What’s New? 2005-01

    What’s New? 2005-01

    What’s New? 2005-01

    Sunday 30 January 2005

    We start out the last Sunday of January 2005 with a kids’ day out: they pick and choose.

    wants to take BART or MUNI,

    wants some of the foods we’ve been eating. The parents indulge them. Here are the kids exiting MUNI at the Embarcadero station, at the foot of Market Street. We’re going to jump onto one of the historic F-Line trolley cars and head past Fisherman’s Wharf…

    … to the Fiddler’s Green restaurant. Everyone is happy, although not all of us are fully awake. The kids love watching the CD-changer in the jukebox in the pub.


    ordering bangers, back bacon, sauteed mushrooms, eggs over easy (and a few poached), fresh white and Irish soda bread. Mmmmmm.

    enjoys playing with a new toy. While she *is* our fashion plate, this is the first time she’s played with something so traditionally girl-dress-up that I can recall.

    Saturday 29 January 2005

    The kids return to the

    to play with the animals, hike up to the top of Acid Hill, and to watch the goings-on at the miniature railroad.

    And thereafter to burn off any remaining energy at the Corona Heights playground.

    Friday 28 January 2005

    Yes, it’s 05.00 and I just got off a videoconference with my Uncle , in Eivissa (Ibiza); it’s nine hours ahead there. It’s the first time I’ve seen him face-to-face since our . What a joy.

    Courtesy of Daniel bringing his

    outside we have this nice view of a [literally] freezing :

    It’s mid-day, but the off-season has the tourists far away, and the arctic air gripping everything from Scandinavia to the

    has the locals cowering at home.

    Isaac’s elementary school is taking a field trip to see a production of Rapunzel at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Here’s Mrs. Orr (at left), Isaac (facing us), and other parents taking the bus down Geary Boulevard.

    Here’s some of the cast of the production. Isaac was impressed.

    Tuesday 25 January 2005

    Don’t ask; I have no idea why Isaac is making that face. Perhaps he doesn’t want to share the pancakes we’ve just made from scratch.

    The two posters behind him are the most recent additions to our eating nook. From the

    shop, they’re the public service adverts exhorting travellers to (pay and) have their tickets ready for examination, should one of the undercover fare inspectors demand.

    Monday 24 January 2005

    Twenty years ago today Steve Jobs reveals the

    at the

    shareholder conference at the Flint Center at De Anza College, Cupertino, California.

    Completely unrelated, Lila decdies to celebrate with her tiara. It must be examined in every mirror on the house (and we have quite a few).

    Sunday 23 January 2005

    We gather in the South Bay to celebrate with another part of the family tree. From left to right: Rose’s sister Mindy, , baby Matthew, Uncle Neil, , Bubbie Marion, , Zadie Leonard, Auntie .

    Here’s Isaac with cousin Matthew…

    …and Lila with cousin Jessica.

    Tuesday 18 January 2005

    A kind reader sends along some useful technical specs for repairing the

    wristwatch. This comes at a perfect time, as both of mine need new batteries (and one may need a new movement).

    Monday 17 January 2005

    Happy Birthday, sister !

    A propos nothing at all: “…all right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?”

    and I head out to the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. march this mid-day. Isaac has learned about the man in his kindergarten class, and even though we did the march two years ago, he doesn’t remember it. Here’s the parade heading north towards our vantage point on Market Street.

    Leading the parade was a coterie of African-American bikers. Loud, loud, loud!

    The timing of our march was perfect: we headed into the Bill Graham Auditorium in the Civic Center just as a recording of Dr. King got to his “I have a dream” speech.

    Rose and Lila joined us at the Van Ness MUNI station and we head out to Berkeley for a gelatto and playtime around the University of California at Berkeley campus redwood grove.

    Sunday 16 January 2005

    Breakfast at May’s Coffee Shop, in Japantown.

    Then some time in Golden Gate Park, at the playground near the intersection of 19th and Lincoln Avenues. Here’s

    playing ball with a woman who had a bat and ball.

    We saved the stale bread for our trip to Stow Lake, the kids feed the ducks, loons, and seagulls.

    Saturday 15 January 2005

    For the first time in a couple of months we take the kids to enjoy the . The model trains were Isaac’s favorite (as usual); Lila’s was the animals and our relatives (Bubbie, Zadie, , , Zofia, and cousin Ziggy arrived).

