Sunday, September 30, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Steak & Oyster Feed

Sharon and I went with the Sanborn's to the Elk Grove Rotary's 2nd Annual Rockin' Beef & Reef Bash. The event included a silent auction, dinner, a live auction and a live band.

At Lent Ranch

Lent ranch, originally uploaded by heringermr.

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2007 Flag Football Game #4

Jack played in his fourth flag footbal game of the 2007 season. His team continues to struggle. Jack is also getting more than a little frustrated. He played quarterback one play and threw an incompletion and threw one other incompletion on a broken half back option. Jack caught one pass and made a nice gain before being forced out of bounds at mid-field. He was wide open with no one covering him for four straight plays and the quarterback threw it in the middle. Jack is upset that he is not getting a chance to catch or run with the ball more.

The Wolves lost by a score of 18 to 6. Their record is now 0 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie.

Dyer Mountain resort near Westwood

News - Lassen supervisors approve Dyer Mountain resort -
A controversial four-season resort with more than 4,000 residential units has won the approval of Lassen County officials nearly seven years after developers put the proposal before the voters of the rural area.

In a trio of decisions that include a contractual agreement between the county and the developers, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors approved the $35 million development on 7,000 acres of forestlands at the base of Dyer Mountain near Westwood.

Friday, September 28, 2007

2007 Employee BBQ and Baggo Tournament

Our division held an employee appreciation barbecue in the parking lot at lunch. The festivities included a Baggo tournament. 76 teams entered the tournament! The divisional CFO and I lost by a score of 10 to 13 in the second round to a team that made it to the finals.


Baggo, originally uploaded by heringermr.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

2007 Management Symposium

I spent the day at our Management Symposium. The two day annual event has grown over the last few years; there were over 1,000 people in attendance today. Last year, I was very impressed with the keynote speaker. I ended up buying one of his books and working a couple of things from the book into my business goals for 2007.

This year's keynote speaker was a Brit named Steve Martin. The presentation was entitled Influence: The Untimate Power Tool. The presentation outlined six principles of ethnical influence: Reciprocation; Concensus; Authority; Consistency; Scarcity; and Liking. While I was not as impressed as I was with last year's keynote speaker, there were some ideas that could be incorporated into day to day interactions. I will probably end up pursuing his books.

I was very disappointed in the break-out sessions. The quality seemed to be down significantly from previous years.

Management Symposium

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Expo's arena moment

News - Expo's arena moment -
For more than 30 years, local officials have seriously considered, then ultimately rejected, building a sports arena at the state fairgrounds on Exposition Boulevard. This week, the National Basketball Association is hoping to buck that trend -- saying the time is right for Cal Expo.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Countdown of West's Best Moves plus

With the first pre-season Kings game less than two weeks away, ESPN's Marc Stein has a column assessing who's done the best shopping and tweaking in the Western Conference. He gives the Rockets his highest marks for their moves over the summer. Stein ranks the Kings 9th of 15 teams, ahead of the Jazz, Mavericks, Nuggets, Lakers, Clippers and Timberwolves. Steins notes:
Maybe new coach Reggie Theus proves to be the right replacement for Eric Musselman and gets a re-energized response from a group that never responded to Muss. Maybe Kevin Martin's $50 million contract extension winds up as a bargain if he keeps developing.

But look at the rest of the Kings' roster. Does anyone but Martin offer much long-term hope?
As I suggested three months ago, I think that the Kings will be stuck going with a starting five of Bibby, Martin, Miller, Artest and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Given the size of the contracts, I do not believe that they will be successful in their attempts to trade any of these five players or Kenny Thomas. I think that the King's strategy is going to be to tell Theus to get Bibby and Artest to get along.

Marty McNeal notes in his column in the last two weeks:
Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie left Wednesday for Madrid, Spain, to see the final few days of the European championships. He said there was nothing on the table for the Kings in terms of a trade, so what the Kings have now likely will be what we'll see when they open training camp next month.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Morgan's Fall 2007 Schedule

Morgan's schedule for the current semester at Sarah Lawrence is shown below. She is a two-thirds music student. So instead of taking two other classes besides the music program, She is taking double music plus one other class (a Buddhist history class taught by her don).

