Tuesday, March 31, 2015

California Historical Landmark #426

Working out of St. Helena in January, February, March and April, I have started exploring California Historical Landmarks in Napa and Lake Counties, including: Site of Stone and Kelsey Home [#426], Lower Lake Stone Jail [#429], Stone House [#450], Old Bull Trail Road and St Helena Toll Road [#467], Chiles Grist Mill [#547], Old Lake County Courthouse [#897] and Litto's Hubcap Ranch [#939].

Site of First Adobe Home, Lake County
California State Historical Landmark #426

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This landmark is located at the inntersection of Main Street and Bell Hill Road, Kelseyville , California. There are 6 other California State Historical Landmarks in Lake County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 58.703 W 122° 50.604.

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California Historical Landmark #426

This home was built by Charles Stone and Andy Kelsey on land purchased from Salvador Vallejo. They forced Indians to do the construction work, causing much resentment. Finally, in the fall of 1849, the Indians killed both Stone and Kelsey - their remains are buried beneath this monument.

California Historical Landmark #426

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Monday, March 30, 2015

ESPN Films 30 for 30 Vol 2: Rand University

I watched Rand University. This is the twenty-fifth installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 volume II. An episode guide for Vol II is here. This is the last of the 30 for 30s that were released last fall.

The documentary follows Randy Moss’s progress from High School star to NFL draft pick. It focuses on the off the field troubles that plagued Moss’ high school and college years. The film touches on a number of issues, including poverty, race, education, maturity, drugs, growing up in a single parent home, and becoming a father at a young age. Interwoven into the story is a look at the lives of his high school teammates.

After overcoming troubles with the law and losing the opportunities to play at Notre Dame and Florida State, Moss revived his football career at Marshall University. The footage of Moss playing for Marshall is spectacular.

All that was good and troubling about Randy Moss materialized on the day of the 1998 NFL Draft. Twenty picks were made before the Minnesota Vikings selected him in the first round.

The title refers to the small West Virginia town where Moss grew up. Rand University spends a lot of the film focused on the way that the town of Rand, and its racial and economic tensions, affected Moss’ generation of high school athletes.

I really need to watch this 30 for 30 a second time. As I mentioned after reading Grisham's Gray Mountain, this is a part of the world that I have not had a chance to travel through. It is difficult for me to really wrap my brain around the poverty and racial strife portrayed in the film.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Janie for Dinner

We had Janie over for dinner. I barbecued a couple of tri-tips.

Sharon and Janie spent the afternoon and evening planning a trip for this fall. They had some interesting struggles trying to book some flights on United. These struggles include a couple of calls to call centers in India.

ESPN Films: It's Not Crazy, It's Sports - Most Valuable Whatever

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It's Not Crazy, It's Sports: Most Valuable Whatever.

Errol Morris’s fifth short for ESPN Films takes a look at the stranger side of sports memorabilia collecting with perspective from three very, very dedicated fans.


You can find It's Not Crazy, It's Sports: Being Mr. Met on the ESPN web site at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12409783.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wedding Celebration for Kay and Greg


Sharon and I drove over to the Los Positas Golf Course in Livermore for Kay's and Greg's wedding celebration. We had a nice evening. There was a large group of the Davis Rugby Mafia including Tomasins, Bachmans, Geselbrachts, Hunters, Ralichs, Greens, Lindsays and Wilsons.

At Kay's and Greg's wedding celebration

Friday, March 27, 2015

California Historical Landmark #897

Working out of St. Helena in January, February, March and April, I have started exploring California Historical Landmarks in Napa and Lake Counties, including: Site of Stone and Kelsey Home [#426], Lower Lake Stone Jail [#429], Stone House [#450], Old Bull Trail Road and St Helena Toll Road [#467], Chiles Grist Mill [#547], Old Lake County Courthouse [#897] and Litto's Hubcap Ranch [#939].

Old Lake County Courthouse
California State Historical Landmark #897

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This landmark is located at 255 North Main Street, Lakeport, California. There are 6 other California State Historical Landmarks in Lake County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 39° 02.628 W 122° 54.945.

