Wednesday, February 28, 2007

2007 Kings versus Bobcats

John Cunningham and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Charlotte Bobcats basketball game. The Kings pulled away in the fourth quarter and won by a score of 135 to 120.

Bibby hit six 3-pointers in the second half. Overall, the Kings shot an amazing 64% from the field. Kevin Martin ended up with 36 and Bibby had 30 points.

I have always enjoyed watching Gerald Wallace play, but tonight I was fascinated with Walter Hermann. I have never seen a player in an NBA game who looked more like he did not belong on the court than Hermann did. It was almost comical.

Ron Artest did not play for the Kings, while Emeka Okaor did not play for the Bobcats.

Moblog Kings versus Bobcats

Bad is better than average?

Sports - Bad is better than average? -
Now there are the Kings, once good enough to be minutes, if not seconds, away from a trip to the Finals and a probable victory against overmatched New Jersey, but within years unable to get out of the first round and now struggling for a ninth consecutive playoff spot. They have conceded the roster renovation needs to begin.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

CA Historical Landmark #461

Site of California's First State Capitol
California State Historical Landmark #461

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This landmark is located in the City Plaza Park in the 100 block of South Market Street in San Jose, California. There are 42 other California State Historical Landmarks in Santa Clara County.

Directly opposite this tablet was located the first State Capitol Building, in which California's first Legislature assembled in December 1849. San Jose was the seat of government from 1849 to 1851.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Drew's Winter 2007 Schedule

Drew's Winter 2007 schedule at the University of California, Irvine includes:
  • Drama 50A Costume Design - An introduction to the process and procedures employed by the costume designer for the theatre. The elements of design are discussed in the context of character development, historical period, and style. Exercises extend to drawing, rendering, and investigation of human proportions.
  • Linguistics 10 Intro to Phonology - Basic concepts in phonetic description and phonological analysis.
  • Drama 166C Musical Theatre III - Scene study and song repertoire examined by era for the advanced music theatre student. 1970s-present: new forms and Broadway opera.
  • Drama 100 University Theatre: Polariod Stories - Rehearsal and performance in a faculty-directed production. By audition only.

Apple TV now due March 20

Apple TV -- now due mid-March - Engadget

I ordered an Apple TV from the Apple store the day that they went on sale. The shipping date was changed today from February 28 to March 20. I got this email:

To Our Valued Apple Customer:

Thank you for ordering the new Apple TV, an easy to use and fun way to wirelessly play all your favorite iTunes content from your Mac or PC on your widescreen TV.

Wrapping up Apple TV is taking a few weeks longer than we projected, and we now expect to begin shipments in mid-March, not in February as originally anticipated.

We appreciate your business and thank you for shopping at the Apple Store!

The Apple Store Team

iPhone Commercial

Apple's iPhone Commercial from the Academy Awards

Sunday, February 25, 2007

2007 Academy Awards Party

Sharon hosted an all-girls 2007 Academy Awards Party.

NBA Beat

Sports - NBA Beat: Trade inactivity might have hurt Nets most -
The decision by Doug Christie to bail on the Clippers before the end of a 10-day contract was strange even by Christie standards, with his publicist sending a note to the team during the All-Star break, one of the few times during the year the offices are empty.

Danz defeats Bland

Sports - Ponderosa's Danz defeats Bland in final -
It was easily the most anticipated match of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Wrestling Tournament. Ponderosa High School's Justin Danz, the state's top-ranked 171-pounder, and Central Catholic's Louis Bland, ranked second, did not disappoint. Danz won a thrilling 5-4 decision Saturday for the section crown in what was widely believed to be a state final preview.
Justin is Kaylen's youngest brother.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

2007 Basketball Game 7

Jack played in his seventh and final Little Dribbler's Basketball game of the 2007 season. The game was played at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish School. The is the grammar school where Sharon's nephews Kevin and Eric went to school. Her brother, Tom, Becky and Eric came to see Jack play.

With Eric in the stands, Jack came out shooting in the first period. He missed his first three shots and his teammates failed to score on the first three passes that Jack threw to them. At that point, Jack was less than pleased.

