Friday, May 22, 2015

California Historical Marker #245

Location of the Famous Mussel Slough Tragedy
California State Historical Landmark #245

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This landmark is located at 5833 14th Ave, between Everett and Elder Avenues, 1.5 miles southeast of Hardwick, California. There are 2 other California State Historical Landmarks in Kings County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 58.703 W 122° 50.604.

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California Historical Landmark #245

Here on May 11, 1880, during a dispute over land titles between settlers and railroad, a fight broke out in which seven men-two deputy U.S. marshals and five ranchers lost their lives. The legal struggle over titles was finally settled by a compromise.

California Historical Landmark #245

Kings County Landmarks


California State Historical Landmarks
in Kings County

NO. 206 EL ADOBE DE LOS ROBLES RANCHO
*NO. 245 Location of the Famous Mussel Slough Tragedy - [map] - {36.388794,-119.708817}
NO. 270 KINGSTON

List of California Counties

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ESPN 30 for 30 Shorts: The Anti-Mascot

Grant land and ESPN Films have released the thirty-third film in their 30 for 30 documentary short series.

30 for 30 Shorts: The Anti-Mascot

The latest film, directed by Colin Hanks, tells the story of how a bad team and an even worse idea were an ugly combination in San Francisco.


You can find The Anti-Mascot on the ESPN web site at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12876146.

More about the film at: http://espn.go.com/30for30/film?page=theantimascot.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Judge Fred J. Cassibry Square

I wandered by this waymark while we were in New Orleans.

Judge Fred J. Cassibry Square
Louisiana Historical Marker

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This historic place is located at 701 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, in the Parish of Orleans, Louisiana. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 29° 57.378 W 090° 03.974.

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Judge Fred J. Cassibry Square

Fred J. Cassibry (1918-1996), U.S. Navy WWII veteran, served on the New Orleans City Council, Orleans Civil District Court, U.S. District Court, E.D. La., and the Louisiana Economic Development and Gaming Corporation. Throughout his 40 years of public life, Judge Cassibry personified the definition of a dedicated public official. He never forgot he was a servant of the people. Square dedicated by 1999 La. Acts 708.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

So What Exactly Doomed Bill Simmons at ESPN?

So What Exactly Doomed Bill Simmons at ESPN? | Vanity Fair

ESPN president John Skipper found himself literally backed into a corner at the Minskoff Theater on Tuesday morning by reporters asking about his abrupt decision last week to set the network’s star columnist and commentator, Bill Simmons, adrift once his current contract expires this fall.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mad Men - Season Seven

Sharon and I watched the final episode of Mad Men. The seventh and final season of the television drama series Mad Men consists of 14 episodes split into two, seven-episode parts. The first part of season 7 begins in January 1969, several weeks after the Thanksgiving 1968 ending of season 6 and ends in July 1969. The second part of season 7 takes place between April and November 1970.

One of the things that I enjoyed about the first couple of seasons was how it tied the events of the 60's into the arc of the show. Unfortunately, the show somewhat moved away from this in the last couple of seasons.

The show ends with the groundbreaking 1971 "Hilltop" television advertisement for Coca-Cola, created by McCann Erickson. I didn't realize until this week that McCann Erickson was a real ad agency.

Sharon enjoyed the last season and the final episode a lot more than I did. While the quality of the production and the acting remained very good, I felt that the series lost its sense of direction in the last season plus.

After we finished watching the final episode, Sharon watched the pilot. Set in early 1960, it is astonishing how much cigarette smoking there is in the first episode.

All of my Mad Men posts can be found here, including:

[Mad Men - Season Five]
[Mad Men - Season Four]
[Mad Men - Season Three]
[Mad Men - Season Two]
[Mad Men - Season One]

Saturday, May 16, 2015

St. Francis versus Franklin

Sharon, Jack and I went to the St. Francis versus Franklin Sac Joaquin section D-1 girls soccer championship game at Cosumnes Oaks High School. Bridget plays forward for St. Francis.

St. Francis lost the game by the score of 3 to 0. Kristie said that they had split during the regular season, wining 1 to 0 and losing 3 to 1. Although Jack disagreed with me, St. Francis looked outmuscled. They spent most of the game on their heels playing defense.

I was fascinated by the fact that two of the Franklin players were playing with bubble wrapped arms. One of the Franklin forwards played with her forearm, wrist and hand wrapped in bubble wrap. Eventually drawing a yellow card, she seemed to be effectively using it as a club on the St. Francis players. I am curious about the rules regarding playing with a cast or a brace.

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After the game, Sharon and I had dinner at the Leto Cafe in Carmichael. The food was only so so. Sharon liked the live music.

Friday, May 15, 2015

ESPN FiveThirtyEight Signals: By The Numb3rs

FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films have released the four film in their Signals digital short series.

FiveThirtyEight Signals: By The Numb3rs

Personal trainers have been a part of professional sports for decades. Personal data analysts are newer.

As a trained mathematician, Justin Zormelo provided Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder with personalized analytics during Durant’s MVP season. And in his most recent undertaking, Zormelo is training a 17-year-old, 7-foot-1-inch Sudan native named Thon Maker.


You can find By The Numb3rs on the ESPN web site at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id= 12377719 .

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ESPN 30 for 30 Volume 3 Episode Guide

I have really enjoyed Volumes 1 and 2 of ESPN 30 for 30. An episode guide for Volume 1 is here; my ranking of those films is here. An episode guide for Volume 2 is here. In fall of 2011, ESPN ran a series of ESPN Films that continued the spirit of 30 for 30. A list of those film is here.

ESPN has announced plans to make more 30 for 30 episodes. Films for 30 for 30 Volume 3 include:

1. The rivalry between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield

2. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll

3. The Buffalo Bills’ four consecutive Super Bowl losses in the ’90s

4. Golf pro John Daly

5. Cleveland Sports fan by Kris Belman
It was only a matter of time. ESPN is dedicating an episode to Cleveland sports. Akron native Kris Belman, who did the LBJ documentary More Than a Game, will direct 30 for 30 on the Cleveland sports fan. ESPN Cleveland says this version of the outstanding documentary series will focus on the unique experience of being a Cleveland sports fan. Next year marks 50 years without a championship in Cleveland.
6. Joe Delany
ESPN's 30 for 30 to feature former Northwestern State two-sport All American Joe Delaney

5/14/2015 - ESPN announces plans to make 30 more ’30 for 30′ episodes

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

California Historical Landmark #134

I stopped here on my way home from last year's Petersen Shootout.

Donner Monument
California State Historical Landmark #134

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This site is located in the Donner Memorial State Park, Old Highway 40 at I-80 and Truckee exit, Truckee, California. There are 20 other California State Historical Landmarks in Nevada County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 39° 19.431 W 120° 13.877.

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California Historical Landmark #134

Commemorates the ill-fated Donner party of California-bound emigrants, who wintered here in 1846-1847, many died of exposure and starvation.

California Historical Landmark #134

Near this spot stood the Breen Cabin of the party of emigrants who started for California from Springfield, Illinois, in April, 1846, under the leadership of Captain George Donner. Delays occurred and when the party reached this locality, on October 29, the Truckee Pass Emigrant Road was concealed by snow. The height of the shaft of the monument indicates the depth of the snow, which was twenty-two feet. After futile efforts to cross the summit the party was compelled to encamp for the winter. The Graves cabin was situated about three-quarters of a mile to the eastward, the Murphy cabin about two hundred yards southwest of the monument, and the donner tents were at the head of Alder Creek. Ninety people were in the party and forty-two perished, most of them from starvation and exposure.

In commemoration of the pioneers who crossed the plains to settle in California

Monument erected under the auspices of the native sons and the native daughters of the Golden West.


California Historical Landmark #134

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nevada Historical Marker #72

I stopped here on my way home from last year's Petersen Shootout.

Nevada State Children's Home
Nevada Historical Marker #72

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This marker is located at 673 South Stewart Street, Carson City, Nevada. There are 25 other historical markers in Carson City County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 57.930 W 119° 50.390.

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Nevada Historical Marker #72


The Nevada Orphan's Asylum, a privately funded institution, was opened in Virginia City in May, 1867, by Sister Frederica McGrath and two other nuns of the Sisters of Charity. By 1870, most of its functions were taken over by the Nevada Orphans' Home at Carson City, authorized in 1869 by the Legislature and constructed on this site. The first child was admitted October 28, 1870.

In 1903, the first building gave way to a larger one, constructed of sandstone from the state prison quarry east of Carson City. This edifice, a Carson City landmark, served until 1963 as Nevada's home for dependent and neglected children. In the 1940's, its name was changed to the Nevada State Children's Home. During the 1950's, the name "Sunny Acres" was also used.

The stone building was in turn replaced in 1963, in accordance with the modern concept of family- sized groups housed in cottages.


