Kelsi's Blog for 2008


Tue Jan 01 01:20:25 Preparing ipod music for iowa:

Tue Jan 01 01:20:50 Travel:

First kink: although I usually have good luck traveling, I arrived at SFO to see my flight was delayed over 4 hrs.

Tue Jan 01 01:21:02 Bought w my nwa travel voucher:

The first restaurant refused it but luckily the mexican restaurant traded it for what I thought would be my last veggie friendly meal for a week. unfortunately, the 4th flight I had been ticketed for that day was also delayed. I had the option to pay for my hotel in denver, or leave SFO 6AM the next day. Either way I'd arrive in Iowa the same time: 10am Sunday. so I went home for a restful evening, plus we had our friends over. Much better than spending the night on the floor in denver airport. I was at SFO airport from 7am to 9:30 am, home back at 2pm to 5pm, and back again sunday morning at 6am.

Tue Jan 01 01:21:14 Luckily, made it on the plane just in time:

After my extra thorough security screening. I was the last one on the plane.

Tue Jan 01 01:21:28 Second thing to go right:

Upon arriving in denver, my plane to des moines was actually there on time.

Tue Jan 01 01:22:04 Because I was the last one on the plane:

I skipped the row w my middle seat between two people and sat on an unoccupied row by myself. This was the first thing to go right on my travels

Tue Jan 01 07:34:15 Landing into des moines:

This flight was great as I sat next to oregon state senator margaret carter. She was very friendly as he is the john edwards for president co-chair in oregon. She let me ride to the downtown airport which made it easier for a driver to drive me west to council bluffs, IA. Unfortunately my bag has yet to make it here. Northwest lost it, United Airlines found it in des moines, however they refused to drive it 100 miles to council bluffs, IA. Instead they put it on a plane and now it is really lost. Maybe in minneappolis.

Tue Jan 01 07:43:27 Made it to john edwards hq sunday afternoon:

I made many 'get out the caucus' calls, mostly to supporters. Iowans are largely friendly, and seem to like the whole courting process.

I was going to stay at a house with many other volunteers, but since my bag is awol with my sleeping bag, the Wilsons are putting me up in a nice room with a bed. They're really nice and have been involved with the JE campaign since april.

Tue Jan 01 11:34:17 New year's toast:

Doug, the field organizer for council bluffs, IA, gives a new years toast to the dozen or so workers that night. With the free time, I spent a frustrating 4 hrs trying to track down my bag.

Tue Jan 01 12:16:28 New year celebration:

Part II

Tue Jan 01 16:15:20 New years fireworks:

Over the bridge in omaha, NE

Tue Jan 01 16:20:30 Door to door canvas:

With paula (from LA) and beth (from iowa; i'm staying at her house. 15 degree weather.

Tue Jan 01 16:34:45 Canvas with paula:

Thanks to some long johns and boots I bought this morning. door to door is hard, but paula is really fun. We got some friendly people and a few unfriendly people. Mostly we're just trying to get people to come see john edwards tonight. he is in town at 10 pm. it should be a big crowd.

Tue Jan 01 16:36:24 It is cold.:

This is at noon.

Wed Jan 02 00:51:00 Back to omaha, nebraska airport:

But sadly, none of the bags were mine. Minneapolis/NWA are a mess, and they can't even bother to look for my bag there.

Wed Jan 02 00:56:05 Jeremy from lafayette, california:

I met jeremy and his brother (referred as 'the wolff brothers' in my november post about meeting john edwards) at the SF house where I first met john edwards. He is super cool: this is his second trip to iowa as he was out a few weeks ago. I hear he is really great convincing people.

Wed Jan 02 01:01:10 Waiting for john edwards to visit and speak:

We had a welcome group at the corner of headquarters where john edwards was to arrive. It was 9 degrees. Hundreds showed up for the 10:45 talk. Video will be uploaded in a couple of days.

Wed Jan 02 01:05:15 Elizabeth edwards introducing John:

She was great: friendly and funny. I shook her hand and spoke with her briefly.

Wed Jan 02 09:08:18 Edwards was great:

I took a nice video clip but it is one megabyte too big. I should upload it by saturday. It was so thrilling, he spoke in council bluffs, then we followed him to Atlantic, which is about an hour away. It was super fun, exciting, and inspirational. We got home after 2am, and are up at 9am to go door to door the next day. I was interviewed by the new york daily news and the omaha channel 3 news, so i'm checking to see if I made it to their articles/reports.

Wed Jan 02 09:21:24 Iowans love to be courted:

I had a ten minute phone call, and we're waiting for paula to finish this 15 door stop. My two doors haven't been home. They love talking the issues with us, as they seem to take caucusing very seriously. My long phone call wanted someone 'for the people'. I think I got her thinking JRE is the guy.

