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 Friday 24 March 2006
  Just as it feels as though the second half of my life started with the breath of fresh air that came with the 21st century, the significant second half of my computing world started with the release of a modern UNIX with a candy-coated user interface: "Mac OS X". Happy Fifth Birthday! I'm so thankful for you; you make all my digital hours more pleasant.


We're enjoying the second family folk dance; here's Lila mugging for the camera.

Lila @ family folk dance
 Monday 20 March 2006
  Until I asked Master Kong to help me discover the whereabouts of the coffee maker, so that I could make him some decaf Vietnamese coffee, I was heading down the street to New Loi's Mandarin-Style Restaurant to pick up some hot and sweet java. Here's Lila watching the staff clean greens before the dinner-time rush.

New Loi's Mandarin-Style Restaurant

Often we hang out near the dojo between classes; having a tasty and healthy dinner with the kids can sometimes be a challenge. When I'm doing a late class by myself I usually head over to Safeway to pick up some soda water and two cups of tropical fruit salad. Mmmmmmmmm.

 Sunday 19 March 2006
  Today Isaac wanted to direct us on an adventure (which, to him, means to direct how we drive around the city). We do this from time to time, the goal of which is to discover some heretofore-unseen part of the city. The weather is just perfect today, so we pause our trek to stroll up and down the curvy part of Lombard Street.

Lombard Street, San Francisco

We also strolled around Coit Tower, and then to North Beach. Lunch at Pasta Rey and then dessert at Café Greco:

Café Greco, North Beach, San Francico

The exploration continues, until we stumble upon the MUNI cable car museum. The kids squeal with pleasure, and so we find a parking space and enjoy an hour amidst the calming smell of machine oil.

MUNI cable car museum
 Sunday 12 March 2006
  This morning Lila & Isaac surprise us at breakfast by arriving clad in our clothes, mimicing our actions and words. Cheeky monkeys!

Isaac & Lila play Mom & Dad

Mid-day we head over to the Bill Graham Auditorium to see the Shao Lin (sometimes Shaolin) Monks show off some of their traditional exercises and modern showmanship. Since the kids saw a video of the child monks training early on in their martial arts experience, they wanted to see them in person. Having them come to San Francisco made it all terrifyingly easy.

Well, not that easy. MUNI can't keep their fare change machines working. Here you see not one but both machines out of order. Sigh.

MUNI: no fare for you!

We do finally make it downtown, not many thanks to MUNI. The monks are fun: perhaps not exactly like the

Shaolin Monks @ Bill Graham Auditorium
 Thursday 9 March 2006
  Here's the fearsome foursome at Hapkido: Isaac, Una, Lila, and Jana. They're practicing their pinans (routines).

Hapkido: Isaac / Una / Lila / Jana

Usually it's Isaac hanging out with baby Declan, but Lila gets a turn. What an amazingly good-natured baby. And the attention he pays to the classes is unbelievable; that kid'll be on the mat before he's toilet trained.

Hapkido: baby Declan & Lila

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