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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
Everyone I'm sure, knows that when something goes wrong somewhere,
anywhere, anytime it is automatically SCOTT'S FAULT. Your dog ran away?
SCOTT'S FAULT. Your car won't start? SCOTT'S FAULT. Your power got
shut off because you forgot to mail the check? Yep, once again, SCOTT'S
FAULT. It is very similar to the "six degrees of separation" theory.
Somehow everything can be tied back to Scott.
- Renee Galvin, 25 October 2000