Fortunately, Jack settled down in the next three quarters. He ended up with eight points and about five assists. According to Eric, Jack's team won by a final score of 72 to 58.

The love has faded

Sports - Ailene Voisin: Feelings are clear: The love has faded -
So for the closing weeks, Bibby and the Kings will live like an estranged couple sharing a house until the kids turn 18. The atmosphere figures to be uncomfortable at best. At worst, everyone in the locker room will be miserable.

Friday, February 23, 2007

2007 Indoor Soccer Game 5

Jack played in his fifth soccer game of the 2007 winter indoor season. This was the championship game for the league. Before the game, they had all of the kids line up and they introduced all of the players by name. Jack played forward for about 10 minutes of the first half and then played goalie for about 25 minutes of the 40 minute game.

The other team scored about 5 minutes into the game and led 1 to 0 at halftime. Jack's team scored about 5 minutes into the second half to tie the score at 1 to 1. The other team then scored with about 5 minutes left in the game and went on to win by a score of 2 to 1.

Jack's team kept up the pressure the whole game; the ball was in the other team's half of the field more than 3/4's of the game. Unfortunately, they just could not get the ball into the goal.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

February 2007 Cub Scout Pack Meeting

Jack and I went to the February Cub Scout Pack Meeting at Kings Skate. Typically, the pack has a blue and gold dinner in February for the second year Webelos, but there are not any graduating webelos this year so they had a skating party instead. I even rollerbladed a little.


3rd Grade: Art Lesson D

Sharon spent the morning as the art docent for Jack's class. The lesson expanded the student's ability to identify and discuss the art element line. The kids learned that artists make many different kinds of lines and how artists use lines to show ideas such as motion, mood or emphasis. The class looked at three painting: Jane Avril by Henri Toulouse Lautrec; Lyric (Man on Horse) by Wassily Kandinsky [shown below], and; Purple Robe by Henri Matisse.

Their art project included a worksheet to draw their own interpretation of various types of lines and then creating some squiggle art.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Song for 1992

In 1992, a couple of us wandered upstairs to the fourth floor of Arco Arena after a Kings game. I can't hear Love Shack by the B-52s without thinking of the that night and smiling...

The 1992 song is Love Shack.

CA Historical Landmark #599

Crocker Art Gallery
California State Historical Landmark #599

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This landmark is located at 216 O Street in Sacramento, California. There are 57 other California State Historical Landmarks in Sacramento County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 34.643 W 121° 30.362.

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This building was erected in 1870 to house the private art collection of Judge and Mrs. E. B. Crocker. The building and its contents were donated to the City of Sacramento in 1884 by Mrs. Crocker.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Birthday Dinner

We went to dinner at Buca di Beppo with Sharon's family to celebrate Tim and Eric birthdays.


2007 Amgen Tour of California

I spent the afternoon working out of the data center. About 2:00 p.m., I walked down to the corner of 18th and P Streets and watched the Tour of California. Once they crossed the Tower Bridge, the cyclist did three laps around a course in downtown Sacramento. Sharon made a last minute decision to come downtown. She watched the race from the corner of 9th and Capitol.

Tour of California
Tour of California

Monday, February 19, 2007

20 mile training run

As training for the American River 50, I took advantage of the President's Day holiday to take a long run. I ran 20 miles in 3 hours and 40 minutes. This works out to a pace of 11:01 minutes per mile. I tested some different strategies. I ran 20 to 30 minutes at a stretch and then walked 5 minutes; this approach really seemed to help my legs. I also experimented with eating a couple of different food while I was running to see how my stomach would react. Overall, I felt pretty good about the workout and optimistic that I can actually cover 50 miles in April.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Crocker Art Museum

Sharon, Jack and I spent the afternoon at the Crocker Art Museum. The trip killed a couple of birds with one stone. Jack worked on an extra credit project for school and accomplished one of the requirements for his cub scout bear badge. I believe that this was the first time that I had ever been to the Crocker.

One of the current exhibitions is titled: Yosemite 1938 - On the Trail with Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe. It includes more than 50 pictures that Ansel Adams took on a ten day trip through the Yosemite.

