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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Sunday, August 09, 2015

2015 East Coast College Tour Day 10

Up at 5 am, we packed up the room, got the car and headed to the airport. One of the odd things about booking the trip was that it was a lot cheaper to pick up the rental car in downtown Philadelphia than it was to pick it up at the airport. It cost about 45% of what we were quoted for getting the car at the Philly airport.

We got a 7:40 am United flight from Boston to Denver. Changing planes, we had a 11:30 am flight from Denver to Sacramento. We were back in Sacramento by 1:00 pm and home by 2:00 pm. It was a series of uneventful flights home.

We have a meeting with Future Stars on Wednesday night to work on the list of colleges where Jack will be applying.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

2015 East Coast College Tour Day 9

Bunker HillWhile Jack watched Tottenham play the first game of the Premier League Season, Sharon and I walked to Starbucks for some breakfast. The plan for the day was to walk the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston.

From the hotel, we walked up to the Visitor Center in the Boston Commons. The trail is actually marked on the sidewalk. We made a number of stops including: Massachusetts State House; Shaw Memorial; Granary Burying Ground; King's Chapel; Ben Franklin Statue; Old Corner Book Store; Faneuil Hall; Paul Revere House; Old North Church; and, Bunker Hill.

After we got to the Old North Church, we looped back to the Union Oyster House for lunch. The Union Oyster House started serving in 1826. It is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the US. The building dates from 1742.

At Bunker Hill, Jack and I climbed 300 steps to the top of the monument. From there, we walked back to the hotel. My Withings iPhone app showed that we walked 23,400 steps and 11.2 miles.

Once we got back to the hotel, I took off to explore the wharf and then headed to the Quincy Market. Sharon eventually caught up with me at a restaurant called Cheers.

We finished the night with a late dinner at Strega Ristorante. I had one of the specials: Zuppa di Mare. It was very good. In fact, I was so focused on my dinner that I have not idea what Sharon or Jack had for dinner. Afterwards, we stopped along Hannover Street for some gelato.

Friday, August 07, 2015

2015 East Coast College Tour Day 8

After breakfast in the concierge lounge at the hotel, we grabbed the car. We have our last two college tours of the trip. The first stop of the day was Northeastern. I was surprisingly impressed by this school. They have an intern program that they call Co-op that mixes traditional classes with work experience. I was more than a little appalled that their slideshow was cut off on both sides of the screen...

2015 East Coast College Tour Day 8 - Northeastern

We had an interesting lunch at Summer Shack. Sharon and I split oyster and lobster sandwiches.

We spent the afternoon at Tufts College. For the informational part of the program, Tufts had one person speak for almost an hour. While he was well-spoken, an hour is a long time; I had trouble staying awake. It is a nice campus, but I don't think that it is the right place for Jack. It is probably the only college that we visited this week where I wouldn't even encourage to apply.

2015 East Coast College Tour Day 8 - Tufts College

While not quite as bad as Thursday night driving back from Boston College, it probably took us 45 minutes to drive 6 miles back to the hotel. I just can't believe the amount of traffic.

We finished the night with a late dinner at Mama Maria in the North End. I had lobster pasta, while Sharon and Jack had rabbit pasta.

I was amazed at the amount of people on the streets in the North End. All of the bars and restaurants were packed!