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Here is an article from the Daily Newsminer discussing the ARSC’s possible loss of it’s DoD contract and the laying off of most of the 46 employees. Most of whom I know and have worked with in the past. This is terrible news and I hope something comes along to change this from happening.

Daily News Miner

I heard rumors and spoke with some of the players at Supercomputing. This isn’t coming as a surprise, more like a slow nightmare I think.

ARSC was my first Super Computing center. I helped build and maintain the IBM systems icehawk, iceflyer, and iceberg. 3 1/2 years of my life were working there. I have a lot of fond memories of the place, people, and life there.


For the last 17 years the town of Pacific Grove has put on a “Snow in the Park” event down in Caledonia Park. It’s where they bring in a snow machine and cover the basketball court in a big pile of snow for the kids to play in. There’s also a smaller pile at the other end of the park for the littler kids.  Then there is the Kids crafts and gifts down at the retirement center, the Masons lodge does kid identification and cookies, Santa shows up on the fire truck, etc. A lot of little events surrounding the Snow event.

I was worried that no one was going to show up this year. The event was supposed to start at 10AM and I finally got out of bed at around 8:30 to the sound of rain hitting the roof. Uh Oh. It was raining pretty good too.

I chatted with Molly and Nora and we decided we would give it a go anyhow, seeing as the park is only about a mile from us. We drive down and are happy to see the number of kids playing/swarming the snow pile and parents huddled under their umbrellas.

Here’s the view as we walk down to the park.

From Monterey Living

Understand, the whole Snow in the Park is a pile of snow on a basketball. But the kids have a blast.

From Monterey Living

This year the rain was pretty bad so all of the adults were standing around hiding under umbrellas.

From Monterey Living

Then Molly took a snowball/iceball to the face.

From Monterey Living

A fat lip and bloody nose later and we called it a day. Headed down to Lynn and Chucks restaurant SeaHarvest for some hot chocolate and to warm up. All in all the girls seemed to have a pretty good time at the event.

This is one of the reasons we tried so hard to get back into Pacific Grove after moving back from Scotland. It’s such a small town. Events like this get half the town out to support it. Our Parade of lights Thursday night had about 20 groups marching in the whole parade, and the streets were packed with people to be here for it. Drinking coffee/hot chocolate, chatting with friends and neighbors, having a good time.

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