Monday, June 19, 2006

First Fish

Stardate 59061.9

Father’s Day, 2006, was a good day. Patrick wanted to go fishing, so about 8 that morning he and I went to Kaysville Pond. One the first casts out, Patrick catches his first fish.

It’s kind of small, but he was happy anyway. April made steak and lobster for lunch, and then we went to see a Bees game. We sat behind a scout for the Cubs. He let Patrick run a radar gun to measure the speed of the pitches. We moved to right field for a while because it was shady there. After the game, we dropped Patrick off at a friends house. He is staying there for the week to attend a baseball camp.

Friday I hosted the Senior Officers Meeting for the Ticonderoga. I’ve been busy with work (two projects to get together, and I still to do stuff on a previous one)., so I played catch-up on the goings on. I am not keeping up with it very well.

There was an article in the Ogden Standard-Examiner about wait times at regional hospitals in the emergency room. Davis (where April works) was listed as a 2 hour wait in the ER. That did not make the employees there happy, and the next day the paper printed a correction. 2 hours was the total time in the ER, including seeing a doctor.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Stardate 59061.3
Repair guy gets to my house at 11:45 AM, 15 minutes before he was scheduled (sometime between noon and 5 was what I was told). He took a look at the screen, which of course decided to work just before he got there (I see that a lot my job, I call it CCS, Cardboard Cutout Syndrome on the thought that if you put a cardboard cutout of the person within sight of the equipment, it would work perfectly all the time), and went up to the dish, swapped the switch, and tested it. It was working better than ever and it took him all of five minutes. He told me the brand of switch he swapped out had been giving them trouble. The downside is that I missed some DS9 episodes I had been looking forward to seeing; “The Die is Cast” and “The Way of the Warrior”. I did record some episodes of “Mythbusters” (Grant Imahara was not on the first one), a special on Krakatoa , and one on Napoleon. There was a show about Blackbeard on Lifetime, but I didn’t find it on the programming guide.

Thursday was supposed to be the last softball games, but they were rained out. Patrick’s game has been rescheduled for June 19, but he already has something else to do. He has been practicing batting because he wanted to hit a home run before another boy on his team.

April and Patrick went camping in Escalante with some friends. They had a good time, except that April will be banning Gameboys from camping trips from now on. I stayed home with Rachel and Thomas and did some work in the yard while watching the Thunderbirds and others fly overhead. The kids were not interested in going to Hill to see the airshow, and I had to much to do anyway.

Rachel is at Girl Scout camp this week. She was not happy to go so soon after school is out, but this was the only time she could go with friends from school. I think she will have a good time. Saturday she wandered around the house saying ‘I’m bored’, while Thomas was out on the trampoline with a bunch of the neighborhood kids ranging in age from 4 to 12. I don’t know why she didn’t join them.

The sitter was over on Monday. He apparent watched the US soccer team get trounced with the boys. Patrick’s dream now is to become a World Cup soccer champion. After that he wants to be a MLB star.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Stardate 59060.6
Happy 06/06/06! This is one of those events that does not happen too often.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Sattelite Down

Stardate 59060.5
The satellite receiver is on the fritz. It now only shows Cartoon Network and The History Channel. There might be more, but I only checked out a few. Nick, Disney, and Spike are out. The repair person is coming out Wednesday, so I’ll miss a few DS9 episodes. It really doesn’t matter, since almost all shows have already ended their seasons. I already found I can’t keep up anyway. Even with a DVR to make viewing more convenient, there are not enough hours in the day.

Patrick is intent on becoming the first on his softball team to hit a home run. He hit a ball from the street to our neighbor’s back yard Saturday.

Things are winding down. Saturday I spent digging out some sprinklers. That was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The ground under some of the grass was like rock.

Sunday I took the kids to see Over the Hedge. It was a pretty standard movie. There are a few other films I’d like to see, such as The DaVinci Code, maybe X3 and Superman Returns. Most can wait for DVD, though.

One more week of school.

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