Monthly Archives: July 2009

a not-so-nice difference

Usually I write here about the cultural differences I find endearing or entertaining, but I encountered one yesterday that was, as the Dutch would say, not so nice. We have a new Toastmasters chapter here at work. Last night we … Continue reading

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forty years and a day

I always end up responding a day late to events and anniversaries, since I’m half a day ahead of much of my blog-reading-list. I’ve been thinking about the anniversary of the first Moon landing all week, but wasn’t going to … Continue reading

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The Woman in White

The party went well – we ended up with about 12 people (13, if you count a baby – but she brought her own food). They cruised in an unexpectedly locust-like fashion through the brisket, ate most of the tomato … Continue reading

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checking off prep

Done so far this evening: brownie pan bought; Outback dinner had (Ted had a dentist appointment – got his braces off!!! and we tend to combine those with Outback because it’s right down the street); some tidying done; brownies baked … Continue reading

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idioms are fun

Background: We’re having a party tomorrow and I’ve invited my whole group from work. The boss can’t make it because he’s out of the country. The boss is Malasian, more or less anative English speaker though his dialect is very … Continue reading

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reason #one billion and seven to study physics

So you don’t make a fool of yourself on world news (I’m looking at you, Kristie Lu Stout). When Deke Slayton hit a golf ball on the Moon, it went much farther than it would have on Earth. This was … Continue reading

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cats!

Does anyone out there in the Philadelphia area want a couple of youngish (2-3 years) black cats? Or know someone who does? Or know a good way to get the word out? My brother can’t keep his due to severe … Continue reading

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party prep

We’re having a party this weekend, mostly because we never got around to it before. Technically, you’re supposed to do it when you move into a new place. But we didn’t really know anyone then, and there’s been all that … Continue reading

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geek fun

I just created a 24-slide presentation on Control Charts – not even how to create them, just how to read them. The really geeky part is how much fun I had doing it. And speaking of things I’ve had fun … Continue reading

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still my favorite ex-President

I knew I liked Jimmy Carter for a reason.

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