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California Historical Landmark #897

This brick courthouse, constructed by A. P. Pettit in 1870-71, was one of the few buildings in the vicinity to survive the 1906 earthquake with only minor damage. It served Lake County as a seat of government from 1871 until 1968. Precedent-setting trials on water rights were held here, along with the 'White Cap' murder trial in 1890.

California Historical Landmark #897

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ad Lib

DinnerSharon and I had dinner at Ad Lib. This is the Thomas Keller pop-up restaurant currently staffed by the French Laundry employees. It is located in the Silverado Resort in Napa.

We had a very nice dinner that included prime beef short-rib wellington for two, braised garden greens, and roasted garden turnips. Sharon said afterwards that she enjoyed the meal, but still loves Ad Hoc.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

South Carolina Historical Marker #10-65

While we were exploring Charleston, I stopped at a number of South Carolina historical markers, including: The Siege of Charleston, 1780 [#10-65] and Jonathan Jasper Wright Law Office [#10-82].

The Siege of Charleston, 1780
South Carolina Historical Marker #10-65

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This marker is located on King Street, at the northwest corner of Marion Square near Hutson Street, Charleston, South Carolina. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 32° 47.207 W 079° 56.209.

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The British capture of Charleston in May 1780 was one of the worst American defeats of the Revolution. On March 30-31 Gen. Henry Clinton’s British, Hessian, and Loyalist force crossed the Ashley River north of Charleston. On April 1 Clinton advanced against the American lines near this site, held by Gen. Benjamin Lincoln’s Continentals and militia. The 42-day siege would be the longest of the war.


South Carolina Historical Marker #10-65


As Gen. Charles Cornwallis closed off Lincoln’s escape routes on the Cooper River, Clinton advanced his siege lines and bombarded Charleston. On May 12, 1780, in front of the American works near this spot, Lincoln surrendered the city and his force of 6,000 men, after what one British officer called “a gallant defense.” The British occupied Charleston for more than 2 1/2 years, evacuating Dec. 14, 1782.

South Carolina Historical Marker #10-65

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

To Healdsburg

Working out of St. Helena, I headed to Healdsburg after work on Monday afternoon. I caught up with Tomasin at John and Zeke's. Walking into the place, we ran into Chris.

Eventually, we headed to Tomasin's house in Windsor. Tomasin, Julie, Mikey, Chris and I finished the night having take-out mexican food and watching the Warriors blow out the Wizards.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Future Stars

On Sunday afternoon, 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. This is our fifth session [9/9/2013, 1/14/2014, 9/24/2014, 1/25/2015].

The session focused on developing a potential list of colleges. We walked through a list of more than 300 colleges in the United States. Based on Jack's feedback to a survey about the characteristics that he is looking for in a college, we cut the list down to 31 colleges. Jack will be working with Scott in April to start researching these colleges and further refine the list. We are already starting to plan a couple of trips to visit colleges.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2015 Jesuit PACE Gala & Auction


Saturday night, Sharon and I went to the Jesuit Red & Gold Gala. This is the third year that we have gone [2013, 2014]. The event includes a silent auction, a dinner and a live auction.

We ended up at an odd table; we were with a group of sophomore class parents right in front of the jazz band... We had Jack take us and pick us up.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yule's Birthday Party

Saturday afternoon, Sharon and I made a quick trip out to the Hunter Stallion Station. Hunter was throwing a party birthday for Yuli. We got a chance to catch up with Hunter, Robbie and Lauren and take a quick peek at the pig they were cooking. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay long; we headed back to Carmichael to get ready for the Jesuit Red and Gold Gala dinner and auction.

Cooking a pig for Yuli's birthday party

Friday, March 20, 2015

South Carolina Historical Marker #10-82

While we were exploring Charleston, I stopped at a number of South Carolina historical markers, including: The Siege of Charleston, 1780 [#10-65] and Jonathan Jasper Wright Law Office [#10-82].

