Friday, February 29, 2008

Song for 1965

In addition to the Monkees, Mission: Impossible and Hawaii 5-0, I grew up watching Get Smart. The show aired on the NBC from 1965 to 1969, after which it moved to CBS for its final season in 1970. A total of 138 episodes were broadcast. The series, created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, won seven Emmy Awards.

The song for 1965 is the Get Smart theme song.

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

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

February 2008 Cub Scout Pack Meeting

Jack and I went to the February Cub Scout Pack Meeting at Kings Skate.

Roller Skating

Roller Skating, originally uploaded by heringermr.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

10th anniversary of the Newton's death

It was ten years ago today, February 27, 1998, that the Apple Newton was officially killed. There is a good obituary for the Newton here.

I carried a Newton for about five years from fall of 1993 to fall of 1998. The Newton's combination of software and hardware capabilities are still unique. Although once Apple releases the SDK for the iPhone, I think that there will be something close.

In Spring of 1995, I took a trip to Russia and Germany. Using the Newton, a small modem and a Compuserve account, I was able to keep a journal and e-mail the journal to everyone while I was on trip. This was a remarkable accomplishment at the time and highlights how versatile the Apple Newton was.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Nate Wallen

Wallen and I caught up on the phone last night. Nate is playing baseball this year at Shasta College in Redding. Shasta College plays in the Golden Valley Conference.

Nate is doing well. With conference play starting next week, Nate is leading the conference in triples and doubles and is sixth in slugging percentage and runs batted in.

Monday, February 25, 2008

California Historical Landmark #604

Site of Sam Brannan House
California State Historical Landmark #604

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California Historical Landmark #604

Sacramento's first post office was located on this lot in 1849.  In 1853, Henry E. Robinson bought the lot from Samuel Brannan and built this three story brick building. Naming it the Jones Hotel. The Sacramento Pioneer Association first organized in this building in 1854. In 1855, it became a boarding house called the Vernon House, owned by Miss O. J. Clark. In 1865, Samuel Brannan bought the building, turned it back into a hotel, and renamed it Brannan House. This building was lifted approximately nine feet in 1865.

This building, erected by Henry E. Robinson in 1853 on land owned by Sam Brannan, was used as the first meeting place of the Pioneer Association and other organizations of early days.

Snow Shoeing

Sharon and Janie spent the day snow shoeing at Royal Gorge.

NBA Power Rankings 2007-2008 Week 17

The Sacramento Kings jumped three spots to 15th in Marc Stein's weekly NBA Power Rankings. This is the highest that Stein has ranked the Kings this season. John Hollinger's NBA Playoff Odds put the Kings chances of making the play-offs at 0.7%, up slightly from 0.5% last week. To make the play-offs in the Western Conference, the Kings would probably have to win 22 of their last 27 games.
ESPN - NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association - The debate about keeping or parting with Ron-Ron is on hold for a few months now. The focus from here is whether the best sub-.500 team in the league and its rookie coach will wind up as the West's 11th winning team.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

February Webelos #1 Den Meeting

Jack and I went to the February meeting of his cub scout den. Seven of the eight boys showed up. They did requirement 12 of the Handyman Activity Badge. Using a bandsaw, sander and a drill press, they built a step stool to be used around the house.

At Webeos Den Meeting

At Webeos Den Meeting, originally uploaded by heringermr.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

To Mikuni's

After the basketball games, Sharon, Jack, Deborah, John, Cole, Marlene, Tim and I went to dinner at Mikuni's in Elk Grove.

2008 Little Dribblers Basketball Game 6

Jack played his sixth and last game of the 2008 Little Dribblers Basketball season against Holy Spirit Parish School. Jack and I went early to watch Tim and Cole play in the third grade game.

This was probably the worst game that Jack has played this year. He ended up with 6 points. Unfortunately, he probably took almost 15 shots (3 for 15). Rather than driving to the basket and passing, he was looking for his own shot. Although he denied it, I think that this is partly due to the fact that one of friends was in the audience watching the game.

Holy Spirit had one of the biggest most polished kids that we have seen this year.

I refereed the game. The kids are starting to get a lot more physical. I have no interest in refereeing the games next year when they move up from a recreational league to a competitive league.

After the game, the dads played a game against the boys for about an hour.