Wed Jan 02 11:35:56 JRE leaving the building:

Not the best pic. He is so awesome. I'm so happy I came to campaign for him.

Wed Jan 02 13:38:20 off the subject...breaking news:: here is an awesome email I just got from my friend kathy while traveling in rural iowa. I thought it was such great news, I needed to share with my blaugience: I just got the best Christmas present of all today... Danny Bonaduce is gone. He's not dead (I'm not that evil), but Adam got him kicked off. In fact Adamstayed home sick fromthe showuntil it happened. ...Hopefully that will warm Kelsi's heart while she goes door to door in Iowa in 15 degree (at noon) weather. -- end of message. and warm my heart it did.

Wed Jan 02 19:09:35 My bag is found!!:

with two days left for my trip, mike from united finally came through. I called his boss and complimented him and larry.

Wed Jan 02 20:02:07 The day before caucus night:

The office was really busy this morning. Made a few dozen calls, then went out to canvas

Wed Jan 02 20:03:12 Canvassing:

Many aren't home, but we leave a note that john edwards is coming to council bluffs tonight at 10pm. JE is the only candidate to make it to all 99 counties

Wed Jan 02 20:29:48 my two favorite things: the final countdown and john edwards:

you must watch this video:

Thu Jan 03 01:12:22 Rural iowa:

Today was mostly filled with door knocking in outer council bluffs and underwood. It was really beautiful, and people were neat. Lots of Edwards, Dodd, Biden, and Richardson support, and less of the 'bought' support of other candiates. I met a beautiful 120 lb bloodhound at a house with three rescued dogs.

Thu Jan 03 01:15:35 Campaigning in the snow:

In rural iowa. We had a blast talking about john edwards to friendly people, and enjoying the beautiful area.

Thu Jan 03 01:17:41 Maize:

Iowans are serious about the corn. And so am I.

Thu Jan 03 06:36:01 Night before the big day:

Staff at the council bluffs have a final meeting with staff in Des Moines. Everyone is really anxious and excited.

Thu Jan 03 07:15:10 Caucus morning:

Its crazy here. Wish us luck. Door to door now.

Thu Jan 03 09:24:09 Still door to door:

With paula. Having tons of fun. Paula says hi tim

Thu Jan 03 12:40:11 Afternoon calls:

Trying to let people know their caucus location and time.

Thu Jan 03 14:48:06 going to the precinct:

Paula and I are going to help run the caucus at council bluffs 6 precinct. It should be fun. Wish us luck.

Thu Jan 03 15:34:27 on the way to caucus:

We're driving to the north side of town now. Looks like peter, our driver, is sleeping, but he's not. JOHN EDWARDS 2008!!!

Thu Jan 03 16:07:42 People starting to arrive:

I am super nervous and excited and busy so no posts for a while.

Thu Jan 03 17:00:01 Post back by popular demand:

It is really busy. Doors close in a few minutes. Our pricinct captain is AWOL; us out-of-towners are crapping our pants.

Thu Jan 03 17:39:16 Biden, dodd not viable:

Voting in 10 min

Thu Jan 03 17:55:21 Voting done:

We came in 3rd out of 179 people. 51 people

Thu Jan 03 18:37:32 Ok... Conclusions:

That was about the most riveting thing i've ever participated in. Edwards got 5 delegates and clinton and obama got 7, but I hear edwards is number 2 right now...we'll see. The three of us out of staters ran our whole group. It was chaos, counting, recounting, cheering, shouting, campaigning, convincing, and recounting again. We got almost all of dodds and lot of richardson... It was amazing. If things aren't a lot better in four years, i'll be back (assuming we still have a democracy).

Thu Jan 03 19:14:46 The after party:

looks like we may get 2nd. highlight: many people were 'anybody here but hillary'. Jre on msnbc now, got to go

Thu Jan 03 21:22:18 We beat hillary:

Quote of the night. I think I need to plan a special trip to nevada for jre. His speech after the caucus was amazing. John Edwards is the real deal. And Iowa rejects Hillary. I really hope the rest of the country takes notice. At the end of the exhilarating caucus, I asked the leader of the hillary people what inspired her (since this is the vote I was most curious about what kind of motivation drove supporters). the response was 'she is a woman, and I want to make history' . This was upsetting but I felt okay when I found out we won over them.

[Comments] (1) Thu Jan 03 22:07:25 she came in third people...: how dare npr, cnn, and pbs do this 'tied for second place' business. they are still trying to spin it as a two person race between hillary and obama in spite of how edwards was outspent 6:1 by hillary and obama and yet Edwards *beat* Hillary. the corporate media is scared to death edwards could win. it is a scary time.

