November 2016 – What I’ve Been Doing at 8:16 PM (20:16)

Here is my November 2016, installment of what I had done at 8:16 PM each night during the month. I also found it helpful writing down what happened during the day as a small journal/diary of what was good, bad, or interesting.

Little Background

I started keeping track of what I was doing at 20:16 (8:16 PM) every day for the last month after reading Kitt Hodson’s Pastry Box article from Jan 1, 2015. Which was about how a year earlier she read Erica Douglass’s article about writing down what she did at 11:11 AM and 20:14 (8:14 PM) everyday.

November 2016 Events

Nov 1 – sitting in Cabin John at a buddies house drinking wine, talking a bit of politics and deciding what the meal will be next Tuesday for the election. Not that I’m staying late.

Nov 2 watching the Chicago Cubs play the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the World Series. I watched more baseball during World Series than I have watched in over a decade all put together. Before hand, I was making updates to phone numbers in nine cities the my Ate Here application. Still need to move all the changes to my servers.

Nov 3 – Watching “The Big Bang Theory” on TV. At work spent time looking into why a Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 user couldn’t user the Flash application. My guess is the application wasn’t built properly, so it was going to be a problem with any assistive technology. My problem was I don’t have an updated version of Flash, so I can’t see the application at all. So I’m waiting for the tech team to do that. In the meantime, I asked a friend who uses Dragon all the time if it could be an issue even if the application was built correctly and he said it would. Another friend at DOL said that maybe if the person upgraded to Dragon 14 (newest version), it might help.

Nov 4 – watching TV of some sorts and catching up on the day’s tweets so didn’t pay attention to what I was watching at the time. It was either “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” or “Storage Wars”, since those were the two shows I was bouncing between most of the night while waiting until “Abandoned” came on the Viceland channel. Spent a good part of my day working with a co-worker on making updates to pages that have broken or redirected links.

Nov 5 – I was sitting in Peter Chang’s restaurant eating dinner after ordering way too much food. We ordered four appetizers and three meals. We figured what we didn’t eat we could take home for lunch or dinner the next day or so. We ordered: pork pan fried dumplings, brazed cold tofu in a spicy chili oil sauce, a cumin crusted lamb leg, crispy pork belly, which was a thick cut bacon about two inches wide that was tempura deep fried. By the time we got through all that we were pretty much full and still had three main dishes coming which were pork riblets, Golden Mountain Chicken (crispy fried chicken strips with orange type sauce. And finally, Hot Numbing Beef Hot Pot.

Nov 6 – can’t remember if I was busy watching reruns on TV or reading Twitter after being gone for the day. My guess is I was reading Twitter to catch up on the day after being out at the Shen-Valley Flea Market in White Post, VA, with an old co-worker while watching TV. I ended up buying five or six knives, mostly chefs knives, and four cast iron skillets. I bundled three knives for $50 instead of the $70 the guy was asking, another one or two I bought cheap. I got an expensive German chef knife for $8 after they were asking $10 and it’s worth way more than that. I got two cast iron skillets cheap and then bought an 8 inch Griswold and a 10 inch one from what the guy says was made in about 1870 that were so clean you would think the were never used. The guy was asking $30 and $40 for the skillets I offered $50 and he said now after a very long time thinking about it. He replied with $60 and I countered with $55 but he wouldn’t budge so I took them for $60. Both are worth at least that much individually.

Nov 7 – watching last week’s “American Pickers” while waiting for the new episode to start at 9:00 PM. Previously, to watching TV, I started creating the November EventBrite event which I would finish a few minutes before 11:45 PM when I would be sending out the first batch of invites since EventBrite only lets you send 250 invites per day and our group is about 450 people currently.

