Thursday, July 18, 2019

Dylan Carlson

While a number of boys that Jack played baseball with and against went on to play in college [2019, 2018, 2017], Dylan Carlson was drafted by the Cardinals and went straight into the minor leagues. Carlson was the Sacramento Bee's All-Metro player of the year in 2016. Jack played with Dylan on the Elk Grove Gunners team that went to Cooperstown in 2009.

Carlson is currently the #88 ranked MLB prospect and the Cardinals #2 prospect!?!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Augusta Stone Church

Sharon and I stopped at this church when we were wandering the Shenandoah Valley.

Augusta Stone Church
Virginia State Historical Landmark A-118

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This landmark is located at 1647 US-11, Fort Defiance in August County, Virginia. The GPS coordinates for this location are 38° 14' 17.8" N 78° 58' 26.1" W.

Augusta Stone Church

The Augusta Stone Church, Virginia's oldest Presbyterian church in continuous use west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, opened on 22 January 1749. It replaced a log meetinghouse build shortly after the congregation's founding in 1740. At the outbreak of the Seve Years' War, Pastor John Craig and members of the church fortified the structure with log palisades and watchtowers to defend against Indian attack. This defensive position inspired the name Fort Defiance adopted by the community that grew around the church. The building was enlarged and remodeled in 1921-22, and a new wing was added in 1956.

August Stone Church

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Rocketman

After I spent the day working at the hospital in Marysville, Sharon and I went to see Rocketman at the Country Club Cinema. This is a new theater in the old Country Club Mall that opened at the end of April.

Rocket man is a 2019 biographical musical film based on the life of musician Elton John. It stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Sheila Eileen. We saw Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle.

The film follows John in his early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his musical partnership with Taupin. It is more of a fantasy-musical than a straightforward biopic.

I enjoyed the movie. Personally, I liked it more than last year's Bohemian Rhapsody. It will be interesting to see if the movie or Egerton get Oscar nominations.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Lake Clementine Trail Hike


Saturday afternoon, Sharon and I met the Larkins and Renterias at the confluence of the North and Middle forks of the American River. We hiked 4.5 miles in just under two hours on the Lake Clementine Trail to the dam and back. A map of the hike is here. It was warm; the temperature was approaching 100 degrees. The trail didn't have much shade.

Afterwards, we headed to the Larkins for dinner. We hung out in the pool house and eventually barbecued some steaks for dinner.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Coolidge: An America Enigma by Robert Sobel

My book for June was Coolidge: An America Enigma by Robert Sobel. It is part of my long term project to read books about all of the presidents. The book is on a list of the best Presidential biographies put together by the Washington Post.

Born in 1872 in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, Calvin Coolidge's family had deep roots in New England. His earliest American ancestor emigrated from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, England, around 1630.

After graduating from Amherst, Coolidge moved to Northampton, Massachusetts to become a lawyer. With his savings and a small inheritance from his grandfather, Coolidge opened his own law office in Northampton in 1898. He started getting involved in local politics. In 1906, he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. From there, he worked his way to a state senator and eventually president of the state senate.

In 1915, Coolidge was elected as the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. He became Governor in 1918. Coolidge gained national attention during the 1919 Boston Police Strike.

In a era before the primaries determined the candidates, the bosses eventually chose Warren G. Harding as the Republican candidate in 1920. A delegate from Oregon proposed Coolidge for vice president. The suggestion quickly caught on with the delegates starving for an act of independence from the absent bosses. Coolidge was unexpectedly nominated.

Coolidge became President when Harding passed away in San Francisco in August 1923. He was elected on his own merit in 1924. As President, his administration stressed tax reductions, tariffs and opposition to farm subsidies.

Coolidge was President during the roaring 20's. Wall Street crashed about six months after he left office in 1929 kicking off the great depression of the 30's. The book provides an interesting view of the 1929 market crash; it emphasizes the explosion of the amount of stocks bought on margin and the lack of any financial reporting requirements for companies...

Throughout his political career, Coolidge was known as a man of few words. He was nicknamed Silent Cal.

This is a fairly pedestrian book. It is not great, but it is not bad. I don't think I have ever read a book that included so much material from other sources. It includes a lot of material from Coolidge's biography and speeches, newspapers, other people's speeches and books and other sources.

As a footnote, one of the mantras for my life has been a quote by Coolidge about pperseverance and persistence. You can find it here.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Catta Verdera

Thursday evening, Sharon and I played nine holes with the Sanborns at Catta Verdura. After a rocky start, I settled down and had a number of nice shots. Unlike the Quest scramble tournament in May, I actually felt like I started to get a little bit of a rhythm. I still chunked a number of shots, particularly around the greens.

I ended up shooting a 60. I am often pretty liberal with my scoring. This was probably a more accurate score. When we played the front nine with the Sanborns and the Gainsleys two years ago, I carded a 58...

Sharon had a very good round. It may be the best I have ever seen her play for an extended stretch. Sharon ended up with a 49.

Finishing up on the course about 815 pm, we headed to the Sanborn's house for dinner. They served a nice salmon dinner.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Cook

One of our neighbors on the cul-de-sac went through bankruptcy twice last year. He has been a continuing problem to the home owners association. He hadn't paid his HOA dues in several years. He started renting out rooms in the house. At one point, he had three renters living with him.

Before the bankruptcies, he tried for several years to sell the house at an exorbitant price. In mid-January, the bank foreclosed on him and took title of the house. Nevertheless, he continued to live there and rent out rooms. As the renters came and went, he even added a new renter earlier this year when he didn't even own the house!?!

The legal maneuvering has finally run out. A judge gave him and the renters until July 11 to be out. It has been a little bit of a circus the last couple of days as one of the renters apparently bought an RV to live in. She parked it in the driveway to load her stuff into it.

It is hard for me to believe that it took the bank six months to get him out of the house. It will be interesting to see what happens with the house next.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Marysville

Not quite three years ago, just before I took my current job, I spent a couple of weeks supporting a Cerner go-live in Lodi. Starting today, I am working at our hospital in Marysville to put out a dumpster fire putting our the Cerner go-live in August at risk. Most of our IT leadership team will be working out of the hospital for the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

The Corp

Last Sunday, Jack took us on a tour of The Corp business locations on campus, including MUG, Hill Toss, Hoya Snaxa and Vital Vittles. We visited Uncommon Grounds last year. There is also a Midnight MUG in the main library.

The Corp

Saturday, July 06, 2019

2019 East Coast Trip - Day 8

Sleeping fairly late, we packed up the room and checked out. We won't stay at the Georgetown Westin again. It is just around the corner from the Georgetown Marriott and we decided to stay there as a change of pace. Unfortunately, it is not as nice as the Marriott. It is fairly beat up, while the Marriott has been completely remodeled. It is hard to believe, but we made reservations on Friday at the Marriott for Jack's graduation next May...