Friday, February 22, 2008

Snow Pictures from Morgan

Morgan is going to school in Bronxville, New York. She sent this great set of pictures yesterday along with a note that said:
it started snowing last night at about one in the morning and twelve hours later hasnt stopped. i havent gone outside yet today, but thought id send some pictures of the view outside my window. note the amount of snow on the cars across the street!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Song for 1968

One of the television shows that I grew up watching was the original Mission: Impossible series. It aired on the CBS network from September 1966 to March 1973. The theme music for the series composed by Lalo Schifrin is widely considered one of the iconic television themes.

The song for 1968 is The Lalo Schifrin's Mission: Impossible theme song.

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

What is this?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

2008 Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 Start

One of the Sharon's customers sponsors a pro cycling team. As a result, she was able to get VIP passes to the finish of Stage 2 of the Tour of California and the start of Stage 3. Sharon, Jack and I went to the start of Stage 3 in downtown Modesto.

After getting a bite to eat in the hospitality tent, we wandered along the street behind the starting line. All of the team buses and cars were parked there. As the teams were getting organized, a few of the riders were outside the buses. Sharon and Jack were able to get Tyler Farrar's autograph. Farrar was the race leader wearing the yellow jersey at the start of Stage 3.

From there, we went back to the starting line. Jack spent some time along Autograph Alley. He had a jacket that he was having the riders autograph. Jack ended up getting about dozen autographs including Leipheimer and Cipollini. Jack really enjoyed this part of the day. Given how hard it is to get autographs of players in other sports like baseball, football or basketball, it is a nice touch that a large number of riders would spent time signing autographs.

We moved back to the hospitality suite and got a good spot along the fence near the starting line to watch the start of the race and riders go by. The race had a couple of laps around downtown before starting for San Jose.

Walking back to the truck, a news crew from FOX40 stopped us and asked us if they could interview us. They interviewed Jack and took pictures of his jacket with all of the autographs and then interviewed Sharon. It will be interesting to see if they use any of the footage.

Sharon has enjoyed the last couple of days so much that we are actually talking about following the race for several days next year.

Tyler Farrar

Tyler Farrar was the race leader in the yellow jersey at the start of stage 3 of the 2008 Tour of California.

Tyler Farrar 

Tyler Farrar 

Team Gerolsteiner

Team Gerolsteiner 

Mario Cipollini

Mario Cipollini

Oscar Freire

Oscar Freire 

Jelly Belly Team Car

Tour of California at the start of stage 3

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cisco Unified Communications EBC

I spent the day at a Cisco Unified Communications Executive Briefing in San Jose. The agenda included Unified Communications Vision, WebEx Overview, Telepresence roadmap, UCCE Roadmap and UC Applications in Healthcare. Most of my thoughts for the day focused on Telepresence, including a sense of urgency about getting our first two sites running, signage for the back of the rooms and the idea of incorporating one of our major vendors into the implementation.

2008 Tour of California Stage 2 Finish

Sharon and Tom went to the finish of stage 2 of the Tour of California in downtown Sacramento. Sharon got some good pictures with Jack's camera which I will post in the next couple of days.

NBA Power Rankings 2007-2008 Week 16

The Sacramento Kings dropped two spots to 18th in Marc Stein's weekly NBA Power Rankings. John Hollinger's NBA Playoff Odds put the Kings chances of making the play-offs at 0.5%, down from 1.6% last week.

I feel bad for Theus. I think that he has done a solid job coaching the Kings this year, but he is fighting a losing battle with so many changes in the starting line-up.
ESPN - NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association: Bibby's departure means we can proclaim Artest to be king of the trade market between now and Thursday's buzzer, since he's easier to move than Jermaine O'Neal or Vince Carter. Any objections from the citizenry?

Monday, February 18, 2008

California Historical Landmark #605

Site of Sacramento Union
California State Historical Landmark #605

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Erected in 1851, this structure was occupied by the Sacramento Union in 1852. The newspaper began its career March 19, 1851 at 21 J Street, Sacramento.

Larkin at Sugar Bowl


Sunday, February 17, 2008

Skiing at Sugar Bowl

Up early, we drove to Sugar Bowl to ski for the day. I had scheduled a lesson for Sharon and Jack with Larkin from 9 to 10 and a group lesson for Jack from 10 to noon. Larkin works on weekends and holidays as an instructor in the ski school at Sugar Bowl.

After getting Sharon and Jack going with Larkin, I spent an hour skiing by myself. With the poor snow year last winter, I have not skied since April of 2006. I realized during a couple of quick runs that I really enjoy skiing and miss it.

