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.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jack is back!

Jack caught an Uber from the Georgetown Campus at 2:12 pm. He was at Dulles Airport by 2:50 pm.

Jack boarded a 5:10 pm United flight nonstop from Dulles to Sacramento. He was on the ground in Sacramento just after 8:15 pm. Sharon and I scooped him up.

It is great to have him home! It is impossible for me to believe that he is a raising senior!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Dinner with the Sanborns

Sharon and I met the Sanborns for dinner on Monday night at Paul Martins. I had a Seared Ahi Salad [mixed greens, soba noodles, oranges, red peppers, tomatoes, golden beets, green onion, ginger chile vinaigrette], while Sharon had a Steakhouse Cobb [mesquite-grilled Angus, eld greens, avocado, bacon, Shaft blue cheese, tomato, egg, blue cheese vinaigrette].

Monday, May 20, 2019

Quest Tech

Larkin and I played in the Quest Tech golf tournament at the Granite Bay Golf Course. The tournament was a scramble format. We played with Joe [SAFE Credit Union] and Joshua [Palo Alto Networks].

After feeling good on the the driving range, I struggled all day. It is probably the worst that I have ever hit a golf ball. I always feel like I have a hard time getting a consistent rhythm in a scramble tournament, but this has to be the worst I have ever done.

We ended up using three of my drives, including over the water on the first hole. Unable to card a birdie, the group was five over.
As we were standing on the 16th tee, a ball landed over our carts. It turns out it was Doug Christie's ball. He came over to apologize. Larkin got a picture with him. I have a picture with Doug Christie and his wife from a Quest Even fifteen years ago...

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season Eight

Sunday night, Sharon and I watched the series finale of Game of Thrones. While Sharon watched this season with me, she has only really watched the first season of the show. She and I watched the first season together more than three years ago, while I was reading the first book.

The series premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. It concluded Sunday night with 73 episodes broadcast over eight seasons. I finished season one in October 2012, season two in February 2013 and season three in June 2013.

My summary for the eighth season is something that I stole from a podcast. The Storm of Spoilers podcast kept saying “efficiency is coming.” David Benioff and D. B. Weiss had the ending from George Martin, but the pacing of the last season is so different from the first four seasons. With the rich source material, the first four seasons had a leisurely pace that allowed for a much richer character development. The rapid pace of the eighth season doesn't allow for the plot to proceed organically; it feels forced. It would have taken Martin two thousands to get all of this done...

I think that they should have done two ten episode seasons in seasons 7 and 8. This would have allowed them to set up the ending better. I am still not sure I understand why they did shorter seasons.

In spite of my criticism about a rush to the end this season, I enjoyed season eight and the series finale. I am going to add the second book to my reading list for the next year.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Veep - Season Seven

Saturday night, Sharon and I watched the series finale of Veep. Veep is an American political satire comedy series created by Armando Iannucci. It is an American spin of the premise of his 2005 BBC series, The Thick of It. The series premiered on HBO on April 22, 2012. During the course of the series, 65 episodes of Veep aired over seven seasons.

Veep received critical acclaim and won several major awards, including six consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, winning that award for its fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. Its second, fourth, and sixth seasons won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series, and its third season won the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.

The series starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, the Vice President of the United States (or "Veep"), and later President of the United States. Over the course of the seven seasons, Louis-Dreyfus received widespread critical acclaim for her performance, winning a record-breaking six Primetime Emmy Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and receiving five consecutive Golden Globe nominations.

Although season seven jumps the shark more than a little in a couple of spots, I enjoyed it. I was confused about how they were going to wrap up the series, but got a kick out of the approach that they used...

Friday, May 17, 2019

Foster's Bighorn

While Larkin, Gainsley and I were at the Petersen Shootout, we started talking about the three couples getting together for dinner. I threw out the idea that we go to dinner at Foster's Bighorn. I don't think that I have been there in more than fifteen years.

Late Friday afternoon, the Larkins met us at our house. Larkin, Cindy, Sharon and I slogged our way through the traffic to Rio Vista. We met the Gainsleys at the bar.

Standing at the bar, a group asked us to help sing happy birthday to the owner. In one of those odd twists of fate, the owner turned out to be Howard Lamothe. Sharon, Larkin and I have worked with his brother Paul at Farm Credit since the 80's. Sharon spent some time talking to Howard. He has owned the bar and restaurant for more than fifteen years.

