Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
This little flower says, "Hi, Daddy. I'll be the first tomato you pick."
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Kevin showed us the rapier he uses when he fences. Clara, who will be going to UCSanta Cruz next year, took the time to write a one-page 12-point list of detailed instructions for her brother titled "How to Take a Shower." Kevin was not impressed. Delicious strawberry shortcake, Julie!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Palo is the 5th most expensive city to live in in the USA. Median home price for a home in 2007 was $1.3 million, the average was more than $1.6 million. Median income for a family was $153,197 in 2007. The city has many older homes. North of the Oregon Expressway, there are more Craftsman style, south more Eichler homes. We're housesitting in an Eichler home.
The city is 52% Democrat, 25% Republican:
My own unscientific observation: the preferred car in Palo Alto is
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The third stop was under construction and being remodeled, no longer a "well-preserved" historical example.
In this house long ago, Richard Varian developed the Klystron tube. Dick still thinks this has something to do with Superman, although it has more to do with radar systems.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
April 2: I called Leta in the morning to check on her. She said she was feeling dizzy, I offered to take her to the doctor. She declined, but said what she really needed was for me to take her dog, Perky, for a walk. I told her I'd be there in an hour, but then I started thinking about what "walking the dog" might actually mean and I began to worry and delayed my departure. At the end of the hour, she called to see why I wasn't there yet. I had to ask, "Leta, will I have to pick up dog poop?" She brightly answered, "Oh yes." I told her I just couldn't do that. She answered, "That's OK, dear, I'm not dizzy anymore, I can take Perky out." And she hasn't asked me to walk her dog again - hurray!
April 10: On the way to Josette's baby shower, I asked Leta where Perky was staying while she was gone. Perky was with a neighbor who also had a little dog. Then she said, "I did think about bringing a blanket and Perky with us. Perky could stay in the car while we were at the shower." My response, "No, Leta, that would not have worked. Perky can't be in this car."
April 15: Dick took his mom to lunch, while I stayed home. Guess who came along for the trip? Yup, Perky, he stayed in the car while they were in the restaurant. Grrr!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I first met Val in 1958. My best friend in 5th or 6th grade was Vickie, Val's cousin. We went to play one summer day at Val's house in Riego.
Maria and I met over our adjoining backyard fence in 1975. We were both pregnant and even had the same due date. Maria's daughter, Leslie, was born one week early. I was 4 weeks late with Justin.
They've been best friends since birth. Leslie and Justin.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I bought Doug (child #3) countless Lego kits as he was growing up. I always worked with (as in "forced") him to build the structure as pictured on the box before free play with the Legos could begin. We built castles, islands, space ships, etc, but when left to play on his own, Doug chose the people and accessories - all the little stuff. Doug, at 25, still likes Legos and looks forward to buying them when his two boys get older. I had to go see what today's adult Lego enthusiasts had built and I had to take lots of pictures.
I arrived at 11 am and walked in the front door of the hotel. I saw the exhibit hall and began following the line of people to find the end. Through the lobby, down one hall, turn right, down another hall, left turn, down another hall,
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I think I may have been the closest to being compliant.