Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween 2007

My original plan for the evening was to watch the evening was to watch the Kings game and keep a running diary of the game. I forgot it was Halloween...

The Sanborn's invited us to their house so that Jack and Tim could trick or treat together. Sharon and Marlene took the boys out for about an hour and fifteen minutes, while Philip and I manned the door at their house. Jack came back with more candy than he could carry.


Halloween 2006

Halloween 2005

Halloween 2004

Halloween 2003

Halloween 2002

Halloween 2001

Halloween 2000

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Song for 1974

After I got my car in high school, I started going out with Cheryl Edwards. She and I dated through a large part of my sophomore year in high school. Hanging out at her house, I have some strong memories of her playing Cat Steven's Tea for Tillerman album. I have a vivid visual memory of the cover of the album laying on counter.

The song for 1974 is Cat Steven's Wild World.

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

What is this?

Piling on the Sacramento Kings

One of the ESPN columnists that I enjoy the most and read consistently is Bill Simmons. He also has a podcast that I have added to my playlist. His column today titled Time for a quick NBA fix does not have any good to say about the Kings. He notes:
We were going through the home games when I realized there were only three teams I wasn't interested in seeing live: Portland, Indiana and Sacramento.
Simmons projects the 2007-2008 record for every team. He forecasts that the Kings will have the fourth worst record in the league:
4. Sacramento, 27-55
3. Seattle, 25-57
2. Portland, 22-60
1. Minnesota, 17-65

Monday, October 29, 2007

NBA Power Rankings 2007-2008 Week 0

With Bibby out for up to 10 weeks with thumb surgery and Artest suspended for the first seven games, Marc Stein has dropped the Kings to 29th in his Power Rankings for the start of the 2007-2008 NBA season. This is down from 25th in the Training Camp Edition of the Power Rankings. Only the Timberwolves are ranked lower than the Kings!

While I thought that the Kings would outperform the Training Camp Power Rankings, I am not very optimistic at this point. Without a quality point guard to run the team, I have to agree that the Kings are in serious trouble.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Chantara Thai Cuisine in Elk Grove

With the kitchen still in disarray from the dinner party, we went out to dinner. A new Thai restaurant has opened in space that was previously occupied by the Black Horse Pub & Grill. It is in the same strip mall as Table 260 and Wasabi Sushi & Hibachi Grill. Chantara Thai Cuisine is located at 2745 Elk Grove Boulevard. The phone number is 916-684-1499.

We had pot stickers, mild green curry, pineapple rice and Pad Thai noddles. While not speculator, the food was solid. It is definitely on the visit of places where we will go back.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

2007 Fall Dinner Party

Sharon and I have made it a tradition to host a fall dinner party [2006, 2005, 2004, 2003]. This year's group totaled eleven; it equaled the biggest group that we have ever done. The guests included the Cunninghams, Gainsleys, Sanborns, Larkins and Janie.

We were actually successful in getting the group out of the kitchen into the backyard before dinner. It was then a challenge to get everyone back into the house and seated for dinner.

Sharon's menu included Lobster Shooter, Spinach Salad, Puffed Pastry stuffed with Cherries and Cheese, Stuffed Tri-Tip wrapped in bacon, red potatoes, aspargus, pumpkin spice cake and pumpkin ice cream. I have to admit that I probably did less work in the kitchen during the meal this year than in previous years.

In addition to one of the biggest groups, it also turned out to be one of the latest nights that we have ever had. A core group of the Heringers, Gainsley and Larkins ended up in the backyard until after 12:30 a.m.!

I usually try to get a picture of everyone, but somehow I missed the Gainsleys. The Larkins took a number of pictures with their new camera. I will post a few of those separately in the next few days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007 Flag Football Game #8

Jack played in his eighth and final game of the 2007 flag football season. Jack caught two passes for nice gains in the first half. He played very well on defense and made a number of great stops.

He played quarterback almost the entire second half. Jack was 1 for 5 with one touchdown pass. Although Jack has a tendency to fire passes into traffic, most of the incompletions were drops of catchable balls. As the last game of the season, the coach was making an effort to get the ball to everyone on the team.

The wolves won by a score of 26 to 12. The record for the season was 1 win, 6 losses and 1 tie.

Friday, October 26, 2007

4th Grade: Art Lesson A

Sharon spent part of the afternoon as the art docent for Jack's class. The lesson looked at Pop Art and Op Art. Pop Art weaves popular culture into art, often using media, advertising and comic book art styles to bring art closer to real life. Op art, also called optical art is a branch of geometric, abstract art that deals with optical illusion.

The class looked at three examples, including Campell's Soup Can by Andy Warhol, Vega-Kontosh by Victor Vasarely and Three Flags [shown below] by Jasper Johns.


For their art project they colored the American flag in complementary colors to create an afterimage.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

October 2007 Cub Scout Pack Meeting

Jack and I went to the October meeting of his cub scout pack. Traditionally, the boys wear their halloween costumes to the October pack meeting. After a ceremony to pass out the awards and achievements that had been earned, the boys went outside and played ghost in the graveyard. They finished the pack meeting working on some crafts, including a broomstick made from fruit rolls and pretzels and a mummy made from popsicles sticks and cloth.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Firehouse Restaurant - Old Sacramento

At the end of September, we reorganized the division that I work in and filled out a number of open leadership positions. With the reorganization behind us, my boss took all of his direct reports to dinner at the Firehouse in Old Sacramento. We had dinner downstairs in the Wine Cellar #1 banquet room. Built in 1853 and originally home of "Sacramento No. 3," the Firehouse was the first building in Old Sacramento to be restored and is designated a historical landmark.