We took the rental car to Jack's apartment and parked in the back alley. The three of us walked to breakfast at the Café Bonaparte.

After breakfast, Sharon and I headed to BWI. We caught a 2:05 pm nonstop Southwest flight from BWI to Sacramento. It pulled away from the gate about twenty five minutes late. We then sat on the tarmac for a few minutes while they said that they were checking to make sure that they had enough fuel for an alternate flight path?!? It turns out that the flight got routed south away from some weather before turning west.

It ended up being about a 5 3/4 hour flight. We landed about 5:30 pm. It took us over an hour and a half to get off the plane, collect our luggage and get home.

It was great to have a chance to see Jack. We ended up seeing him 6 of the 8 days on the trip. He seems to be enjoying his apartment and his job with The Corp. I also appreciated the opportunity to connect with the Nooters.

Friday, July 05, 2019

2019 East Coast Trip - Day 7

Capital Cresent Trail Bike RideWe started the day with some coffee and oatmeal from Starbucks. The plan for the morning was a bike ride on the Capital Cresent Trail. We spotted the trail when we were wandering around the area last fall.

We rented a couple of Capitol Bikeshare bikes a block from the hotel. From there, we used the bike trails on M Street and then K Street to get to the Capital Cresent Trail. We ended up riding 11 1/4 miles in an hour and 54 minutes.

We dropped the bikes at the Georgetown waterfront. We walked up to the Georgetown Campus and connected with Jack.

After spending some time shopping in the bookstore, the three of us took an Uber from the campus to the Jaco Juice and Taco Bar for lunch. Sharon and Jack discovered the place last summer.

Sharon and I then caught an Uber to Tredici Enoteca Restaurant in the St. Gregory Hotel. We had driven pass the restaurant on M Street repeatedly in the last couple of years and Sharon wanted to check it out. We had a cold adult beverage, talked to the Egyptian bartender and watched Coco Gauff win in the third round at Wimbledon.

Heading back to the hotel, we got cleaned up for dinner. We met Rob and Barb Nooter and Jack for a drink at Bar à Vin. This is the wine bar for the Chez Billy Sud. From there, we walked up the canal one block to Filament Ristorante. We split bruschetta, fried and roasted oysters and a caesar salad. I had Penne Con Salsicce [Penne Pasta tossed with roasted & ground Chef Made Italian Sweet Sausage, sautéed Mushrooms, Onions, Herbs and Chianti Wine in a Abruzzi Country Style hearty Tomato Sauce with sautéed Chef Made Link Sausage Pieces.] Sharon had sea bass, but I did pay attention to what everyone else got. The portions were huge! Even Jack didn't finish his entree!

After dinner, Sharon and I caught an Uber back to the hotel and crashed. We are heading home tomorrow.

It was very nice to have a chance to see Rob and Barb.

On the Capital Cresent Trail

Thursday, July 04, 2019

2019 East Coast Trip - Day 6

Moving slowly, we eventually wound our way to Old Ebbitt Grill for brunch. We had dinner there when we were in Washington DC in 2011.

4th of July ParadeSharon had been talking for weeks about seeing the 4th of July parade. After brunch, we found a shady spot near the corner of Constitution and 15th and waited for the parade to start. We were on a slight rise away from the street and actually had a nice view. We watched for over an hour and then started to work our way up the parade route towards 9th street. We actually ended up seeing the whole parade; the parade ended just as we reached 9th. I was frankly underwhelmed by the parade.

From there, we walked to the National Portrait Gallery. Sharon had seen the Obama portrait when she was in DC last summer, but I hadn't. We walked through the presidential gallery and then hunted down the Michele Obama portrait. Given my journey to real biographies of all of the presidents, I really enjoy walking through the presidential gallery.

Looking for a rooftop bar to get a cold drink, we ended up at the Crimson View. We each had a reuben hotdog. Sharon said that it was the best hotdog that she ever had!?!

From there, we grabbed an Uber back to the hotel for a nap. Just as we got to the street, it started to pour. It rained off and on for the next couple of hours.

I suggested that we head to the Georgetown waterfront for dinner and to watch the fireworks. After a number of subpar meals, we had a very nice meal at Fiola Mare. We ate there when we were in DC for the college tours in 2015. We split HALF DOZEN ASSORTED OYSTERS [West & East Coast Oysters, Adriatic Escabeche, Beet & Oregano Mignonette], a stone fruit and pancetta appetizer, WILTED SPINACH [Garlic, Meyer Lemonade] and PIMENT D'ESPELETTE SCENTED STROZZAPRETTI [Alaskan King Crab, Saffron, Corn Leeks].

We finished dinner just as the fireworks were starting. We had a nice view of the fireworks over the Kennedy Center for the first twenty minutes. During the second twenty minutes, the smoke from the fireworks started to hide some of the display. Additionally, the fireworks were working their aways towards the Jefferson Memorial and away from where we were.

After the fireworks were over, we walked back to the hotel.

4th of July Fireworks

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

2019 East Coast Trip - Day 5 [Shenandoah Valley]

For the first time on this trip, we set alarm. We were up and moving before 7 am. On the way to dinner last night, we noticed a trail along the creek. We went back early to hike along the Hawksbill Greenway. We ended up hiking about 2.5 miles.

After a quick stop at the Inn for some warmer clothes, we headed to the Luray Caverns. Sharon had seen a sign for the caverns when we were in Little Washington last year. We got tickets to the first tour at 9:00 am. It was extraordinary! The tour lasted about an hour. I don't think picture can do it justice.

Luray Caverns

At Glen Manor WineryBack at the hotel, we got cleaned up and packed up the room. Sharon had seen an article in a magazine rating the Glen Manor Winery as one of the best in Virginia. We headed there for a tasting. It was very nice. The wines were good. The view was different, but probably better than at the Wolf Gap Winery on Monday.

Afterwards, we headed into Front Royal for lunch. Googling farm to fork restaurants, the Blue Wing Frog was at the top of the list. This turned out to be a swing and a miss. Although it was empty, the service was slow. The restaurant was dirty...

Sharon had a steak and blue cheese salad, while I had the Cubano sandwich. I rarely says this, but I don't recommend this restaurant.

We headed back to Washington, DC. We are spending three nights at the Georgetown Westin. I was stressed coming back into town trying to get to the hotel to get on a work conference call.

The plan for the evening was having pizza at Jack's apartment. Jack had spent the afternoon putting together the table that we bought on Ikea on Sunday. We ordered four pizzas from Dominos. The group included the CEO [Seo] and CFO [Emily] from The Corp.

