Archive for January, 2008

I’m an uncle!

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At 10:16 tonight my sister gave birth to Savannah Davis Montenegro, and I became an uncle! Savannah was 8 pounds 6 ounces and 20.5 inches long, and apparently she has quite a head of hair. Mother and baby are both doing great.
I’m headed down there tomorrow to see her first hand, and I’ll post some better quality pics. Exciting times in our family right now…
Thursday update: Added a few pics after the link
Monday update: Added a few more pics

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High quality IKEA lamps

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Had a minor disaster tonight, caused by a crappy Swedish-designed, made-in-who-knows-where lamp. This particular lamp has never really stood up straight, but it never seemed unstable. The other day I noticed that it was really leaning, so I tried to tighten everything up, but it seemed like most of the threads were stripped. Tonight, I bumped into the base of the lamp with my vacuum, and down it all came. Bounced off my knee, hit the bookshelf and shattered. Also got a nice cut on the hand from the glass, too.
Note to self: don’t buy lamps at IKEA again.

A REAL Guitar Hero

If you’ve played Guitar Hero or Rock Band, then you’ll appreciate how incredible this guy does playing “Green Grass and High Tides”. This song kicked my butt on the drums, and that was on the easy level! Watch the video to see this guy scream through this ten minute song!

Home to a mess

As you may have heard, the weather was terrible in the Bay Area while I was on vacation. Just up the hill from me there was a big landslide that has put several houses in jeopardy. I arrived home on Sunday to find a huge mess in the front yard (the house was fine, thankfully). Here’s what happened (and is still happening), in pictures:
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Just to the left of the front stairs, a seasonal creek turns into a waterfall, which pours into a storm drain owned by the city. The drain clogged, the basin filled with water, and then everything poured over my retaining wall and down the driveway. The neighbor said he’s never seen it this bad before.

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Here’s the view from above. You can see the trail of rocks, branches, and dirt going down the driveway. See the bucket near the stairs? There used to be a plant in there… when I got home, it was full of water, rocks, and nothing else.

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Here’s the root cause of the problem: there’s supposed to be a storm drain here… instead it’s just mud and rocks.

Both myself and my neighbor have called the Public Works department, who have promised to send a crew out to clear out the drain. Nobody has shown up. My neighbor spend most of Saturday trying to dig out all the crap, but he didn’t succeed. Today, I tried to dig it out, and my biggest accomplishment was getting my clothes wet. There’s a good foot of mud on top of the drain, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere. The rain is supposed to stop, so it’s not going to get any worse, but this thing needs to be cleaned out. I’m hoping the city will actually do their part — it is their drain, after all.

Kauai 2008: Day 5

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Yesterday was our last full day in Kauai. Naturally, I had to have one more Mai Tai!
In a few hours, I’ll be on a plane back to SFO — I hope the flight is smoother than the one over. I’ve got a few last pictures after the link… hope you enjoyed all the photos!

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