What’s New? 2004-10

    What’s New? 2004-10

    What’s New? 2004-10

    Sunday 31 October 2004 – Halloween

    Halloween comes to . We get together with some friends from the pre-school community and walk over to 24th Street, where the merchants have gotten together to offer candy to the very young trick-or-treat’ers. It’s a lot of fun, and we’re finished about the time the sun goes down.

    After dinner, and a trick-or-treat stop by the grandparents, we drive by “the pumpkin house” on Clarendon Street. This modern house comes alive each October with a display of lighted pumpkins. They closed up shop before our late-night arrival, but the pumpkins were still grinning.

    After we parked

    in the Tropicana we strolled over to the balcony to see the crowds in the . Just then the band started playing beautiful 1920s jazz; it was as though life had a soundtrack.

    just didn’t want to leave our perch; , asleep on my shoulder, finally tipped our hand and we went . Happy Halloween!

    Saturday 30 October 2004

    I love living in a distributed world. I have acquaintences whom I’ve never known, yet with whom I chat frequently. Here’s Gabriel Morales in Miami (at left), with his friends and family, getting ready for Halloween. ¡Hola Gabriel!

    Friday 29 October 2004

    Oh, so many ! That link will bring you to the day’s festivities, both at Lila’s pre-school and Isaac’s kindergarten.

    and Zofia attended.

    Wednesday 27 October 2004

    Today was the . With several photos, scary and fun.

    Tuesday 26 October 2004

    Mom & Emil are heading to Roma for a couple of days after a bicycle ride through Tuscany.

    Here’s my email of .

    Monday 25 October 2004

    Marc Hanley may be the world’s most enthusiastic fan of , an Internet videoconferencing technology which dates back to the early 1990s. I wrote a book about it, , in 1995. Marc maintains a wonderful site with references, source code, etc. I’m most impressed. These days we stay in touch with Apple iChat AV:

    Sunday 24 October 2004

    Lila turned three around , and we celebrated at her pre-school. But we didn’t get a chance to have the big family celebration until yesterday. Here’s .

    Saturday 23 October 2004

    A quick note about the website: I’ve been working – at home – on a programming project with a co-worker in London. So I’ve been living on two shifts each day. Up at 0700, work through 1400, sleep to 1700, family time until 2000, sleep to 2300, start on London time, work through 0300, sleep to 0700.

    It’s made putting effort into this site a bit difficult. But I’m taking pictures frequently, and am back-dating the entries.


    and I spent the entire day setting up and running games at

    pre-school Harvest Festival.

    There was a pretty regular pattern of mist, drizzle, and rain. Nonetheless, and partially due to Gore-Tex, a good time was had by all. In the morning I was doing the Duck Pond, in the afternoon it was the Hidden Treasure (in the sandbox) game.

    The kids spent the morning with Bubbie, Zadie, and , at the preview of the film “The Polar Express”. I hear they really loved it.

    Site updates: added the year 2004 to the

    page. A slight oversight 🙂 And added

    visits to the appropriate years.

    Thursday 21 October 2004

    Today was Isaac’s first ride in a yellow school bus. His kindergarten class went to one of our

    pumpkin patches. He didn’t want either parent along as a chaparone. He came back as full of excitement as when he spoke to us about it at breakfast this morning. At dinner we got the stories of the ride, the pumpking picking, etc.

    Public Gas & Electric is doing work in the neighborhood, and we might lose power, so I’m a few blocks from home, at the Samovar CafĂ©. I took along my Apple iSight camera, and via WiFi I’m chatting with Yllona in Los Angeles.

    Wednesday 20 October 2004

    For the second year in a row

    pre-school heads to

    in Half Moon Bay to celebrate autumn and Halloween.

    Sunday 17 October 2004

    A friend calls Rose to tell us of a “children’s fair” in Bernal Heights. So, with Rose feeling very much under the weather, we head over to see what special thrills are in store for us. We even call other friends to all share in the excitement.

    Imagine our dissapointment when we discover – after a major effort to find parking – that it’s just another of the circuit of street fairs which travel around the city (and the west coast, actually).

    Still, the Bernal Heights Street fair did provide some good moments. There was a petting zoo, pony rides, and we got to play in the local playground (in the drizzle).

    Saturday 16 October 2004

    It’s hard enough programming whilst on the telephone, but imagine having an

    pretending to be a bridge upon you.

    Friday 15 October 2004

    It was Sports Day at Isaac’s kindergarten. Bubbie, Zadie, Lila, Rose, and I headed over to cheer him on. It was really great: non-competitive, variety, fun, loud, and just enough structure.

    Thursday 14 October 2004

    Often I drive

    to his kindergarten. Here’s the pledge of allegiance, on the playground at 08:45.

    Wednesday 13 October 2004

    Every once in a while, when the behaviors are really excellent, the kids are allowed to choose a dessert at Krispy Kreme. Here the kids share a chocolate milk:

    The manager seasonally decorates a diaroma. They look really great. Here’s his Halloween offering:

    Tuesday 12 October 2004

    I’m at a pre-school parents meeting. When I get home

    tells me that

    spoke about me:

    Isaac: I miss my favorite Papa.

    Isaac: I’m hungry for my Papa.

    I’m happy to hear it.

    We have a new resident in our garden. He’s a huge spider, between 1 and 2 inches long, spinning a huge web in the bush by the front door. His web looks really amazing in the dew. I’ll try to get a picture of it.


    I spent about a half-hour each evening teaking out the tangles. Lila’s hair is less fragile, so my attents are needed less often. Still, when it’s time, I put a video on my

    and do my best. Here’s what we look like after three-quarter hours, at the end of our efforts, just before dinner.

    Monday 11 October 2004

    I love this picture, on so many levels.

    This is a photo of a fruit-covered model taken on the first day of the four-day erotic fair “Eroticon” in Warsaw. (Photo courtesy AFP/Wojtek Stein, used without permission.)

    This reminds me of the sushi-clad model in a Japanese restaurant about which we recently heard.

    Sunday 10 October 2004

    Thanks to my darling wife, I spent most of today at the . I start a six-hour shift at noon, then head home to pick up my costumed family, and we head back for the twilight and nigthtime goings-on.

    Saturday 9 October 2004

    Aunt Mindy and Uncle Neil invite us to a pumpkin patch in Half Moon Bay. It’s the beginning of our exciting season: starts here and includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, the holiday lights and sounds, Chanuakah, New Year’s, and .sometimes Sylvestre (if we’re with

    in the Canary Islands”). Here’s the panorama of the train at the pumpkin patch across the street.

    Pony ride time!

    At the end of the day, we still have enough energy to visit the Kaleo Café for some good song and hula, before we head over to the JCC for some Israeli folk dancing

    Saturday 2 October 2004


    love to cook. Isaac leads the way. One of their favorites is

    made from scratch. This isn’t a quick preparation, but the kids love the result.

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