June 2012

Summary: Anna and Brian's wedding in Portland, visited Scott E, Late Housewarming Syndicate BBQ at Herman's, bought a MacBook Air, Underworld at Space 550 (550 Barneveld), five Pink Saturday parties, Hero at Ruby Skye (420 Mason), Colossus at Sound Factory (525 Harrison), Sanctuary at 1015 Folsom, R and G Lounge dinner and proposal with JY and Adrian

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Fri 1

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic argentinian d'anjou pear; cinnamon; "mostly marin" wildflower honey; organic, unsweetened rice milk. Still not feeling 100% recovered from the cold I've been having, so I rode Muni to work. Web redesign review meeting with Mary Anne and Robin. Chatted briefly with Rodney. Management activities. Followup with Mark F about MyAccess account setup. Lunch at You See Sushi. I haven't been here in a long time. They remodeled the inside so that everything is one level—no more stairs down to the lower dining room. Chatted with Eric briefly. Began coding the Kidney Project (temporary) website. Supp app work in Drupal: scp and ssh key issues, add US military status. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to MCB to avoid N Judah shutdown, chatted with resident Roshini E on the way. We talked about my Zara Kids brown jeans with plaid cuffs, juice bar grand openings, contact lenses, laser eye surgery, earthquakes, doctors in Florida, Harry Potter's Wizarding World, rollercoasters, fat. I met Patrick at Corazon Juicebar which had its grand opening today. I introduced him to Cesar and we ordered two large veggie drinks and chatted with Cesar for a bit. Dinner at Papalote with Patrick: we each had a chicken adobo burrito and tortilla chips, horchata for him, strawberry agua fresca for me. We walked to the Castro, ran an errand at Walgreen's. Rode Muni home. It was awfully slow, stopping for about 5 minutes each at Castro, Forest Hill, and West Portal, no announcement as to the cause of the delay. As we finally alighted, I said to Patrick, "That was not worth two dollars."

Sat 2

Day 12 of cold symptoms. Today I have congestion in the chest. Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic argentinian d'anjou pear; cinnamon; "mostly marin" wildflower honey; organic, unsweetened rice milk. Recharge spa work: redesign. Late lunch: leftover tofu and vegetable curry. Recharge spa work: new art show (garelick), more redesign work. Snack: pretzels, hot water. Watched Transformers: Dark of the Moon on Netflix DVD with Patrick. That film was so ridiculous. Late meal: mostly organic mac and cheese from a box with sliced mushrooms, Dorot cilantro, corn off the cob from frozen; hot water.

Sun 3

Day 13 of cold symptoms, same as yesterday but less congestion. Breakfast: hot water. Recharge spa work all day: redesign. Finished cleaning under the kitchen sink. Vacuumed dust gathered by chair feet. Refelted 2 feet on a chair. Gathered items to give away: old jeans, lots of audio and video cables, iPhone equipment that no longer seemed to work after installing iOS 5. Late brunch: tostada from ingredients leftover from taco night, hot water. Dinner at home with Patrick: udon noodle stir fry with seitan, cabbage, carrots, daikon, red bell pepper, onions, pea sprouts, black sesame seeds; hot water. Changed a light bulb. So lately I've been enjoying OS X Lion. For a while I kept Mail and iCal open all the time maximized in their own spaces but I realized that that presents a problem when, for example, trying to rearrange windows to permit drag and drop, such as with a mail attachment in a new mail message window. Spaces that contain a maximized window won't permit other windows to be added. Consequently, I now leave Mail and iCal fully maximized in their own spaces. I keep my Dock on the right instead of the bottom. I changed that because of conflicts with the XP taskbar in VMware Fusion at work—when the XP taskbar is at the bottom and the OS X Dock is at the bottom things get confusing. The somewhat unfortunate thing is that the fan versus stack behavior of the OS X Dock isn't exactly the same way on the right as it is on the bottom, but it doesn't bother me that much. I realized I probably don't do much drag and drop to iCal, so I will maximize that one and see how it goes. Trip planning for this weekend.

Mon 4

Day 13 of cold symptoms, same as yesterday but less congestion. Breakfast: organic oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins, hot water. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Tried copying website backups to external hard drive but failed because the drives would not mount, and I was unable to resolve it. Supp app work in Drupal all day: edited latest fillpdf module to add my customizations, identified code that was no longer needed, US military service adjustment, fillpdf setup, menu adjustment, added tab tamer module. Followup with Chris W about the email address problem: resolved. Lunch: students CR and DC treated the office to very delicious sandwiches from The Wooly Pig and homemade brownies—yum! Web design review meeting with C3. This was a difficult meeting, but we got through it, and the C3 team couldn't have been more professional about it. Chatted briefly with Eric D. Worked late til about 8 PM. PDDR canceled dinner for tonight. Dinner at desk: leftovers from last night. Rode Muni home.

