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Friday, 19th July 2019 11:48 pm - Greetings from Fisherman's Wharf
We spent most of Friday at Adam and Katherine's new apartment, first waiting for furniture to be delivered from IKEA, then putting together the kitchen table and chairs plus a big living room chair while waiting for Macy's to get there with the bed. We ate bagels we'd bought at House of Bagels the day before plus some snacks picked up at a CVS down the street, where we also stopped for some household essentials. Daniel joined us and brought us Mrs. Fields' cookies after lunch. When finally the bed had linens on it, we went out.

We headed down to Fisherman's Wharf, walking out on Pier 39 to see the many sea lions sunning themselves among the gulls, pelicans, and cormorants. Then we went to Boudin Bakery for wonderful sourdough bread bowls with soup and half sandwiches with cheese, after which we walked along the waterfront in view of Alcatraz to the Musee Mecanique, which Daniel had discovered -- an antique penny arcade with all manner of historic amusements from fortunetelling machines to musical monkey devices, where we competed at air hockey and skee ball!

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Friday, 19th July 2019 12:35 am - Greetings from Lands End
After breakfast at the hotel buffet, we spent Thursday morning shopping in the suburbs with Adam for things for his apartment while Daniel went to the contemporary art museum downtown. We went to Home Depot to pick up rugs Adam and Katherine had found online, then drove across the bay to Oakland to go to Ikea for furniture. Then we met Daniel outside the museum and stopped at the very good House of Bagels on the way to Lands End in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which has great views of the Golden Gate Bridge (when not covered by the fog that rolled in) and a labyrinth on a promontory by the water. There's a cave, the rocks offshore are covered in pelicans and cormorants, and we saw hummingbirds, baby gulls, even a skunk!

We visited the beach on the Pacific Ocean past Lands End on the way to Golden Gate Park, where there were more gulls and pelicans, some people fishing, a few brave souls surfing, and though it was too chilly for me to wade out to catch sand crabs, we saw evidence of them all over the beach. Later we went to see the windmill and bison in the lower part of the park. Being near the water made me crave hush puppies, so we did research and discovered a restaurant in the Tenderloin called Brenda's French Soul Food which has phenomenal vegetarian (and not) Creole cuisine and chocolate-filled beignets! After eating, we dropped Daniel off at his hotel, stopped at Target for apartment stuff, and went to pick up Katherine from the airport.

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Wednesday, 17th July 2019 01:24 am - Greetings from San Francisco
We had a very full day -- got up at 5, mostly slept on the plane though we ate breakfast and watched the terrible, terrible Holmes and Watson, picked up the rental car, had a fabulous Indian food at Noori in San Bruno, stopped at Target and Lowe's to get some things Adam needed for his apartment, drove into the city, met his landlady at the big fountain near the pool in the apartment complex, left suitcases and hampers and stuff (and I did a Pokemon raid at the adjacent gym), met Daniel -- who has been in the city for a few days already -- downstairs, walked to Salt and Straw for ice cream which we ate at Patricia's Green, eventually dropped Daniel at his downtown hotel and took Adam to stay with us out at the Villa Montes Hotel in San Bruno. It's all been lovely and the weather has been incredible, about 70 degrees and almost no clouds!

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Wednesday, 17th July 2019 12:50 am - Greetings In Motion
Spent the whole day getting ready to move Adam to San Francisco -- packing, taking boxes to UPS, going to his apartment in College Park after dropping Katherine off at HER apartment in College Park so they both could clean up and leave their keys, disassembling his bed, driving that and his bike home, taking apart the bunk beds that have been in his room since he was a small child, reassembling the bed from College Park, laundering and replacing the linens, putting the bunk bed pieces in Daniel's closet, having pizza with Katherine and her father who had come to retrieve her and the things she decided not to ship from her College Park apartment, helping Adam give his car to someone I know from Pokemon, and then finally packing my own things for San Francisco while he was out with his high school best friends. I definitely remembered my computer but I'm not sure I have enough underwear! Just a few snapshots from the day in reverse order:

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Tuesday, 16th July 2019 12:58 am - Greetings from Moving Boxes
Extreme quickie from a living room in which Adam and Katherine are packing boxes of things going to San Francisco, after having brought his mattress from College Park here, necessitating that we put it in Daniel's old closet so the cats don't scratch it. I didn't have a vehicle for most of the day because they took the van to get boxes, send off a deposit for the lease, and things like that, so apart from a couple of Mewtwo raids right near home, it was a quiet afternoon.