Sharon and I eventually walked back to the hotel about 10:30 pm and crashed.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

2019 East Coast Trip - Day 4 [Shenandoah Valley]

Lee Chapel

Up early, we had breakfast in the hotel. Sharon had zeroed in on visiting the Washington and Lee College. We walked up to the campus and visited the Lee Chapel. Robert E. Lee served as the president of the university for the last five years of his life. There was a great docent that talked about Lee and the chapel. We toured his office and the museum under the chapel. I was more impressed with the Lee Chapel than I was with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum on the previous day.

We walked around the campus looking for the bookstore. Sharon bought a Washington and Lee Law School hat and a t-shirt.

Natural BridgeHeading back to the hotel, we packed up and checked out. We headed south to the Natural Bridge State Park. The property was once owned by Thomas Jefferson. We hiked about 2.5 miles out and back through the park. It is a nice trail through the Natural Bridge along a creek to a small waterfall.

From there, we started back north. Looking for a brewery where we could have lunch, we set the GPS for the Blue Mountain Brewery. This turned out to be further east than I realized, but was in line with where we were spending the night. We split a peach and kale salad and a swiss mushroom burger.

After lunch, we headed north on highway 340. It is an interesting drive on a two lane country road.

We are spending one night at the Mimslyn Inn in Luray. Both Sharon and I ended up being disappointed with the Inn. It turns out that it is in town rather than out in the countryside. Thinking that Jack might be with us, we rented one of their cottage; this turned to be a modern pre-fab building rather than a rustic cottage.

After getting checked and settled in the cottage, we wandered the grounds and checked out the speakeasy in the Inn; we were very underwhelmed.

Unfortunately, like Monday night in Lexington, a number of restaurants were closed in Luray, including the nicer restaurant at the Inn. After some research, we ended heading out of town to a very funky Mexican restaurant - Camino Real. We both had combo plates; the food was solid.

We finished the night watching the four episode of the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Monday, July 01, 2019

2019 East Coast Trip - Day 3 [Shenandoah Valley]

The plan for the day was to explore the Shenandoah Valley. I originally thought that we were going to get up early and go. Sharon and Jack decided that we should meet for breakfast.

Picking up Jack, we started towards some place that Sharon had been before on Wisconsin, but it was closed. We looped back and ended up having breakfast at Saxby's at the end of Jack's block.

We finally got rolling out of Washington about 10:30 am. I always had some trepidation about the plan for the day. Sharon talked about getting all the way to Natural Bridge and then coming back to Lexington to spend the night. It seemed to me like a lot of ground to cover.

Once we got into the valley, we stopped in Strasburg at a visitor center to replace a map the we had misplaced. From there, we drove down Highway 11 to Edinburg. Looking at Shenandoah Valley wine trails, I had picked out the Wolf Gap Winery as the first stop. This turned out to be a fairly good choice. It had great views and some drinkable wines. The owner was interesting; he was retired air force special ops and CIA.

At the Wolf Gap Vineyards and Winery

After the winery, we wandered down Highway 42 to Harrisonburg. At this point, we jumped on the I-81 to Staunton. We made a late stop at Taco Bell for a quick bite!

In Staunton, we headed to the Woodrow Wilson Museum and Presidential Library. I read a Wilson biography four years ago. We took a guided tour of the manse (the house that Wilson was born in) and wandered the museum. Although there was an interesting World War I trench exhibit downstairs, I was underwhelmed.

Sharon's brother Tom had given us two churches to explore. Their family [the Frames] can trace their roots back through the Shenandoah Valley. We stopped at the Augusta Stone Church. Wandering the graveyard, we were actually able to find two Frame headstones.

We also made a quick stop at the Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church. I was less impressed with this building. Wandering through two graveyards, we weren't able to find any Frame headstones.

Back on the road, we decide to save Natural Bridge for the next day. We headed straight to the hotel in Lexington. We are spending one night at The Georges Inn. Thinking that Jack would be with us, we booked a larger suite. It was a very nice room although I needed a sherpa to help me with the luggage.

After getting settled in the room, we had an adult beverage in the Taps restaurant at the hotel. Sharon was disappointed that several restaurants in the town, including the Red Hen, were closed on Monday.

We ended up wandering down the street to the Southern Inn for a late dinner. Sharon had FRIED BRUSSELS SPROUTS [Fresh Brussels Sprouts, Parmesan Cheese, Peppadew-Bacon Aioli] and LAMB MEATBALLS [Lamb Meatballs, Tzatziki, Grilled Flatbread, Micro Greens], while I had BLACKENED CHICKEN PENNE PASTA [Penne Pasta tossed with Blackened Chicken, Fresh Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers, Sun Dried Tomato Butter and Toasted Pine Nuts].

After wandering down the street to check out the Red Hen, we crashed in the room.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

2019 East Coast Trip - Day 2

Sharon and I both slept late. After a breakfast in the lounge at the Marriott, we headed to Jack's apartment. The plan for the morning was to tour of The Corp's businesses. We saw the MUG, Hill Toss, Vital Vittles and Hoya Snaxa.

The plan for the rest of the day was to get Jack some furniture and a television. We ended driving to an Ikea in College Park, Maryland. After getting Jack some food in the cafe, we wandered the store. I haven't been to an Ikea in years. This was a giant store designed as a labyrinth. We eventually found a high table and a couple of chairs that Jack and Sharon liked.

From there, we went to a nearby Best Buy to get a television. This was quick and painless after the Ikea death march.

Nooter and IHeading back to Jack's apartment, we unloaded the stuff. Sharon and I went back to the Georgetown Mariott and dropped the car. I took an Uber to meet Nooter at the Irish Pub at Glen Echo. He and I spent a couple of hours catching up on family, work and life in general. I always enjoy Nooter's company. He dropped me back at the hotel.

Getting cleaned up and dressed up, Sharon and I took an Uber to Chez Billy Sud. We split a green salad and a cold corn soup. For entrees, Sharon had LOUP DE MER [sea bass, fennel barigoule, white beans, tomato con t, parsley pistol], while I had THON À LA NIÇOISE [herb crusted tuna, haricots verts, potatoes, boquerones, olives, egg].

We met Jack and Emily [The Corp CFO] for ice cream at Thomas Sweet. Afterwards, we took an Uber back to the hotel and crashed.

Tomorrow, we are heading out to Shenandoah Valley for a couple of days!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

2019 East Coast Trip - Day 1

GeorgetownUp at 3:45 am, Sharon and I rolled from the house about 4:50 am. We caught a 6:45 am Southwest flight nonstop from Sacramento to Baltimore. Sharon ended up with a C6 boarding pass on Friday morning so I upgraded her to an A9. I think that it is first time I have ever paid for a upgrade on Southwest at the airport.