Nov 8 – In Cabin John eating breakfast for dinner while drinking red wine and watching the United States Presidential election results come in. At this hour they were slow because a handful of east coast states pools had closed at that point. Ended up being a long night and didn’t it was going to end they way I had hoped. I knew things were in trouble when I was back home watching MSNBC and James Carville the “Ragin’ Cajun” face started contorting, and his tone changed after someone announced the President-elect was leading or won a state that fails me now. IT could have been when they announced he was winning or they were uncertain Hillary would win Michigan or Wisconsin. At the point, I knew it was probably over. Knowing this information, I persevered until I called it a night at 1:16 AM. Have felt a bit lost today with everything that happened in the presidential election. Wasn’t ruling out the outcome but thought the country was smarter than they were to vote for what our President-elect stands for. I guess I will leave it at that because it will only make me angry and who knows maybe he and his followers will change by coming together as a nation.

Nov 9 – I was copying the November 16th, EventBrite event to Meetup so I could notify that group about our talk this month. After that, I watched TV mindlessly which was an old episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” while I was waiting for the new season to start. Was a long and confusing day at work yesterday after the election.

Nov 10 – Driving back from Five Guys where I got a cheeseburger and a small fry. It was a bit of a slower day at work with a bunch of people off or working from home so they could start their long weekend earlier. Ended up testing the updates to the ILAB iOS “Sweat & Toil” application for changes to read out abbreviated words for VoiceOver (screen reader) users.

Nov 11 – Sitting in my South Philly AirBnB cleaning up my e-mail and sending out an e-mail to someone I was introduced to about possibly meeting to discuss accessibility issues or how I can help them learn about accessibility. I only slept into about 7:30 AM on my Veterans Day holiday. Read a bit of Twitter in bed then headed over to St. Elmo’s to see what people were doing. Of course, they were having a heated discussion about the election results. After left I worked on publishing one of my what I was doing at 8:16 PM posts along with getting two more ready since I’m a few months behind posting them. Once I was done with that around 11:00 AM I headed home to pack for my trip to Philly for BarCamp on Saturday. After packing both my new and old laptop so I could make updates to my website’s skip navigation, along with the updating the Accessibility DC one for the first time in close to or over two years. I went to Pho 75 for a small bowl of Pho with fatty brisket and raw round eye with extra noodles and extra fatty brisket. Lunch was relatively quick, so I stopped over at Bocatto Lounge for some cherry and fig tea while making those skip navigation updates. My websites still had the skip navigation anchors pointing to in page anchors instead of an ID with and additional tab index equal to negative one. Updated them and then place all the code in Dropbox so I could grab it on my old make Macbook laptop and then FTP them to my server for each of the different websites. Once I’m done writing this and checking my grammar using Grammarly I’m to send the Accessibility DC, Accessibility Camp, and Accessibility Camp DC code to Dropbox to then FPT from my old Macbook.

Nov 12 – laying on my bed reading Twitter to see what happened during the day at my AirBnB after a tiring day at BarCamp Philly. Ended up giving my “Is Your Website Accessible?” talk to about a dozen people. There were a lot of talks about how to run for office, what to do now that we have a President-elect. One was even entitled “What if You’re Mr. Rogers in a Trump World”. The most interesting talk I attended was how to use iMovie on an iPad or iPhone given by a 10.5-year-old girl. I learned the general way to make a trailer type movie. This was her third Philly BarCamp giving this talk which she must have been 7.5 years old or so when she gave it the first time. I wanted to make sure she had people at her talk to keep her interested and motivated to continue with movies or other creative endeavors. Ended up getting interviewed by her at the end of the day.

Nov 13 – watching a few videos on my computer in my spare bedroom after a day shopping and eating in Philly along with a slow long drive home. First went to South Philly to stop at Forinalli’s for Italian sausage, then Di Bruno Brothers for cheese and hot sopesotta, next stopped at Superior Ravioli and Pasta for some frozen cheese and meat ravioli along with fresh spaghetti. The final stop in South Philly was at Isagro’s for a few cannoli’s. Headed to Reading Terminal Market where I picked up cured German sausages, five kinds of pate (house blend, pork liver, curried goat, head cheese, and I can’t remember the fifth one). I also went Golden Bowl for pork lo mien and a breakfast sandwich. For the road, I grabbed a Tommy DiNic’s roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and aged Provolone along with a Train Wreck (chopped beef, onions, cheese, and spicy  Italian meat with spicy mayo/ranch dressing.

