Monday, August 31, 2015

Milo Greene in Portland, Oregon

Milo Greene in Portland, Oregon

Drew and a few of his closest friends in an intimate setting down by the waterfront [8.21.15 : Portland, OR].

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Celebrating Jack's 17th Birthday [Nate and Sam's Wedding Day 3]

Celebrating Jack's 17th BirthdayUp before 6 am, we packed up the room, got in the rental car and headed back to SeaTac Airport. It was an easy early Sunday morning drive. We dropped the car at the rental car terminal and breezed through the luggage check and TSA pre screening. I had prepaid for the bags on Saturday. Given what Alaskan charged me for the bags coming and going, I am not sure that it wouldn't have been cheaper to fly Southwest.

It was an easy flight home. The flight was ahead of schedule and we were home before noon.

At one point, we had considered going to the Cardinals versus Giants game at ATT Park for Jack's birthday. I think that we were all glad that we didn't try to tack this on the end of the weekend.

Bridget spent the afternoon at the house. She and Jack spent some time in the pool. Bridget gave Jack a new bathing suit for his birthday.

We finished day with the chinese food, cake and presents on the back deck. Jack ordered enough food for eight people! I got him a projector and a Georgetown shirt, while Sharon got him a boom box.

Celebrating Jack's 17th Birthday

Celebrating Jack's 16th Birthday

Celebrating Jack's 15th Birthday

Celebrating Jack's 14th Birthday

Celebrating Jack's 13th Birthday

Celebrating Jack's 12th Birthday

Celebrating Jack's 11th Birthday and a party

Celebrating Jack's 10th Birthday

Celebrating Jack's 9th Birthday and a belated party

Celebrating Jack's 8th Birthday plus a party and a photo album

Celebrating Jack's 7th Birthday plus a party and a photo album

Celebrating Jack's 6th Birthday plus a party and a photo album

Celebrating Jack's 5th Birthday plus a photo album

Celebrating Jack's 4th Birthday and a party

Celebrating Jack's 1st Birthday Party

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Nate & Sam's Wedding Day 2

At Nate and Sam's wedding #marrynateandcelebrate

Moving slowly after late night, Sharon and I had breakfast in the hotel while the kids slept. Afterwards, we walked down to Fountain Park. The wedding was scheduled to be held outside in the park. The park has some cool fountains. With the wind and the rain picking up, this seemed increasingly unlikely.

Back at the hotel, I lost a game of cribbage to Drew, while Jack lost to Nicki. Nicki then beat Drew to win the morning round. It is interesting to see Drew, Nicki and Jack playing cribbage. Cribbage is really a legacy of Lake Almanor. Drew and Jack watched Tomasin, Wallen and I play for almost 30 years.
Sam and Nate #marrynateandcelebrate
Eventually, we took a group including Drew, Nicki, Jack, Hunter, Yuli, Snipes, Julie, Tomasin, Sharon and I to the Boat Shed for lunch. The weather continued to get worse. At some point, we got a text message saying that the wedding had been moved inside.

After lunch, I was walking through the downtown to catch up with Snipes and Tomasin when I bumped into Wallen. I helped him unload his truck and then ran a shirt up to Nate in his room. Wallen and I then tracked down Snipes, Tomasin and Hunter. The five of us headed back to the Kitsap Conference Center. The preparations for the wedding and the reception were in full swing. In one of the most unlikely scenarios, Tomasin and I ended up tying lace ribbons on chairs for the wedding!

Drew, Nicki and Jack spent most of the rainy afternoon playing cribbage in the room.

Heading back to the room, everyone got cleaned up and walked back to the conference center for the 5 pm wedding ceremony. Drew played a couple of songs as the wedding party and then the bride came down the aisle.

At the reception, Sharon and I ended up at a table with Chabrier and Kay, Hunter and Yuli and another couple. There were more than 200 people at the wedding and the reception. It was a great evening!

The kids had gone back to the hotel before Sharon and I. When Sharon and I started to walk back, it was pouring. We called Drew and he came and got us in the rental car. With an early start planned for Sunday morning, we crashed fairly early.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Nate & Sam's Wedding Day 1

Sharon, Jack and I got a 11:55 am Alaskan flight from Sacramento to SeaTac. We will be spending the weekend in Bremerton for Nate Wallen's wedding. Although we didn't connect with them, Snipes, Joy, Tomasin, Julie, Hunter and Yuli were all on various flights that landed at SeaTac around the same time.

