Sunday, December 01, 2013

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A Curse on Both Your Houses!

OMG watching the House "work" is so upsetting.

Listening to the GOP whine that Democrats are causing a shutdown by "refusing to negotiate" is so insulting. Here we have a house who keeps trying to pretend it is offering a budget, when it is instead passing up an ideological bill that attempts to take advantage of the hostage situation to cut women's rights, and kill of health care for Americans, which was *already passed.*

so, let me get this straight, we're supposed to re-negotiate things they are sad about losing on, every time a budget needs to get passed?

Time for a new budget? Oh, heeeeeeyyyyy, remember how we didn't get what we wanted on that defunding women's pap smears thing a few months back? Yeeaahhh, I'm gonna need to shut down the government to get what I wanted.

Shutting down WIC is literally leaving children to STARVE. They are taking food from babies. This is the party that claims to care about life, showing their true colors.

The ACA ("ObamaCare") was already approved by both houses and has been declared constitutional. Holding the well-being of our nation hostage so a few zealots can showboat is a disgusting state of affairs.

Remember, dear tea-partiers, last time the government was shut down by the GOP, we re-elected Clinton afterwards.  You are all on your way out, so I can only assume you are putting in your final theatrics to secure a book deal or a spot on Fox News after you are ousted.

I mean, while kids are starving, and the EPA stops monitoring the superfund site I work at, take your time to secure that book deal. Just don't say you did in for Americans. We don't stand with you.


Thursday, September 26, 2013


Oktoberfest seems like a really great idea, until I remember that it's German, and I've yet to find a German beer that I like.

Friday, July 12, 2013


Where have we been!?!?

Like everyone, we have been busy. Nothing to see here.

It looks like my last post in this here blogspot was in April and even those were tiny posts, so let's dig through the photographic evidence:

In January, Jennifer got married! Good job, Keith! I gave a toast at the reception, and I'm pretty sure it must have rocked because I don't really remember it all that well.

In February, we stayed close to home. Aunt Heather visited, and Molly loved it:

March was busy! We visited Monterey:

we spent a lot of time with Kathie to see her off in her home, and then we dressed Molly up crazy for Easter:

April was a BIG month!
I went to Las Vegas for work, and this must have been the highlight, because it's what I have a picture of:

We learned about farting rubber duckies:
We welcomed baby Tessa!

And played with snails at a birthday party:

May came around and brought grandma's homegrown zucchini:

Molly explored her various personas...
... as a bee, "getting pollen":

... and as "The Skull":

Aunt Mary visited, and Molly charmed her:

June started with Jennifer's birthday, which Molly celebrated with a dance through a giant redwood tree:

For ME (remember, this is not Molly's blog), June was huge-- I got to see the fruits of several months of planning for GoogleServe Week of Service. I am the lead for the Bay Area planning efforts-- this thing is huge and SO rewarding! After months of work with colleagues to get all these folks out into the community, it was nice to lean back and see it happen, get to serve myself. I did a project at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose:

GoogleServe is the hardest thing I do all year, and it's the thing I'm most passionate about at work. I am so grateful to get this opportunity from my awesome employer, and I'm even more humbled by the amazing passion and commitment of the team that makes it happen.

What else happened in June?
I finally got my Aerostich, so I can finally live the bikenerd dream. Grey hairs and oversized BMWs, here I come!

Molly insisted she wanted to play tetherball, with predictable, and adorable results (no children were permanently harmed in the making of this video):

The house 3 doors down burned one morning:

Unfortunately, with the occupant inside, apparently murdered. Molly is now creepily obsessed with death, so don't be surprised if she asks you about death, or tells you someone is dead.

She also loves "pingerfainting"

Which finally brings us to July. We launched with July 4th at the Compound, with lots of friends, kids, beer, and a stunning view of illegal fireworks all around East San Jose.
Then Paul and I took Molly camping. She LOVED it.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Oh, Albuquerque, you SO CRAZY

Oh my.

I sent my beloved Sidis out a few weeks ago (this is taking much too long for me, a daily motorcycle commuter) to be re-soled.
I've been wearing my M4s every day instead, which are hugely uncomfortable, take ten minutes of pushing and pulling and grunting to get on and off, and are slightly dangerous since I can not feel the controls or get them under the shift lever, but that's OK because I know UPS is scurrying those Sidis back to me!

Except I think my Sidis are in a ditch in New Mexico right now:

How often do trains derail, really?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Daycare - It's not a goddam Ginsu Knife

Have HAD IT with child care centers trying to be cute and coy about tuition rates. Look, please post this information on your website. If you can't do that, please answer the damn question the first time I ask! Do not try to "schedule a tour" in response to the question. This is not a fun little game for a person who just has all the time in the world to waste with you.

I am a busy parent, which is the whole reason I am trying to find care in the first place. I do not have time for your used car sales tactics. I can only imagine what every other goddam interatction with your center would be like, should my child end up there.

"Is my kid ready to be picked up?"
"Oh! I'm so PLEASED that you asked! Did you know we offer extended care for a small fee?"
"Yes but I just want my kid. Is she ready? Anyway, you didn't even say what the small fee was."
"Oh, why don't you see how you like the extended care facility first. I know you'll love it"
me--->> calling the police to spring my rugrat from this hostage-taker.

It's a simple matter of economics-- I have $X left to pay for my little snowflake's daytime warehouse. You tell me what you will charge, and I will compare it the that number to determine if I should waste our time taking the tour. I know you think by being coy you can get me hooked first, but I am not going to pay more than $X because that is all I have. There is no more!

Saturday, April 13, 2013