Wednesday, December 31, 2008

This is the card that came in the package Mom ordered online for Rachel:

Either Mom is really confused or Macy's is.

Judy Brush is beginning to feel much better. She even got to have some solid food yesterday (the first since Christmas Eve). Rachel and I will be returning to Sacramento tomorrow to visit for the weekend.
We would like to thank Chris, Noah, Paul and their families for the enormous amount of help they gave to move Grandmother Brownsey to Ingersall. We couldn't have done it without them.

Mom and Dad

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Rachel said she would like to see some evidence of "general Christmas glee" from the Brownsey households posted on the blog.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Alternative Christmas meat. Rachel's Uncle Larry made a 17 lb. standing rib roast.

Post-Christmas meat picture:

Christmas is over.
I added a link to the Brush Family blog that has been launched primarily to provide updates on Judy's cancer treatments. You can find this at
Happy Christmas! It's a rainy day here in Sacramento.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Meat

Edamame Salad
Chicken and Beef Taco Bar
Lemon Chicken
Mashed Potatoes with Manchego Cheese
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas- we have 3 feet of new snow on the ground.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The garage doors were installed this morning. They came with a complementary 8-10" of snow.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Belle Isle by Grand Ole Party. I don't believe the cat has any particular political affiliation.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Power came back on at about 8:00 pm monday. 87 hours approx.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

No power from 2:00 am Friday morning until 4:30 pm Sunday. Freelance crews from the South flew in and used six rented trucks from NJ to clear the lines in our section. The power went back on on the first try. The damage was not as severe as in 1998.

YayElectrical fire Thursday at 4:30AM on the corner of Niskayuna Rd.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

finished except for overhead doors.
Happy Birthday Chris 12/11/1968

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Check out the list of food themed movies. There are some good Netflix possibilities.

See the link for descpriptions.
(1/2 way down page 2 and all of page 3).

- "Big Night": Tony Shalhoub
- "Eat Drink Man Woman":
- "Ratatouille":
- "Tampopo":
- "Babette's Feast":
- "Mostly Martha":
- "Waitress":
- "Sideways":
- "Like Water for Chocolate":
- "Chocolat":

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

garage update. 12-9-08.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Vly Pointe attacked our mailbox with their sign. Our mailbox post broke in half. Now we have a sign.

Kitty likes Christmas.
Happy birthday to Petranella Cornelia Bol Brownsey.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Elliot and I goofing off.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

I thought I was requesting Harvey (1950) from Netflix, and instead I got Harvie Krumpet (2003). I think that the error was mine. Anyway, Harvie Krumpet is a 23 minute claymation short about the title character. I recommend it in the way that I would recommend The Station Agent and I Like Killing Flies. Don't watch it with the kids around. Just one question, is that what it is like to grow older?

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Powell's Books now has a subscription book club, IndieSpensable, which includes a staff selected new book along with other goodies, delivered once every six weeks. See

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The November issue of PLoS is available, you may find the table of contents here.

One article of interest is an example of biology intersecting economics (which really happens more often than we may expect). Anna Dornhaus wrote a paper presenting evidence that suggests that ants that are specialists in certain tasks are actually no better (and sometimes worse) at their jobs than generalist ants.

Some claim that the social structure of ants are a parallel example to humans to argue that worker specialization necessarily increases productivity. Never mind the perils of cherry-picking taxa from different phyla to draw general conclusions about life, it seems that one of those taxa commonly selected for comparison to human societies may not even possess some of the traits that make it an interesting comparison. At the peril of making an inappropriate extrapolation, what might this say about a liberal arts education? You may find the article here.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

We watched some Coast Guard activity at the mouth of Big River in Mendocino. Dad wanted a closer view of the activity, so he tried to get swept off the headlands so the helicopter and motor life boat would come back. We later discovered that we could get a full tour of a 47 foot Motor Life Boat by simply knocking on the door of the Coast Guard Surf Station. Perhaps much less exciting than dad's way, but much easier and this way we all got to see. (Mom stayed in the car).

There was an old woman, who lived in a tree. She had some many children, she lost all her marbles.

We went to the Sacramento State Railroad Museum on Friday. They had a Southern Pacific cab-forward 4-8-8-4, manufactured by Baldwin in Philadelphia. This particular engine ran on diesel. SP realized that the traditional design was suffocating their engineers when going through the tunnels over Donner Pass, so they just moved the cab from the back of the engine to the front. There was a heavy representation of Baldwin Locomotives. We did find one non-Baldwin, a GE diesel-electric switcher (that ran) manufactured in Schenectady.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Oliver and I went to the Union vs. Providence hockey game tonight. Oliver got to sit on the Zamboni. That made his day. Also Union won 4-2. Of course I didn't have a camera for this event.

We saw a tug in the river today. I guess he can navigate without bouys. The name was Benjamin Elliot.

Here are some photos of Elliot from this week. Oliver just realized that Elliot is a pull start.

Oliver and I decided to check out the Metro-North on Friday. We went to the Brewster station. This is where they switch from diesel to electric to go south.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

mariantic website ahs lots of ALMS and LMS news and rumors. Dyson with two used Mazdas? Toyota LMP. Worth a look.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand. WOO HOO!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Please read George Will's column from 11/20/08 titled "Why Extend Big Three's Warranty". I think He has a good grasp of what is going on.
In my own opinion if GM were to go bankrupt somebody would buy up the assets at auction and continue producing the brand with new labor contracts. Kirk Kerkorion was interested in GM three years ago. He has the capital to buy (in bankrupcy) GM I believe. Chrysler is dead, done, over. Ford can survive, but are they trying? GM needs to kill off GMC, Pontiac, and Buick right now, Hummer yesterday. Saturn, Chevy and Cadillac is all they need. I wonder how much money was wasted developing the new Camaro and Challenger. Both cars were dead before they were even shipped. This just my opinion. Phil? Chris?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Framing day #3

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The removed the bouy's from the canal today. Oliver and I went to Niska Isle Rd. to watch.

Framing day #1

Cameron's 7th birthday party. Alexa S., Alexa L., Ava, Megan, Jonathan, Oliver and Cameron. There was a Pinata, Bingo, Hot Potatoe and more.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Under the review of Noah and Christopher, Cyndy drew names out of the historic Northland Toy Club hat for the family Christmas drawing.

Christopher gives to Philip
Philip gives to Christine
Christine gives to Joel
Joel gives to Kate
Kate gives to Cyndy
Cyndy gives to Chris
Noah gives to Paul
Paul gives to Noah

Any complaints can be sent to the hat.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy birthday, Cameron!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Happy birthday Rachel!

Saturday we went to Marion's annual wine dinner with Pat and Bob. It's different every year and this year she basically repeated Paul and Cyndy's wedding menu, with the addition of a lasagna course. We even started with the pink champagne. Attendance was down a little, but still a good sized group.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Joel or Paul?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Oliver and I went out to dinner at Mike's hot dogs and then to the Union-Harvard hockey game saturday night. The game was really good Union won 3-1. Oliver decided that hot dog and hot pretzel rhyme because they both start with hot. I'll tell him some day.

Oliver said " Look I'm wearing box pants!"

colonie shop 11-7-08
Rachel finished the sewing on the sashiko wall hanging: