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Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Errands: What a strange day. We had to go down town because the government screwed up. We had called for absentee ballots some time back. They had not arrived and others we spoke to had already received theirs and sent them back. So Anna called. Well, they couldn’t find any record for the primary but the general election was good. So if we wanted to vote in the primary we could come down town and pick up the ballots. Anna went into the office building while I drove round and round. Of course there was no place to park, in downtown Seattle. Are you kidding? We were successful in getting a toner cartridge for my copier. A light lunch at Ivar’s Acres of Clams (that’s a whole ‘nother story, about Ivar, I mean) and then we were off to pick up a CD at Tower Records. I had called to see if it was in stock. Somebody told me that it was. But when we arrived there were no CDs by James Solberg. Miffed but keeping my temper. Back home I accomplished a couple of errands, Anna picked grapes. Our daughter showed up and we went out to dinner. In the evening I watched some television and prepared the grapes for grape pie. Labor intensive, because Concord type grapes have seeds. You must separate the skins from the innards, simmer the eyeballs (well, they look like it) then put them through a food mill to separate the seeds. Meantime chop the skins in a cuisinart, then combine them and into the freezer for grape pie later on. Lots of work but the pies are pretty darn good or I wouldn’t do it.

Why did we need absentee ballots? All will be explained tomorrow.

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