On the ground about 1:35 pm, we grabbed our luggage and caught the shuttle to the rental car terminal. Heading to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the fun began. There was a car fire on I-5 just before the turnoff to the bridge and then a car in the median on Highway 16 near Gig Harbor. The world is a parking lot... As a result, it was about 4:15 pm by the time we got to the room. We are spending two nights at the Fairfield Inn in Bremerton.

About 6:30 pm, we headed to the Wallens. They hosted a fairly big crowd for a rehearsal dinner. Although it was raining lightly, the Wallens had tents set up in their backyard. Jack and I went out and picked up Drew and Nicki at some point in the evening. They had taken an airporter from SeaTac to Bremerton. It was a nice evening; lots of Wallens, friends of Nate and Sam and others from out of town.

Although they were originally planning to stay at the Wallens, Drew and Nicki ended up going back to the hotel with us. Luckily, I had gotten a large two bedroom suite for the weekend; it had a enough room for the five of us.

When we got back to the hotel, I ended up going out with Tomasin and Snipes. I didn't get back to the room until 1:30 am!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

California Historical Landmark #604 revisited

Walking through Old Sacramento to the River Cats game on Friday night, a historical plaque caught my eye. Although I had finished mapped all of the California Historical Landmarks in Sacramento County almost six years ago, I hadn't remember seeing this plaque before. It looks like it has only been put in place in the last year.

I have updated the page for the Site of the Sam Brannan House [California Historical Landmark #604] with the new plaque.

California Historical Landmark #604

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Masonic Temple Philadelphia

After dinner on the first day of the East Coast College Tour, Sharon and I wandered by this waymark exploring the area around Penn Square and city hall.

Masonic Temple Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Historical Marker
National Register of Historic Places #1971000727

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Masonic Temple Philadelphia

The 1873 Masonic Temple, a National Historic Landmark, is home to the Grand Lodge of Pa. Its lodge rooms, featuring varied architectural themes, and its stonework are widely acclaimed. Its prominence in size and location reflects Free-masonry’s importance in American history.

Masonic Temple Philadelphia

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Brunch

Drew and Nicki spent the night with us after the Milo Greene Show on Saturday. We invited Morgan over to join us for brunch on Sunday morning; she bought her laundry. Sharon made a nice breakfast of huevos rancheros.

We had a leisurely morning. Although Jack took off to go wakeboarding on the river, Drew, Nicki and Morgan hung out until about 1:30 pm. It was really nice to have everyone in the same place and have a chance to visit! With Morgan living on the East Coast, I don't think that the five of us have been in the same place since December of 2011.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Milo Greene at Harlow's

Saturday afternoon, we met the Foys and Rod and Kathy at Zocola's for an early dinner. Liz showed up just as we were finishing dinner. Jack and Bridget had dinner across the street at Paesanos.

From there, we wandered over to Harlow's to see Drew's band Milo Greene. It has been more than three years since we have had a chance to see Milo Greene play in Sacramento.

Madison Sipes played for about 30 minutes; Drew is working on producing an album for her. Milo Greene then played for about an hour and twenty minutes.

There was a nice crowd, including the Tomasins (John, Julie, Chris, Mikey, David plus Stephanie), the Snipes (Kurt, Joy, Keith, Craig), the Hunters, the Bachmans, the Foys, the Sanborns, Lee Ann and Dean, Deborah and Cole Cunningham, the Santanas, Rod and Kathy, Liz, Janie et al. I really appreciated the show of support for Drew and the band.

We had a chance to visit and take some pictures after the show. Drew and Nicki ended up spending the night with us. They rolled up about midnight.

Friday, August 21, 2015

2015 River Cats versus Zephyrs

Rivercats 14, Zephyrs 3 with Snipes and Tomasin

After meeting Tomasin and Snipes at the Plainfield Station on my way home from St. Helena, I headed home to change and then caught up with them at the River Cats game. We had some great seats [Section 113, Row 13, Seat 6, 7 and 8]. The game was sold-out.