Part of the goal of the dinner was to talk about a possible China cruise in '21. I think that the Gainsleys and Heringers will eventually commit to a Viking cruise. The Larkins are still playing with a couple of different trips options for '20 and '21, including a trip to Spain and Portugal and a Southern American cruise like Tom did... The Gainsleys are actually taking off on a Viking cruse of Scandinavia on Sunday.

I had a New York steak for dinner, while Sharon had a ribeye. The portions were ample, but the food was only so so. Sharon and I lamented later that we probably should have just had the Bison burger. You don't go to Foster's for the food, but the atmosphere.

After dinner, we wound our way back to Carmichael. I enjoyed everyone's company a great deal! Hopefully, we can pull off a larger trip together.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

From Kansas City to the Open House

Every once in a while, we will schedule a travel day out of necessity that I dread and then regret once I get into the middle of trip. Wanting to make sure that I got back to Roseville for the new building open house, this was one of those days.

After going to the Royals game on Wednesday night, I got up at 3 am. I caught an Uber to the airport about 3:40 am. Unfortunately, I had brought a big suitcase with me on the trip that I had to check. I was shocked at the baggage check line for Southwest at 4:10 am in the morning. Luckily, it moved very fast. I checked my bag and was through Pre-TSA security by 4:30 am.

I caught a 5:30 am Southwest flight from Kansas City to Denver. Boarding with A41, I was able to get the aisle exit row behind the two seats. Landing just after 6 am local time, I had a two hour plus layover in Denver and got a leisurely breakfast.

With an A36 boarding pass, I caught a 8:30 am flight from Denver to Sacramento. I ended up with a very nice exit row seat in a Boeing 737-800. We were on the ground in Sacramento before 10 am. Somehow, I missed my bag when it first came up. I didn't see it until almost everyone was gone!?! I was home about 11:10 am.

After getting cleaned up and having some lunch I headed into work. Adventist Health had scheduled an open house for friends and family from 4 pm to 7 pm. Sharon really wanted to get a chance to tour the new building plus I had a sense of responsibility to be there for the open house.

Sharon and I ended up walking a big part of the building, including the C-Suite. Overall, she was very impressed with the building.

We finished the night with dinner at Paul Martins [fish tacos]. On my feet and moving for almost 21 hours straight, I crashed hard at the end of the day...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Tech Summit

I spent the day in a Tech Summit with Cerner at their Innovations Campus in Kansas City. The agenda included: Kickoff; Introductions; Prayer; Architectural Overview; Emerging Technology; Oracle; Break; iBus Architecture (Grand Model); LightsOn Overview; Lunch; eHosting Opportunities; Network; Break; Future Cloud Architecture, and; IAM Discussions.

We finished the day at the Kansas City Royals versus Texas Rangers MLB game. Scoring two runs in the top of the first, the Rangers never looked back and won the game by the score of 6 to 1. We had some nice Diamond Club seats (Table 8, Row 1, Seat 3).

Kansas City Royals versus Texas Rangers

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Kansas City from the Skybar at the Cerner Experience Center

View of Kansas City from the Skybar at the Cerner Experience Center

Cerner Cybersecurity Conference

I spent a long day at a Cybersecurity Conference at the new Cerner Experience Center.

Tuesday, May 14 
7:15 - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome 
8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Cybersecurity and intelligent health networks 
9:15 - 10 a.m. Cybersecurity landscape in health care today 
10 a.m. Break 
10:15 - 11 a.m. Insider threats
11 - 11:45 a.m. Good cybersecurity hygiene - a culture change - Cherokee Nation Health Services
11:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. NIST Controls -- building a stronger cybersecurity program 
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. P2 Sentinel - mitigating internal threats
2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
 LightsOn Review
2:45 - 3 p.m. Break
3 - 3:45 p.m.
 Panel: Challenges - don't throw in the towel
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
 Group 1: Experience Theater
 Medical device vulnerabilities
 Group 2: Community Engagement Forum
 Community outreach security implications
4:45 - 5 p.m. Wrap up 
5 - 5:45 p.m. Networking
5:45 - 7 p.m. Dinner - Sponsored by Cybereason

Monday, May 13, 2019

To Kansas City

Downtown Kansas City from the 37th Floor of the SheratonUp at 5 am, I caught a 8 am Southwest Flight from Sacramento to Phoenix. I was shocked how quickly I checked my bag and got through security. It literally took me 14 minutes from parking my car to sitting down on the other side of security!

