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She walks 5,000 Miles

  • Posted on: 22 August 2009
  • By: randy

We all knew she would exercise her right to independent bipedal locomotion in a matter of days. The evidence, climbing up any object possible, communicating her desire to walk while holding the hands of a parent, and cruising along (and across) furniture, was mounting daily. I did not have days; only hours. So it was, hours after flying (not walking) out of town for more than a week, she took her first independent steps.

Nairobi travel journal part 1

  • Posted on: 19 August 2009
  • By: randy

Nairobi Travel Journey

The day, Sunday the 16th, began for me quite early with a taxi ride to SEA-TAC for the first of three flight legs to Nairobi. Frugality with ticket purchases necessitated selecting the multi-stop trip instead of the single-stop itinerary. As always on trips such as these, I packed light in order to avoid checking a bag. Standing in long lines with all my gear on my shoulders can tire, however. The risk of a lost bag is too great to gain some potential shoulder comfort.

On the way to Nairobi

  • Posted on: 16 August 2009
  • By: randy

This morning I start the journey to Nairobi. A work meeting takes place Wednesday thru Friday. The itinerary to is not so bad: SEA to PDX to AMS to NBO. The lay over in PDX is about three hours, during which time I intended to finish a work project and purchase an adapter fit for the UK/Kenya (and many other countries).

The return stops add up: NBO to KRT to CAI (change planes) to AMS to SEA. At least I will (sort of) see other parts of Africa. I say "sort of" because the flights are at night.

Those are not scratches they are signs of affection

  • Posted on: 31 January 2009
  • By: randy

After an altercation with a young, assertive young girl at the play space on Friday, Elias shed a tear and expressed his disappointment at relinquishing the red motorcyle big-wheel. Because my line-of-sight was blocked by two adults (one of whom carried, externally, an infant) I could not ascertain the instigator, the aggressor, the bully, nor the innocent. Rather than accuse the girl of selfishly taking what rightly belonged to Elias, we practiced the fine art of sharing. By "we" I mean Elias, of course.

Making granola

  • Posted on: 5 January 2009
  • By: randy

Yesterday I made my third batch of granola for the family. The second batch, undercooked, did not satisfy quite the same way the first and third ones did.