March 2014

Summary: Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center, Crissy Field, and Kiki with the Honmas; Chris and Nate's wedding in Honolulu; WTFW: Prosperous

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Sat 1

Successfully installed OS 10.9.2. (Forgot to do it earlier this week even though I reminded everyone else to.) Following the restart, my iMac again exhibited the problem I encountered (but didn't document) following my upgrade from OS 10.8.5 to 10.9.1 which was that after logging in my autostarted applications autostarted as expected and the computer appeared to be locked or frozen in that no menu bar appeared (not even Finder's), four-finger swipe would not activate App Expose, and four-fingers-up would not activate Mission Control. Command+Tab still activated the display but wouldn't switch when a different application was selected. Command+Option+Esc still worked, but it was unclear how to resolve the problem by killing apps. I could see that Setup Assistant was running, and it was clear to me that it was overriding certain behaviors to ensure that the update process was completed in a certain way, but Setup Assistant did not appear on my screen, and I could find no way to switch to it. For both occasions, I restarted the computer, and the problem did not recur. I was disappointed at how Apple presented the 10.9.2 security update because it resolved an enormous security problem but Apple provided no indication of urgency. For information technology people it's not a big deal because they are following the news, but most other people won't realize the urgency needed to install 10.9.2. I also realized that I have a problem with Apple Mail since upgrading from Mountain Lion to Mavericks. Sometimes I will send a message and it will successfully send but Apple Mail incorrectly leaves a copy of the sent message in my Drafts folder, which I can delete. Not a big issue, but it seems to be a problem with Apple Mail, possibly new with Mavericks. This has happened to me I think 3 times following the upgrade before I recognized the pattern. Laundry. Unchecked "Store Draft Messages on the Server" in Apple Mail for the problematic account to see if it will help. Shower. Folded laundry. Recently Patrick determined that he has the best way to heat premade taco shells so that the shells don't close during heating. 1. Place a suitable wire rack on a cookie sheet. 2. Place each taco shell upside down so that the edges are separated by at least 2 wires. 3. Heat normally. The wire rack has the be the right kind. For example, it cannot be a grid. Spent today with the Honmas. The girls celebrated Girls' Day with Auntie Kris. The boys visited the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center. We took photos with the building and Mark di Suvero sculptures at Crissy Field, an exhibition from May 22, 2013 to May 26, 2014. Back to Kris's, stayed for a bit. Dinner with the Honmas at Kiki Japanese Restaurant. They dropped me off. Recharge Spa work. Late snack: the last of the double chocolate cookies, hot 2% milk.

Sun 2

Breakfast: fruit and nut granola with plain lowfat yogurt. Recharge Spa work: edited a policy, responded to feedback from Phil about new services. Prepped junk in the garage for removal. Late lunch: delivery from NKRB via EAT24: cream cheese crab rangoons, hot and sour soup, fried rice, sesame chicken, double happiness. Watched Thor: The Dark World on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Fun. Patrick had popcorn with brewer's yeast. We both had cocktails he made with club soda, creme de menthe, and bombay sapphire east. Recharge Spa work. Late snack: a chocolate chip cookie, 2 ounces of 2% milk. (We ran out.)

Mon 3

Breakfast: granola with soy milk. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. Chatted with Lisa about Eventbrite. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Identified a student in photos for Susie. Listserv management. Responded to Esteban's inquiry about where to place a link to an interview. (Answer: in his profile at profiles.ucsf.edu.) Helped Sue and Joe with distributing a PDF. 1-on-1 with Cindy. Posted an updated spring electives schedule for Lucia. Content work in Drupal: development. Added an 1870 Currier and Ives lithograph of San Francisco to The Archive because it mentioned Toland Medical College, which is part of the history of the school. Followup with Greg and Rodney about SPS. Lunch at the cafeteria: they were advertising a grass-fed burger called Estancia which I tried with french fries, and water. Met with student PE about computer issues. Snack: a peanut butter cookie. Content work in Drupal: main site about/history, CP homepage services. Answered questions from Lisa about authorize.net fees. Started getting a sore throat. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftovers. To bed early.