Boarding with A38, Southwest did something that I haven't seen before. After A1 to A30, they opened the side door and let the group starting at A31 board from the back. Loading from the back, I was able to get an exit row aisle.

With an almost two hour layover in Phoenix, I had an early lazy lunch at the Barrio Cafe in Concourse D. I had a surprisingly good Arizona Burrito.

Boarding at 11:30 am with A26, I got a very nice exit row aisle seat. I was on the ground in Kansas City by 4:30 pm. It was an easy trip that passed quickly.

I caught an Uber into the city. I will be spending three nights at the Sheraton at Crown Center.

After a walk/run on the treadmill, I had a late dinner at the bar at Spectators. I had a turkey melt. I had an odd experience. The place was empty when I walked in after 8 pm. When I left at 9 pm, the bar was packed with people ordering food.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day 2019

Still feeling under the weather and trying to get back on my feet, I did some shopping in the early afternoon. Sharon and Tom rolled back from the retreat in the afternoon. It really turned out to be a lost weekend for me.

I made dinner for Mother's day. I barbecued some ribeye steaks, baked a couple of potatoes and cooked some broccoli.

For a Mother's Day gift, I got her a cologne collection from Jo Malone. She shopped at this store and bought some cologne when we were in London.

We finished the day watching the super-sized penultimate episode of Game of Thrones. While Weiss and Benioff may be moving towards Martin's intended ending, the transformation of the dragon queen into the bad king seems to ring a little false. My guess is that we will never see Martin's version of the ending...

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Lost Weekend

Starting to feel bad on Friday, I crashed hard on Saturday. I literally slept more than 20 of Saturday's 24 hours. With Sharon gone on a retreat for the weekend, I only dragged myself out of bed to feed Tiber and Luna and take Tiber for a couple of short walks... Given the number of things that I was hoping to get done in preparation for the engagement party, it was very discouraging.

Friday, May 10, 2019

To El Retiro San Inigo

Sharon and Tom are spending the weekend at El Retiro San Inigo, the Jesuit Retreat House of Los Altos. They are attending a retreat titled Conversing with Creation.

Feeling under the weather, I finished the week watching the Golden State Warriors versus Houston Rockets in game five of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. Playing without Kevin Durant, the Warriors beat the Rockets by the score of 118 to 113. Stephen Curry was 0 for 5 in the first half, but scored 33 points in the second half. I would have bet a fair amount of money against the Warriors winning...

Thursday, May 09, 2019

The Last Days of Knight

Saturday while Sharon was in Southern California, I watched The Last Days of Knight. This is the twenty-fourth installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 Volume 3. An episode guide for Vol 3 is here. I haven't kept up with the 30 for 30 series over the last couple of years; there are more than a dozen documentaries that I haven't seen.

The film starts by looking briefly at Bob Knight's career. After briefly coaching at Army from 1965 to 1971, Knight coached at Indiana University from 1971 to 2000. While at Indiana, Knight led his teams to three NCAA championships, one National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship, and 11 Big Ten Conference championships. His 1975–76 team went undefeated during the regular season and won the 1976 NCAA tournament. By 2000, the film paints Knight was one of the most powerful people at the university and in some ways in the state of basketball crazy Indiana.

The documentary is told from an unusual angle. In April 1999, Robert Abbott, a producer for CNN/Sports Illustrated, began reporting a story investigating why three high school All-Americans had left Knight's program over the prior two years. The film is directed and narrated by Abbott. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the investigation and its ultimate ramifications.

I was pleasantly surprised by this 30 for 30. It is a story with which I was only passingly familiar. Although it was an hour and forty minutes long, it never dragged or seemed slow. The follow-up story on one of the players that left the program is heart wrenching. It is a documentary worth looking for. It motivates me to go back and watch more of the 30 for 30s that I have missed.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Miami Vice

Last Friday night while Sharon was in Southern California, I watched Miami Vice as a rental on the AppleTV. Several weeks ago, I heard Colin Farrell interviewed on the Bill Simmons podcast. They reviewed Farrell's career and talked a lot about this movie. I added it to the watch list on the AppleTV.

