Blog posts will be minimal for the next week or so, as I shall be far, far away.
During the meanwhilst, why don't you head over to my flickr page, where a random selection of photos will be arranged daily.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Sunday evening, waiting in the airport...
Can you spot my flight?
Eventually we flew down to Oakland.
Skip all the boring work stuff. Let's get back in the air.
Up the Central Valley. . .
Just to the left of Mt. Shasta!
And Crater Lake.
And all the way up the Cascades past a seemingly endless string of volcanos. My camera battery died as we neared the end, or else I'd have some great photos of Seattle, too. But you can see Lassen Peak, Mt. Shasta, Three Sisters, Broken Top, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainier over on flickr and flickr. From the plane, I spotted Glacier Peak and Mt. Baker, too, but that was after my camera died.
And to think I planned on sleeping on that return flight!
Short-range forecast for the first day of our honeymoon:
Scattered Thunderstorms, 89°F, 60% chance of precipitation.
Back to needing an umbrella...
. . .
Mid-range forecast for the first ports of call of our honeymoon:
Scattered Showers, 88°F, 30% chance of precipitation.
Few Showers, 87°F, 30% chance of precipitation.
Hey! It dried off a bit! ... I wonder what the random-number generator will say tomorrow.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
All hail the most wonderful and beautiful Píríuso, God of the Sun! Do not spite Him for His skill, prowess, and knowledge. He is perfect and you are not, and that's just the way it is.
To celebrate, let's go have an archery contest, followed by a poetry recital, after which shall come a chariot race, and then a singing competition, and finally perhaps we'll just bask in His glorious brilliance.
Oh wait. It's overcast today. Darn You, Rana!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
With the head of a bear, a fondness for bodily fluids and sunrises, and an insatiable desire for His sister, Rakazhazhíní, you'd think that Hérazhahívo, the God of Humidity, would be quite a fun guy to be around. And you'd be right!
He is the god of new beginnings, the dawn, and morning dew. As the god of those sorts of things, it is only right to ask Him to bless any new ventures one is about to embark upon. So, with that in mind, let us all pray to Him that my marriage goes just swell and dandy. Amen.
Saturday evening, Chunlin and I wound up at Lincoln Park on the beach to watch the sunset. In the photo above, she's watching the moon instead.
Hopefully I'll get the chance to upload photos from our Mason Lake hike Sunday and my business trip to Oakland Monday before we leave this Saturday. If not, oh well. You'll just have to wait.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Mid-range forecast for the first day of our honeymoon:
Scattered Thunderstorms, 89°F, 30% chance of precipitation.
A little bit warmer, quite a bit drier.
. . .
Long-range forecast for our first two ports of call on our honeymoon:
Scattered Showers, 88°F, 60% chance of precipitation.
Showers, 86°F, 60% chance of precipitation.
Perfect weather for lying on the beach!
I was away from home only 26 hours, but it sure felt longer. And the office? Downright foreign.
Sunday night, my plane was supposed to leave at 8:30. When I walked to my gate, I saw the departure board said 10:25. !!!!! Our plan was to arrive at the hotel around midnight, so this pushed it to two in the morning. I was feeling tired just thinking about it.
Alaska had another flight to Oakland, supposed to leave at 7:30, but bumped to 9:00. I got on standby, but it was overbooked. My coworker didn't show up at that gate, anyway, so I wouldn't have been able to get onboard even if they called my name.
While waiting out at the North Satellite, my 8:30 flight got bumped to 10:35, and then to 11:20.
All the Alaska flights seemed to be delayed by an hour or more, no matter where they were going. They were short on planes. They were short on crews. They were unprepared, apparently.
The "7:30" flight started boarding, my coworker nowhere in sight, so I headed back to the C Terminal for the gate my ticketed flight was at. My coworker wasn't around (I had the gate desk page him), but they did hand me a $6 meal voucher.
I eventually found my coworker in a bar.
I convinced him to try other flights, try anything to get out of there so we weren't arriving at the hotel at three in the morning. The Sacramento flights were delayed as well, and overbooked, too. One delayed San Francisco flight had a single seat available, but that would do us no good. Southwest also was flying to Oakland, but we'd have to purchase tickets all over again from them since they're not partners with Alaska.
My coworker and I returned to the bar.
The flight was rescheduled to 11:50. The gate was changed.
As we sat at the new gate, they made an announcement that our crew would be arriving "around one." Nobody believed them.
They offered hotel vouchers and rescheduling for flights the next day. Some people took them up on their offer, but not us. Our only options were to wait it out or cancel the trip altogether. I have too much wedding planning stuff to do this week, that I wouldn't have been able to go down anytime other than Sunday-Monday.
The departure board finally switched to say 1:30 a.m. We were now five hours delayed, which meant arriving at our hotel at five in the morning.
Which was exactly what happened. As the sun was lightening the northeastern sky, we arrived at the hotel and checked in. I wasn't too tired when driving. Having a near-empty highway to work with was nice, though.
When we got to the elevator to head up for our two hours' sleep, some businessman exited the elevator, fresh to start his day.
. . .
