The big news this week is that thirteen year old is off to a two week camp at the local SUNY campus (to the south) with her bff. It's some sort of green energy thing, she and bff are on the wind team. It made the babysitting for eight year old a little complicated, I took off Monday, and there's lots of full days at my parents. She called us once, Monday night, it sounds like she's having fun. She hasn't called since, or even texted. I don't even think she turned her phone on yesterday.
Later Monday night I roasted coffee on the grill (before grilling some thick sirloins, roughly tennis ball shaped), but I ended up with a french roast while I was inside getting a juice box for eight year old and mixing up a rum and coke for my wife, I burnt off too much caffeine. The steaks were excellent, though I can't see us doing steak more than once a month.
Saturday was the monthly gaming meet, I missed it. In the morning my wife and I went to a few garage sales, my cool find was Volume One of The Way Things Work you could rebuild a civilization with that (says Niven and Pournelle). Another good find was and The Girl with Curious Hair, I've only read Infinite Jest. The really good find was a king sized (possibly) down comforter for $5, which saved us $$$ as we planned to replace ours this fall.
In other book news, I finished Halberstam's The Best and The Brightest, fitting since McNamara hit the news by dying. It's a long thick tome, mostly about the people in the Kennedy and Jonson Administrations who led the US into a fighting war in Vietnam. They really didn't intend to get into a quagmire, but they didn't want to appear soft of Communism, and the military assured them just a little more effort was all that was needed. In some ways, the book is a metaphor for the Vietnam war, it was a long slog that took effort to get through, but there was an end in sight.
I've been wondering about Facebook's suggestion algorithm, it mostly seems to work on mutual friends, though sometimes I have to google the names to find out if I know them (hence a few recent friend requests). I cleared a few vague acquaintances, and then I found a few old high school crushes, I'm undecided about friending them. I probably will, just to catch up on their life. In RIASC news, I discovered a product manager (one who helped send me to Ohio) is my age, attended a school I had considered, and was probably in my major. Freaky, we easily could have been in class together.
In more RIASC news, Mrs. Ha went to lunch at her soon to be new office yesterday, and she knew two of the ophthalmic techs from her last time in the field, 11 years ago. One of the retired doctors she liked may even show up once a week to see patients (his 401k probably got slaughtered). That doctor is the grandfather of thirteen year old's competition as the best math student in the class of 2014.
Oh yeah, she can go on our vacation, I put the remainder of the deposit in the mail. It would be great if it didn't get deposited until Mrs. Ha's paycheck gets deposited.
I was using expesnr as an online check recorder, but moneystrands pulled the plug, and their new interface is confusing. I ended up switching to mint.com, and it's a bit shocking to see all my finances on one page (it's bad, but slowly geting better, next year I should be making real progress). Motivation.
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