Friday, March 26, 2010
I know this is all out of sequence, but the day before we left Hawaii, we took a whale watching tour. Here's Leo driving the boat. Unfortunately, Leo managed to lose his cookies halfway through the tour, and right before we finally saw the whale.
When they explained the story to me, Por-por told Leo she didn't understand what was going on and why he wouldn't answer her or move. She didn't know he "had batteries". Leo replied, "I'm a complicated boy".
A couple days ago, Paul was remarking about Leo's abilities to do all kinds of grown-up stuff. Paul asked Leo what he wasn't good at. Leo replied, "I'm not good at working a computer or driving a car."
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
President Barreda today received a delegation of representatives of the IEA
THE AGENCY THE INTERNATIONAL OF THE ENERGY STUDIES IN CASTILLA-LA MANCHA HOW TO ADVANCE IN THE INTEGRATION OF THE WIND ENERGY IN THE MAINS
The encounter of the IEA in Toledo supposes a recognition to the autonomic power model, based on the development of the renewable energies and the extension of the infrastructures that allow that development. Representatives of the Agency the International of Energía (AIE) today indicated their satisfaction to the power to celebrate in Castilla-La Mancha, concretely in Toledo, his 9º Scientific Encuentro that he will allow them, according to said the coordinator of the group, the Finnish Hannele Holttinen, to know the production systems of wind energy developed in the Independent Community and to try to advance thus in this field.
“Spain interests to us particularly since we know that it has a high level of penetration concerning the production of wind energy, therefore hoped that this encounter is very fruitful, because it does not give the opportunity to come and to work with the systems that already exist here”, indicated Holttinen after the encounter that the representatives of the IEA maintained with the president of Castilla-La Mancha, Jose Maria Barreda, in Toledo.
Indeed, Barreda remembered that, within Spain, Castilla-La Mancha is Community Independent pioneering in which to production of energies clean refers, while it remembered that the objective of the regional Government is to be able to produce, in 2012, more renewable energies of the consumed amount.
“And we are going to continue working in that direction, because we think that it is the suitable way”, among others pointed president Barreda, who did not want to take leave without before giving the welcome to Castilla-La Mancha to the delegation formed by 25 participants coming from 14 countries worldwide like Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Spain, the United States or Norway.
Against this background, Barreda explained to the representatives of the IEA the important effort that Castilla-La Mancha is also realising in the development the dependent clean energies of the sun, like photovoltaic and termosolar, while it remembered that it is being experienced with biomass to give value to forest products “and of having in better conditions our mounts and to agriculture”
“But of course we are developing and much the Aeolian energy because it has a great potential”, it pointed the president, who hoped that the encounter of the IEA in Toledo concludes successfully “because without a doubt it is important to improve the systems of wind energy so that it is still more efficient”.
Recognition to the autonomic power model
The encounter of the Agency the International of the Energy in Castilla-La Mancha supposes a recognition to the autonomic power model, based on the development of the renewable energies and the extension of the infrastructures that allow that development. The Agency the International of the Energy is an international organization created by the Organization for the Cooperation and the Economic Development (the OECD) after the crisis of the petroleum of 1973, that it looks for to coordinate the political energetics of his Member States in order to assure reliable energy, purchasable and clean one. Its initial objective era to coordinate the measures that will be necessary to assure the supplying petroleum, particularly in emergencia situations, with the purpose of to sustain the economic growth of their members. At present, after the changes undergone in the markets of the energy, the Agency worries about the three more excellent aspects of the political energetics: security energetics, economic development and protection of the environment.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Leo relied, "If you don't want to make me grow up, you have to give me CAFFEINE!"
Friday, March 12, 2010
Leo: "We could just take the whole store. Wow - Giant Lollipops (they are 1 lb, $20 lollies)! Now this is what I call LIFE!"
Tonight we were doing some art. Leo's sleeve narrowly missed a blob of paint. I pointed it out to him. He replied, "Yeah, I know it. I see it. Do you think I'm blind or something?" The attitude can't get worse than this.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
He also had his first ski lesson today. My Hawaiian colleagues were here for work so I took them snowboarding and put Leo in ski school. He did GREAT! He went down the gently sloped kid area (with the magic carpet) 15-20 times. He didn't know how to stop so on his first run, he ran right into the fence. My dad has video of him trying to figure out how to turn around (he steps on his ski and then his boot comes out of the ski, then he takes off the other ski to fix them, then he lines them up along the fall line and attempts to get into his skis but every time he tries to get the second ski on, he starts sliding down the fall line). He was so excited about skiing and said he wants to go on the ski lift next and that he wants to come back. He also told me that when he carried his skis back to the lodge that he was even faster than the teacher. It was a great experience.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday - can't start on a Monday
Tuesday - come in for one hour with parents
Wed - come in for one hour by himself
Thurs - come in for two hours
Fri - three hours, etc
So Leo did one hour today and loved it. He immediately got along with a boy and a girl his age and was explaining to them that the picture of a clam in an ocean book was a kind of flatworm. I asked him later what he thought of the new school and he said he liked it and that when he went back to Hawaii, he wanted to take this new school with him. I asked him what he liked about the new school. He said it was more challenging. They have moon sand.
I'm so glad he is doing well with the transition. Of course he has his Poppop and Porpor to take him around to all the museums while this transition is happening. Meanwhile, I'm trying to rewrite the executive summary for my three year study, give incoherent presentations on it nearly every day, prepare three presentations for a DOE peer review next week, run a solar meeting with another lab tomorrow, and have the Hawaii guys up to our lab on Monday all day for more meetings, and deal with movers and meetings at Leo's new school before heading to Spain in a couple weeks. I'll be lucky to escape the next month unscathed.