I had the Frutti di Mare (sautéed lobster tail, a Nigerian saltwater prawn, seared sea scallop on braised-fennel risotto), while Sharon had the rack of lamb. I need to start a running count of how often Sharon has rack of lamb!

At the Firehouse Restaurant

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

California Historical Landmark #438

Sharon and I stopped at this vista point on our way back from anniversary trip to Columbia.

Parrott's Ferry
California State Historical Landmark #438

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This landmark is located in the vista area on Calaveras side of Columbia-Vallecito Highway Bridge over the Stanislaus River on Parrott's Ferry Road, 5 miles northwest of Columbia, California in Tuolumne County. There are 18 other California State Historical Landmarks in Tuolumne. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 02.373 W 120° 27.380.

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

 

 

 

This is the site of the ferry crossing established in 1860 by Thomas H. Parrott that connected the mining towns of Tuttletown and Vallecito. The ferry was in operation until 1903, when the first bridge was built. The ferryboat, of flatbottom wooden construction, was propelled on heavy cables anchored in a large boulder. Still visible (1949) at low water on the Calaveras side of the river is the sandbag dam built to form a small lake that stored enough water to float the ferries in dry periods.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Belated 9th Birthday Party

We had a very belated 9th birthday party for Jack. We took seven boys to Race Place Motorsports for the afternoon. The boys were fitted for racing suits and then spent about 30 minutes in a classroom learning the rules and the meanings of the different color flags. After watching a short video, they were on the track. The boys started by walking the race course. Afterwards, they spent about 10 minutes driving the course behind a pace car. At this point, they turned them loose and then spent almost 30 minutes racing. They all had a great time!



Saturday, October 20, 2007

2007 Flag Football Game #7

Jack played in his seventh flag football game of the 2007 season. On offense, he ended up touching the ball four times and scoring two touchdowns. In this league, there is no kicking. Instead, the team starts with the ball on their own 10 yard line. The team has four downs to cross midfield and four more downs to score. If a team fails to make a first down, the other team gets the ball on their own 10 yard line.

On both of Jack's touchdowns, the team was on their own 10 yard line. They threw a short out pattern to Jack and he raced up the sideline almost the length of the field to score.

On one of the extra points, the team tried to run a wide receiver sweep with Jack, but it was too slow developing. Jack reversed this field twice before getting caught just before the goal line. Jack also dropped one pass. He has good hands. Jack also adjusts to the pass well. This is the only pass that I can remember him not catching when it was catchable ball.

On defense, Jack hurt his hand on the first play of the game making the tackle; his hand got tangled up in the flag and the belt. He seemed a little tentative afterwards. Playing free safety, Jack made a very athletic play to knock down a pass. As a team, the wolves continue to have trouble catching and pulling the flags on smaller kids.

The wolves lost by a score of 28 to 14. Their record is now 0 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie.



Friday, October 19, 2007

Song for 1979

In early October of 1979, the Wallen's, probably Melissa and I went to a Bread and Roses Concert at the Greek Theater. While I have a clear picture of the Wallen's in my head, I actually have no recollection of Melissa being there. It seems like she must have been. I dated Melissa from April of 1979 until January 1980.

For some reason, we were running late. We parked in the garage of the apartment building that I was living in Berkeley. In this google street view from the intersection of Telegraph and Blake Streets, my apartment was on the top floor; it is the last window on the left that is almost in the center of the picture. We walked about eight blocks from there to the Greek Theater.

I have a vivid memory of walking up to the Greek Theater just as Norton Buffalo was starting to play. Based on an album from the concert, he played I'm Taking Chances. There was a long list of artists who appeared that night, including: Norton Buffalo, Hoyt Axton, Maria Muldaur, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Kris Kristofferson, The Roches, Chick Corea, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger.

The song for 1979 is Norton Buffalo's Harmonica Mambo.

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

What is this?

Starbucks iTunes Song of the Day Alice Smith New Religion

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bishop's Lodge Horseback Ride Maps

Anyone who has followed this journal for any length of time knows that one of my passions is roaming the physical world with a GPS and then playing with the results in a number of mapping applications, including Google Earth, Google Maps and GPSVisualizer. I am fascinated by the ability to look at the GPS data in Google Earth in three dimensions and be able to rotate the view.

Shown below are a number of maps from our horseback ride at Bishop's Lodge just outside Sante Fe, New Mexico. This picture was taken at the highest point of the ride on the top of the ridge just before we started back down towards the lodge.

click on the map for a larger copy!






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Monday, October 15, 2007

California Historical Landmark #123

Sharon and I celebrated our eleventh wedding anniversary at the City Hotel in Columbia.

Columbia
California State Historical Landmark #123

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This landmark is located on the northwest corner of Washington and Broadway Streets in the Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia, California in Tuolumne County. There are 18 other California State Historical Landmarks in Tuolumne. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 02.027 W 120° 24.132.