Jonathan Jasper Wright Law Office
South Carolina Historical Marker #10-82

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This marker is located at 84 Queen Street, Charleston, South Carolina. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 32° 46.674 W 079° 55.953.

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South Carolina Historical Marker #10-82


Jonathan Jasper Wright (1840-1885), the first African American in the U.S. to sit as a justice on a state supreme court, practiced law here from 1877 until his death in 1885. Wright, a native of Pa., was educated at Lancasterian Academy in Ithaca, N.Y. He came to S.C. in 1865 as a teacher for the American Missionary Association and also worked as an attorney for the Freedmen’s Bureau.

South Carolina Historical Marker #10-82


Wright wrote that he hoped to “vindicate the cause of the downtrodden.” He was a delegate to the S.C. constitutional convention of 1868 and a state senator 1868-70. Wright, elected to the S.C. Supreme Court in 1870, resigned in 1877 due to political pressure. After he left the bench he practiced law, helped Claflin College found its Law Department, and became its Chair in Law. He died of tuberculosis in 1885.

South Carolina Historical Landmark #10-82

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Milo Greene at 2015 SXSW

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

California Historical Landmark #939

Working out of St. Helena in January, February, March and April, I have started exploring California Historical Landmarks in Napa and Lake Counties, including: Site of Stone and Kelsey Home [#426], Lower Lake Stone Jail [#429], Stone House [#450], Old Bull Trail Road and St Helena Toll Road [#467], Chiles Grist Mill [#547], Old Lake County Courthouse [#897] and Litto's Hubcap Ranch [#939].

Litto's Hubcap Ranch
California State Historical Landmark #939

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This landmark is located at 654 Pope Valley Road, 2.1 miles northwest of Pope Valley, California. There are 16 other California State Historical Landmarks in Napa County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 38.197 W 122° 27.189.

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California Historical Landmark #939

This is one of California's exceptional Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments. Over a period of 30 years, Emanuele 'Litto' Damonte (1896-1985), with the help of his neighbors, collected more than 2,000 hubcaps. All around Hubcap Ranch are constructions and arrangements of hubcaps, bottles, and pulltops which proclaim that 'Litto, the Pope Valley Hubcap King,' was here.

California Historical Landmark #939

California Historical Landmark #939

California Historical Landmark #939

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ESPN 30 for 30 Shorts: The Billion Dollar Game

NOTE: Pete Carill spent a number of years as an assistant coach for the Kings. There is a picture of Jack with Coach Carill here.

Grantland and ESPN Films have released the thirty-first film in their 30 for 30 documentary short series.

30 for 30 Shorts: The Billion Dollar Game

The latest film, from Nick Guthe, looks at the 1989 NCAA tournament basketball game between #1 seed Georgetown Hoyas and the Ivy League champion and #16 seed Princeton. Led by coach Pete Carill, Princeton looked to upset Georgetown. The game would change March Madness as we know it.


You can find The Billion Dollar Game on the ESPN web site at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12455166 .

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

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Monday, March 16, 2015

2015 Charleston Day 4

Sharon started her conference on Monday afternoon, while I traveled back to Sacramento at the end of the day.

After a quick breakfast at Starbucks, we headed out. The first stop was the Charleston Museum. The Charleston Museum is billed as the oldest museum in the United States. It was founded in 1773 and opened to the public in 1824. We did a quick walkthrough.

The tour guide talked on Saturday about how South Carolina was a major rice growing state. Both Sharon and I were surprised by this fact. Apparently, for almost the first 190 years of rice production in the US, the principal producers were South Carolina and Georgia. The museum had several exhibits highlighted rice growing in the state's early history.

From the museum, Sharon and I walked around the corner to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. We did a 45 minute audio tour. This house was a little different. Rather than working to restore the house to its original condition, the house shows the changes and wear of its 200 year history.

Sharon didn't like the tour. She felt like it was not safe and that the slave quarters and the house were going to collapse underneath her!

Taking a route that we had walk before, we headed to Blossoms for lunch. Sharon had a Jumbo Lump Crab Tostada Salad, while I had Lump Crab & Fried Green Tomato BLT.