After we put Jack in the group lesson, Sharon and I skied together until lunch time. We picked Jack up from the group lesson and met Larkin in the lodge for a quick bite.

Jack and I skied together for about an hour and a half after lunch, while Sharon read her book. Eventually, we met up with Sharon and the three of us took a couple of runs together. Although he has not skied in almost two year, Jack got stronger and stronger as the day wore on. I really enjoyed the last couple of runs with him.

We quit about 3:45 and met Larkin back in the lodge. By the time, we got back to the car, got changed and ahd everything loaded up, it was after 5. It turned out to be a very slow drive back; lots of traffics. We stopped in Natomas for dinner and finally got home about 8:40.

At Sugar Bowl

At Sugar Bowl, originally uploaded by heringermr.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

St. Mary's Crab Feed

Saturday night, we went with a large group to the St. Mary's Parish Crab Feed. The group included Tom, Becky, Eric, Tim, Kathy, Erin, a friend of Erin's, Eileen, Ernie, Olene, Jack, Sharon and I.

2008 Little Dribblers Basketball Game 5

Jack played in his fifth Little Dribblers Basketball game of the 2008 season against Sacred Heart School. According to Jack, the score was 56 to 20. Jack had 14 points, while another of his teammates--Joe--probably had 22 of the points. The two of them combined for 36 of the 56 points that the team scored.

Friday, February 15, 2008

St. Francis High School SWAP Day

Today was St. Francis High School SWAP (Switch With A Parent) Day. SWAP Day provides an opportunity for parents to spend the day at St. Francis High School in their daughter’s classes.

Sharon's niece attends St. Francis and asked Sharon if she would like to go. Sharon who graduated from St. Francis jumped at the chance. Sharon spent a minimum day going to classes, including Chemistry, English, US History, Church History and Art.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day 2008

Sharon, Jack and I had a Valentine's Day dinner at Table 260 near our house. We shared plates of Crab Legs with Noddles, New York Steak with Blue Cheese and Backyard Style Ribs. We have not eaten there since last Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

2008 Warriors versus Suns

Larkin and I went to the Golden State Warriors versus Phoenix Suns basketball game at Oracle Arena in Oakland. It was a very entertaining evening. The game had a 6:00 p.m. start time in Oakland. Rather than fight the bay area traffic, we decided to take BART. It is about 60 miles from my house to the BART station in Pittsburg. It was an hour ride with one train change to the Bart Station at the Oakland Coliseum.

The game was a track meet. It turned to Larkin about 2/3's of the way through the first quarter and said "120-118." I repeated this prediction over the course of the game.

Monta Ellis was on fire. He scored 37 points on 18 for 27 from the field. Ellis is an amazing athlete. I had watched him score 34 points on 10 for 13 from the field on Saturday night against the Sacramento Kings.

For the Suns, Grant Hill scored 26 points on 11 for 18 from the field. After years of problems, he looks very fit. I have been listening to several ESPN podcasts recently where Grant Hill's physical resurgence has been attributed to the quality of the Sun's training and medical staff. Amare Stoudemire added 29 points on 10 for 14 from the field, while Steve Nash chipped in another 20 points.

With the score tied 113 to 113 with 2:31 left in the game, Baron Davis scored three straight baskets to put the Warriors up 119 to 113 with 1:14 left. The Suns clawed back, but fell short. The Warriors won by a score of 120 to 118. The exact score I had predicted.

We wandered back out to the BART station. Initially, we jumped on the wrong train going in the right direction. After two quick train changes, we had a quiet ride back to Pittsburg. We rolled back into Elk Grove about 11:20 p.m.

Warriors versus Suns

Warriors versus Suns, originally uploaded by heringermr.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Andrew Heringer Band

A Thank You Message
To members of Andrew Heringer

Hello One and All,

I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun we had over the last month traveling around and playing shows on the west coast.

we drove over 4500 miles together
we played for over 1150 people
at 20 different venues in 3 states.

If you want to read about our travels,
I posted a blog for everyday which you can read at:

as well we made a music video for "Don't Forget" which is posted at:

I cannot explain how much support we had from family, friends & friends of friends who came out to the shows, housed us, feed us, told friends about shows, etc. We wouldn't and couldn't do this without all y'all's support. Look for some more solo shows as well another full band tour in the coming months.

Peace, Love & Folk/Rock/Jazz/Funk

- Andrew, Kellen, Jonathan, Eric, Max & Jason

Monday, February 11, 2008

California Historical Landmark #595

Eagle Theater
California State Historical Landmark #595

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This is the site of the first building in California constructed as a theater in 1849. The theater was reconstructed in 1974.

