Sunday, June 10, 2007

And Now for Something Completely Different

For a change of pace, we actually went out twice this weekend. On Saturday night, we visited our friends Wendy and Harry, and their two daughters Bethany and Savannah. The boys loved it so much they didn't want to leave. There was a piano at their house, so it was often hard to make converation over the constant banging on the keyboard. We finally left when the boys kept fighting with each other for toys.

It's June, so that meant it was time for our quarterly date night on Sunday. For the movie of the quarter, we chose a movie called "Waitress". In a sign that my brain was not working this weekend, "Waitress" was not playing when we arrived at the movie theater in Emeryville. We headed down to the theater down the street for a better selection of movies and ended up choosing to see "Knocked Up" instead.

We were running a bit late, so at the ticket booth, as asked the woman at the counter, "Is it too late to get 'Knocked Up' right now?" I thought for a second about what had just said, and then started to crack up. Turns out that we made a good choice in "Knocked Up". Even though there were way too many references to drugs and profanity in the movie, both Jenny and I could relate to the underlying story about how having children completely changes people's lives around. I recommend "Knocked Up" highly. Afterwards, we had Indian food in Berkeley for the first time in ages as we concluded our quarterly respite from the kids.

Russell's making good progress with his handwriting skills

Attention "No Impact Man" Readers: Our latest electricity bill is $16.87 plus tax for 160 kilowatt-hours (about one-fourth of the average American household)

Ludwig van Punkster composes his latest concerto at the piano

A good time was had by all


At 3:43 PM, Blogger Felice Luftschein said...

So, how the heck did you keep from using electricity? Are you guys living the Amish lifestyle? Our power bill was 10 times that last month...

At 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


That's about the same KWH's I use. Your electricity out there is cheaper than in Florida.

Do you use other types of fuel like propane? My main appliance is the refrigerator which is probably the biggest drain on power.


At 12:30 PM, Blogger Da Man said...


Our house was built in the 1930s, and the electrical system has never been upgraded. I think its capacity is between 20-25 amps, while most modern homes are around 120-150 amps. So this means whenever we run more than one appliance, the circuit breaker is tripped. Also, at night, the family is usually huddled in one room lighted by a single 40 or 60 watt bulb and the television. No lathes or drill presses in my garage--just a bunch of Craftsman tools!


We have natural gas for heating and cooking. The bill averages around $25-30 per month, although I can trying to cut this down to about $20 per month. I know our gas bill is somewhat inflated by our antique Wedgewood stove with three separate pilot lights. I would like to replace it (came with the house), but my wife loves the look. I'm guessing that the pilot lights alone cost me $10 per month!


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