Using the A9, Sharon was able to get us the two seat exit row. It was a completely full flight.

It was an easy uneventful trip. We were on the ground about 2:40 pm. It took an hour and twenty minutes to get the luggage and the rental car and then another hour and ten minutes to get from BWI to the hotel. Waze routed us off the freeway and across New Hampshire Avenue into the city.

We are spending two nights at the Georgetown Marriott. After getting settled in an upgraded corner room, Sharon and I unwound with an adult beverage in the hotel bar.

From the hotel, we took at Uber to Jack's new apartment. Jack and a friend have rented a basement apartment two blocks from campus for the next year. We spent some time visiting with Jack and his roommate James. James and Jack have worked together in The Corp over the last two years. James is from Phoenix.

Sharon, Jack, Jack's roommate James and I finished the day with a late dinner at Clyde's of Georgetown. I had lump crab cake, Sharon had salmon, Jack had a catfish sandwich and James had chicken.

After dinner, Sharon and I started to walk back to the hotel, but had to make a detour back to Jack's apartment for her phone. We ended up taking an Uber from there back to the hotel. We crashed about 11:30 pm.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Drew is now the same age I was... (34 years, 212 days)

Drew is now the same age I was when I separated from his mother. I had been married for nine and a half years. I had a six year old and a four year old. I had been in charge of the IT department as Vice President at the Farm Credit Banks for almost five years...

I am fascinated by Millennials. My friends from college (baby boomers) followed very traditional paths. We went to college and then started our careers (doctor, veterinarians, engineer, insurance, lobbyist, salesmen, etc.). Most of us got married in our twenties and had kids fairly quickly. Most of Drew's generation has taken a much different path.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Volvo XC60 T8 - Day 242

I bought the Volvo eight months ago. I have driven 7,564 miles with an average fuel consumption of 73.5 miles per gallon. I am averaging 946 miles per month.

The six weeks between fill-ups included short trips to Rio Vista for dinner and Napa for wine tasting. I continue to be very pleased with the vehicle!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The spots Michelin snubbed: 8 restaurants in Sacramento that should have made the list

The spots Michelin snubbed: 8 restaurants in Sacramento that should have made the list

Sacramento's lone Michelin star went to a favorite restaurant: The Kitchen. Who do you think they missed? Here are some we have in mind.

For all the buzz around Sacramento earning its first-ever Michelin star, the initial statewide guide kind of neglected California’s capital.

Nearly every restaurant aside from The Kitchen would have qualified for a Bib Gourmand — reserved for places that serve two entrees and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less — yet only Mother, Frank Fat’s and Canon walked away with them.

Ten other restaurants — Allora, Bacon & Butter, Ella Dining Room & Bar, Grange, Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining, Mulvaney’s B&L Localis, Zocalo, Mayahuel and Ming Dynasty — were included in the guide as Plates, restaurants that are “very good” but fall short of the star or Bib Gourmand thresholds.

A few of these inclusions are better than just good, though, and some restaurants deserved to have a seat at the table but were ignored entirely. Here are eight places The Sacramento Bee’s dining critic Kate Washington and restaurant reporter Benjy Egel thought the Michelin guide shortchanged.

1. ELLA DINING ROOM & BAR (1131 K ST.)

Ella received a Michelin nod for the Plates category, but it could have garnered a second star for the Selland group. Meals here unfold near-flawlessly, from raw bar starters and the acclaimed bone marrow to seasonally changing entrees and desserts — not to mention excellent craft cocktails and an unusually thoughtful selection of buzz-free drinks. Soignee design and elegant service also help Ella shine with what former Bee critic Carla Meyer called the region’s “most big-city feel” in an enthusiastic 2017 review. - Kate Washington

2. KRU CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE CUISINE (3135 FOLSOM BLVD.)

Bill Ngo sits at sushi bar at his restaurant Kru on July 11, 2013. Paul Kitagaki Jr. PKITAGAKI@SACBEE.COM
Chef/owner Billy Ngo said he wasn’t expecting a star, and a new chef de cuisine started at Kru around the same time Michelin’s critic came through. But it was surprising to see the East Sacramento restaurant completely omitted from the guide. In addition to arguably the city’s best sushi and a rich selection of small plates, Kru doubles as the region’s best-known — if not only — omakase spot, a style Michelin critics often go for in other cities. It should have been included as a Bib Gourmand or possibly a Plate. - Benjy Egel

3. THE WATERBOY (2000 CAPITOL AVE.)

Frank Fat’s surprised many people by earning a Bib Gourmand, and The Kitchen is no spring chicken in restaurant years at 28. Other than that, the guide had little love for Sacramento’s legacy restaurants such as The Waterboy, Paragary’s, Biba or The Firehouse. The neglect of Rick Mahan’s bistro stands out among those, for Mahan pioneered the farm-to-fork and snout-to-tail movement that have shaped Sacramento’s modern culinary scene. Fresh seasonal produce and dishes like veal sweetbreads haven’t faded over the last 23 years, either, and should have been enough to fetch The Waterboy a Plate. - BE

4. THE PRESS BISTRO (1809 CAPITOL AVE.)

The Press Bistro — passed over for a potential Plates award — is one of those restaurants that seems to be hiding in plain sight, understated but consistently offering a high level of food and service, as onetime Bee critic Blair Anthony Robertson noted in a four-star 2015 review. Chef-owner David English is an Ella alumnus and a Davis native, and his dishes offer precise, Mediterranean-influenced flavors in a setting that’s a bit more relaxed and casual — midtown rather than downtown. Small plates especially shine here, such as grilled calamari with white beans. - KW

5. MASULLO (2711 RIVERSIDE BLVD.)

Masullo shines in a competitive pizza town — former Bee critic Robertson lauded it as the city’s best in a 2012 review — and doing it with flair and at prices that could have justified Bib Gourmand or Plates recognition. Robert Masullo’s namesake pizzeria serves up wood-fired, char-blistered Neapolitan-style pizza as simple as the classic Margherita and as rich as the Jacqueline, with potatoes and bacon — plus perfect salads, mussels, a killer chocolate pudding for dessert and a tightly edited but pleasing wine list. - KW

6. LOCALIS (2031 S ST.)

Localis was awarded a Plate, like Ella. It deserved better, also like Ella. The Bee’s readers voted Localis most likely to earn a star or Bib Gourmand — above even The Kitchen — when the announcement was made, and dishes such as foraged mushroom risotto and wild salmon poke fit under the $40 cap when paired with a glass of prosecco. A rotating seven-course, $115 tasting menu is among Sacramento’s best, though probably not enough alone to vault Localis into the star discussion. - BE

7. QUAN NEM NINH HOA (6450 STOCKTON BLVD., SACRAMENTO, AND 8469 ELK GROVE BLVD., ELK GROVE)

Quan Nem Ninh Hoa sure isn’t fancy, and maybe Michelin inspectors are loath to roll their own — spring rolls, that is. But the juicy, savory grilled pork sausage, pencil-slim fried rolls for crunch and tiny packets of pickled pork add up to a riot of flavors for an almost unbelievable value. Vietnamese cuisine is one of the vibrant strengths of Sacramento’s restaurant scene, and recognition in the Plates category could have shown a deep understanding of our city’s culinary diversity. - KW

Monday, June 24, 2019

Big Littles Lies - Season One

Sunday night, Sharon and I finished watching season one of Big Little Lies. The series is based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. Season one premiered on HBO on February 19, 2017.

Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley. It tells the story of three emotionally troubled women in Monterey, California, who become embroiled in a murder investigation. Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz and Adam Scott play supporting roles. In one of those odd coincidences, I just listened to a Bill Simmon's podcast with Adam Scott.

Critically acclaimed, the series received 16 Emmy Award nominations and won eight, including Outstanding Limited Series and acting awards for Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård, and Dern. The trio also won Golden Globe Awards. The show won a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film.

Although they played fast and loose with geography, I enjoyed the scenery. Much of the series was filmed on location on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur. Several scenes were shot in Pacific Grove and Carmel Highlands. Two of the houses that they used have to be Malibu, rather than Northern California.

I enjoyed the series and recommend it. I guessed where the plot was going towards the end of episode three.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Donum Estate

At Donum Estate

Just after 9 am on Sunday morning, Sharon and I and our neighbors Rod and Kathy headed to Donum Estate for a member event. Sharon has been a wine club member there since January of 2017. Although the winery sent an email warning about the NASCAR event traffic at Sears Point, we got there in about an hour and 35 minutes. We were early and I was able to park at one of their two car chargers!

After wine tasting for a bit, we had a very good paella lunch. They also had something I have never seen before: people walking around shucking oysters.

After lunch we got a chance to visit the spider house. From there, we walked the art on the property. I walked up to the heart on the hill.

We rolled from the winery about 2:35 pm. The traffic was heavy on the way home, but not terrible. It took us two hours to wind our way home. It was a very nice day...

At Donum Estate

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Sharon and Marlene at Ancil Hoffman

Saturday morning, Sharon and Marlene played eighteen holes of golf at Ancil Hoffman. Marlene shot a 102, while Sharon carded a 120.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Sharon and Janie to Napa

Thursday night, Sharon and Janie headed to Napa. After checking into the Napa Valley Marriott, they had dinner at Angele. They spilt Escargots [Garlic, Parsley, Beurre Blanc, Levain Croutons] and “Steak Frites” Prime New York Steak [French Fries, Bordelaise Sauce].

On Friday morning, they had intended to paddle board, but ended up kayaking on the Napa River instead. After getting cleaned up at the hotel, they had lunch at the Squeeze Inn.

After lunch, they stopped at the Hess Winery. Sharon said that the winery has an interesting collection of Modern Art. We need to take Jack there!

They spent about an hour shopping at the Cabi Factory Outlet. Heading home via Lake Berryessa, Winters and Woodland, they got a taste of the traffic that I spent almost two years fighting...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Nick Sogard

Nick Sogard was drafted in the 12th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. He has signed and is already playing minor league baseball with the Hudson Valley Renegades. Jack played with him at Jesuit.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day 2019

With Sharon, Drew and Shannon up until 2:30 am, they all slept late. I took Tiber for a long walk around the field while everyone was still sleeping.

Eventually getting everyone up and moving, the four of us headed to Hawks Provisions and Public House for brunch. Sharon had been there for lunch couple of times, but I had never eaten there. I had a DENVER OMELET [BELL PEPPERS, ONIONS, SMOKED HAM AND CHEDDAR CHEESE, CRISPY POTATOES], Sharon and Drew had SOFT POLENTA [PORK AND ROSEMARY RAGU, POACHED EGGS, SHAVED PARMESAN], and Shannon had EGGS BENEDICT [SALMON GRAVLAX, ENGLISH MUFFIN, DILL HOLLANDAISE AND FARM GREENS].

It was a very lazy afternoon. Everyone took a nap. I finished the day running on the treadmill watching the end of the US Open Golf Tournament. It was played at Pebble Beach this year. Sharon, Jack and I had a chance to walk the Pebble Beach course during the AT&T Pro-am in early 2000's, including 2005 and 2006.

Gary Woodland held off Brooks Kopek to win this year's U.S. Open. Kopek was trying to win his third straight U.S. Open.

Jack called and the four of us had a chance to talk to him. Shannon took off for her parent's house in Half Moon Bay in the late afternoon. Drew, Sharon and I finished the day having a nice dinner on the deck. Sharon made her spatchcock chicken recipe.

I really enjoyed having a chance to spend some time with Drew and Shannon for Father's Day!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Drew & Shannon's Engagement Party

Andrew & Shannon's Engagement PartyEarly in the year, Sharon and I started talking to Drew and Shannon about hosting an engagement party and proposed the Saturday before Father's Day. The original idea was that the party was going to focus on people who probably wouldn't be invited to the wedding, but the guest list strayed a little from there. We have spent the last six weeks getting the house in shape and organized for party.

We spent the morning and early afternoon putting the finishing touches in place for the party. We cleaned the front and the back deck, moved the barbecue, arrange the rental furniture and hung a number of lanterns.

The Snipes arrived first at exactly 5:30 pm! From there, it was a steady stream of guests. The original count was about 53, but as Sharon correctly predicted a number of people were no shows. I believe that we ended up with close to 45 people. It was an eclectic group that included our friends (Snipes, Larkins, Renterias, DiGiorgios, Wackman, Janie, Liz), Sharon's family (Tom, Tim and Kevin), Shannon's maid of honor, some neighbors and a slew of people that Drew grew up with in Placerville.

Sharon had arranged for caterer (Elle's Custom Catering) who put out a tremendous spread of food. We met the caterer at dinner with some friends in February. The caterer supplied a bartender!

It was a very nice evening. I frankly lost track of time at the end of the evening. At one point, Tiber and I walked the Larkins to their car; I am not sure what time that was... A group hung out on the deck until almost 11:30 pm. Sharon, Drew, Shannon and I moved inside and talked until 12:30 am when I crashed. I think that Sharon, Drew and Shannon stayed up until 2:30 am!?!

At Drew & Shannon's engagement party

Friday, June 14, 2019

Drew & Shannon

Kicking off the weekend, Drew and Shannon rolled up about 9:30 pm. They drove up from Southern California.