MUSC 3602 Studies in Music and Culture
MUSC 4499 Music Program
MUSC 5012 Jazz Piano
MUSC 5020 Voice
MUSC 5126 Advanced Jazz Theory II
MUSC 5145 Basic Aural Skills
MUSC 5312 Jazz Composition and Arranging
MUSC 5313 Jazz Colloquium
MUSC 5315 Jazz Vocal Ensemble
MUSC 5350 Gamelan Angklung Chandra Buana
RLGN 2094 The Buddhist Tradition

Descriptions for a couple of the classes include:

MUSC 3602 Studies in Music and Culture
This yearlong course provides students with an introduction to ethnomusicology, the study of the interactive relationship between musical and cultural practices. Selected case studies will introduce students to world musical styles through specific communities’ aesthetic-theoretical models and social histories, as well as considering the contemporary implications of music as it is imbricated in (and constitutive of) intercultural exchange. The first semester will cover many canonical sites of ethnomusicological analysis, including the Native Americas, Africa, Indonesia, South Asia, and the Middle East. Through close readings of classic ethnographies, we will examine how different ethnomusicological methods have been employed to analyze these traditions and how those interpretive strategies are relevant to us today. The second semester will focus on several different traditional and contemporary African musical practices, as well documenting historical movements and modern developments throughout the black Atlantic diaspora, including North America, the Caribbean, and South America. We will not stop at considering contemporary and traditional arts as mere reflections of local culture, but instead learn how music actually produces culture; we will explore how musical performance and listening construct social relationships through their vital roles in everyday life.
MUSC 5350 Gamelan Angklung Chandra Buana
The gamelan is an “orchestra” that includes four-toned metallophones, gongs, drums, and flutes. This gamelan angklung was specially handcrafted in Bali for the College and was named Chandra Bawana, or “Moon Earth,” at its dedication on April 16, 2000, in Reisinger Concert Hall at Sarah Lawrence.
RLGN 2094 The Buddhist Tradition
An in-depth exposure to the religious tradition known in the West as “Buddhism,” in all of its incredible historical and cultural diversity. In the first semester, the course focuses on the evolution of Buddhist doctrines, practices, and institutions in India, from the origins of the religion as a group of “world-renouncing” ascetics through the development of large state-supported monastic communities and the emergence of the major reform movements known as Mahayana and Tantra. It also treats the Buddhism of two regions of the world—Southeast Asia and the Tibetan plateau—where the respective traditions have been most self-consciously concerned with maintaining precedents inherited from India. The second semester of the course focuses on the Buddhism of East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan), where new branches of the tradition such as Zen and Pure Land developed and flourished. It also deals with the issues of Buddhism in the modern world and the contemporary spread of various branches of the tradition from Asia to the West.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Video of Jack playing defense

Here is a short video of Jack playing defense in the third game of the 2007 Flag Football season.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Half Dome

The weather did not cooperate with Sharon, Janie and Jeana's attempt to hike Half Dome. In the parking in the Yosemite Valley at 6:15 a.m., they decided to start up the trail and see how the weather progressed. As they started up the trail, it was snowing lightly. Initially, the weather cleared up, but as they got closer to the top it started to rain again. About two miles from Half Dome, they decided to turn back. On their way back, the weather turned worse with heavier rain and lightning. [You do not want to be on the cables on Half Dome in heavy rain and lightning.] By the time they got back to the parking lot, they were wet and cold. In total, they covered about 13.5 miles.

2007 Flag Football Game #3

Jack played in his third game of the 2007 flag football season. The game was a little bit of a train wreck. In his first play in the game, Jack rolled right and threw a bullet in a crowd that was intercepted. He was very upset with himself.

Offensively, he played quarterback most of the game. Jack was 2 for 6 with 2 interceptions. Due to the flow of the game and substitution pattern, he played only two offensive plays in the second half. Other than playing quarterback, he never got his hands on the ball. Jack did not get a chance to run with the ball either on a hand-off or a reception. He was more than a little frustrated about this after the game.

Defensively, he had a very good game. Jack mostly played safety. He had an interception and had his hands on two other balls that he knocked down. Jack also had six or seven "tackles." The other team only made 1 of their 3 touchdowns while Jack was on the field.

Jack's team lost by the score of 20 to 0. Their record is now 0 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie.

I videotaped the game. I am working to sort through the video and will post some short videos and some pictures in the next couple of days.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Off to Climb Half Dome

Sharon, Janie and Jeana took off to Yosemite. They are spending the night at the Tenaya Lodge. Their plan calls for a very early start on Saturday morning for the long hike from the valley floor to the top of Half Dome.

Clean House Review

Drew spent three weeks living in Charlottesville, Virginia writing the soundtrack for a production of a play called the Clean House.

Reviews of the play are starting to appear. Here's the money quote from a review of the play in the Charlottesville Daily Progress:
Andrew Heringer's music is suble but exceptional, almost a character in its own right.

If you've never thought you'd like to buy the soundtrack from a Live Arts play - especially a non-musical - you may change your mind.
A PDF file of the review is here.

Drew sent me three of the songs from the soundtrack earlier. I am looking forward to getting the rest of the soundtrack when he gets back to California later this month.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Song for 1980

During the early 1980's, I saw Jimmy Buffet live in concert several times. In 1980, John and Jill Wallen and Kim Watson and I met a large group at the Greek Theater for a Jimmy Buffet concert. In 1982, the Wallens and Alison and I spent the night in Tahoe and saw Buffet at Harrahs with a group. In 1984, Nooter and I met Dave Hare and Jan at the Concord Pavilion.

The song for 1980 is Last Mango in Paris by Jimmy Buffett.

You can find the work in progress Soundtrack for My Life here!

Fort Marcy Ruins

Fort Marcy figures prominently in Blood and Thunder, the Kit Carson biography that I read before the trip to New Mexico.

Fort Marcy Ruins
National Register of Historic Places #1975001169

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This historic place is located on Kearney Street in the city of Santa Fe in the county of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 35° 41.410 W 105° 55.852.

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The remains of Fort Marcy on the hill above Santa Fe consist of mounds of earth several feet high tracing the outline of the adobe fortification. There is now an apartment complex northwest of the remaining mounds.

This Certified Site of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail is located in the Santa Fe Historic District. The earthen fort was large enough to accommodate 1,000 soldiers. It was never completed and was abandoned in 1868. Fort Marcy symbolizes the American conquest. Situated on a hill above town, it was built by the US Army under General Stephen W. Kearney in 1846 to protect the American presence in Santa Fe. It was the first military post in what later became the Mexican cession.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Photo Slideshow from Jill's 50th Birthday

Here is a slideshow of 20 pictures from Jill's 50th birthday party last weekend. The album of these photos can be found on the web here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

2007 Flag Football Game #2

While I was traveling to Bremerton for Jill's birthday party, I missed Jack's second flag football game on Saturday. Trying to get a coherent summary of the game from Jack and Sharon has been challenge. Sharon has a tendency to watch the game out of one eye, while Jack's version shifts slightly with each retelling.

Jack carried the ball four or five times, including a long run for the team's first touchdown. He caught two or three passes, including a catch and a long run down to the one yard line to set-up the team's second touchdown.

Jack played quarterback on three plays. From the one, he threw for the team's second touchdown. He also threw one incomplete pass and one interception.

On defense, he made an interception.

The other team included a kid that played soccer with Jack three years ago. The dad works at the same company as I do and is now part of our King's season ticket group.

The final score was 12 to 12. The wolves record for the season is 0 wins, 1 losses and 1 tie.


This property is included in the National Register of Historic Places. I have not been able to find any information about its history. If you have any information, please leave a comment.

also known as Kean Cabin
National Register of Historic Places #2004000160

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This historic place is located at 1520 Shorewood Drive in the city of Bremerton in the county of Kitsap, Washington. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 47° 34.517 W 122° 41.026.

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Built in 1909, ths residence is located on the south end of Ostrich Bay in Bremerton, Washington.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Back from Jill's Birthday

After some confusion, I flew back late Monday morning from Seattle to Sacramento.