Nov 14 – sitting in Buzz Bakery with an old co-worker talking about accessibility improvements to the new version of along with possible new CMS ideas and accessibility things to think of before designing/creating.

Nov 15 – home watching TV instead of Cabin John having dinner and drinking wine or beer like most Tuesday nights.

Nov 16 – walking from Naan and Beyond on L St. with four samosas after leaving Blackboard and the monthly Accessibility DC event.

Nov 17 – talking with Rochelle and Benno taking new jobs in healthcare UX and the like.

Nov 18 – driving into Baltimore with Zac Gordon the night before for WordPress Camp Baltimore. Then went looking for my AirBnB which was what ended up on a side street that was more like an alley. It took the time to find street parking near by. My place between three bars. Thanks, goodness I was staying on the fourth floor above the hair salon.

Nov 19 – listening to Jacob Panic play an excellent banjo set at the WordPress Camp ice cream social. Attended a few talks and took notes about A/B testing and learning JavaScript.

Nov 20 – I was watching the previous week’s episode of Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain while unwinding from two days of Baltimore WordPress camp. Attended a few talks and took notes about what plug-ins the United States State Department use with their WordPress websites along with some about responsive images.

Nov 21 – I was watching the previous week’s “American Pickers” because I was at Buzz Bakery with old Army co-worker helping figure out a few accessible options to create their new CMS along with going over accessibility issues with the new design/code for

Nov 22 – Driving home from Wegmans after going there to have a bit of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing a few days early for dinner. Also picked up four bottles of Hardywood Gingerbread Stout for myself and a few friends. Didn’t go out to Cabin John today because the rest of the old retired guys started early and had had enough plus we will be gathering at around noon on Friday for an organic snow day.

Nov 23 – Driving home from Wegmans after going there to have a bit of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing a few days early for dinner. Also picked up two bottles of Hardywood Gingerbread Stout for me to bring to Thanksgiving dinner and our organic snow day in Cabin John on Friday. Got a few things done at the office but it was a slow day with it being the day before Thanksgiving and the government sending us home early. Luckily one of the government bosses stayed and extra hour so people who had planned for getting sent home two hours early could get their eight-hour day in instead of only seven.

Nov 24 – Sitting around the small kitchen table at a friend’s house after an awesome Thanksgiving meal talking about politic, getting old, kids these days, and pretty much whatever came into people’s heads. Got up before seven 7 AM and read in bed a bit before going into Del Ray, VA, to have a hot cider and wait for the Del Ray five-mile Turkey Trot to start at 9 AM. After that went to Wegmans to grab a turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing lunch. Came home and read some more and then napped for an hour before heading to friends for Thanksgiving dinner at 3:30 PM.

Nov 25 – Sitting in my spare bedroom texting with an old co-worker about plans in Frederick, MD, on Saturday along with working on my computer.

Nov 26 – Sitting in a parking lot near the Vienna Metro while my buddy was in the Micro Center getting his phone replaced after dropping it earlier in the day and cracking the screen which made it unusable. Earlier in the day, I raked leaves for about an hour and a half. Came in the house and cut my hair and showered before heading to St. Elmo’s to meet friends. I left a bit before 11 AM because I was meeting an old co-worker to head to Frederick, MD, to meet another old co-worker for late lunch, etc. but my main original reason was to get my beard trimmed so I looked less homeless as some might say. Once done with the beard and lunch went to buy some cherry fig tea and then dark chocolate with roasted almond slivers. Next, we headed to Purcellville, VA, to my buddies house to get some more pork from the pigs he is raising.

Nov 27 – Sitting my leather chair and using the ottoman getting ready to read the Success magazine article(s) about legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. I woke up around 8 AM this morning and did a bit reading of Twitter in bed before heading to the DuPont Circle Farmers Market where I grabbed a scone, some fucsisa bread, ramp mustard, along with a few other things. After that headed over to the Palisades Farmers Market next to MacArthur’s where I picked up a cone shaped cabbage, broccoli, and some turnips to make a veggie soup on Monday. I then headed home to drop off my purchases before heading to M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters for a hot chocolate. Worked on cleaning up my e-mail and added a few more issues to both of my GitHub projects. Once they closed at 3 PM, I headed to Boccato Lounge to start working on my “Ship in Six’ project. Went through the challenge from lesson #1 to answer the six or so questions on paper. Read through lesson #2 and stopped before the challenge because it was going to take more time than I wanted to spend there. Part of the reason I ran out of time was I responded to the challenge #1 e-mail with a bunch of stuff I guess I needed to get off my chest for some reason. I spent a little over 45 minutes sitting in a comfy chair reading over more of Twitter.

Nov 28 – Sitting on my sofa watching TV of some kind. Guess I was not paying attention, so I don’t remember what it was. Today I had the day off to make for a long, long weekend over the Thanksgiving. I slept in until about 8:15 AM then read in bed until 9:30 AM at which point I got out of bed to work on my 10k Apart and Ate Here code. I added two new restaurants to the Northern Virginia JSON file for both projects, along with writing out a few bills that were due. Once done with that I headed to Hoffman 22 movie theater to see JK Rowling’s new movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” I enjoyed the movie and once done headed over to M. E. Swing Coffee Roasters for a hot chocolate and to work on reading through and doing the challenges from Amy Hoy’s “Ship in Six” e-mails. After being there an hour and a half, I headed home to spend about 45 minutes finishing up raking the leaves at my house which was the section of the yard where I park my car and most of the leaves end up. After that, I got a chance to relax and catch up on Twitter before getting a shower.

Nov 29 – Sitting in Cabin John at my buddies eating home-made shredded pork pasta sauce and drinking wine with friends. My day was spent creating JIRA issues for broken links in the header and footer of the pages. I also was looking over a friends accessibility bookmarklets page and noticed it seemed he had duplicate links by the text, but they went different places. So I put in a GitHub issue for the page with a suggestion to add off-screen text to help screen reader users along with possibly doing that and placing the content/links in an accessible TABLE which might be easier for people figure out what they links do.

Nov 30 – Sitting in my spare bedroom adding e-mail addresses to both the “10k Apart” and “Ate Here” application footers. Figured it would be helpful to have them in case people had questions or suggestions of places I should eat when traveling. Another day at the office working on fixing broken or redirected links.


Hopefully, this has been helpful to you and gets you to keep track of what you do a particular time of the day, along with a short daily diary entry to see what you have done or can accomplish over the course of a year.

If you want to meet up to do something exciting at 8:16 PM some evening, please leave a comment. Or a suggestion of something that is not part of my ordinary life you think I should do.

What I’ve Been Doing at 20:15 (8:15 PM) – November 2015

Another month’s worth of what I have been doing at 8:15 PM every night. Doing this has become a great way to see what I’ve been up to on a particular day along with what else I add in about my day. It’s become a regular habit of what I’m doing and what has happened that day and a wonderful little one paragraph diary/journal of my actions and thoughts.

A Little Background on This Post

I started keeping track of what I was doing at 20:15 (8:15 PM) every day for the last few months after reading Kitt Hodson’s Pastry Box article from Jan 1, 2015. Which was about how a year earlier she read Erica Douglass’s article about writing down what she did at 11:11 AM and 20:14 (8:14 PM) every day.

I thought this was a great idea to see if I could find any patterns in my nights. So far, I tend to watch TV Monday, Thursday, and Sunday nights when I’m home. Also on the weekends I tend to be leaving or coming back from dinner, sometimes even eating dinner.

Here is my post on what I’ve been doing at 20:15 (8:15 PM) in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.


