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January 2020

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
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
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
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
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

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.
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

March 2020

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
New brushed nickel bathroom faucet
Pandemic home repairs World-readable
2020-05-25
In which the intrepid narrator finds things to fix around the house, as a warmup to renovating his master bathroom
Wallingford master bath
Tile World-readable
2020-05-29
In which the intrepid narrator considers what to do with water damage in his master bathroom
Wallingford master bath
Accidental project World-readable
2020-05-30
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

June 2020

Shopping cart full of subway tile
Subway Tile World-readable
2020-06-24
In which the intrepid narrator installs subway tile in his shower
Old tile being salvaged
Salvage tile World-readable
2020-06-28
In which the intrepid narrator salvages tile from the shower construction debris and installs it on the wall
Shower door half-installed
Shower door World-readable
2020-06-30

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
Kiesa removes tile from the master bath
Vinyl plank World-readable
2020-07-05
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
2020-07-11
In which the intrepid narrator finally wraps up his epic pandemic bathroom-remodel project
Julian and Aunt Bethany record a video
Walla Walla World-readable
2020-07-16
In which the intrepid narrator visits his parents in Walla Walla for a long weekend in the middle of a global pandemic

August 2020

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
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

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
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 climbs an apple tree
Picking Apples World-readable
2020-10-25
In which the intrepid narrator goes to pick apples in Watsonville
Tags: family
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

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
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
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
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
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
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

December 2020

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
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
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 decorates Christmas cookies
Zombiebread World-readable
2020-12-21
Zombies made out of gingerbread
Tags: christmas
Presents wrapped for Calvin and Julian from Uncle Willy
Zoomsmas World-readable
2020-12-25
A holiday by video conference
Monarch butterflies in a eucalyptus tree
Monarch World-readable
2020-12-26
In which the intrepid narrator visits the eucalyptus grove where monarch butterflies spend the winter at Natural Bridges State Park
Kayak opposite the Palo Alto Baylands dock
Dumbarton Rail Bridge World-readable
2020-12-29
In which the intrepid narrator paddles from Palo Alto Baylands to the abandoned Dumbarton Rail Bridge, rusting away in the middle of the bay
Our target coordinates, sunken gardens. Neelix relinquished
any Strange pleasure. Show up with difficult; in class.
- jwz's dadadodo, from Jaeger's journal entries