Monday, December 16, 2013

Merry Christmas from Santa and Rose (part 7)

(from the Seems like there's more than just Rose and Santa in this picture department)

Hi everyone,

Yes - it's that time of year again.  Here's our family Santa photo:

Once again - Rose was a little shy at first, so Santa volunteered his chair for us.  But - Rose warmed up to Santa pretty quickly - even though she really wasn't sure what to ask him for!  He suggested that she send her wish to him in a letter, and that seemed to be okay with her.

Afterwards, we stopped by Fran's Chocolates for some high-class hot chocolate (yum!) and finished off the evening with a nice dinner at Piatti's.  A good time was had by all!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Pietromonaco family!


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Rose @ Pacific Northwest Ballet's The Nutcracker - Sunday, December 8th, 2013

(from the Endless Twirl department)

Hi everyone,

We attended a performance of the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker at McCaw Hall on Sunday, December 8th, 2013.  Rose was pretty as a ballerina.  She insisted on getting a flower headpiece, so I insisted on a photo:

Generally, I don't like photos in portait-orientation, but this does capture her full outfit:

Then, she twirled away:

A good time was had at the ballet by all!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rose turns 6 and has a birthday sundae - Red Robin, November 13th, 2013

(from the It's better with sprinkles department)

Hi everyone,

Rose turned six years old on November 13, 2013.  When we asked her where she wanted to go for dinner to celebrate, she answered - without hesitation - "RED ROBIN!!".

So - to the Northgate Red Robin, we went.  We all got burgers and ate fries - very yummy!

After dinner, she got the Red Robin birthday song from the wait staff, and a free sundae:

She was eating the sundae so fast, I had to turn on the flash to capture it:

And - yes - she finished the whole thing.  Happy birthday, Rose!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Portrait 2013 - Rose and Paul

(from the It's better in Black & White department)

Hi everyone,

We toured the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor's Center yesterday for Halloween.  They have a high-tech photo booth, so Rose & I sat down, and took a self-portrait:

 When you take the photo, it puts it up on a big wall:

 Neat, huh?  Oh yeah - Rose is a "Kitty Witch".  Of course she is!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sad news about Scott Miller - leader of Game Theory/The Loud Family

Hi everyone,

As someone who was a young adult in the 1980s, part of my musical soundtrack was provided by a Californian band called Game Theory, led by Scott Miller. Sadly, he passed away in April at the age of 53. I only found out about this recently, when I went to his website to see what he was up to.

The complete statement is available on the official website:

It's too bad that Game Theory's albums never hit the same level of success as their peers R.E.M. or Let's Active. Still - they're considered one of the most hyper-literate power-pop bands ever, and their "difficult" double-album masterpiece "Lolita Nation" is still a sought after collector's piece.  (Apparently, I'm one of the few people who own an original copy of this on CD.)

As a thank you to the fans, all of Game Theory's albums - including Lolita Nation - are on the above listed website for free downloading.

According to the webmaster: "My main goal is to prevent people from trying to capitalize by selling these long out of print albums for lots of money. I want everybody who would like to hear these albums to be able to do so without paying outrageous prices".

If you're not sure where to begin, I'd strongly urge downloading "Tinkers To Evers To Chance", which was a "greatest non-hits" personally selected by Scott himself. It's a great introduction to his band and it does contain selections from Lolita Nation.

His next band, The Loud Family, is also worth investigating.  However - they tend to be a little more abstract than Game Theory. I'd start with their first album, "Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things", and see if that's your cup of tea. (The Loud Family albums are available on Spotify, I believe)


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It's Alive - My Original CompuServe Homepage

(from the Mists of History department)

Hi everyone,

A long time ago, CompuServe provided a homepage service for their members - "Ourworld", they called it.  I used the whopping 5M of space to create a homepage, with all of my interests, my writing samples, my band's page, etc.  It was my little oasis on the web.

Then, in 2009, CompuServe discontinued the service, and deleted all the sites.

Unfortunately, I didn't find out about that until after the fact, when my site was long gone.

For years, I had assumed my old homepage was lost, but poking around the Internet Archive last night, I found it!

Well - most of it, anyway.  There's some missing art, and of course, most of the links are broken.  But - all of the text is there.  And - I might be able to find the missing pieces.  I do have backups of this... somewhere.

So - without further ado, Sherman, set the Wayback Machine for 2001-ish, and let's explore:

Paul Pietromonaco's Home Page


P.S.  There's a good tip for getting your pages back here:  How can I view a page without the Wayback code in it?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dana's way-back machine

(from the Awwwww department)

Hi everyone,

Dana sent me four memories of Rose that she had archived in her computer.  Here they are - in reverse chronological order.

May 29, 2011
Dad: Rose, you're Scottish, and you're Italian.
Rose: I am an adorable butterfly.

October 12, 2010
Rose told me the other day, "I'm not breaking it, Mommy. I'm just taking it apart." Crap. She's like her dad. I did point out to her that taking something apart only counts if you can put it back together.

June 18, 2010
Paul said to Rose tonight "you're quite the little drama queen". Rose said "No, I the King!" - point taken.

November 20, 2009
I've just had one of my most awesome parent moments. Rose just said her version of "I love you, Mom" after giving me a hug and a kiss on the mouth. I started crying immediately. She's never said any version of that to me or Paul. Ever. When she told me she loved me, not a single word was coherent.  She had to repeat it three times before I realized what she was saying


Monday, May 6, 2013

Trip to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA - May 3rd to May 5th, 2013

(from the It's better in the Islands department)

Hi everyone,

We took advantage of the nice, warm weather - and a Groupon - and headed up to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island this weekend.  We stayed at the Earthbox hotel - it's a nice place, which they self-describe as a "retro motor inn".  Plus - they have an indoor pool, which is always a plus for Dana & Rose.

Here's a few photos. 

First up - waiting for the ferry in Anacortes.  Ice cream is good:

Next - some photos from the ferry:

The last photo shows the puzzles they have on the ferry - Rose was helping us work on this one.

Then, after we spent the night in Friday Harbor, we got up, had breakfast, and went to the Farmer's Market:

Next up was the Children's Festival, where Rose got her face painted, and I took a self portait with Dana:

After that, we headed out to Lime Kiln Park, and I managed to get some amazing photos, some using the Panorama feature on my Nokia Lumia 920:

The next day, we stopped by the San Juan Island Distillery, the San Juan Vineyards, and the American Camp.  (Sadly, no pictures of the distillery):

Finally - we boarded the ferry and headed home:

During this trip, I also took some Photosynths.  These are 360 panoramas you can do with your camera, but you have to view them online.  Here's one taken at Lime Kiln park:

and here's a second taken at American Camp:

(Sorry about the weird image matching on these.  I've actually learned how to take them better now.)

All in all - a great little mini-vacation!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Family outing to Snappy Dragon

(from the Band of Brothers department)

Hi everyone,

My brother and his family came up to Seattle for a visit.  This meant that we could get all 4 cousins - Alan, Amy, Eric & Rose - together.  Here's what happened when we went to Snappy Dragon for dinner:


A good time was had by all.  And - if you go there, be sure to try the homemade noodles with the Snappy Dragon Chow Mein and the black bean hot paste.  Yum!