Monday, December 30, 2013

C was in town over the holidays. We hiked up rattlesnake ledge.

Both of us are thinking about our retirements. Retirement is years off, but you have to plan ahead.

The challenge we face is what to do during retirement. We know a few people who have retired. Those that had no purpose, who just went on endless vacation, started drinking too much, getting fat, and sometimes got a little bitter over getting old. But those who kept a job, who found a purpose stayed healthy and interesting.

So then, what do I want to do in my retirement?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My parents are in town for Christmas. Its great to be with them. They are older and tire more easily than they used to. Both are still healthy though.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Boone has had a couple dates with a food distributor. When Boone comes home from a date he is loaded up with snacks given to him as gifts-- chocolate bars, fruit and nut bars, flavored popcorns, special drinks, teas, candies.

It's only been two dates, and we now have too much junk food in the house.


KonTiki is a movie about a team of people who sailed 5000 miles on a raft from Peru to a Polynesian island of Raroia. The leader, Thor Heyerdahl, wanted to prove that it was possible for Polynesia to have been settled by drifters from South America. So the raft was built with nothing more advanced than what South American's had 1500 years ago-- balsa wood logs roped together, plus a thatched hut.

I loved the movie. After we finished watching RO said "You're not allowed to do that."

I asked "Why not?"

He responded "You're not allowed to do that."

I would love to go on some kind of extreme expedition. I've thought about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, or the Appalachian trail. Maybe a long distance boat (or raft) trip instead.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

It's cold out. At least for Seattle. Yesterday was the coldest day since 2010. When I told my parents this they laughed. Seattle's coldest day is about as warm as a typical day where they live in Eastern Ontario.

We have a humming bird feeder. The humming birds hang out by it. Spending as much time drinking from it, as resting. We bring the feeder in at night so it doesn't freeze. When we bring it out in the morning, they are waiting for us.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Cell phones

I just renewed my vehicle tabs online from my cellphone. I was waiting for lunch, so I thought I'd try it out. The state licensing website is very good, optimized for cell phones. I'm surprised how easy it was.

This makes me more worried about the future of the PC. Cell phones may not have nice big screens, or great keyboards, but they are there in your pocket when you need them. PCs can't beat that. Over time, app and website authors will update there sites to work well on phones.

Will pcs go the way of the full sized van, or three quarter ton truck? Useful, but not in every ones home.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Am back to work after a week in Maui. I really enjoyed the trip.

The flight back was canceled at the last moment-- pilot was sick. The airline put us up in a nice hotel and flew us out the next morning.

Some thoughts about Maui… I want to go back again. I love the place. I'm not sure I want to live there though. Maui takes the energy out of me. Maybe it's the heat and the sun. Here in Seattle I can run up and down hills for an hour. In Maui my legs were dragging after 15 minutes of running on a pleasant, level, trail.

Then there is the whole business of how I'd live in Maui. Obviously I couldn't spend the days on the beach, and the nights in wonderful restaurants.