The movie is a 2006 American action crime thriller film about two Miami-Dade police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who go undercover to fight drug trafficking operations. It was written, directed, and produced by Michael Mann. The film is an adaptation of the 1980s television series of the same name on which Mann was an executive producer. It film stars Jamie Foxx as Tubbs and Colin Farrell as Crockett.

Jamie Foxx had just won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles. He frankly didn't seem very engaged in the movie.

I found the middle of the movie slow. While it was interesting to see a young Colin Farrell, I didn't really enjoy the movie. There are lots more interesting things to watch. I don't recommend the film.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Sharon back from SoCal

Sharon and Mary Maloney spent the day at The Huntington Library. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) and located in San Marino. In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. The property also includes approximately 120 acres of specialized botanical landscaped gardens, most notably the "Japanese Garden", the "Desert Garden", and the "Chinese Garden" (Liu Fang Yuan).

Sharon caught an early evening Southwest flight from Burbank back to Sacramento. The flight left about 20 minutes late. She was home just after 7:30 pm.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Sharon in SoCal

Spending the day in Southern California, Sharon and Mary Maloney headed to the Santa Anita Race Track to watch the Kentucky Derby. For the first time in the 145 year history of the race, the winner was disqualified for an in-race foul. The stewards disqualified Maximum Security from first place for drifting into the path of War of Will, who in turn had to alter course and affected several other horses.

I watched the race at the start of my treadmill workout, but switched away after the race was over. I didn't realize until several hours later that Maximum Security had been disqualified...

I finished the day watching the Golden State Warriors versus Houston Rockets NBA Western Conference second round play-off game. The Rockets beat the Warriors by the score of 126 to 121 in overtime. It was an entertaining fourth quarter and overtime. Kevin Durant has 46 points for the Warriors, while James Harden had 41 for the Rockets. It is amazing to watch Durant essentially be the point guard and run the offense. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson both struggled, including Curry missing on a wide-open dunk towards the end of the overtime.

After the game, I watched the 30 for 30 documentary titled The Last Days of Knight.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Sharon to SoCal

In the early afternoon, Sharon caught a Southwest Flight from Sacramento to Burbank. She is spending a couple of days in Southern California visiting Mary Maloney. Mary is spending a couple of weeks in Pasadena with a friend. Mary and Sharon finished the day with a bad Italian dinner.

I finished the day watching Miami Vice. After the movie was over, I watched all four overtimes in the Denver versus Portland NBA Western Conference second round playoff game. It was just the second quadruple-overtime playoff game in NBA history, joining a 1953 game between the Boston Celtics and the Syracuse Nationals. Portland won the game by the score of 140 to 137.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Song for 2018

In March of 2018, Sharon, Jack and I saw Hamilton at the Richard Rogers Theater on Broadway. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway show celebrating the life of Founding Father and American icon Alexander Hamilton is based on the biography by Ron Chernow that I read in 2017.

I really enjoyed the play. Sharon and I have both been playing the soundtrack a lot over the last year.

The song for 2018 is Alexander Hamilton (Original Boardway Cast Recording) by the cast of Hamilton.

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

What is this?

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Brian and Lauren

In one of those odd twists of fate, Lauren is getting married on on the same day as Drew and Shannon...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Marin Headlands Hike Map

Using data from Runkeeper on my iPhone, I generated this map of our hike in the Marin Headlands. Sharon and I covered just over 5 miles in 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Marin Headlands Hike

Marin Headlands HikeGoing back to when we lived in Elk Grove, Sharon has worked out with a group called Mama Bootcamp. The group organized a hike in the Marin Headlands.

Leaving the house about 8 am, we met the group at McKinley Park at 8:30 am. It was a two hour drive: 80 to 37 to 101. We parked near the Point Bonita Lighthouse about 10:30 am.

The group turned out to be about fifteen women, one baby and me! We hiked around the bunkers and then down on to Rodeo Beach for lunch. After lunch, Sharon and I hiked down to the end of the beach and then a short distance up the Coastal Trail.

Hiking back to the car, we took the trail out to the Point Bonita Lighthouse. I had no interest in crossing the bridge out to the lighthouse...

We covered just over five miles in two and twenty minutes. A map of the hike is here.

Waze routed us over the Richmond Bridge rather than 37 on the way home. Thankfully, the traffic was pretty light. We were home at 4:30 pm.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Plan B

Sharon and I finished the day with dinner at Plan B. We split fennel-Leek tnrtelette [caramelized onion, fennel, leeks, white anchovies] and a butter salad [walnuts, Roquefort, sun-dried cherries, whole grain Dijonette]. For entrees, I had short ribs, while Sharon had halibut.