I was great to see the Wallens. I am the oldest of three kids with two younger sisters. John is probably the closest thing that I will ever have to a brother. I have always said that of my friends I am emotionally the closest to Wallen, intellectually I enjoy Nooter's company the most and I always have a great time with Tomasin.

US Post Office - Bremerton Main

US Post Office - Bremerton Main
National Register of Historic Places #1991000638

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This historic place is located at 602 Pacific Avenue in the city of Bremerton in the county of Kitsap, Washington. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 47° 34.056 W 122° 37.610.

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Located in downtown Bremerton, the lobby boasts a 1938 mural by Earnest Norling titled, "Northwest Logging." It was a WPA art project.

Kitsap County Washington Historic Places

National Register of Historic Places
Kitsap County, Washington

{GPS Coordinates of Site Location}

1991000638 US Post Office - Bremerton Main - [map] - {47.567600,-122.626883}
2004000160 Shelbanks - [map] - {47.575283,-122.683767}

Sunday, September 16, 2007

2007 Mariners versus Devil Rays

After a late night, everyone was moving slowly; it was almost 10 a.m. by the time everyone was up. We left the house about 10:45 a.m. to catch the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle.

Wallen, Jill and I went to the Seattle Mariners versus Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball game. After doing pretty well over the first two-thirds of the season, the Mariners have collapsed in the last three weeks. Seattle has gone 5-17 since Aug. 24, when they sat just one game out of first place in the AL West and three games ahead in the wild-card race.

Wallen had some great seats behind home plate for the game (Section 129, Row 32, Seats 1-4). The Mariners lost by a score of 9 to 2.

After game, we rode the ferry back to Bremerton, brought groceries, and barbecued at the Wallen's house. John and I finished the evening on the couch flipping back and forth between the Patriots versus the Chargers and the Red Sox versus the Yankees.

At the Mariner's Game

At the Mariner's Game, originally uploaded by heringermr.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Jill's 50th Birthday Party

Up very early, I caught an early morning flight from Sacramento to Seattle. Picking up a rental car, I drove around and up to the Wallen's house in Bremerton. Including a quick stop for lunch, I was there about 12:15 p.m.

As we often do, Wallen and I went out for a run. We covered about 6.25 miles on a very hilly course through Bremerton.

John had planned a surprise birthday party for Jill for her 50th birthday. Jill knew that I was coming. The plan called for Becky, John, Jill and I to meet another couple for dinner. The couple called and suggested that we meet before dinner at The Side Bar just down the street from the restaurant for martini. After we got to the bar, got our drinks and settled down, 40 plus people literally burst out of the backroom shouting happy birthday.

Jill was very surprised. She remarked later that she was particularly throw off because two of the couples at the front of the group were ones that she has not seen in a couple of years.

It was a great evening. Eventually, we had a catered buffet dinner. We never made it to the restaurant where Jill thought that we were having dinner. We finished the evening there with cake and lots of gag over the hill gifts.

When the party finished, Jill, John, Becky and I made another stop for a bar where some of Becky's friends were. By the time we got home, it was after 1:30 a.m. It ended up being almost a 21 hour day for me.

John mentioned at Almanor that he was not sure what he was going to do for Jill's birthday; she had been insisting that she did not want a party. At some point, he committed to the idea of throwing her a surprise party. I thought that it was interesting that not once in the course of the evening did Jill say to John that he should not have done it. She genuinely enjoyed the evening.

At Jill's 50th Birthday


At the Wallen's

At the Wallen's, originally uploaded by heringermr.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Santa Fe Plaza

Santa Fe Plaza
National Register of Historic Places #1966000491

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This historic place is bounded by Washington, East Palace and Lincoln Avenues and by San Francisco Street in the city of Santa Fe in the county of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 35° 41.241 W 105° 56.315.

