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May 29, 2005

Memorial Day Coincidence

"Pick a number."

I wasn't even facing Ania, but I reacted immediately; "46".

"Show respect for military personnel", she read.
- Instruction #46 from Life's Little Instruction Book

We've had the book for a long time, but I hadn't looked at it for several years.  Ania had been flipping through its pages while I was doing something else.
Memorial Day Unknown Soldier
It just happens to be Memorial Day tomorrow.   Whatever your politics, that's a tough job our military does, and I think they do deserve our respect.  Thank you, men and women of the United States military -- past and present -- for doing your job!

May 24, 2005

Napa with friends

We had a great time this weekend hosting Monika and Justina, some friends visiting from L.A.
PHOTO SUMMARY: Napa with friends 1
We had a nice lunch at the Rutherford Grill, did some wine tasting, and were treated to a day of spectacular vistas that included rainbows and dramatic constrasts of light & darkness, which I really enjoy.
PHOTO SUMMARY: Napa with friends 2

May 21, 2005

Point Reyes Hike

Saturday, Ania, Dave, & I went on a rather impromptu hike at the Pt. Reyes National Seashore.  We took the Bear Valley Trail from the visitor's center to the ocean at Arch Rock.

It could not have been a more lovely day!

PHOTO SUMMARY: Pt. Reyes 1

PHOTO SUMMARY: Pt. Reyes Hike 2

May 10, 2005

My "Shopping Playgrounds"

There are a few stores I like to go to just to check out all the cool stuff they have.  It's not that I really want to buy all the stuff I check out in these stores, I just like prowling around and thinking up justifications (for those things I really do want to get) and uses for various things.  Yeah, I'll pickup a neat gadget or tool now and then, but it's really about the "fantasizing"; most often, the thoughts & ideas never go beyond the walls of the store, but it's fun nonetheless.

I never mind going to these stores, and if my wife Ania wants to go look at other stores & doesn't need me, we both know I can safely be left to roam in any of my "shopping playgrounds".
playground
(Thanks to Detailed Play Systems for the playground pic!)

I have yet to figure out if there's a point when I'll get bored in any of my shopping playgrounds, since Ania loses patience far before I'm done. (I really can spend an inordinate amount of time in my playgrounds!)  That's fine, though, because I can always look forward to the next visit!

Aside from some computer/electronics & hardware stores you might expect, my favorite shopping playgrounds are:
I've linked to the stores' web sites, but the point is, these are fun to explore in real life.