Tue 4

Had trouble sleeping last night. Called in sick; mild sore throat. Breakfast at home: basically the same thing as dinner last night. Rested. Snack: rosemary crackers, homemade kale chips, 8 ounces of apple juice, hot water. Lunch: escarole salad with grated carrot and diced dried apricot and ranch dressing, hot water. Watched a few episodes of Season 1 of Archer. Nap. Early dinner with Patrick: soup and cornbread from the Whole Foods deli. Resolved a display problem with my journal for last month. Edited and uploaded a few photos to Flickr. Late meal: leftovers. Today on Flickr I stumbled upon a photo of San Antonio Central Library and its architecture reminded me a lot of William J. Rutter Center at UCSF Mission Bay. Separated at birth?

Wed 5

Called in sick; mild sore throat. Breakfast: oatmeal with fresh, diced Honey Belle pear from New Zealand (very crisp and sweet), unsweetened soy milk; hot water; 8 ounces of orange juice. Rested. Lunch: escarole salad with sliced crimini mushrooms, grated carrot, grated sharp white cheddar, and bleu cheese dressing; hot water. Nap. Late dinner at home: I made Sarah W. Caron's baked lemon herb cod with grilled asparagus and a side of mashed potatoes from flakes. Today Apple Mail seemed to stop working properly with my Gmail account; it keeps asking for the password even if I reset the password. I'm using 2-step, but I've heard that there have been a lot of problems with Apple Mail since 10.9.0. It seemed to be working fine for me until (I think) yesterday. I had had plans to meet with Sean tonight, but I postponed when I had learned I was ill.

Thu 6

Troubleshot Google account requesting password when it should not on my iMac at home, tried Keychain First Aid in Keychain Access as recommended by dianeoforegon. We'll see how it goes. Breakfast at home: an orange, granola with unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Received a call from my doctor's office; they want me to come in earlier than expected today, so I did because I could. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Mt. Zion. Doctor's office visit. Walked back to UCSF Laurel Heights. Uploaded another PDF for Joe C, sent him the link. Continued prepping an email to respond to feedback from Esteban's team. Content work in Drupal: image prep, gallery setup. Lunch at the JCC: crispy chicken po boy wrap with fries. It was confusing that this was the "half sandwich and soup" special but there was no soup. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Mission Center Building. Drupal Users Group meeting. Muni bus 22 to Church and Market, Muni L train to home. Dinner at home: escarole salad with grated carrot and bleu cheese dressing for me, the same salad for him and also leftover fish from last night along with leftover steamed white rice. Uploaded photos to Flickr. Recharge Spa work for Drew: allergy testing and treatment, some performance mods, some styling work. After much consternation I resolved jQuery not defined and _V_ not defined errors by chmodding all my .js files as 644. Yeesh.

Fri 7

Breakfast at home: a small bowl of granola with unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Edited and replaced an image for Nadav due to a misspelling he had found. Drupal gallery content build, testing, and troubleshooting with Eric. Late lunch at The Corner Store (415-359-1800, 5 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco) which sounds like a grocery but is instead a restaurant. In the past I have browsed the menu in the window and have since avoided it because it seems like one of the priciest restaurants in the area. Today I happened upon it just at the start of happy hour (3:00 PM), when prices for certain items are a smidge cheaper than they are on the regular lunch menu. I sat at the bar. All the indoor seating was otherwise empty. All the patio seating was full. I ordered the niman ranch burger with fries and a Blue Bottle americano with cream. All coffee drinks are double-shot by default. They played classic David Bowie and Talking Heads. The bar shelves include several house-made concoctions such as baked apple bitters. A glass of water was served by default. My coffee arrived within a few minutes after that. Oddly, the woman who brought me my coffee didn't offer me cream or sugar. A minute or two after my coffee had arrived, my server asked me and brought me cream right away. The wait for the burger seemed like 15 or 20 minutes. The burger (niman ranch chuck, aged cheddar, pickled red onion, bread and butter pickle, garlic aioli, bacon jam) is artfully presented and is filled with an interesting variety of flavors and textures. I had ordered it medium well, but I could find no hint of pink in any bite. I considered what I received to have been well done, but I did not complain. If I return, I'll order it medium rare or medium. I find their menu's hairline-thin, typewritery, monospace fonts 1950s-charming but very unpleasant to read both on paper and onscreen. Their website uses Virb and is awful—framesets and full-page jpegs. After eating, I realized that I had forgotten to do something at the doctor's office, so I returned to Kaiser on foot, then walked back to work. More gallery content build and testing. Rode Muni bus 6 to 9th and Judah. Bought dim sum at Wing Lung Bakery. The wait for Muni was too long, so I rode UberX home in 10 minutes including wait time for $8.48 including tip—totally worth it since Muni would have taken another 40 minutes. Late dinner at home by myself: dim sum from Hing Wang Bakery. Among other items I ate, I found the pork sticky rice much too sticky. It included (five-spice?) egg yolk which was interesting for the flavor but there was too much of it, and it overpowered the rice with its dryness. Recharge Spa work: various web edits, more work on services and allergy testing and treatment. Accidentally worked all night then realized that my cold symptoms are changing and that I now have a runny nose and sneezing.

