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December 2004

Darkflash: Half Way

Time for another Darkflash. Things that I sent out as emails when I didn’t have a blog for a few months that I would have normally posted. They are almost done. Really. Anyway, this one was originally sent to friends and family 8 Sep 2004 06:27:39 UTC.

So, we spent some time in New Orleans. Tried to go on one of those walking tour things, but the one we had the pamphlet for turned out to be canceled. So we just walked around by ourselves for a bit. Bourbon Street was a bit overwhelming for an already tired 8 year old though, so we didn’t stay long in that area and caught a kids movie instead. There was also a lot of swimming in the hotel pool.

Word from a few people we have talked to back in Melbourne is that the house is basically OK. Apparently a palm tree out front fell over, but otherwise things look OK. And at least some of the neighbors have power, so there is a good chance we will have power too. So it is looking good. We won’t know for sure until we get home though. And we picked up a small generator at a Home Depot in New Orleans just in case we were still out… and for the next time the power goes off. :-)

We are on the way back now. In Tallahassee for the night. That’s almost exactly half way home from New Orleans. We’ll go the rest of the way home tomorrow.

Work reports that the office is undamaged, but still without power. They were trying to set up today with generators. I’ll be back at work Thursday. The trip I was on that had to be called short will probably be rescheduled for next week.

So looks like things should be normalizing. Probably one more update once we get home.

Later all!

Boxes All Opened


I put a stripe on the tree. Do you like the stripe? I like the stripe!

Well, all the boxes and packages have been opened and the presents dispersed. I think we all got a lot of good loot that will keep us busy for a long time. Thanks to everybody who sent us stuff. We much appreciate it. (I’ll of course try to thank people individually too, but I didn’t keep an actual list this year, so it may take me awhile to figure out.)

We had a good Christmas. Everybody was up late the night before. I woke up at 9:30 AM and flipped on the TV. Remarkably though, Amy, who we expected to rise at the crack of dawn, did not get up until almost noon. So the whole presents thing took us all the afternoon. Outside it was pouring rain almost all day.

Once everything was open we watched a DVD Amy got. And now Brandy is making dinner. Then I think we’ll probably watch another DVD. Between Brandy, Amy and I we probably got about 30 hours of new DVDs to watch. :-)

And Brandy got me some new things to aid in my graphing! And there was a remote control car, and a bathrobe, and some clothes, and a few decorations for the house… and… and… well, like I said, I didn’t make a list. But lots of cool stuff!

Tomorrow the cleanup begins. :-)

Lung Power!

Time for another new graph. My lung power over time!

Sam’s Peak Flow History

Since I was a child I have had asthma.  It used to cause me quite a bit of trouble.  With modern medicines it bothers me much less than when I was a teenager and younger.  But it is still there and likely always will be.  So I monitor it on a regular basis.  What follows are charts I have kept of my “peak flow”.  This basically measures how strongly I can blow out, which in turn is one indicator of my lung strength and how well I am breathing at that moment.

As with the weight graph, there is some data which I have but is not yet reflected on the chart. This will slowly be restored as I go through a few places where I have the data and get it entered.