Mac Williamson went 4 for 4 with a home run, a double and four RBIs as the River Cats crushed the New Orleans Zephyrs 14-3 to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 12 games.

Jarrett Parker added a home run, a triple and three RBIs in Sacramento’s 15-hit attack.

New Orleans tied the score 3-3 with one run in the sixth inning, but the River Cats erupted for four runs in the sixth, five in the seventh and two in the eighth.

We finished the night at the Back Door Lounge in Old Sacramento.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ESPN 30 for 30 Shorts: Delaney

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

30 for 30 Shorts: Delaney

The latest film, directed by Grant Curtis, tells the story of a man who seemed to have everything, but sacrificed it all for a chance to save people in distress.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the Dry Creek Store

After work, I drove through Calistoga, up the Alexander Valley and across Highway 101 to the Dry Creek Store. I met Tomasin there.

We eventually headed to their house in Windsor for dinner. Tomasin barbecued a tri-tip for dinner.

I enjoyed the Dry Creek Store. I always enjoy Tomasin's company.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015


Morgan is starting a year long teachers program at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks. Sharon, Jack and I had her and Bridget for dinner. Sharon made chicken cordon bleu.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


After dinner on the first day of the East Coast College Tour, Sharon and I wandered by this waymark exploring the area around Penn Square and city hall.

Pennsylvania Historical Marker

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Founded by William Penn. Laid out in 1682. Chartered a city, 1701. Pennsylvania's capital until 1799; the nation's to 1800. County was one of Pennsylvania's original three, formed 1682 and consolidated with city in 1854. Name means "City of Brotherly Love."

Friday, August 14, 2015

Frame Family Function

With Erin and Dylan moving to Southern California for Dylan to start college, the Frames got together for dinner at Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Midtown. The group included Tom, Kevin, Eric, Tim, Kathy, Eileen, Will, Erin, Dylan, Jack, Sharon and I.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Chinaman's Chance by Ross Thomas

I finished reading Chinaman's Chance by Ross Thomas. I bought the book after hearing Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald mention the book on their Grantland Hollywood Prospectus Podcast. They were previewing the second season of True Detective.

Set in Southern California, the plot of the book includes the fiction town of Pelican Bay which has some similarities to the True Detective Season 2 town of Vinci. Like True Detective season two, the book also includes the murder of a politician. One side note, Sharon and I stopped watching the second season of True Detective after episode three. I am not sure that we will ever pick it back up and finish the last five episodes.

I don't know where to start to talk about Chinaman's Chance. Set in the 1970s, the principal characters are two orphans; one of the orphans is a pretender to the Imperial throne of China. By the way, this pretender to the Imperial throne of China is married to a descendant of the Scottish kings?!? The plot includes everything but the kitchen sink. There is a millionaire, a female folk group from the Ozarks, money hidden during the Vietnam War, some kind of secret spy agency and the Mafia. This is just a start of the list of the plot elements.

Initially, I kind of enjoyed the book. As I got further into the story, I liked it less. The plot is such a mishmash of stuff that it felt outlandish. I didn't dislike the book. I just don't' recommend it. I rated three stars out of five in Goodreads.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Future Stars

Jack, Sharon and I spent an hour at Future Stars with Scott Hamilton. Future Stars is a college counseling center designed to guide families through the college admissions process. In addition to a parent admission forum, this is our sixth session [9/9/2013, 1/14/2014, 9/24/2014, 1/25/2015, 3/23/2015].

The focus on the meeting was finalizing the college list and walking through the calendar for this fall. The next four months are where this investment is really going to pay off. Scott will be working directly with Jack on reviewing the essays. Additionally, Jack will completing and submitting the applications while working with Scott a couple of times a month in small groups.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Twelve States plus Washington DC

Talking during our east coast college tour, we realized that Jack is going to visit twelve states plus Washington DC this summer.

As part of his immersion, he visited Kansas and Missouri.

During the Wharton Sports Business Academy, he visited Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

On the east coast college trip, we added Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Washington DC.

We are going to finish the summer with a trip to Washington state for Nate's wedding.

Although Sharon wouldn't let us count them, Jack changed planes in airports in Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina!

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