Thu Jan 03 23:08:56 Ok, they finally got it right:

Edwards is second. HC is third. still, they're barely talking about him. I urge anyone to find john edwards' speech from tonight. It was true greatness set way apart from the others. John Edwards IS the real change.

[Comments] (1) Thu Jan 03 23:36:28 recap soon: I have so much to say, however, smartphone keyboard won't cut it. I can't thank my husband Drew enough for writing the code. In spite of using RDF, his program allowed me to upload live, practically instantaneous blog updates from treo from wherever. I plan a full recap of the crazy stories of caucus night as soon as I get home tomorrow.

[Comments] (1) Fri Jan 04 23:07:35 Trip not done yet....:

Everything was okay until my connecting flight from vegas to sfo tried to land and had to abort. Twice. Scariest thing ever. Then they turned us around back to las vegas. These are my copassengers trying to get rebooked. I'm on the 5pm flight out, except now it is 7pm. As of now (4pm almost) i've been on planes or airports for 12 hrs for my trip home. Hope things are better.

Sun Jan 06 14:54:43 Setting up our corner:

With cookies and literature (from Jan 3; didn't completely post first upload)

Sun Jan 06 14:55:18 Counting now:

Here it comes (from Jan 3; didn't completely post then, so posting now)

Sun Jan 06 20:37:08 summary of Iowa and videos:

I am back in the bay area, after 2 days to get to Iowa, and 19 hours to come home. It is nice to be home, but I am excited about NH and how well JRE did on the debate last night. I am considering going to Nevada, though my schedule for work conflicts a lot. We'll see. I met a cool girl named emily at a party last night. She worked on JRE's 2004 campaign in NH, and it looks like she is excited to do whatever she can this time around.

about Iowa; the real story should really be how JRE was outspent 5 to 1 by each Obama and Clinton. And yet he still managed to have such a great showing and BEAT the Clinton machine. It is obvious corporate media, and other big interest groups who are very much opposed to him winning. I hope voters pay attention to him in spite of all of this. At our precinct, the Hillary camp brought gourmet sandwiches and drinks. This was a big turn off to me, but it didn't sway the voters in Council Bluffs. The people who showed up for Hillary voted for her, but it didn't seem like she got any additional votes during realignment (JRE got a lot: Dodd and Biden, and a few Richardson).

Here is my two favorite things: The final countdown, and John Edwards, going into the caucuses. It summarizes JRE's 36 hour tour. I was at council bluffs, IA and atlantic, IA events.

While people may talk about the Obama's historic speech, this was the one that moved me after caucus night:


Thu Jan 10 13:55:44 This weekend, Rocky's blog:


Still plan to go to Reno this weekend, weather permitting. Luckily, I have a place to stay on north shore.


My friend Rocky has a blog, and has referenced me. It is a pretty spirited blog with good details about our Iowa trip:


As his most recent entry urges, I made a point to email some of the media outlets, including the ones Rocky listed, but also NPR. I have been especially disappointed with their coverage; as yesterday's all things considered included a long piece about Hillary's emotional breakdown (which pundits think caused her win) but no mention of JRE anywhere, dispite Iowans picking him over her.


Here is a response from NBC (only one so far):

Todd, Chuck D (NBC Universal) to Kelsi
show details 1:01 PM (51 minutes ago)


no family of networks has given more attention and coverage than the
family of NBC. He's getting more than his fair share given his standing
in the race right now after the first two contests


I respectfully disagree with Chuck, especially after just checking msnbc's website.  However, I appreciate the time he took to make a response.

Sat Jan 12 10:18:40 To reno:

I woke up at 4am to drive to Reno, NV for more campaigning. I'm pleased to not be flying.

[Comments] (2) Sat Jan 12 10:19:22 Arrived in reno:

The office is packed. What a lively campaign! Dozens and dozens packed to volunteer for john edwards!

Sat Jan 12 11:35:28 to canvas in reno:

Is very different than IA. stories later.

Sat Jan 12 12:23:54 Heidi has 5 cats :

And two dogs; this one is named Prince. she rescued all of them. And she is voting for John Edwards on Saturday.

Sat Jan 12 13:38:28 Getting interviewed:

By Max Ackermann from Swiss National Public Radio. He was great. He is covering the democratic primary elections in Iowa and NV. At least corporate media doesn't own him.

Sat Jan 12 14:16:55 Hi fred and rosemary:

Right now i'm going door to door at this apartment complex. Lots of j. Edwards supporters here!