Tue 5

Day 14 of cold symptoms, same as yesterday but less congestion. Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic fuji apple; cinnamon; organic, unsweetened rice milk. Rode Muni to work. On the bus I encountered Bill S and met his son William. We chatted about the DMV and eye contact. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Kidney project web staging. SCWG meeting. Management activities. Lunch at the cafeteria: veggie burger, fries, water from my klean kanteen. 1-on-1 with Cindy. Kidney project web staging. Web updates: /pharmd/office, pharm sci prep for Dick S's retirement. Sent Joel and Cindy iPad wallpapers I created that include our office's phone number so that the lock screen wallpaper can tell someone how to return it in case it is lost. Computer maintenance: installed various updates, Chrome, Firefox 13. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: sake-tamari salmon and black sesame seeds with side salad and ranch dressing, hot water, sake for Patrick. Watched The Simpsons "Lisa Goes Gaga" on Hulu with Patrick.

Wed 6

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic nectarine; cinnamon; organic, organic unsweetened soy milk. Yesterday was the first day I noticed that the mailbox at 26th and Rivera which had had graffiti on it for at least the past 2 years was finally painted to remove the graffiti. Day 16 of cold symptoms, same as 2 days ago but less congestion. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Archived website data to portable hard drives. Responded to an applicant's question about the computer requirements. Chatted with Cindy about an emergency request for video work. Tried to attend the core web admins meeting but didn't have the correct meeting info. Handled the emergency request for video work using iMovie. Kidney project web staging. Lunch at the cafeteria: brown rice, tofu and vegetables stir fry, egg roll, water from my klean kanteen, about $5. Computer maintenance with Tran: PGP, webcam setup for Cindy, network drives issue for Lisa. Mary Anne's retirement party. Rode Muni home. Skipped dinner because I had had enough to eat from the party.

Thu 7

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic nectarine; cinnamon; organic, organic unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Followup with problem report from resident KN—it's finally resolved. Kidney project web staging. C3 technical meeting: to keep our project moving, I agreed to follow John's advice regarding address handling. Closed a preview session for Shirin. Linkchecking followup with Millo P. C3 design meeting. Lunch: Subway veggie delight sandwich. Web team meeting. Accounts setup for Mark F (Shibboleth, EDS/LDAP). Kidney project web staging. Registered Susie, Eric, and me for An Event Apart San Francisco 2012. Followup with Windows Media Licensing: yes, I confirm we stopped distributing Windows Media Player (so please stop sending me notices). ICRD work for Lynn H. Supp app project work in Drupal: figured out how to add the DDS/PhD notice, followup with JCB. Rode Muni home. Repaired a malfunctioning Kleenex box. Dinner at home with Patrick: hato mugi vegetable stew with egg and basil chiffonade, hot water. Dessert: fruit salad with blueberries, banana, nectarine, coconut, simple syrup, lemon juice. Trip planning. Realized that after installing Lion months ago that my iPhone no longer synced contacts in Address Book. Tried resolving sync problems with notes and contacts, failed. Late meal: mac and cheese from a box. Packed. To bed late.

Fri 8

Breakfast: oatmeal with blueberries, banana, cinnamon. muni to bart to sfo. pinkberry frozen yogurt: peanut butter in a waffle cone with dark chocolate chips. sushi platter from wakaba sushi & noodle. virgin america flight 816 to portland. Flight delayed about 30 minutes, a bit bumpy. I'm in Portland for the weekend to attend cousin Anna wedding. The wedding day coincides with the Grand Floral Parade, part of the Portland Rose Festival. Pickup by Lani, Alex, Corinna, and Henry. Drop off at Park Lane Suites. Our room was 201. Park Lane Suites is very close to the Portland Timbers stadium. The building looks like it was built in the 1970s and was renovated within the past 5 years. I noticed some maintenance quality problems: rust at the bottom of the bathroom door frame, the cabinetry between the dishwasher and refrigerator was water-damaged and rotting. One of the room heaters did not work, but we reported the problem and it was promptly repaired. Free wireless worked in the living room but not the bedrooms and was measured to be around 600 Kbps. Dex had spent a day in Seattle and drove down to meet us. Corinna and Lani left us with a box of half-eaten Voodoo Doughnuts, so I sampled them all. My favorite was Portland Cream, then Mango Tango. Relaxed, unpacked, ironed clothes for tomorrow, relaxed. Cab to MetroVino. Explored park. Dinner at MetroVino. Ice cream and coffee at Cool Moon ice cream.

