Weekend at McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge and I’m pleased to have a view over the Columbia River.
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A pint of Amber Ale from Red Rock Brewing Company, the first brewpub I ever visited.
Somewhere near the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, probably overhead La Crosse if our flight path is at all accurate.
Or anywhere else in the world at 38,000 feet.
The crab and asparagus omelet at Skillet. Insanely delicious.
At Skillet in German Village.
In no particular order:
- The Saga of The Trip Home in text messages and international phone calls
- I ATE A BIRD FOOT and other adventures in cuisine
- OMG crowded sidewalks at 02:00???
- Some other stuff that escapes me at this moment
So, yeah. Pester me about it, would you?
There’s a certain charming whimsy to the cuteness that, to my eye, pervades a lot of Asian culture. Maybe we in America need a bit more silly in our daily lives, eh wot?
Back to work today for the first time since November 23. Since that day I’ve spent 8 days in the Caribbean (ah, sun/sand/water....) and took a day off for my 40th birthday yesterday.
And now SLAM back to the regular routine. Amazing how quickly the old patterns return:
- Alarm at 05:30, didn’t even twitch.
- Out the door by 06:00 to the park & ride.
- On the bus, 30-minute ride to the office.
- Yay badge still works!
- Computer set up, time to start Outlook chewing on email updates.
All this and it’s only 07:15. I’ll spend most of today and possibly part of tomorrow filtering through vast volumes of email and other messages and catching up on what happened while I was out.
On the plus side, I’ve a short work week. So the crazy can only last four days.
How’s your Tuesday?
I was struck by the inanity of my reactions to a few things as I started the workday.
First, the bit of SQUEE when my badge worked to let me into the building, and then into my secured workspace. No reason it shouldn’t have worked, but it’s always nice when you return from an absence and you can still get into the office.
Second, someone stole my chair. I’m using a different chair that isn’t quite right, does not have the adjustments just the way I was accustomed before I left.
Next, my monitors are at the wrong height, and I can’t seem to get them where I want them to be despite wrestling with the adjustment arm half a dozen times in the hour I’ve been here so far.
My work email had 7,000 unread items in it, and Outlook is still yakking with the Exchange server to synchronize and index everything. So I can’t search or sort mail effectively yet.
And now I’m delayed in my work by an network credential that expired and I have updated, but has not propagated fully through my primary domain. I can’t connect to any network resources right now.
All of which seems absurdly important on the one hand—how am I supposed to get anything done if my primary communication methods aren’t working the way I need?—and laughably stupid on the other, because I just spent 11 days helping to build a house for a family who had been waiting more than 20 years for permission to build on their own land because a government bureaucracy kept dragging its feet and piling delays at every turn.
A few hours’ wait for my email to sync and index and my network login upate to propagate?
Totally okay with it now.
Six build days from flat platform to walls up, windows installed, siding on, roof in, and lanai built and raftered.
This has been an amazing week.
It isn't raining — I know this because I'm sitting under a gorgeously clear and brightly moonlit sky — but the slight breeze in the palms sounds exactly like a light rainstorm.
We left the build site 3 hours ago with the lanai completed and the roof structure in place.
Never thought I would actually get to hear “Stand By Me” on the ukulele, and it just happened at dinner in the rain.
I love Moloka‘i. :-)
About four hours ago, I learned how to install vinyl windows in wood framing.
An hour ago, I led a team of five as we lifted, shimmed, and nailed the northwest window into place.
This trip RULES.
The sealer wrap and window installations have been our main tasks today. This photo shows the house’s northeast corner (the back door is on the right).
I only learned how to hang windows at 08:00 and by 11:45, I was leading a team of five as we installed the northwest window on the far right in the photo.
We’re also hanging siding on the south (front) side of the house.
Moving along nicely!
Kumu Farms, a Moloka‘i organic farming concern, is hosting us for an amazing Fields to Table Dinner this evening. Spectacular flavors to come!