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NERT! 2006

I just signed up to do Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training on the first 3 Saturdays in March in Noe Valley. Anyone want to join me?
I already have a hard hat - actually, I have two - from prior emergency training in other cities so I'm off to a good start.
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Posted on January 30, 2006 at 12:00 PM in preparedness, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

fantastic sunset 2006

the colors were much more intense. I need a better cameraphone.
Argh! Bloody Treo 600 can't do the colors justice at all. These were brilliant pinks heading into oranges.
still not the brilliant colors, but at least not so washed out
This is the closest my camera could get to the amazing colors. Imagine this with lots of pinks going on. (The Treo 600 seems to be biased away from red tones, alas)
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[Photo no longer public as of 12/8/2013]


Posted on January 29, 2006 at 05:30 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (1)

Incredible dome room 2006

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dome room with stained glass skylight; you can't see it clearly here but the center of the dome room is a deep blue stained glass window.
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[And that's where I met Joe. :) ]

Posted on January 29, 2006 at 12:02 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

games at Casa Chattooine 2006

Photos by Courtney P.


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Posted on January 29, 2006 at 12:01 PM in friends & family, games, relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Happy Birthday Judith 2006

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Posted on January 29, 2006 at 12:00 PM in friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

still raining 2006

This was the view from the couch as my plan to go do laundry was washed away.
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Posted on January 28, 2006 at 12:00 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

Four Things 2006

Four jobs I've had:
1. Babe In The Box (ticket taker at a nightclub)
2. Bookstore Owner
3. The Person Who Transcribes Your Tax Form Into The Computer
4. Customer Service Representative

Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. The American Astronaut
2. Kind Hearts & Coronets
3. Seven Samurai
4. Pi
(all black & white, oddly)

The three places I've lived:
1. Northern California
2. Honolulu, Hawaii
3. Lampeter, Wales
and one place I'd like to live, at least for a while, someday:
1. London

Four TV shows I love:
1. The Daily Show (except I rarely see it)
2. Monty Python*
3. Kids in the Hall*
4. Cosmos*
(*This being an indicator of when I actually used to watch much tv. Now I just catch the good stuff on DVD. Thank you, Netflix!)

Four places I've vacationed:
1. Scotland
2. Norway
3. Yugoslavia
4. Kenya

Four of my favorite dishes:
1. Negihama (hamachi (yellowtail) and green onion sushi)
2. Saag Paneer (Indian spinach stew with cheese)
3. A big platter of Ethiopian stews & injera bread
4. something I cooked myself that came out tasting good

Four sites I visit daily:
1. Flickr contacts page
2. LiveJournal friends page
3. Daily Oliver (& Hugo)
4. Achewood

Four places I would rather be right now:
(this is really tough; I'm in my wonderful bed in my delightful apartment in San Francisco)
1. London (2nd favorite city)
2. New Zealand (never been)
3. my parents' place in Mendocino county (always relaxing)
4. laughing over dessert at the end of a great date

And then I'm supposed to tag someone else to write theirs but since no one tagged me, just do it if ya wanna.

Posted on January 26, 2006 at 10:49 PM in Dinah - introduction | Permalink | Comments (4)

Friday's lunch 2006

Pecans and dried cherries; pretzels; Apple Blackberry Sauce; vegi gyoza & edamame; salty black olives; swiss cheese.

Posted on January 26, 2006 at 12:00 PM in Food and Drink | Permalink | Comments (0)

Time for a new phone 2006

Okay I am just fed up with the photo quality of my Treo 600. I have Sprint, but might consider jumping ship. Required features of new phone & service plan: good camera, ability to mail to Flickr, SMS, voicemail.

Oh and sometimes I talk on the phone but for a comically low number of minutes per month, so I want the ability to lower my costs with a low allotment of minutes.

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Posted on January 25, 2006 at 12:02 PM in tools, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

Golden chantrelle mushrooms 2006


chopping mushrooms

meanwhile, the red onion has been cooking in a tablespoon of butter

Added the mushrooms to the onion. also a splash of dry vermouth & some black pepper.

After the mushrooms have cooked a few minutes, add just enough water to make this a bowl of soup. stir in all the nice onion browned bits from the pan.

toast in low soup bowl

thin sliced swiss cheese on toast

Quick mushroom onion soup. soup ladled over bread & cheese, garnished with more cheese.
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Posted on January 25, 2006 at 12:01 PM in Food and Drink | Permalink | Comments (0)

My thai lunch had Weebl or maybe Bob on it 2006


Posted on January 25, 2006 at 12:00 PM in linky goodness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Black chantrelles 2006

Last time I went out of town and let my folks have a free weekend in the city, I came back and had freshly sharpened knives. This time, 3 bags of fresh wild mushrooms.

