Over the last couple of weeks, Harold's verbal neurons have really started to kick into gear. Nearly every day, he's surprising us with new words or phrases that he has apparently stored up within the walls of his cranium. This goes for gestures too. One example that still makes me do a double take, though it's been almost a week now, is that when asked a location question, such as, Where's your shoes? He will stop make a contemplative face, and say, Uhmmmm.... He's now a little dude!
He is also very particular about order, and what goes where, and who can be where. For instance, I was sitting at mama's computer, looking a file someone had sent her. He comes over to me and with a stern look on his face, he points at me and reminds me this is mama's spot. He then points over to my cave (my office-like room in the back of the garage) and says, daddy's 'puter. 'Puter? Where did he get that, now?!?
I sure hope that mama is recording all this, because it's coming fast and furious, every day, something new.
I've been toying more and more with Ubuntu running on VirtualBox in my cave. This is where I am posting this from. It's pretty seamless, impressive, both on the VBox and the Ubuntu systems.
I have some experimenting to do with a LAMP framework. Not sure how I'll ever get around to it, and I'm not really familiar with Apache, but I'll muddle through it in the coming months. Care to stay informed via this forum? Let me know in the comments.
Came home from the Adventure Guides campout, our fifth such experience. Penny was looking forward to it in a big way the prior week. When I came to pick her up from school Friday afternoon, she was nearly exploding with excitement about going. How cool is that?
We had one new dad and daughter combo, Jim and Natalie. Jim had just that day, Friday, come back from a week long trip to Hong Kong and Korea, so he was beat. But during the day Saturday, he was able to pull out one of his big boy toys, a small remote control helicopter. He flew it around and showed it off, buzzing a neighboring circle. It was a lot of fun.
We got in early Friday, early enough to snag primo parking right at the top of the hill near the unloading point. Michael made some great burgers for dinner with all the trimmings, he's a good cook.
The Camp has a new zip line, what the call the High Cable Slide. And high, it is! They built a platform between two redwood trees about twenty feet (6 meters) off the ground and the rider has to climb to the top of an 8 foot (2.5 m)ladder, then climb the rest of the way using pegs that were inserted into the tree. Then the ride itself is maybe a good 80 to 100 feet (24 - 30 m) long. Penny had no fear. But when it came to the Mole Hole, which is a 3 foot diameter (1m) drainage pipe situated on the side of a hill where the riders slide down on a plastic snow sled, she would have nothing to do with it unless I came with her. But alas, the rules prohibited dual riders.
As usual, Penny and I stayed until the end, after lunch on Sunday. This time, though, they made available a tour of their new facility that is still under construction. And what a grand building! It's made of blond, hand hewn logs, something that you would see at an upscale lodge at Tahoe. The kitchen will be restaurant class with all new commercial appliances and there is a large front patio where they can have science camp classes outside, even in inclement weather. It's too bad the old dining/recreation hall and kitchen will be demolished. Rumor has it that it has been around since the 1920s. But, it is showing its age and there is a ton of deferred maintenance, and it will not fit with the new look of the place, so sad as it is, it does have to go. The director, though, said they will be trying to salvage and reuse as much of the old place as possible, from rocks from the hearth to the wood from the paneling.
The crafts we hosted were re-runs, the rock necklace and the foam bear pouch. A lot of the dads seemed to remember the rock necklaces!
Overall, it was a great weekend, and Penny and I had a great time, and a great time together. After all, that's the point. Looking forward to the fall campout already!