December 2017

Summary: Danny's birthday dinner at Slanted Door

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Fri Dec 1, 2017

Day 21 of a cold. Breakfast at home: three cuties, toasted english muffin with cheddar cheese, 8 ounces of milk. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Identity retheme work all day. Lunch at desk from The View Cafe: a small plate of fried rice fried noodles; one large, baked pork bun, water. Rode Muni to the Embarcadero. Dinner at Slanted Door with Phil, Danny, Drew, Romy, Quyen, Dave, Annita, Tina, Don Don, and Wayne. The restaurant was decorated with dog portaits, which I liked. We sat near the windows with a great view of the Bay Bridge and its light art installation. For a few minutes (10?) I was blinded by lights on a nearby docking boat, which degraded my dining experience a bit. The restaurant at dinner is very dimly lit, and it was impossible for me to see my menu even with my reading glasses and without bright light. I used my phone's flashlight feature, and tried to not annoy other diners by hiding my now-brightly-lit menu under the table. The menu was confusing to me until it was explained—when it says "select 3 items" or "select 1 item" it refers to a decision for the whole table, not individual diners. I learned later that this is their prix fixe menu. It would really have helped if the menu I was handed had said Prix Fixe at the top and maybe something like "select 3 items for your table". For wine we started with a riesling and midway switched to a rosé. Our meal: spring rolls, papaya salad, pork spare ribs, chicken, bok choy. Danny received for his birthday an order of spiced apple cotton candy with a lit candle on top. I was impressed by the cotton candy cone holder which was made of metal and seemed to be designed specifically to fit into a wooden platter for carrying and serving. Churros with chocolate dipping sauce completed the dessert round. Afterwards I rode with Quyen, Dave, and Annita in a 2017 Toyota Mirai to Shotwell House. We waited a long time for the others to arrive; they had unexpectedly dropped off Tina and Don Don at a hotel due to an early flight. We waited inside for Danny to arrive; he had returned to Slanted Door alone in an attempt to retrieve a birthday card he had received from Annita. (He did not find it.) We had a seasonal cake from Whole Foods which they called chantilly cake and was flavored with pear and rosemary. Rode UberX home.

Sat Dec 2, 2017

Day 22 of a cold. Breakfast at home: leftovers. Did nothing all day but occasionally help Patrick set up his new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Late lunch: chicken and rice soup from a can. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs curry chicken, side of beet salad with feta cheese, red wine, san pell. Watched Stranger Things s2:e5 on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Dessert: a coffee-flavored popsicle. Finished watching The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms on Netflix instant watch.

Sun Dec 3, 2017

The cold is pretty much all gone now. Slept in. Rode UberX with Patrick to Outer Mission. Brunch with Patrick, Romy, Phil, Drew, and Paul at Cuisine of Nepal. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs kuri squash soup, side salad, san pell. Watched Stranger Things s2:e6 on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Completed two password database migrations. Figured out how to manually add a ringtone (hawk call) to my iPhone 6 Plus. What a headache.

Mon Dec 4, 2017

Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Breakfast from The View Cafe: egg, cheese, and bacon on croissant, coffee with half and half. Identity retheme work all day. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Mount Zion. Lunch at My Father's Kitchen: beef noodle soup. UCSF shuttle from Mount Zion to Parnassus. Ran an errand. Worked from Kalmanovitz Library. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs linguine with pork and beef ragu. Continued with confirming sanitization of the SSD on my old iMac in preparation for selling it. My last attempt to get my very old copy of DiskWarrior to mount from CD-ROM using a wired keyboard failed. Downloaded Disk Drill and Data Rescue to a USB drive from my MacBook Pro, then removed the USB drive. Started the iMac from that USB drive. Ran a latest trial version of Disk Drill on my old iMac. A search for recoverable files took about 45 minutes for a 1 TB drive. Began a second search using a demo version of Data Rescue 3 (old).

Tue Dec 5, 2017

Last night's Data Rescue 3 search found nothing of interest. Now ready to reinstall the operating system and prep the iMac for sale. Breakfast: three cuties, one pear, 8 ounces of milk. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Identity retheme work all day. Lunch: leftovers. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: orange roasted chicken with farro, red wine, san pell.

Wed Dec 6, 2017

Breakfast at home: greek yogurt with a teaspoonful of cherry preserves, one english muffin (half with cheddar and half with butter), 8 ounces of orange juice. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Identity retheme work all day, working with Eric on hero and spotlight and other task followup. Lunch: leftovers. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Whole Foods pizza, side cabbage and almond salad. Watched Superstore s3:e7 on Hulu with Patrick.

Thu Dec 7, 2017

Pre-breakfast: an apple. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Identity retheme work all day: IE11/Win10. Lunch at Picnix: vietnamese egg rolls with salad greens, rice noodles, and sauce; lemon sparkling water. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: we ordered delivery from King of Thai Noodle but canceled it after learning that the delivery time was going to be 90 minutes. We wasted 15 minutes trying to cancel the order with EAT24, then reordered essentially the same meal from Chaiya which arrived about 25 minutes faster. Reinstalled macOS Sierra on my old iMac in preparation for sale. Patrick prepared the first of two gumbos today for a forthcoming holiday party we are throwing for a small group of friends. I used InDesign CC to prepare food cards to accompany his dishes using a previous project from 2006. It took a long time to figure out how to install and use old Type 1 fonts for Mac; Font Book would not install them (although I thought it did in the past). Answer: manually move or copy them to "/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts" then quit and restart InDesign.

Fri Dec 8, 2017

Breakfast: greek yogurt and dried berry granola with diced apple. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Identity retheme work all day. Lunch at Rigolo: La Louisiane crepe, side of ratatouille, latte, water. Errand: Bryan's. More identity retheme work. Played two rounds of a fun game called Codenames Duet with Eric, Paula, and Levi. Tried to ride Uber Pool home but had to cancel because the driver marked me as on trip before ever picking me up. Instead I rode the UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus, then Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftovers. Arranged garland. Changed a light bulb in the oven. Recently a GE oven light bulb failed within about a week. The 4Home 40-watt ES/E27 bulbs I bought on Amazon fit and work. Trimmed a bouquet of roses to fit a vase.