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January 2020

Calvin, Julian, Kiesa, and Jaeger sit down to fondue for the solstice
Christmas 2019 World-readable
2019-12-25
In which the intrepid narrator visits family and celebrates Christmas
Tags: family
Convention Centre Dublin model in Lego
Books I read in 2019 World-readable
2020-01-10 12:27:45
In which the intrepid narrator reviews his reading list from 2019
Tags: books
Colorado SuperChair at Breckenridge
Breckenridge World-readable
2019-12-30
In which the intrepid narrator visits Breckenridge for two days of skiing
Tags: skiing
Main Street Frisco
Sanitas World-readable
2020-01-03
3rd January 2020: In which the intrepid narrator drops by Boulder on his way to the airport
Tags: boulder
Looking down Yosemite Valley
The Joshua Tree World-readable
2020-01-10
10th January 2020: In which the intrepid narrator returns to the Mojave Desert, comes face-to-face with alien Joshua trees, and retraces U2's steps in Twentynine Palms
Super Constellation at the Museum of Flight
First Flight World-readable
2020-01-25
In which the intrepid narrator watches the first landing of the brand-new Boeing 777X
Park Boulevard through Joshua Tree National Park
North View World-readable
2020-01-11
11th January 2020: In which the intrepid narrator hikes the North View Trail in Joshua Tree National Park, takes a driving geology tour, and sees (but does not touch) cuddly cactus
Morning sun over Twentynine Palms
Two deserts World-readable
2020-01-12
12th January 2020: In which the intrepid narrator travels from the Mojave Desert to the Colorado Desert, and then onward to the rain

February 2020

Julian looks out the window of an Alaska 737-900 at ONT
Palm Springs World-readable
2020-02-15
15th February 2020: In which the intrepid narrator flies to SoCal to visit the sun in Palm Springs
Sun over the golf course at Marriott Shadow Ridge
Pool day World-readable
2020-02-16
16th February 2020: In which the intrepid narrator takes his children to the resort pool to enjoy the Southern California sun
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway car departs the lower station
Tramway World-readable
2020-02-17
17th February 2020: In which the intrepid narrator ascends an engineering marvel into Mount San Jacinto State Park
Julian with a Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree Reprise World-readable
2020-02-18
It's beautiful, in its own alien way.

March 2020

Snake Bite Pool
Date Garden World-readable
2020-02-19
19th February 2020: In which the intrepid narrator goes swimming (again) and visits the last remaining road-side date attraction in Indio
Palm trees growing in Andreas Canyon
Andreas Canyon World-readable
2020-02-20
In which the intrepid narrator wraps up his week in the Southern California sun with a visit to a fan palm oasis
Office in Wallingford
COVID-19 World-readable
2020-03-08 21:23:46
In which the intrepid narrator gets caught up in the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington State
Tags: covid-19
Pandemic board with Seattle about to outbreak
Pandemic World-readable
2020-03-15 21:23:33
In which the intrepid narrator works in exile to try to bend the exponential curve in the face of a global pandemic
Tags: covid-19
Bending the curve World-readable
2020-03-22 21:12:43
I wanted zombies, this virus sucks
Tags: covid-19
Crochet coronavirus
2020-03-29 21:57:51
Let's escape to a nuclear disaster
Tags: covid-19

April 2020

Jaeger wearing a home-made cloth mask
2020-04-05 22:01:42
Masks are terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.
Tags: covid-19
Lego Architecture San Francisco
2020-04-12 22:20:16
As Bono sang, "Some days are better than others"
Tags: covid-19
California poppies growing in Wallingford
Holding Pattern World-readable
2020-04-19 16:53:46
Waiting to see what happens next
Tags: covid-19
Willow looks out at the rain
Plumbing World-readable
2020-04-26 21:24:40
In which the most exciting thing to happen during the endless pandemic week is a minor plumbing emergency

May 2020

Willow at the desk
The End of April World-readable
2020-05-03 22:39:14
Another milestone in the never-ending COVID-19 saga
Tags: covid-19
French press and fresh coffee on conference room table
Coffee From Home World-readable
2020-05-10 21:25:47
In which the intrepid narrator upgrades his home coffee equipment in (gestures vaguely at everything) the current crisis
Tags: covid-19
Macbook and portable monitor on roof
Under Siege World-readable
2020-05-17 21:22:18
In which the intrepid narrator's world reaches an uneasy equilibrium with COVID-19
Tags: covid-19
Backyard raccoon in Wallingford
Backyard raccoon World-readable
2020-05-23 19:44:20
In which the local wildlife makes itself seen in Wallingford
Google San Francisco sign at Hills Plaza
Remote work World-readable
2020-05-24 22:19:12
In which the intrepid narrator contemplates remote work in the age of Coronavirus, and the benefits of in-person collaboration in the future