Sharon and I are throwing them an engagement party on Saturday. I am looking forward to them being here for Father's Day brunch on Sunday.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Neighborhood Book Club

Sharon is part of a neighbor book club that meets about every two months. Thursday night, they met at Judy's house to discuss We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet.

Sharon could never get into the book. She didn't finish it.

Somewhat surprisingly, their next book is Foundation by Isaac Asimov. Tanya selected it. I probably read that book in the early 1980's. I am going to read it again this summer...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Alex Isola

Alex Isola was drafted in the 29th round by the Minnesota Twins. Jack played with him at Jesuit and with Walbeck.

Isola played on the TCU team in this year's College World Series regionals [May 31, June 1 and June 2]. Although he has a year of college eligibility left, the rumor from Rod and Coop is that Isola is going to sign with the Twins...

Monday, June 10, 2019

To St. Helena and back

With the completion of the new building and the data center move, I am starting to travel to the markets again. My boss, Brian and I spent the loin's share of the day traveling to St. Helena and back. I spent most of 2015 and 2016 working out of the Napa Valley and based at the St. Helena hospital.

We had lunch with the team, met with the business leaders and attended the local IT steering committee. We last visited St. Helena in August of 2018.

Even after 6:00 pm on a random Monday night, eastbound traffic from Davis to the causeway was horrible on the way back. It is hard for me to understand where all these people are coming form and where they are going...

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Sacramento Bee's 2019 All-Metro baseball team

Brothers Greg, left, and T.J. Nichols of the Oakmont High School baseball team are the Bee's Players of the Year for 2019. The brothers helped their Roseville school win its first section title in 19 years
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Greg and T.J. Nichols, Oakmont


COACH OF THE YEAR

Aaron Agnew, Folsom


FIRST-TEAM PLAYERS

Catcher

Daniel Susac, Jesuit, Jr.

Infielders

Xavier Carter, Capital Christian, Sr.

Luke Davies, Oakmont, Sr.

Garrett Forrester, Bella Vista, Jr.

Zach Meddings, Franklin, Sr.

Nico Regino, Franklin, Sr.

Outfielders

Andrew Paolini, Oakmont, Jr.

Mason Poisson, Del Campo, Sr.

Nick Vogt, Davis, Sr.

Pitchers

Cooper Hjerpe, Woodland, Sr.

Jason Holm, Colfax, Jr.

Cade Pilchard, Jesuit, Sr.

Braden Proud, Del Campo, Sr.

Grant Stevens, Franklin, Sr.

Anthony Susac, Jesuit, So.

Designated Hitter

Chase Davis, Franklin, Jr.

Utility

Carter Benbrook, Jesuit, Sr.

Carson Blatnick, Oakmont, Jr.

Daniel Carrion, Winters, Sr.

Theo Dopkins, McClatchy, Sr.

Ryan Harvey, Woodcreek, Sr.

Sam Hayden, Del Campo, Sr.

CJ Hutton, Folsom, Jr.

Carson Stevens, Franklin, Sr.

Zachary Watari, Woodcreek, Sr.

Hogan Weaver, San Juan, Sr.

Alex Weir, Colfax, Sr.



SECOND TEAM PLAYERS

Catcher

Joey Adge, Del Campo, So.

Infielders

Drake Digiorno, Folsom, Jr.

Jonah Henrickson, Davis, Sr.

Ethan Remmers, Rocklin, Sr.

Bryce Sidler, Oakmont, Sr.

Mattie Thomas, Granite Bay, Sr.

Outfielders

Sam Daly, Jesuit, Sr.

Mateo Lake, Rio Americano, Jr.

Mitchell Parker, Jesuit, Jr.

Pitchers

Carson Kohls, El Camino, Jr.

Jacob Lynch, Folsom, Sr.

Andy Owen, Jesuit, Jr.

Kai Peterson, Oakmont, Jr.

Devon Suske, Ponderosa, Sr.

Designated Hitter

Ruben Valencia, Winters, Jr.

Utility

Drew Aguiar, Bella Vista, Sr.

Nathan Hansen, Oak Ridge, Jr.

Dylan Garrett, Laguna Creek, Sr.

Jason Harris, Colfax, Jr.

Logan Meyers, Yuba City, Sr.

Malcolm Moore, McClatchy, Fr.

John Louis Pantlick, Colfax, Jr.

Ryan Stafford, Folsom, So.

Isaiah Terrazas, Casa Roble, Sr.

Ty Uber, Ponderosa, So.

Adam Walker, Woodland, Jr.


HONORABLE MENTION

Zach Adamson, Oak Ridge; Tyler Agnew, Folsom; Anson Aroz, Placer; Will Asby, Jesuit; Vinny Bachelier, Capital Christian; Alex Baeza, Laguna Creek; Jono Barton, Western Sierra; Cole Bendle, Cosumnes Oaks; Tino Bethancourt, Oak Ridge; Rio Britton, Capital Christian; Cameron Carr, Woodcreek; Luke Carrell, Davis; Garen Caulfield, Granite Bay; Zach Chamizo, Lincoln; Clayton Coats, Lincoln; Jack Colville, Elk Grove; James Courshon, Valley Christian; Will Crookham, Oak Ridge; Owen Cuffe, Del Oro; Will Curtis, Oak Ridge; Chandler Dakin, Placer; Adam Dapkewicz, Davis; Carter Delaney, Oak Ridge; Chance Diemer, Yuba City; JR Freethy, Granite Bay; Anthony Galindo, Dixon; Xavier Garcia, Pioneer; Carson Gross, Folsom; Jason Hanson, Woodcreek; Joshua Hardamon, Alpha Charter; Dylan Hartman, Pleasant Grove; Hunter Hayes, Casa Roble; Gabe Henderson, McClatchy; Jesse Hernandez, Grant; John Hibbs, Valley Christian; Tyler Jarman, Casa Roble; Justin Johnson, Christian Brothers; Hudson Kaylor, Del Campo; Anthony Keole, Florin; Andrew Ketchum, Rocklin; Mike Lavigne, Colfax; Chad Leonard, Whitney; Dez Lossenberg, Vista del Lago; Spencer Lozano, Christian Brothers; Colby Lunsford, Bear River; Louis Manning, Liberty Ranch; Aiden Martinez, Woodcreek; Tyler McCuiston, Rocklin; Joshua Miller, Casa Roble; Logan Meyers, Yuba City; Mason Mooney, Rocklin; Kenny Morgan, Liberty Ranch; Lakeel Morris, Folsom; Parker Neutzling, Folsom; Jack Nilsson, Lincoln; Nick Noll, Nevada Union; AJ O’Neal, Dixon; Marco Pirruccello, Rocklin; Gabriel Ramirez, Capital Christian; Brandon Renstrom, Roseville; Bryce Rodgers, Yuba City; Stephen Sedleniek, Christian Brothers; Brandon Shaldone, Rio Americano; Ben Silva, McClatchy; Zach Taylor, Granite Bay; Hunter Timothy, Pioneer; Brayden Tester, Oak Ridge; Adrian Torres, Natomas; Jake Torres, Bella Vista; Nathan Van Patten, Bear River; Zach Voelker, Granite Bay; Jake Vujovich, Granite Bay; Chris Wagner, Whitney; Griffin Williams, Ponderosa; Kenny Williams, Elk Grove; Nolan Wilson, Granite Bay; Ben Weir, Laguna Creek; Cole Winters, Bear River; Brennan White, Yuba City; Sam Whiting, Pleasant Grove.

The 2014 All-Metro baseball team is here.

The 2015 All-Metro baseball team is here.

The 2016 All-Metro baseball team is here.

The 2017 All-Metro baseball team is here.

The 2018 All-Metro baseball team is here.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Death March plus Mesa Mercado

Sharon and I have been on a death march over the last couple of weekends getting the house ready for Drew and Shannon's engagement party. Saturday included: trips to the dump and Green Acres; having the windows washed and the front and back of the house power washed; re-barking and replanting in the front yard, and; re-potting several trees on the back deck.

We finished the day with dinner at the bar at Mesa Mercado. We both had chicken enchiladas.

Friday, June 07, 2019

2002 BMW 525i

With my Volvo at the dealer for a couple of recalls and a problem with the separate charging cable, I drove Jack's BMW over the last two days. Sharon originally got the 2002 BMW 525i used in 2005. Looking for a very specific model and color, she flew to Southern California, bought it and drove it home. When Jack started driving his junior year at Jesuit in 2014, she passed the car down to him and started leasing newer BMWs.

Although Jack's BMW has more than 230,000 miles on it, it is a fun car to drive. It is a real car. Unlike my Volvo or the newer BMWs, you feel like your driving, not riding in a cushioned bubble. If only it had a place for my coffee cup and a way to connect my iPhone to listen to podcasts, I would probably drive it occasionally 😀.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Champions League Final - Tottenham vs Liverpool

Saturday afternoon, June 1, Sharon, Jack and I watched the Tottenham play Liverpool in the Champions League Final. Jack is a rabid Tottenham fan.

Liverpool won the game by the score of 2 to 0. The game started with a questionable handball call in the box called on Tottenham in the first 22 seconds. Liverpool converted the penalty kick. This early penalty goal changed the feel of game.

Although Tottenham dominated possession, they never scored. Livermore added a second goal at the 87' mark.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Raising Senior [Jack back to school]

Finishing up ten days at home, Jack headed back to Georgetown last Saturday night (June 1). Like last year, he will be working for The Corp over the summer.

Jack caught a 11 pm United flight nonstop from Sacramento to Dulles. On the ground about 6:30 am on Sunday morning, he took an Uber into Georgetown. I was shocked that it only took 27 minutes [7:19 am to 7:47 am].

Jack will be living in an apartment two blocks from campus for the next year. It is hard for me to believe that he will be starting his senior year in August.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

D3 College World Series

Belatedly, I realized that one other player that Jack played baseball with was in the D3 College World Series. Frankly, I didn't even know that there was a D2 and a D3 College World Series.

Aaron Wong and Chapman University are playing in the D3 College World Series. Aaron played baseball with Jack for a little bit on the Gunners and the Outlaws. I have known Aaron's dad Randy for more than 30 years; he was my IBM Account Rep when I worked for Farm Credit. In one of those small world stories, Aaron's mom Jayne was my IBM Account Rep at Sutter Health and now at Adventist Health.

Batting ninth against Washington & Jefferson on May 31, Aaron was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two strike-outs.

Chapman beat Washington & Jefferson by the score of 6 to 3.

Batting ninth against Mass.-Boston on June 1, Aaron was 1 for 4.

Chapman lost to Mass.-Boston by the score of 10 to 6.

Batting ninth against Washington & Jefferson on June 2, Aaron was 1 for 2 with a RBI, two walks and three runs scored.

Chapman beat Washington & Jefferson by the score of 8 to 4.

Batting ninth against Mass.-Boston on June 2, Aaron was 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

Chapman beat Mass.-Boston by the score of 8 to 4 in 10 innings.

Batting ninth against Mass.-Boston on June 3, Aaron was 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Chapman beat Mass.-Boston by the score of 8 to 4.

On June 4, Chapman played Birmingham-So. for the D3 National Championship.

In the first game, batting ninth, Aaron was 0 for 4.

Chapman beat Birmingham-So. by the score of 6 to 4.

In the second game, batting ninth, Aaron was 1 for 3 with a double, a run scored, a RBI and a strike-out.

Chapman beat Birmingham-So. by the score of 11 to 0.

Chapman won the D3 National Championship!

Sunday, June 02, 2019

College World Series Regionals - June 2, 2019

I am following several different players in this year's College World Series that Jack played baseball with or against.

Jack played with Nick Sogard at Jesuit. Playing shortstop and leading off for Loyola Marymount against UCLA, Sogard was 1 for 2 with a walk, a RBI and a sacrifice fly.

LMU lost to UCLA by the score of 6 to 1. The two teams will play again on Monday.

Jack played with Alex Isola at Jesuit and with Walbeck. Playing catcher and batting sixth for TCU against Central Connecticut State, Isola was 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch.

TCU beat Central Connecticut State by the score of 9 to 5.

In TCU's second game of the day against Arkansas, Isola did not play.

TCU lost to Arkansas by the score of 6 to 0. TCU was eliminated from the tournament.

Jack played with Nick Iwasa at Jesuit. Nick pinch hit for Sacramento State in the bottom of the ninth against Stanford and flied out to right.

Sacramento State lost to Stanford by the score of 12 to 3. Sacramento State was eliminated from the tournament.

College World Series Regionals - May 31, 2019
College World Series Regionals - June 1, 2019
College World Series Regionals - June 2, 2019
College World Series Regionals - June 3, 2019

Saturday, June 01, 2019

College World Series Regionals - June 1, 2019

I am following several different players in this year's College World Series that Jack played baseball with or against.

Jack played with Nick Sogard at Jesuit. Playing shortstop and leading off for Loyola Marymount against UCLA, Sogard was 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base.

LMU defeated UCLA by the score of 3 to 2. UCLA is overall #1 seed!

Jack played with Alex Isola at Jesuit and with Walbeck. Alex is on the roster for TCU, but didn't play against Arkansas.

