Today's start of the Tour of California was next to my office building.
Didn't even intend it. It was pure lucky timing. Went outside around lunch to get soaked in the rain (got on my goretex mt hardware technical shell I got from the flagship SeaWa REI store back in 99) and see what the road closures were all about. Crossing the street at Almaden and Park, I hear the word "lance", look back and see him riding by on the way to the start.
Walked over to the start, and there he was, getting his game face on, moving through the crowd of riders to the pole.
After the gun, they went around the block, and I hustled over with the crowd to the other side to get one more glimpse before they all took off to the hills, through the heavy downpour, a hundred miles later winding up in Modesto.
It was a wet weekend. The moat around our house actually started to fill.
The rain was non step from about Saturday evening until this Monday morning. The Guadalupe River today is roaring nicely, but far from flood stage. Hope that we get a bit of a break so the ground can soak it in a bit.
Once every couple of years, I have to go buy clothes for work. You know, the khaki, dockers kinda clothes. Thing is, I just hate going clothes shopping. I hate going to the mall. None of the experience is fun for me. But I have to do it. After all, clothes, after several years, do indeed wear out.
No kidding, wear out. There are areas of pairs of pants that I own that are thread bare. No, not on the seat, but where the belt goes, and down near the cuffs, where they've been rubbing on shoes for years.
Nordstrom or Macys are usually my picks. But Nordstroms is getting really pricey, more than they need to be. So I do a cursory browse through them on my way to Macys. At the latter, I found a decent sale rack and picked up four good collar shirts for only fifteen dollars each. The discount said 19.95, but the register took another five off of that. Nice!
Got a pair of pants on a crazy sale too, but I did end up overpaying for one other pair of slacks and a shirt, neither of which were on sale, but I liked them and figured I got a deal on the other stuff, so it's ok.
It was time to load up on blue-ish items. The threadbare slacks I mentioned earlier were my only last good blue pair, and they wore through about a year ago. The blue-ish shirt(s) I had shrunk up so that I had to wear them with the sleeves rolled up all the time. That was a bit less than a year ago. So I went heavy with blue.
Also got some socks to match. They had some house brand that was called eco something or other, made with hemp yarn. Yep. Hemp. Cool. Weren't any more dollars than other materials, so I got a couple of pairs.
In the end, it was not as painful as I always assume it will be. But going to the mall still is near the bottom of my favorite things to do.
UPDATE: One of the fifteen dollar shirts turned out to require cuff links. Huh? I'm not wearing cuff links to work. Back they go.
Problems that we're running into with the Jumpstart Advanced Kindergarten software set:
Animal Field Trip
Whenever it tries to go to the contest sheet, it asks for this file, and always defaults to the D: drive, the CD drive:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Knowledge Adventure\JumpStart Animal Field Trip\ani_saveart.cst
It seems to play just fine as long as I navigate to this file all the time. I've tried to edit this file:
C:\Program Files\JumpStart\JumpStart Animal Field Trip\JSAnimalFT.ini
but there's not much there at all.
I also tried to edit this file, defining with an absolute path the ApRoot variable:
C:\Program Files\JumpStart\JumpStart Animal Field Trip\LAUNCH.INI
Looking in the registry, I found the key for this application and the variable for the path, which points to the diretory above on the C: drive, so it looks ok. I'm not confident enough with creating reg keys to go mucking around in there.
Lauch this from the desktop shortcut, which points here:
"C:\Program Files\JumpStart World\Pet Playground\JSWorldDemo.exe"
The resolution starts to change and then it throws a generic error that says "Graphics device error". The title bar of the dialog says "JSWorldDemo". Not sure what that is, but I've done lots less troubleshooting on the Pet Playground.
Tried to play a file in that directory called "JSWorldDemo.wmv" and found that Windows Media Player 10 was waiting for someone to agree to its license agreement. I configured it so it now works and will play that file, but the app still has the same problem. Reboot didn't fix it. I'm stumped.
Motivation was the word of the weekend! Each day, we got packed up, ready and out the door by 10AM to go for a hike at a local hiking destination.
Saturday found us at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino, as we trucked the one mile to the working farm they have up the trail. Penny walked the entire way up there, we checked out the farm animals they maintain, and we even got to see the feeding of the chickens. On the way back to the car park, she rode the entire way in the buggy. Harold was content in the baby back pack that mama carried the entire way.
On Sunday, it was a toss up between Lexington in Los Gatos and Fremont Older in Cupertino. They both allow dogs and I really wanted to get our boy dog out for some fresh air and sunshine. Fremont Older won out, and we found the trailhead parking lot to be jam packed. It's a pretty popular place, I guess, and most folks did indeed bring their dog. We just did a bit over 1 mile, but this time, since there were more significant hills, Penny rode the buggy the entire way with a blanket clipped to the top, forming what she called a tent (and she missed out on some deer bounding across the roadway right in front of us).
We hung out on the tailgate and had the Safeway sandwiches we had picked up, and the dog was good and thirsty too.
The weather, too, couldn't be beat. Sun all day, crystal clear skies, and high temperatures in the mid-70s (F, or low 20s C).