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

California Historical Landmark #123

California Historical Landmark #123<

Columbia, the 'Gem of the Southern Mines,' became a town of 4,000 to 5,000 in the 1850s, following the discovery of gold here by the Hildreth party March 27, 1850. Gold shipments, estimated at $87,000,000, declined rapidly after 1858, but Columbia never became a ghost town. Columbia State Historic Park was created in 1945 to preserve its historic buildings and sites.

Tuolumne County Landmarks

California State Historical Landmarks in Tuolumne County
{GPS Coordinates of Site Location}

*NO. 122 Montezuma - [map] - {37.905063,-120.453545}
*NO. 123 Columbia - [map] - {38.033783,-120.402200}
*NO. 124 Tuttletown - [map] - {37.991472,-120.468861}
*NO. 138 Mark Twain Cabin - [map] - {37.99925,-120.47705}
*NO. 139 St. James Episcopal Church - [map] - {37.9873,-120.3845}
*NO. 140 Wells Fargo Express Company Building - [map] - {37.870867,-120.4317}
*NO. 395 Shaw's Flat - [map] - {38.003808,-120.40152}
*NO. 406 Big Oak Flat - [map] - {37.822733,-120.260667}
*NO. 407 Summersville (Tuolumne) - [map] - {37.96436,-120.2361}
*NO. 419 Jacksonville - [map] - {37.844533,-120.38225}
*NO. 420 Soulsbyville - [map] - {37.98479,-120.26394}
*NO. 422 Sonora-Mono Road - [map] - {38.061147,-120.199491}
*NO. 423 Chinese Camp - [map] - {37.870967,-120.431283}
*NO. 424 Sawmill Flat - [map] - {38.022817,-120.379933}
*NO. 431 Jamestown - [map] - {37.95179,-120.42384}
*NO. 432 Springfield - [map] - {38.021778,-120.41275}
*NO. 438 Parrott's Ferry - [map] - {38.039550,-120.456333}
*NO. 445 Cherokee - [map] - {37.979833,-120.2485}
*NO. 446 Groveland - [map] - {37.839333,-120.229667}
*NO. 460 Second Garrote - [map] - (37.82489,-120.1958)

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

2007 Raingutter Regatta

Up early, Sharon and I headed back to Sacramento from Columbia. I picked up Jack and took him to the Cub Scout Pack 233 Raingutter Regatta.

The cub scouts started with some sacks races and a water balloon fight. After lunch, they started the Raingutter Regatta. In 2005 and 2006, Jack won first place in his den. We missed the 2004 Raingutter Regatta.

The boat races were 2 out of 3 double elimination. Jack lost his first match and was very discouraged. He then came back to win the next two matches to reach the finals. The other scout in the finals had not lost a match yet. Jack beat him two out of three in their first match, but lost the next match just barely to place second.

Due to some design decisions that I made, Jack's boat had some problems. I used too much hot glue anchoring the sail to the deck. As a result, the boat was more than a little top heavy and unstable. He was not pleased with me. It is a testament to his competitiveness that he was able to do as well as he did.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Murphy, Columbia and the City Hotel

Sharon and I have made it a tradition to get away for a night or two for our anniversary. Leaving Jack overnight with Drew, we took off after Jack's flag football game for the Gold Country.

We initially headed towards Murphy's. Along the way, we stopped and did some wine tasting at the Twisted Oak Winery. Afterwards, we went into the town of Murphy's and wandered through the historic downtown. Sharon did some shopping and we stopped at the Newsome-Harlow and Lavender Ridge Vineyard tasting rooms. We finished up having an hors d'oeuvre at the Alchemy Cafe.

From there, Sharon and I headed to Columbia and the City Hotel. She has some very fond memories of having dinner at the City Hotel Restaurant in the 1980's. In October of 1995, twelve years ago, Sharon and I stayed at the Fallon Hotel and had dinner at the City Hotel Restaurant.

We checked into the City Hotel. The City Hotel is located on the main street in the Columbia State Historic Park. Columbia State Historic Park offers a blend of museums, displays, town tours, live theater plays, shops, restaurants and attractions. It is one of California's best preserved gold rush towns.

We stayed in Room #1. It was a nice big room with a balcony overlooking the street.

Unfortunately, dinner was not very good. Sharon had rack of lamb, while I had a New York Steak. Sharon graded the dinner a C+. There was nothing inspiring about the meal. Sharon remembers that the restaurant used to be associated with a culinary school in Sonora, but it is not anymore. This is not a restaurant that we would recommend.

At the City Hotel in Columbia


At the City Hotel in Columbia, originally uploaded by heringermr.

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2007 Flag Football Game #6

Jack played in his sixth flag football game of the 2007 season. Drew met us at the game. Jack played very well on offense catching four passes. On his team's first offense play, he caught a crossing pattern and ran almost the length of the field for a touchdown. He had one other very long reception where he was caught at the one yard line after a 50 yard run. Jack played quarterback twice and completed 1 of his 2 passes.

On defense, Jack had one interception. As a team, they had trouble catching and pulling the flags on a couple of smaller kids.

