June 11th, 2007


Stuff 'n' Such

The weekend ended on an up note. My massage therapist called, she was working Sunday after all, and to make up for her no-show last time she spent almost 2 hours on me for the price of one.

The timing of the appointment left me with much time to kill, so I straightened up the mess I'd made in the computer room, watched some HDTV, played on the laptop a bit.

Costco has not changed very much in 10 years, except the food section appears to be better stocked, there are more vendors hawking free samples, and fewer customers are using those bright orange flatbeds - most are pushing the over-sized shopping carts. I did not intend on buying much so I did not get a cart. Good thing, because with a cart I would have spent way too much $$. As it is I splurged on a 4-lb bag of pistachios which set me back about $16. Also got the obligatory jar of marinated artichoke hearts and a tub of grape tomatos (both of these are on my normal shopping list so no guilt). Prices are high. I saw very few items which came in under what I'd pay at Safeway. The lines were not as long as I remembered, but they were much slower. The help was efficient (which is a change for the better) but the conveyor belts at check-out are nowhere near as long as they need to be to handle the wholesale loads most customers were processing. One nasty bit - they have a room for fresh produce where the whole room is refrigerated. Makes for a nasty shopping experience. I would have picked up some salad greens but I feared frostbite when a young Eastern European couple blocked the way, arguing in some Slavic language about garlic.

Slow start to work today. Staff meeting at 10, still going over my notes from Friday. I'm in the middle of a test which requires renaming a file, waiting 3 minutes, then checking for an SNMP alarm saying the file is missing. There are about 20 files.

I think I'll lunch at IHOP today.

After work I'll drop off the motherboard/CPU at MicroCenter since there is still hope that the board is defective in a way which would not affect the $600 CPU.

Seattle Ho!

Well, no, they have sort of cleaned up the ho problem in Seattle. But my chat with the parental units last night made it clear they are in full swing preparing to move out of the house they have lived in since 1966 and into an apartment at The Summit, a Jewish retirement apartment complex on Pill Hill. So they want the kids to come by and take stuff home with us which they won't have room for in the dramatically smaller new place.

They are on a waiting list, probably this is a year out, but the sooner the better.

So, I'll drive up there for SeaFair weekend, meet up with my Baltimore sister and my Poulsbo sister, and bring back the collection of 8mm home movies and projector so I can transfer those to DVD. Also will grab their 78 RPM record collection which is already on a set of CDs. There's a place in SF which will probably pay well for those. In return I've ordered CDs of Bill Cosby and Tony Bennett which will be much better than the LPs they have, considering they have a good CD player and a piece 'o' crap turntable which probably doesn't work anymore.

So, my Seattle LJ friends, the plan is to be in town Friday August 3 through the weekend, driving back Monday and I would love to get together with you. The folks live in S. Seattle not far from Renton/Tukwila but I'll have my car, and will be fairly mobile. Suggestions welcome.