Coming home, we managed to get on an earlier flight. It was delayed over an hour, but it still got us home earlier than our scheduled flight. Yay.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Christina finished eighth grade! Thursday, we went to her promotion ceremony. As one of two ASB VPs, she got to read out half the kids' names.
She won an award in her APP Social Studies class for being one of two students to earn above a 98.5% for the year. Yay!
And if you can't tell, that's a ping pong ball in a water-filled jar.
The principal talks.
The crowd intently listens.
Christina reads a friend's name.
Christina graciously posing for a picture when she'd rather be celebrating with her friends.
She's been partying at various friends' houses for two days straight. . .
One day this week, I flew to Spokane and back in one afternoon. Fun, eh?
At least I got window seats.
Mt. Rainier with Mt. Adams in the background
Chester Morse Lake
Wrights Hill, just outside of Spokane
Monte Cristo Peak, Columbia Glacier, and half of Blanca Lake
Elliott Bay, Seattle
I posted a few more photos on flickr. Have a look, if you can find them. Ha ha!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
At 11:07 a.m. PDT (or so) this morning, the sun shall hit a point directly above the Tropic of Cancer, thus marking the beginning of the northern summer. Yay!
Some campanulas from our front yard, moved a couple months ago from my parents' yard.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Rice is playing North Carolina this afternoon. Go Owls!!
Three days ago, Rice easily handled the Tar Heels, 14-4, so they should have no problem today.
In today's late game, Oregon State is playing the California-Irvine Anteaters. Go Beavers!
The Anteaters are the only team from OSU's bracket of four that they haven't played yet, but they seem evenly matched with Arizona State, who the Beavers beat 12-6 on Monday.
Let's go, Rice! Yay! Go team! Yee-ha! Woo-hoo!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Today marks the seventh anniversary of my employment at my current company. I've just been too lazy to leave.... But really, it's good here. I get to do something I'm good at, and they compensate me fairly. And the commute's less than ten minutes!
On a semi-related note, have you seen the movie The Seven Year Itch? It's a Marilyn Monroe comedy. I'm sure you've seen the promo picture. Even if you don't think you have, you have.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Without my wedding band, my hand looks familiar, yet odd. I quickly put it back on, without spinning it on my desk or anything.
Also, for fun, you can go to flickr.com and search for fremontparade or solsticeparade to count how many of my photos appear in the first page. Sometimes it's zero, sometimes it's five, or anywhere in between, taken from a total of seven I count. I wonder how their computer program decides which ones to show.
In any case, here they are, my top-seven most-relevant photos, per Flickr, when judged as "fremont parade" or "solstice parade":
This was emailed to me by Chandira, who got it from some French guy, who got it from . . .
In 1986, Mkele Mbembe was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University.
On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Mbembe approached it very carefully.
He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Mbembe worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.
The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Mbembe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.
Mbembe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Mbembe was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teen-aged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Mbembe and his son Tapu were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mbembe, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1987, Mbembe couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Mbembe summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.
The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Mbembe's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.
Yesterday's news, I know, but I was too busy having a Fathers Day dinner with my family to check the scores online. Well, actually, my father heard the news on the radio, so I guess we just had it on the wrong station on the drive to Red Robin. . .
The Owls beat North Carolina 14 to 4. Ha!
Tomorrow, UNC will play Louisville for the chance to play Rice again on Wednesday. Rice gets to rest till then. Since the Owls already beat the Cardinals and the Tar Heels, we can hope that they'll be able to do it again, either way.
... Over in the west bracket, Arizona State and Oregon State advanced, beating Cal State Fullerton and Cal Irvine. That bracket is a day behind in the schedule, so those teams are playing today. Go Beavers!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
We went to the Fremont Solstice Parade yesterday. This girl was one of the banner carriers at the start of the parade. Many more photos of the parade (and some art cars) at flickr, and some people even kept their clothes on...
Happy Fathers Day!
Friday, June 15, 2007
It's only the first round, I know, but yay!
They were down 10-4 in the fifth against Louisville, but a six-run eighth put them way over the top, 15-10, final score. Singles and doubles and errors and the flood doesn't stop, mwa ha ha!
Next opponent: North Carolina on Sunday.
It's too bad I'll be on my honeymoon when this happens, because I'd have a lot of fun:
NH Hoteles says it will allow 30 people chosen by a team of psychologists to help demolish the interior of the 11-year-old NH Alcala hotel in central Madrid as part of its refurbishment.Oh, the destruction I'd wreak, the enjoyment I'd gain. . .
The hotel chain says the chosen 30, armed with a mallet and hard hat, can destroy any part of the 146-room building, from bringing down walls to smashing windows.
The demolition will take place on July 3.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Unfold that flag of yours and get it flying high! Today is Flag Day!
Now salute and say with me:
I pledge allegience
To the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the republic
For which it stands
One nation under God
With liberty and justice for all
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
On Friday, the Rice University baseball team will play their first game of the 2007 College World Series. Their opponent is upstart Louisville, who likely wouldn't be in the tournament if they had stayed in the C-USA and had to play Rice during the regular season.
And so, without further ado: