Sunday, January 18, 2009

Skate/ Park

We met up with Rachel, Adam and Kim and all the kids at a bay side park. It was another warm clear beautiful evening. Rachel got a new skateboard so we cruised the Embarcadero and circled Giants Stadium. Later we met up with Tyler, ate pizza and watched skateboard videos. I tried not to be to play it cool but I really had a great time. Even some one tossing cookies in the kitchen didn't dampen the evening. It just felt that good to be out in the warm air in this beautiful city with people we love.

If any one wants to join our EMB skateboard coalition you are welcome to. All one needs is a board. All levels are welcome. Right now we just roll around. Some times we hassle shopkeepers but I think we are losing interest. If you can't skateboard but still want to join some exceptions can be made... Maybe you are good at making treats and want to share that with us. You can join. Maybe you have a car and want to pick us up at the beach after we ride through Golden Gate Park. You can join. See we are an easy bunch to get along with. Even though there are only two of us, three if you count Adam our filmer, I think by the end of the month our numbers may double.

I'd like to give a special thanks to Pepper, Tyler and Matt at DLX for helping this dream come together a little easier.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Do not trust the Postal Service

We all know not to trust the Postal Service. Don't we? But do we really know not to trust them?

While we were out of town we asked that our mail be held until we returned. A simple request. At least we thought.

We returned to our San Francisco home and the first thing we saw through the lobby window was our mail box open and empty. The next day we called to post office to find out if they had our mail. They told Pepper we didn't get any mail. - In ten days over the Christmas Holiday we didn't get any mail? We called back each day talking to different people at the post office who all shifted the blame or responsibility to some one else and even back to us. So for four days we have been calling and visiting the counter of our local branch trying to find out what happened to our mail. So far the official word is that it has been delivered and is out of their hands and responsibility. I did however get in touch with some one who oversees these type of cases and he said he would look into it. But what can be hoped for?

Through some investigation of our own we have learned the mail was delivered to an open box and we have verified that a number of personal and valuable envelopes had been sent during that time. I wonder how long it will be before we find out our Luca owes thousands of dollars to creditors for trips to spring break town in Florida, a kick ass new stereo with hundred inch woofers and banquets galore at the local TGIFridays.

So the real problem, more than our mail being delivered early, more than it being delivered to an open mail box, is that we trusted the United States Postal Service to preform a simple task.

Disgruntled? I am surprised more people don't go "postal" on the postal service.

2009

So far 2009 has not started off well for the Elliot family.

Except for Luca we have all been sick for a week. Some kind of slow acting flu/cold. At lest today I think we are on the mend.