The wolves lost by a score of 28 to 12. Their record is now 0 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie.

2007 Football Game #6 Pic 1

Friday, October 12, 2007

Song for 1976

After living off campus my freshman year in college, I lived in the dorms as a sophomore. In the fall of 1976, I went with my roommate to see the Tubes in concert at Freeborn Hall. I am pretty sure that it was the first band that I saw live in concert.

The song for 1976 is the Tube's What Do You Want From Live?

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

Doug and Jackie Christie Launch Online Talk Radio Show?!?

NBA Player Doug Christie and Wife, Jackie, Launch Online Talk Radio Show @ SYS-CON Media
Doug and Jackie Christie, announce the launch of their new online radio show, Infinite Love Talk Radio with Doug and Jackie Christie, beginning November 1, 2007. Their weekly talk show will feature celebrity guests, sports icons and surprise interviews. The Christies will spread their knowledge of marriage, fashion, love, lifestyle and sports with listeners as well as give advice on how to have a successful marriage when all odds are against you. The weekly online radio show will air on Saturdays at 5pm (PST) on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/christiedandj.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

2007 Raingutter Regatta Day 2

The wood in the raingutter regatta kits that I bought this year is much softer than previous years. In the past years, the boat was a block of soft pine. This year, the wood seems like balsa wood. It is very soft and easy to work. It will be interesting to see what difference this makes in how the boats race.

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

2007 Raingutter Regatta Day 1

Jack and I started working on his raingutter regatta boat for cub scouts. In 2005 and 2006, he won first place in his den.

Last year, we built and raced a catamaran that literally destroyed the competition. A video of the catamaran racing is here. This year, They distributed a set of rules that outlawed catamarans.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

2007 Kings versus Supersonics

Jack and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Seattle Supersonics basketball game. The box score shows the attendance at 13,284 (Arco Arena holds about 17,300). It looked to me like there were 6,000 to 7,000 people at the game. Kibitzing with the season ticket holders next to us, they suggested that they had never seen so few people at a game, even a preseason game. It will be interesting to see how the attendance looks when the regular season starts.

The Kings won by a score of 104 to 98. Kevin Martin looked very good. In 23 minutes, Martin scored 27 points on 7-of-11 from the field and 12 for 12 from the foul line.

When we were picking our season tickets, I was interested in this game because I wanted to see Kevin Durant (the number 2 overall pick in the draft) play. I was not impressed. Durant struggled to guard Martin in the first quarter. Mark Kreidler's analysis of Kevin Durant's first game in the NBA is titled Durant nearly defenseless in debut. He picked up his fourth foul in the second quarter. Durant finished with 12 points in 21 minutes, but physically looked over matched most of the time. I am probably going to pick up a ticket for the season opener against Seattle to see if he improves over the next month.

At Arco Arena


At Arco Arena, originally uploaded by heringermr.

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2007-2008 Kings Season

During the 2007-2008 Sacramento Kings season, the Kings
are 7 and 7 in games which I saw in person, including:

PRESEASON

10/09/2007: Kings-104, Supersonics-98 [1-0] - Jack


REGULAR SEASON

11/06/2007: Kings-104, Supersonics-98 [2-0]
11/10/2007: Kings-100, Timberwolves-93 [3-0] - Jack
11/20/2007: Suns-100, Kings-98 [3-1] - Jack
12/7/2007: Clippers-97, Kings-87 [3-2] - Jack
12/23/2007: Nuggets-106, Kings-105 [3-3] - Jack
12/26/2007: Celtics-89, Kings-69 [3-4] - Jack
01/08/2008: Kings-104, Magic-100 [4-4]
01/14/2008: Kings-122, Mavericks-120 [5-4]- Larkin
02/01/2008: Kings-112, Hornets-103 [6-4]- Sharon
02/06/2008: Supersonics-105, Kings-92 [6-5] - Jack
02/13/2008: Warriors-120, Suns-118 - Larkin
03/16/2008: Kings-106, Raptors-100 [7-5] - Jack
03/28/2008: Wizards-114, Kings-108 [7-6] - Drew/Max
04/14/2008: Spurs-111, Kings-108 [7-7] - Larkin

2017-2018 Season [5-2]
2016-2107 Season [5-3]
2015-2016 Season [2-2]
2014-2015 Season [1-4]
2013-2014 season [3-2]
2012-2013 Season [1-0]
2011-2012 Season [3-2]
2010-2011 Season [3-6]
2009-2010 Season [4-7]
2008-2009 Season [2-7]
2007-2008 Season [7-7]
2006-2007 Season [5-9]
2005-2006 Season [8-8]

Updated Starbucks iTunes Song of the Day

Starting April 15, 2008, Starbuck's started a new program called Pick of the Week. A list of the songs released in this program can be found here!

From October 2, 2007 through November 7, 2007, Starbuck's distributed 1.5 million music cards each and every day in all of the more than 10,000 U.S. stores. Each music card allowed the customer to download a special Song of the Day at no cost from iTunes.