Sat Jan 12 17:41:12 At the busy corner of s. Virginia st and kiezke(sp):

yannick and I put up this beautuful banner.

Sat Jan 12 19:40:44 At night, we call:

Yannick (my ride up here; a john edwards powerhouse) and I are calling undecided voters. So far, the residents have been really friendly.

Sat Jan 12 20:12:56 After working all day...:

We work all night. All for John Edwards (and to save democracy)

[Comments] (3) Sat Jan 12 21:07:12 Friends from Iowa:

Quite a number of my friends from council bluffs, IA, are here in Reno. Kate (pictured) is amazing. She has worked tiredlessly for months. I was very happy to see her. i'm doing the time of my life. I now wish I was staying longer than just tomorrow :(

Sat Jan 12 23:38:54 Touching up a poster:

We will find a nice home for this tomorrow.

Sun Jan 13 09:27:49 Great new JRE video:

This one is moving. John Edwards was on Wolff Blitzer this morning; he was great as usual. CNN seems like they are covering JRE much better than Chuck Todd and his colleagues at MSNBC.

Now we are off to hang more giant banners Yannick and friends made; then door to door and phone calls!

Sun Jan 13 10:38:45 we found my new arch nemesis Chuck Todd:

(whose email I posted in a blog entry two days ago). He was on some round table on M$nbc doing his usual clinton/obama talk. Meanwhile wolff blitzer was giving more equitable time to john edwards on cnn.

Sun Jan 13 12:35:48 Today, a little more rural Reno:

People have been really receptive. Many will come to john edwards' town hall meeting on wednesday, 12:30pm at the grand sierra resort.

Sun Jan 13 14:35:42 Yannick is really great :

Talking to any of the residents. She is famous for winning over democrats, republicans (especially mitt romney supporters). Like I said, she is a john edwards powerhouse.

Mon Jan 14 23:02:50 Banners:

We put up homemade banners

Wed Jan 16 13:36:42 Back to NV:

Our cab driver is going to caucus for JRE!

Thu Jan 17 21:47:07 Love:

We're seeing Love, the cirque du soleil show at the mirage. The 'limited view tickets' give us our own balcony. Talked to ppl in line about JRE, of course.

Fri Jan 18 00:04:51 Different from other cirque shows:

More art than tricky performances. Speakers in seat headrests were cool. And lots of artists coming out of everywhere all the time. My favorite was 'help!', where there were four roller skaters on two ramps.

Tue Jan 22 22:32:06 our unique town:

Apparently, my hometown of Belmont, CA is paying to have this house raised and moved around the corner 2 blocks to a vacant lot. Built in 1885, it was decided that this home should be saved in spite of it being located on a busy street. We came out to watch them move it.

Tue Jan 22 22:59:28 A series of photos:

>From the moving house.

Tue Jan 22 23:01:36 Moving house, cont.:

Tue Jan 22 23:05:44 Moving some more:

Tue Jan 22 23:09:52 And some more:

The house successfully cleared the lot. The process stalled several times, and due to the rain and it being late, I wanted to call it a night.

[Comments] (1) Thu Jan 24 23:46:58 Best T-shirt ever:

My new friend paula is the coolest. She got this cool Polaroid from our Iowa JRE trip made into a cool shirt. Closeup coming up.

Fri Jan 25 00:07:40 This is the...:

Killer closeup of the tshirt. That's paula and me, campaigning in Iowa snow.

[Comments] (3) Tue Jan 29 23:15:32 Swiss National Public Radio:

I received this file from my interview with Max Akermann of the Swiss National Public Radio.  He covered the JRE campaign for a while. He found me through Yannick, who also is interviewed in this 3 minute clip.  It was fun. (It is in Swiss-German)

[Comments] (2) Wed Jan 30 13:30:33 Kelsi sad:

My coworker gave this to me for the day. It doesn't really cheer me up at this point, but it was a sweet gesture.

Mon Feb 04 09:45:13 begrudgingly for Obama:

It has not yet been a week since my favorite candidate has dropped out, but I figure I need to get over it, given voting day is tomorrow.  Unfortunately, it appears Obama is the most progressive viable candidate.


Here are some of my reservations:

-Accepted big money from coal and nuclear industries (and voting for liquified coal)

-Politician out of Chicago

-His 'inspirational' victory speeches have been little more to me than him stating how impressed he is that he won. Seems like masses/media may have been impressed with his style over substance.


Why I am supporting Obama:

-Sadly, after 8 years of GWB, he is the most progressive candidate

-I am categorically opposed to the Bush/Clinton Dynasty. However, even more distrubing, if McCain is the Republican nominee, I don't think it would even come to that.