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Heart of the city of Santa Fe since 1607, the Plaza has witnessed countless historical, cultural, and social events. In the Plaza, the Pueblo Indians revolted against Spanish rule in 1680; here, too, they capitulated to General Don Diego de Vargas in 1693. Marking the end of the Santa Fe Trail from Missouri, as well as the end of the Camino Real (Royal Road) from Chihuahua, Mexico, the dirt of the central square was stirred up continuously by freight wagons and burros laden with goods. Over the centuries, the Plaza has been transformed from the utilitarian meeting place it was in early days to a tree-shaded park encircled by a white picket fence, to an expanse of lawn crowned by a crenelated gazebo, to the lively, shaded pulse of activity it is today.

Ten Years ago today!

Ten years ago today, I was in Albuquerue, New Mexico with the Nooters. There is a set of pictures from the trip here. These photos were taken with an early digital camera.

I have a couple of strong memories from the trip. In addition to Nooter dragging me up the world's longest aerial tramway, I had reached a point where I had decided to leave Farm Credit after seventeen years. I remember standing in the airport before Rob picked me up talking to a San Francisco recruiter. Nine months later, after interviews with a number of different companies, I started working for Sutter Health.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Song for 2006

When Drew released the Unfold Album, Sharon and Jack played the song Morgan, the Conqueror, over and over and declared it as their new favorite song. I included it in my 2006 Mayfly. I can not hear the song without having this picture pop into my head.

The song for 2006 is Morgan, the Conqueror, by Andrew Heringer.

You can find the work in progress Soundtrack for My Life here!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

First Season of Ally McBeal

After getting Jack to bed, Sharon and I watched the season finale of the first season of Ally McBeal on DVD.

Palace of the Governors

Traveling across Northern New Mexico in August, I kept asking myself one question. What were the Spanish doing here in the 1500's? The Spanish were in New Mexico before Jamestown or Plymouth Rock. I ended up buying a book called the Pueblo Revolt in the museum store at the Palace of the Governors. This book has a good summary and timeline of the Spanish exploration and settlement of the American Southwest. One of my to-dos for the next month is to put together a short post outlining the timeline.

Palace of the Governors
National Register of Historic Places #1966000489

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This historic place is located on Palace Avenue at the Santa Fe Plaza in the city of Santa Fe in the county of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 35° 41.267 W 105° 56.298.

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The Palace of the Governors is an adobe structure on the Plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico which served as the seat of government in New Mexico for centuries. The Palace of the Governors is said to be the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.

In 1610, Pedro de Peralta, the newly appointed governor of the Spanish territory covering most of the American Southwest, began construction on the Palace of the Governors. In the following years, the Palace changed hands as the territory of New Mexico did, seeing the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Spanish reconquest from 1693 to 1694, Mexican independence in 1821, and finally American possession in 1846.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Bandelier National Monument Hike

While we were staying in Santa Fe, we took a day trip out to the Bandelier National Monument. Pictures from the hike are here.

Using data from my Garmin Forerunner 205, I generated the following maps and Google Earth views of our hike in the Bandelier National Monument last month while we were in New Mexico. I particularly enjoyed looking at the hike in different angles in Google Earth; you can look at the terrain from different perspectives and rotate the view. When I get time, I will plot some of the pictures on the trail and post the resulting KMZ file in Google Maps.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Alta Bates Celebrity Golf Tournament

I spent the day playing golf in the Alta Bates Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Diablo Country Club with the ABSMC IT Director and two Cisco representatives. I did not play very well; I had a terrible time getting off the tee for most of the round. I finally started to hit my tee shot on the last three or four holes of the day. Oddly, I putted pretty well.

The weather was gorgeous, but the course played slow. It took us over seven hours to play eighteen holes.

Diablo Country Club

Diablo Country Club, originally uploaded by heringermr.

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Apple TV, an example of how things should work...

Over the last three months, Sharon and I have been watching a couple episodes a week of the first season of Ally McBeal on DVD. Towards the end of the first season, there was an episode called The Inmates that incorporated the cast of the Practice, another David Kelley series. Both Sharon and I were sure that it was Part One of a two part episode, but the next episode went on to another storyline.

Googling some episode guides, I realized that Part Two was done as a crossover episode of The Practice with some of the cast of Ally McBeal appearing on that show. Searching iTunes and Amazon Unboxed, I found that iTunes has individual episodes of first two seasons of the Practice for sale. I purchased and downloaded episode 19 of the second season of The Practice, synced it to the Apple TV and we watched it tonight.

