January 10th, 2008


Tornados in the Pacific Northwest -- Plus Some Thank Yous!

Yes, it's true! We had TORNADOS here today!

Vancouver, Washington is just across the river from where we live -- and very close to our home. Often our weather is more likely to mirror the weather of Vancouver than that of downtown Portland, as we're literally ten minutes away from crossing the bridge (traffic allowing) into Vancouver.

For those of you who are used to tornados where you live, you must understand that we simply do NOT get them here in the Pacific Northwest.

tornado in Vancouver - JAN 10, 2008

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In other news, Marilyn and I got a postcard from New Zealand today, sent by friend Evamaria shirasade (who is currently living there -- her homeland is Switzerland).

THANKS, Evamaria!!!

What a lovely surprise to come home to...

And I keep meaning to mention that I got a wonderful Christmas card from friend Kim rainwen!

THANKS, Kim!!!

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It warmed me so to read that! I had to share that card with a lot of people, because it's not often you receive something that special from another person.

All in all, we got more than 50 holiday cards this year, which was very nice! I have a few of them hanging up in my cube at work, but I just went through the stack again and looked at each one, feeling so happy to see them! We got four photo cards -- all including baby/child pictures that are dear to our hearts.

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On the home front, Marilyn and I bought and (finally!!!) watched "3:10 to Yuma," the movie featuring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.

What a GREAT movie! I was so impressed!

We started watching it last night, thinking we just look at part of it, but were so captivated that we had to stay up and see the entire film. The acting all the way around was incredible, so if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

One final quick (important) note: Marilyn and I took two of the donated (from Richard) computers over to Donn late this afternoon -- to see if the planned rebuild would work or not.

We have a very limited budget for 'new' computers this year. In fact in recent years what's been happening is to buy between 2-4 computers annually. But after working a combined payment and trade deal with Donn, it looks like we'll have a record TEN new computers for 2008!

I'm really proud of my part in this, I have to admit. Because of Richard and his generous donation and Donn and his belief that it could be done (plus willingness to work with the festival to make a deal that goes well beyond fair) -- and my own stubborn conviction that this was the right thing -- we'll have some kick-ass computers available to staff members who have previously had less-than-desirable equipment!

Donn was so determined to give me good news that he stayed late at work to do the temporary build of one computer, phoning to tell me. (He's still recovering from his accident last July, so it was very generous of him to remain late and do this for me...

Actually, the festival should have a banner year in 2008 IT-wise! Ten computers (fingers still crossed), all those new flat screen monitors (not one computer in there has anything else now) and the change from Qwest to Comcast for internet connection. We'll see how it all goes, but it's looking good at this point.

I so rarely update right now that I never mentioned meeting Lilia, our new Store Manager (replacing the departing Penny). She was at staff meeting this past Tuesday, and seems like a lovely person...

It's 1 a.m., so I'd better starting thinking about going to bed! Marilyn has (another) early meeting tomorrow morning...

I have a bunch of (boring?) website coding things to relate, but I'm out of time for now!