-Obama seems quite competent, and speaks against cronyism, which has plagued the current White House


Things I HOPE for:

I hope we see JRE resurface soon.  I hope there is a real progressive change. I hope the influence of mult-billion dollar corporations will diminish with the next administration.

[Comments] (4) Mon Feb 04 22:56:54 after giving it more thought:

and talking with my friend Yannick, I'm having second thoughts.  I see many compelling reasons to vote for Edwards tomorrow.  Still, a bit conflicted, I will sleep on it. 

[Comments] (1) Tue Feb 05 08:49:13 Wore my new shirt to the polls:

apparently apple inspired. drew wanted to pinch it.

Tue Feb 05 11:36:48 I voted for Edwards...: a way. Figuring he was a bit more aligned with Obama, and always spoke heavily against HRC (especially at the party I went to in SF back in November).

I really didn't want to, but I did vote for Obama. The whole thing was very dramatic. Especially after I figured out once you selected a candidate on the computerized voting screen, you could 'change your mind' many times, until the ballot was officially cast.  This is different from the computerized voting I experienced in 2004.

My reasoning had to do more with how Hillary has lied way too much during this campaign for me not to do my part to fight her getting the nomination.  And I hate the idea of the Bush/Clinton diarchy.  Also, Mike Gravel and others came to me in a dream with a crazy, haunting dialogue which further compells me to fight HRC.

So now I hope Obama wins.  I hope JRE is prominent in his campaign (thereby making me feel even better about my vote).  I hope Rove doesn't get his way.


Mon Feb 11 10:30:25 Tom Lantos will be missed:

Today my favorite US Congressman died.  I had the honor of meeting Congressman Lantos in 2006 (just a month before he was arrested for civil disobedience in front of the Sudanese Embassey), and I found him to be genuine, humble, and with a good sense of humor.  I live a few blocks south of his district, but no matter, as I believe Tom Lantos represented humanity.

For those interested in his fascinating life:


[Comments] (1) Wed Feb 13 22:23:17 Edwardians for Obama:

I thought this site was amusing.


Fri Feb 15 15:23:45 Doppelganger for george w. Bush:

Every week i'm amazed at how much my radiation safety instructor looks like the president. However, he pronouces nuclear correctly. I feel I should warn him that he is in danger of being kidnapped so gwb could fake his death; a plot I recently saw on a movie trailer.

Fri Feb 22 22:21:47 Aviva who juggles:

I told aviva that I was sad to be going to west virginia for a week to training for work. She asked if it was for vomit spatter analysis. It isn't.

Mon Feb 25 07:04:12 It's called progress :

In Huntington, west virginia. For work.

Wed Feb 27 04:16:52 Snow:

Last night there was none and now we're blanketed. Most area schools appear delayed or closed according to the news. I wonder if we'll get to our class a few miles away.

Wed Feb 27 16:39:52 When you open piano benches in west virginia...:

sadly, you apparently don't find piano music.

Fri Feb 29 07:44:47 Good bye west va.:

I am so happy to be headed home. Just 3 planes, 12 hrs away (i hope).

[Comments] (4) Mon Mar 10 18:44:07 log a what?!:

I checked this book out of the library to help a friend with math. then, upon closer look, I realized the cover art is totally wrong.

for those not clear, the identity is: log (x/y) = log x - log y

[Comments] (1) Tue Mar 11 22:51:53 Green Advisory Board:

After listening to the Belmont City Council meeting online all evening (3 hours), I just learned that I did get on the Green Advisory Board which I interviewed for last week. There were many applicants so I was a little nervous, but am glad that I made it.


Sat Mar 15 15:22:55 I want to adopt this dog:

His name is peanut.

Sat Mar 15 18:29:04 Another shot of peanut:

Who is so very nice and just wants a good home.

Tue Mar 18 21:53:57 Peanut for Sale:

well, you only have to pay for his medical treatment/fixing.  he is so sweet and great, and would make a great pet. I urge anyone in the bay area to stop by the silicon valley humane society.  unfortunately, this isn't the time for us to get a pet. soon, I hope.  but until then, I hope peanut finds a home:

Link of Peanut's 'bio':



Tue Mar 25 18:57:40 I almost got ran over by these deer:

I walked out to the street with my ipod on and didn't realize there were deer less than 3 feet from me, trotting along. A few seconds later, I was able to snap a photo.

[Comments] (2) Fri Apr 25 17:17:23 New computer:

It arrived tuesday, just in time to get it ready for my trip to England. My first computer in 5 years, and my first apple. So far I really like almost everything about it.

