Saturday, February 25, 2017

Day 10.046: There's no "sh" in Topsham

...because it's pronounced Tops'um.

We were there for Exile #3's latest dance performance this evening - at the studio of the company that hosted them at a theater in neighboring Brunswick last year. We had a good evening and there was even a martial arts demonstration to help keep Exile #4's attention!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Day 10.045: On my return to New England

I did as well as could be expected on the coast-to-coast red-eye. Sleeping most of the way. We were surprised to find New England warmer than northern California and once we got sufficiently far north of Boston where there was still some snow on the ground - we had some good mist being generated by the 60°F temperatures.


I was intermittently functional throughout the rest of the day having been reunited with the vacation-week-enjoying rest of the family and we managed a small outing (more on that another day). There is still plenty of snow on the ground here, but it has definitely reduced quite a bit in the three days I have been away.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Day 10.044: The geekiest airport

Just one example from the reliably geek-tastic San Jose airport. Red-eye coast-to-coast flight here I come!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Day 10.043: Into the flood

I woke up in San Jose to the news of new highway closures and evacuations. The view from my hotel room included mountains and standing water:


but even though our short journey took us towards the creek that has flooded, we did not see anything worse than this.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Day 10.042: Cross country

A few hours at work were followed by a drive to Boston and a cross-country flight. From melting snow to endless rain. I have arrived in the Bay Area to find that there are evacuation zones along a creek very close to where we are supposed to be tomorrow. Strange for us - but incredibly stressful for those who live here. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Day 10.041: Washington's beach day

It is Washington's Birthday today - a holiday also known as Presidents' Day and the beginning of school vacation week. I also had the day off and we celebrated by taking a walk on the beach:


Appropriately for the day, Exile #3 announced, "Georgina Washington is back...with a log!" And struck a pose as a reference to an event on Day 4.277 when she (aged 9) did a gender-swapped impression of the first US President as represented in a famous painting:


Now I need to get my bag packed for my trip from the land of ice and snow to the land of torrential rain.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Day 10.040: Exile #2's Sunday Column #64

Exile #2 writes...

Despite the fact that the young Exiles have been out of school almost as much as in it this past week, it is now school vacation. This week is known as Presidents' week, and even Exile #1 gets tomorrow off in celebration of George Washington's Birthday. Unfortunately (for us, possibly not for him), he will be spending much of the rest of the week in California, so we treated ourselves to a meal out at lunchtime and then settled down to watch Arrival in the evening.


Exile #1 and I had seen it in the cinema and were really keen to see it again, but we weren't sure how well our youngest and most fidgety Exile would cope with the pace of the story-telling. We needn't have worried. He was as captivated as we were, and it seemed to have made as much impact on him as I remember Close Encounters of the Third Kind having on me. We always love enjoying a good movie together, but it's especially nice when it's a thoughtful one like this.