Sat 9

Dex, Alex, and Henry dropped me off a little too early at Genies Cafe, the best we could do to make our schedules meet. They left to meet Corinna and Lani at the farmers market. Two observations while waiting on a sidewalk bench outside Genies: (1) people are much more likely than in SF to say a cheerful hello, and (2) there are a lot of bicyclists, and they seem to be much more respectful of red lights than bicyclists in San Francisco. Met Scott E for brunch. We talked about MURP, the relationship between public health and urban planning, parklets, wine (he recommended Torii Mor), bicycling, gloves, people we know. I gave him a brown Ames Bros t-shirt with a moustache handlebar bicycle. He showed me the place he was staying and gave me a ride back to the hotel. Rested. Dex, Alex, Henry and I drive to Tigard, scoped the ceremony location, then hung out at Washington Square Shopping Center for about an hour. Bought a fresh-picked rainbow for Chris and Nate at Made in Oregon. Ceremony at Solid Rock Church: guestbook, photo slideshow, candlelighting, vows. Before the ceremony we briefly met Brian. Drove to Corbett for the reception at Bridal Veil Lakes. Bridal Veil Lakes is a stunning location for a wedding reception: a large lake in the middle of a heavily wooded valley. Flowers (buttercups?) lined parts of the lake edge. It was utterly picturesque. For a few minutes just as we arrived there was a light rain shower, but the rest of the evening had no rain with some spots of sun—lucky. It was cold, but we had been sufficiently warned. There were a few large quilts that people could use if they arrived unprepared. At least there were heaters in the restrooms. After an hour or so I changed into warmer clothes. Some people made use of the canoes on the lake and the swings at the entrance. Drinks and buffet. Custom M&M's were part of the candies and mints provided as a favor and one imprint design included a photo of the wedding couple (!). Another favor: wildflower seeds embedded in a paper heart—plant the paper heart for the flowers to grow. The Fireball cinnamon whiskey was popular. A selection of games was available, but I did not see anyone playing them. Two kinds of cake: red velvet and chocolate. Met Christine S, William, Sally, Jack, Scott, Heather. Dancing until around 8:30 or 9:00. Two adjectives stood out for me to describe the ceremony and reception: elegant and understated. I had a wonderful, memorable time, and I learned that the groom's family and friends share a lot of love and have charming senses of humor. On the return to the hotel, Alex, Henry, Dex, and I decided to get a bite to eat. We stopped at Burgerville, primarily for the convenience. I had fish and chips, which were nothing special, and the others were not very impressed with their burgers. The restaurant had soda machines that I had never seen before: Coca-Cola-branded, with (touchscreens?): it claimed you could select from 100 different kinds of sodas. Somewhere along the way in today's driving we drove past a Chang's Mongolian Grill, which I recall from Seattle—(it was the same sign)—and which I miss since, amazingly, there is no Mongolian BBQ in San Francisco. We had had plans to continue the celebration at a Come As You Are 90's dance party at Lola's Room in McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom, but one by one the others who agreed to go dropped out for various reasons, so none of us went. Alex, Henry, Dex, and I talked until late.

Sun 10

The rain gave way to sun today. Oatmeal from a paper cup, orange juice (both complimentary). Dropoff at a nearby Red Line station. I had thought I needed cash to buy my ticket, but it was credit-card-only. $2.40 for an all zones, 2-hour ticket. Light rail in Portland is free in the downtown area. The trains have holders for hanging bicycles. I sat perfectly centered in front of one of the super-large windows and received a tour of downtown Portland. Outside downtown the building scenery changed into expansive vistas of bubbly cumulus clouds against a bright, blue sky. A pleasant surprise: the MAX light rail train has leather seats. It's hard to ride light rail in Portland and not compare it with Muni in San Francisco. Portland has so much more urban smarts than San Francisco that it hurts. Virgin flight 817: uneventful. Patrick picked me up at SFO. Late lunch at Herbivore with Patrick: thai tea and papaya salad for Patrick, large green juice and indonesian noodle salad for me. Food, drink, and service were very good. Our server was Serena. $27.16 before a $5 tip. Home. Long nap. Awoke to the smell of Patrick's homemade minestrone: lentils, quinoa shells, rainbow chard, garlic, tomatoes. Ate a bowl, side of tortilla chips, side of Taiwanese rice wrap that Sam and Patrick made together over the weekend, water. Tried to resolve contact syncing problem with Apple Address Book by adding my iCloud account to Address Book but encountered a problem in which Address Book says "Searching server for the specified user name" with a spinner and it stays like that forever, never finding what it's seeking, and never progressing. I searched for solutions on the web but was unable to find anything helpful. Failure again.