We worked on an initial list of invitations for Drew and Shannon's engagement party.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Vicinity of Tongue Landing and Rutherford Dairy

I came across this historical marker during my long run on Sunday at Sea Ranch.

Vicinity of Tongue Landing and Rutherford Dairy
Marker 35A-3

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This site is located on the Bluff Trail near 384 Fish Rock, Sea Ranch, CA 95497, California. The Sea Ranch Archives Committee has identified twenty-six historic sites scattered about The Sea Ranch. They have constructed trail markers with information explaining the significance of each place. They were placed as part of The Sea Ranch 50th anniversary being celebrated from Memorial Day 2014 to Memorial Day 2015. The GPS coordinates for this location are 38° 44' 43.0" N 123° 30' 59.9" W.

Vicinity of Tongue Landing and Rutherford Dairy

The 985 acres at the Sea Ranch's Northern end was primarily used by Rutherford for dairy ranching, including a large dairy barn, prior to the creation of the Bender Brothers' lumber mill. Part of the acreage was leased to Gualala resident Joe Tongue to grow grain and fruits.

Vicinity of Tongue Landing and Rutherford Dairy

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Rider by by Tim Krabbé

My book for April is The Rider by by Tim Krabbé. Looking for something lighter and shorter to read after wading through the fourth volume of the LBJ biography, I settled on this book. This was one of the books mentioned on The Sports Repodders Podcast in March.

The author was born in Amsterdam. He is a Dutch journalist, novelist, script writer, competitive cyclist and championship chess player.

First published in 1978, the book was translated into English in 2002. The Guardian wrote: "Nothing better is ever likely to be written on the subjective experience of cycle-racing."

The book is told from the point of view of a cyclist as he rides the Tour de Mont Aigoual. The col de Mont Aigoual (1507 meters) has been used once by the Tour de France in 1987. It is known as one of the cruelest stages of the Tour de France.

The book reminds of Ken Dryden's The Game. Both books use a small timeline to explore the author's life and his sport. I enjoyed the book and give it a solid "B".

Monday, April 22, 2019

Jack back to school

Finishing a short Easter break, Sharon and I took Jack to the airport about 9:00 pm on Monday night. He caught a 10:55 pm United flight from Sacramento to Chicago. Jack then caught a 6:00 am flight from Chicago to Reagan National in Washington, DC. He was on the ground in DC at 8:45 am on Tuesday morning.

It is hard to believe that in less than a month Jack will be done with his junior year at Georgetown!

For the first time that I have been to the Sacramento Airport with the Volvo, I was able to park in one of the electric car charging stations. I have been to the airport more than a dozen times in the last six months; this is the first time that one was available.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter 2019

Easter 2019Up early, Sharon and I took Tiber on a creek walk. Afterwards, the three of us went to Mass at Our Lady of Assumption. We got there just after 7:30 am for an 8:00 am Mass. The place was empty! We didn't need to go early...

For the first time since 2015, we hosted Easter. Everyone started to show up about 2:00 pm. The group totaled 18, including: Tom, Kevin, Leah, Lydia, Amelia, Tim, Kathy, Erin, Cromac, Eileen, Will, Teri, Steve, Janie, Jim, Sharon, Jack and I.

With Easter falling late, Tim was able to join the group. Googling Easter, the holiday can fall from March 22 to April 25.

Before dinner, Sharon had an adult Easter egg hunt. This indirectly resulted in one of the sconces in the entry way being destroyed.

Sharon made a leg of lamb and au gratin potatoes. Everyone else contributed ham (Janie), green beans (Cromac), rolls, green salad and jello salad. Tom brought the lamb cake for dessert.

We finished the day watching the San Jose Sharks play the Las Vegas Knights in the first round of the NHL playoffs. The Sharks won the game by the score of 2 to 1 on a short-handed goal in the second overtime.

Saturday, April 20, 2019


Sharon met Laura and Liz for dinner at Mikuni on Fair Oaks. Jack and I went to Rey Aztec.

We finished the night watching the Houston Rockets versus New Orleans Jazz first round NBA playoff game. In spite of James Hardy going 0 for 15 from the field to start the game, the Rockets won the game by the score of 104 to 101.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Waterfalls and Wildflowers Hike?!?

