Thursday, September 11, 2008
The last time I donated blood, I had a mild panic attack and withdrew my arm just as the person was going to stick it with a needle. That was 9 months ago. Maybe longer. They call to ask me to donate, I say I'll do it at work. When the signups show up at work, I pretend I'm busy (sometimes legitimately).
The blood mobile comes to work every 3 months. On Tuesday, I saw the email saying it was coming and didn't hide from my fear -- instead I got an appointment. Yesterday, I gave blood. I told them I was nervous. They took good care of me.
I saved a life yesterday. I made an impact on my community. I wasn't a selfish monster. And next time it will be easier. Yah Bob!
Labels: blood, community, volunteer
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
We got a Garmin Legend CX handheld GPS unit today. Sophia wanted to start geocaching. I always like gadgets. It will be fun to be able to geo-encode photos, plot trips on the map, and do all sorts of wacky route calculation things.
One of the first things I did was go look for better maps. There are free maps out there. I picked up San Diego, Austin (our next getaway), Denver, and Seattle. LAX and SFO and Chile will be next.
Google maps can export a single landmark into the unit. And you can export geocache locations to the unit -- along with it recording that you found it. I want to put some in for Austin (both landmarks and geocache locations.)
One of the coolest things so far... it new about Sipz (vegetarian food) and Thai Time. I also suspect we'll get something made up to celebrate our LAT/LON. We're both map geeks.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Movie: Man on Wire
A wire walker crossed between the world trade center towers. For real! Incredible film. Makes you want to get a crazy goal and go after it. 100% on Rotten Tomato.
No need to give away the secret.
T would likely show me how to tight rope walk if I desired. Maybe sometime once this comes out on video. We could make a party out of it... perhaps best to keep the drinking to a minimum.