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How's Things? 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 03:47 PM
Hi Everybody,

I hope you all are having a restful summer. I've been working like a dog on Linda's studio. It looks a whole lot different than the pictures I posted on June 28. I've tiled the floor (With ceramic tile not that cheap blue stuff they put in our classroom), The outside has been covered in wood siding and trim, and cable and phone have been run out to it. I should be finished with everything but the painitng of the outside within a week. It's more like a guest house than a studio, but Linda will paint in it. I'll post pictures in a week or so.

For my latest project, I'm building an arcade machine. You know, the kind you put a bunch of quarters in to play a game. Mine will be different in that it will play more than 4000 games from the arcade and not just one. It will also have the ability to play DVD's, be an actual jukebox to play all of my mp3's, The machine is run by a computer and has joysticks, spinners, buttons, trackballs, the whole bit. It looks and acts like an actual arcade machine. I've added an image of what it will resemble. My machine, however, will have original artwork, a coin door for inserting coins, a sound system, it will light up and have a few other touches. I doubt I'll be finished before school starts, but who knows. I'll keep you posted.

Take it easy,

Mr. D


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Goodbye Crib, Hello Teeth 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 03:45 PM
Well, it's been a great month so far. Killian has moved from a crib into a bed. This would have happened sooner, but the bed I ordered online kept pushing the delivery date too far into the future. We finally cancelled the order and ended up buying one from Ikea. It's a bunk bed, so when Riley decides to move out of a crib they'll be in the same bed. Just think about how fun that will be. Also, Ry-Guy (AKA Riley) is starting to get some teeth. This is convenient because he has moved from strictly mother's milk to mother's milk and 3 meals of baby food a day. Unfortunately, the process of teeth breaking through the gums is somewhat unpleasant and keeps him up some nights. Anyway, here are a couple of pics. Take care.





Dodgeball 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 03:42 PM
I know how much you all like to play dodgeball. Well... it turns out that it is an official extreme sport now. The Game Show Network has a program where dodgeball is played in a kind of WWE type of format. I've not seen the show yet, just the commercials. It looks as if the play is real, but the teams are costumed for entertainment purposes. I'm not really sure, but it looks quite interesting. If you would like to check it out on the web, click here. You can check out the rules, teams, showtimes, etc.

Also, I'm sure you know about the Ben Stiller movie titled "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," but here is a link to check it out in case you are interested. I have no idea if it is any good or not. It seems our classroom game has made the big time.



Alameda County Fair 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 03:41 PM
If you haven't been to the Alameda County Fair yet, you've still got some time. It ends on Sunday. We went yesterday and had a great time. It's kind of expensive, but there is a ton of cool stuff and a bunch of rides and games. I won Killian a stuffed animal playing that game where you shoot water at a target. I was playing against a bunch of six year olds, but I kicked all of their butts. It's in Pleasanton, which is about 25 minutes from Oakland, but it's worth bugging your parents to take you. There are all sorts of animals at the fair and they are all for sale. So, if you are in the market for a cow or a goat it's the place to be. Inside the fair, there is a pretty big petting zoo with all sorts of animals, not just goats and sheep. Anyhow, my mother was putting a quarter into the feed machine, like the ones at the SF Zoo, and before she could hand the feed to Killian a camel put it's mouth in her hand and gobbled it up. Killian was freaked out, but my mom made a new friend. All in all it was a good day.


The New Stroller


Carousel

I would have posted more pictures, but my batteries went dead after these two.

4th of July and New Chicks 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 03:37 PM
I had a 4th of July party yesterday. We had a lot of fun. It was mainly family. All of the uncles, including myself, bought fireworks. Needless to say, we had more than enough. After the party, a group of us went to go see the real fireworks in Concord. It was the shortest show I've ever seen. I guess they can't afford to do the big shows that they used to do. We had a nice time though.

I also received the replacement chicks that I ordered. They came in the mail on Friday. I bought ten and am keeping only 3. The others will be given away. Unfortunately, one of them died around 11:00 p.m. on the fourth. Nesanet noticed that one of the chicks was just standing around while the others were very active. We thought perhaps it may have hurt its foot. So, we separated it and tried hand feeding it. When we came back from the fireworks she wouldn't even stand and was just lying down. She died in Nesanet's hands about 30 minutes later. I have no idea what was wrong. sometimes this happens. She was a bit smaller than the rest of the chicks and may have been a runt. Keep your fingers crossed for the rest of the chicks.

Anyhow, I've included pictures of the chicks and of the party. If you would like to leave a comment or read other people's comments to my original posts, all you need to do is click on the link for comment at the bottom of a post and type in your response. Hazel has done so, but she said it was kind of confusing. You can either opt to sign up for a user name or post anonymously. Either way is okay with me. I will have everybody sign up for a user name next year. Just make sure you type your name at the end of the post so that we know who you are. I will respond to every comment via the blog.


New Chicks


Me Lighting Fireworks


Watching Fireworks


Killian & Sparkler


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