Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

California Historical Landmark #183

With my job change in the fall of 2016, I haven't been traveling quite as much. Taking advantage of Sharon and Janie being in Wichita, I decided to spend the afternoon tracking down a number of historical markers. I ended up visiting eight markers, including: First Tehama County Courthouse [#183]; Hooker Oak [#313]; Old Suspension Bridge [#314]; Tidwell's Bar [#330]; Last Yahi Indian [#809]; Posted Water Notice Site [#831]; Chico Forestry Station and Nursery [#840.2], and; Mother Orange Tree of Butte County [#1043].

First Tehama County Courthouse
California State Historical Landmark #183

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This landmark is located 75 feet east of the intersection of 2nd and D Streets, Tehama, California. There is three other California State Historical Landmarks in Tehama County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 40° 01' 35.0" N 122° 07' 16.9" W.

California Historical Landmark #183

Tehama County's Board of Supervisors and other county officials first met in rented rooms in the Union Hotel, later called Heider House. The county seat remained here from May 1856 to March 1857, when it was moved to Red Bluff. The Heider House was destroyed by fire in 1908. This property is part of original land grant to Robert Hasty Thomes, 1844.

California Historical Landmark #183

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Camp Fire

I spent Saturday on a series of conference calls coordinating the relocation of some hardware from the hospital data center in Paradise to Roseville enterprise data center. I spent a long Saturday night at work with team racking, cabling, configuring and restarting a pickup truck load of hardware from Paradise.

Friday, November 09, 2018

2018 Kings versus Timberwolves

2018 Kings versus Timberwolves

Larkin, Cindy, Sharon and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game. We met at Il Fornaio for dinner before the game. I had a risotto dish with beef off the regional menu.

When we got your seats, the Timberwolves were leading by the score of 9 to 1. The Kings went on to miss 11 of their first 14 shots. Playing fast, the Kings turned it around and lead most of the second half by double digits. They almost blew it at the end, but held on to win by the score of 121 to 110.

Willie Cauley-Stein was the leading scorer for the Kings. In 29 minutes, he had 25 points on 11 for 16 from the field, 1 for 1 from three and 2 for 4 from the free throw line. Cauley-Stein had 5 rebounds.

All five of the Kings starters (Fox, Bjelica, Shumpert and Hield) scored 14 points or more. I was confused about the rotation, but Kings coach Dave Joerger may have been trying to get things going after the slow shooting start.

Karl Anthony Towns was the leading scorer for the Timberwolves. He had 39 points on 15 for 27 from the field, 2 for 5 from three and 7 for 7 from the free throw line. Towns had 19 rebounds, including 9 offensive rebounds!?!

I was shocked at how big Jimmy Bulter looks. He is listed at 6' 8" and 232 pounds. I am not sure that I have ever seen him play in person before... [He was traded to the 76ers the next day.]

The four of us were in row B, seats 11, 12, 13 and 14 in section 108. We connected with Snipes and Hunter at halftime.

The Kings now have two wins and no losses in games that I have seen in person during the 2018-2019 season. My goal continues to be to see at last one game a month.

2018 Kings versus TImberwolves

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Neighborhood Book Club

Sharon is part of a neighbor book club that meets about every two months. Thursday night, they met at our house to discuss Origin by Dan Brown. Sharon selected the book.

Using Jack's projector, a screen that Debi brought and a web site called Dan Brown Origin Visual Companion, they discussed the book by walking through the places, works of art and symbols that Dan Brown describes in the novel. Other than Sharon, no one else in the group had been to Barcelona.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

A Star is Born

Late Sunday afternoon, Sharon and I went to see A Star is Born at the Century Arden 14. We are kicking off our annual pilgrimage to see all of the Oscar nominated films. All of the early lists of potential Best Picture nominees that I have seen so far have included this film.

Directed by Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut, it is remake of the 1937 film of the same name. It stars Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott. The story follows a hard-drinking musician (Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with a young singer (Gaga).

It marks the fourth remake of the original 1937 film including a 1954 musical, the 1976 rock musical and a 2013 Bollywood romance film. I have never seen he 1976 version with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Sharon loved the movie and gave it a "10." She is a big Bradley Cooper fan. I also enjoyed the film, although not as much as Sharon... I was surprised by the quality of the music and realism of the concert scenes. The performances by Cooper and Lady Gaga are very good. I will be shocked if the movie is not nominated for Best Picture.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

CarMax

One of the sales people that we worked with at Niello last weekend mentioned that he sold his truck to CarMax. On Monday, Sharon drove the Lexus RX400h and took it to CarMax at lunch. I met her there. They gave us a quote to buy the car. At that point, we realized that there was still a lien on the car with the DMV. After scrambling over the course of the week to get some updated paperwork from the lender, Sharon found the pink slip that they sent us in 2013.

I took the car back to CarMax early Saturday morning. In a very quick transaction, CarMax gave us a check for three times what the dealer had offered to give us in trade.

I had some mixed emotions. I drove that car for 10 1/2 years and 230,000 miles. As I have said before, it has been the most reliable vehicle I ever owned...

Friday, November 02, 2018

Celebrating Janie's Birthday

Sharon took Janie to dinner for her birthday. They met at Allora.

They split a salad and raviolo [LOBSTER, PANCETTA, WILD MUSHROOM, PUMPKIN, BLOOMSDALE SPINACH]. For entrees, Sharon had black cod [OXTAIL-ONION MARMALADE, POTATO GNOCCHI, PARSNIP, CIPOLLINI, OXTAIL BRODO], while Janie had Niman Ranch pork cheeks [RYE SPATULA, PERSIMMON CHUTNEY, LACINATO KALE].

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Throwback Thursday - Virginia Beach - March 1988

Sunday after the Georgetown Family Weekend, Sharon and I had dinner with Barb and Rob Nooter and spent the night. Barb pulled out one of their wedding albums. Hunter, Tomasin and I were groomsmen in their wedding more than thirty years ago.