Sat 8

Slept in. Breakfast at home: I made 2 eggs with spinach and leek; roasted, sliced, fresh potatoes; 3 small slices of toast with butter. Recharge Spa web and forms work: new services page for Phil goes live, allergy testing page is nearly done. Rode UberX to 56 Gold Street. Dinner at BIX with Danny, Romy, Drew, Phil, Richard, Quyen, and Dave. Rode with Richard back to Shotwell Street, chatted through the remainder of the night until late. Tried to get a ride home but UberX was 3 times the regular rate and other services did not have cars available so I stayed the night.

Sun 9

Slept in. Danny, Romy, Drew, Phil, Richard, Quyen, Dave, and I tried to get in to Southpaw's new bluegrass brunch, but it was packed 20 minutes after opening. The music wasn't what I would call bluegrass, but it was kind of close. We ate instead at Cana which had very good food but awful service. Quyen, Romy, and I walked to the Castro and purchased some gift coffee at Phil'z. I rode Muni L home. Rested. Cut my hair. Rested. Dinner at home with Patrick: Patrick prepared New York steak with potato salad and winter greens soup, hot water. We watched The Simpsons, "YOLO" on Hulu.

Mon 10

Breakfast at home: leftover omelette and potatoes from Cana. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. Errands. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Tried to attend the comm team meeting remotely but could not. I later learned the vidconf equipment in the room had been removed. Finalized the email to respond to feedback from Esteban's team and sent it following a quick review by Susie. Chatted with Lucia about and did some work regarding accounts setup for a forthcoming temp. Chatted with Joel about S1112 and audio and external speakers for the shared office laptop. Asana ticket followup. Lunch to go from Starbucks: brown rice with kale and vegetables with lemon tahini dressing—surprisingly gourmet and delicious for a chain prepackaged meal—and a tazo bottled iced green tea. Sat in the sun; a clear and wind-free day. Took a few photos around campus. 1-on-1 with Susie via WebEx. Updated pharmchem faculty listings for Millo, Marissa, Alma, and Michelle A. Worked late. Chatted briefly online with Thomaso. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home: large escarole salad with grated carrot, diced dried cherry, diced roasted almonds, blue cheese dressing, hot water. Uploaded photos to Flickr.

Tue 11

Breakfast: coconut-raspberry granola with fresh, sliced banana and yogurt; hot water. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Content work in Drupal: Burchard. Web edits for Joel: admissions and entering students. Helped Lucia with an ITS request. Lunch from home at desk: escarole salad with grated carrot and blue cheese dressing. Content work in Drupal: Burchard, galleries. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftover winter greens soup, TJ's chicken parmesan lollipops, hot water. Today a building under construction caught on fire and was destroyed near UCSF Mission Bay. I was not affected by it.

Wed 12

Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Burchard content followup. Lots of asana ticket followup. Lunch at desk from The View Cafe: chow mein with tofu and vegetables, about $6; water. Prepped graduation web page edits for Danielle. Eric and I resolved a problem in which clicking in the ckeditor wysiwyg input area did not consistently place the focus in the window and display the cursor. Posted updated P1, P2, and elective schedules for Lucia. Prep work to update the school org chart. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Rode Lyft home. Updated my out of office notice. Emergency-packed until late.

