Friday, June 30, 2006
I got back from NYC around 3pm today and found the boys just waking up from their nap. We wrestled on the bed for a while, then they were off to the pool. New York was good and I had really good meetings but I'm glad to be back in the suburbs. The city kind of engulfs you after a while. Adam's flat is in a perfect location and I walked to most everything I did there but it's just, city, city, city, all the time. I actually wish I would have spent more time in the apartment because it's so nice. I took some pictures of the new lawn he had installed in the great room. Complete with teak furniture and plenty of light from the windows. It's pretty funny. Anyway, in case you don't read Nicole's blog, Dylan stuck something up his nose last night and they had to go to the emergency room to get it removed. Read all about it here. http://nikabolid.blogspot.com/
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
So I took the gamer plung and bought a new Nintendo DS Lite game player and a copy of Brain Age today. This is the newest portable game player from Nintendo and the game is aimed at aging Baby Boomers. I picked it up to help me with my mobile device, health and older adults research I'm doing with the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford. This game is actually suppose to keep you sharp by testing your brain on a regular basis. I've only just begun playing with it but the first quick test involves looking at the screen as colored words come up and speaking the color of the text and not what the word says. For instance, if Yellow comes up on the screen but the letters are blue, you need to say "blue". It's harder than it sounds. It also made me do 25 quick calculations. The screen will show 3x8 and you need to write the answer on the screen as quickly as possible to get a better score. It's very interesting.
It's still raining but the electricity has been on and the pumps running. The pumps only need to run when large quantities of water come down but with the ground is so saturated, an inch in a hour will get things pumping. It's suppose to end soon and a few sunny days are in the forecast. It turns out that this is the wettest June on record and beats the 1972 Anges Hurricaine floods that killed hundreds in West Virginia. If we get another inch, it will be the 2nd wettest month in this area on record ever. It's enough already...
Monday, June 26, 2006
These are a couple shots from the course we played on Friday in Ocean City. It's a really nice track and as you can see, we even got a little sun by the end of the round. It's still raining here and we now have 14 inches in 5 days. We just got another two and I think we have more on the way tonight and tomorrow. This is getting depressing.
Here's a picture from the Washington Post of a car that was parked at the Courtyard Marriott about a mile from our house. The whole intersection of Telegraph Road and the beltway was flooded last night when we got 6 inches of rain in about an hour and a half. Camaron Run went over the banks and closed 495 for 8 hours and swept a bunch of cars from the Marriott and other businesses away. I tried to drive Nicole to the Metro this morning at 7 but couldn't make it. We had better luck at 10. It's raining again.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
It has been raining in these parts for 5 days now and it could continue for three or four more. We've gotten over 10 inches of rain in that time frame and the pumps in the basement are working overtime tonight. Everything is dry down there but any prolonged power outage and another 3 inch downpour and I'm going to have some problems. I bought a generator a few months ago but it's still in the box and I don't have any gasoline so that won't do a lot of good.
On Wednesday, I measured 4 inches of rain in 45 minutes. It came down in sheets. Really quite amazing. We were in a the beginnings of a drought a week ago. I think we've made up the yearly deficit.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
I've been talking with my friend BJ Fogg about working with his lab at Stanford the last few weeks and I think we have a topic. http://credibility.stanford.edu/captology/notebook/archives.new/2006/06/mobile_health_o.html
We both agree that this topic could yield some interesting findings and should spark interest in the mobile device and health industries if done well. More when we get things moving.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Another year and another festival. I think we went to our first one with Thom and Jen while Nicole was prego. It's a lovely little festival but I must say, no one was watching the band. I don't think they booked any popular acts this year and things were a little slow. Anyway, the boys loved the rides and Joseph and I had a few beers while Kumie tried to stay out of the sun. We all had dinner at Austin Grill after that and then came how to watch Herbie, Fully Loaded with Lindsey Lohan. Very hot. I've posted a few pics of the event here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/homerclees/sets/72157594168922915/
We went to the pool this morning and now it's time for the boys to nap so papa can watch some US Open Golf.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Well, we won't be going to another movie for a little while. They weren't totally bad but they kept screaming at the screen and didn't really use inside voices much. The theater probably only had 20 people in it and half of them were under 5 so no harm done. The boys are not ready for a prime time movies yet but that's what DVD's are for.
