Oh look. It's snowing again.
Not sticking right now, but isn't it supposed to be springtime?
I sure hope this summer isn't a repeat of 1816. We had some snow in March last year, but this year is even colder than last.
Sunspots, get cooking! We need some warmth!
Actually, some sunspots started up, but they are the wrong polarity, so nobody knows what that means. Maybe we haven't seen the end of the low yet. Which means John McCain will definitely win the presidency. But of course he would, anyway, just because of his first name. We've already had four John presidents, after all, and zero Hillary or Barack.
Um... I digressed a bit, didn't I?
Friday, March 28, 2008
Oh look. It's snowing again.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I don't know if any other airline has this (they probably do), but I'm flying Northwest today, so that's where I found it.
When you go to check the status of a flight that's already in the air, they provide a map showing the location of the plane and its planned route. The map also shows weather.
It's raining in the Dakotas. The plane that's coming to pick me up is diverting slightly northward to go around the storm.
I should head for the airport when the plane gets to the Continental Divide.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
A few days ago Sunday, Chunlin and I took a drive up the Kitsap Peninsula. Coincidence of coincidences, we drove the length of State Route 3.
The road took us through scenic Shelton:
And up into the sky near Gorst:
But eventually, highway 3 ended:
So we went to the beach:
A park near the east end of the Hood Canal Bridge, called Salsbury Point Park. It has a boat launch.
And, as I said, a view of the bridge.
But don't get too close.
Our stomachs told us to leave, so we headed for Port Gamble. It's not just a old-fashsiony tourist town. It actually has industry.
But it does have cute houses.
After a tasty meal of broccoli salad, cucumber salad, chicken fajita, and tuna salad sandwich at the general store, we let the MV Spokane carry us across Puget Sound.
That's a photo of the MV Puyallup, however. And downtown Seattle in the distance.
I've posted twice as many photos on flickr, as is becoming my custom.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Every morning these days, when I look out my bathroom window, I think it snowed during the night. The tree outside has so many white flowers on it, it looks like it's covered in snow. You'd think one of these days, I'd stop having the snow impulse.
I guess I'm not thinking too clearly in the morning.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Is this cheating?
I think this is cheating.
Chunlin and I took my parents to see the Thunderbirds on Sunday evening. The Tbirds lost to Spokane, with a little help from the refs.
Actually, I think the infraction above was called and penalized, but there was a serious takedown of our goalie that involved the net moving from its position that somehow ended with a goal for Spokane and no penalties called . . . and continuous booing from the crowd.
More exciting game photos at flickr!
Monday, March 10, 2008
On Saturday, Christina performed at her school district adjudication. The junior ahead of her could have been professional (or will be).
The judges said she had good style, but only hit 90% of the correct notes.
Oh well. It sounded good to me!
Friday, March 07, 2008
We found a secret room in our new house.
We were prying off plywood from the basement walls so the concrete contractor would be able to get a good connection to the exterior walls. Chunlin noticed a discrepency between two rooms in the basement. When we pried off the plywood sheet on the short room, a door was revealed. The original door from 1936, perhaps? Or from the 1950s expansion? It was in the older part of the house. What could be behind it?
The door had been nailed shut, but we are good at prying. We got one side's nails out and I slipped through into the secret room. . .
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
We took a snowshoe hike when we were over in the Spokane area. I know it's been awhile, but I've finally caught up with my photos. I guess this means we can go on another trip now!
Christina is helping Chunlin put on her snowshoes. Most of the trail was compact enough not to need them.
When we were back near the car, Christina and Chunlin had fun rolling down the hill.
My excuse was that I had removed my warm clothes because of the hiking so I was too cold to roll in the snow (and too lazy to open my pack and get out the warm clothes). I was having fun taking photos, anyway.
And then suddenly we were in the middle of the Columbia Plateau.
Here's a sunset photo from Chunlin as we rolled down I-90 into the Kittitas Valley.
That's Mt. Rainier, by the way. I didn't realize you could see it from there. If I recall correctly, I was able to spot Mt. Stuart from the far side of the Columbia, but we didn't get a photo of it.
More photos of playing in the snow and driving down the highway on flickr (flickr).
The horse goes "moo!"
The turtle goes "baaaa!"
The empty road goes "waka waka waka!"
The small-town church goes "rama lama ding dong!"
The orchard goes "meow!"
Yoda's disembodied head goes "Help me! On an old water ski, stuck am I!"
The road sign goes "No, the other way!"
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
We're not living here, but we own it. Ever since a week ago Friday.
We have no buyers' remorse.
The basement stairs have a few head-bump low clearances. I put some vinyl and foam pads on them.
The basement garage isn't quite finished.
We'll pour concrete very soon.
There's also a three-car garage/shop.
And a big yard.
As usual, there's some more photos on flickr.