Mon 11

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic fuji apple; cinnamon; organic, unsweetened almond milk. Tried to attend a meeting but was not told the correct room. Read about WWDC news: new MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air. Chatted with Roger M from dentistry about DDS/PhD program info for the supp app. Responded to Leslie F about a translation permission request for one of our web pages. Responded to student JY about a problem with using VPN. Calendar management. Lunch to go from Panda Express: Panda Bowl with chow mein and eggplant tofu, water from my klean kanteen. My fortune: Soon, someone will make you very proud. Chatted briefly with Joe about new people database requirements. Management activities. Supp app work in Drupal. Met with Sara: Kidney Project website. Supp app work in Drupal. Dinner at home with Patrick: salmon with toasted sesame soy vay sauce with rice duo (brown short grain and black jasmine), grilled onions, hot water. Dessert: cooks.com quick blackberry cobbler. Watched half of Pulp Fiction (1994) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Recharge Spa work for Drew: redesign styling.

Tue 12

Breakfast: sliced, organic fuji apple; sesame bagel, toasted, with peanut butter. Rode Muni to work. Edtech Systems Working Group meeting: discussed new people database requirements. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Calendar management. Supp app work in Drupal: testing and testing setup for Roger M. Chatted with Eric D about Crashplan, new and disappointing Mac Pros. Lunch: Philippine Independence Day menu at the cafeteria: sitaw at kalabasa, veggie pancit bihon, sauteed zucchini. Dessert: 2 kinds of frozen yogurt: tartisan mango, chocolate. Added chopped peanut and chocolate jimmies. Lots of calendar management. Management activities. Lots of calendar management. Final coding for the temporary Kidney Project website. 1-on-1 with Eric. Dental cleaning with Dr. Natasha A. Lee, Ada in the front office, Tina handled my cleaning, excellent service again, no problems with my teeth. Post office: mailed a small package. Bought a small dessert from Sheng Kee Bakery. Bought a bread stick and some pastries from Arizmendi Bakery. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: brown rice vermicelli in garlic marinara sauce, side salad. Dessert: a chocolate roll cake with yellow center. Tasty, but I thought it was going to be custard and it turned out to be more jello-like than custard. Finished watching Pulp Fiction (1994) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Late meal: leftover minestrone soup, tortilla chips.

Wed 13

Rode Muni to work. Breakfast at desk: half of pastries from Arizmendi Bakery: pumpkin muffin, pecan roll. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Supp app project work in Drupal all day. Lunch at the cafeteria: veggie burger with cheddar, fries, a plum. Rode my bike home. Installed Songza on my iPhone. Dinner at home: leftover salad, leftover brown rice vermicelli, leftover chocolate roll cake. Recharge Spa work for Drew: removed diabetic nail services.

Thu 14

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with sliced, costa rican banana; cinnamon; organic, unsweetened soy milk. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Listserv management. Supp app project work in Drupal all day. Made the temporary Kidney Project website live. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home: veggie and seitan stir-fry over leftover short-grain brown rice and black jasmine rice, hot water. Cleaned the bathroom. Cleaned up some notes sync problems.

Fri 15

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, fuji apple; cinnamon; organic, unsweetened soy milk, "mostly marin" wildflower honey. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Met with Lisa: set up password database. /about/admin org chart work for Susie: added Daniel L. Wandres. Management activities. Sent the reminder about the forthcoming listserv rotation. Helped David J with a question about our YouTube videos. Encountered Kirk H, who told me that our colleague Rob S passed away this morning. Rob had been fighting cancer for a while, and his passing is sad news for us. Lunch from Carmelina's: tostada, pinto beans, mild salsa, no meat. I gave my free, self-serve, empty soda cup to the guy in line before me. Chatted briefly with Orlando L about the supp app, sent him the supp app notes. Lots of supp app work in Drupal all day. Chatted with Daliah briefly about supp app IB score requirements. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: miso soup with tofu and vegetables, salad, hot water.

Sat 16

Dropped off the car with Louis the mechanic for some maintenance. Breakfast at House of Coffee: small Vic's Blend, toasted cheese bagel with cream cheese. Dan B picked me up in a new BMW 335is—so nice. Syndicate lunch at Gourmet Village, Millbrae; coffee, chai, and maple cream soda at Il Piccolo, Burlingame followed by a walk of Broadway Burlingame and a stop at a small wine shop where several made purchases. On the ride home we listened to an InSoc album released in 2007 that (I learned later) Patrick plays frequently at home. Rested. Patrick and I walked to the mechanic and picked up the car. Dinner at home: I made a tofu and vegetable stir-fry with soy sauce rice that Sam and Patrick had made earlier, hot water. Dessert: a bowl of Rainier cherries. This batch is mostly disappointing. Some of the cherries are perfectly sweet, but most of them are not sweet at all.

