Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hunter's Wedding Weekend Day 3


Saturday morning, a group finished the Hunter Wedding weekend with breakfast at Lucky Cafe. From there, the Nooters and Wallens headed to the airport, while the Geselbrachts headed to San Francisco.

It was great having the Nooters stay with us. I enjoyed having a chance to catch up with Nooter and Barb.

Sunday afternoon, Sharon, Jack and I headed to Palo Alto. We will be touring Stanford University on Monday. After checking into a Sheraton, we finished the day with tapas and paella at Joya.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hunter's Wedding Weekend Day 2


After breakfast on the deck, Nooter, Barb, Sharon and I walked about 2 1/4 miles through the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. While the rest of us ran some errants, Sharon headed to the Apple Store to get her new iPhone working. Just before lunch, I went out for a quick 3 mile run.

While Sharon was on her way back from the Apple Store, Nooter, Barb and I picked up lunch at Bella Bru. Nooter and I had made an executive decision earlier to take a cab to Hunter's wedding. After a quick bite, the cab showed up about 2:00 pm. We got to the Hunter Stallion Station about 2:50 pm. On the way there, we made bets about when the wedding would start. The evite said 3:00 pm on it.

Amazingly, the ceremony started about 3:10 pm. My prediction was 4:15 pm. Barb was closest with 3:15 pm.

After the ceremony and some time visiting with everyone, they served dinner. I think that it was the same caterer that Hunter used for his birthday party.

It was a nice turnout. The group included the Wallens, Nooters, Geselbrachts, Charbiers, Lindsays and Wilsons plus Moore. We missed the Tomasins who had a conflict with a family event. I enjoyed having a chance to catch up with a number of people.

Noot and I had the cab pick us up about 10:00 pm and we were home about 10:45 pm.

Bobby and Yuli Pic #2


Bobby and Yuli Pic #1

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hunter's Wedding Weekend Day 1

Rob and BarbWith Hunter's wedding on Saturday, there were a surprising number of people converging on Sacramento. The Nooters flew in from the east coast on Friday afternoon. I don't believe that the Nooter have been on the west coast since July of 2002.  Racing to get back from meetings in Sonora, I got home about 20 minutes before they got there.

It was very nice to have a chance to catch up with Nooter and Barb before everyone else got there. We have not seen them since we were in Washington DC in 2011.

We hosted a dinner for the Nooters and the Wallens on Friday night. We had invited a number of other people (Snipes, Tomasins, Chabiers and Moore), but it ended up just the six of us plus Jack. Snipes was still sick and recovering from their trip to Europe…

Sharon made a great dinner of salad (roasted pear), steaks, grilled vegetables and baked potatoes.

After dinner, Geselbracht and Barb showed up. They had dinner with Dalton.  We finished the night with the eight of us lounging in the front room.

The Nooters spent the night with us. The Wallens stayed in a hotel off of Cal Expo and Tribute with the Brady Bunch next store and the Flinestones upstairs...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 Jesuit High School President's Club Dinner

Sharon and I went to the 2013 Jesuit High School President's Club Dinner. We ran into the Laskins, the Murphys and Denny Dalton.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

California Historical Landmark #499

Back working in Sonora in June, July, August, September and October, I started exploring the California Historial Landmarks in Calaveras County. Sites that I visited included: San Andreas [#252], Fourth Crossing #258, Chili Gulch [#265], Carson Hill [#274], Robinson's Ferry [#276], Angels Camp [#287], Red Brick Grammar School [#499], Angels Hotel [#734] and Birthplace of Archie Stevenot [#769].

Red Brick Grammar School
California State Historical Landmark #499

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This landmark is located at the Division of Forestry Station, 125 North Main Street, Altaville, California in Calaveras County. There are 40 other California State Historical Landmarks in Calaveras County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 05.041 W 120° 33.682.

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California Historical Landmark #499


This brick building, erected in 1848 with funds raised by a dance in the Billiard Saloon of the N.R. Prince Building (which still stands, 1955) is one of the oldest schools of California. It was in use until 1950, when it was replaced by the Mark Twain Elementary School in Altaville.

California Historical Landmark #499

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Christian Service Immersion Information Night

Sharon, Jack and I went to the Jesuit High School Christian Service Immersion Information Night. There were presentations on each of the twelve different service immersion trips planned for Summer of 2015. They also talked about the application process for immersion candidates.

