Monthly Archives: June 2012

All Decked Out

We’re in our final days of construction mayhem now. At least we think… We hope… Although, I don’t really hope too hard, because I really will miss Randy when he’s gone…

But anyway, here’s a little something I’ve learned in the last month:

You’re NEVER really done with a major renovation project. You finish something, only to create something else that must be done. And the cycle repeats.

Case in point: our deck is built now. And it’s beautiful. See?

Sammy sunbathing on our new deck

Check out that city view in the background!

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Bittersweet Surrender

I’ve just finished off my last full week at Chabot Space & Science Center. Said my last “TGIF!” to the crew.

I had a really great day today, and it’s hard to believe that Wednesday is my last day. I just really love this place and our mission to “change the world!” It’s an awesome feeling to go to work, and to chant that to little kids…

I really like my coworkers, too; I’m gonna miss them. I hope they’ll still get drunk and play cornhole with me when I don’t work here anymore…

BBQ for my coworker Leah's birthday.

Gettin’ crunk Oakland-style for my coworker Leah’s birthday last weekend.

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It’s only the first day of summer, but it appears our backyard is already eager to produce food for us.

Last night we ate the first of our Santa Rosa plums. They were good — a little tart yet, but pretty darn good for food we ate off the DIRT IN OUR OWN BACKYARD.

Today I fed some to the contractors; they had no complaints.

And since we last pruned and inspected, things have taken on a surprising amount of shape and color. The fruit on our trees/vines/bushes is now all identifiable. See?



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This Will Always Be The Place

WARNING: Epic stuff coming up here!

I’ve got the goods for my Detroit trip blog now. It’s no small task for me to blog about going home, because it’s always a multi-layered story.

Everyone knows I live with a constant pang of homesickness; it’s not easy to leave a place like Detroit and move to the Bay Area (yes, you read that right). Even though I met the love of my life here, I built a great career, I’ve fallen in love with the landscape, and I’ve made a slate of awesome friends. I am still — yep — homesick.

This beautiful place I live in is still not the ugly place I came from — no place is. And I’m sure lots of people think no place is like their hometown, for better or worse, but really — NO place on earth is like Detroit. Yet. Continue reading

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Everything At Once

It’s been two days since we got back from Detroit, and we’re still working on getting through the photos and memorabilia of our trip and the grandparents’ 60th anniversary celebration. I’m really excited to blog it, but I just don’t have the goods yet.

At the same time, my Type A self is freaking out because I have other stuff I want to blog about, but I would be, like, going out of the order of my life events if I went into too much detail about them.

My BRAIN IS IN A KNOT. I just don’t know which way to write… There’s too much going on in life right now, so I’ll sum it all up with my favorite device… Continue reading

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