I'm here now. And my computer got stripped and upgraded over at Starport last night so that it's actually reasonably functional, for perhaps the first time since I got it. A lot of extra RAM being added helped. And some great upgrades with real tools, and not the junk it came with.
Quick summary of recent activities:
Andrew and Kash and I laid a new brick walkway at the front of the house, going from the driveway to the front walk. It looks fantastic. Has a nice pad over by the drive for people to get in and out of vehicles, too. Mottled buff colored bricks.
Hiked to Half Dome at Yosemite. I say "to" because I conked out just below getting to the chains. It was hard, but a person's got to know their limitations, and this was not a day to summit. Even Andrew and Chris Phoenix had a time with the chains, so I don't feel like it was a bad decision. Just a hard one. I figure I'll try again another time, when we can leave from "base camp" at Little Yosemite early in the day. As it was, we didn't get started until almost 7 am, and it's a heck of a hike. We came back down from somewhere below Nevada Falls in darkness, with flashlights. It was really cool to stop by Vernal Falls for a ten minute rest in deep darkness, lit only by the stars overhead.
And there are more baby chicks. I raised these from eggs purchased from a breeder in Texas. Silkies and Showgirls, the naked-necked silkie hybrid. They are ridiculously cute. We got three silkies and four showgirls, and it looks like we will get a couple in "partridge" (grey/brown mix) and buff/brown. Unknown at this point the ratio of boys to girls. I'm hoping Mee Too, the single silkie chick hatched by Sophie, is a girl, because I'm growing fond of the little critter. I said I wouldn't name any until we knew what they were, but there you go... They are two and a half weeks old, now.
Down to Carmel Valley for Andrew's dad's birthday, last weekend. I'm getting to know that area, now. Also attended a statue unveiling with some of the San Juan Bautista volunteers, in Gilroy, as part of the new downtown Gilroy revitalization project.
That's a quick summary. Still looking for work, and hoping something will come through. It's brutal out there.