Sat Apr 26 07:18:17 Trip to england:

we're quite comfortable in the first class cabin to europe, as this is a first for my grandmother and me.

Sat Apr 26 19:11:26 made it!:

Amazingly, we made it to england without losing our bags, or getting too delayed.  Heathrow airport is actually okay at midnight; not too many people.

Now we are checked into our comfortable hotel, and going to try to get some sleep before a busy day of travels and visiting tomorrow


Sun Apr 27 16:22:45 First day in England-off to London:

We finally got to London after some difficulties with the car, cell phone, etc. We went to see Rosemary's friend of 40 years, Pam.  She was a pediatrician who worked with Rosemary in England.  We had a very nice visit. Then we headed west, with the GPS unit, to the Cotswolds.

Mon Apr 28 15:22:08 Second day in England-Cotswolds:

We got in to the Cotswolds late last night.  We're at a nice hotel on a lake, and really enjoying it.  It has a smallish, but one of the nicest gym/pool facilities which I think I will use every day I am here.  This morning we saw nice birds on the lake, then headed to Cirencester.  Here we took care of business (saw a Dr. to get medication Rosemary needed; put minutes on the cell phone we borrowed, and sent a post card).  We also walked around the very nice city.  


Then we headed west to Broadwell, near Lechlade, where we picked up Susan, Rosemary's good friend of ~50 years.  We had a great time at lunch, at a pub called 'the swan' in Southrop. Tomorrow we're off to see Susan again, though I will probably drop off Rosemary, and head to Oxford.




[Comments] (1) Tue Apr 29 14:45:15 Third day in England- Oxford and more:

Today, after spending the night in the pretty Cotswolds again, we headed out to see Susan in Broadwell (near Lechlade).  I dropped Rosemary off and I spent half the day in Oxford.  I found Oxford very nice, though I wasted sometime by not getting off the bus in time, so I had to back-track.   I saw some of the sites briefly, and infiltrated Oxford University for a few minutes.  After some nice vegetarian-friendly Indian food, I headed back to pick up Rosemary.  She and Susan had a very nice visit in Susan's beautiful, garden-surrounded, home.  

From here, Rosemary and I headed to Gloucester to "The Air Balloon", a pub,  It is located between where we were staying and where Rosemary's cousin Guy and his wife Fiona live.  We had an early dinner, and a lovely visit with Guy and Fiona, of Hereford.  We hope to see them in California in the not too distant future.

After that, headed into the hotel and I spent time running and swimming at my new favorite gym and pool.  I hope to get up early enough to use the facility once more before we check out.  We meet Rosemary's niece, Sally, in Stourhead tomorrow.  I'm told Stourhead is really beautiful.  I hope the rain lets up so we can enjoy walking the grounds.  

On Thursday, London is voting for their mayor.  I'm personally kind of rooting for 'Red Ken'.



Small village between Broadwell and Oxford

Outside of "The Air Balloon" Pub

Susan's pretty backyard

Susan and Rosemary-day 2

Guy, Fiona, Rosemary, and me at "The Air Balloon"

Inner courtyard in Oxford

Wed Apr 30 14:22:24 Fourth day in England- Stourhead and Heyshott:

Today we went to Stourhead to meet Rosemary's cousin Sally.  We had a nice lunch, but unfortunately it was raining so we couldn't really hike. Then we made it out to Heyshott to stay with Audrey, Rosemary's friend of 50 years.  Less internet access, so not so much posting. London for me tomorrow. More posting then.

Stourhead National Trust

Sally and Rosemary

Rosemary and Me

Sally and Rosemary in front of the Inn

Audrey and Rosemary

Fri May 02 00:30:21 Fifth day in England- London:

Thursday I took a train in Haslemere, 30 minutes from Audrey's house, into London.  I arrived just before noon.  I walked all around London for many hours.  I went to one free museum with no line, but all the big sites had big lines and I preferred to keep moving rather than waiting in line with my short time.  I spent the night and will see some more today, but then I will head back.



Flowers and art museum in Victoria

Man walking from polling station-Conservatives have a big win for council seats, but mayor is still undecided

Westminster Abbey

Parliament Building

Sat May 03 01:47:28 Sixth Day in England- More London and back to Heyshott:

I spent the night in London, and walked around some more the next day, but was feeling quite tired, so I didn't do as much as I planned. I took the train out southwest again, to find our rental car alright in the car park, in spite of a man's warning.  (I suspect this is part of why I wanted to get back).


Today, we leave Audrey's house, after 3 nights, to stay with Rosemary's old friend Cherry's husband and daughter.    They are an hour + east, near Romsey. The next night we have dinner with Rosemary's sister-in-law and extended family, then head to the airport hotel.



