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House Moving ~ Thursday, July 21, 2016

The other day I got on a train to work, which showed up about when I expected mine, but turned out to be an express that skipped my usual stop of Mountain View, and my usual alternative stop of Sunnyvale, and went all the way to Santa Clara. I'm still not sure if I reached the station earlier than usual, and wasn't paying attention, or if CalTrain was delayed and I was getting on a train that was supposed to be a little earlier.

There wasn't a train heading back north for quite a while, but I had my bike. Riding all the way to my office was a bit farther than I had in mind, but there was a good route to a VTA light rail stop (near Great America and the new 49er's stadium).

Santa Clara is full of interesting model-worthy old houses ranging in style from Victorian to Craftsman. I came across one in the process of being moved, and took some pictures.

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Pokémon ~ Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The world's gone nuts for this silly game.

We walked around downtown Redwood City so that the kids could catch some.

It really looked like *everyone* was playing it.

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çµ ~ Monday, July 11, 2016

Walked away from my computer for a minute, came back and found "çµ" mysteriously typed on my computer. This guy is suspected.

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Chalk on the Square ~ Sunday, July 03, 2016

Redwood City invited local artists to create sidewalk chalk pictures on Courthouse Square today. There were a lot of nice pictures in a variety of styles.

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Prague ~ Wednesday, June 29, 2016


No, I'm not there, but Wini is, with her youth orchestra. She made this video of a pair of Tatras for me. Thanks, Wini!

Next stop, Vienna.

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Driving down the 5 ~

We make this trip a couple times a year to visit family.

Two notable things on this trip: We stopped at as produce stand in Gilroy, and bought some nuts, cherries--and ice cream flavored with Gilroy's most famous product.

Later, we stopped at Buttonwillow to trade off driving. A short line, the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, crosses under the highway here. I always see a few freight cars parked, but for the first time, we saw an actual train. I took some pictures, and the engineer waved back and honked his horn :)

A few miles farther south the 5 crosses over an even more elusive short line, the Sunset Railway; it'd be fun to catch a train there too, but I don't know if it's actually operational.

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A Good Reason to Give your Kid a Smartphone ~ Thursday, June 23, 2016

So they can take pictures of trains while you're driving!

Thanks, Wini!

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RWC-🚄 ->SClara-🚄 ->Centerville-🚲 ->Niles ~

On Sunday Nathan and I undertook a multi-modal adventure, first biking to the RWC CalTrain station, riding a train to Santa Clara, riding AmTrak to Centerville Depot in Fremont, and biking on the mission creek trail to Niles, where (after a visit to the Niles ice cream parlor) we attended the Niles-Essenay Silent Film Museum's "made in Niles" film festival, where we watched a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest and a few movies.

We did not reverse the itinerary; Sue and Wini came over to fetch us home. We had dinner at a Halal Thai restaurant we found on a previous trip over the bay.

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~ Saturday, June 11, 2016

Last year wasn't a good one for local blackberries, but I noticed a bush by the tracks (safely separated from them by a fence) with a bunch of ripe ones, so Nathan and I biked over for an after-dinner snack.

There's still plenty of red ones and green ones on the vine, and even more flowers getting the attention of bees, so I think there's a whole summer's worth of blackberries in the pipeline.

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Pancakes, Train, and Merry-go-Round ~

We had breakfast this morning at Vasona Park, Los Gatos, at a pancake fundraiser for the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad (thanks for the pancakes, Boy Scouts!).

We rode the train (my kids and two cousins--I was the only "adult" in org group who elected to ride), which was pulled by one of the BJWRR's steamers today, and the carousel. The carousel organ was working.

We stayed long enough that it was lunchtime, and found a place called Happy Hound. Kind of funny that it's in Los Gatos, but anyway, pretty good!

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