    This evening Ziggy is joined by parents

    and Adam. We have a family dinner (theoretically to celebrate our recent birthdays: Isaac, Felicia, and mine) at Zante’s Pizza and Indian Food.

    My third

    having a broken hinge, and Palm having no sane repair options available, I’m reverting to using Pamela’s old Nokia 3395 phone (a DCT-3 model,

    from Cingular to T-Mobile).

    This is a stunningly pedestrian model, some might say downright industrial, what with it’s dark grey and silver stylings. It’s a pretty retro single band (1900 MHz) which will work only in the

    USA, Canada, and Mexico. Sigh.

    come into the city to celebrate our birthdays at Zante’s Pizza and Indian Food. Here’s Isaac and cousin Ziggy perusing the menu:

    Lila is holding court with . She might be trying to convince him to get her some fennel candy.

    And the boys rough-housing whilst waiting for the pizza to arrive.

    Friday 14 January 2005

    Happy Birthday, Mom!

    Ahhh, the end of the show. It’s been great. Got some hardware to review in the next months. I’ll make mention of it when it’s going up on the site.

    Had a nice dinner with

    at Repastoria Satyricon (oh, what a fun name), near . It was a small group;

    joined us but

    decided he was too tired and wanted to stay at home.

    Thursday 13 January 2005

    joined me at the Expo today. We tried to see everything, and to figure out how this would impact our clients and our future responsibilities. Black Rock City Ranger after-party; more networking.

    We’ve returned from our

    but it’s still with us. Today we gave the kids the parting gift from ; she wrote love notes to the kids all over it, along with an admonition not to open it until we’re back home.

    Oh, the things inside! The favorite was probably the kinder-schokolade, the same treats Omi Marga kept in the refrigerator and doled out to the kids each afternoon.

    Lila’s got great parental pride in how she takes care of her babies, the Peace Bear beanie baby and one of her dolls.

    Isaac spent some of his time as an illustrator. Today must be abstract art day. He’s very proud of this one.

    Wednesday 12 January 2005

    Another full day of MacWorld Expo.

    Tuesday 11January 2005

    Fearless Leader 🙂 revealed the Mac mini and the iPod Shuffle, both interesting forays into new niches. They seem well thought through. Lots of good feelings among the crowd today, especially with the great last-quarter profit report released last night. It’s a good MWSF year. I remember some somber ones.

    drove downtown to visit the Expo. We spent two hours going up and down the aisles, checking out things from an end-user (rather than my developer) perspective. It’s a lot of walking, lots of marketing speak, but also lots of eye-catching new technology.

    I attend the MacOSXhints.com after-party at Buca di Beppo. Networking can be fun, and tasty too.

    Monday 10 January 2005

    I head downtown to the Moscone Center to register for MacWorld Expo San Francisco 2005. Even with the Internet there’s still nothing like being able to immerse oneself in a culture. I’m thankful that I lived in Boston for the first six years of the event, and in

    thereafter; it’s always been a stroll rather than a flight. So nice to eat, sleep, and breathe

    for four consecutive days…

    A boulder some 25 feet high blocks both lanes of the Topanga Caynon Road as electrical contractors fix broken power and communication lines in Malibu, California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Sunday 9 January 2005

    The kids spend most of the day at the grandparents while

    and I try to get things ready for the week ahead. We are *so* jet-lagged it’s not funny.

    The morning started out at May’s Coffee Shop in Japantown. Lila is sooooooo happy to have a SPAM musubi again.

    By the end of the evening, at a dinner at the Lakeside Café on Ocean Avenue with

    and Zofia, Isaac falls asleep in my arms and Lila is trying to nap on a chair. We had them home pretty darn quickly.

    Saturday 8 January 2005

    We’re just returned from the airport. I’ll be uploading the rest of the trip photos and the commentary will follow in a few days.

    Coming back from a month in a sub-tropical clime it’s been a real shock to return to a rain-drenched .

    All I hear is difficult driving, erosion and landslides, and generally miserable mutterings. Not getting me down: the garden is green, ready for pruning, and the streets are clean and ready for a flowering springtime!

    Saturday 1 January 2005

    Feliz Año Nuevo!

    We’re still on our . Follow along with our travelogue, being uploaded from just off the coast of African Sahara…

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