Nevada Historical Marker #72

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Inside the Shocking, Abrupt Divorce of Bill Simmons and ESPN

Inside the Shocking, Abrupt Divorce of Bill Simmons and ESPN | Vanity Fair

The co-author of the definitive history of ESPN, Those Guys Have All the Fun, reports on how the network and its biggest star met their bitter end.

The network’s president John Skipper made it official on Friday when he told Richard Sandomir of The New York Times, “I’ve decided that I’m not going to renew his contract. We’ve been talking to Bill, and it was clear that we weren’t going to get to the terms, so we were better off focusing on transition.
I have been following Bill Simmons since his early days on the Page 2 section of the ESPN web site. Two years ago, Sports Illustrated ranked Simmons as the most powerful figure in the sports media.

Simmons has gone dark since ESPN made this announcement. He has remained silent on his social media sites. It will be interesting to see when and where he is heard from again.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Back from Reno

We packed up and were out of the hotel by 8:30 am and on the road back to the valley by 8:45 am. After stopping at the house, Jack and I took Bridget back to Elk Grove. Although I was a little under the weather, it was a nice quick trip to Reno [less than 24 hours!]. I really enjoyed getting a chance to see Drew.

For Mother's Day, Sharon wanted me to take her shopping. We had a drink and hors d'oeuvres at Seasons 52. Afterwards, she shopped at Black and White. This didn't work out quite the way she envisioned. I need to have a better plan for next year.

I cooked lamb chops on the rotisserie with mashed potatoes and green beans for Mother's Day dinner.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Milo Green and Foster the People in Reno


Sharon, Janie, Jack, Bridget and I took off just a little after noon for Reno. Milo Greene was opening for Foster the People at the Grand Sierra. After getting checked in, we linked up with the Gainsleys. I had gotten two rooms, including a large mini-suite for the girls. We hung out in the mini-suite. Eventually, we made contact with Drew, Nicky and Kyle.

At some point, we switched to the Gainsleys' room and then wandered down to the venue. Drew let us into the theater. We got a chance to watch Milo Greene set up and do their sound check. Foster the People wanted the room cleared when they did their sound check.

We took a group of seven to dinner at Charlie Palmers [short ribs]. After dinner, we dashed back, got our tickets and went into the theater. I really enjoyed the Milo Greene set. They played for about 45 minutes.

We got a chance to spend a lot of time with Drew and Nicky after Milo Greene played. We stood with them while Foster the People were playing. I had two observations about Foster the People. First, they were really loud. I was surprised by how much louder they were than Milo Greene. Maybe I am just getting old, but I am not sure what the point of how loud they were is. Second, they had an enormous light show accompanying their songs. I would hate to be the road crew that has to tear that down and set it up every day.

Struggling with a cold and feeling a little under the weather, I ended up back in the room and crashing before 11:30 pm. I was really nice to have a chance to see Drew and Nicky!


Friday, May 08, 2015

2015 St. Francis Jr. Prom

Jack and Bridget went to the 2015 St. Francis Prom. After pictures at our house, Kristi took them out to Rancho Murieta to join up with their group. In an odd twist, we were told that parents weren't invited to the house hosting the group. The prom was held at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex.


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Cerner SmartHospital and SmartRoom

I spent the day in presentations for the SHNV Cerner SmartHospital and SmartRoom implementations. After an overview of the SmartHospital project phases, prerequisites and timeline goals, Cerner presented an overview of CareAware Connect, AlertLink and TemperatureLink, Sotera reviewed Visi Mobile, and CenTrak highlighted the RTLS technology. Cerner finished the day reviewing the components of the SmartRoom project, including MyStation and Roomlink,

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

South Carolina Historical Marker #10-06

While we were exploring Charleston, I stopped at a number of South Carolina historical markers, including: Thomas Smith [#10-03], St. Philip's Church [#10-06], The Siege of Charleston, 1780 [#10-65], The Seizure of the Planter [#10-76], Kress Building [#10-79], Jonathan Jasper Wright Law Office [#10-82] and U.S. Courthouse and Post Office/Briggs V. Elliott [#10-85].

St. Philip's Church
South Carolina Historical Marker #10-06

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This marker is located at the 146 Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 32° 46.724 W 079° 55.758.

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South Carolina Historical Marker #10-06


Here in the churchyard of St. Philip's are buried/CHARLES PINCKNEY/(1757-1824)/Signer of the United States Constitution and author of the famous/"Pinckney Draught"/Governor of South Carolina/U. S. Senator and Congressman/Minister to Spain/EDWARD RUTLEDGE/(1749-1800)/Signer of the Declaration of Independence/Delegate to First and Second Continental Congresses/S. C. Legislator & Senator/Governor of South Carolina.

