June 27th, 2004

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Bed...

We provisioned ourselves at the nearby Rite-Aid after registering and getting our cool new WWDC t-shirts and backpacks. I love how in California, the drug store has not only a wide variety of soda, but also a wide variety of booze! Faye got some white zinfandel, Lori picked up a bottle of premixed Mudslide, and Steve and I got beer and Coke for the room. Faye was going to buy a $12 crappy corkscrew, but I told her I had my travel one in the room, so she needn't bother. Sheesh, doesn't everyone travel with a corkscrew? :-) Mine folds into a little blue plastic capsule.

Visited the pool and hot tub for a little while. Steve relaxed in the room for a while, and Lori and Faye seemed inclined to go to sleep. We'll hit "The View," the high-up bar that overlooks the city, another night. (It's in the glassy area near the top of the hotel building, at right.)

It's only 9:25 here, early for me even in eastern time, but I've had enough and I'm going to close my eyes shortly... but not before sharing the link to today's photos!

http://mha.14850.com/photos/2004/0406wwdc01/
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    zonked
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*blink*

Sleeping from 9:30pm to 6:00am is pretty good, right?

Steve and I both woke up when my new work Palm bleeped an alarm at 6. The stupid Oracle Calendar Sync software brought over my work calendar entries, for which I have a one-day-earlier reminder flag set, as having a one-day-earlier alarm instead. Flags are silent in the Oracle Calendar program, but when my Monday morning has a 9am event scheduled, and I haven't yet told the thing it's on Pacific time, well, it's going to bleep at 6am Sunday.

I didn't realize what had happened until it bleeped again five minutes later, and I went digging. I'll have to let Gail know about this additional bug that makes the sync program useless; there've been so many.

Going to get moving and get in a shower, and then try to get hold of a friend who's out here with her sister and their parents for a vacation. I may get to go to Muir Woods with them later!
  • Current Music
    faint city noises
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Lots of sun today...

A last day of frolicking before a busy week of work... lots of outdoor time today! My sunburned face is going to hurt tomorrow (I can already feel it, and I'm putting plenty of hydrating lotion on it) and it's going to peel on Tuesday or Wednesday! Whee! :-D

Time for bed...
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    zonked
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San Francisco is Love!


San Francisco is Love!


I wasn't planning on seeing any of the Gay Pride Parade today, but after breakfast with Bog I had some time to kill, and I sauntered up to Market Street for a few minutes to see if there was anything exciting going on.

Well, I ended up standing there for two and a half hours in a teeming throng of positive energy mob. The official count was on the order of 350,000 people, spread out along the parade route, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if it were more than that.

http://mha.14850.com/photos/2004/0406wwdc02/

The parade included bands, school support groups, gay and lesbian and transgendered support groups from all over California and beyond, some commercial floats such as from Delta, Altoids, and Trojan. Several politicians, a few of whom who earned some attention in this year's gay marriage explosion got loud cheers. The sheriff's department and fire department groups, which included men walking hand in hand, really made me blink. No matter how welcoming Ithaca is to diversity, I can't imagine this happening in Central New York. There were also loads of same-sex couples who'd gotten married in February, or since, holding up big enlargements of their marriage licenses, and kids walking along with signs saying things like "I love my two moms."

It's really getting late, especially on east coast time, and I need to get some sleep. More about Fisherman's Wharf tomorrow. :-)
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    asleep