Thu 13

Rode UberX to SFO. Breakfast at Firewood where the veggie scramble comes with bacon. Forgot my contact lens case, purchased a new one. Hawaiian Airlines flight 11. The air conditioning was too cold. When I mentioned this to a flight attendant she asked if I wanted to purchase a blanket for $10. I declined, thinking that they should not profit from my discomfort. I didn't have anything easily accessible to cover myself with, so I was uncomfortable for the entire flight. As part of their standard service, they served breakfast. In the main cabin it was fresh melon, watermelon, pineapple, grapes, tillamook medium cheddar, crackers, a chocolate macadamia nut cluster, water, tomato juice with ice. Later: laughably weak rum punch. Diamond Head vacations airport-hotel transfer via SpeediShuttle. I was the last to be dropped off, so it felt like I spent an extra hour in transit that I wouldn't've if I had taken a taxi. Checked in to Coconut Waikiki. About 18 months ago it changed from a Best Western to a Joie de Vivre property. Upon arrival a medium-sized box of macadamia nut clusters sat on the bed—a nice surprise. The view from my room (705) is panoramic, facing the mountains across the Ala Wai Canal. I love it. I met Nate, Quyen, Dave, and Richard L at the bar at the Royal Hawaiian. We drank mai tais served by Dana, with whom Nate was familiar. Afterwards we stopped at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for mochi ice cream. I had sakuna and pistachio—yum! I asked Nate, "What time is it?" and that decided our next destination: the revolving bar and restaurant called Top of Waikiki. Bartenders Kameron and Garrett served us drinks, and I chatted briefly with our bar neighbors Joan and Frank. We walked to dinner at Tiki's with Jen and Chris joining. I walked to my hotel, part of the way with Richard.

Fri 14

Woke at 5 am, got out of bed at 6 am, took scenery photos from the deck. stretches. mostly jogged alawai along the canal to the kapiolani end then mostly walked back, enjoyed obseerving different kinds of pretty birds along the way. complimentary chilled apple (very crisp) and iced tea. i thought at first sweetened but realized it said pineapple iced tea—tasty. shower. picked up a beach towel from the front desk. shopped at various convenience stores nearby to see what was available where, bought some brunch items, got cash from an atm. walked to waikiki beach, suntanned for a few hours. brunch: salmon musubi, kahlua pig yakisoba, bottled water. i don't recall having musubi before. i didn't undertand how to assemble it at first but eventually figured it out. i was disappointed because i was expecting more salmon, whole not chopped. i didn't realize it would be mostly rice and salmon salad instead of sliced pieces. back to the hotel, buying a few more items along the way, including a small pina Colada icee ($1.29). shower. nap. walked to side street inn, which was a little hard to find because it's in a building that looks like an office building. richard drove us to his hotel. Walked to wang chung's where others sang for several hours. Some went home, some of us walked to Hula's for drinks and dancing for about two hours. Daren helped me check my bag. Walked to Bacchus, stayed for about an hour. Back to the hotel.

Sat 15

Very windy today. Pre-breakfast: fresh papaya, water. Took photos of taxidermy for Phil and chatted with the saleswoman at Truffaux Panama Hat Salon. Walked to Royal Hawaiian, met Quyen, and we lounged in their room a few minutes while Dave dressed. (I think it was room RH 457.) Paul arrived. We walked to breakfast at Eggs n Things (343 Saratoga Road). Richard met us there. After brunch Richard drove us in his rental car. I was more familiar with the area, and they wanted a bit of road sightseeing, so I took them clockwise around Diamond Head. We stopped briefly at a lookout. We continued driving, passing the lighthouse. We parked at Kapiolani Park and sat at Queen's Beach a few minutes. Got malasadas at Leonard's. Richard dropped us at Kuhio and Lewars because we were approaching being late for the ceremony. Back to my hotel to freshen and change. Walked to The Imperial for Chris and Nate's wedding ceremony. This was the most non-traditional wedding ceremony I've ever attended, and it was an excellent time. Afterwards I rode a taxi with Quyen and Richard to the Mikes' on Pualani Way then later rode an Uber taxi to my hotel for about $12.00. I learned today that I had been spelling Dave's mom's name incorrectly; it's Annita.