Celebrate the arrival of spring and check out the Bay Area’s most scenic Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike!!

Professional guides. Beautiful trails. A fun group to hike with.

Set on the northern flank of Mount Diablo, this 7.5 mile loop will lead us to almost half a dozen waterfalls in Donner Canyon. And of course, if our timing is right, all of the cascades will be framed by a plethora of native California wildflowers: Poppy, Lupine, Indian Paintbrush, Milk Maids, Ceanothus, Mountain Voilet, Brewers Rock Cress and Mosquito Bills, just to name a few.

The Trip:

We’ll start our 7.5 mile hike from the Mitchell Canyon Staging Area. The first 2 miles along Bruce Lee and Oak Roads are fairly mild and flat as we walk through rolling hills and oak woodlands eventually linking up with George Cardinet Back Creek. Once we cross the creek, however, we’ll climb 600 vertical feet up a series of difficult switchbacks. With the climb behind us, we’ll be rewarded with commanding views of Clayton Valley and Suisun Bay. As we make our way along the Falls Trail loop, we’ll encounter one gorgeous display of waterworks after another, witnessing a total of 4 distinct waterfalls along just this section of trail.
While I finished up a long week working to get 1,300 people settled into a new building, Sharon and Jack did a Good Friday hike from the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center.

They were trying to do a waterfalls and wild flowers hike that Sharon had read about.

They got lost and ended up hiking more than 8 miles without finding the rights trails...

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Jackass Express

Larkin and I stopped here with Gainsley et al on day two of the 2019 Petersen Shootout.

The Jackass Express
E Clampus Vitus

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This marker is located at 2282 Main Street, Genoa, Nevada. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 39° 00.196 W 119° 50.782.

The Jackass Express

In 1851, George Chorpenning and fellow Pennsylvania entrepreneur Absalom Woodward received a contract for $14,000 from the U.S. Post Office to establish the first U.S. mail service between Sacramento, CA and Salt Lake City, UT.  The monthly trip was to be made in a record time of 16 days.

The mail-carrying mule train, known as the "Jackass Express" or "Jackass Mail," left Sacramento on May 1, 1851, and struggled over the Sierra to reach the Carson Vally.  A mail station was soon established in Genoa, NV.

Woodward was killed on the route in the first year of operations.  Chorpenning continued to renew the contract until 1860, when it was annulled for political reasons.  The route and many of the way stations were used by Russell, Majors and Waddel to establish the Pony Express.

Dedicated on March 24, 2018 (6023)
By the Snowshoe Thompson Chapter #1827
of the ancient and honorable order
E Clampus Vitus

Genoa Bar

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Jack is back!

Jack is home for few days over his Easter break! He caught a 5:45 pm United flight nonstop from Dulles to Sacramento. The flight landed in Sacramento about 8:20 pm. Sharon and I got to the terminal just before he came down the escalator. It is great to have him home.

Monday, April 15, 2019

New Building

Starting over the weekend, we are working to move 1,300 employees to a new corporate headquarters in the next week!
New Building

Sunday, April 14, 2019

2019 Petersen Shootout - Day 3

Up early, Larkin and I used our vouchers to have breakfast downstairs. Afterwards, I packed up the room and loaded the car.

Looking at both Waze and Google Maps during the breakfast, the fastest way back to Roseville was Highway 88 to Highway 50 to Douglas to East Roseville Parkway. Leaving the parking lot about 8 am, I was in Roseville by 10:35 am. There was a rock fall on Highway 50 on the grade out of South Shore that stopped traffic for a few minutes.

I spent the rest of the day working at our new building getting ready for the first group of employees to move in on Monday. It is going to be an interesting week.

I enjoyed the weekend. I always enjoy Larkin's company. I am getting to know more of the regulars. Gainsley and his posse plus Borja and his brother-in-law are great additions!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

2019 Petersen Shootout - Day 2

Up fairly early, Larkin and I had breakfast at Katie's Country Kitchen in the hotel. The package for the weekend included a $5.00 food voucher for use at the hotel.

Like last year, we met Gainsley and his gang at the Genoa Bar. This is billed as Nevada' oldest thirst parlor.

The plan for the day was to play the Silver Oak Golf Course. We played this course in 2010 and in the rain in 2016. Rod started with a pitching contest. This was followed by a shotgun start at 1:00 pm. The format for the day was a shamble.

