Archive for April, 2018

Sunny Afternoon

April 25, 2018

Returning from Tacoma via public transit I contacted Carl to meet me at the UW light rail station so we could walk home together.

We ended up meeting at the Drumheller Fountain on campus.

Note Mt. Rainier in the background.

And cherry blossoms.

The walk was lovely, with a stop at Trader Joe’s for tortillas. It has been a long time since we were home when it was warm enough to enjoy a beer on the back deck. And it was warm, so we did. Carl has begun concocting the tacos and bringing out tomatoes, lettuce and cheese for me to prep.

Lovely evening.

Conference Day

April 25, 2018

We paused work’s break neck pace today to attend one day of a water utility conference. As a speaker no less. Of course I only spoke for about 10 minutes of our 30 minute slot. [Earthquake resiliency planning] It almost felt like playing hooky. And for my effort I received a parting gift, and got to attend several other talks.

The most interesting find though, was bathroom art! In the stall.

I don’t know that I have ever used a camera in a public restroom before.

I bused down to Tacoma, and am busing back. Nice day, so I plan to walk the last few miles.

It’s the Little Things

April 18, 2018

When morning is announced by a natural alarm clock, beating a rat-a-tat-tat on a chimney cap.

The sun’s location can be discerned through the clouds.


Eight-person sculls are on the water.

Maybe spring will get here yet.

April? Or November?

April 17, 2018

The sun is actually partially visible as I write, but this month, barely half over, is already the 4th wettest on record. There has been snow around, but not like other parts of the country. Just COLD. The damp cold.

April has also had its good points! We were graced with a visit from Rey and Becca – the best highlight.

Dinner at Din-Tai-Fung was a new experience. Becca served as our resident expert.

Carl and the boys chased the Mariners to San Francisco to split a pair of games with the Giants.

Speaking of the Mariners, they were here for a few games, and then gone. Given our weather, I was glad. They have been back for a few more – fun to a point. There have been nice folks around to chat about the game. [Most coming now are there for the baseball, not the sun and beer, so more actual baseball talk. Not that sun and beer are a bad thing, but sometimes there are “fans” that don’t really know who is playing, or that there’s a game going on.] And we could certainly use some more sun and warmth at the game. We are going to the game tonight and I spent time this morning gathering clothes well beyond what I will need at work.

Work continues at a breakneck pace.

And speaking of work, we stopped by one of our water storage tanks on the way to the office. Work includes earthquake and safety retrofits, which require emptying the 2.25 million gallons that normally reside inside. So for those of you who wonder what it looks like inside a water storage tanks…