…in the punchbowl


Day of joy–not

Filed under: home — Matt @ 14:51

Here’s how my day started.

I ususally work from home on Wednesday. The eldest likes when his Mom drops him off at preschool, so K left around 8:00. Not two minutes after she left her grandmother calls.

“Hi, L. How are you?”

“I think Granddad’s had a stroke.”

Of course, our number is the first one that comes to mind. She told me the symptoms (lack of responsiveness, among others). I told her to hang up and dial 911; we’d handle everything else after the paramedics were on the way.

We’re 20 minutes away; their daughter (K’s mother) lives 3 1/2 hours away; their son lives in the S.F. Bay area. K’s sister lives 7 hours away. In other words, we’re the family first responders.

So now I’m in the ER waiting room with our youngest while K visits her grandfather and grandmother (and makes sure someone in the family has a firm grasp on diagnosis and prognosis). Gotta tell ya, the waiting room isn’t nearly as exciting as the side VG works on.


Whelp, looks like it’s just pneumonia; the symptoms we all thought pointed to stroke were, according to the medical professionals involved, the result of severe dehydration. Granddad stays overnight, on an IV drip of antibiotics, and the latest family crisis is averted.




If you can’t stand the heat…

Filed under: politics, shaft — Matt @ 13:01

stay out of the fire that is public life. If you’re a company that makes its money through speech of any kind, gird your loins and battle for the principle that lets your company survive, not the principals who make it the most money.

Of what am I speaking? Cartoons, friend. Cartoons.


Gangs of four

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 9:40

As tagged by Dave.

Four jobs you’ve had in your life:

  • Clerk in doctor’s office: I billed, I was a gopher, I had access to all your medical records!
  • Radio DJ: Dinky little station, ended up being more a producer/engineer
  • Fast food cook: at The Soda Shoppe, baby!
  • Software developer: Lots of places now

Four movies you could watch over and over {In no particular order}:

    Four places you’ve lived:

Four TV shows you love to watch:

  • Mythbusters. I’m very in-touch with my inner (and outer) geek. Besides, Jamie reminds me of my older brother.
  • Good Eats, with Alton Brown. Food, based in science, in an offbeat manner. (I told you I was in touch with my inner geek.)
  • Iron Chef. Love the camp on this one. I think I’ve seen all the episodes, but I’m not compulsive enough to actually check. Allez cuisine!
  • A Cook’s Tour. Chef/writer Anthony Bourdain eats his way around the world.

Four places you’ve been on holiday:

  • Spain: Summer after high school graduation. Saw the Olympic torch at the base of Montjuic in Barcelona; visited Madrid, Toledo, Málaga, Sevilla, Có.
  • London, England: About six years ago. Kathy lived there for three years growing up; we were visiting friends of her family.
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 7 years ago(?); our little trip for fun the in the (bloody hot) sun. I still remember the thatched roof on the international airport.
  • SF, Monterey, and Napa, California: 1997. The honeymoon.

Four albums you could listen to anytime:

  • U2: Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Machines of Loving Grace: Concentration
  • The Doors: The Best of The Doors
  • Alice In Chains: Jar of Flies

Four websites you visit daily:

Four favorite foods:

Four places you’d rather be:

  • Portland, OR (especially here)
  • London, England
  • Monterey, Calif
  • The Oregon coast

Now, the original list would have me tag four more folks to play the game. Since I’m a big believer in opt-in, you can play along if you’d like. Instead, I offer the following gang of four:

Four books you’ve read recently or are currently reading:

Now it’s your turn should you chose to do so.


The book that started it all

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 21:33

This may have been the book that started Bookman on his path:

If only I’d thought of this

Filed under: Miscellaneous, punchbowl — Matt @ 21:18

It could be my logo:

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.


Got another one for you, Erica…

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 22:23


You are a Black Coffee

At your best, you are: low maintenance, friendly, and adaptable

At your worst, you are: cheap and angsty

You drink coffee when: you can get your hands on it

Your caffeine addiction level: high

What Kind of Coffee Are You?


This is one of our weapons against terror?

Filed under: politics — Matt @ 21:00

So much for making quick and easy communication among the various agencies responsible for security in the Motherla….err, Homeland. Apparently, an email account for every agent just can’t be squeezed into the budget.

Probably could’ve covered the cost if they hadn’t spent so much time justifying Bush’s “Cuz I’m President and I say so” doctrine of executive power.


Every day, words find another way to fail me.

Filed under: politics — Matt @ 20:33

Luckily there are pictures:


Image linked to from Lawrence Lessig



Filed under: home, punchbowl — Matt @ 22:13

Yes, I have vanquished my foe, the kitchen faucet. Through hard work, planning, and judicious application of plumber’s putty, I have replaced the old faucet with a newer model. It doesn’t make my coffee for me yet, but we’re working on it.

Sure, it may not seem like a big deal to you. You see, my brother is the handy one–extremely handy. As in “built the house I grew up in” handy. Not me. I learned long ago that anything with a handle means work.

But unfortunately, new faucets either mean do-it-yourself or pay-through-the-nose. This time, my cheapness (and that of my wife) won out…at least for now. I suspect the faucet and its allies, the water supplies, are plotting my downfall as I type.


Stylish new baby bibs…

Filed under: Humor, Images, Off-color — Matt @ 21:58

Many in questionable taste. Consider yourself warned.

Baby bibs

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