I happened to be near a TV today that was tuned into live coverage of the Olympic torch being run through a city local to me, San Francisco.
There is no memory in my mind of live coverage of the movement of the torch in previous Olympic years, especially by local TV stations. So why was it so important now? Well, as you may be aware, there have been lots of protests in London and Paris when the torch tried to pass through those cities. Protests against what the communist Chinese government has been doing to the people of Tibet over the past half century.
As much as the repressive communists in power in Beijing may not like it, as much as the repressive regime tries to turn the world's head away from their recent crackdowns,
The entire coverage had running commentary about the situation in Tibet. The entire coverage was focused on what the protesters were trying to highlight, just as the protesters had hoped.
I'm sure the Great Firewall of China will be blocking all that coverage, and the people in China don't know about, or may not even care, about the situation, or even of the fate of the people in Tibet. But I do have to side with the folks who have for decades now adorned their cars and lapels with the words, Free Tibet.
It's been nine days in the house now, well past time for an update.
Now, where are things.
The blue room is gone. That was the outhouse the workers used as a toilet. It also served as a temporary power pole when the electrical supply was disconnected from the house. Now that the power is connected back to the house and most of the subs and their workers are done and gone, we don't need it anymore.
The container is almost empty. The container is a 24 foot (7.3m) metal box which housed most of our household stuff such as furniture. It has sat on the side of the driveway since last June. Last weekend, we moved a lot of the furniture back into the house, as well as all the other packed moving boxes into the garage, and now there are only a couple of spurious things left behind. We've already made the appointment for the company to come get it this Friday. That means it needs to be completely empty and I'll need to figure out how to move the construction fence out of the way.
The camper is getting more and more empty. I've turned off the water supply and the water heater, though the electricity is still connected, mainly for lighting in case we need something out of it at night. We haven't focused too much on it, but we should real soon so we can send it on its way, and realize the liquidity stored in it (another way of saying, get our money back out of it).
There are just a few things here and there that need tending to, such as the sump pump under the house which drains the condenser coils of the air conditioner, it needs a place to be plugged into.
But the two main areas that need finishing are the exterior paint and the cabinet doors, shelves and drawers.