners are back in town, and out of the playoffs barring a miracle finish.]


Public Viewing 

September 13, 2017

Our neighborhood is now in constant flux. Since we the people voted to extend light rail from the University of Washington to Northgate our neighborhood has been deeply involved. First it was several years of working out the exact route. I spent many hours working on that effort, and in the end the route that would have taken 25 homes out of our neighborhood was rejected in favor of one that took out the grocery store. 

Now it is enduring continuous construction. First up is the light rail itself. Most of this is underground  (tunnels), but there are the stations and the cross-passages, and one small sinkhole. Second, and much more prevalent, are the new muli-family and mixed use buildings. 5 to 8 stories replacing 1 and 2 story buildings. (We lived in one of these for 6 months) We call certain areas the canyonlands. Any commercial structure less than 3 stories days are numbered. And many are built with little or no parking, even though the light rail is still 4 years away.

However, there appears to be one bonus. We found a walk-up x-ray machine on the sidewalk. I didn’t even realize it was a doctor’s office. 

As the Seasons Turn

September 11, 2017

School has started once again.  Our kids have long since graduated,  but the impacts are still felt. For me, it is traffic related. Not as many on vacation means more going to work. And they changed the starting times for schools near our office so figuring out the impact on the last mile continues. [There are 3 high schools, 2 middle schools, and an elementary school within a mile and on the same road as our office.]

Carl’s impact is more direct. One of his kids start kindergarten today. I think he is picking her up after school, and still has her younger brother.

On the baseball front, it’s up in the air whether the Mariners will make it to a Play-on game, much less the Playoffs. But we keep going.

Yesterday we walked to the stadium and sat in foul territory for a change. Right behind home plate.

It was a nice change. Carl got to chat with one peanut vendor who keeps the memory of a legendary Seattle peanut vendor alive.

And we’re on to work. 


September 2, 2017

True to my plan I got out to do some weeding this morning. I had set a relatively attainable goal, focused solely on the planting beds around the back yard. Some of the weeds in this area are head height, coming through the fence from our backyard neighbors’ wild space. Especially blackberry vines. Before I trimmed one of the vines I happened to look at the back of the leaf. I never realized how spiny they are.

I can’t weed all day, so we went for a walk. To match the time available and change things up we started with two bus rides. We crossed the double-helix bridge to the waterfront and walked about 4 miles to Safeco Field. 

Carl had a ticket to the game, but I didn’t. So on to the link light rail for a transit ride home. 

And since then I have been having some down time. 

Anyone that reads this blog regularly knows that Carl goes to a lot of Mariner games. And he knows a lot of the workers. One of the regular seat hosts  (not ushers) is also a bit of an artist. He made this caricature for Carl.

Long Weekend in View

September 1, 2017

This is a real World Series ring. From the 50s. Held by its owner. 

Washburn of the St Louis Cardinals.  We were sitting next to him at the Everett Aquasox game last Sunday (short season single A).

This weekend the Mariners return to town. It is not clear whether they will make the playoffs, much less the World Series. We don’t have much planned other than baseball. I am sure there will be some associated walks, and maybe bus to new starting locations for a change of pace. 

The weather is supposed to cooperate, and the weeds in the backyard are calling my name, so perhaps some quality time at home. 

A week and a bit

August 27, 2017

In the past week, Carl went to Tennessee, the eclipse happened, and we had fun with Carl’s kids.

After getting discharged from the hospital and sleeping a bit we took Carl to the airport. On the correct day, or rather correct really early morning. Unlike many of our early airport trips I did not continue on to work. I returned home. As best I can recall, this was my Thursday and Friday (a week ago).
Wednesday – 5:45 – Midnight – up and a relatively normal day.
Thursday – midnight to 6 AM – paramedics, ambulance and hospital
7:30 AM to 10 AM – work
noon to 4ish – sleep
4 to 9ish – up and a little work on line
9 to midnight – sleep
Friday – midnight to 2:30 AM – sleep continued
2:30 – 4:30 – airport run
4:30 – 7:30 – sleep
7:30 – up

Which brings us to Friday’s task of getting the car window fixed (see prior post). I had an appointment at 10:30. They called to move it up to 9:30 – YEAH. Drove over. After a short while in their waiting room they returned to tell me that our car was built in Japan.

OK – but this means the window attachment part is different by a few inches, and they need to have it delivered from their warehouse. And it won’t arrive until 1 PM, at which time I have a meeting at work, about 25 miles away. To keep the window work moving forward I walked about 5 blocks (down Aurora) to a bus stop, caught a bus close to home. From there I took the other car to work. Had said meeting, left work, and then repeated the former trip in reverse. I got back to the glass shop 15 minutes before they closed!

I have no recollection of the weekend, other than a dentist appointment, so I will move to Tennessee, where there were more interesting activities.

Carl’s view of the eclipse in Dayton, Tennessee – home of the Scopes trial and totality.
The first is our cell phone’s view. The second is before totality, but you can see a view of the percent coverage in a hole through the leaves on the left side of the picture.

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One park they went to was full of blue herons. I liked this picture because it has herons in four of the most common image stances; standing tall, s-curve neck, hunkered down and flying.


There were trips to restaurants, a Lookouts ball game, and add Sun Trust Stadium in Atlanta to the list of major league ball parks visited.