Sat May 03 13:38:52 Map-Walking tour of london:

I charted out where I went in London; added up to 9+miles.  I didn't mean to, but this is what happens when I travel alone.  It was spread over 6+ hours, but I was tired after it was done.


Sun May 04 03:23:35 Seventh Day in England - Heyshott to Lockerley:

Before leaving Audrey's, her son-in-law, Dary, showed me the boat he was building.  He has worked on it from scratch and I thought it was very impressive. 

We left Audrey's on Saturday morning to head West to Lockerley. Here, Jim, the husband of Rosemary's friend Cherry from when she was around 10 years old, lives. Sadly, Cherry passed away suddenly a few years ago.  But happily, we got to visit with their three nice children: Keith, Soula, and Peter, and Peter's wife and three children.  We had a really nice time, visiting all afternoon, and taking Peter's family's dog, Tara, for a nice, but muddy walk. Jim, in the yellow shirt, is over 90 years old, but he loves the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. None of his kids were familiar with the show, but I explained that it is one of the popular shows among my friends. Jim calls it "Great American political satire", which it is. 
Today we head East, near Crawley, to visit Rita, Rosemary's sister-in-law, and some of her family.  Then we head to the airport to fly out in the morning.




Sun May 04 15:47:45 Last day in England:

Today we went to Crawley to see Rosemary's sister-in-law, Rita, and her son Michael, and his wife, Nellie.  We had a lovely visit. Then we are off to the airport to fly out tomorrow morning. Goodbye England.

[Comments] (3) Fri May 16 16:59:01 Maybe things aren't so dismal...:

Though things are bleak in many ways, it was nice to note some good news this week: (in order of importance to me)

  • The polar bear is finally on the endangered species list (not that this matters to the current administration, but perhaps the next)
  • John Edwards emerged with an excellent endorsement for Obama, who is apparently destined to be the nominee (so happy to almost have a nominee)
  • The California Supreme Court overturned what I felt was a very stupid ban on same sex marriage
  • I successfully rode my bike to work two times this week. That is my goal until it gets dark early again. Drew also rode his bike this week for the second time this month
  • Last week, I found the perfect bag for my MacBook Pro and all the other things I like to carry around. I had many requirements for such a bag (non leather, nice to touch, no or minimal velcro, zippers sturdy enough to resist my destruction, the right dimensions/pockets for things, a touch of style, not black) Yesterday it finally arrived.
  • [Comments] (3) Sun Jul 13 14:46:09 Kp in high school:

    test mail

    [Comments] (2) Sun Jul 13 19:00:23 Watch out!:

    Burning man season is upon us. Berkeley store keepers are catering to the crowd. Luckily aviva who was with me, shares my distaste.

    [Comments] (1) Tue Jul 22 23:08:05 Packing and Janet leaving:

    One of my very best friends in the world, Janet, or better known as J.P. is leaving, with her husband, for their new home in Austin. We had a last hurrah in SF complete with japanese food at a favorite restaurant, a nice long walk, and many hours of helping her pack.  luckily, when it came time to pack her knife block, I had a great tip from a crime scene I had worked which involved a knife block full of knives.  Maybe it isn't all that brilliant, but remember to use tape to secure all the knives to the block. Then they are quite secure in a box full other things.  I will miss janet very much.  


    Thu Jul 24 20:57:24 Besos:

    We are watching our friends' kitten, Besos, for four days. It is great fun as he is very sweet and cuddly, but also playful.

    Sun Jul 27 08:51:19 Besos is birdwatching:

    He is so great. We are getting very used to having him around. Will be sad for him to leave tomorrow.

    [Comments] (2) Tue Sep 02 12:52:50 We get the puppy soon:

    Just 2.5 weeks.

    Sat Sep 13 11:18:32 little Apollo Patel Villafan Perttula :

    we pick up the little guy one week from today.


    Fri Sep 26 22:56:59 Apollo:

    So, in September, both drew and I had sisters that got married, and we got a new family member, Apollo. He fits in so nicely. Tonight he was sleeping in the room I left these slippers. I moved the slippers to the room I was in and he followed and nuzzled up against them. So nice. He's practically perfect in every way.

    [Comments] (2) Sat Oct 18 16:36:46 Jewey Crafts:

    My friend Glenda is making crafts for babies, some Jewish themed, some not.  I bought this pretty 'burp cloth' set as a gift. 


    Check her out.

    [Comments] (4) Fri Nov 21 15:53:44 Dog is my copilot:

    Apollo and I on the way to the vet

    [Comments] (1) Fri Nov 21 15:55:47 Part 2:

    [Comments] (1) Sun Nov 23 23:17:09 Second concert of the day:

    Went to a lovely symphony with drew earlier in the day.