TCU lost to the Arkansas by the score of 3 to 1.

Jack played against Darren Baker with the Outlaws. Baker played at Jesuit after Jack. Playing second base and batting sixth for Cal against Central Connecticut State, Baker was 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored and a sacrifice bunt.

Jack played with Jack Wolger at Jesuit. Bolger is a pitcher on the Cal roster, but didn't make an appearance against Central Connecticut State.

Cal lost to Central Connecticut State by the score of 7 to 4. Cal is eliminated from the tournament.

Jack played with Nick Iwasa at Jesuit. Nick is on the roster for Sac State, but didn't play against UC Santa Barbara.

Evan Gibbons played first base in the top of the ninth. I played golf with Borja and Evan's dad in 2016 at the Petersen Shootout...

Sacramento State defeated UC Santa Barbara by the score of 6 to 4.

College World Series Regionals - May 31, 2019
College World Series Regionals - June 1, 2019
College World Series Regionals - June 2, 2019
College World Series Regionals - June 3, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

College World Series Regionals - May 31, 2019

I am following several different players in this year's College World Series that Jack played baseball with or against.

Jack played with Nick Sogard at Jesuit. Playing shortstop and leading off for Loyola Marymount against Baylor, Sogard was 0 for 3 with a walk.

LMU defeated Baylor by the score of 3 to 1.

Jack played with Alex Isola at Jesuit and with Walbeck. Pinch hitting in the ninth for TCU, Isola struck out against Cal, but reached base on a dropped third strike and got an RBI.

Jack played against Darren Baker with the Outlaws. Baker played at Jesuit after Jack. Playing second base and batting sixth for Cal against TCU, Baker was 1 for 2 with a walk and a RBI.

Jack played with Jack Wolger at Jesuit. Bolger is a pitcher on the Cal roster, but didn't make an appearance against TCU.

TCU defeated Cal by the score of 13 to 2.

Jack played with Nick Iwasa at Jesuit. Nick is on the roster for Sac State, but didn't play against Stanford.

Stanford beat Sacramento State by the score of 11 to 0.

College World Series Regionals - May 31, 2019
College World Series Regionals - June 1, 2019
College World Series Regionals - June 2, 2019
College World Series Regionals - June 3, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Canon East

Sharon, Jack and I finished the day with dinner at Canon East. We split a variety of small plates, including: garlic knots; kusshi oysters; apricot salad; forbidden black rice bowl; chilled asparagus; octopus & clam conserva; and, chicken drumsticks.

I think that this is probably Sharon's favorite Sacramento restaurant right now.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Jesuit versus Vacaville Lineup - May 27, 2019

Jesuit lost to Vacaville in the finals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Baseball Playoffs.

Jesuit versus Vacaville Line-up May 27, 2019

11 - Parker, Mitchell - LF
10 - Susac, Daniel - C
31 - Benbrook, Carter - DH
33 - Daly, Sam - RF
 8 - Asby, Will - CF
24 - Walczykowski, Devon - 1B
 7 - Krieger, Talon - SS
15 - Balestreri, Sam - 2B
20 - Bicknell, Drake - 3B

23 - Pilchard, Cade - P

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Volvo XC60 T8 - Day 212

I bought the Volvo seven months ago. I have driven 6,720 miles with an average fuel consumption of 73.5 miles per gallon. I am averaging 960 miles per month.

At this point, I have only filled up with gas five times. I went all of February and March without filling up!

The new building has six electric car chargers. Topping off the battery at work very day, I am commuting almost exclusively as an electric vehicle.

Over the last month, I have finally put on the carpool stickers. They are good until January 1, 2023. It makes the commute home easier...

Sunday, May 26, 2019

151,430 Steps

Trying to work myself back into shape after a couple of rough spots in the last few of months [down for the count, lost weekend], I ran 25.7 miles and cycled 28.3 miles on the Peloton bike this week.

151,430 steps

Saturday, May 25, 2019

John Wick

Unfortunately, the day went in some unplanned directions...

Sharon, Jack and I finished the day watching John Wick. This has been on my AppleTV wish list for some time. Bill Simmons et al have talked about the movie and its sequels on his podcast off and on over the last year.

John Wick is a 2014 American neo-noir action thriller film. It stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen [Theon Grayly in Game of Thrones], Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe. Reeves plays a retired hitman.

It is the first installment in the John Wick film series. Two sequels, John Wick: Chapter 2, and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, were released on February 2017 and May 2019 respectively.

I think that we all enjoyed the movie. It is a nonstop violent action movie. I recommend it as a mindless distraction...

Friday, May 24, 2019

Deion's Double Play

Friday night, I watched Deion's Double Play. This is the twenty-seventh installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 Volume 3. An episode guide for Vol 3 is here.

During the 1992, Deion Sanders played in both football and baseball. As a utility outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, Deion led the entire major leagues in triples (14), stole 26 bases and had the second highest batting average (.304) on the Braves roster. As an Atlanta Falcons cornerback and kick returner, he was in the fourth year of his career.

While the film looks broadly at Sanders' career, it focuses on the weekend of October 11, 1992. He played in a MLB LCS game on Saturday night in Pittsburg. After the game, Nike flew him to Atlanta in a charter for a Sunday NFL Falcon's game. After that game, Deion flew back to Pittsburg for a Sunday night MLB playoff game in Pittsburg.

Deion is not only the only player to hit an MLB home run and score an NFL touchdown in the same week. He's also the only man to have played in a World Series AND a Super Bowl.

I enjoyed the documentary. I didn't realize how much baseball Deion had played. He played a nine-year, part-time baseball career, playing left and center field in 641 games with four teams.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

My book for May is Fear: Trump in the White House by by Bob Woodward. Larkin mentioned that he and Cindy were reading the book when we were at the Petersen Shootout and I decided to read it.

Some general observations about the book include:
  • I have always wondered about Jared and Ivanka's roles. You get a little bit of a glimpse in the book that they have their fingers in things more than I expected.
  • I came away with more respect for both Mattis and Tillerson. In particular, it seems like Mattis worked very hard to be the adult in the room.
  • There are an astonishing number of quotes from people in key meetings. I am amazed that Woodward was able to get and use these quotes... Frankly, while I don't doubt Woodward, I have become a little leery of quotes.

I have noted before that Trump is very thin-skinned and that he plays fast and loose with the truth. There is a third issue highlighted in this book. As a leader in a big organization, I believe that you need to willing to listen to everyone's feedback and challenge your own world view. Trump is portrayed as being very dogmatic about a number of his core beliefs...

This is not a great book. I would give it a "B-" at best. I feel like the book tends to wander from anecdote to anecdote. It is an unsettling view into what is going on in the Executive Branch today.