Saturday, December 20, 2014

100 Books to read in your Life

A pretty good list from Amazon.  I've already read 42 of them and have another 10 or so on my shelf.  I don't know if this link will stay good or not but I hope it does.

Friday, December 12, 2014

2024 Olympics?

Next week the US Olympic Committee will decide if they'll bid on the 2024 Olympics (I'm betting they will) and may decide on which city they'll put forth to host.  There are four cities on the host list:
  • Boston
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Washington DC
I've long believed that if the US bids on 2024, they will win.  The US hasn't hosted an Olympics since Salt Lake City in 2002 and no summer games since Atlanta in 1996.  Given the importance that the US has, particularly in funding, a 28 year gap is a huge one.
So who gets the nod?  I have absolutely no insider knowledge but I'd like to make some guesses.  Pure speculation to follow.
San Francisco is an interesting choice.  The Bay Area is certainly beautiful.  I'm guessing (I haven't checked into it) that there are enough venues in NoCal to satisfy the sporting requirements.  Between the professional teams (six?) and the number of big time colleges, there must be.  Throw in the big money from Silicon Valley and it's a great region.  Plus, summer temps are reasonable.  The downside?  Traffic would be nightmarish and the region doesn't have nearly enough hotel capacity to handle something like the Olympics.  I'm guessing this would be the first city eliminated.
Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics twice before and done a very good job of it.  They've got the venues.  The city is kinda looking for an excuse to build a stadium (or two) so that it can bring the NFL back.  SoCal is much more distributed than the north.  The geography doesn't make traffic the same issue (though LA certainly has issues).  In the same way, the area is distributed enough that it has more hotel capacity.  I think that it gets knocked out because it has already hosted twice though.
Boston would be intriguing for many reasons.  The city itself would host, but realistically it would be a New England Olympics.  Again, the area has the venues, though it may have to spread the soccer a bit further down the coast.  Not a problem.  The history of the area would make it especially interesting.  The hotel capacity is an issue here though maybe not so much as to knock it out.  Boston also seems to have the most organized local opposition to the games.
Washington DC is (in my mind) the most likely.  From what I've seen they've put in the most cosmetically appealing bid.  DC has an enormous amount of clout and my guess is that the insider/outsider relationship between Congress and residents will mean that spending won't be an issue.  The city also has enormous history and pretty good hotel resources.  (I don't have any feel for traffic or infrastructure there.)  If I had to bet a nickle on the result, I'd place it firmly on the DC spot.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Little Known Christmas Music

There is a very nice article here, listing some little known Christmas music.  It's heavy on choir music, which is fine for me.  The article includes YouTube clips of the songs and they've been nice enough to put them into a playlist, which can be found here.
I don't think I know any of these, but I'm enjoying them.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Month Ends

This is my 30th post in 30 days and I've fulfilled the task.  True, some of the posts have been bare but I got many of the 'ideas' posts out.  I've still got some more so I'll post them in the next week or two.

Did this restart my blog?  I doubt it.  It's hard to blog day in and day out without any audience.  And to be honest, almost all of that audience has fled to Facebook or elsewhere.  That's just how it is.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

No Heat

I fell asleep on the couch last night while watching a movie.  The cats woke me at 6a so I fed them and turned the thermostat.  I returned to the couch, half listened for the furnace to kick on and fell back asleep.  Around 7a the FP Gal came down and asked if I wanted to head up to the bed.  I did.  About 45 min later she woke me and told me that the furnace wasn't working.
It got cold.  The lowest the thermostat read was 52 degrees.  I came down stairs and all three kids were bundled up on the couch, under about fifteen blankets.  The FP Gal called some repair people and made an appointment for the afternoon.  We watched some TV and then I took them to the Y.  After we were done there, the FP Gal told me to take the kids out for lunch.
We got home at the same time as the repair guy.  He only needed about twenty minutes or so and he had it fixed.  We need to do a larger repair down the road, but this one wasn't too bad. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving in Austin

We went down to Austin today for Thanksgiving.  (When we told LL this morning he said, 'Austin? I like Austin!'.)  So we loaded up the car for the trip.  Apparently today was the coldest Thanksgiving in decades.  The windchill was below zero.  It made the trip seem much more like Christmas than Thanksgiving.  Hopefully the climate control will be adjusted soon as it's much too cold.
We made it down there without any problem.  We could see plenty of tire tracks in the median.  I'm guessing that yesterday was an eventful day for the tow-trucks.  Once we were down to Austin we went immediately to Pop Pop's church.  We missed it on the last trip and DF was very angry with me.  We made up for it here.  The boys love the nursery room there so they played for a bit.  We had some small snacks.
Then we headed to David and Donna's for another quick visit and then out to the 3B Eatery for the real meal.  Oh, Amy is such a good cook!  Yummy, yummy food.  Great company.  A fine time.
Back to David and Donna's.  We watched some football and chatted.  The kids played with each other and with cousins.  And with a kitten from the batch of cats that have adopted the household.  We were offered the kitten to take home but the FP Gal and I both resisted.
The car ride home was equal parts quiet and awful.  All three kids were asleep before we cleared Austin city limits.  About half way home they each woke each other up.  They demanded water and soon drank all that we had with us.  They wanted quiet and food and (of course) their actual beds.  We eventually got home and got them to sleep. 

And now it's just me typing and I'm sure sleep is soon to come for me too.  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!