The list of songs distributed by date included:

10-02-2007 - Bob Dylan - Jokerman
10-03-2007 - TK Tunstall - One Day
10-04-2007 - Joni Mitchell - Night of the Iguana
10-05-2007 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
10-06-2007 - Emily King - Moon
10-07-2007 - Mavis Staples - We Shall Not Be Moved
10-08-2007 - CéU - Roda (Bombay Dub Orchestra Grateful Dub Radio Mix)
10-09-2007 - Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
10-10-2007 - Gloria Estefan, 90 Millas
10-11-2007 - Fine Frenzy, You Picked Me
10-12-2007 - John Legend, Show Me
10-13-2007 - John Fogerty, Gunslinger
10-14-2007 - Patti Scialfa, Looking for Elvis
10-15-2007 - Herbie Hancock, Maiden Voyage
10-16-2007 - Angie Stone, Happy Being Me
10-17-2007 - Annie Lennox, Dark Road
10-18-2007 - Brandi Carlile, Turpentine
10-19-2007 - Alice Smith, New Religion
10-20-2007 - Rogue Wave, Lake Michigan
10-21-2007 - Alice Russell, Hurry On Now (Featuring TM Juke)
10-22-2007 - Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Grace is Gone
10-23-2007 - Sonya Kitchell, I'm In Love With You
10-24-2007 - Bitter:Sweet, Heaven (Nicola Conte Remix)
10-25-2007 - Greyboy w/ Sharon Jones, Got To Be A Love
10-26-2007 - Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Sacala Bailar
10-27-2007 - Rissi Palmer, Country Girl
10-28-2007 - Raul Midon, Pick Somebody Up
10-29-2007 - Joss Stone, Tell Me 'Bout It (Live from the Bowery Ballroom)
10-30-2007 - Federico Aubele, Maria Jose
10-31-2007 - Sara Bareilles, Love Song
11-01-2007 - Hilary McRae, Consider Me Gone
11-02-2007 - John Mayer, Dreaming With A Broken Heart
11-03-2007 - Galactic, I Got It (What You Need)
11-04-2007 - Bebel Gilberto, Um Segundo
11-05-2007 - Suzanne Vega, Frank & Ava
11-06-2007 - Sia, Day Too Soon
11-07-2007 - Paul McCartney, Only Mama Knows

Monday, October 08, 2007

California Historical Landmark #456

One of the books in the pile on my nightstand is The Boston-Newton Company Venture. The book brings together companion diaries kept by two members of the Boston-Newton Company as they traveled from Massachusetts to California in 1849.

Camp Site of the Boston-Newton Party
California State Historical Landmark #456

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This landmark is located on Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs, California in El Dorado County. There are 29 other California State Historical Landmarks in El Dorado County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 39.919 W 120° 55.611.

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



The Boston-Newton Joint Stock Association, which left Boston April 16 and arrived at Sutter's Fort September 27 after a remarkable journey across the continent, camped here on September 26, 1849. A rich store of written records preserved by these pioneers has left a fascinating picture of the gold rush.

El Dorado County Landmarks

California State Historical Landmarks in El Dorado County
{GPS Coordinates of Site Location}

*NO. 141 Hangman's Tree - [map] - {38.72838,-120.80242}
*NO. 142 Site of Studebaker's Shop - [map] - {38.729420,-120.798006}
*NO. 143 Marshall Monument - [map] - {38.79669,-120.8941}
*NO. 319 Marshall's Blacksmith Shop - [map] - {38.79295,-120.81817}
*NO. 456 Camp Site of the Boston-Newton Party - [map] - {38.665317,-120.926850}
*NO. 475 Placerville - [map] - {38.729683,-120.7991}
*NO. 484 Georgetown - [map] - {38.90664,-120.83889}
*NO. 486 El Dorado - [map] - {38.6826,-120.84848}
*NO. 487 Diamond Springs - [map] - {38.69407,-120.81722}
*NO. 521 Greenwood - [map] - {38.89868,-120.91442}
*NO. 530 Gold Discovery Site -[map] - {38.80346,-120.8923}
*NO. 551 Site of California's First Grange Hall - [map] - {38.84332,-121.01485}
*NO. 569 Mormon Island - [map] - {38.699167,-121.1275}
*NO. 570 Negro Hill - [map] - {38.7005,-121.1095}
*NO. 571 Salmon Falls - [map] - {38.7005,-121.1095}
*NO. 572 Condemned Bar - [map] - {38.7005,-121.1095}
*NO. 699 Pony Express Mormon Tavern - [map] - {38.65616,-121.05959}
*NO. 700 Pony Express El Dorado - [map] - {38.68251,-120.84879}
*NO. 701 Pony Express Placerville - [map] - {38.72786,-120.80327}
*NO. 703 Pony Express Pleasant Grove House - [map] - {38.69793,-121.02041}
*NO. 704 Pony Express Sportsman's Hall - [map] - {38.75015,-120.61121}
*NO. 705 Pony Express Moore's (Riverton) - [map] - {38.77118,-120.44914}
*NO. 706 Pony Express Webster's (Sugar Loaf House) - [map] - {38.77007,-120.31257}
*NO. 707 Pony Express Strawberry Valley House - [map] - {38.79533,-120.14833}
*NO. 708 Pony Express Yank's Station - [map] - {38.85595,-120.0128}
*NO. 728 Pony Express Friday's Station - [map] - {38.96407,-119.93905}
*NO. 747 Coloma Road-Rescue - [map] - {38.71117,-120.95217}
*NO. 748 Coloma Road-Coloma - [map] - {38.802367,-120.89285}
*NO. 767 Methodist Episcopal Church - [map] - {38.7284,-120.79385}
*NO. 815 Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony - [map] - {38.77127,-120.8894}

