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Yesterday was a good day. I didn't get much done, of course, out of all
the things that have been piling up needing attention, but I was happy.
First there was a visit with Colleen; she seemed optimistic, which
cheered me. She was also happy to get her Kindle back. I'm glad I got
it -- she really loves that thing. It would drive me crazy, but I'm me;
it seems almost perfect for her. I'll have to make backups occasionally,
Then I went for my walk, along Los Gatos Creek to the park at Campbell
Avenue. I haven't been getting enough walks lately. Unlike most walks I
deliberately tried not to think too much, but just observe and enjoy the
green Spring day. That let me notice that I was happy -- I seem
more in touch with my feelings when I'm not thinking.
I stopped at a garage sale on the way back -- they were closing up after a
busy morning, and giving away books. I found no less than four
that I wanted: The Five Love Languages (Chapman), The
Etiquette Edge -- The Unspoken Rules for Business Success (Beverly
Langford -- an etiquette book has been recommended as a way of learning
about social interaction norms), Legacy -- a step-by-step guide to
writing personal history (Linda Spence -- I figure if I'm writing a
sort of memoire of the last year...), and the Tao Teh Ching
(Lao Tzu, translated by John C. H. Wu -- I'm always interested in reading
a new translation of one of my all-time favorites).
After lunch I went to the Computer History Museum with chaoswolf. It's been
ages since the two of us went to a museum together; it was a nice
father-daughter bonding experience. Fun! Of course, it also made me feel
very old, to see things I grew up with behind a "please don't touch the
artifacts" sign. The Difference Engine was awesome, even though
we missed the demos, which were at 1pm and 2pm. I'll have to go back to
see it run.
The Wolfling was able to fill in some of the references in my filksongs:
things like magnetic drums, vacuum tubes, teletypes, keypunches, Deep Blue
(in an exhibit on computer chess, which she found fascinating), the Cray 1
and the PDP-10. And plugboards. Brings back memories, it does.
The Wolfling bought herself a "Paper Palm" (also known as an analog PDA)
and immediately started thinking of making a leather case for it.
I realized that carrying around a small stack of Hollerith cards
for taking notes and sketching on might be a good conversation-starter,
though they may be a little too bulky for every day.
It rained on and off during the afternoon.
After the museum we went to REI, because Chaos had expressed an interest
in getting buckles and clips for leatherwork. I picked up a new hat (mine
have been disappearing lately) and a purple bandana for Colleen. Took a
new route. Got lost a couple of times, but with nobody providing panicky
feedback I stayed calm and centered. I actually like exploring
when I'm not rushed or sleepy.
We stopped off to visit Colleen on the way home. She'd had an hour and a
half of physical therapy, and had come close -- three times! -- to getting
out of her wheelchair unassisted.
I was very sleepy in the evening. It occurs to me to wonder whether the
fact that I'm sleeping more has anything to do with my improved mood. It
would be unfortunate to have to make that trade-off. Can I think about
it? I thought depression made you sleep more.
I could get used to days like this. I may have to... :-)