July 2020

Gasworks Park at night
2020-07-04
In which the intrepid narrator visits Gasworks Park in the middle of a global pandemic to watch an unofficial fireworks display
Wallingford master bath
Tile World-readable
2020-07-07 23:16:21
In which the intrepid narrator considers what to do with water damage in his master bathroom
New brushed nickel bathroom faucet
Pandemic home repairs World-readable
2020-07-11 22:19:57
In which the intrepid narrator finds things to fix around the house, as a warmup to renovating his master bathroom
Wallingford master bath
Accidental project World-readable
2020-07-24 20:10:09
In which the intrepid narrator accidently starts a massive bathroom renovation project in the midst of a global pandemic, while interviewing for a new job at Apple and preparing to sell his house and move to California
Shopping cart full of subway tile
Subway Tile World-readable
2020-07-30 21:28:26
In which the intrepid narrator installs subway tile in his shower
Old tile being salvaged
Salvage tile World-readable
2020-07-31 21:28:32
In which the intrepid narrator salvages tile from the shower construction debris and installs it on the wall

August 2020

Shower door half-installed
Shower door World-readable
2020-08-01 17:10:34
Kiesa removes tile from the master bath
Vinyl plank World-readable
2020-08-02 19:20:29
In which the intrepid narrator finishes his bathroom floor with vinyl plank; and also, a brief discourse on refinishing tile
Toilet room waiting for new floor
The end of the project World-readable
2020-08-03 19:22:40
In which the intrepid narrator finally wraps up his epic pandemic bathroom-remodel project
Completed master bathroom
2020-08-05 19:58:00
In which the intrepid narrator shows off before-and-after pictures of his pandemic bathroom remodel, and contemplates the legacy of the project
Julian and Aunt Bethany record a video
Walla Walla World-readable
2020-08-07 19:43:07
In which the intrepid narrator visits his parents in Walla Walla for a long weekend in the middle of a global pandemic
Loma Prieta house
Loma Prieta World-readable
2020-08-27 21:42:46
In which the intrepid narrator rents a house at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains
Monterey Peninsula and Santa Cruz from Loma Prieta
2020-08-30 21:31:55
In which the intrepid narrator moves into his new home on Loma Prieta
View of Santa Cruz and the Pacific Ocean
Outage World-readable
2020-08-31 18:56:23
In which the intrepid narrator brings his kids back to Loma Prieta in the midst of a multi-day power outage during an epic heatwave and under the threat of devastating wildfires

September 2020

Sun sets through wildfire haze above radar tower
Lightning Complex World-readable
2020-09-01 19:46:19
In which the intrepid narrator lives in the wildland-urban interface near the CZU Lightning Complex Fire
Calvin and Kiesa kayak on Monterey Bay
Marine mammals World-readable
2020-09-06
In which the intrepid narrator takes his family kayaking on Monterey Bay
SS Palo Alto on Seacliff Beach
Beach Day World-readable
2020-09-27
In which the intrepid narrator takes his kids to the beach, sees a derelict ship made out of concrete, and builds sandcastles
Tags: beach

October 2020

mom and bethany bring the evil imac into the house
iMac World-readable
2020-10-13 20:32:52
In which the intrepid narrator gets an iMac for his desk
Tags: apple
Power lines grounded for tree trimming
Public Safety World-readable
2020-10-20 19:48:52
In which the intrepid narrator enjoys a Public Safety Power Shutoff triggered by potential fire weather
Julian on his kindergarten Zoom call
Zoomtergarten World-readable
2020-10-28 21:23:18
In which the intrepid narrator proposes a neologism to describe online elementary education in the First Plague Year
Tags: covid-19
Calvin's
Halloween 2020 World-readable
2020-10-31
In which the intrepid narrator celebrates Halloween during the First Plague Year
Tags: covid-19

November 2020

Computer seance with Nagata
Computer seance World-readable
2020-11-03 18:08:03
In which the intrepid narrator enjoys a second Public Safety Power Shutoff
Calvin fires a pumpkin blaster
Pumpkin blaster World-readable
2020-10-11
In which the intrepid narrator visits a pumpkin patch and fires pumpkin blasters
Julian surveys the outline of a sand star fort
Star Fort World-readable
2020-11-15
In which the intrepid narrator builds an idea star fort out of sand
Tags: beach
Sharon, Julian, Kiesa, Jaeger, and Calvin with the family video conference Thanksgiving
Zoomsgiving World-readable
2020-11-28 09:08:51
In which the intrepid narrator celebrates Thanksgiving via video conference; "Zoomsgiving", if you will
Julian follows Kiesa through Summit Tree Farm
Tree Farm World-readable
2020-11-27
In which the intrepid narrator shops for a live Christmas tree
Julian climbs an apple tree
Picking Apples World-readable
2020-10-25
In which the intrepid narrator goes to pick apples in Watsonville
Tags: family

December 2020

Lego minifig in a video conference
2020-12-06 13:37:16
In which the intrepid narrator is stuck in an endless cycle of re-open and re-close
Tags: covid-19
Kayak on Elkhorn Slough
Kirby Park World-readable
2020-11-21
In which the intrepid narrator kayaks Elkhorn Slough and sees So Many Birds
Tags: kayak
Boardwalk at Palo Alto Baylands stretching into San Francisco Bay
Palo Alto Baylands World-readable
2020-12-12
In which the intrepid narrator takes his child to Baylands
Julian runs down the Redwood Grove trail
Redwoods World-readable
2020-11-24
In which the intrepid narrator takes his kids through an old-growth redwood forest
Tags: hiking
Moss Landing Power Plant smokestacks above Elkhorn Slough
Reserve World-readable
2020-12-05
In which the intrepid narrator visits Elkhorn Slough, on foot this time
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