It was a quick trip and Carl was back in town for a fairly full week of work – including a Saturday segment where I got to join them.

I forget how tiring wandering around with small children can be.

And for the piece de resistance of this blog – an engaging photograph of Rey & Becca.

Rey+Becca Engaged

Some Days

August 17, 2017

And sometimes 2 days.

Excitement comes in all forms.

Budget meetings, broken windows, flights that aren’t on the day you think they are, and sirens in the middle of the night.  I have been involved in all of these, but was only the primary player in one.

The budget meeting was a preliminary before the real one with the big boss. I am over budget on several categories for 2017, but this is not a cause for concern. The concern is that I don’t have a plan for 2018 classes and conferences. 

Then there was the call telling me that after a delightful walk in the woods with Dean, they returned to find a window in the car broken and a backpack stolen. I hope they enjoy the markers and art supplies. Losing the backpack is the bigger drag, although I found a slightly used replacement at the back of the closet. (I am guessing it was Ashlan’s based on the Bank of Montreal deposit slip tucked in a pocket.)

And this means a trip to a window replacement place on Friday morning. Really just an annoyance, but some hours away from more productive fun.

Finally home I attempted to get Carl’s boarding pass printed for his imminent trip to Tennessee. Apparently it’s not as imminent as I thought. Which explains why I could not get it to go to the boarding pass step. What’s a day amoung friends. [I wonder what day Rey thinks he’s arriving.] And at least it’s a day later and not earlier. Our wee hours of the morning wake-up call will have to wait another day. 

That error in dates is even more important now as it appears that we have other engagements at the wee hour wake-up time. We are currently housed in ED10, waiting for test results.

The evening was ending almost normally. Carl was not feeling well. We both thought the call to the consulting nurse would result in a recommendation to visit urgent care. But, no. They suggested 911. [Chest pains.] And so we soon had a fire truck, medic unit and ambulance flashing their lights in front of our house. I asked whether I could drive Carl to the hospital, but they said I didn’t have the right kind of license. 

I did drive in my own car, but don’t call me an ambulance chaser. So we sit in Cherry Hill. A new hospital for us. Add it to the list.

Turns out Carl is just full of s**t. Or was.

Dinos and Daisies 

August 15, 2017

We started the weekend with a walk to visit the Tufts-Love t-rex. The Burke Museum folks are in the process of removing the plaster jacket that accompanied the skull from northeast Montana. [The name is from the two field folk that discovered the skull.] 

If you enlarge the picture above you can read the note. The tooth it references is just above the horizontal bar, about mid-picture, in a shadow)

To help manage the two ton piece, they built a rotisserie of sorts. (With workers on either side I can hear the discussions, “No, this way more…”)

A really interesting find, and they are still working in the field to recover more bits and pieces. 

We then headed west, walking, to replace my worn out walking shoes. This has been on my to do list for several weeks. I guess that just means I stretched the life of the prior pair, delayed spending, and most importantly provided a reason to keep walking for a few more days on a nice day. 


I saw Rainier!

It had been weeks of “sunny” days with no views. Now if the normal clouds can stay away for next Monday. 

We did not attend the weekend Mariner games. I sold our tickets to a co-worker. She went Saturday and her parents went Sunday. This was the weekend they retired Edgar Martinez number,  so it was special. And on Monday she showed up with this.

Mind you I sold them the tickets. 

Up, down, up, and around 

August 11, 2017

Friday last I was feeling pretty optimistic as I was closing in on finishing one major piece of my Big Project. And then, about 4, I was checking results and found things that didn’t add up. At least I was able to identify the source of the problem and a path towards correction. [For any data geeks in the crowd this stemmed from not populating some null values with zeros. Comparisons with null yield different results than comparison with zero. ]

So I took my notes home and, after an early morning outing, settled in to correct my nulls and repeat several steps. Luckily, the repeated steps queries had already been created. At the end of Saturday I was almost back to the end of Friday. And I found another problem. Again I charted a course to be followed in the morning. Sunday dawned, and I warmed up the laptop for another go. Once again I reached the end of Friday. 

Then two words appeared in my consciousness,  “Town Center. ” [This is an area that has its own separate growth pattern. About a month or two ago I had worked through that area, so had the information,  but it needed to be added (literally) into the bigger picture. 

So Monday, I went to work, closed my door, and worked on pre-application meeting work instead. [The meetings were fast approaching,  and they had to go out the door. ]

I did get back to the TC by the end of Monday, and it greeted me Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon  I was ready to declare my task ready for dissemination. 

The next two days were spent trying to catch up with everything I had been ignoring. 

Now you can wake up. Although I do like figuring out how to wrangle large data files.

And yesterday a friend from Montana blew into town. So that led to a fun evening catching up. 

And the smoky haze is supposed to dissipate today. 

Can you see Mt. Rainier?

Dad’s Day

August 6, 2017

Today is my Dad’s birthday.

His 90TH birthday!

I think that is really saying something.
(But don’t say that to his brother. Louis shares a birthday with Dad, and is turning 97.)

Master of his domain (a few years ago)


And this was a lovely way to spend the afternoon (before the chair and its inhabitant tipped over).

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And because they are a team. Bubs and Harry.

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I can’t be with Dad today, but wish him a very Happy Birthday – and many, many more.