Sun 16

Still very windy today. Pre-breakfast: fresh papaya, fresh banana, water. Richard picked up Quyen and Dave before me, and we drove to Longhi's. Group brunch at Longhi's. Nap. Jogged Fort DeRussy. Shower. Rested. Walked to Halekulani, met Chris, Nate, Jen, Celeste, Jim, and Brian there. Drinks, potato chips, coconut shrimp, crab roll. I shopped in Waikiki, bought a few gifts as well as beach towels to keep me warm on the flight home.

Mon 17

Walked to Hula's. Brunch at Hula's Grill with Chris, Jim, and Celeste. (Nate and Brian took a day trip to the big island.) Among other things, we talked about a bathroom mirror prank video on YouTube, Aloha Airlines Flight 243, and Kukaniloko Birthstones State Historic Site. Back to Chris and Nate's place. Jim decided to nap. Celeste, Chris, and I visited Tantalus Lookout. We had trouble finding it because we didn't remember that its official name is Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside. Afterwards we visited Yogurtland for a snack then returned to Chris and Nate's place briefly before dinner at Assaggio. Chris dropped me at my hotel.

Tue 18

Jogged from the hotel to McCully and back. Complimentary red delicious apple from the hotel lobby. Hotel room coffee. Ate leftovers from last night. Watched the sun rise and rested on the lanai. Shower. Finished packing. Checked out. Speedi shuttle picked me up at 10:45. We picked up three other parties before going to the airport. On the way I realized that I had forgotten my camera battery charger and called the hotel, thinking they might be able to mail it back to me. The driver overheard my call and offered to see if any other drivers could pick it up. There was enough time to wait for it, so I accepted. In the end, another driver delivered it to me at the airport, and both drivers' timing was perfect. While waiting I retrieved my boarding pass from a kiosk, so it was very little extra trouble. Thanks, Speedi Shuttle! On the flight home I was sufficiently warm with one of my newly purchased beach towels. I watched previews for Wolverine, The Butler, and Gravity, all of which I had not yet seen. We touched down in San Francisco, and while taxiing to the gate a gorgeous, large full moon appeared low on the horizon, and this view was a stunning end to a short but wonderful trip.

Wed 19

Took today off to recover from jetlag. Breakfast: one Thoroughbread Bakery blueberry-bran muffin. Laundry, archived documents, reviewed photos. Dinner at home with Patrick: carrot soup, toast for him, leftover jambalaya for me. We watched part of The Grandmaster (2013) on Netflix DVD.

Thu 20

Breakfast: oatmeal with pumpkin pie spice, raisins, and unsweetened soy milk. Recharge Spa work for Drew: permission to disclose form. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Drupal styling work and view build: gallery. Lunch at desk: leftover jambalaya. 1-on-1 with Cindy. Drupal styling work and view build: gallery. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Rode Muni home. We watched more of The Grandmaster (2013) on Netflix DVD. During this film I frequently said, "I have no idea what's going on." Recharge Spa work for Drew: permission to disclose form.

Fri 21

Pre-breakfast while waiting for the bus: a banana. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Breakfast from The View Cafe: english muffin with egg and cheddar. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Calendar management. Grad web page edits for Danielle. Drupal content work: Burchard. Calendar management. Listserv management. Student legal name change followup. Org chart work. Followup with a student request for a Box resource account. Redirected a student request to Quinn H and Erik W. Lots of email followup. Followup with people data issues with Eric and Nancy. Lunch at Starbucks: large chai tea latte, roasted tomato and mozzarella panini (hot): about $10. Listserv management. Lots of email followup. Drupal content work: Burchard. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Poor timing for the bus, so I ate dinner at Cybelle's: veggie pizza slice (herb), small salad with blue cheese dressing. Food and service were both very good; a nice experience. Rode Muni home. Tired, went right to bed.