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

News, news and more news from Drew

Greetings All,

many things are happening & its been a couple months since an update : so here we go :

Topic 1: New Music

the new E.P. is still coming out. at this point it looks like it will be done in mid november to early december & definitely before the new year. i am traveling to Los Angeles this weekend to put the final touches on it. i am very pleased with the sound as it falls somewhere between "& we hope" & "Unfold" & i can't wait to release it : much like a college freshman out into the world for the first time. the working title is "Seems So Long Since Yesterday: E.P."

Topic 2: January West Coast Tour

the tour is coming together & we are currently booking for anywhere between San Diego & Seattle on the West Coast in January of '08. it will start in Placerville on December 28th or 29th & stop back in Sacramento January 24th.

tour dates will start coming up in the next couple weeks - keep checking myspace.com/andrewheringer for updates.

the band is set & some combination of these people will be playing:

Kellen Garcia - Bass
Jason Galbraith - Tenor Sax
Max Haymer - All Things with Keys
Eric Frank - Guitar
Jonathan McHenry - Drums

Topic 3: Living Room Sets

along with these tour stops at venues - we have an idea to supplement the down days on tour.

we are interested in playing in your living room.

that's right.
YOUR living room.

all you have to do is invite ALL your friends & promise to have a good time & we'll play an acoustic set.

our biggest reason for touring is to play for new audiences & get the music to new people & we believe that this would be a great way to do it. payment would be excepted but not expected : we'll put out a guitar "tip" case & hope to sell some cds. this is grass roots at its finest.

would you be interested in hosting a show? do you have a living room that would make a great stage for a live acoustic set? do you have lots & lots of friends who love music & would love to come hear a bunch of travel minstrels? please email me back at andrewheringer at gmail dot com if you are interested.

Topic 4: I'm Almost Done - One More Thing


i recently read in an article with the capitol records president that studies have shown that above all marketing campaigns & all myspace pages & all internet schemes to make you interested in bands - the best way for artists to catch on is:

FRIENDS TELLING FRIENDS
word of mouth ladies and gentlemen

i want to thank everyone who has ever told someone, burned a cd for someone, sent a link to someone, played the cd on a car drive for someone who has never heard of Andrew Heringer or my music before.

Peace, Love & more Love:

-adh

Saturday, October 06, 2007

2007 Oktoberfest

Sharon, Jack and I met a large group at the Sacramento Turn Verein for Oktoberfest. The evening included German food and beer, popular German bands (both upstairs and down), and folk dancers.

Oktoberfest


Oktoberfest, originally uploaded by heringermr.

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To Davis Ranch

After Jack's flag football game, we headed out to Davis Ranch so Sharon could load up on material for fall decorations. They have upgraded the facilities a lot since we were there last year. They have a new pumpkin patch setting. This includes a corn maze, play areas for the children and a pick your own strawberry farm in hydroponic stands. Jack particularly enjoyed the corn maze; it probably took us 15 to 20 minutes to find our way through.

Davis Ranch


Davis Ranch, originally uploaded by heringermr.

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2007 Flag Football Game #5

Jack played in his fifth flag football game of the 2007 season. He had two nice catches in the first half. Jack had a 25 yard gain on his first catch. His second reception was good for 55 yards and his team's only touchdown. He played quarterback on one play and threw an incompletion. Jack also threw an incompletion on a halfback option.

I was particularly proud of a couple of his defense plays. Playing safety, Jack rushed the passer and partially tipped the ball. The pass was tipped into the hands of the receiver. Although he was probably more than 15 yards behind the play, Jack chased the play all the way down the sidelines, actually catching up with the receiver just before the goal line and making a diving attempt for the flag. He never gave up. In the second half, Jack made an athletic play to get in front of the receiver and knock down the ball.

The Wolves lost by a score of 12 to 6. Their record is now 0 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie.



Friday, October 05, 2007

Planes, Trains & Automobile Art Show

Sharon, Jack and I met Tom, Becky, Kathy, Erin and Eric at the Centerline Gallery in Woodland for the Planes, Trains & Automobile Art Show. One of the principle artists was Jim Dunn, a childhood friend of Tom's and a long time friend of the family.

I am very impressed with Jim's work. He had more than 20 photos printed on canvas displayed.

After the show, we walked to the Maritime Seafood & Grill for dinner. I had a prawn risotto with scallops. The food, the wine and the service were solid; we would definitely go back here again for dinner.


2007 Kings Tickets Draw

We held the conference call to split up this year's Kings season tickets. We have the same group as last year. Jack drew some names out of a hat on Friday morning to set the order for the ticket draw: Dan/Jeana; Mike; me; and Tim/Sharon.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

John Hollinger's Team Forecast: Sacramento Kings

ESPN's John Hollinger's team forecast for the Sacramento Kings in the coming season is very bleak. Hollinger expects the team to win fewer games than they did last season. He is particularly critical of the frontcourt of Kenny Thomas, Brad Miller and Abdur-Rahim. Last year, Hollinger's forecast was too optimistic?!?

