I gave him a new mechanical weather station (wind and rain gauge) to replace the partially-broken one he has on a post in his back yard.
Anyway, this was an opportunity to make sure the network connections at his house still work -- not something I want to take for granted after my last trip -- and catch up on e-mail and the like.
In case anyone is curious, I've posted backdated entries for the past two days (they won't show up in friends lists, if I understand how "date out of order" works) describing huge queues for AirBART buses on my way to Oakland Airport and how I spent my first day of Christmas vacation.
I don't expect to be on-line tomorrow, and on Tuesday we have to go to Portland and retrieve the Vanagon from the clutches of the mechanics. Normal service should resume on Wednesday, when I expect to get cracking on the user manual for the database I was writing last week.