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By georgeha (Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 12:00:28 PM EST) Buffalo, Drug checkpoint ahead, touchhead (all tags)
Plus One down too many to go, busy weekend lazy weekend, layoffs, The End of the Line, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rats and less.

Poll: Can't be

That was too busy of a weekend, this weekend will be lazier.

We headed to Buffalo Saturday afternoon to see our niece's dance dress rehearsal. She's a few months younger than seven year old, so we work hard to keep the two of them close. I put the wrong Pine road into the GPS (Pinewood instead of Pine Ridge) so we were becoming obviously lost on the way to the dress rehearsal, when the college is between Bailey and the Galleria, you don't want to head towards West Seneca. So I pulled off the exit ramp to get our bearings, while at the end the ramp the police were doing seat belt checks. I didn't think much of it, other than guessing they have no crime in West Seneca.

Of course, when we went through, they wanted to know why we stopped. I guess it did look suspicious, a ten minute idle 500 yards in front of a police checkpoint. But, I look like a middle aged family man, in a minivan with kids, and a good story, so they didn't search the car. I suppose if I looked like a Deadhead, or was DWB, it might have been different. The closest thing to contraband I was carrying was a growler of home brewed ale, but it would have still been an inconvenience.

Sunday we went to an old friend's place in the 'burbs for dinner, and a walk to Coldstone Creamery for ice cream. It made a late night, but it was nice. Their neighborhood would be a good place to live, within walking distance of a huge plaza, but appearing to be rural. Then again, it is the gilded suburb.

I paid off one of my credit cards last week, one down, too many to go. This month the minivan should be paid off, in October or November the braces are paid off. It takes a long time, but we're getting there. Of course, I'm nearly living on one credit card this week because it's been expensive.

At the Williamsville Salvo (Williamsville is a suburb of Buffalo, and I knew they had thrift shops just off the Thruway) I picked up a copy of Pisor's The End of the Line, about the seige of Khe Sanh. Haunted by the fall of Dien Bien Phu, General Westmoreland hoped to set a trap for Giap and draw in lots of Commies, and then kill them with lots of bombs and other American high tech goodies (google Igloo White). General Giap decided to avoid the bait. Interesting reading, if a little unsatisfying, in the end the Americans evacuated Khe Sanh, bulldozed it, and called it a victory.

The other book I read in the last we another Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and Hi Educated Rodents, a juvenile skewing Discworld novel. It was good, if not as good as a watch novel. I tried to talk twelve year old into reading Hat Full of Sky, figuring a fantasy with a tweenage girl protagonist would be an easy sell, but she's still in Tamora Peirce land.

In layoff news, a few rumored teachers, but nothing definite. Twelve year old has a plan that if her school changes dramatically, she'll just go to the small Catholic school on the other side of the city. Yeah, right, we worked hard to get you into the city high school where you're least likely to be knifed, your friends go there, it's convenient and free, the odds of us ponying up $4000 a year to go to a school across town are slim.

In other twelve year old news, she has Girl Scout Camporee this weekend, it snuck up on us. She's good about packing though, she has lots of practice. I foresee a mostly lazy weekend, with some minivan body work.

In other snuck up on us news, our summer is pretty much booked. That's odd, but that's how it is.

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Girl Scout Season by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 01:17:51 PM EST
I've never worried about my 12 year old and camping and such, seeing how her mom is the troop leader - but this does tend to mean Troll Jr and I end up spending a lot of "male bonding" weekends together...

Heh - he's taking his SATs tomorrow, and we're signing him up for driving classes...

I better go buy some Geritol.

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This is nearly the end of the season by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 01:27:54 PM EST
there will be an awards ceremony Monday, and we're done for the summer.

Funny hwo time goes bye, in a month it will be thirteen year old and eight year old.

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My Dad arrived for a visit yesterday by notafurry (4.00 / 2) #3 Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 02:02:59 PM EST
It's been about 8 months since he saw them last. We were walking over to where my wife and our kids were, and he didn't recognize them - our son was mobile but not walking last time, and while our daughter was walking, she was still very much a toddler. Now, the son was running around the area playing with rocks and sticks (that's my boy!) and my daughter has crossed the difficult-to-define boundary between "toddler" and "little girl".

Seeing it through his eyes kinda made it hit home how fast they're growing.

Shut up, I just have something in my eye.

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Buffalo by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 12:42:50 PM EST
Everyone drives like their ass is on fire and the police don't give a shit.  Stop though...

You know, there's murder, and rape, and robbery by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 04:45:05 PM EST
but they pale next to driving without a seatbelt.

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