Rod and I played with Rod's nephew Danny and his friend Logan. Danny was crushing the ball. On one of the par fives, he hit the ball 365 yards with the wind behind him!

As the result of Danny's drives, I ended up with a liberally scored winter rules 80!?! I have never scored that low in a shamble. Larkin had a 78, Logan had a 79 and Danny had a 68. I had fond memories of the back nine, but it includes a nasty uphill par 5 and a difficult uphill par 4.

We only used one of my drives. On the par three 16th, I hit on to the cart path above the green to the right and the ball trickled down to within 12 feet of the pin.

After golf, we headed back to the hotel and got cleaned up. The golf weekend included dinner on Saturday. There was a hosted bar from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm with a buffet dinner at 8:15 pm. Our table at dinner included Gainsley, Rick, Art, Colin, Larkin and I.

Before dinner, they shuffled the scorecards from the day and randomly assigned foursomes. Larkin ended up winning money for the third place foursome. They also played a version of Texas Hold'em. Larkin won the hand at our table and even more money...

After dinner, Rod's brother Scott emceed. They require all of the first time attendees to get up and tell a joke. I was surprised how many new newbies there were.

After dinner, we wandered back to Rod's suite. At some point, we wandered downstairs and walked through the casino. Larkin and I crashed early.

Friday, April 12, 2019

2019 Petersen Shootout - Day 1

For the eighth time in ten years, Larkin and I played in the Petersen Shootout [2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 20162017 and 2018]. We missed 2013 when Rod kept moving the date around and it finally landed on a weekend when Sharon, Jack and I were in H@waii. In 2015, Larkin wasn't available. I signed up with Borja as my wingman, but when he canceled at the last minute, I bailed.

I left the house about 8:30 am. Taking Highway 80 to 395, I got to the Toiyabe golf course about 11:10 am. I have never played this course before.

Like last year, the group was big. There were just under 60 people. The group included Gainsley, Rick, Art and Colin.

Rod started the day with a long putt contest. I won! I made the second round. I was fourth closet to the pin in the second round, but the first three missed before I sunk my four foot second putt to win.

The group teed off in a shotgun start at 12:30 pm. Larkin and I played with Ben Borja, his brother-in-law Scott and the husband of Ben's wife Lynn's best Friend (Mike).

We didn't go to the driving range. Partly as a result, I started horribly. Starting with a shotgun start on the 7th hole, I just couldn't strike the ball over the course of the first two holes. I eventually settled down and posted a 50 on the back nine. Overall, I had a liberally scored winter rules 106. The scorecard is here.

For the third year in a row, the group is staying at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. I stayed at this hotel in a suite once in late 1991 with she-who-will-not-be-named.

Larkin and I spent some time in Rod's suite before we headed to dinner. Looking for someplace different to eat, we walked to Khristoper's Ristorante. It ended up being a very interesting evening. Before we ordered, the owner [Fred J. Simon, Jr] started talking to us. He ended up sitting at our table for the rest of the evening. Both Larkin and I had the lobster ravioli.

We made a stop at Rod's suite after dinner. Larkin and I ended up crashing about 11:45 pm.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


After signing our taxes, Sharon and I finished a short week with dinner at Piatti. We split a Farm Lettuces Salad [shaved fennel, radish, pine nuts, shaved grant, sherry vinaigrette]. For mains, Sharon had a Grilled New York steak with fries, while I had Pappardelle [5 hour pork & beef bolognese, spinach, olive oil].

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Jack's 2019 Spring Semester Classes

HIST 435 - Americanization of Europe
This colloquium will be a historical inquiry into the following questions: Has Europe been Americanized? Have Europeans in the course of the 20th century been Coca-colonized or McDonaldized? Have Americans and Europeans grown increasingly alike with respect to adopting mass culture, consumer society, and market economies? If so why? What is the explanation for the seemingly irresistible power of Americanization? When did this process begin and what has America's role been in this process? Or, conversely, is Americanization an illusion? Has there been appropriation and resistance so that national identities and diversity have been sustained and even intensified? Has it provoked a search for identity in national or ethnic difference? Above all what does this transformation mean?
OPIM 262 - Global Supply Chain Management
The emphasis of the course is the logistics or Supply Chain function in firms that source, produce, distribute and market in multiple nations. The management of the logistics in such firms differs from its domestic counterpart along several key dimensions. First, there is the need to be able to identify and analyze factors that differ across nations, which influence the effectiveness of this function. These include worker productivity, process adaptability, governmental concerns, transportation availability, and culture and so on. In addition, because of the distances involved, transportation and distribution are of greater significance. Finally, these geographically dispersed set of facilities and markets must be integrated and manage to enhance the strategy of the business unit. Therefore, some of the sessions of the course will focus on cross-national decisions and others will focus on managing across nations.