Sun 17

Slept in. Late Housewarming Syndicate BBQ at Herman's place with Herman, Patrick C, Andy, Scott, Emery, Timmie, Bryan L, Ray F, Toby R, Matt P, Galen, Brendon, Will K, Michael C, Vernon, Tim C, Dave R, Dave M, Jeremy B, Brian J, Spencer, James K, Marck G, Ben L, Lilly, Elle. Many of us took giant lemons from Herman's lemon tree. Home. Dinner at home with Patrick: homemade minestrone, corn biscuits, water. Tried to fix a gear shift problem with my bicycle, failed.

Mon 18

Breakfast at home: 2 eggs, 2 hash browns, one leftover biscuit. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Notified Susie about one of our lab websites which went down on Saturday. Listserv maintenance for Lucia. Tried to resolve a problem with my Time Machine drive. Laptop maintenance all day. Supp app project work in Drupal: added stuff that must remain secret, did some work related to IB scores. Sent Eric D an editing correction for homepage news. Lunch: leftovers. Small web edit on the admissions residency page to correct an editing problem reported by Lisa. Followup with Mark F from C3 and John K about LDAP. Orientation page updates for Shirin. Rescheduled my meeting with Eric about The Archive. Provisioned web space for the Brodsky website. Management activities. Reviewed last week's IT Forum video. Archived website data to portable hard drive. Rode my bike home, stopping briefly at Everybody Bikes which was and wasn't open. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftovers, hot water. Dessert: sliced, fresh strawberries over Mission Hill fresh banana ice cream with "mostly marin" wildflower honey and grated coconut. To bed early.

Tue 19

Woke around 3, had trouble getting back to sleep, finally did after about 2 hours. Woke. Dropped the car off for maintenance. Rode my bike to work. Breakfast at the cafeteria: potato frittata, grilled potatoes, wheat toast. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Supp app project work in Drupal: added stuff that must remain secret. Lots of calendar management. Comm team meeting. I brought rainier cherries to share. Didn't really eat a lunch today, but the cherries held me. Began writing a communications team strategic goals document. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick, Danny, Drew, Phil, Romy: coq au vin, garden salad, mashed potatoes. Dessert: fresh banana ice cream, bourbon butter pecan ice cream, chocolate chip shortbread. Coffee: Sumatra decaf from Henry's House of Coffee, Peruvian decaf from Bicycle Coffee Company. Some of our guests dislike Bicycle Coffee Company saying it has sour notes to it, but I couldn't taste anything sour in it. Ordered a new MacBook Air, my first laptop, if you don't count the Toshiba Libretto subnotebook I had in the late 1990s. I wanted smaller over more power/battery, so I got the 11-inch instead of the 13-inch. I knew the RAM was not upgradeable so I got 8 GB. I didn't need a lot of disk space, but I knew I needed more than 64 GB, so I got 128 GB. The new MacBook Pro has a Retina display, but I didn't really care about that because I'm figuring it will be at least a year or two before most third-party OS X apps have been updated to make good use of it. I added a spare 45-watt MagSafe 2 power adapter and 3 years of AppleCare. Apple threw in a $100 Back To School Gift Card for free. Grand total = $1,664.06 after $122.06 tax via the Apple higher education store. I don't plan to use a laptop often, but when I travel it's more efficient to get things done with a laptop than with my iPhone. Some websites I might want to use still use Adobe Flash, so I didn't want an iPad. At work I need a new Mac Pro or iMac and at home I need a new iMac but the latest rumors make it seem as though those purchases will have to wait until 2013.

Wed 20

Pre-breakfast: cheese bagel with cream cheese, 12 ounces of vital veggie juice. Rode my bike to work. Baby shower breakfast with James and Niki. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Research: naming and structure of the dean’s office and departments. Listserv management: set up rotations for the residency listservs. Supp app project work in Drupal the rest of the day. Lunch: eggplant stir-fry with brown rice, green beans, egg roll. I did not like the eggplant stir-fry very much. Not very much flavor. Snack: rainier cherries. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home: leftover miso soup with tofu and vegetables. Dessert: same as yesterday. Laundry. Cut my hair, showered. To bed earlyish.