The exhibit also includes some photos that Adams took in the Rocklin area. I was surprised to see a photo of the Whitney tomb. I have a picture that I took of the tomb on flickr. It is located just off the Whitney Oaks golf course near the 11th green.

2007 Basketball Game 6

Jack played in his sixth Little Dribbler's Basketball game of the 2007 season. The game was played at St. Mel School in Fair Oaks. Only eight players of the seventeen players showed up for the game. As result, Jack got to play a lot.

Jack had a double double, eleven points and ten assists. He was passing the ball extremely well. Jack had several other passes that his teammates failed to convert or he might have had 13 or 14 assists. Although they do not keep score, Jack said that they won by a score of 84 to 48.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

More Napa

The girls spent another day in Napa wine tasting with stops at Peju, Murphy-Goode, Hanna and Ferrari-Carano. They had dinner at the Martini House. Rather than get back to Sacramento late, they decided to spent another night and come home early on Sunday. They spent the night at Eagle and Rose Hotel in St. Helena.

Friday, February 16, 2007

2007 Indoor Soccer Game 4

Jack played in his fourth soccer game of the winter indoor soccer season. He played goalie in the first half. Most of the first half was played in the other end of the field. Jack only had two plays: he got beat on a one on one breakaway to allow one goal and made one other stop. At the end of the first half, his team led by the score of 4 to 1.

Jack played forward and fullback in the second half. He scored two goals. On Jack's second goal, he kicked the ball and it bounced around off the wall and the other teams players before slowly rolling behind the goalie and into the net.

His team won by a final score of 7 to 1. Their record is now 5 wins and 0 losses. This was the semi-final game. Next week's game is for the league championship.

To Napa

Back from Tahoe, Sharon, Janie, Jeana and Mary Maloney took off for Napa. They wined tasted at BV and St. Supéry, had dinner at Julia's Kitchen and spent the night at the Meritage Resort.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Great Backyard Bird Count

Today's Scientific American's 60-Second Science Podcast talked about the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 16 to 19, 2007. Jack and I will spend at least 15 minutes this weekend counting birds!

Spooner Lake

Sharon and Mary Maloney took off for Spooner Lake. They stayed in one of the backcountry cabins. They had to snowshoe into the cabin.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Mary Maloney

Mary Maloney is in town for a few days. Sharon picked her up at the airport, while I picked Jack up from basketball practice. The four of us had dinner at Table 260. After dinner, Sharon, Jack and I exchanged Valentine's Day presents.

Next door to Table 260 is the Black Horse Pub & Grill. It was not open. Talking to a couple outside while we waited for our table, it appears that this place has shut down. This is not particularly surprising to me given how bad the food was...

Marty Mac's World

Sports - Marty Mac's World: Kings' main problems can be traced to offense -
Mostly, the Kings still are a team that often looks lost on offense.

One can watch offensive possessions throughout games, as well as during crunch time, and wonder if the only plan is to isolate and attack.

Kings miss starring in Vegas

The Kings are the only team in the league without a player participating in the NBA's All-Star weekend...

Sports - Kings miss on starring in Vegas -
For the third consecutive year, the Kings have no All-Stars or players competing in any of the periphery events -- no slam dunkers, three-point shooters, rookies or second-year players in the annual faceoff or skills challenges. It is a distinction shared by no other in the 30-team league.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

CA Historical Landmark #866

California State Historical Landmark #866

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This landmark is located at 184 West St. John Street in San Jose, California. There are 42 other California State Historical Landmarks in Santa Clara County.

The last vestige of El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. This simple adobe was rehabilitated in the mid-19th century. It is believed to have been built before 1800 by Manuel Gonzalez, an Apache, who was one of the Pueblo Pobladores founders. It was later owned and occupied by Sgt. Peralta, pueblo comisionado from 1807 to 1822, who also came to California with the Anza expedition in 1775-76.

NBA in Vegas

This can not be good news for the Kings chances of staying in Sacramento...

Stern can foresee NBA in Vegas -
NBA commissioner David Stern said Monday that he's 'positive' the All-Star Game in Las Vegas this weekend will lead to 'initial discussions' about allowing a team to relocate permanently to that city.