Trips in development include:
  • Bay Area (San Jose, Menlo Park, Salinas), May 31-June 5
  • Chiapas, Mexico, dates tentative May 29-June 6
  • Guatemala (International Samaritan), June 6-14
  • Kansas City (Jerusalem Farm), May 31-June 6
  • Los Angeles (Skid Row), June 14-20
  • New Orleans (St. Bernard Project), May 31-June 6
  • Nicaragua, May 28-June 6
  • Portland (L’Arche and St. Andre Bessette Parish), June TBD
  • Sacramento Urban Immersion, May 31-June 5
  • Spokane (L’Arche and Free Rein Therapeutic Riding), June TBD
  • Spokane Indians, June TBD
  • West Virginia (Nazareth Farm), June 14-20 to be confirmed

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Eighteen Years

Sharon and I were married eighteen years ago today. Typically, we have tried to celebrate our anniversary with an overnight trip. Given all of the balls in the air, including the fall dinner party, Hunter's wedding and a trip to Stanford, we decided to stay close to home.

Taking part of the day off, Sharon and I had an early lunch at Mothers. Afterwards, we exchanged gifts at the Esquire Grill. I got Sharon a Kindle Paperwhite.

We went to Gone Girl in the afternoon. Sharon had loved the audio book. I hadn't read anything about the book or the plot so I didn't know what to expect. It is definitely better to not know where the story is going. Overall, I would give the movie a solid "B." Running two hours and twenty minutes, I found it a little slow in spots.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

2014 Fall Dinner Party Menu

Remembering New Orleans
Fall in the Big Easy





Smoked Andouille Sausage
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Pat O’Brien’s
Famous Hurricanes



Turtle Soup
Cornbread Biscuit
Wild Clover Honey
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2012 Anne De K
Alsace Pinot Gris



Shrimp Remoulade
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2013 Tavel
Chateau de Segries Rose



Southern Peach Sorbet
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Champagne Floater



Crawfish Etoufee
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2013 Belle Glos
Russian River Valley
Dairyman Pinot Noir



Bananas Foster
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2003 Chateau Doisy
Vedrines Sauternes



Café du Monde Coffee



Saturday, October 11, 2014

2014 Fall Dinner Party

Sharon and I have made it a tradition to host a fall dinner party [2013, 2012201120102009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003]. This year, the group included the Gainsleys, Sanborns, Larkins, Renterias and Janie. John Cunningham came late with Cole after Cole's water polo game.

The theme of this year's dinner revolved around our trip to New Orleans. The menu is here.


It has become a tradition to finish the night with Dinner for One.

It was a late night. It was after 12:30 am when Tiber, Sharon, I walked the Larkins and Gainsleys to the front gate to catch a cab.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Virtually Biking Across America - Day 100

Day 100

On Day 100, I rode 22.9 miles across central Missouri. I started the ride at the corner of Highway 50 and Twin Ridge Road in Linn, Missouri. Staying on Highway 50 except a mile detour along Road 822, I finished the ride at the intersection of Road 19 and 22.

After hundreds of miles of flat road, the terrain has started to change a little. Much of the ride was through some wooded rolling hills.

Virtually Biking Across America - Day 100

The trip log for Virtually Biking Across America is here.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

ESPN 30 for 30 Shorts: The Great Trade Robbery

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

30 for 30 Shorts: The Great Trade Robbery

The latest film, from Stuart Zicherman, tells the story of how the trade of one player built a dynasty ... for the other team.


You can find The Great Trade Robbery on the ESPN web site at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11619469.

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

Monday, October 06, 2014

California Historical Landmark #734

Back working in Sonora in June, July, August, September and October, I started exploring the California Historial Landmarks in Calaveras County. Sites that I visited included: San Andreas [#252], Fourth Crossing #258, Chili Gulch [#265], Carson Hill [#274], Robinson's Ferry [#276], Angels Camp [#287], Red Brick Grammar School [#499], Angels Hotel [#734] and Birthplace of Archie Stevenot [#769].

Angels Hotel
California State Historical Landmark #734

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This landmark is located northeast corner of Main Street and Birds Way, Angels Camp, California in Calaveras County. There are 40 other California State Historical Landmarks in Calaveras County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 04.114 W 120° 32.359.

You can log your visit to this landmark at waymark.com.

California Historical Landmark #734


The canvas hotel that C. C. Lake erected here in 1851 was replaced by a one-story wooden structure, and then in 1855 by one of stone - a second story was added in 1857. It was here that Samuel Clemens first heard the yarn that was later to bring him fame as Mark Twain, author of The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

California Historical Landmark #734

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Milo Greene at the Warfield in San Francisco


With Milo Greene back on the road to start promoting their new album, Sharon and I headed to San Francisco. Sharon had made a reservation for dinner at an italian restaurant near Castro and 18th Street. Unfortunately, this turned out to be ground zero for some kind of giant street fair. We spent almost an hour trying to get to the restaurant and find some parking before giving up.

Frustrated, we headed towards the Warfield Theater. We ended up parking about a block from Union Square. Searching in OpenTable, Sharon found a reservation at Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak. We had a very nice dinner; we shared Korean Barbecue Short Ribs, an Angus filet and a bottle of Foxen Pinot Noir.