Nov 1 – ENTERED 11/02/2015 – Watching TV at home while reading Twitter and waiting for the newest episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” to air on CNN. He was headed back to Borneo to make good on a promise to the chief he made ten years ago. The only problem was the chief died a year ago. Went to the DuPont Circle Farmers Market then over to the market near the Big Bear Cafe, where I got myself a large pot of peach blossom tea. After that drove around DC and ended up at the Georgetown Flea Market where I bought something, but Simple Note lost the rest of the text or never finished writing the sentence.

Nov 2 – Reading Wendell Pierce’s book in my living room while sitting in my leather chair.

Nov 3 – Sitting in Cabin John having amazing sweet potato Gnocchi with salad, sticky toffee pudding and three awesome Zinfandel and a Cabernet from my buddy Evan.

Nov 4 – Sitting in National Geographic employee conference room listening to Jon Long talks about setting a process to move code to other environment using JavaScript and other tools.

Nov 5 – Talking with Pratik on my sofa after dinner and shopping at Wegmans. Was home sick today, but feeling much better after sleeping and rest most of the afternoon.

Nov 6 – Sitting in Bangkok Golden with Eric, Sam, and Pratik to have some Loa food for the three week in a row. We ordered a bunch of different foods from two veggie crunchy rice salad, spicy duck lamb, roasted pork shoulder, and beef drunken noodles.

Nov 7 – Listening to the best man and brides made tell stories about the bride and groom or watching everyone on the dance floor, because I missed the time because I was having a good time. The best food at the event I had to be the chocolate cake which part of he larger wedding cake made by the bride’s sister who is a master baker from San Fransisco.

Nov 8 – Talking with three accessibility friends at Four Sisters restaurant for Vietnamese food. We had a flavorful vegetarian green papaya salad, along with clay pot tofu and a clay pot chicken. The other two dishes were first a ginger curry chicken with onions and red peppers and the second was pepper steak wraps that you made with noodles, greens, basil, pickled veggies, and cucumbers. Pratik and I went to Big Bear Cafe for tea, which I had a pot of peach blossom and he had spicy golden tea, and then we went to the Royal Restaurant for brunch. Never did manage a nap because of the of co-workers brunch e-mail and having to create an Accessibility DC event and invite on EventBrite, along with some reading.

Nov 9 – Sitting at my desk in my spare bedroom watching episode 2 of “The Farm” on  Google Prime. Not quite sure if I like this food show or not since it’s only one person talking to the camera and cooking until the end where all the food he cooked goes on the table for the family to eat, but no one else talks about what they like or don’t like. Time to give it another episode or two before moving on to something else.

Nov 10 – In Cabin John tasting beer while having conversations with wine friends and eating a great pasta dish made by my Tony with sausage, beans, garlic, etc.

Nov 11 – Sitting in front of the TV with a few pounds of salad and beans from Whole Foods as my dinner watching last week’s “American Pickers” episode. Ended up getting a bit too much sleep yesterday on my day off for Veterans Day. Met with Russell H. and Mike G. at Caphe Bahn Mi for lunch. Ended up dropping Mike back at his office (WDG) so Russell could see it and ended up talking to Mike’s boss about accessibility for a project they are looking to bid on.

Nov 12 – Watching “Big Bang Theory” which I haven’t seen much of the last year or so. Once it was over headed to South China to grab some takeout, since I wasn’t in the mood to cook again for what seems like the third month now. Not that long but it sounds like a funny number of months to say. Worked most of today updating accessibility related wiki pages. Not sure who wrote some of the original text, but, at least, they kept spelling/typing the same words wrong the same way over many pages.

Nov 13 – ENTERED 11/16/2015 – After waking up from a short nap, I headed over Whole Foods to grab some snacks from the kitchen before I started watching TV.

