Musings on: Vacation, Heating, and Bat Mitzvahs

  • We’ve now picked the time for our vacation. The plans are to leave Sunday, August 13 for Northern California (we’re driving). Monday and Tuesday I likely have testing in Foster City (yeah! chargable hours!) while my wife and daughter bum around. We plan on visiting friends (and that includes you, my LJ friends) in the greater San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland and Davis/Sacramento areas until Friday, August 25, when we drive back to Los Angeles. The interstitial weekend, August 19/20, we hope to spend in the Sacramento area, visiting our dear friend Rabbi Sheryl Nosan-Blank, spiritual leader of Or Rishon in Orangevale. Of course, during this time, we would love to visit with all of the folks on our friends lists in the area for conversation, games, and just plain socializing.
  • It’s hot. Part of the problem is that they didn’t finish the HVAC work yesterday. They only connected the ducting to two of the bedrooms, and then the thermostat got wedged (I think it is failing) so that the A/C didn’t kick on. Luckily, we have ceiling fans in most rooms. Yet, it is still 80° in the house this morning. I’ve opened all the windows before it heats up–they predict a high of 91°F today, and 94°F tomorrow.
  • Last night, I had Mozilla lose my profile. Luckily, I was able to recover it, but it still was a royal pain. Have other folks had Mozilla randomly lose its profile upon startup?
  • Last night, we had our second B’nai Mitzvah Parents meeting. Quite interesting, especially when Cantor Alan brought one of the moms to the bima to demonstrate a point. She seems like a real nice lady. We got to write blessings for our children. The kids made yads while we met with the Cantor. Afterwards, I asked my daughter how long a yad was? She didn’t know, so I told her: 36 inches.

And now to clean off my desk so I can work. I’m working from home today, because my sister-in-law and her family are coming over at 4:00pm to visit.


Early Summer Planning

First, a general update. I’m tired today, likely because my wife didn’t sleep well due to problems with her CPAP mask. Probably just the remants of Monday, which had numerous small but annoying mishaps occur (for example, putting a flank steak in the crockpot in the morning, and then forgetting to plug the crockpot in). But, I am getting stuff done, which is what is important.

Now, on the subject of the post. One of the things that was in the family trust I inherited from my father was a timeshare condo in Hawaii. I just got an email from the fellow that normally rents it (covering expenses) that he was planning on using it this year. As I’m still sorting things out, that’s fine with me… and it helps solidify my vacation planning. The original plans were: If Hawaii wasn’t in use, go there; if it was, visit relatives in New York.

So, I’m thinking of going to New York for about 1½ weeks during the summer. We would visit relatives in Manhatten, take in some shows, see the sights (I hear the Hippodrome is a sight not to be missed…

My father told me, “Chip, my boy,
There’ll come a time when you leave home;
If you should ever hit New York,
Be sure to see the Hippodrome.”

…but anyway). However, I’ve got to work things around a lot of dates (S&F going to camp the first week of August; tickets to Purlie (Pasadena Playhouse, July 16), The Wizard of Oz (Cabrillo Music Theatre, July 23), and Wicked (to be purchased). I’ve also got to see if I can redeem miles on Useless Air for LAX-(a New York airport). I’d be interested in getting tickets for Avenue Q and Spamalot. Does anyone know how available those tickets are mid-Summer, and what the pricing would be? I’ve also got to see what hotels would be, if we’re not staying with relatives.

At least I’ve got something to plan towards…