Hello all! In the revered tradition of year-end updates on our lives, we'd like to let everyone know how Drek, Child, and Ash are surviving the punishing, temperate climate of California.
In a year full of raising a kid, buying
a house, and holding down a job, our family's crowning achievement,
of course, was getting chickens. Four of them, although only
one seems to be laying eggs, and then only once every few days. A
few days ago, another chicken made a half-hearted effort leading to
a marble-sized egg which was more of hors d'oeuvres than a meal. Lazy chickens. Little do
they know that their carefree, freeloading era is near its end. As
the old saying goes, "An egg in the fridge is worth two in the
chicken." Those who don't produce end up as dinner. Or so Drek's boss tells him on a regular basis.
|Hanging Christmas lights in the dead of San Diego winter|
Speaking of 5D Robotics, Drek has managed to hold down a job for a full year. Even better, he's quelled nearly all the robotic revolutions he's instigated. For those worried about robots taking over the world, don't be—the end will be swift and painless. The company is doing well, having moved to a larger building nearly a 400 foot trek from the old one. The “big bay” itself in the new building is nearly the size of our old digs, with plenty of room to get a robot up to speed before slamming it into a closed door (protip: laser rangefinders do not handle highly absorbent paint well).
As winter approaches, Drek misses his yearly tradition of snow cave camping, but he's taking what solace he can in weekly visits to the beach or early morning outings to the neighborhood Frisbee golf course.
Child spent 2011 taking care of a Sunday School class of fourteen teenagers, a new house, a ten-year-old car, a two-year girl, and four chickens. It's totally understandable how confusions could arise, with the occasional chicken sitting up for dinner at the table or Ash locked in the chicken coop on one of her “spirited” days.
|The most beautiful woman in the world|
|The future of Humanity|
|Scuba diving (brochure picture)|
|Scuba diving (actual picture)|
|Listing photo of new home in Vista, CA (lawn photoshopped in by real estate company)|
A few days later, cleaning up the backyard became a priority when the next-door neighbor asked if the Redacteds were growing marijuana back there (no). A few days later, Drek met the back-fence neighbor and mentioned this anecdote to him with a laugh. The back-fence neighbor didn't laugh. “I grow marijuana. For my injured back, you know. But never around the kids.” Oh, good.
Interesting aspects to home-ownership aside, it's been enjoyable having a garden, chickens, and yes, neighbors at property-line distance. Our backyard is big enough for tents, so everyone is welcome to visit, as long as they don't mind the possibility of a chicken slipping into their sleeping bag with them.