So I had time to watch the Raiders get off to a good start, hoping it would last.
Got to the Library, and as usual they had several things going on at the same time, mostly for the kids. There was a long, constant line for cake & juice and the children also got party hats if they wanted them. In the teen section there was a photo shoot with props (plastic neon colored guitars, santa hats, reindeer horns, etc) and in the area across from the check-out desk an older man was letting people print 100th birthday imprints on pre-printed bookmarks using a tiny hand-operated platen press.
The "puppeteers" turned out to be one guy calling himself Jungle Joe, not his real name and nowhere to be found online, who was not just puppeteer, but also a ventriloquist who has built a variety of stuffed animals which he operates pretty much like sock puppets. He was very entertaining, and had some really simple, but neat tricks, and Hispanic accent was almost all gone. There was a huge audience of children, seating was on the carpet "behind the blue line", Joe's head mike system worked flawlessly and he talked non-stop. His way of telling the kids to sit down (which he did maybe 700 times during the hour) was to simply say "legs crossed, applesauce". I had no idea what he was saying, but the children mostly did, and sat in what, in less politically terrorized years, we called Indian style. I suppose in a room where 2/3 of the children's parents are from India, it was a good call.
In addition to the stuffed animals, he had a small white board which he had tricked out to include movable eyes and mouth, which somehow were hidden until he manipulated the controls. And he started off with a couple of simple magic tricks, two of which he showed the kids how to do.
He had lots of kids come up one at a time to play with the puppets, as in throw a ball to the giraffe, pet the donkey, etc. The only thing I didn't like about his show is he had the donkey and giraffe chase kids around, biting their necks. Of course it didn't hurt, but it scared the crap out of many of them. And he was all about fart jokes. He knows his audience.
Wish I'd asked for one of his cards, he could use some publicity, and a background check. Very strange that the library didn't list his name. It's possible he was a last minute substitution for a marionette style puppet show.
I wasn't interested in the Bollywood dancers or the mountain dulcimer player which were the other acts, and I was starving so I went to Denny's and enjoyed their pumpkin pancakes. Ordered a chocolate shake for dessert, and was given something which was more like strawberry flavored milk. I wasn't in the mood to send it back so I just paid the check with less than the usual tip.
Home, my across the street neighbors were outside for the first time since I moved here a year ago, and she chatted with me for a bit. I guess I don't see them out because I am usually at work. She said the neighborhood is too quiet, nobody comes outside to talk. That's mostly true if you don't go to bingo or the dinners.
Inside, played with Spook, who was in SST mode; looked up the Raiders' game score (they apparently didn't show up for the 4th quarter)
Back on the road, to Mountain View and met Janice at Starbucks for a chat. She had a couple of simple computer questions and we caught up on the week. She will be going to San Mateo for a couple of days to volunteer with the Red Cross. She usually goes farther away, and does admin stuff, but this time the floods are more conveniently located.
Home again, and queued up the Tivo to watch the 49ers-Seahawks game. I'm a fan of both teams, and lately both have been less than stellar, so I was okay with either one winning as long as it was a close, high-scoring game. It was a close, low-scoring game, with equally poor play by both offenses and just enough defense on both sides to screw things up for the other team. 49ers were still ahead late in the 3rd quarter when Tivo decided the game was over. It was also set to record it from the Seattle side, but apparently that was blocked out in this area, and instead I got some college basketball game which I could not have cared less about. Had to wait for the 10 o'clock news to see how the Seahawks eked out a win. It was the same pattern as most of the season for SF - early good play, falling apart in the second half. Frank Gore left the game with a concussion, ironically inflicted upon himself by making a block. It would have been a good block it he hadn't hit his helmet on the guy's shoulder pads.
So the 9ers are not going to play post-season, but Seattle probably will be in the hunt for at least one round.
Took out the garbage, which included cutting up a lot of boxes, including the big one the chairs came in.
Dinner was during the game, my traditional hot dogs with grey poupon and sauerkraut, with large elbow macaroni covered with a couple of slices of yellow cheese. Mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert. And SosaStream diet orange soda for drinkies.
Plans for tomorrow:
PO, get a priority mail international flat rate box, pack Hazel's present in it and stand in line forever to drop it off. This depends on parking, which there is not much of until after 10 am, so I may just not do this until lunchtime. Word is this is the busiest postal day of the year. I saw deliveries being made today, the PO is on 7-day schedule till either X-box or the end of the year.
Call the printers again for an update
Monday Night Football