Sat 22

Breakfast: two eggs scrambled, mixed with rosemary potatoes, 3 TJ's biscuits from a tube, hot water. Recharge Spa work for Drew: editing health and safety, permission to disclose form, a minor css edit. Edited photos. Lunch: escarole and frisee salad with blue cheese dressing, hot water. Finished watching The Grandmaster (2013) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Dinner at home with Patrick: indian food delivery from Clay Oven West Portal. Watched season 1 episodes 4, 5, and 6 of Archer.

Sun 23

Drove to Shotwell Street. Brunch with Phil, Drew, and Romy at El Techo de Lolinda. I had never been at this rooftop bar and restaurant before. I like it a lot. I don't think there's anything else like it in the Mission. Back to Shotwell Street. Rested. Phil, Drew, and I walked to Dolores Park. We encountered and chatted briefly with Yara in front of the cevezaria at 18th and Church. Continued walking to the Castro. Drinks and oysters at Eureka. Back to Shotwell Street. We drove to dinner at Richard's: meatloaf, salad with green beans, Dave's cornbread. Dessert: bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. Drove home.

Mon 24

Edited photos while eating breakfast at home: oatmeal with fresh, diced apple and unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Management activities. 1-on-1 with Rodney to review the new IRC website in Drupal. Management activities. Chatted briefly with student JB. Lunch at You See Sushi: lunch special #3. Drupal content work: pharmd curriculum. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home: leftovers. Edited photos. Recharge Spa work for Drew and Phil: price list pdf.

Tue 25

Breakfast at home: small bowl of granola with unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Drupal content and styling work: gallery issues, pharmd people views. Lunch at AG Ferrari: mozzarella and tomato sandwich, pesto penne salad. Purchased some wine for tomorrow's dinner. Encountered Lorie R, said hello, exchanged air kisses, chatted briefly. Drupal content and styling work: gallery issues, added fine-print style. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Rode Muni home, getting some groceries at Roxie Supermarket along the way. Dinner at home with Patrick: winter greens soup with penne, hot water. Cocktails: mudwrestles. Recharge Spa work for Drew and Phil: price list. Created an account on kotango.com. Purchased Sex at Dawn on iBooks, my first iBooks paid purchase. I chose iBooks instead of Amazon because the Kindle apps I use all use forced justification and there is no option for left justification. Edited Hawaii photos. Late snack: popcorn from a saucepan with extra fine sea salt.

Wed 26

Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Breakfast at the JCC: spinach, tomato, and feta omelette, latkes, toast. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Drupal microsite gallery browser and platform and print stylesheet testing all day. I can't remember what I had for lunch. Posted updated spring schedules for Lucia. Contacted ITS to get my OLPPS password reset. Responded to IT requests from Monica A and Patrick F. Drupal content work: Burchard. UberX to Prosper Street. WTFW: Prosperous: Jose, Brian, Scott, Andy, Scot, Rich, Dan, Bryson, Ray, Emery, Reed, Reyner, Ilya, Vera. Among other things we talked about Kitchen Story, bodypump class, puns and jokes with first names, Mozilla, tours at Twitter, friends in the Peninsula and South Bay, Sunnyvale versus San Jose, travels in Asia, natural lulls in group conversation, Stolichnaya, Khazakstanis, chocolate wafers, locks, and sex. Some partook in the offered hot tub. Ray gave me a ride home in a recently new, sumptuous Lexus.

Thu 27

Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Asana ticket followup. Responded to an email from Carey H about our kiosk. Drupal content work: Burchard. Reposted the P2 schedule for Lucia. Drupal content work: Burchard. Redirected a request from Sherri D to Cindy. Pcard paperwork. Drupal content work: Burchard, GALA. Skipped lunch. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Snack from Panda Express: one chicken egg roll. (They were out of veggie.) Rode Muni home, stopping at Roxie for mushrooms. Dinner at home with Patrick: chicken and asparagus in oyster sauce with white steamed rice. Watched with Patrick a bunch of episodes of Archer season 1.