Sharon and I had been talking about the subject during the afternoon and she was surprised to be able to watch the episode after we put Jack to bed. This is how things should work; once I realized what I was looking for, the whole process of finding the episode and getting it to the Apple TV probably took less than ten minutes.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

2007 Flag Football Game #1

Jack played in his first game of the 2007 flag football season. After three years of playing soccer in the fall, this is his first year playing flag football. As I have noted before, Jack has had less and less enthusiasm for soccer so we decide to shift to flag football this year.

In this age group in this league, they allow the coaches on the field to position the players and call the plays. Given that this was the first game of the season, things went pretty slow. I am not sure that either team ran much more than 10 offensive plays in four ten minutes quarters with a running clock.

Jack played very well. In the first quarter, he caught a pass in the left flat, faked by one player and outran everyone the length of the field down the sideline for his team's first touchdown. On the extra point, Jack played quarterback and threw a shovel pass for the conversion. In the second half, he took a handoff at midfield and raced around the right side for his team's second touchdown.

Jack played quarterback for three plays, including the conversion, and was 2 for 3. He had two or three "tackles" on defense, including one where he caught a sweep from behind.

His team, the Wolves, lost to the Packers by a score of 20 to 14.

Sharon and I were sitting on the sideline at midfield. When Jack got the pass in the flat and got around the first player, he was coming up the sideline towards us. It was a very surreal scene to see him coming streaking towards us carrying a football with a pack of little kids chasing him. Unfortunately, I did not have either camera ready. Instead, you get a picture of him playing quarterback on the try for the extra point.

Flag Football

Friday, September 07, 2007

Song for 2007

Driving back to the hotel one of the nights that we were in Santa Fe, I played Detour Ahead, a jazz standard that Morgan had recorded. Sharon was astonished and asked me to play it again several more times. She remarked that it was too bad that Morgan was not 21 years old so that she could spent the summer singing in a Jazz bar.

The song for 2007 is Detour Ahead covered by Morgan Heringer.

You can find the work in progress Soundtrack for My Life here!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Pinckney R. Tully House

Pinckney R. Tully House
renamed as the Oliver P. Hovey House

National Register of Historic Places #1974001209

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This historic place is located at 136 Grant Avenue in the city of Santa Fe in the county of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 35° 41.367 W 105° 56.433.

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This ten-room house is an excellent example of New Mexico Territorial architecture. It illustrates the adaption of the characteristically simple Spanish-Pueblo adobe style to eastern architectural features. Milled lumber and trim were available only after New Mexico became a U.S. Territory in 1846. The ornamental coping on top of the walls served to keep moisture from the adobe. While brick construction was popular elsewhere, a common late 19th century practice here was the painting of the exterior plaster to simulate fired bricks; a portion of the original wall surface is preserved under the south porch.

The site was acquired initially by James Conklin, a French-Canadian trader who came to Santa Fe in the 1820's shortly after the Santa Fe Trail was opened. The house was built in 1851 by Conklin's son-in-law, Pinckney R. Tully, also a Santa Fe trader, on what was then the road from Santa Fe to the village of Tesuque.

During the 19th and early 20th century, this house was occupied by many notable figures in the history ofSanta Fe and New Mexico. In 1972, it was purchased and restored by The Historic Santa Fe Foundation to its 1980's appearance with assistance from public donations and federal historic preservation grants.

In 2002, the Historic Santa Fe Foundation renamed the Tully House for Oliver P. Hovey, a man whose contemporaries sometimes referred to as Lord Hovey or even the Great Lord Hovey, for his pretentious and extravagant ways. He was not a lord, just as the house he built was not really red brick.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Clean House

Drew is spending three weeks living in Charlottesville, Virginia, writing a soundtrack for The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl directed by Amanda McRaven.

Fort Marcy Officer's Residence

Fort Marcy Officer's Residence
National Register of Historic Places #1975001168

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This historic place is located at 116 Lincoln Avenue in the city of Santa Fe in the county of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 35° 41.308 W 105° 56.321.

