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September 27, 2001
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One Of Those Days

11:20 am: It's a gorgeous day. Cool at night, warm during the day. It's funny that the beginning of our meeting, before most of the folks had called in, the conference call was talking through all the weather, including the weather in Hawaii. That's pretty cool.

People do stop, now, and share the good things more often. Often with the phrase, well with things as they are now, we should enjoy this. People, all during our mountain trip, would stop and grin at Jet, who would give them his big grin back, and we'd talk for a while. Folks willing to stop and talk with us about the joys of parenthood, and congratulating Isabel and George on their handsome grandson. In the grocery store, plenty of complete strangers taking the time to talk with us and enjoy the glow of a kid with no idea what else is in the world from Jet.

It's interesting to see the everyday changes in how people are interacting. Maybe with reality being a scarier place, more people find comfort in being friendly. That's not a bad thing.

10:22pm: So today was One of THOSE days, where things just go strange. I had to scramble for work, there was stuff that is due tomorrow that I had to get done. I'd originally gotten an extension for all the work, but my boss's boss took a look at what I'd already done and he said that that was good for what the deadline needed. So I had to polish up what I had to get it into a completely good, known state.

I also had organized a meeting in the afternoon to discuss the aspects of something that wasn't at all clear for us to implement. So I had to get prepared for it as there's a quite a lot of background stuff that I just didn't have in my head. So I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get all the necessary information.

Then I got to lunch. Jet was his usual self. Isabel was her usual self. George sounded and acted like he'd been mortally wounded. He was trembling and sad and couldn't even talk to Jet without his voice breaking, and I wondered if he'd been accidentally injured or something and when he finally opened his mouth to speak to me, I was all set for him to ask me if it wouldn't be too much trouble to take him to an emergency room or something...

He then told me that while he was trying to get at the bikes, he'd accidentally pushed that Passat right out of the garage and into the side of one of the trucks of the guys building the garage. Wow. That's better than internal damage, any day. I asked him if he was okay. Isabel said that she's seen him trying to stop the Passat on its way into the truck and was glad that he hadn't gotten run over or squished between the two vehicles. Whew. He was fine. He was just beating himself up, fiercely, for the mistake.

He had already talked to the truck owner about getting things fixed up with the truck, and he offered to pay for all the damages on the Passat. That was cool by me. I didn't fly off the handle. I didn't get mad. I didn't cry for what had happened as it couldn't be undone and could only be fixed. I think I'm getting how to do this.

There is some part of me that's sad that something of mine got broken. Brennan once messed up my CRX really badly, by accident as well. So it's the second car to get whacked by someone other than Rosty or I. But it's not really bad damage this time, just a tail light cover and some body damage. It can be fixed. It's still a little sad-making.

But I'm really glad it wasn't anger making. It wasn't all that long ago when I would have ranted and raved and gotten really mad at such a mistake. But it was also obvious to me that there was nothing I could do that was nearly as bad as how badly George was beating himself up for the mistake. John found out, when he got home, that George had been doomed from the start, as when the car started to go, George tried the driver's door, and the driver's door to the Passat has this quirk of needing four good pulls before it'll open. So when George pulled on the handle, it didn't open, so George assumed it was locked. Oops... and in an instant of panic, it was the reasonable assumption.

Anyway... all in all, all's well, no one was hurt, but we had a Dairy Queen ice cream run after dinner to just let it all settle.

We had a really wonderful walk through Longmont, along Main Street. We don't normally get to see all that much of the town, and it was so nice to be able to walk in an area with real curbs and sidewalks. We parked at the south end of the renovated area of town, and headed first west to Main Street. On the way there I was reminded that there is a little place there called 'The Wing Hut', that, from the signs, do eight heat levels and seven different flavors of chicken wings. Hooooo-eee. We also found little kiosks with all the businesses along the new parts of town labeled and marked. The Dairy Queen wasn't marked as clearly, but there was a little red roofed barn like structure on the map, which could be pretty recognizable for a Dairy Queen.

It was a good six block walk, and we ate in front of the store, watching the busses, cars, and people walking by. There's so much more traffic and people here than in our little bit of the plains, and it was interesting to see so much life again.

On the way back to the car, we saw this new, white building with an archway in front with all kinds of things on the arch. Two ladies carrying a piece of pumpkin pie, a train, a rocking horse, a pig with wings... and we decided we had to see what the building was. It turned out to be the brand, spanking new Longmont Library. There is only one library in Longmont so the facility is pretty large. We walked in and I was bemused to see a whole pod of computers and then an extended row of them out in amid the books and a whole AV desk for information on all the audio-visual and PC oriented materials. The last time I'd been in a library there wasn't any such thing, and it just struck home how long it had been since I'd been in a library.

It was such a cool find, and John and I got cards while Jet tried to eat them, and they have a whole section of children's picture books, so we can probably just go there, get a small pile an then return them, unchewed and undrooled, when we're done. That should be good, give Jet good library habits early. It was quite a wonder to be standing in a building full of books again, and to see all the computers they had setup for anyone to use. That was so odd to see.

It's been a long time since I've been to a library, and diony reminds me, often, of the joys of having a well-stocked library and the ease of reading books that one doesn't have to keep. It would be cheaper, too, and with our new, part-time salaries, that would be a very useful thing. I used to spend all my time in libraries as a kid, and I really remember Mom and Dad being really good about getting Kathy and I to the library on a regular basis. I remember reading through the entire library at Rolling Hills High School and even working as a library assistant to make that endeavor a bit easier. I got through all the fiction and was starting on the non-fiction areas when we moved to La Jolla and I didn't get to that school library very often.

It's been a long time. It should be fun to see if Jet gets a good introduction to libraries at a much younger age. Isabel says that these days they're much better about scheduling programming for young kids. That would be very cool indeed.

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