Back at the hotel, Sharon went to the opening of her conference, while I packed. About 2:00 pm, I caught a taxi to the airport. I took a 4:40 pm flight from Charleston to Chicago and then a 7:00 pm flight from Chicago to Sacramento. We landed in Sacramento about 9:45 pm. By the time I collected my luggage and drove home, it was 10:45 pm.

I would go back to Charleston…

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2015 Charleston Day 3

UntitledUp earlier than previous mornings, we had breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, we walked to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist for a 9:30 am Mass.

We had two plans for the day. First, we had to change rooms. We had an upgraded room for the first two nights on the concierge floor, but we needed to switch to one of the rooms in the block that has been reserved for Sharon's meeting. When we got back from Mass, we stopped at the front desk and they actually had a room ready for us. We packed up our stuff and moved. Although a little smaller, this room had a cool view of King Street.

Second, we planned to visit Fort Sumter. After we got settled, we walked down King Street and Calhoun Street to the ticket office for the Fort Sumter tours. We ran into two problems. First, the next tour started a little later than I thought. Second, there was no place nearby for lunch.

After buying tickets, we walked back towards King Street. We ended up having a great lunch in the bar at Jean de Rue. We had a very sociable bartender from Boston.

We wandered back to the dock after lunch. We caught the boat out to Fort Sumter. It was a great afternoon with temperatures in the low 70s. The ride out on the boat had some great views of Charleston and the Cooper River Bridge. Once at the fort, we listened to a ranger presentation for about 10 minutes before spending the rest of the hour exploring the fort. During the ride back from the fort, there was a lone dolphin swimming in the front of the boat.

Back at the dock, we walked to the Bar at Husk. After a drink and some taunting text messages to the Gainsleys, we headed back to the hotel to get cleaned up for dinner.

We finished the night with dinner at the Peninsula Grill. The food was good, but the staff was odd. Both the waiter and the sommelier seemed more than a little hyperactive. We started with oysters and a wedge salad and had sea scallops and rack of lamb as main courses.

Fort_Sumter

Saturday, March 14, 2015

2015 Charleston Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, we wandered down to the Mills House Hotel. The plan for the morning was a walking tour of the city. Working with the hotel concierge on Friday night, we had booked a walking tour. The tour that the concierge recommended was actually full so we ended up with Charleston Strolls. This turned out to be fortuitous; we were the only two people on the tour!

We got a great two hour private tour of the city. We covered the area of the old walled city. I was very impressed. Charleston was founded here in 1680. For comparison, New Orleans was settled in 1718; we spend a long weekend in New Orleans last year.

After the tour, we grabbed lunch at the bar at High Cotton. We split a Grilled Chicken Salad and Fried Oysters Florentine.

Wandering back up Market Street, we headed to the Nathaniel Russell House. Built in 1809 for $80,000, the house is widely recognized as one of America's most important Neoclassical houses and features three important geometric designs: a front rectangular room, a center oval room, and a square room in the rear. The house also includes a three story elliptical spiral staircase. We took a guided tour of the house.

Heading back to the hotel, we had a leisurely late afternoon at hotel. I hung out in concierge lounge and worked on a status report.

After a drink in the Thoroughbred Club, we ended the night with a late dinner at the Charleston Grill in the hotel. We had Seared Foie Gras and Charleston Grill Crab Cake as appetizers and Braised Pork Shank and Seared Flounder as entrees.

Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 Charleston Day 1

Sharon and I caught a 12:30 am United flight from Sacramento to Houston, Texas. Waiting for the flight to board, we sat down next to Kyle, a friend of Drew's and Morgan's. We had seen Kyle at Drew's birthday party in November.

Arriving at Houston at 6:00 am, we had a longest walk to the terminal for the regional jets. We boarded a small regional jet (2 seats on one side and 1 on the other) to Charleston, South Carolina. The flight was supposed to leave at 7:20 am, but with the crew showing up late, it was more like 7:40 am before we took off. The flight got us to Charleston about 11:00 am.