After dinner, we walked about 4 blocks to the theater. I was frankly shocked at the number of homeless and how dirty the city was once you got a couple of blocks away from Union Square. When we were in New York last fall, I don't remember anything like this.

Picking up our tickets at will call, we walked into the theater just as Milo Greene was beginning to play! We bumped into Nicki; she came up from Los Angeles on the Sprinter.

Milo Greene played for about 45 minutes. I really enjoyed the set. Afterwards, Sharon and I visited with Drew and Nicki in the Green Room under the stage. It was great to see them.

In a bizarre surreal moment, we were getting ready to leave. Drew, Sharon and I were walking and talking. All of a sudden, I realized that we were standing in the wings of the stage while the Bombay Bicycle Club was playing…

Sharon and I wandered back to the car and wound our way home. It was after 12:30 am on Monday morning by the time we got home.

Milo Greene Sound Check at the Warfield

Saturday, October 04, 2014

2014 Jesuit Homecoming

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For the third year in a row [2012, 2103], Jack went to the Jesuit Homecoming. He went with Bridget. Sharon and I picked up Bridget and her friend Marie at Marie's house and took the three of them to Granite Bay.

After pictures, the kids took off for dinner at Paul Martin's and then to the dance. Sharon and I spent some time visiting with Ethan's parent before having a late dinner at Mikuni's in Roseville. Having dinner, we watched Brandon Belt hit a home run in the top of the 18th to win game two of the MLB playoff series versus the Nationals.

Jack, Bridget, Alex and Marie ended up at our house after the dance. We eventually took the girls back to Marie's house. Alex spent the night.

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There are more pictures here.

Friday, October 03, 2014

ESPN 30 for 30 Soccer Stories - The Myth of Garrincha

Running on the treadmill, I watched The Myth of Garrinca. This is one of the 30 for 30 soccer stories that ESPN was running leading up to the 2014 World Cup. An episode guide is here.


In 1958 and 1962, Garrincha won the FIFA World Cup with the Brazil national team. At the 1962 World Cup, with Pelé out injured, he led the team to victory, received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament, the Golden Boot as leading goalscorer, and was named in the World Cup All-Star Team. In 1994 he was named in the FIFA World Cup All-Time Team. Brazil never lost a match while fielding both Garrincha and Pelé.

The success Garrincha enjoyed on the football pitch was in stark contrast to his personal life. He drank heavily throughout his adult life. After a series of financial and marital problems, Garrincha died of cirrhosis of the liver in an alcoholic coma in Rio de Janeiro.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Virtually Biking Across America - Day 99

Day 99

On Day 99, I rode 21.1 miles across central Missouri. I started the ride on Highway 50 near the corner of East Elm and Houchin Streets in Jefferson City. Crossing the Osage River, I followed Highway 50 all the way to the corner of Highway 50 and Twin Ridge Road in Linn, Missouri.

The trip log for Virtually Biking Across America is here.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Liz's Progress on the Way of St. James - Day 21

We got another great email titled Flat and clickety-clack from Liz on Tuesday as she travels along the Camino de Santiago. Clickety-clack refers to the noise that the walking sticks make. She has made it to Terradillos del los Templarios. This is the halfway point between St. Jean de Pied and Santiago de Compostela.


An interactive version of the map of Liz's journey is here!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

California Historical Landmark #287

Back working in Sonora in June, July, August, September and October, I started exploring the California Historial Landmarks in Calaveras County. Sites that I visited included: San Andreas [#252], Fourth Crossing #258, Chili Gulch [#265], Carson Hill [#274], Robinson's Ferry [#276], Angels Camp [#287], Red Brick Grammar School [#499], Angels Hotel [#734] and Birthplace of Archie Stevenot [#769].

Angels Camp
California State Historical Landmark #287

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This landmark is located northeast corner of Main Street and Birds Way, Angels Camp, California in Calaveras County. There are 40 other California State Historical Landmarks in Calaveras County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 04.105 W 120° 32.365.

You can log your visit to this landmark at waymark.com.

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Founded in 1849 by George Angel, who established a mining camp and trading store 200 feet below this marker. A rich gravel mining area and one of the richest quartz mining sections of the Mother Lode. Production records of over 100 million dollars for Angels Camp and vicinity. Prominent in early day California history. Townsite established in 1873. The locale of Mark Twain's famous story, The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Frequented by Joaquin Murieta, Black Bart, and other early-day bandits.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Slow Motion - Jack in the batting cage

As the coach discussed in Feburary, Jesuit is shifting from fall baseball to winter baseball this year. With the longer layoff this fall, I have been making sure that Jack is in the batting cage at least once a week working on his swing.


Slow motion from heringermr on Vimeo.