March 2001

Summary: Patrick gets a new laptop, we go to the zoo, 20 Years of Madonna in 7 Minutes, Sam stops by to pick up his tiger.

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Sat 3

Patrick and I visit the Pierre et Gilles exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Sun 4

Saw Chocolat at United Artists Stonestown with Patrick.

Mon 5

Patrick witnesses a jaywalker get hit by a car today near his work. Dinner at Fresca with Patrick.

Tue 6

Dental appointment for Frank. Shopping at Ikea. We buy a mirror, a corkboard, and some napkins. Grocery shopping at Rainbow.

Thu 8

Dinner with Aaron and Patrick at Luna Park. Aaron had the white bean and duck confit cassoulet and for dessert apple and huckleberry cobbler. Patrick had pork cutlet with mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry; for dessert, bourbon pecan chocolate tart with mint ice cream. Frank had the Pot on Fire, and for dessert coconut cream pie.

Fri 9

I proofread the first 5 stories in Patrick's thesis. We reviewed my corrections after he got home from work.

Sat 10

Went to Alice Radio's job fair party. Bob X. Cringely predicted that in 2006 people will be able to buy US$15 laptops and everyone would have a computer. Dinner with Tina, Daniel, and Patrick at Hawthorne Lane. Tina and Daniel stay the night.

Sun 11

Spent the day with Tina and Daniel and Patrick: Breakfast at home with pastries from Ambrosia. Photo shooting at the Sutro Baths ruins and the Palace of the Legion of Fine Arts. Shopping at Stonestown. Lunch at Chevy's. Napping in the afternoon.

Mon 12

Oatmeal for breakfast. I read Patrick's first draft of "Blackout." Picked up housewarming photos at Wolf. Coffee and tea at Just Desserts on Church. Patrick read from Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I read from MySQL by Paul DuBois. Vegetable stir-fry with spaghettini at home for dinner.

Tue 13

Patrick does wcities work. I read more of DuBois. Grocery shopping at Rainbow. Nap. Vegan spring rolls from Santa Cruz and corn-crusted roasted vegetable pizza for dinner at home.

Wed 14

I cut my hair and did plenty of laundry today. Worked on XHTML. Talked to Victor and Chris online. Cleaned. Leftover pizza for lunch. Sesame noodle salad for dinner. Victor bought me On Writing Well by William Zinsser—it came in the mail today. Thanks, Victor!

Fri 16

Patrick and I win an ebay auction for his birthday present: an IBM X20 laptop with UltraBase X2 Media Slice. If we bought it new, it would have been $700 more.

Sat 17

The blue computer died today while I was moving a partition with PartitionMagic 5.0. It just hung up in the middle of the move—there was nothing I could do. It took me about 8 hours, but I restored from a month-old backup. Patrick suggests dinner at Jitra to make me feel better. After some boneless duck and our favorite yellow curry chicken, I find he's right about that. Patrick starts painting The Pear God.

Sun 18

Patrick and I try to find the buffalo at Golden Gate Park, but we are unsuccessful because we didn't look up the buffalo pen's location before leaving. Instead, we have lunch at 49 Cafe and visit the San Francisco Zoo. It's a fun time. We saw a white peacock, an albino wallaroo, some coyote, orangutangs, koala, lots of bugs, gorillas, and more. Broccoli stir-fry with jasmine rice for dinner at home.

Mon 19

Met Patrick for dinner at Azteca. Dropped in on Brian and Kelly. Met Eric, a guy that Brian met at the clothing store called Body.

Tue 20

Patrick and I go to Madonna night at Trannyshack, a popular drag show. It's also Patrick's first time to the Stud. We see a performer do "20 Years of Madonna in 7 Minutes"—quick-changing and lip-synching through a montage of past Madonna personas.

Wed 21

Today I ran errands at the drug store, applied for two jobs, implemented a more secure backup process than I had previously, recoded some web pages to be more accessible, and edited the photos Patrick and I took on the day of our housewarming.

Thu 22

Grocery shopping at Rainbow.

Sat 24

Worked on some PHP for my website. Patrick meets Sam at the airport.

Wed 28

Finished editing the first half of Patrick's thesis. Lunch at Jitra. Grocery shopping at Tower Market.

Thu 29

PHP work. Patrick finishes Blackout. Watched My Best Friend's Wedding on DVD with Patrick.

Fri 30

Today I did house chores, called Speakeasy to get another IP address and find out why I only get 410 Kbps downloads when they promised me 608, read Patrick's first completed version of "Blackout," and returned the DVD. Patrick makes a great seafood risotto for dinner. I accidentally meet Sam. His first words to me are: "I am here to pick up my tiger." I put in the descriptions for the housewarming photos.