Tuesday, May 31, 2005
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Monday, May 30, 2005
We finished up the Memorial Day weekend spending the afternoon and evening with one of the families from Jack's baseball team.
The boys had a great time hanging out in the pool and hitting whiffle golf balls. We had a wonderful time and a great dinner.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
On the way back, we stopped at Cache Creek Casino and Resort for dinner.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
Just after noon, she headed to Jack's school to serve as the art docent for his class. She and another parent taught Lesson H which discussed how artists use simple objects, such as flowers in vases, for still life painting.
The kids learned about two artists and their paintings: Carnations and Clematis by Edouard Manet [shown below]; and Sunflowers II and Vase of Flowers by Vincent Van Gogh.
For their art project, the class created a still life "stained glass" picture of a vase of flowers.
After Sharon finished up with the art class, she headed over to the church and spent the rest of the afternoon serving as a wedding coordinator for a wedding.
We finished up the day by going out to dinner at Red Robin.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
In her role as a wedding coordinator for the church, Sharon spent the evening working a wedding rehearsal.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
|Player||Annual Salary||Contract Thru|
|Skinner, Brian||$4,500,000||2007-08 (t)|
|Martin, Kevin||$872,046||2007-08 (t)|
|Thomas, Kenny||$6,000,000||2007-08 (p)|
|Mobley, Cuttino||$5,884,500||2005-06 (p)|
|Songaila, Darius||$1,600,000||2005-06 (p)|
|Jackson, Bobby||$3,150,000||2004-05 (t)|
(p) player option
(t) team option
Source: USATODAY.com - Basketball Salaries Database
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Last time I played this course, I knew I was in trouble from the minute I stepped on the driving range. I played much better this time. I had a 56 on the front nine and 52 on the back back for a 108. I hit thirteen of the fairways off the tee, sank a 34 foot putt on 16 and hit a 130 yard eight iron to within 6 inches of the pin on 18. Given how little I play, I felt very good about the day.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Sunday, May 22, 2005
As I have said before, I believe that brick and mortar record stores are going to have an increasingly difficult times competing with this type of technology.
Second, the article says:
It [Yahoo] is trying to kill the iTunes pay-per-title pricing model, replacing it with the subscription model that has emerged as preferred by the record companies. And at $6.99 Yahoo's move has to worry Apple.
I am still not convinced that I want a subscription model. I do not think that it matches my buying habits. I tend to buy a song here and an album there. I don't want to be committed to a monthly charge. I also do not understand why the record companies prefer a subscription model.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Friday, May 20, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
More than any other one this year, this game felt like it dragged on and on. The kids pitched to each other the whole game and all of the pitchers struggled with their control. On the other side, none of the kids were swinging the bat. As result, most of the at-bats stretched to the maximum number of possible pitches.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
I have not played since last September. Nevertheless, I had a great time. The format was a little different. Rather than a traditional scramble, you played best ball on the drive and then played your own ball from the spot of the best drive.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Monday, May 16, 2005
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Today marks the end of an epoch. I made my last child support payment to my ex-wife. I feel like I have been making these payments for an eon. In reality, it has been almost 14 years.
When my ex-wife has a net worth of more than $3 million, it is hard for me to understand how the legal system has required me to make payments to her for all these years. This is a person that essentially has not worked in more than ten years and supported herself from her assets.
I have reached this point unhappy with my relationships with Drew and Morgan. While I feel like I did a pretty good job being engaged in their lives through the 1990's, the last four years have been somewhat of a train wreck. Jack's birth, the move to Elk Grove and some personal struggles resulted in me being less focused on the big kids during some important times in their lives. I am going to pay a heavy price for this for a long time to come.
While I accept a great deal of personal responsibility for state of affairs with the big kids, my ex-wife owns a piece. I talk often to the people who work for me about good faith efforts. This includes being honest with people, making your best effort and not saying one thing and doing another. When you look in the dictionary under bad faith efforts, you will find a picture of my ex-wife. She has done everything she could to make sharing the kids a struggle of biblical proportions. Everything has always been about her. My ex-wife has never considered what might be in the best interests of Drew or Morgan; only what is in her best interest. She is without a doubt the most selfish and self-centered person I have ever known.
I worry about how my ex-wife's view of the world has impacted Drew and Morgan. She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and believes that the world owes her. For most of us in the real world, it takes a lot of perseverance to keep our heads above water. My ex-wife has never demonstrated any persistence at anything.
I also worry about the impact on Drew and Morgan of the several dozen (3 dozen?) boyfriends that she has dragged through their lives. I am afraid that they will be very cynical about relationships.
In the immortal words of an eleven year old when I asked whether the guy I had just met was their mom's new boyfriend or some dude, "Dad, they are all just some dude..."
My ex-wife's plans to marry each of the last three boyfriends, including buying property with one of them, are astonishing! The havoc resulting from the real property purchase is unbelievable. This is one of Drew and Morgan's role models for how relationships work?
Having ranted about all of this, I am not someone who agonizes about the past. I focus on the different roads that can be chosen going forward. As this period of history passes, I recognize that there are likely to be different struggles in the coming age, but damn does it feel good to know that I do not have to write her another check!
Saturday, May 14, 2005
We then met up at Sherry and Matt Bell's for a short visit. Jack swam in their pool, while the rest of us hung out in the backyard. Sherry and Matt served a great Chinese Chicken Salad and potsticker dinner.
Cutting our visit short, we rushed to Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills to catch Morgan performing in The Wiz! It was a great show. By the time, we got home and got everyone to bed it was after midnight.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Although there is not much interesting along Highway 99, I added a couple of more pictures to the Geobloggers site. At the Mossdale Crossing site last week, I stopped and read the California State Historical Markers. This started me thinking; as I wander back and forth across the countryside I may start looking for and mapping some of these sites.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Sunday, May 08, 2005
For Mother's Day, Sharon got a Murano Glass bracelet, a couple of DVDs and a paperweight and a paper flower that Jack made in class.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Friday, May 06, 2005
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
I stumbled across a very cool web site called Geobloggers that combines flickr and google maps using tags indicating the latitude and longitude. I switched to flickr as my primary moblog a couple of months ago.
Running with my Garmin Forerunner 201 at lunch, I took my camera phone. At the halfway point, I stopped and took some pictures and marked my location on the Garmin.
Links to the pictures are included below. By clicking on the link for a picture and then clicking on the small link labeled geotagged under the picture, you will get a google map of the location of the picture. You can use the controls on the google map to zoom in and out and see a satellite view!