May 30th, 2011

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Impulse Insomnia

Could not get to sleep last night, brain would not disengage. Something I heard or read during the day got me to thinking that going fishing would be a Good Idea. Pulled out the netbook and after a lot of searching found that the nearest available freshwater fishing was a place called Anderson Lake. After much thought, I decided that I'd rather camp out for a couple of nights as well, and Anderson is day use only. And they don't have any boat rental as far as I could tell.

Back to try to sleep.  No joy. Netbook again, made reservations for three nights at my old favorite, San Luis Reservoir.  Finally got to sleep.

First thing this morning I decided that San Luis is too long a drive. Looked up Del Valle Park in Livermore, which has boat rentals and fishing and camping and is a shorter & easier drive. Made reservations for two nights there, and canceled the San Luis reservation.  Check-in day was the same for both trips, chosen for the moon phase, because I figure I will take the telescope with me. The new one. The weather has not been good enough since I bought it to take it out at night.

Cost me $15.50 to cancel the San Luis reservation - ReserveAmerica gets you coming and going. $8 to reserve, $7.50 to cancel. What a scam.

Now I need to buy a fishing license and some fishing gear.
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Memorial Day

A quick note while I am thinking about it. My first memory ever is from Memorial Day in Levittown, NY. My father was holding me up to see the parade and I accidentally stuck my finger up his nose, giving him a massive nose bleed.

I played in all kinds of Memorial Day parades, since I was in my grade school, JHS, HS and university marching bands. I was also in a drum and bugle corps sometime during grade school. Yesterday I played in a band concert which was heavily Memorial Day-ized.
This time of year I think about birthdays. My mother shared her May 29th birthday with John F Kennedy. My three sisters are all born in June, exactly 5 years apart. Yes, I was a mistake.

I'm not a fan of the military. IMHO, after the Revolution and War of 1812,  the US has only fought once for Truth, Justice and the American Way and that was WWII. We made a shambles of the peace, though.

When I was in college, the Vietnam War was at its height, and being drafted meant almost certain death. I did not turn 19 until the second year of the lottery, and my number was so high I was never going to be drafted, so I dodged that bullet, but I did serve my country for two years in the Peace Corps, and it hurts me to the core that there is no mention on this day of us, who gave two years of our lives to work in a foreign country, learn the language and culture, and get paid less than subsistence wages, with no GI Bill, no pension, no nothing, except for free medical care while serving, and about $2k at the end of service to help "readjust" to America. We did get 2 years' credit for Federal employment, but it expired after 5 years if we didn't use it.

So here's to all the Peace Corps Volunteers, especially the 290+ who died while serving.  
 
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Something Japanese and Something Fishy

My favorite park 'n' ride for light rail was completely full - something I have never seen before, so went around to the next one, which is a HUGE lot, and was almost empty. I think my first choice was filled with neighborhood cars making room for visitors. Caught the 10:27, got to the convention center in plenty of time for their 20-minute day pass registration routine. It was not made easier by them holding next year's reservations in parallel, sort of. Regular reg ends at noon, 2012 starts at noon. But they were so slow processing today's peeps that it ran over.

Last day of the con, it ended at 3. There was some major eye candy, but not as much as last year. Of course last year I went on Sunday, and stayed for the masquerade. Anyhow, got some good photos, left at 2:30 to make the 2:45 train.

Home, had a snack then drove to Sunnyvale and bought a fishing license at one of the sports stores, and some simple fishing gear.  Too simple - I discovered when I got it out to the car - the pole only splits in two, very awkward, so I went to another store across the street and got a telescoping rod & reel which fits into a knapsack. And it came with some more tackle. At the first store I also picked up propane tanks for the camp stove, a set of stacking cutlery and a stacking pot/pan/bowl, all camping size. Home again, checked the camping gear on the patio and did not see my electric lantern, but remember it is in a plastic trash bag of stuff I'd pulled out of the trunk a year ago when I thought I was going to have the car painted.

The license is a strip of something paper-like, probably waterproof but I won't test that, wider than a cash register roll by maybe an inch, and about 5" long. In other words, it won't fit into a wallet or a standard card holder. Maybe a passport holder will work.

Downloaded my photos to the PC, did some online stuff for an hour and then it was time for BASFA. Unusually slow service tonight, they were out of soup, and all of my favorite pies. Some orders came out wrong.  Something seriously wrong in the kitchen. Our waitress has been with us for a long time, knows what most of the regulars order, and is very efficient, so it's not her.

Things started well, but Collapse )

Plans for tomorrow:
Depends on the weather.
And on the job follow-ups, if any