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27 Nov 2002 - 6:36:17 PM
I'm in Los Angeles, hanging out with my parents. Had a mostly uneventful drive down from the Bay Area with my brother yesterday, except for the massive amounts of traffic that started in Santa Barbara and lasted pretty much all the way through L.A. So, yeah, lots of family stuff for the next several days. And turkey. There'll be lots of turkey, too. L.A. is a little weird for me now, especially after eight years in Seattle. It's just too warm and sunny here -- nobody wears fleece. Oh well.
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25 Nov 2002 - 9:02:49 AM
I'm almost officially in frantic pack mode now. I'm flying down to California today to spend Thanksgiving with various family members, and, well, I'm not quite packed yet. Anyway, if I don't post anything for a while, then have a good Thanksgiving.
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24 Nov 2002 - 11:40:56 PM
Yesterday I woke up at 6:00 a.m. in order to make a 7:00 a.m. meeting with three other folks to go on a hike. It's amazing how I can wake up early on a weekend to go hiking or climbing, but it's nigh impossible for me to get to work before 10:00 a.m. during the week. I wonder what that says about me...

Anyway, we hiked to Mt. Defiance (5384'). There were low clouds but after a bit of elevation gain we got above them and could see the spiny ridge of mountains south of I-90 jutting above the thick whiteness. We coudn't see Rainier, however, because there were also high clouds that blotted out the distant views. Clouds below us, clouds above us. Nice hike, though. No snow, yet, but it was a bit muddy, and the roots and rocks in the trail were slippery on the way up. About ten miles round trip -- it took us seven hours total, at a fairly moderate pace. If you're thinking about hiking up Mt. Defiance, here are a few suggestions. Start at the Mason Lake/Bandera Mountain trailhead parking lot. Follow the Mason Lake trail, and when you get to the fork, take the left branch -- it's not as steep as the right, avoids a long traverse across a boulder field, and follows a very pretty cascading river. At Mason Lake, you keep going around on the left and then uphill to the ridge, where you get to a junction with a very informative signpost. Go left, following the ridge. The trail turns into a scenic traverse, and then you eventually make a right uphill on an unsigned spur trail (although there is a small cairn). Pretty straightforward, eh?

Of course, there's a new Bandera Mountain trail currently being blasted out of the hillside (lots of switchbacks) that will have a connecting trail to Mason Lake. Once that's finished, it'll be a lot easier to take that trail to the lake, instead. My suggestion, however, is to hike it now before the new trail's done, and it becomes massively popular and crowded.

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21 Nov 2002 - 6:02:49 PM
My birthday turned out okay, actually. It was a beautiful, sunny day, which is a rarity for Seattle in November. I slept in, didn't go into work, walked around Seward Park, and went to a friend's house for dinner. No binge drinking, though. I must be mellowing out in my old age.
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19 Nov 2002 - 5:28:03 PM
Well, tomorrow's my birthday. I'll be 33. I'm getting old, but that's not really news, I guess. No birthday party or such planned, but maybe in four months when I'm 33 and 1/3 I'll do something exciting. Nobody's bought me anything from my wish list, by the way, and here I thought I had at least one or two loyal readers. Oh well. Maybe I'll just get a bottle of vodka tomorrow and drink myself into oblivion.
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17 Nov 2002 - 11:12:53 PM
Saw Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets today. I liked it better than the first Harry Potter flick, but the main problem I had with the book I still had with the movie, in that the ending is basically pulled out of a hat. Oh well. A little quibble I had with the movie is the lack of use of John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick. All he does is float around the screen a couple of times and say things like "Good evening" and "Hello!" Seems like such a waste of comic talent. Oh well. The ending was a bit shmaltzy, too. But the quidditch match was done much better this time around, and the Dobby character was rendered quite well, I thought. So, yeah, if you like Harry Potter, you should like this movie.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets gets: :-):-):-) (out of 4)

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14 Nov 2002 - 11:38:31 PM
I got my first birthday present in the mail today. It's from a couple friends of mine who got married just before I started this blog. It's certainly an original present, something I never would have thought of myself. I'm not really sure I want to say what it is, but I guess I have to, since I've brought the subject up. It's, well, it's an apron, with lighthouses on it. Yeah. Just what I've always wanted. So, for those of you who were planning to get me one of those, you'll have to think of something else. Go check out my wish list for ideas. In case anyone's forgotten, my birthday's next week on the 20th. Better hurry up and get me something before it's too late!
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14 Nov 2002 - 2:11:56 PM
Tonight I'll finally be getting a printer, an HP 932c that a friend of mine's selling. Not having a printer at home wasn't a big deal while I had a job because I could just do all my printing at work. Not having a printer for the 14 months I was unemployed, though, was kind of a pain, and so I think it's about time I finally got one. And it's cheap, too. I'll be spending more on new ink cartridges than on the printer itself. Yeah, and I'll need a cable, too. Hmm. Technically, I'll have a printer tonight, but it could be a while until I'm actually able to print...
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11 Nov 2002 - 4:36:07 PM
My old boss at drugstore who is now a Solucient colleague (she pulled me in to do contract work, although in a different group from the one she manages) just had a new kid, Paige Samantha. To see a picture of the baby, go to Overlake Hospital, click the Newborn Gallery link, and then scroll down (she was born on November 8th). Or just go straight to the photo. She's a cutie, isn't she?
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10 Nov 2002 - 11:19:21 PM
I am so tired. Finished the second and last weekend of the MOFA class. I was dreading this weekend a little bit, because the weather looked like it was going to be miserable, and we would running around outside doing first aid scenarios. It didn't rain too much, though, and there was even a few moments of sun Saturday afternoon. The hardest part, actually, was the amount of time the instruction, scenarios, and subsequent discussions consumed. Friday night went from 6:30 to about 10:00. Saturday started at 8:00 a.m. and lasted until 9:30 p.m. Sunday started at 8:00 a.m. again and lasted until 4:00 p.m. My brain's on overload from all the instruction, and the scenarios, while fun and effective, were fairly stressful. I still had something like an adrenaline rush going when we left, but by the time I got back home I'd relaxed, and then exhaustion set in. I should've gone to sleep hours ago.
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7 Nov 2002 - 12:01:30 AM
Last week, I visited the Seattle City Clerk's Office web site to get some tax info, but ended up browsing the photograph archives instead. I found a few pictures from July 1953 of the intersection of Belmont and Olive Way when they were apparently rubberizing the road. Where the B&O Espresso now resides used to be the Belmont Tavern. I like the B&O a lot -- great desserts -- but I'm kind of bummed that the Belmont Tavern is no more. It looks like it was a great dive bar.
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3 Nov 2002 - 10:45:36 PM
Spent most of the weekend taking a Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (MOFA) class. It'll finish up next weekend up at the WAC's Guye Cabin. This first half was mainly class instruction -- CPR and first aid -- but it ended with a couple hands-on scenarios that were pretty interesting. The second half will have some more instruction, but a lot more scenarios, so I'm looking forward to that.

One fun thing is there are eight of us from the climbing class taking the MOFA course, and so it kind of feels like a class reunion. Three of the instructors are also taking it, which means I know about half the class. Convenient, in a way, but as a result I haven't really met many of the other students. Oh well. Maybe next weekend I'll meet more of them.

I decided I would take the MOFA (or an equivalent) course about half-way through the climbing class. If an accident happened in the mountains, and I became injured, I would need first aid from others. And if others were injured, then they would need first aid from me. It's a simple matter of responsibility, really.

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