South Carolina Historical Marker #10-06

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

California Historical Landmark #683

Working out of St. Helena from January through May of 2015, I have started exploring California Historical Landmarks in Napa and Lake Counties, including: Site of Stone and Kelsey Home [#426], The Battle of Bloody Island [#427], Sulphur Bank Road [#428], Lower Lake Stone Jail [#429], Stone House [#450], Old Bull Trail Road and St Helena Toll Road [#467], Chiles Grist Mill [#547], Site of York's Cabin [#682], Site of Hudson Cabin [#683], Old Lake County Courthouse [#897] and Litto's Hubcap Ranch [#939]. I visited all seven of the California Historical Landmarks in Lake County.

Site of Hudson Cabin, Calistoga
California State Historical Landmark #683

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This landmark is located northeast corner of Highway 29 (Foothill Boulevard) and Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, California. There are 16 other California State Historical Landmarks in Napa County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 34' 31.3" W 122° 34' 49.3".

This site is not marked by a plaque. It is mentioned on the plaque for California Historical Landmark #682.

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David Hudson was one of the early pioneers who helped develop the upper portion of Napa Valley by purchasing land, clearing it, and planting crops and building homes. Hudson built his cabin in October 1845.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

2015 Jesuit Awards Convocation

2015 Jesuit Awards ConvocationSharon, Jack and I went to the 2015 Jesuit Awards Convocation. We went last year. Like last year, Jack got a General Excellence Award.

Jack also got one of the Junior Book Awards. They gave a number of awards by subject to outstanding juniors. Jack won the Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award from the University of Rochester. This award is for Humanities and Social Studies.

I wish that there was a list of who won which book award. I know that Matthew won the Science and Math award, but I am confused about which book award Marco won.

I am very proud of Jack's academic accomplishments!

2015 Jesuit Awards Convocation

2015 Jesuit Awards Convocation

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Walbeck Baseball Academy College Prep Player Evaluations

Jack spent Sunday afternoon at the 2015 16U and 18U college prep pre-summer season evaluations for the Walbeck Baseball Academy. The evaluations were held at El Camino High School. He has played for Matt's college prep teams for the last two summers.

There were about 50 boys trying out for the two teams. I was surprised to learn that Trevor and Niko were there. Jack played with them on the Gunners and Outlaws teams.

Great turnout this weekend for our #WBA evaluations, looking forward to our upcoming College Prep Summer Season! #walbeckbaseball #boysofsummer

Posted by Walbeck Baseball Academy on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Saturday, May 02, 2015

2015 Jesuit Jr Prom

Jack and Bridget went to the 2015 Jesuit Jr Prom. After pictures at our house, we went to Theo's house for group pictures. Although Jack had talked about some struggles with the group dynamics in the week leading up to the prom, I was surprised at how large the group was! The prom was held at the Del Paso Country Club with a buffet dinner.

2015 Jesuit Jr Prom

2015 Jesuit Jr Prom

2015 Jesuit Jr Prom

2015 Jesuit Jr Prom

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2015 Jesuit Jr Prom

From the group pictures, Kristy, Pat, Sharon and I went out to dinner at The Press.

Friday, May 01, 2015

California Historical Landmark #682

Working out of St. Helena from January through May of 2015, I have started exploring California Historical Landmarks in Napa and Lake Counties, including: Site of Stone and Kelsey Home [#426], The Battle of Bloody Island [#427], Sulphur Bank Road [#428], Lower Lake Stone Jail [#429], Stone House [#450], Old Bull Trail Road and St Helena Toll Road [#467], Chiles Grist Mill [#547], Site of York's Cabin [#682], Old Lake County Courthouse [#897] and Litto's Hubcap Ranch [#939]. I visited all seven of the California Historical Landmarks in Lake County.

Site of John York's Cabin
California State Historical Landmark #682

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This landmark is located southwest corner of Highway 29 (Foothill Boulevard) and Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, California. There are 16 other California State Historical Landmarks in Napa County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 34.506 W 122° 34.838.

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California Historical Marker #682


Among the first houses in this area was John York's log cabin, constructed in October 1845. Rebuilt as part of the home of the Kortum family, it was used as a residence until razed in 1930. Nearby was the cabin of David Hudson, also built in October 1845. Calistoga was named by Samuel Brannan.

California Historical Marker #682