ESPN - Hollinger's Team Forecast: Sacramento Kings - NBA
An entertaining playoff fixture for a decade, the Kings of today bear no resemblance whatsoever to the teams that wore the same uniform just three or four years ago. Defense is the biggest concern. Despite having a dominating perimeter defender in Artest, they're likely to be near the bottom of the charts in defensive efficiency because of the emaciated frontcourt.

They might not be great shakes on offense, either. While the trio of Bibby, Artest and Martin will have nights where they combine for 70 points and shoot the Kings to victory, the lack of a supporting cast will render them shorthanded most of the time.

As a result, I'm looking for the worst Kings season yet -- and that's before they break out the dynamite. Artest can opt out of his contract after the season and is highly likely to, while the Bibby rumors won't die; there's a good chance he'll be a goner by the trade deadline, if not sooner. Once they do that, there's no reason for the Kings to keep their aging frontcourt players, either, so it could set in motion a slew of departures.

Until then, there are some games to play, but I don't expect them to be pretty. They're still wearing the same uniform, but I no longer recognize this as the Sacramento Kings.

Prediction: 27-55, 4th in Pacific, 12th in Western Conference

Starbucks iTunes Song of the Day List

From October 2 through November 7, Starbuck's is distributing 1.5 million music cards each and every day in all of the more than 10,000 U.S. stores. Each music card will allow the customer to download a special Song of the Day at no cost from iTunes.

The list of songs distributed included:

10-02-2007 - Bob Dylan - Jokerman
10-03-2007 - TK Tunstall - One Day
10-04-2007 - Joni Mitchell - Night of the Iguana
10-05-2007 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
10-06-2007 - Emily King - Moon
10-07-2007 - Mavis Staples - We Shall Not Be Moved
10-08-2007 - CéU - Roda (Bombay Dub Orchestra Grateful Dub Radio Mix)
10-09-2007 - Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
10-10-2007 - Gloria Estefan, 90 Millas
10-11-2007 - Fine Frenzy, You Picked Me
10-12-2007 - John Legend, Show Me
10-13-2007 - John Fogerty, Gunslinger
10-14-2007 - Patti Scialfa, Looking for Elvis
10-15-2007 - Herbie Hancock, Maiden Voyage
10-16-2007 - Angie Stone, Happy Being Me
10-17-2007 - Annie Lennox, Dark Road
10-18-2007 - Brandi Carlile, Turpentine
10-19-2007 - Alice Smith, New Religion
10-20-2007 - Rogue Wave, Lake Michigan
10-21-2007 - Alice Russell, Hurry On Now (Featuring TM Juke)
10-22-2007 - Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Grace is Gone
10-23-2007 - Sonya Kitchell, I'm In Love With You
10-24-2007 - Bitter:Sweet, Heaven (Nicola Conte Remix)
10-25-2007 - Greyboy w/ Sharon Jones, Got To Be A Love
10-26-2007 - Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Sacala Bailar
10-27-2007 - Rissi Palmer, Country Girl
10-28-2007 - Raul Midon, Pick Somebody Up
10-29-2007 - Joss Stone, Tell Me 'Bout It (Live from the Bowery Ballroom)
10-30-2007 - Federico Aubele, Maria Jose
10-31-2007 - Sara Bareilles, Love Song
11-01-2007 - Hilary McRae, Consider Me Gone
11-02-2007 - John Mayer, Dreaming With A Broken Heart
11-03-2007 - Galactic, I Got It (What You Need)
11-04-2007 - Bebel Gilberto, Um Segundo
11-05-2007 - Suzanne Vega, Frank & Ava
11-06-2007 - Sia, Day Too Soon
11-07-2007 - Paul McCartney, Only Mama Knows

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

some love for the iPhone

With all of the negative articles that have written about the iPhone 1.1.1 upgrade and iBricks in the last week, I thought I would write about my experience with the iPhone over the last three months.

On Thursday after the iPhone launched, I walked into the Apple Store in the Arden Town Mall in Sacramento and bought an 8GB iPhone. I have been using cellular phones since the late 1980's. As I have mentioned before, I have had 6 phones in the last 9 years. I get about 18 months out of a phone before it is pretty beat up. On the average, I have probably paid almost $400 for each of those phones.

I could not be more happy with my experiences of the last three months. This includes:

  • The activation of the iPhone using iTunes exceeded my expectations. Although I had a lot of trepidation due to the reports from the first weekend, I was able to activate the iPhone, including switching my number from Sprint, in less than 10 minutes.

  • I then synced all of my contacts and phone numbers out of Outlook on the iPhone. In less than 30 minutes, I had the iPhone activated, all of my contacts loaded and I was off and running.

  • Each of the version upgrades (from 1.00 to 1.01 to 1.02 to 1.11) have been painless.

  • I have added custom ringtones. About 165 of the 750 songs that I have purchased from iTunes over the years can be made into ringtones. I find the ringtones creation features and functions in iTunes to work smoothly.

    My last phone was a Sprint Samsung A900. Sprint charged me $2.50 to use a downloaded ringtone for six months. Owning the song and a ringtone with my custom characteristics that I can use on the current and future iPhones seems reasonable for $1.98.