Joe Jackson was good last night. Just him, Graham Maby and Dave the drummer. No guitars for this show so it was pretty mellow. Still didn't get home till 1am so I'm a little tired today. Not as tired if I had to get up and go to work so I've got that going for me.
Monday, June 12, 2006
I've been watching the Tom Hanks series "earth to the moom" over the past week or so as I've been unpacking all the stuff from my office. It's a 12 part series on 5 dvd's and I'm only on part 6. I've been watching it on the big plasma in the basement. Sam came dow today after his nap without pants on. He wanted to know what the astronauts were doing and I told him they were going to the moon. His first question was, "to get cheese?" refering to a wallece and gromit episode. I said yes of course but then notice he had no pants on. I told him to go get some pants and he told me that "astronauts don't wear pants" I couldn't prove otherwise. Off to see Joe Jackson tonight at the 9:30 Club. Should be fun.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Well, we made the trip into West Virginia and made it out alive. No banjos or funny lookin guys with straw hats or anything. We also didn't stop at Kumie's favorite casino. Didn't think I should buy the boys smokes and give them a cup full of nickels for the slot machines. We did however stop at the Joy Line Railroad and model train museum. The boys loved the little train that went in a circle and really loved the hand carts. Many pictures of both in the flickr collection.
We had lunch in Harpers Ferry and then headed across the Potomac into Maryland to see a Train Museum in Brunswick and then down to White's Ferry for an old fashioned ferry ride back across the Potomac into Virginia. This journey took about 6 hours and was a good test for this summers longer trips. The boys did well and watched Shrek while rolling through some beautiful country roads in Maryland. Oh well, they loved the trains and Sam was awake for the ferry ride.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
As you can see, the boys got their hair cut today and it was much needed. I've added a pre and post shot of them below.
We've had a pretty domestic day today. Gym in the morning, a trip to the drug store for all the new meds they have to take now and then a haircut and shopping. Tomorrow, we are off to a model railroad museum in Harpers Ferry WV. It's a short ride but it has a miniture railroad we can ride on as well. Should be fun and the weather is right for it.
I posted a few images from the pre-school graduation ceremony on Friday. The boys had singing roles in the whole thing and Dylan actually got into it. Sam was in a mood. You can find them here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/homerclees/sets/72157594161814162/
Friday, June 09, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
My niece Mae is show here in her first modeling job for a Room and Board advertisement. If Sam and Dylan were in this ad, one would be diving off the chair and the other climbing into the selves. Girls are much more relaxed. Rachel and Brandt are going to have to learn how to be stage parents. Maybe they can just send Mae out to live with Tony and Bill in LA and let them handle her career. Wait, I guess we don't want her to turn into Drew Barrymore.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Kumiwa just posted her pictures of Key West. Nice shots in all. She's not bad for a youngster.
I finally got the flickr collection of photo's from Key West up. I got a few pretty good pics and in fact, I like a bunch of the pictures I took with my little Canon elf more than the Digital SLR. You can see for yourself here http://www.flickr.com/photos/homerclees/sets/72157594157642788/
Got to the driving range today between errands and working out. Never enough time to do everything even when you are job free. Jimmy T is right. The boys are looking better and not coughing as much. They went to school today and got to run through a sprinkler. Good times...
Monday, June 05, 2006
So Sam left and Dylan right have been back on the nebulizer the past week or so. Three times a day to kick the latest hack they picked up. Here they are enjoying the treatment while watching Thomas the Train videos. I haven't posted the key west pictures yet because I'm still tired from the whole weekend. It took a long workout before I felt human again and then I had to catch up with all the e-mail and phone calls, not to mention the other chores that have piled up. As my friend Jimmy T says, being job free is hard work. He should know, he's still in Key West.