Day 108 and 109: Three Signs

Fun note: At my German Wheel instructor‘s request, I’ve posted my All-Time Favorite Science Fiction book list. You’ll love at least a few of these, I promise.

So the last few soft-landing days of SP158 happened to match the long weekend. Time to disappear for a while.


We’re not that far from civilization; this place actually has a small train running through it. We push aside the kids and get some good seats.


There’s a lake with a big sign reading “NO BOATING ALLOWED” with a lot of boats on it. Clearly the people who made the sign are on vacation somewhere else.


Last time we were causing trouble with Ashley and Scott was 92 miles North of here, and there was a Pig Auction and some drinking going on.

Today we’re hunting monkeys. It’s a big park, and they move fast, but you can find them if you know where to look.


Scott’s just about got one cornered.


I know this sign is serious, but I have visions of a Monty Python skit involving a doorway with a button on it that says “Please do not press.”   Goooooosh.


It was a good monkey hunting day. Scott and Ashley bagged one, and are heading home to cook it.


About halfway home, the car malfunctions and goes out of control, skidding to a stop in front of a sign that says “Kitten Adoption Today.” Someone’s decided to get a kitten taco, to go.

Okay, so she’s kind of cute. So what.

She goes home with the monkey, not with us. Whew, that was close.

There’s a bunch of extra time for secret plans and garden work.

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I hadn’t imagined the last days of summer could be this excellent.


Random assertion: Every time you look for a kitten to take home, you’ll find the perfect one. The thing is, they keep making more.

Steganographic data: 1818/5.0

Days remaining in Secret Plan 158: 1

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Day 106 and 107: Cake, Crucible and Crash-Nap

Tomorrow starts a long weekend. That means if I’m going to get birthday shopping done for my muse, I need to do it today. It’s much easier to keep secrets from her when she’s at work.

First it’s another battle of wills at Delessio.

This woman is making four incredible cakes at once. She’s a bakery ninja.

I’ve never seen this sign before, but it’s not new. I’ll have to stop in and see what sort of flying thing they make.

Some of today is spent retracing steps to places I’ve enjoyed during my time of.

See the top window? That’s one of my favorite downtown offices.

Being a port city, San Francisco has a lot of excellent places to find gifts for a muse.

If you know she’s reading your blog, though, it’s best to show pictures of places you went into and places you didn’t, to keep her guessing. Otherwise she figures things out. Sorry, love.

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These are great stores, and they’re a big part of this city’s history. Gump’s opened in San Francisco in 1861, and Shreve opened in 1894.

She knows about one of her presents already.
She’ll be taking some classes here:

The Crucible

If you haven’t been to The Crucible in Oakland, I’d recommend looking into it. They teach welding, electronics, blasksmithing, stone carving, fire dancing, and all sorts of other cool stuff. The muse is going to take their glass kiln-casting classes, because there’s something specific she wants to make out of gears and glass.

See, if you know her well, she’s easy to shop for. Maybe the Crucible sells those outfits too.

What brings me back to this dome isn’t shopping, but hopefully some bad sci-fi.


As it turns out, the new Vin Diesel movie is actually not as horrible as the reviewers think it is. I wouldn’t make a very good critic. I’d much rather enjoy a sci-fi movie than hate it, and usually that’s enough.

The last time I was here, I was above the dome, not below it. Either way, the view is nice.


Back at home, I have a mini-project to do. The muse’s new mobile phone charges from USB ports, but only specific ones. It’s very picky, which is a pain.

…so I’m building a “no whining” cable for the phone. Using this, it’ll charge off of anything.

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It works perfectly, and the phone’s a lot less fussy now. No matter what you plug it into, it charges right up. It’s not 100% safe, but that’s not required of anything, ever.

The 2-year-old cat has decided resistors are really (really) fun. (sigh)

…and the 18-year-old cat fell asleep on his face without actually lying down.


Tonight we’re heading to Epic Roasthouse. We’ve been there for brunch, but never for dinner. Good food, friendly staff, and a fantastic table outside.

…and very nearly another seltzer fight.

Random assertion: An all-female blacksmithing class is just about the sexiest thing you’ll ever see, but don’t get in the way.

Steganographic data: 1822/6.4

Days remaining in Secret Plan 158: 3

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