In an interview with Newsday, Stern said he has not dropped his objections to having a team in Vegas while NBA games are on the city's gambling books. But in a significant change in his position, Stern said he would not stand in the way if league owners voted to move a team to Vegas without taking games off the betting lines.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Song for 1993

As per Brun's suggestion and with his financing, I am working on the soundtrack for my life. As I started to think about this project, it was amazing how many different songs jumped to mind that were associated with events or periods of time.

In 1993, Drew and Morgan lived in Woodland for a year, while I continued to live in Shingle Springs. I spent the year going back and forth and driving almost 38,000 miles. I have some strong memories of driving to Woodland and listening to the Counting Crow's August and Everything After Album.

Sharon and I saw the Counting Crows in concert in July of 2003.

The 1993 song is Rain King.

Soundtrack for My Life

What is this?

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
1958 - Elvis Presley - All Shook Up
1959 - Roy Orbison - Only the Lonely
1960 - Willie Nelson - Crazy
1961 - Patsy Cline - I Fall to Pieces
1962 - Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Chipmuck Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
1963 - Band of the Grenadier Guards & Rodney Bashford - The Marine Corp Hymn
1964 - Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
1965 - Bob Crane & His Drums And Orchestra - Get Smart
1966 - Ennio Morricone's - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
1967 - The Monkees - I'm a Believer
1968 - Lalo Schifrin - Mission: Impossible
1969 - The Ventures - Hawaii 5-0
1970 - B. J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
1971 - Beatles - Hey Jude
1972 - Don McLean - American Pie
1973 - Emerson, Lake and Palmer - From the Beginning
1974 - Cat Stevens - Wild World
1975 - Marshall Tucker - Fire on the Mountain
1976 - Tubes - What Do You Want From Life?
1977 - Gordon Lightfoot - Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
1978 - Pablo Cruise - Zero to Sixty in Five
1979 - Norton Buffalo's - Harmonica Mambo
1980 - Jimmy Buffett - Last Mango in Paris
1981 - Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good
1982 - Eagles - Hotel California
1983 - Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
1984 - ZZ Top - Legs
1985 - Simply Red - Holding Back the Years
1986 - George Thorogood - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
1987 - The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
1988 - Bruce Springsteen - All that Heaven will Allow
1989 - Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy
1990 - The Jeff Healey Band - Angel Eyes
1991 - Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
1992 - B-52's - Love Shack
1993 - Counting Crows - Rain King
1994 - Spin Doctors - Two Princes
1995 - Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
1996 - Sting - When We Dance
1997 - Rolling Stones - Anyone Seen My Baby?
1998 - Dave Matthews - Two Step
1999 - Santana & Rob Thomas - Smooth
2000 - Pat Metheny - Facing West
2001 - Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
2002 - Puddle of Mud - She Hates Me
2003 - John Mayer - Your Body is a Wonderland
2004 - Baz Luhrmann - Everyone use Sunscreen
2005 - Andrew Heringer - Summer Roof
2006 - Andrew Heringer - Morgan, the Conqueror
2007 - Morgan Heringer - Detour Ahead
2008 - Big Tree - Whale Song
2009 - Dawson & Marie - February
2010 - Marshall Tucker - If I Could See You One More Time
2011 - Milo Greene - 1957
2012 - The Civil Wars - Burton Hollow
2013 - Elvis - The Fox
2014 - Milo Greene - When It's Done
2015 - Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
2016 - Adele - Hello
2017 - The Guest and The Host - Remedy
2018 - Alexander Hamilton (Original Boardway Cast Recording) by the cast of Hamilton.
2019 - Seamus Kennedy - Old Dun Cow
2020 - Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack
2021 - Sound Bath - 417hz (Removing Negative Energy)
2022 - The Guest and The Host - Taste of Rain

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Dr. No

After dinner on Thanksgiving, Sharon's brother Tom quizzed everyone on a long list of James Bond trivia questions. It made me realize that I am not sure that I have see all of the Bond films and how hazy I was on the details of the films that I am sure that I have seen.

I got Sharon the first James Bond Film, Dr. No, as a stocking stuffer for Christmas. My goal is to watch all 22 of the James Bond films in order over the next two years.

