magic calendars morph birthdays into wedding day


dan wedding talk 2

What’s the next date in the sequence: 6/13/14; 7/15/16; 8/17/18? If you ‘guessed’ 9/19/20 you’ve divined the subject of the latest issue of The Weekly Letter? Why are these dates special? Does it have anything to do with California wildfires? How about California grandchildren? Or, say, their parents? Where do they take a lot of pictures? And who wants to be, eh, who demands to be in every picture? What event would be suffienctly momentous to bring Mitra from Los Angeles to California? Will FedEx and the bad hair witches subvert the plan?

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your call to remote ipadded schools is important — current wait time…

Tiger and Dan standing on knees Sept 2020


First Grade — delivered on an iPad? And when did SeeSaw become ‘an app’? Where is it “sooo much fun” for Azelle? If ‘my call is important’, then why is the ‘current wait time’ measured in fortnights? And why did the Division of Motor Vehicles, the local clinic and Alaska Airlines all hire the same person to tell me how important I am to them? Would you walk under the path of a flying seagull? Hint: it is 2020. Will we find a way to transfer our personalized California license plate (NAZ DAN) to our new car?
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cavity free normality cheers as lakers picture drawing wins

Lakers cheering


Who has most artistic talent in the family? Hint: the easier question would be: Who has the least artistic talent? As a hint, a three year old’s rendition of a cat was more recognizable than Dan’s effort? How was Dan able to avoid having any more cavities? Why did the household run short of antacid tablets and air sickness bags? Who turned on the alternate reality generator? And — are the Lakers back to respectability and, perhaps, even dominance?
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Travel Perimeter impacts birthday, jury duty and slide rule

Family Azelle Birthday take 1

How do they choose prospective jurors? Does geography have anything to do with it? What constitutes proof of non-residency? Should Dan have simply tossed out the summons? Why was it necessary to consult a superior Superior Court Judge? What’s the farthest Dan and Nasty have traveled in the last half year? Who had a birthday? And who helped blow out the candles? What is a slide rule and does it ‘work’ if it only slides one way?
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Silent Response to virtual schooling with remote-less honeybee


on the logs douglas july 2020 11

Can Tiger explain what it means when ‘kids don’t answer your question”? What is za’atar and how was Nazy able to help solve a family shortage? Where did Darius find high quality honey at a very attractive price? Why did the Santa Barbara Utility Board send — several times — a bill for $0.05 to Dan? Did the Compaq Pension plan really send Dan a unexpected six figure check? (Do you normally count the figures to the right of the decimal point?) What two cities are in the same time zone even though they are 11,000 kilometers apart? Read More...
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Happy Meal (Compaq-ed) Pension helps write the ending

dan and nazy on beach walk August 1 2020

Why did Fidelity send a letter that said: “We don’t know your address” to Dan’s correct address? Did Dan actually have a forgotten pension that had not been Compaq-tified? Would he remember the secret handshake and the name of his hiring manager? Would the ‘to be mailed’ check fund a yacht? (Or a Big Mac?) Will Tiger appreciate Dan’s suggested ending to the book entitled: “Ralph and the Motorcycle?” (Hint: Ralph is a mouse.) Whose artistic talents does young Leandra appreciate more — Dan’s or Nazy’s? Hint: It’s possible for people to look at any of Nazy’s drawing and actually tell what it depicts. Can Nazy find enough centrifuges to process the honey from Melika and Tom’s hives? Read More...
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101 Macbook Dalmatians vie for USB ports in viral storm


nazy with azelle beach July 2020

Could you find a kayak in an emergency? (Did you know the Native American name for Baker Lake in Washington State was ‘Emergency’? Why is this an ideal time of year for a blueberry loving 1 year old that lives in the state of Washington? Is there a wet suit that is not difficult to wear? In this case, ‘not difficult’ means you can get it onto a two year old without bodily injury. Did Tiger really try to teach Dan how to make S’mores? Will Dan’s quest to optimize his existing, but malfunctioning, laptop bear fruit? And, will that fruit cost less than a new computer? How much of that fruit is USB-capable? Finally: how many Dalmatians will it take before Arrow and Tiger fall asleep?
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