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first – obligatory baby picture. This week: goofiest smile yet!

second – update. This weekend was pretty fun. We went to Millenium Music and took advantage of a DVD rental deal they’re offering – 25 movies for $25 over a period of 6 months. If you live in the Charleston area it’s definitely worth checking out. We’ve watched four movies so far, two each evening (the deal, of course, is that Yvonne gets to pick one and I get to pick one). I don’t usually shop at Millenium because they have this thing where their CDs are overpriced unless you buy a membership, at which point they’ll sell CDs to you for the price you can get them elsewhere without a membership. Needless to say I have never purchased a membership – I get my CDs at Manifest Discs and Tapes in West Ashley. But this DVD deal rocks too much to miss.

studying has also been going well. I’ve been continuing with the Chinese and Yvonne has been studying Russian. It’s hard to fit it in amidst all the diaper changing, movie watching and whatnot, but even sneaking in a couple of hours of studying every week seems to really pay off in the long run.

work tomorrow, so bedtime now.

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24. Aug, 2003
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my mother’s bad timing

my mother, who lives with my dad north of Toronto, has been in Toronto during the past couple of weeks to help her parents. My grandfather (who is 90) had a surgery performed last week at Toronto General.

at any rate apparently my mother was at my grandparents’ apartment in North York (a Toronto suburb). She had just gone down to the basement and had started up three very large loads of laundry. So she got back on the elevator and started her up to the 17th floor. Some people got on at the lobby and got off on the way up. My mother and one other gentleman were the only people left on the elevator when the power went out. The elevator shut down and it was pitch black.

fortunately the apartment building had a generator and a few minutes later the elevator powered back on and started heading upwards. They managed to stop the elevator at the 19th floor and my mother took the stairs back to the 17th. The laundry, of course, stayed wet in the basement for two days until power returned to the city.

apparently only one of the two elevators in the building cranked back up using the building’s generator; the other remained off. What my mother lacked in timing that day she made up for by choosing the right elevator!

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17. Aug, 2003