Sharon, Jack and I watched Dr. No on Saturday. It stars Sean Connery as James Bond, Jack Lord as CIA Agent Felix Leiter and Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder. Made in 1962, the movie has a much slower pace than later Bond films without the heavy reliance on special effects. In the film, Dr. No has built a nuclear reactor on Crab Key off of Jamaica to power energy waves to "topple" U.S. rocket launches.

2007 Basketball Game 5

We went to Jack's fifth Little Dribbler's basketball game of the 2007 season. They played against St. Alban. Although Jack says that they won 58 to 46, this is probably the best team that they have played this year. I refereed with one of other dads, while Jack sat out the game for disciplinary reasons.

Elk Grove Civic Center -Big Elk Grove project reveals council split on public's role

Friday, February 09, 2007

2007 Indoor Soccer Game 3

Jack played in his third game of the winter indoor soccer season. His team jumped out to a 5 to 0 lead in the first five minutes and coasted to a 9 to 2 victory.

Jack played fullback and forward in the first half. He scored two of the goals.

He played goalie for the entire second half. Jack allowed two goals under somewhat unusual circumstances. Rather than continue to pile it on in the second half, their coach had Jack and his teammates pass the ball back and forth in their end of the field. When the ball was passed to Jack by one of his teammates, he could not pick it up, he had to kick it. This tactic led to the ball getting put in front of goal on a number of occasions where Jack could not dive on it. The other team ended up tapping it in twice. Jack was not pleased.

Their record is now 4 wins and 0 losses.

Second Semester NBA grades - Second semester grades for all 30 teams
Sacramento Kings: They're infuriating to watch, with the kind of chemistry you see in the last pickup game of the night. If there's a program, Artest and Bibby aren't with it. Grade: D

Thursday, February 08, 2007

February Bear Den Meeting

Jack and I went to the February meeting of his Cub Scout Bear Den. The theme for the meeting was Hawaii. The scouts learned about the culture, customs, language, food and games of Hawaii.

The activities included: learning about Hawaii's state bird, tree and flower and its admission to the union (Bear achievement 3e); learning about birds and animals that live in Hawaii (Bear achievement 5a) and; making a Ukulele (Bear achievement 8g).

We punched holes in a couple of coconuts and drained the milk. I got elected to smash the coconut so that everyone could have a taste.

Moblog Feb Bear Den Meeting

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

CA Historical Landmark #623

Union Square
California State Historical Landmark #623

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This landmark is located at the northeast corner of Geary and Powell street in San Francisco, California. There are 48 other California State Historical Landmarks in San Francisco County.

Union Square was the center of San Francisco in pioneer days, deeded for public use January 3, 1850 during the administration of John White Geary, first mayor and postmaster, and later Governor of Kansas and Pennsylvania. The name originated in 1860 when public meetings were held here in support of the Union.

History of Union Square

1839 Jean Vioget laid out the first plan of Yerba Buena (later San Francisco) showing the Union Square as a future park.

1847 Jasper O'Farrell created a second, more accurate plan for the blocks of San Francisco, designating this site as a public square. This site was a sand dune called O'Farrell's Mountain.

1850 Colonel John Geary deeded the block to the city to be held in perpetuity for park use.

1860 (circa) The sand dune was removed and the first design for public square was completed.

1861-1865 The block was named 'Union Square'to commemorate public rallies held here in support of the Union during the Civil War.

1871-1880 The site was cleared and redesigned as a formal strolling garden. Churches and residences surrounded the square.

1877 Cable cars were operating on Powell Street.

1878 Cable car began running on Geary Street.

1900-1903 Union Square was redesigned with the Dewey Memorial at its center. The memorial was designed by sculptor Robert J. Aitkin and architect Newton J. Tharpe. The "Winged Victory' bronze figure was modeled after Alma Spreckels, San Francisco socialite, and was named after U.S. Naval Admiral George Dewey.

1903 The Dewey Memorial was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt on May 14.

1905 (circa) By the turn of the century offices, businesses, theaters and hotel surrounded Union Square.

1906 The Great Earthquake and fire destroyed all buildings around Union Square. Temporary hotel rooms were built on the Square while the St. Francis was rebuilt and expanded.