Thu 21

Woke at 5, couldn't sleep. Woke at 8. Breakfast: 8 ounces of vital veggie juice, one organic banana. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Small web edit for Joel: provisional admit reply ack. C3 technical meeting. Updated a document and a tiny URL for Cindy regarding alumni scholarships. Lunch at Dean Mary Anne's house with many associate deans and staff of the school, a kind of farewell meal; she retires in 9 days. The meal was gourmet all the way: simplified descriptions: gazpacho with diced watermelon and heirloom tomato, tuna with grilled vegetables over toast, puff pastry with strawberries and vanilla whipped cream. She gave a "10-minute" speech individually thanking everyone in the room for how important he or she is to the school. This is my second time having a meal at her house, and both times have been special, memorable occasions for me. Web updates for Susie: July 1 dean changeover. Jazzee meeting with Orlando, Michael W, and Cindy. Jazzee meeting research and followup. Supp app work in Drupal: setup for DDS PDF, field size adjustments. Rode my bike home. On the way home I stopped at Everybody Bikes and got my misaligned gear shift unit adjusted. It took only a few minutes, and the tech didn't want to charge me anything, but I gave him $10 anyway after he suggested $5. Dinner at home with Patrick: more leftovers. Folded yesterday's remaining laundry. Did some long-neglected ironing. More laundry. Folded half of it. Late snack: popcorn from a large saucepan.

Fri 22

Woke around 5 but went back to sleep right away. Woke around 7. I can't remember what I had for breakfast today. If I were to guess, it would be organic oatmeal with diced nectarine; cinnamon; "mostly marin" wildflower honey; organic, unsweetened soy milk; 8 ounces of orange juice. Rode my bike to work. Posted fall draft schedules for Lucia. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Management activities. Supp app followup: need IB subjects from DDS but Daliah and James are both out. This must wait until next week. Asked Lucia to schedule a classroom for me. Calendar management. Eric and I met to train me on uploading assets to The Archive, our name for our implementation of the open-source digital asset library called Montala ResourceSpace. He had recently made changes to permit more filetypes. We did a few walkthroughs and he took more notes to make a few more changes. e.g., he prefers the Flash uploader (which works well) over the Java uploader (which doesn't work well). July 1 web edits for Susie. Timesheet work. Listserv management: residents. Rode my bike to the auto shop. Retrieved my car from maintenance: new clutch, door handle lubrication, fixed fan control lights that weren't working. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftovers. Nap. Shower. Reset the code on my car stereo. While driving to pick up Danny, I discovered that the car indeed has a new clutch but something with the car is not working properly. It works properly as long as the rpms are below 3000. But inconsistently around 3000 or 4000 rpms the car jolts forward and reduces in speed. I think I won't be able to get this fixed until next week since I think the mechanic doesn't work on the weekend. Underworld at Space 550. We arrived around 10:45 PM and after about an hour the place was packed. It was also much stinkier than usual (body odor). There seemed to be no ventilation at all. A large fan in one corner of the room wasn't even on. I enjoyed seeing people I knew. After a while I avoided the dance floor entirely due to the smell. I really enjoyed the glow bracelets that I had received. I wore blue and yellow briefs from Topman (UK). Among many others, I briefly met, encountered, and/or chatted with mike b, pookie, travis, eric n, glen, remy, timmyd, andrew (friend of lil paul) who gave me glo-bracelets, will k and chad. Afterwards Danny and I got food at My Canh, perhaps the only late-night Asian food in all of San Francisco. I had been wanting to try this place but it always seemed so out of the way in North Beach. The wait was severe, so we asked a couple if we could share their 4-top and they agreed, then later they left and we shared the table with another pair whom we met: My and Matt.

Sat 23

Patrick taught me the single whip pose. From my computer I manually removed a threat identified by Symantec Anti Virus. Brunch at home: veggie burger from frozen with grilled onions, tillamook cheddar, sprouts, ketchup; baked skinny fries from frozen with ketchup; hot water. Five Pink Saturday parties in the Castro: (1) David R and John's on Duboce Park (Pink Saturday Night / John's Retirement Party) where I met, remet, or encountered catherine, alison, jeff and david m, justin, chris ruetz, juan, morey, curtiss, brian, john, kenny, senan, ed. (2) Next was the Pink Saturday party in the street. There was a long line because people were forced to enter through narrow gates to be checked for weapons and asked for donations. I gave the suggested amount: $5. (3) Next was James's private party (Pink Saturday Kick-Off) at his wine shop to which I took newly met Kenny and Juan. (4) I think the next party was Derek B's where I encountered many more Syndicate guys and met or encountered russ, eric, ljuba, stan, jeff, nick, charlie, daniel, brian key, stongie, greg. Next Andy M led the Syndicate gang via chained hands through the Castro Pink Saturday party in the streets to another party at Montecito North. Along the way I saw Simma revealing herself from a second-floor window and screamed "It's the bacon bra woman!" but I don't know if anyone heard me. Will K and I walked to his place. I napped on the couch at Will K's, met housemate Jason after I awoke. Will took us on his scooter to Sound Factory at 525 Harrison. I remember infrequently going to clubs at this location ages ago in my UCSC days. Met or encountered bill l and paul, tony h and wes and david, scott, cody, david, randy, arim. matthew. I was pleasantly surprised by the availability of free sushi. I had eaten some and didn't remember until later it was probably not a good idea to eat sushi that had been sitting out for a long time but fortunately I did not become unwell.

