Tuesday, July 25, 2006
And yet there is a god. Somehow those guys at Tassi pulled off a miracle and tweaked out the van enough that it passed. The used EGR valve helped for sure - cutting the noxious gases reading down about 750 points from 2000 to 1250 roughly. It had to be under 1500.
I am having a great day and actually look forward to going to the DMV tomorrow to make the van a legal resident of California.
This is a snapshot the guys took of me during a video conference while I was telling them that the van passed smog. It's pretty hard for me to control my utter elation. In fact I have been unsuccessful at it. I have been waiting for this day for an entire year.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
As you can see by the picture, I surround myself with things I have made or appreciate the style of greatly. I know it looks messy, but it makes me feel good and enjoy my work space that much more. Somehow a "sterile" desk seems anti-creative to me. Maybe I'm nuts, though. If so - I'm fine with that. LOL
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I haven't posted in a while because AJ came back from Costa Rica last Saturday. So, you know - I was busy cleaning up the house and stuff. The cats really missed her and Maddi slept on the bed next to AJ from the first night on. She had been sleeping on the computer chair by herself the whole month. Mike, who had taken AJ's side of the bed all for himself, reluctantly gave it up and slept at our feet again.
AJ was looking out for me and took these pics of the VW buses she saw in Costa Rica. Too bad none of them were for sale. I mean "SE VENDE".
We went to the art fair in downtown Menlo Park on Sunday. Some day I wonder if I will have a booth at one of those... Sometimes people make "crafty" things and sometimes there's "arty" art. Is any of it REAL art? I don't know, I guess. That makes me sound like an art snob, when I'm not. I don't even know if what I'm doing is art. I mean - I'm being creative - sort of... But maybe it's just a craft in another form.
Art - you are a mystery to me. It's probably better that way.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
We wandered around the pier for a while and then went to Greg's friend's rooftop to view the fireworks. We haven't seen Greg in... about 2 years! He was crazy - it was his birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Greg!! The fireworks were OK - they were short. I guess I expected more.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Thanks to Steve and his blog for making my day. Daddy Long legs and his Harem of Dancing Squirrels.
Kids say funny things.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
See those little grapes at the bottom? Soon they will be lovely BIG grapes for mashing with feet!
They gave us 4 wines to try:
A nice Rose - I don't really like Rose, but this was not too sweet and full of flavor.
An excellent Chardonnay - We used to drink Chardonnay but for some reason don't anymore... this wine would change me back for sure.
A Merlot - this has to be the best merlot I've ever had. I'm no wine connoisseur, but this was phenomenal. So tasty and rich with different flavors.
A Dr. Pepper - They mixed a bunch of wines together and got this bastardization of a drink. But dang was it good. A little bit of this and then a bit of that later on the tongue.
It took a while to get home as we headed over to the coast to drive down Hwy 1. We stopped in Point Reyes and had dinner at The Station House". I had a great veggie burger that they made there. (Usually restaurants just buy Boca or Gardenburger - this was leagues above those in taste and texture.)
It was dark when we drove down Hwy 1 so we didn't get much of the effect of driving along a cliff that's falling into the ocean, but the moon was out and it was still pretty cool looking.