1909 The City of Paris Department Store was built facing the Square on Geary Street where Neiman Marcus stands today.

1923 The Fitzhugh Building was built at the corner of Post and Powell Streets where the Saks Fifth Avenue Building stands today.

1928 O'Connor, Moffatt & Co. was built at Stockton and O'Farrell Streets where Macy's stands today.

1938 The Union Square Garage Corporation was formed for the purpose of building a garage beneath Union Square.

1941 Construction began on the garage, the first underground parking facility in the world and an air-raid shelter. The Architect was Timothy Pfleuger with gardens designed by the City of San Francisco under the aegis of John McClaren, Superintendent of Golden Gate Park.

1942 Mayor Angelo Rossi presided over the dedication ceremonies of the redesigned Union Square and new garage on September 12.

1945 The I. Magnin Building was built on the corner of Geary and Stockton Streets.

1945-1985 Union Square become of the most popular shopping districts and tourist destinations in the world.

1996 San Francisco Prize held a competition for the design of Union Square.

2000 A new design was approved and construction began.

She wasn't too fit...

Lifestyle/Scene - Anita Creamer: She wasn't too fit to face heart disease -

TiVo, Amazon offer downloads

TiVo, Amazon offer video downloads that can be viewed on TV sets - Los Angeles Times Inc. and TiVo Inc. have jumped into the digital download wars — with a twist: The new partners will beam movies and TV shows directly to their customers' living rooms.

The companies said a test version of their new service, called Amazon Unbox on TiVo, will begin Wednesday with an unspecified number of TiVo customers.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Leadership Symposium Day 2

The February 2007 Leadership conference was held at the San Francisco Marriot. The second day was spent reviewing the 30 implications that our team had generated the previous day and selecting the two most likely positive results and the two most likely negative results. These were shared with work group made up of about 10 teams. The work group then selected five negative and five positive implications. After lunch, each of the work groups presented their findings to the conference.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Leadership Symposium Day 1

I spent the day at the 2007 Leadership Symposium. The CEO opened the session with a presentation on Delivering Value. Afterwards futurist Joel Barker lead a group exercise designed to draw on the wisdom of the group to generate short and long-term implications of a set of key changes that the organization is facing. The exercise used The Implication Wheel. Each table had a laptop running the software that was used to capture and rank implications. The evening concluded with a reception and dinner.

2007 Kings versus Hornets

Sharon and Jack went to the Sacramento Kings versus New Orleans Hornets basketball game. After making 17 of 22 shots in the opening quarter and leading 40-24, the Kings held on to win by a score of 105 to 99.

The Hornets lost for the 11th straight time at Arco Arena; they haven't won there since January 12, 1997, when the team was based in Charlotte.

Former King Peja Stojakovic watched the game in street clothes. He has missed the Hornets last 35 games after having surgery on his lower back.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

New Project

For my birthday, Brun and Kim gave me an iTunes gift certificate with the "challenge to download one song that was released during each year of our life... Kinda like how you have a picture for each year."

I have started to work on the project with a slight twist. For some years, I have some strong memories of a specific song that might have been released in a different year. I have a iTunes playlist titled 50 songs for 50 years that I have started filling in. I will post the first song later this week.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

2007 Kings versus Nuggets

Jack and I ended sports day (little league tryouts in the morning, basketball game in the afternoon and Kings game at night) by going to the Sacramento Kings versus Denver Nuggets basketball game. The Kings won by a score of 94 to 87. The Kings beat Denver at home for the 20th successive time, a streak dating to January 7, 1997.

We were disappointed that Iverson did not play; he had a sprained ankle and the flu. I was looking forward to seeing Anthony and Iverson playing together.

Nevertheless, it was fun to watch Artest guard Anthony. Artest stole the ball off the dribble twice from Anthony in the first half. Coming off a season-high 46 minutes in Friday night's overtime win in Portland, Anthony shot 7-of-25 and had 20 points, more than ten points below his league leading scoring average. Carmelo was clearly brothered all game by Artest's defense.

Artest had 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four steals and no turnovers. Martin had a team-high 28 points, the fifth consecutive game in which he has scored 20-plus.