    [Comments] (3) Mon Dec 29 21:12:12 Year in Review:

    I like how a lot of the blogs I read do this year in review, month by month, so here is my first attempt.

    January:  I spent over a week in Iowa and a weekend in Nevada campaigning for the ill-fated John Edwards campaign.  Despite the ending of the campaign, I loved this experience.  I met amazing people who worked on the campaign, including and especially Paula from LA, and I loved interacting with the public. Plus: great adventures in the cold snow.  My mom, sister, and I were in Las Vegas right before the NV caucus, where I did a little bit of campaigning as well.  January was totally defined by my obsession with the primary. 

    February:  After John Edwards bowed out, I was squarely in camp Obama, though I still had sadness about Edwards not being successful.  I took a trip to West Virginia for work.  I cannot say that I liked West Virginia at all. Perhaps that is all I will say about that.

    March:  This month was usual business, combined with Drew's grandfather and my great grandmother ailing.  This was a hard time, and lots of time was spent at bedsides.  In the end, they ended up dying within one day of eachother.  Drew's grandpa Fred was 91 and my great grandmother Ethel was 108! I was accepted onto the Belmont Green Advisory Committee.

    April: Midway through the month Drew and I attended the memorials of both of our grandparents.  I also testified for my first homicide trial.  The testimony was long (2 or 3 days?) and the most difficult I had ever given.  Overall, I think it went fairly well though.

    May: I took Drew's grandmother to her native England.  I drove her around and she saw 27 friends and family over 8 days.  It was a beautiful trip in the English countryside. Drew and I both started biking to work a few days a week.  We continued this until mid October when it was too dark.

    June:  This summer was filled with baby and bridal showers. Some I attended, most I helped host.  Two babies were born to our friends. John and Karin had a boy early July and Matthew and Rachel had another girl in June.  Drew's sister and my sister were both engaged earlier in the year.  I helped throw showers for both of them (one at my house).  A very busy month. Drew and I went on our first solo camping trip; just the two of us, at nearby Memorial Park.  It was a great success; we had tons of fun and made it home in one piece.

    July: For my birthday, Drew surprised me with tickets to see 'A Chorus Line'.  We had a fun night in SF.  My very good friend Janet, who also works with me, was winding down her days in California.  I hosted her a big lab-wide going away party.  I was so sad to see her go, and am still adjusting. 

    August:  I threw my sister a Bachelorette Party at the family cabin in Tahoe.  It was a great success other than finding out about John Edwards' infidelity (and how he may have jeopardized the presidency) while up there,  Drew went to Glendale again, as he has been several times for work this year. He stayed down there for the SIGGRAPH conference.   I spent more than half the month on call for work.  Strangely, I never got called out until August 29th.

    September: Weddings!  Drew 'married' his sister by officiating at her wedding in San Diego to her new husband, Brian.  Two weeks later, we attended my sister's wedding in Apple Hill.  I was 'lady of honor' for both weddings.  In between, we celebrated our two year anniversary at South Lake Tahoe.  Our friends John, Karin, Liz, and Hugh got us a gift certificate for the Black Bear Inn. We had a great time.  After all of this, we went and picked up the newest addition to our family.  Apollo.  Greatest pup ever.  Enough said.

    October: Drew turned 30 this month.  Sadly, because of all the wedding activity/travel, I didn't get it together to have a proper celebration.  Instead, we just went to dinner and a movie.  I hope to have a 30 (and a half) birthday party early next year.  His movie, Madagacar 2, was being released this month and we got to go to a special screening. Apollo and Drew attend Puppy Kindergarten class at the humane society. Apollo meets his first girlfriend there, Roxy.

    November: Obama! Then, on the heels of victory,  I went on a crazy, last minute, brief trip to Japan with friends Rachel and Matthew and their 5 month old baby.  It was wonderful and decadent.  Right after returning, Drew and I went camping with Apollo and our friends Laurel and Sofia.  It was great fun, though it was pouring down rain beginning at 7pm all through the night.  Turned out neither of our tents were completely waterproof.  It was a great adventure though, and the long dark night helped me recover from my Japan jet lag.

    December:  I finished my last class for my MS in chemistry at San Jose State University! I began classes Fall of 2005. I still have my research to finish up and thesis to write. I plan to do this in the coming months.  So glad to be finally done with classes.  We had our fifth annual latke party on the eighth night of Hannukah where many of our friends and neighbors came by and celebrated with us. 


    We're looking forward to the year ahead and all the great things to come :) Stay tuned for year in review via photos.


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