Saturday, April 28, 2007
- Seattle, WA (7:25AM) to Washington, DC (3:20PM)
- Washington, DC (5:20PM) to Johannesburg (2:35PM - May 10)
- overnight in Johannesburg
- Johannesburg (1:20PM) to Windhoek (2:20PM)
Then, I recover for a couple of days before orienting with Rev. Boylan and the UBS crew from May 14-18. I will then orient to Windhoek (solo) from May 19-23.
- Windhoek (12:50PM) to Johannesburg (3:45PM)
- Johannesburg (5:55PM) to Washington, DC (6:00AM - May 25)
- Washington, DC (8:50AM) to Seattle (11:19AM)
Friday, April 27, 2007
The packing is begun in earnest today. We have a target of 10 boxes per day before I take off for ... Namibia! Yes, I'm going for an orientation (2 weeks), solo. So, we have to get everything done before I go so Rob's not still fussing with it when the people we're housesitting for return. Plus, I wanna take our first load with me as checked baggage.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
May have big Namibia news (other than the new hairdo) in the next 24 hours ...
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I had a captive audience with Rob in the car during our long drive back to Bellingham and we worked out a plan for sorting all our stuff. We hope to finish as soon as possible so that we can actually spend some good, solid time with his folks ... who live 2 houses down from where we're housesitting. June has mentioned a return trip to Vancouver Island.
Now that we're all on Facebook and Ringo, I can show you what my family members look like.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
My big task today is to try some clothing on Rob that we got from Sierra Trading Post. Trying to make sure he has some nice pants and to replace his holey T-shirts.
Rob's big task is to get his guitar case fixed. He's driving to Tukwila this morning to get that process underway. He's been dragging that case around with rubber bands all over the handle that broke, the bands holding it together and concealing all the little wires that snapped out. He gets weirdness going through airport security with it the way it is, insisting that the security people hold the handle a certain way so they "don't get hurt". Yikes.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I did my 'Psalm 150' presentation at Cross of Christ LC on Sunday, in the Adult Ed. class.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I do watch American Idol once a week, on Tuesdays, to see the big performances mentored by a star. Weirdness; the Sanjaya thing. I had heard that there was a move to keep him on to "ruin" A.I. and I wondered how that was even possible. Behold, the techonology of eeeevilllll ...
There's a piece of software called the Sanjaya War Dialer. You enter Sanjaya's number after a show and it will dial it every 15 seconds, voting for him again and again. "And I think to myself ..."
Of course, technically, you could use it to super-vote for anybody, since the number has to be entered manually each week. But still.
The irony? Sanjaya is steadily improving as a performer week after week. It's kind of bizarre. Like, his unique environment of exposure and harsh criticism are working for him.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Here's what I wanted it to have:
➀ Image Stabilisation - don't want it to be all blurry just because I'm shooting from the back of a moving truck
➁ AA battery powered - have to be able to get replacement batteries anywhere
➂ Hi-res movie capability - this one has the 640x480 at 30 frames per second; any less than 30 fps is jerky
➃ Sound with the movies with low camera noise
➄ Long movie clip length - the capper on this model is 4GB, 4x what most other consumer level digicams have
➅ Not too expensive - can get it on Amazon for $250, plus a 2GB card as a bonus before June 11, 2007
➆ Built-in flash
The only drawback that I could find for this camera is the long flash-recovery time but apparently you can't get short flash-recovery and AA battery power in the same model. In fact, every camera I saw reviewed online, even highly recommended or rated ones, seemed to have an equal-sized collection of pros-and-cons. No-one makes a great or perfect digital camera at the consumer level, it seems. So, every consumer review collection ranged from "love it. best camera ever!!!!!!!" to "sucks. do NOT BUY THIS pece of jnk!" Given that we're going to be taking pictures in a bright, sunny place, we figure flash delay is a small price to pay.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Easter Vigil, Saturday: Went to church early to set up for the party after the service that night. Christy took me to check out her vintage dress collection and gave me a loaner green beaded capelet to wear over my black formal for the show that night. Went home after set-up and crashed before the show. Will post more on this when the pictures arrive.
Easter Sunday: Had breakfast at the church, service at 11AM. Had Easter dinner with the Zaffke family, crashed a bit afterward, watching recorded TV. My adrenals were shot from all the excitement and I got a headache.
Today, I'm taking it easy, recovering. The headache is gone but I'm still taking it slow, looking at some software to maximize our move productivity. Talking to mom on the phone right now.
Friday, April 06, 2007
blasts from the Dancing Sni's past…
Let me start by saying that having ants in the home here in Maun is not considered to be a problem. It's just the way things are. The pl...
Here is Rob's record: June gave me a bunch of his health records from when he was a baby when we were visiting them for Christmas o...
For immigration to Botswana, we need to be medically examined and have a doctor certify that we are "not suffering from favus, framboes...
If your hair was a light brown before you bleached it, here are some products you could try: Clairol Natural Instincts: 14 Tweed - Li...
Literally. Rob just heard a sound on top of the air conditioner. When he looked, he thought he saw a snake's head. Thankfully, it was ju...