Last year, the Kings beat the Nuggets on January 31 to bring their record to 19 wins and 26 losses. After beating the Nuggets tonight, they have the same exact record.

After the game, we met Sharon and Janie at Malabar near Acro Arena.

Moblog Kings Versus Nugget

2007 Basketball Game 4

Jack played in his third Little Dribblers Basketball game of the 2007 season. The game was played at Holy Cross School in West Sacramento. Jack had 11 points, including a 3 pointer from the right wing.


2007 Laguna Youth Baseball Tryouts

Jack went to the baseball tryouts for 7 and 8 year olds. After four years of organized baseball, this is the first year that he has gone to the tryouts.

There were about 50 kids. They had each boy catch two fly balls in the outfield and throw to second, field two grounders at shortstop and throw to first and then take two throws at first. Jack did great; he handled every one of the balls cleanly and made some great throws.

After the fielding, they lined up all of the kids and gave them three pitches against a pitching machine. This was tougher. Jack was able to get his bat on one of the three pitches for a solid grounder.

Moblog 2007 Baseball Tryouts

Friday, February 02, 2007

A Movie and Dinner

With Jack at a party, Sharon and I took the opportunity to see the The Queen. This is one of the five films nominated for an academy award for best picture. Additionally, the actress that plays Queen Elizabeth was nominated for best actress. Sharon felt that the film was not worthy of a nomination for best picture, while I thought that it was an interesting angle to tell the story of Diana's death.

Afterwards, we had a couple of salads and an appetizer at Paesano's in Elk Grove. While the salads were good, the appetizer was very salty just like the last time we ate there.

Clippers sign Christie - Clippers sign guard Christie to 10-day contract

CA Historical Landmark #854

United States Post Office
California State Historical Landmark #854

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This landmark is located at 110 South Market Street in San Jose, California. There are 42 other California State Historical Landmarks in Santa Clara County.

Constructed by the United States government in 1892, this was the first federal building in San Jose. It served as U.S. Post Office from 1892 to 1933. Designed by Willoughby Edbrooke and constructed of locally quarried sandstone, this Romanesque-style structure is the last of its kind on the West Coast.

Santa Clara County Landmarks

California State Historical Landmarks
in Santa Clara County

@NO. 249 OLD ADOBE WOMAN'S CLUB - {37.35185 -121.9407}
*NO. 260 Santa Clara Campaign Treaty Site - [map] - {37.352583,-121.953967}
*NO. 260 Armistice Oak Site - [map] - {37.352167,-121.954167}
*NO. 339 New Almaden Mine - [map] - {37.248436,-121.790008}
@NO. 447 GUBSERVILLE {37° 17' 44.70", 121° 59' 16.56}
@NO. 448 PATCHEN {37° 8' 53.40", 121° 58' 27.78"}
NO. 461 Site of California's First State Capitol - [map] - {37.33294,-121.88992}
NO. 644 Martin Murphy Home and Estate - [map] - {37.382103,-122.026245}
NO. 854 Old Post Office - [map] - {37.33333,-121.89021}
NO. 866 Luis Maria Peralta Adobe - [map] - {37.3366,-121.89496}
*NO. 868 Winchester House - [map] - {37.318583,-121.950867}
*NO. 888 Hayes Mansion - [map] - {37.262883,-121.8204}
*NO. 895 Hostess House - [map] - {37.442967, -122.165533}
*NO. 898 Roberto-Suñol Adobe - [map] - {37.3157,-121.906483}
*NO. 952 Site of the World's First Broadcasting Station - [map] - {37.334113,-121.889447}
*NO. 969 Home Site of Sarah Wallis - [map] - {37.416,-122.130667}
*NO. 1000 Site of Invention of the First Commercially Practicable Integrated Circuit - [map] - {37.4219,-122.103367}

List of California Counties

Thursday, February 01, 2007

February District Roundtable

I attended the monthly scout district roundtable representing Jack's cub scout pack. The meeting started with a general session that focused on the centennial quality award program and the guide to safe scouting. The meeting then broke up into different groups; I attended the cub scout roundtable. The break-out session focused on dutch oven cooking!?! The district pinewood derby is scheduled for March 31.