By the time we collected our luggage and got a taxi to hotel, it was just after 12:00 pm. In a pleasant surprise, they actually had a room ready for us. We will be spending a couple of nights at the Belmond Charleston Place.

After dropping our bags in the room, we spent some time talking to the concierge about our plans for the next couple of days. Sharon had already made some reservations for dinner for the next three nights last weekend. We also got some tour information.

After some discussion, the concierge made us a lunch reservation at Magnolias. We split a great lunch of fried green tomatoes, down south egg roll and shellfish over grits.

After lunch, We wandered into Waterfront Park and out to the end of wharf. From there, we meandered through the oldest part of town back towards the hotel with a couple of art gallery stops.

Trying to recover from the red eye, we both took a couple hour nap. Getting cleaned up, we enjoyed the lounge on the concierge floor. Eventually, we walked to Coast Bar and Grill for dinner. We had a great meal of assorted Cerviches, Grouper and Yellow Fin Tuna.

After dinner, we wandered back up King Street to the hotel and crashed. I am looking forward to exploring the city over the next couple of days….

Thursday, March 12, 2015

To Charleston, South Carolina

Sharon and I are heading to Charleston, South Carolina for a few days. Sharon has a business conference starting there on Monday. Last year, the conference was in New Orleans and we ended up with a big group including the Gainsleys, Janie and Mary plus a bushel of Larkins. This year, it will be just Sharon and I.

Charleston is not the easiest place to get to… We debated for some time what flights to take and eventually decided to take a red eye. Leaving for the airport a little before 10:30 pm, we will be catching a 12:30 am flight to Houston and then a connection from Houston to Charleston. It is going to be a long night.

Milo Greene at The Sinclair in Boston

ESPN Films: It's Not Crazy, It's Sports - Being Mr. Met

Grant land and ESPN Films have released the fourth short film in their It's Not Crazy, It's Sports series. An episode guide is here.

It's Not Crazy, It's Sports: Being Mr. Met.

In Errol Morris’s fourth of six shorts for ESPN Films, we learn, through a former Mr. Met, what it’s like to be a mascot — to be beloved, but voiceless — and what happens to one’s identity when the time comes to take the suit off.


You can find It's Not Crazy, It's Sports: Being Mr. Met on the ESPN web site at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12394742 .

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

California Historical Landmark #547

Working out of St. Helena in January, February, March and April, I have started exploring California Historical Landmarks in Napa and Lake Counties, including: Site of Stone and Kelsey Home [#426], Lower Lake Stone Jail [#429], Stone House [#450], Old Bull Trail Road and St Helena Toll Road [#467], Chiles Grist Mill [#547], Old Lake County Courthouse [#897] and Litto's Hubcap Ranch [#939].

Chiles Grist Mill
California State Historical Landmark #547

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This landmark is located on the southwest corner on hillside, Chiles and Pope Road and Lower Chiles Valley road, 3.6 miles north on Highway 128, St. Helena, California. There are 16 other California State Historical Landmarks in Napa County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 32.111 W 122° 20.239.

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California Historical Landmark #547

Joseph Ballinger Chiles, who first came to California in 1841, erected the mill on Rancho Catacula 1845-56. The first American flour mill in Northern California, it was still in use in the 1880s. Chiles served as a vice president of the Society of California Pioneers, 1850-53.

California Historical Landmark #547

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring IT Directors Workshop 2015 Day 2

I spent the day at day two of the Spring IT Directors Workshop. The agenda included: Morning Inspiration, Cerner-Q&A; Finance; the Corporation and IT; Future of Tech; Change; PACS; Physician Report; Engagement, and; Closing.

ESPN Films: It's Not Crazy, It's Sports - The Streaker

Grant land and ESPN Films have released the third short film in their It's Not Crazy, It's Sports series. An episode guide is here.

It's Not Crazy, It's Sports: The Streaker.

For more than 22 years, the eyes of the world have gazed upon Mark Roberts’s ass. Errol Morris’s third of six shorts for ESPN Films introduces us to the infamous streaker who has ran naked through the world’s most prestigious sporting events.


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