Sun 24

Rode Muni to the Pride Parade and festival with Patrick. Tried meeting with Neil G but failed. Encountered Dave R. Lunch at Ananda Fuara. Encountered Peter P, then Hao. Rode Muni home. Nap. Quick dinner by myself at King of Thai Noodle on Taraval: pad see yew. I requested "not spicy at all" but my dish turned out spicy, probably because they didn't clean the pan after the previous order. Rode Muni to Powell Street Station. Walked to Hero at Ruby Skye, spent most of my time with Jeff N and Josh A. Jeff introduced me to (I think) Darren. Walked to Sanctuary at 1015 Folsom. I had forgotten how unpleasant that walk would be. Of all the dance parties this weekend, I think this one was my favorite because you could choose amongst 3 different rooms. They were all playing the same house music from the DJ in the main room, which was mostly dark with the best lighting systems. The front room has brighter, consistent, colored lighting. The upstairs room was dark with mostly blue spotlights on a disco ball. The upstairs room had the best ventilation and, oddly, a smoker who polluted one side of the room.

Mon 25

Vacation day. Slept in. Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, fuji apple; cinnamon; "mostly marin" wildflower honey; organic, unsweetened almond milk. House chores. Lunch: leftover breakfast burrito. Took the car back to the auto shop, had the mechanic look at the problems that occurred after the last maintenance. Home. Made a small repair with the sewing machine to my dark brown jeans from Zara. Scanned photos and archived documents. Dinner at PDDR's with Danny, Drew, Phil, and Romy. We talked about circuit parties, the perception versus reality of social change, the fit of bed sheets, recent birthdays, inappropriate behavior, pigeons, the recent experience Danny and I had at My Canh, car repairs, new cars, rituals, USCIS examinations, United States citizenship examinations, Dell versus Lenovo, recent research related to the anticipation of taking a trip and its perceived happiness as compared with the happiness obtained from material goods ("If money doesn't make you happy, then you probably aren't spending it right").

Tue 26

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with blueberries; cinnamon; "mostly marin" wildflower honey; organic, unsweetened soy milk; 8 ounces of orange juice. Took the car back to the auto shop. Rode my bike from the auto shop to work. Flickr work, kiosk work. Began linkchecking but abandoned due to other priorities. Coded a new html email for Susie and Sue. Lisa's computer was recently swapped with the one James F had been using so that Tran could resolve a problem with it. She had previously been using Windows XP and James's computer had Windows 7, so I found out today that the Brother MFC-5440CN all-in-one does not have drivers for Windows 7. Tran had reported this a business day or two ago and suggested that we get a new printer. I examined the situation and installed drivers for a more recent device that looks like the MFC-5440CN. I could get it partway working but not completely working and asked Tran to look at it. After he spent some time on it, the scanning works but the printing still doesn't. This is sufficient since Lisa never used it for printing—she has two other printers available to her. Wrote a thank you card for Mary Anne. Visited Sue to install the html email file on her computer. Today I learned that her computer still has Office 2007 and was never upgraded to Office 2010. Also it has only 2 GB of RAM and the intake vents are thick with dust. I installed the file but it still wouldn't work: I would choose "New email message using..." and nothing happens. Turns out Outlook thinks Themes are not installed, but when I look in the setup, Themes are installed. I successfully repaired Office 2007 and restarted the computer but there was no change to the problem. Sue insisted she would never get a new computer, didn't want Office 2010, she knows where things are in the computer now, upgrades means you have to find things over again, very resistant to change. Very frustrating. As a workaround we looked at other computers in the office, but they all have Office 2007 and were set up the same way: no Office themes. I asked her to report the problem to Tran and ask him to fix it. Very late lunch at the cafeteria: veggie burger, fries, water from my klean kanteen. ICRD work for Rodney (APeX). Calendar management. Management activities. Filed pcard paperwork. Replaced a schedule for Lucia. Small web edits to the faculty page for Nancy Jane and Susie. Supp app project work in Drupal: IB test score work. Listserv management. Linkchecking. Rode my bike from work to the auto shop. I was told that my car was fixed, so I folded my bike and loaded it in the trunk. When I drove less than a block, I noticed that the problem was not fixed. I returned to the auto shop and left the car again. Very frustrating. Rode my bike home. Beverage: 8 ounces of orange juice. Late dinner at home with Patrick: tofu and vegetables stir-fry over leftover rice. Watched part of La Vie en Rose on Netflix DVD. My MacBook Air (a non-work purchase) arrived yesterday. I brought it home today, but I haven't unboxed it yet. Installed Twittelator Neue for Twitter Free Version by Big Stone Phone. Late meal: quinoa shells and cheese from a packet.

