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October 23rd, 2016
08:58 pm


Even the clocks are strange

At MSP, on our way to state capitol #42 for us:

As we continued down the concourse into normal spacetime, we found monitors that said 2:37pm.  I'm not sure that 14:35pm is actually wrong (since it is in fact after midday), but I wonder what 14:35am would mean.

This jetlag stuff can get serious.

Current Location: St. Paul, MN

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September 12th, 2015
05:34 pm


50th Birthday
My real birthday party will be at the Albuquerque A&C fly-in, but my folks volunteered to host a local get-together at their house in San Jose.

It'll be an open house 2-5pm (so people can stop by after the SCVSDA Jubilee). My real birthday (the following weekend) conflicts with the Quads Hoedown, Folsom Street Fair, SF Queer Longhair party, and Stanford's first week of fall classes.

It would be handy to know how many people might show up -- feel free to RSVP by joining the FB event or commenting here on LJ. Info with map and details:

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April 5th, 2015
08:30 pm


Passover Pesach 2015 Seder Rube Goldberg Machine from Technion in Israel

Jonathan shared it on Facebook, and I thought it was cute.  There's also a "making of" video, which was also interesting.

Current Location: visiting Green Valley, AZ

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August 30th, 2013
12:44 pm


I hope their goal isn't hurting people.
This flyer was on my door last night:
I'm not sure "bringing the love and power of God to hurting people" is as well-phrased as it could be.

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September 18th, 2012
09:57 pm


After the A&C fly-in in Denver, we flew to Montana. We did the self-guided tour of the state capitol in Helena. We didn't find any handbaskets in Helena.

We had lunch at the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park.  We saw a few glaciers there, but they were small.

Also, due to the hydroelectric dams, the "Electric City" of Great Falls has no falls at all.

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May 30th, 2009
08:14 am


Bend that puppy?
The day we returned the rental car (a Ford Focus), we noticed a strange button:

I assume it doesn't do this:

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May 22nd, 2009
10:41 pm


Paradox Store
We went to the Paradox Store, but they had no paradoxes. I can't decide if that's paradoxical or not.

And the Ti Ferry runs on steel cables, not titanium. Really, you can't trust anything around here.

Current Location: 12858

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December 14th, 2008
01:14 pm


My mother was born in Illinois, so I can bad-mouth the place. The New York Times has "In Illinois, a Virtual Expectation of Corruption" as a headline. Even here in California, when I search Yahoo! News as of today, the Sponsor Results are still offering me my own chance at bribery:


Clicking on the link, I'm not sure why the category "Perfumes and Colognes" includes the Large 4x6 Illinois State Flag. Shouldn't flags smell more like napalm in the morning?

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October 23rd, 2008
09:45 am


Cleanup on paragraph 1, please.
Honey Wolfson said that "And" is the hardest call in square dancing. I guess it's not so easy in the English language, either:
OAKLAND — Southbound I-880 lanes remained closed today following a massive tanker truck crash and gasoline explosion near 16th Avenue in Oakland that snarled the morning commute for hours and was so hot it forced commuters to take cover behind buildings and melted speed limit signs.

I wouldn't expect speed limit signs to provide much cover, especially after they've melted. Ah, journalism -- where reporting the hottest news quickly is more important than reporting it correctly.

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September 12th, 2008
11:42 am


Last weekend, we visited Jonathan's parents in Arizona. In the Tucson airport, the recorded security announcement had a mild intrusive R accent. We were supposed to report any suspicious activity to the appropriate "lore enforcement" authorities. I imagined that those are the officials who protect us against myth-behavior.

We all got Jonathan's mom a GPS unit for her birthday, which I think is the same model my step-mom has. Taking us to the airport, they didn't like the route the GPS offered, so they turned it off, and only had to change routes 3 times when streets didn't go through, plus a wrong turn. This week, I just got the same GPS model (Garmin nüvi 350) for myself, so I'll know how to program it to get to an airport if you don't know the street address: Where to? Near a city - spell the city name - Transportation - Air....

Meanwhile, I'm changing planes at MDW on my way to Make Waves for Ducklings.

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