    My son is an musician with songs on iTunes. I believe that artists should be compensated for their material.

  • Using Flickr's functionality, I am using the camera in the iPhone to post pictures directly to my weblog.

  • After the 1.1.1 upgrade, I used the iTunes Wifi store to purchase, download and play a song (Into the Night by Santana featuring Chad Kroeger). I have cruised the Wifi store on a number of other occasions and will definitely make additional purchases.

    [I have stopped at Starbucks and got a cup of coffee and the song of the day card over the last several days. I think that one mistake that Starbucks and Apple made is that they should have set up a way to redeem the Starbucks songs for the day on the iPhone through the iTunes Wifi store from any hotspot. I would find a place to connect and download the song so I could listen to it on the way home...]

  • Before our trip to New Mexico in August, I downloaded Roving Mars from the iTunes and loaded it on the iPhone. When I finished my book on the plane on the way home, I watched about half of the movie on the iPhone. After we got home and I synced back to the iTunes ecosystem. I was able to start watching the video on my iTV right where I left off.

  • Every morning, I update a playlist titled 1 Morning Drive with about 20 podcasts from NPR (national and local-WFUI, KQED, KCRW and KXJZ), APM, PRI, ESPN, Scientific American, CNET and others. My youngest loves the PRI's Geo Quiz. I mix a couple songs into the playlist. I start the playlist on the iPhone when I get in the car on my way to work and pick up where I left off in the playlist on my way home.

  • I use a bluetooth jawbone ear piece. When the phone rings in the car, the music fades out, I tap the ear piece to anwer the call. When the call is over, the music fades back in. [There is some GSM feedback that I have not completely eliminated.]

  • I use the iPhone to connect to the Wifi networks at home and at work for web browsing and mail.

  • I use Safari with the iPhone versions of Facebook, Pocket Tweets and Meebo as well as a number of other web sites.

  • I have the iPhone connected to my Gmail account. [I do wish I could figure out a process for deleting emails on the iPhone and have them deleted from the inbox.]

  • I took a number of my favorite photos and moved to the iPhone to use with the contacts and as backgrounds.

  • I like the way that the SMS application keeps the messages grouped by caller. It allows you to maintain a thread of the conversation.

  • The visual voicemail which provides a scrolling list of the messages is great!

  • I have used almost all of the different cell phone carriers over the last ten years on personal and work phones. It is my personal opinion that the demonization of AT&T is overblown. It my experience that the quality of voice service varies depending on where you live. Each carrier has strengths and weaknesses. You pick a carrier with a good network where you live and work. In my experience, the customer service of all the cellular carriers is poor at best.

This is just a quick brain dump of my experiences. I understand the desire to want to explore the hardware and software and add the functionality. I respect the frustration that has been expressed by some users by the 1.1.1 upgrade. Nevertheless, while it is not perfect, this is a remarkable device.


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Be afraid, very afraid

Sharon bought Jack an electric guitar on Monday night.

 

Alfred M. Bergere House

Alfred M. Bergere House
National Register of Historic Places #1975001166

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This historic place is located at 135 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° 41.368 W 105° 56.423.

You can log your vist to this site at waymarking.com.

 

 

This is the former home of Alfred Maurice Bergere, for whom it is named. It is a stately, two-story, balconied edifice set back amid large trees and a lush lawn. Built in the 1870s for officers’ quarters, the Bergere House was part of the Fort Marcy military reservation. Of six houses built in this neighborhood for such purposes, it is one of two still extant. (The other is the Hewitt House). Bergere, an Englishman of Italian ancestry, occupied the house after the U.S. Army abandoned Fort Marcy.

After many renovations, the house is now the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's Research Center. Dedicated to the study of American modernism (1890-present), the center is located one block from the O'Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe. Renovated and expanded by architect Richard Gluckman, who also renovated the main museum building, the structure features a new wing for the center's library and archive.


Monday, October 01, 2007

Song for 1975

Growing up in a small rural town without older siblings, my exposure to popular music before college was somewhat limited. My first day of college I encountered a group of guys with stereo equipment and boxes of records. Over the next four years, I was introduced to an enormous variety of music. It is going to be difficult to pick just four songs to represent the four years of college. Nevertheless, one of the four guys that I lived with my freshman year played a lot of the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan (Hurricane, over and over again) and Marshall Tucker.

The Song for 1975 is Marshall Tucker's Fire on the Mountain.

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

NBA Power Rankings 2007-2008 Training Camp

Marc Stein's NBA Power Rankings for today's opening of training camps has the Sacramento Kings ranked 25th out of 30 teams, ahead of only the Hawks, 76ers, Clippers, Pacers and Timberwolves. I think that this is little pessimistic. Based on Theus kicking ass and taking names in the locker room and, unlike Musselman, instituting some semblance of a real offense, I am predicting that the Kings will be 18th in the Power Ranking at the end of November, still out of the top 16 needed to make the playoffs.

ESPN - NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association
We repeat: Sacramento's turn-of-the-century rise from perennial doormat to title contender was a fairy tale, but rebuilding this castle -- nearly three years after exiling Webber -- is proving a much tougher job.