Step 1. chop the black chantrelles into about 1/2 inch strips

Butter & garlic. yeah, baby, butter & garlic. Melt it in the pan and then let the garlic start to brown just a little.

cooking mushrooms. Add mushroom & a little bit of chopped parsley to the garlicky butter and stir it around. Cook on medium heat until mushrooms start to absorb liquid. Add DRY vermouth (I dunno, 1/4 inch deep in the pan? 1/2 inch?), pinch of fleur de sel, some grinds of black pepper. Stir. Cover and simmer on lower heat until mushroom softens.

cooking polenta. Put some of the Fat of Love (a.k.a. Niman Ranch bacon grease) into the fry pan. Just a little bit, about 3/4 of a teaspoon. Oil the bottom with it. Put slices of polenta in there. Heat 'em up on both sides nice.
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Black trumpet mushrooms on polenta. Just spoon up some of the mushrooms with their juice onto the polenta rounds.
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The first mouthful is pure heaven. This may be one of the best dishes I've ever cooked. Which is funny because I just wanted to do something quick because i'm tired from my trip. Glad I didn't have hot dogs as I'd first contemplated.

Posted on January 24, 2006 at 12:00 PM in Food and Drink, friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

San Antonio dawn with dying phone battery 2006


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Posted on January 23, 2006 at 07:28 AM in the big room with the blue ceiling, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Groggy greyer San Antonio 2006

Rain. Swell. Do I have a waterproof jacket or an umbrella? No.

I am having a really hard time with getting to sleep here. Partly the time difference, partly the strange place.

I have no obligations today until a reception this evening, so I'm tempted to stay in my room and work, but I know the sales folks are really grateful when I'm in the booth in the exhibits. Time to get my brain jumpstarted out of this grey drowse and find a way to get over there in a somewhat dry condition.

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hotel room. as usual, comically high desk requiring pillow to make it vaguely less ergonomically wrong wrong wrong. later figured out how to raise the chair which helped, but meant the pillow should go under the feet.

fajitas. 2 (two) tortillas. 3 (three) tabasco sauce bottles.
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Posted on January 22, 2006 at 12:00 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling, travel, warnings & kvetches, work | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tea Time 2006

Someone (Megan from notmartha maybe? Hmm, no, maybe it was in Selva's flickrstream) mentioned liking Adagio Teas and enjoying their link rewards program. I'm don't know yet what the tea tastes like, but it sure sounds good and if it's even half as tasty as their website design, I'm sure it's worth checking out.

First on my list to try would be Cha Cha:

Much like the Cuban dance for which it is named, famous for its three quick steps ("cha-cha-cha"), Cha Cha deliciously mingles soothing Chamomile, refreshing Peppermint and zesty Lemongrass into a wonderful herbal concoction sure to send your taste buds dancing with delight.

I bet Silver Needle is good too. I've had white teas that were stunning; a zen garden on your tongue.

And in the category of "household items to covet" I give you the Wagenfeld teapot. Ooo, sexy.

Posted on January 21, 2006 at 07:18 PM in Food and Drink | Permalink | Comments (3)

32 stories above San Antonio 2006

I'm in a hotel recovering from another day of conference and my feet, now that I've been sitting awhile, are no longer going *throb* *throb* *throb*. My tray from room service is helping too - enchiladas & a margarita.

Also helping:
They Might Be Giants
- podcast 2A ("Why Did You Grow A Beard? What the Christ?")
- venue songs (video for Vancouver especially*)

Not helping:
- no wifi so I can't be online and on the bed. Boo, Marriott.

*G, check out the mod girl hugging her Huggy Bear album.

Posted on January 21, 2006 at 05:16 PM in travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Groggy grey San Antonio 2006

The blueish tinge is entirely an artifact of my camera's color bias. The sky is grey and I'm having a hell of a time waking up today.

Too many short nights this week and the time difference partly to blame, but even 9 hours sleep didn't set me to rights. Ugh. At least I didn't have any morning obligations today.

Posted on January 21, 2006 at 12:00 PM in travel, warnings & kvetches, work | Permalink | Comments (0)

San Antonio morning 2006

Wrong colors. Dang phone cam.

Closer to the right colors.

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Posted on January 20, 2006 at 07:28 AM in the big room with the blue ceiling, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Why do hotels always have a mirror over the desk? 2006

Serving the vanity of the business traveler...

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Posted on January 19, 2006 at 12:00 PM in travel, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

dawn 2006

here it comes...

The Sun!

Nice morning

A good reason to get up early
sunrise light

Posted on January 19, 2006 at 07:22 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

on the way home on the bus 2006

Rainy ride home
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Same camera, same view. Wacky Treo 600 color handling.

Posted on January 17, 2006 at 12:00 PM in San Francisco, the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cool sky this morning 2006

Morning at Macarthur BART

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Posted on January 17, 2006 at 07:25 AM in the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

Interesting art exhibit at 111 Minna tonight 2006

a nice backdrop to a gathering of cool SXSW interactive web folk

Posted on January 16, 2006 at 12:02 PM in creativity, San Francisco, SXSW | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cute little animals on the bathroom wall 2006

111 Minna artwork in ladies room

Posted on January 16, 2006 at 12:01 PM in creativity, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

Near 111 Minna 2006

No heterosexuals?

Posted on January 16, 2006 at 12:00 PM in San Francisco, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

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