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NBA Power Rankings 2007-2008 Week 15

The Sacramento Kings are 16th in Marc Stein's weekly NBA Power Rankings; this is the same as last week. John Hollinger's NBA Playoff Odds put the Kings chances of making the play-offs at 1.6%, down from 2.8% last week.
ESPN - NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association - Getting their whole team back has led to an impressive 8-4 run that would be even more uplifting if the Kings A) hadn't thrown in a home loss to Seattle and B) weren't reading daily 'trade me' requests from Artest.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

We watched On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Released in 1969, this is the sixth film in the James Bond Series. It is the only film in the series to star George Lazenby as MI6 secret agent James Bond, 007. Adapted from Ian Fleming's 1963 novel of the same name, the movie very closely follows the book.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service was originally to have followed Goldfinger, and early prints of that film even announced this. Later, it was earmarked to follow Thunderball but ultimately ended up following You Only Live Twice. As a result, there are several continuity errors. For example, neither Bond nor Blofeld recognize each other, despite having met face-to-face in the previous film.

In the film, Bond faces Blofeld, who is planning on unleashing a plague to sterilize the world's plants and animals through a group of brainwashed women unless his demands are met. Along the way, Bond meets, falls in love with, and eventually marries Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo.

In addition to George Lazenby as James Bond, the film stars Diana Rigg as Tracy di Vicenzo and Telly Savalas as Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Blofeld's lair is the most visually impressive part of the movie. These scenes were filmed at Piz Gloria. This is a revolving restaurant on top of the Schilthorn near Mürren in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

On the American River bike trail

Saturday, February 09, 2008

2008 Laguna Youth Baseball Tryouts

Jack and I spent the afternoon at baseball tryouts. After being cancelled twice due to rain, the weather has cleared in the last week allowing the league to get the tryouts completed. This will be Jack's sixth year of organized baseball. It is the second year that he has gone to the tryouts.

There were more than 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. Last year, Jack nailed the tryout. This year, he was solid, but not great. Jack looked smooth in the field, but was overthrowing.

After the fielding, they lined up all of the kids and gave them three pitches against a pitching machine. Although his swing looked pretty good, Jack was only able to foul off one of the pitches.

It will be interesting to see where he ends up. Jack is hoping to move up from AA last year to AAA this year.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Hugh Kirkwood Duffield

Brun's stepdad died late last month.

Hugh Kirkwood Duffield, II peacefully passed away on January 29, 2008, in Sacramento, Calif. He was born to James Edwin and Nina Duffield on October 2, 1942, in Teaneck, N.J. He is survived by his wife Velta and her extended family, son Sebastien, daughter Aldy, granddaughters Sofia, Claire, and Natalie. Hugh is also survived by his siblings Nancy, Jim, Lynn, Mark, and Sharon. He grew up in Darien, Conn., attended Denison University and eventually settled in Sacramento, Calif., in 1975. Hugh was well-respected for his expertise in matters of fine art. He started the Duffield Collection with his wife Velta. The Duffield Collection deals with appraisals and sale of fine art. Hugh filled our lives with his generous and kind nature. His sense of humor and gift of gab on any subject kept one curious about the world. Over the years he has made many friends from all walks of life. He delighted many with his piano playing and storytelling at local and Paris, France, night spots.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Music is going to become a promotional tool did a podcast with Drew in December before he started the West Coast Tour. It weaves an interview into a couple of his songs. Although it is not completely obvious, you can play the podcast on that page by clicking on the small blue triangle under the picture or you can download it.

I found his thoughts on the music industry starting at the 10:55 mark interesting. They include:
record labels are trying to figure out a way to survive.
music is going to become a promotional tool more than anything else.
the value of the song itself has extremely decreased.
The money quote at the 15:30 mark is Hefeweizen.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

2008 Kings versus Supersonics

Jack and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Seattle Supersonics basketball game. After leading 59 to 58 at half-time, the Kings collapsed in the second half to lose by the score of 105 to 92. The Kings were never really in the game in the second half. Ahead by eight points after three quarters, the Sonics scored the first 13 points of the fourth to take a 21-point lead.

Earl Watson had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double. In contrast, Kevin Martin was 1 for 10 from the field and finished with 5 points. Martin is averaging 23.4 points a game.

Brad Miller missed the game after cutting the index finger of his right hand Sunday. Miller was named Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 22 points and 18.3 rebounds in three straight victories last week. Beno Udrih also missed the game with the flu.

