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May 29, 2014

last update: 05/29 @ 20:53
 I just sent an email to National Geographic customer support asking for help renewing a gift. And I pulled out the email I sent them last year with different problems while trying to pay them money.

I’m not sure I’m making progress; last year it was “offer code invalid for recipient 1” when I didn’t use an offer code. The year it was “PT REQUIRED (NO TERM VAL) WITH OPT LEVEL DIGT DEMO OFFERS” — no matter which term I selected; though all the terms were the same 12 issues. Of course it would be nice to know what the difference between options 1 and 3 is (clearly option 2 is $20 cheaper for the same thing).

Ah well… I’m sure this will be straightened out over the next several days.

May 25, 2014

Beautiful Day for the River
last update: 05/25 @ 18:25
 We’re spending a mellow holiday weekend at home. There were chores to do yesterday (and a few more are left) but the weather was really calling us to get out.

So we headed to Angler’s Inn and got there without incident (I think Rolling Thunder was just winding down). And we ended up in a prime parking spot — impressive for such a popular day to be out.

 The river is still a little high from last weekend’s storm. But the level is headed down.

We paddled up and then ferried across the Virginia shoot several times. It was a little too high for swimming (and the path the jumping off spot was well guarded by a snaking resting on a tree trunk.

And Golf Ball Island — we named it last year — was pretty much underwater. That’s where Robert stepped out of the canoe and climbed on the back of Sarah’s kayak.

 That didn’t stop Robert from getting wet, of course…

May 22, 2014

Happy Birthday!!!
last update: 05/22 @ 22:01
 … to Sarah!!! Los Tios is becoming our Go To birthday dinner spot. I’m sure it’s because of the hat. Sarah got to wear it this time.

She was up in NJ for her actual birthday, so we celebrated a day late — but had no less fun!

May 19, 2014

Lead Soloist
last update: 05/19 @ 21:06
 Robert’s fellow saxophonist was sick for the recital tonight. So he got to lead the show off with a solo There’s Music in the Air. And he did a great job!

He was joined by the Flutes and Clarinet for Bingo; it was great to see him on stage doing so well.

May 16, 2014

Aqua Obstacle
last update: 05/16 @ 23:08
 We went back to Chinquapin for another family fun night water obstacle course. It was almost as much fun as last time. The first round of lifeguards were under instructions that only one person was to be on the course at a time.

So much for the head-to-head races. And with no first place finish on the line, there was no incentive to be fast. Careful and meticulous were the typical watchwords. That slowed things down.

Then a new round of lifeguards came on duty and Robert and I tied 1 and 1 (though I did give him a pretty big head start on the race I lost).

 One nice bonus this time, Sarah alerted the usual suspects and Evan and a friend came out. It was great to see him again. I’m sorry I missed Sue.

May 11, 2014

Tableau Complete
last update: 05/11 @ 11:29
 … at least for now.

Mother’s Day Legos
last update: 05/11 @ 09:27
 The space port is coming along very well. Of course, Robert has the extra cool fighter, but Sarah’s ship has air breaks.

May 04, 2014

Archaeologist for a Day
last update: 05/04 @ 21:40

 We took a trip to Maryland’s Eastern Shore this weekend on another Johns Hopkins kid’s program adventure. This time learning lots about archaeology; more photos in vacations.

The weather and staff of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum conspired to make it a great day — topped off by dinner at nearby Solomons Island.

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