Nov 14 – ENTERED 11/16/2015 – Was eating the second third of my four meat grinder from Stachowski’s while flipping between college football and car building shows. Earlier in the day went to St. Elmo’s to talk with friends to see how everyone did after the wedding last weekend. Once that was done, I headed to the post office to mail bills and send my friends external hard drive that he let at my place to him. Then I was off to DC to get cupcakes at Baked and Wired, which was followed by a stop at Stachowski for their four meat grinder to be cut in thirds it’s so easier to eat. I had the first third while watching Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 28 – 7. Once I was done with all that and my second helping of sub I watched a bunch of different TV shows to keep myself distracted for no particular reason.

Nov 15 – ENTERED 11/16/2015 – Was eating the final third of the Stachowski four meat grinder that the roll had gotten soggy because of all the fresh veggies letting out their liquid.  I also finished the meal off with my Doom (chocolate cupcake with dark chocolate frosting) cupcake. Ended napping/sleeping for about three hours this afternoon after having all-you-can-eat brunch at Masa 14 with old co-workers and their significant others and one baby. We all ate way too much because it was so good or, at least, most of them said that so we didn’t feel so bad eating everything that didn’t move.

Nov 16 – Watching a video on YouTube on how to use the 53 Paper pencil. I’ve been using 53’s Paper for almost two months to do digital wine bottle drawings instead of painting. I started dong this when I went on my nearly two-week road trip to the south while driving to Austin to attend An Event Apart in Austin, TX. It’s been great to use, but I need to learn more about how best to use it to improve my drawings along with making it easier and quicker to do them. It takes about 20 – 30 minutes to do a drawing while it only takes 10 -15 minutes to do a painting depending on the size of the canvas.

Nov 17 – Checking my phone for messages at Blackboard after our Accessibility DC talk with Aina Irbe’s talk on accessible eLearning. After Accessibility DC was over, I walked over to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to meet Justin Thorp after the DC Tech meetup. He was standing outside with a few other people and the two of us headed over to the old 918 F ST (LivingSocial event space) to meet others for drinks. We ran into two friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. The one it had probably been three to four years and the other was about a year or more. The second one had been busy raising money for his start-up, which recently raised $12 million, which was great to see a DC company raise that kind of money to help prove you don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to do so. After meeting them and having a drink Justin and I went to Shake Shack to get a double patty burger for me and some ice cream item for him. It’s nice to be to meet-up with friends you haven’t seen in a while and had some time to talk quietly.

Nov 18 – Watching last weeks ‘American Pickers’ and a few other things. Spent my day doing Android TalkBack testing of the new ILAB ‘Sweat and Toil’ native application.

Nov 19 – Listening to Nick Whitmoyer talks about ‘Slicing Pizza’ at the new Viget office in Falls Church, which was about what’s the process for making pizza and how it’s similar to doing design related projects. Looks like I’m going to DHS Trusted Tester training sometime in December.

Nov 20 – Reading Twitter while watching re-runs of “2 Broke Girls” on a Friday night. Don’t I know how to live it up? It’s time to decide what and possibly where to get dinner. Reviewed the new ILAB ‘Sweat & Toil’ Android application on the second device with alimony, all the same, issues except those that dealt with font size.

Nov 21 – Watching Notre Dame football game against Boston College at Fenway Park in Boston. The first football game at Fenway Park since 1968. My morning was spent at St. Elmo’s talking about another friend that seems to have gotten married again after such a short time. Came home and took an hour and a half nap before heading to Good Fortune for roasted pork, then to Home Depot for air conditioning filters, and finally went to DC Bahn Mi Sandwiches to grab six BBQ roast sandwiches. Two each for two buddies of mine that I dropped off on my way home.

Nov 22 – Reading Cap Watkins article titled ‘Stop Worrying and Love Your Impostor Syndrome,’ along with watching re-runs of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ Didn’t get to sleep until 4:00 AM and then got up at 9:30 AM. Headed over to Wegmans to grab a breakfast sandwich and do some shopping for cured meats before heading to Hoffman 22 AMC Theatres to watch the new James Bond movie ‘Spectre’. After the movie, I came home and read a bit and then took a two and a half hour nap.