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This building is one of the few remaining military buildings dating from the period when the U.S. Army maintained two military reservations in Santa Fe (1846-1894). This adobe building was one of six constructed as housing for the officers and their families assigned to the Headquarters of the Military Department (later District) of New Mexico in 1870-1871. The building was also used as an officer's quarters for Fort Marcy, the military post established in Santa Fe in 1846 when the United States took possession of New Mexico during the Mexican War. Fort Marcy was abandoned in 1894. A few years later the former officer's quarters was acquired by the Museum of New Mexico. In 1916 it was modified into the prevailing Spanish-Pueblo Indian architectural style. At this time many of the 19th century buildings on the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe underwent similar conversions. A virtually intact 1870's period military officer's quarters exists beneath this facade. Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett, founder of the Museum of New Mexico and adovate of the Spanish-Pueblo style, lived here for thirty years. This building is listed on the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties and the National Register of Historic Places.




Kings arena at Cal Expo?

Kings arena at Cal Expo? -
The NBA has settled on Cal Expo as the preferred location for a new Kings arena, according to sources familiar with the league's behind-the-scenes effort to build the team a new home in Sacramento.

Despite its location on one of Sacramento's worst freeway bottlenecks, Cal Expo appeals to the NBA because it offers a ready supply of vacant land and a name already recognized as an entertainment destination, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because the league hasn't yet unveiled its proposal.

NBA Commissioner David Stern has said he will reveal his plan for a new arena about the time the basketball season starts this fall.
This seems like a bad idea to me. I have to agree with Sharon's reaction when I told her the story this morning: "oh, gross."

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Kit Carson House

Before the trip to New Mexico, I read Blood and Thunder. This recent Kit Carson biography provided a great overview of history of the Southwest in the middle of the 1800's. It was the perfect book to read to spark my curiosity about the history and culture of New Mexico.

Kit Carson House
National Register of Historic Places #1966000948

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This historic place is located at 113 Kit Carson Road in the city of Taos in the county of Taos, New Mexico. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 36° 24.416 W 105° 34.348.

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Christie ready to give NBA another go

Sacbee Sports - Doug Christie ready to give NBA another go -

Monday, September 03, 2007

Labor Day 2007

We spent the afternoon and evening at Sharon's brother Tom's house hanging out around the pool and barbecuing.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Crooked Lakes Trail Hike

Sharon, Jack and I hiked the Crooked Lakes Trail in the Grouse Lakes Area. We covered almost seven miles round trip from the Carr Lake trailhead over the Round Lake and Crooked Lakes trails to Penner Lake in about 3 hours and 35 minutes. This is the farthest that we have ever hiked with Jack. We ate a late lunch on the shores of Penner Lake. Although it took us almost two hours to get to the trailhead, it was definitely worth it. There are a number of other trails in the area that we might explore in the future.

On the Round Lake Trail

On the Round Lake Trail Grouse Lake Area

On the round lake trail

On the round lake trail, originally uploaded by heringermr.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

2007 UC Davis versus Western Washington

Jack and I went to the UC Davis versus Western Washington Football game. This was the first game at the new Aggie Stadium; it replaces Toomey Field which served as the campus's major athletic venue for 58 years. Jack and I sat in the south end zone on the grass. With temperatures near 100 degrees in the stands and probably 110 to 115 on the field, this was probably the coolest spot in the stadium. One of the things I like about the current configuration of the stadium is that you can walk around the concourse and watch the play on the field. Overall, the new stadium has some great sight lines.

The Aggies lost to the Vikings by a score of 28 to 21. With platooning senior quarterbacks starting the game throwing dying ducks, a freshman running back running for 189 yards but fumbling twice and undersized cornerbacks, the Aggies did not look very good against the Division II Vikings. I think that it is going to be a long season.

We tailgated before the game with a fairly large group, including Hunter and Debbie, Snipes with Keith and a couple of friends, Greg and Dean Chabrier with Matthew, the twins and Greg's parents, Mike Wilson and his youngest son Max, Al Greene and his wife Jeanie, Jay Tyburczy and his wife, the Sockolov's and the Foss's.

Aggie Stadium