June 08, 2005
Wife Goes On
Amy's officially off to Virginia. She and I drove down this past weekend (averaging 55 mpg the whole way, thanks to the Prius), and spent the weekend playing with the nieces.
The weekend was a lot of fun, despite getting off to a rocky start. First, a little background: The French word for "Uncle" is "Tonton", which is pronounced "tahn-tahn". "Tahn-tahn" is also how you pronounce the name of one of the creatures from Star Wars.
As both a Star Wars fan and a French Uncle, I've always gotten a kick out of this. However, upon arriving at Amy's folks house, we find the girls playing with two of these toys they got at Burger King:
Now, as any Star Wars fan worth his space-salt can tell you, the Wampa Beast is the sworn enemy of the Tauntaun. In fact, according to this site:
With a crushing blow from its clawed hand, a wampa is strong enough to snap the neck of even a hardy tauntaun.
Luckily, the omen had no ill-effect for the rest of the weekend, and we had a lot of fun playing such games as "Make Tonton Kevin Eat Grass", "Pass the Spoon", and the unfortunately-translated "Captain Crochet" (doesn't have quite the same ferocity as its English version: "Captain Hook")
On Sunday I came back, and now I'm all by my lonesome.
I had planned to set up Amy's parents' computer while I was there, so we could video chat when I got back to NY. This way we could see each other, probably save on some phone bills, and my nieces won't forget who I am.
I had first tried videoconferencing about eight years ago, but the whole experience was so flaky and frustrating I haven't tried it again until now. But I figured it had been long enough, and surely the technology powers-that-be had worked out all the glitches.
Well, apparently, the technology powers-that-be have been doing Jello shots for the past eight years, because it's still flaky and frustrating, but now with prettier graphics. By the time we got everything up and running, we were both too tired to really use it. So we quit and went to bed. Maybe future sessions will be easier.