Yesterday was our 20th anniversary. It’s amazing to think its been that long, and then I realized that we were going together at least 5 years before that. Eight job changes, 6 home changes, one puppy and two wonderful kids later, I’m still loving every minute with Sandy. Supposedly platinum is the preferred gift for 20th anniversaries and we shared lots of platinum gifts. Sandy got a platinum and diamond anniversary ring, I got only about a million “platinum” labeled gifts including some Bud Platinum beer and the Platinum Edition of Gran Turismo for the Playstation. We got a baby sitter for Dan and Elizabeth and spent the evening at a Train concert at Berkeley. Now were working on our second twenty.
My new iPhone 5 is here. I should be more excited but I liked my old iPhone 4 and probably wouldn’t have upgraded had my off button not been broken. It’s just okay. It’s got a bigger screen but most of the apps still are the same size with just some black above and below. It is faster, especially with LTE, and my comic books that I read on it are loading faster. But I got used to the jailbreak on my old phone and now I’m missing some of those features. Also iTunes Match in iOS 6 messes up the phone because it won’t let me control what songs take up memory. I used to have power cords everywhere: car, backpack, living room, bedroom, work, garage, now none of those cords fit my new phone and I have to guard the “lightning” power cord because if I lose it (like I have lost many little adapters and gadgets) I won’t be able to use the phone any longer. And of course the maps don’t have street view which was one of the best features of the old iPhones. All that being said, I’m happy to have a phone where all the buttons work, that is thin, light and fast and still can be occasionally be used to make a phone call.
Once again Daniel got an award for Star testing at his school. He again was in the highest level in both math and language arts. We are so proud of him and noticed that he was one of only two kids to get that award all three years that he was eligible. Given there may be people that didn’t show up for the award, but he clearly is one of the top students at his grade level. After a brief but noisy ceremony in the school multipurpose room, the kids got cookies and cupcakes to celebrate.
Hard to believe I’m almost 50. But there it is. We celebrated the day with a birthday breakfast, some cake and some presents. The family got me lots of accessories for our new electric car including University of Hawaii floor mats and an Oakland A’s antenna ball. Afterwards, unfortunately, I had to go to work and despite that, it was a great day.