Fri 28

Holiday. Breakfast at home: broccoli pancakes from frozen, mushroom omelet, two slices of toast with butter, black tea. Patrick got home and Sam stopped by for a few minutes. Sam talked about his beef with broccoli, and I said, what have you got against broccoli? House chores: vacuuming, ironing. Late lunch: leftover chicken with asparagus over rice, hot black tea. Began prepping tax filing. Troubleshot problems with Time Machine presenting a black screen or black window instead of the expected Finder window and failing to display files in a folder—backed up files were missing when they should have existed. I was unable to resolve these problems, but I worked around it by finding an older backup that worked. Watched with Patrick a bunch of episodes of Archer season 1 and episode 1 of season 2. Archived documents.

Sat 29

Woke around 3 AM, couldn't sleep. Around 4:30 AM the upstairs neighbor in the room above my bedroom began playing music at a normal (midday) volume. I texted the master tenant knowing that she might be sleeping or not home. Resolved the problem by ringing the doorbell; the person in that room had fallen asleep with the music on. Couldn't sleep, so I did Recharge Spa work. Back to bed. Woke around noon. More Recharge Spa work. More archiving documents and house chores. Made live some changes to the Recharge Spa website. Dinner at home with Patrick: I made Russ Parsons' shrimp and asparagus risotto. Completed a survey for Coconut Waikiki which ended with: "3 odd things about my room (705). 1: the antique room safe was really laughably odd, but it worked. a bit inconvenient to have to carry the key around. i am guessing they are hard to remove, so it's not a big problem. 2: the lamp and nightstand shoved into the curtain. no one would ever do this at home, but i understand you did it to make more space. odd, but not a problem. 3: the fixture where the toilet plumbing enters the wall was rusty. visually unpleasant, but not a problem. i encountered no problems at all during my stay, and the staff was friendly to exceptional. the chocomacs and lobby apples were a pleasant surprise. the view from 705 is really amazing, better than my friends' room at royal hawaiian. thank you again, and i hope to return soon! :-)" Tip: rooms ending in 4, 5, 6, and 7 have views facing Ala Wai Boulevard, which I prefer. Rooms ending in 8 seem to be largest (from the emergency evacuation floor plan). Watched a few episodes of Archer season 2.

Sun 30

Cut my hair, showered. Drove to Shotwell Street. Brunch with Romy, Danny, Drew, Phil. After brunch everyone took a nap or had things to do except me and Drew, so he and I walked to the Castro where I shopped for gifts. On the way we encountered Emilio from Southpaw and chatted briefly. We rested at Thoroughbred Bakery and ate light refreshments. Back to Shotwell Street. Richard and Paul joined for dinner: a Vietnamese appetizer the name of which I cannot recall, wide noodle soup with chicken. Afterwards we watched a 2013 concert video of Madonna. I liked the dynamic rising boxes stage. I did not like the violent nature of one of the songs. I left after a few songs and drove home.

Mon 31

Had trouble sleeping again last night. Breakfast: oatmeal with cinnamon; fresh, sliced banana; unsweetened soy milk; hot water. Did some catching up on journaling. Late for work, rode UberX to UCSF Parnassus in about 10 minutes (!) for $9.97—awesome. Helped Chris B with first day of IPPEs to inform students about encryption options and infosecurity practices. Helped two students with laptop issues. One of the laptops was left for me to troubleshoot and it was a pretty frustrating task because one driver for wireless refused to install no matter what I tried. Attended a meeting about a new website in progress but upon arrival learned it had been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Didn't eat lunch at all today. Rode Muni to 9th and Judah, bought an egg roll at Hing Wang Bakery and the woman behind the counter gave me a sesame bean ball for free. Hungry; ate both. Rode Muni to 9th and Kirkham. Bought a few groceries at Roxie. Rode Muni home. Cleared a clogged drain in the outside space where our trash bins sit. Dinner at home with Patrick: Patrick made shells and cheese with some extra grated sage white cheddar, I also had a small bowl of leftover soup, Belle Ambiance red wine 2012. Did some medical research. Completed federal tax returns for me and Patrick. Caught up on journaling except for the Hawaii trip. To bed.