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31 Oct 2003 - 5:44:26 PM
Well, it's Halloween, and it's mostly dark, and I still don't have a costume. I'm beginning to think it's not going to be a very impressive Halloween for me this year. It's too cold out to do anything, anyway...
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30 Oct 2003 - 10:35:27 AM
Right, so Smith Rock was a blast. I loved it. It was much better than Cats. I want to go again and again.

In other news, I finally re-scanned all my hat pictures. Oy. I never want to do that again. Now all I have to do is re-write the page to make it more interesting. Static HTML only goes so far...

Yesterday I had lunch with Wayne (hi, Wayne!) at the Still Life in Fremont. First time I'd been to the Still Life since the new management took over and remodeled it. Very representative of what's happened to Fremont over the years, I think. Most of its old funky feeling is gone, and it looks, well, mainstreamed. The Mediterranean Focaccia sandwich I had, though, was really good. So, there you go.

Oh, here's a picture of me leading a route at Smith:

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23 Oct 2003 - 11:21:16 PM
I've been unemployed for two days now, but I've been busy -- haven't really had much time to slack off. I've been running around, getting things together for a weekend rock climbing trip to Smith Rock. Should be a fun trip, though, and then next week I'll be able to relax.

I realized today that adjusting to unemployment after being laid off is a little different than after quitting a job. Previously, it had always been my decision, and I'd had concrete plans for what I would do afterwards. This time, though, I was deemed unnecessary, and, while I have plans for what to do next, I hadn't been spending too much thinking about them -- it's more of a change that was out of my control, and, well, it's a different sort of adjustment to make. But yeah, it'll be good to start moving forward again with something new.

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21 Oct 2003 - 10:03:03 PM
For the first time in my life, I was laid off from a job. When I joined Apex (a struggling dot-com) back in January, I knew this might/would happen, so it's not like I'm upset about it. I was expecting it, actually, but I thought the hatchet would fall sometime in November, so I was a little surprised that it happened today. But, yeah, whatever, life goes on. It's a good opportunity for me to finish my book, before my next job materializes. I'll be so happy when I finish my book. Can't wait.
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20 Oct 2003 - 2:17:54 PM
Went out to Frenchman Coulee (nee Vantage) on Saturday and did a bunch of climbing. Got nine routes in, mostly at Millennium Wall. A pretty full day of sport climbing. Fortunately for you, I'm writing this entry while at work, and my guidebook's at home, so I can't list all the routes here. A highlight for me was leading a 10b -- I either flashed it or got the redpoint, depending how you look at it (but I won't go into details). Whichever, I'm still patting myself on the back. Of course, the day would not have been complete without running into someone from the WAC, a guy I took the climbing class with, no less.
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17 Oct 2003 - 4:17:59 PM
Last year I got an email from some guy in England working on an informal history of lighthouses to include in the marketing web pages for the Admiralty Digital List of Lights. He wanted to use my picture of the Old Goa lighthouse, and I was rather flattered. I finally checked into it, and my picture's there on the last page, shrunken down but still looking pretty good.

Last week I got an email from some other guy in England involved with the Lighthouse Society of Great Britain who's working on the 2004 update to their Lighthouse Encyclopaedia cd-rom and wanted to know if he could use a few of my lighthouse pictures. In return, I get a comp copy of the cd-rom -- can't wait to see it.

So, yeah, I'm slowly working my way into the Lighthouse Inner Circle. I'll have to start hitting some more lighthouses soon to keep up my street cred...

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14 Oct 2003 - 2:58:07 PM
Went to the Croc last night and saw Longwave and Calla. Good show. Longwave put on a great set. They have kind of a well-produced garage rock sound, I guess. The first song of their set reminded me an early INXS song ("Don't Change") and later they had one or two that sounded like The Strokes. So, make of that what you will. For their encore, they covered the Stones' "2000 Man" -- very fun. The opening band was Calla, and while I didn't enjoy their set as much as Longwave's, they were still pretty good. They've got sort of a Stone Roses thing going. All in all, it was a fun night out, marred only by the rudeness of the bartender. She yelled at us because we didn't tell her our drink orders as quickly as she wanted and rather than bring me my change, she tossed it into her tip jar. I think she needs to improve her working under pressure skills.
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13 Oct 2003 - 5:08:33 PM
Saw Intolerable Cruelty over the weekend, and really liked it. Lots of great, funny dialogue, and the plot moved along at a great clip. A fine return to form for the Coen brothers (I didn't much care for The Man Who Wasn't There). Once again, I'm torn between giving a three or a three and a half smiley rating. I probably wouldn't mind seeing it again, though, so I'll be generous...

Intolerable Cruelty gets: ***1/2 (out of 4)

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8 Oct 2003 - 4:43:02 PM
I got an email today from a friend of mine I know from California who is now living in Berlin. He included a couple lines from an email he had received from a German friend of his: "May I start with offering my deepest condolences to you as a Californian. We have our own experiences with politicians from Austria ..." It's just surreal that Schwarzenegger is going to be governor. And I so thought Gary Coleman was going to win the recall election. Oh well. Time for another update to "California Uber Alles" I guess.
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6 Oct 2003 - 5:09:27 PM
Here's sort of a nostalgia post. It's been a while since I've written an entry about going climbing in Leavenworth over the weekend -- it's high time I did another. So, I went climbing in Leavenworth on Sunday. Did the seven pitch Condorphamine Addiction sport route, which was pretty fun, and, surprisingly, we had all of Condor Buttress to ourselves. The route's rated 10b, but there are only a couple of 10b spots -- most of it's easier, and the whole route is well-protected. I'd thought the climb would take a good five or six hours, but the pitches were pretty short (especially the first one), and we got to the top in three hours. Nice spot, on top of Condor Buttress. Then we spent an hour rappeling back down to the start of the climb. One of the hardest things about this route, I thought, was the approach: 1600 feet of elevation gain straight up from the road on a decent-to-miserable climber's path -- parts were in good shape, but others were loose dirt slip-fests. Saw some grouse (or pheasant, maybe -- I'm no birder). One was hanging out and eating what looked like tiny blueberries -- there were big clusters of these berries everywhere, and I just now thought that a bunch of them would've made a nice picture. Oh well. Anyway, good climb. Pitches five and six had the hardest moves; pitch seven was the easiest. From up as high as we were, we could see the tops of Colchuck, Dragontail, and Stuart, as well as the smoke from the Ingalls Creek fire coloring the sky.
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