Productive Day

July 31, 2009

Had the day off so was up and at the gym at 10AM, out by 11:30 and on my way to visit Willie. He was sound asleep and after 10 mins there I knew he wouldn’t wake up…

Headed back home to figure out why our recylce bin was missing. The neighbor confirmed they hadn’t taken it by mistake, so I called the city and ordered another one.

After that she went with me to run some errands… make a deposit at the Credit Union, dropped off movies at Blockbuster, picked up a few groceries at Whole Foods, got a haircut in Los Gatos, picked up some food at a Thai restaurant, picked up more at a sushi restaurant, and ended up home around 6 PM. Lots of driving and traffic – very tired when we finally got home. And itchy from hair around my collar – I hate that.

Once home we fired up the BBQ for sausages (yum), ate dinner, practiced my golf swing, played catch with the 11 year-0ld, and now I’m relaxing w/cigar while watching the A’s on



Gratitude Journal

July 30, 2009

3 things a day we’re grateful for…

Visiting W

July 30, 2009

Awake and bored. That is the story of most of W’s days. Once a week I stop by for an hour or so – does it make a diff? Wish I knew for sure… Most of the time it feels just plain inadequate, and if he’s awake when I leave it’s even worse – looks at me with those eyes that silently say “Don’t go.”

I hate that.

Blogging on the road

July 30, 2009

Gray sky
Gray cars
Gray roads
Very gray morning
Except bright red brake lights
Cheerfully telling me to stop
I hate those freakin’ brake lights!

America’s Moral Panic Over Obesity – Megan McArdle

July 29, 2009

America’s Moral Panic Over Obesity – Megan McArdle.

I wandered across so many LONG articles about various topics. This is from one of my favorite writers, Megan McArdle, who looks at the false notion that fat people are unhealthy – particularly as this idea becomes the incorrect basis for a national healthcare strategy.

Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane

July 29, 2009

Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane stays the course through backlash from Moneyball critics – ESPN.

Good article about Billy Beane’s impact on baseball and the Old Guard’s resistace to change.

Rich Harvard, Poor Harvard | Ethiopian News

July 28, 2009

Rich Harvard, Poor Harvard | Ethiopian News

I thought I had problems… very long but equally good article about Harvard University’s financial troubles.

Running the numbers for me, proving how impossible it is for a shrinking endowment to keep up with the university’s bloated, immovable costs, the hedge-fund manager concluded, “They are completely fucked.”