Wed 27

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic fuji apple; cinnamon; "mostly marin" wildflower honey; organic, unsweetened soy milk; 8 ounces of orange juice. Worked a bit on the new Recharge Spa website: styled the tools navigation, adjusted placement of the footer. Rode my bike to the auto shop. Test drive with Van. At first I was unable to reproduce the problem, but finally it appeared, so now he understood it. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. ICRD work for Lisa (Elizabeth) K (new residents). Management activities. 1-on-1 with Michael by phone. 1-on-1 with Rodney. Lots of ICRD followup with Lisa K. The Archive work for Sara G. I forgot what I had for lunch today. Computer maintenance for Lucia and Lisa. Rode Muni to Duboce Park. Walked to the Castro Farmer's Market, ran into Andy M and Tim C who had just stepped off the Apple shuttle, chatted briefly. Continued to Badlands to meet Neil who was chatting with David S. Spent the evening with Neil: drinks at Badlands, dinner at Thai Chef, drinks at The Mix. During the evening we met raymond, jessie (papo), sean, robbie, tony, jason, scotty. We talked about racism, politics, traveling (Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Cologne), Tivoli Gardens, linguistics, translation, interpretation, Grindr, couch surfing, boutique hotels such as CitizenM, and more. Rode Muni home. Worked a bit on the Recharge Spa website: removed abbr styling (the dotted underlining and cursor change feels distracting now).

Thu 28

Breakfast: granola with organic, unsweetened almond milk. Rode Muni to work. Edtech meeting. Kidney project website meeting with Susie, Shuvo, and Sara. I can't remember what I had for lunch. Cognos setup meeting with Michael W, Greg H, Rodney, Orlando L, Ramesh D. Supp app work in Drupal. PGP work on Lucia's computer. Rode Muni to Montgomery Street Station. Local Edition with Tim C and Jason S. It's my first time at this bar. My first thought after 1 minute of being downstairs: this is an amazing space! It was crowded and really slow to get a drink I think because the complicated cocktails are popular. I got a Racer 5 IPA and had to drink it in about 5 minutes so that we wouldn't be (too) late to dinner. We walked to R and G Lounge, met other Syndicate peeps. Dinner. Just before dinner began, Adrian proposed to JY in front of everyone! In attendance: Jonathan, Adrian, Tim C, James K, Michael C, Ben L, Scott T, Andy M, Galen B, Brendon, Mike B, Jeremy B, Ryan D, Jason S, Patrick C, William K. Andrew C, Tom, and Timmy D were expected to arrive but ultimately were unable to attend. We drank champagne. Banquet dinner plus a few veggie dishes. Food was terrific, service was excellent. My fortune: Your need is creative, original, and alert. I got a ride with Galen, Brendon, JY, and Adrian to Churchill. Drinks at Churchill. Rode Muni home. To bed late.

Fri 29

When I woke this morning I was annoyed to find that the indoor thermometer read 76.5 F. Time again to talk to the heat-loving upstairs neighbors who control the central heating temperature. Travis and Ian upstairs move out. Yesterday they left us a nice note of their departure. Rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Rotated the listservs. Did some org chart work in InDesign with Robin's hexagon. Management activities. Lunch from Carmelina's: veggie burrito. Dean changeover web edits with Susie. Rode my bike to the auto shop, picked up the car. On the short drive home, it appears the jolt-deceleration problem is gone. I think the mechanic said it was due to an incorrect model of camshaft sensor. They had replaced it with a wrong model of camshaft sensor and once that was figured out everything was fine. Dinner at home: brown rice spaghettini with vodka sauce from a jar but I added fresh parsley and sliced, grilled garlic; side of corn off the cob from frozen; hot water. Watched about 40 more minutes of La Vie en Rose on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Sat 30

Breakfast at Tennessee Grill: 2 eggs scrambled with home-fried potatoes and wheat toast, water. $4.90 before a $1.00 tip. Grocery shopping at Safeway. Nap. Unwrapped, modeled, and amputagged recent clothing purchases. Drinks at home with Patrick: we tried zenmeisters on ice but I didn't like the licorice taste of the Jagermeister so Patrick made me a different drink with root beer and hazelnut kahlua and ice that I enjoyed. Unboxed my new MacBook Air and Back to School $100 gift card—woo! Charged the MacBook Air. Dinner at home with Patrick: lentils with brown short-grain rice.