Nov 23 – Happened to be scrolling through Facebook on my once every few weeks times I logged in to check some post by a friend or family member and was looking at an item from my youngest brother. Spent my day reviewing GitHub issues for new ILAB Android ‘Sweat and Toil’ application and closing out about 20% of the issues I opened. Now we wait for the rest of the necessary updates.

Nov 24 – Sitting in Cabin John talking and drinking a 2006 Ridge “Monte Bello” Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon. Worked on getting registered to DHS Trusted Tester classes the first full week of December.

Nov 25 – Eating turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing covered with gravy while watching ‘American Pickers’. The government sent us home two hours early the day before Thanksgiving so I ended taking a two plus hour nap. Once I got up, I headed to “Unwined” to pick up some Pinot Noir and Syrah. I was greeted by the owner even though they had closed about 15 minutes earlier. They offered me some of the wine they had been tasting earlier in the day. The owner was tasting a Bourbon that someone brought in and offered me some if hers. TheBourbon and trying five reds was a bit much after waking up 20 minutes before and had not eaten anything in six hours. Ended up purchasing two bottles of private label Pinot Noir by Lanny from California, along with two bottles of 2003 J. J. Prum Riesling.

Nov 26 – Sitting at a small round kitchen table with friends and others invited to their house for a late Thanksgiving dinner. First reason dinner was late was because their eldest daughter had to work at the Army hospital as a nurse for the day, along with a few of her co-workers that came along too. The other reason was the main stoves oven decided not to work. We had a great time talking about a bunch different things, and we managed not talk politics or religion. My contribution to the meal was a nice bottle of Lanny Pinot Noir and a bottle of Shiraz from Two Hands winery.

Nov 27 – Eating turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing from Whole Foods while watching ‘American Pickers’. Met friends at St. Elmo’s then came home and did about 35 minutes f leaf raking before heading to Pho 75 for a small bowl of fatty brisket and sirloin with extra noodles for a late lunch. Once den headed to National Zoo to get about an hour or so of walking around while checking out the otters, elephants, bison, etc., along with all the people heading home for the night.

Nov 28 – Watching Notre Dame lose to Standford at the last moment on Notre Dame’s last game before the playoffs. Notre Dame needed to win big and gave a few other teams to lose so they can make the top four ranked teams in the NCAA. My day was spent at St. Elmo’s talking with friends, then home to rake leaves. After that picked up a buddy of mine to grab a small bowl fatty brisket beef based Pho broth with extra noodles. Next it was a walk to the other end of Eden Center to Good Fortune grocery for some roasted pork. Before dropping my buddy home, we stopped for BBQ pork Bahn Mi sandwiches and two egg rolls to eat while watching college football. Once home finished raking the last part of the yard before the, it started to sprinkle.

Nov 29 – Watching Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” New Jersey episode. Slept in until about 10:30 after working up early reading for an hour before going back to sleep. Around 11:45 AM went to Pho Viet to grab a bowl of Pho and summer rolls, which took forever for some reason. Came home and took a nap after a bit of reading. The nap was only about an hour and a half, but couldn’t get to sleep until close to 2:30 AM.

Nov 30 – Attempting to get to Christopher Schmidt’s Twitter feed to watch a talk by John Cleese on creativity. For some reason, every time I typed “chris” into the Twitter search box and attempted to click on his name Twitter kept giving me all the results for “Christmas”. Got excepted into the DHS Trusted Tester training and attempted to request the first prerequisite class. For some reason, it took a while ad then even longer to give me an account on another website so I could take the class.


In the future, I plan to post this information once a month at the beginning of the following month once I’m caught up.

Hopefully, this has been helpful to you and gets you to keep track of what you do a particular time of the day, along with a short daily diary.

If you want to meet up to do something exciting at 8:15 PM some evening, please leave a comment. Or a suggestion of something that is not part of my ordinary life you think I should do.

P.S. Need to go back through these 8:15 PM posts and add any links or photos that are relevant to make them more appealing.What I’ve Been Doing at 20:15 (8:15 PM) – October 2015