For some reason, mascots from several other teams, including the Houston Rockets, Charlotte Bobcats and the Indiana Pacers, were at the game. The mascots spent most of the first half roaming through the stands and interacting with the fans. At one point, Jack turned to me and said "watching the mascots is much more entertaining than watching the game."

We wandered up at halftime and visited with one of his classmates and his dad.

Thirteen years ago

Thirteen years ago today...

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Song for 1969

I grew up watching a handful of television series. One of those was Hawaii 5-0. The series ran on CBS from 1968 to 1980. The theme song made the Billboard Top 100 in 1969.

The song for 1969 is The Ventures cover of the Hawaii 5-0 Theme Song.

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

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At the polls

At the polls, originally uploaded by heringermr.

Monday, February 04, 2008

California Historical Landmark #393

The Hospice (Outpost of Mission Dolores)
California State Historical Landmark #393

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Here stood the Hospice built around 1800 by the Spanish Padres on El Camino Real to break the journey from Santa Clara and serve the Indians of Mission Dolores. Marked By Anson Burlingame Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution



NBA Power Rankings 2007-2008 Week 14

The Sacramento Kings climbed from 17th to 16th in Marc Stein's weekly NBA Power Rankings. This is the highest that Stein has ranked the Kings this season. John Hollinger's NBA Playoff Odds put the Kings chances of making the play-offs at 2.8%.
ESPN - NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association - With so many surprise teams in the West alone (Hornets, Lakers, Blazers) it's hard for the Kings to get any pub. But they're on the road back to relevancy whether or not they move Bibby or Artest before the deadline.

Building the new Mills Peninsula Hospital

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Super Bowl XLII Party

Sharon, Jack and I went to the Cunningham's for a Super Bowl Party. There were four couples and half a dozen boys ranging in age from 9 to 16. Deborah made some great chili.

If someone had told me that the Giants were going to beat the Patriots by a score of 17 to 14, I would have never believed them. All in all, it was a pretty watchable game.

Jack had my favorite quote of the day. At Mass, an adult asked him who he was rooting for. Jack replied the Giants, the Patriots are cheaters.

Whale Blubber Falling from the Sky

ESPN Page 2 - The Sports Guy: A Super edition of the links
In November 1970, a dead eight-ton sperm whale washed up on a beach in Oregon. The task of removing the large, rotting carcass was given to the department in charge of maintaining the highways within the state. Their solution was to stuff the whale with a half-ton of dynamite and blow it up. The result was large chunks of whale blubber falling from the sky, and spectators running for their lives. Oh yeah, it was also caught on tape by the local news. Thirty-seven years later, it is now on YouTube for our viewing pleasure.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

We finished the evening watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. While I have read all seven of the books, I realized that I have only seen the first, third and now the fifth of the movies. I have enjoyed the movies, but so much of the book gets left out.

2008 Little Dribblers Basketball Game 4

Jack's Little Dribblers Basketball team was scheduled to play John Paul II Catholic School, but they did not have a fourth grade team. The team got together at the gym and held a long practice and scrimmage.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Kings versus Hornets

With Jack staying overnight with a classmate, Sharon and I started the evening with dinner at the new Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar on the River. This location has just opened in the last two weeks in a new hotel in the Pocket Area. Sharon had Togarashi Seared Ahi Tuna, while I had Mahi Mahi.

After dinner, we headed to the Sacramento Kings versus New Orleans basketball game. This was an oddity; I can not remember a game in the last five years where just the two of us went. Jack also went to the game with the family with which he was spending the night. The Kings came out and hammered the Hornets in the first half. They ran out to a 26 point lead in the first half, led by 22 at half-time and held on to win 112 to 103.

This was the first game that Peja has played in Sacramento since he was traded to the Pacers for Ron Artest in January of 2006. He was on fire from three point range and helped pull the Hornets back into the game in the third quarter. Peja was 7 for 13 from beyond the arc; he finished with 25 points and 9 rebounds.

Chris Paul had 15 points and 19 assists a day after being picked for his first All-Star game. Every time Paul got the ball in the first half, the Kings did a good job of trapping him with one of the guards and a big man.

Artest led the Kings with 24 points. Miller and Martin both had 22 points. Miller added 14 rebounds. Brad Miller has been playing very well this year. As I have said before, the combination of Miller and Moore on the floor together for the Kings creates some difficult match-ups for many teams.