July 6th, 2009


Alaska Trip Day 2, 3, 4: Still in Texas

July 4:

For the second day of our visit, we mostly just hung around my parents' house.

In the evening, we went to see Richardson's fireworks show. It was a pretty good show. Because of the flat land of Texas, we were able to see distant parts of ten other fireworks displays.

July 5:

Again, we hung around my parents' house instead of venturing out into the summer heat. (100°F or so.)

I managed to develop an IT solution for a problem of my father's. He is deeply addicted to a game called Frac, a Tetris-like packing game with three dimensions and pieces that are all X*X*Y boxes. This game was originally developed for DOS in 1990. It had worked fine until a lightning storm clobbered my parents' computers, and the new system dragged them into the 21st century with Windows XP.

I downloaded a DOS emulator DOSBox for Windows XP, and that ran Frac successfully. But it didn't support the mouse the way my father is used to. To handle that, I downloaded a mouse driver and ran it within DOSBox, and that gave him the mouse control he'd been missing.

Dinner was at the Celebration with the Guilds. Jaden Guild (Allison's new baby) was a very happy kid, with plenty of admirers. This turned out to be a sign of things to come.

July 6:

We spent most of the day in flight to Anchorage (with stops in Salt Lake City and Portland). Jaden was as well-behaved as one could hope for. He slept through every takeoff and landing. He got fans on every flight who were happy to hold him and play with him.