We all went to pick up Paul from where he dropped off the car, which needs repairs after being sideswiped last weekend, then Katherine went to meet a friend for dinner and the rest of us went to my parents' where they had an early birthday cake for Adam. After dinner, Adam went to get a bunch of things from his College Park apartment while Paul and I caught up on The Loudest Voice and Agents of SHIELD. The Lotus Festival from Kenilworth Gardens:

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Monday, 15th July 2019 01:02 am - Greetings from Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Adam was out nearly the entire day on Sunday, going kayaking and out to lunch with friends, then picking up Katherine from the Metro and going to College Park to pack, so we had a morning of Wimbledon, then we went to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for their annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival. It was quite hot and the flowers were a bit past peak, but it was gorgeous -- lots of enormous pink blooms in the lotus ponds and a few frogs and turtles in among the water lilies. We also walked out the boardwalk into the wetlands, where there were egrets, red-shouldered hawks, and butterflies on the marsh flowers. We didn't stay for much of the crafts and music, though we did hear some of the African and Mexican music and I got to hold a python!

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We didn't have dinner till after 8 p.m. when Adam and Katherine arrived for burrito casserole. Then, after much discussion, we ended up watching Rogue One because she had never seen it, and afterward, because of running commentary by certain members of the family during the film, we watched the first Robot Chicken Star Wars special, which holds up about as well as the Star Wars movies themselves! Tomorrow I'm stuck in the house part of the day because Adam's car is having battery issues and it's not worth the cost to replace when he's getting rid of the car, then I'm helping him ship stuff the part of the day he doesn't have my van in College Park, so hopefully I will at least get the laundry done and my hair dyed!
Sunday, 14th July 2019 01:20 am - Greetings from Baltimore
We had a nice day Saturday though we were out almost the whole day, starting by driving to Thurmont to meet Paul's parents for lunch at Simply Asia so they could see Adam before he moves to San Francisco. We sent them home with our leftovers because we were headed from there to Baltimore to see the Orioles play, though we started by going to Denise's house because she also had a ticket to the game and said we could park in her neighborhood, since a sinkhole had closed some of the lots around the stadium after last week's floods.

We hung out at her place for a bit waiting for the first half of the double-header to end, then we all walked to the stadium, which had Dimitrius Graham performing on the roof deck before the game and we all got free Hawaiian Orioles shirts! Unfortunately the Orioles lost 12-4, though we left before the final runs to walk back to get our car at Denise's. When we got home, we had ice cream and watched Men in Black 3 -- why exactly do people think the new MIB is overstuffed compared to 2 and 3? Anyway, here are some photos from the game and lunch earlier:

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Saturday, 13th July 2019 12:58 am - Poem for Saturday, The Aftermath, Maryland Zoo Locals
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My Friday was very dull. Adam took the van so he could get things from his house in College Park after having lunch with his NASA colleagues, but he left his house key on the keychain he left me with his car keys...which did me no good because his battery was dead and his car wouldn't start. So I was in the house doing work until he got home, at which point we went to my parents' for dinner.

When we got home, we did various computer chores while watching The Aftermath, the Jason Clarke-Keira Knightley-Alexander Skarsgard post-World War II movie, which was predictable overall and plodding in places though the acting was good and there was lots of pretty nudity (and period-incorrect bras). From the Maryland Zoo last weekend, the Maryland Wilderness section's birds, bobcats, and reptiles:

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Friday, 12th July 2019 12:58 am - Poem for Friday and Barnafoss
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I got taken out for Indian food because Adam did not need to go to the dump. Well, originally Adam thought he DID need to go to the dump to get rid of his ripped inflatable kayak, but it turned out that it fit in our trash can, but we'd already told Paul that we were going to the dump and he pointed out that it was right near Minerva, so we picked him up anyway and went to the buffet for lunch. Then we came home and sorted things, and I went out to do a very successful Armored Mewtwo raid.

We tried to get Adam's car title out of the box at the bank, only to discover it wasn't there. But we had a coupon for California Tortilla and realized that due to our busy weekend schedule and Adam's busy daytime schedule, this might be his last chance to eat there, so we got burritos for dinner. We came home and watched Dune, which despite Patrick Stewart, Brad Dourif, and several other fine actors was far more atrocious than I had remembered; I prefer Jupiter Ascending! Here are some photos of Barnafoss in Iceland:

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Thursday, 11th July 2019 01:11 am - Poem for Thursday and Maryland Elephants
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I had a fairly quiet Wednesday morning doing boring stuff, then Adam and I went to Bagel City to get bagels for lunch and bagels to bring home. He spent most of the day organizing his room, sorting what he needs to ship, what he needs to pack, what he wants to store, what he wants to give away, and what he needs to throw out. I did one Armored Mewtwo raid when they appeared after 5 p.m., then we had dinner together.

Paul had discovered that Capricorn One was on Amazon Prime, and since that is apparently the basis of so many moon landing conspiracy theories, we figured it was a good week to watch it. I knew O.J. Simpson was in it but I didn't realize it also had both of Barbra Streisand's husbands and other familiar faces. It feels surprisingly undated in some ways though it looks very 70s. Elephants from the Maryland Zoo:

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