A month ago our house was in the middle of some nice fields. Since then people have started building 5 houses around ours. I mean, right next to on each side. Pretty soon we'll be in the middle of a neighborhood. So today a truck asked to use our driveway to turn around in since the road is barely wider than one vehicle. I said yes and he entered our parking area. Because of the weight of the truck and all the sand it was carrying, it sank into the ground. Here's a picture of the truck. They are shoveling the sand out so they can lighten the truck enough to jack it up and get it out.
So true to form, it rained both Saturday and Sunday. Luckily there was a break for a few hours on Saturday so I went to the beach and got a few rays of sunshine before heading back. Just when I got back it started pouring again. I wasn't so lucky today for Ultimate Frisbee. We had been playing for about half an hour when it started pouring. We stopped the game due to the really high wind and I offered to give a friend a ride home before I remembered that he lives on the other side of town from me and the field we play at.
It has rained straight the last two days which wouldn't be that big of a deal except that first, its the dry season and second carpenters don't tend to build cement houses when it is raining. So we haven't gotten a lot done and all the roads are turning back into mud. I'm sure there willb e some flooding as well.
My older sister, Niki, has a few new waterfalls behind her house in Kauai because of the dam bursting. She's fine though and my parents will be visiting her after tax season.
Congrats to my brother, Paul. He has finally passed the last section of the CPA exam. That means he is now a Certified Public Accountant, like our dad. That means he can also now sign his name, Paul Knutson CPA.
I don't know what happened but after a couple months of relative calm, we've had about 5 small earthquakes in the last 3 days that I have felt. There was also another tsunami in an island somewhere in central Indonesia that killed a few people and destroyed some villages. Haven't heard a lot more on that though. I hope this isn't leading up to anything major.
WE had a beach barbeque yestderday at a beautiful beach not too far from here. I invited a bunch of people from other NGOs to join us and when we showed up on the beach, we found a makeshift lifeguard stand and two of my surfer friends standing guard over the beach. They have decided to start lifeguarding and hopefully developing a lifeguard program since an average of more than one person a month dies at this particular beach. When the food was ready, I took their place as lifeguard for a half hour while they got some food and socialized.
We just had a really strange earthquake. I was sitting on the couch at about 10:15 PM watching Morning Call on CNBC when it felt like a car ran into the side of the house. Most earthquakes here (and there are still a lot) feel like a bunch of shaking and bumping. This one was just a big jolt and then it was done. At least I hope it was an earthquake. I'll find out in the morning. Time for bed now.
Sorry for most of you who wont have a clue what I am talking about but I just need to rant a little about Ruby, the programming language. I have very fond memories at how easy Ruby was to learn in college for basic stuff and so every time I want to write a simple program to solve a problem, I start with Ruby. What I always forget is that every time I do, I get frustrated by a couple of limitations that always end up making me switch to another language. Those limitations are the lack of multidimensional arrays and a deep recursion stack limit. I always seem to run up against those limits.
A little over a year ago, my dad mentioned a game called Sudoku and said that it was really fun. I didn't have time then to try it out but I was bored the other day and decided to find some trivia and mind games. I ran across Sudoku on Braingle and have become hooked. If you've never heard of it before, there is a grid 9x9 and the object is to fill all the cells with numbers 1-9 such that each row, column and 3x3 sub-grid only has one occurence of each number. It's amazingly addictive.
When I was at Faith Academy visiting my old elementary school, I ran into an old friend named Peter Beck. We decided to go to Corregidor together. For those of you who don't know, Corregidor was a major US Navy base during World War II and a sight of some major battles.
I arrived back in Indonesia last night and flew up to BA first thing this morning. I got off the plane and was immediately working. I've had a really sore throat for the last couple of days but didn't think a whole lot of it. I was walking around inspecting houses this morning and then came home. Now I'm really starting to come down with something. I don't know if it is related to the sore throat, what I ate for lunch or just sunburn/heat exhaustion. Whatever, I'm not feeling real good.