What's New? 2004-07

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What's New? 2004-07

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I'm an idiot. Sigh. I go through all the trouble of fixing up my ailing mail server's hard disk, re-installing Mac OS X, [Macro error: There is no glossary entry named "Mac OS X: Configuring sendmail"] , and [Macro error: There is no glossary entry named "Mac OS X: Using Qualcomm qpopper to provide Post Office Protocol (POP) access for email users"] . Then I turned on my firewall without making a hole for sendmail, choking off my email access; luckily I can administer these machines remotely. Grrr.

 Saturday 31 July 2004
  A virtual time capsule, screen captures show a whole environment frozen in the moment. I don't deliberately take archival screen captures, but I have a few taken for other reasons (mostly debugging of others software).
 Friday 30 July 2004
  Digging through some old documents whilst sitting at a café. I hope you enjoy two pages about Dad which came into being from some documents I found: Dziazdiu's 2005 March of the Living testimonial and Dziazdiu's 1996 Sweden trip.
 Tuesday 30 July 2004
  Today an unexpected and interesting email arrived.
Subject: bye bye blog?
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 11:27:08 -0400

Long time reader, mystified by the abrupt stop of your site. Is everything all right there?


Wow, I have long-time readers who are not friends or relations? Cool.

Well, Ross, thank you for giving me a much-needed kick in the website. Things are fine here, but I did have an ugly information technology moment and parts of the website went bad.

I've been reconstructing the site, adding pictures and text to some recent trips, job-hunting and starting a work-at-home project, being a family (L, I, and R) man, and doing a complete system maintenance and wireless network installation for Dad and his roomate.

So the frequent updates to the site have gotten short shrift. I'll get back on it. Thanks for keeping me honest; I really want to keep this site current (and it's my long and unstructured letter-in-a-bottle to my kids (and their kids?)).

 Tuesday 20 July 2004
  Isaac: Papa, who took care of the very first baby ever born?
 Monday 19 July 2004
  I've spent much of the last two weeks back in the land of the dial-up users. I'd forgotten how ugly it is. Broadband is as essential to my information consumpution as oxygen is for my body. Driving along at 45333 bps is frustrating, disorienting, and frankly, depressing.
 Friday 16 July 2004
  Smoking Loon cabernet Keyerbacher Heresy imperial stout Today we'll be talking about alcoholic beverages. I've encountered two brews of note which I'd like to share.

The first is Smoking Loon cabernet. Perhaps the most drinkable red wine I've had the pleasure to imbibe. My usual likes are cabernet or merlot, the heartier red wines.

Without going into any of the onophile verbiage (as I can't tell whether there are notes of chocolate and deep whatever) I want to say that the Smoking Loon was pleasant for a whole evening of sipping, without any distracting tannin puckeritude to distract. Mmmmm.

I'm writing this at The Drafting Room, Exton PA. It's very late at night. The family is asleep at the hotel down the road, and since I missed dinner I'm enjoying some great red meat and absolutely amazing beer, the Weyerbacher Heresy imperial stout.

The website says "this incredibly intriguing Stout is made by aging our Old Heathen to perfection in Oak barrels that were used to age bourbon. Notes of Oak, whiskey, and vanilla meld beautifully with the roastiness of our Imperial Stout. Supplies are limited, so be sure your store puts some aside for you."

I say this is the best dark fermented beverage ever (IMHO).

 Sunday 11 July 2004
  Today we return to Ground Zero at the World Trade Center.

self-portrait at Ground Zero, WTC

We also visit a childrens playground in TriBeCa after a stroll along the Battery Park promenade,

TriBeCa playground

and then we take the subway up to Times Square,

Times Square

We finish up a late day with a visit to a trattoria across the street from the playground.

Gorgio's Trattoria, TriBeCa
 Thursday 8 July 2004
  Today we're canoeing in Griggstown.

canoeing in NJ
 Thursday 8 July 2004
  We're back at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), this time for a trip to New Jersey.

Over San Francisco
 Sunday 4 July 2004 - Independence Day
  IKEA Tromsö bunk bed Today, for the first time since she was born (1056 days), Lila is not sleeping with us in our family bed. She's joined Isaac in the new bunk bed. Of course, we're not exactly celebrating: I'm recovering from an annoying flu and Rose is in deep sleep, exhausted by our day's partying in Union City with a sister.

We've been telling Lila that she may have "Mama's meek (milk) before sleeping, then bunk bed, then more Mama's meek in the morning". I wonder when Rose will realize that the little one isn't waking her every two hours.

 Saturday 3 July 2004
  Turning to Williams, Sharapova said, "I have to take this trophy from you for one year. I'm sorry. ... I'm sure we're going to be here one more time and hopefully many more times in other Grand Slams and fight for the trophy. Thank you for giving me a tough match but I'm sorry I had to win today."
 Friday 2 July 2004
  One of a thousand losses of parenthood, a mirror of one of the gains of childhood.

returning home

My boy isn't sleeping next to his Papa this evening. He's a big kid sleeping on top of his new bunk bed in his own room. Here I am, delivering the mattresses. It's a small story.

 Thursday 1 July 2004
  We return from our trip to the Truckee-Donner area near Lake Tahoe. I have a stuffed head and a runny nose. My mother-in-law is worse off. I need to sleep this off :-/

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