Throughout the course we will emphasize the role that emerging technologies are playing within the supply chain and e-commerce.

For the purposes of the course, the perspective will be that of the director of logistics or Supply Chain, vice-president of logistics or other, senior level general managers with primary responsibility for the production and distribution of manufactured products.

A major theme throughout the course is that sourcing, manufacturing and distribution are of primary importance in the formulation of business and corporate strategy. We want to look at the strategic decisions within logistics as they impact the ability of the firm to achieve its selected overall strategies.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Sutter Health reports its first annual financial loss in 23 years

Sacramento’s Sutter Health reports its first annual financial loss in 23 years

Sacramento-based Sutter Health reported Thursday that it had posted a year-end financial loss of $198 million for 2018, a precipitous decline from 2017 when the nonprofit hospital giant generated income of $893 million.

This is the first time Sutter has reported a loss since its merger with San Francisco’s California Healthcare System in 1995.

Sutter’s operating revenue and expenses remained relatively stable, company leaders said, but the company did not enjoy the same lift from its stock market investments in 2018 as it did the prior year.

Income from investments and unrealized stock gains was $651 million in 2017, but the market plunged in 2018. Sutter’s portfolio logged a loss of $267 million.

Also in 2017, Sutter received a payment of $432 million from the state of California to help defray the losses it incurs from serving Medi-Cal patients. In 2018, the Sutter payout was $272 million.

The loss comes as Sutter faces two high-profile lawsuits – one by the U.S. Justice Department over Medicare charges and another by the California Justice Department over antitrust issues. The company said it would share how much it has spent on legal fees on its Form 990 filing with the Internal Revenue Service in the fall.

“Legal inquiries are a common component of operations for health care systems, “ said Sutter Health spokesperson Lisa Page. “We receive and respond to investigations and requests from regulatory agencies. While we look forward to the conclusion of current legal matters, legal fees will continue to be an expense as an ordinary course of business.”

Sutter’s operating revenue grew by $253 million to nearly $12.7 billion. Its operating expenses increased by $378 million, and its income from operations dropped by 38 percent to $201 million in 2018.

The company made capital investments of $924 million in 2018, the same amount it spent the year before. Last year’s major capital expenditures went toward ensuring that California Pacific Medical Center meets 2030 seismic regulations, and that work is now complete in San Francisco.

The California Pacific Medical Center’s Van Ness Campus opened on March 2 of this year, and the CPMC Mission Bernal Campus, at Valencia and Cesar Chavez, opened Aug. 25, 2018.

Sutter paid particular attention to the environmental impact of the Mission Bernal hospital, which has 120 licensed beds. Roughly 50,000 gallons of rainwater can be captured there for irrigation and to dissipate heat from the HVAC system on the building’s rooftop cooling towers. It also has a pedestrian plaza with permeable landscape that will drain some 360,000 gallons of storm water annually away from the storm and sewer system.

The $2.1 billion Van Ness Campus has 274 licensed beds and five living-roof gardens. The 1 million-square-foot building also incorporates water-saving features and direct natural sunlight that lowers energy costs. It is the first structure in North America to incorporate viscous wall dampers that are designed to absorb strong tremors during an earthquake. The technology, used extensively around Japan, helps to reduce overall stress on buildings.

Last year, company officials noted, Sutter Health put roughly $734 million toward addressing the needs of communities it serves. That’s an increase from $612 million in 2017. The figures include traditional charity care, the unreimbursed costs of providing care to Medi-Cal patients, investments in health education and public benefit programs such as community clinics and prenatal care for those with low income.

Sutter CEO Sarah Krevans said: “Patients and families count on us to deliver high-quality care, and we are committed to serving them and all those who call Northern California home. Thanks to our integrated network, we continue to make care more accessible and more equitable. We focused efforts on better connecting patients to the right care service, at the right time and in the right place.”

Monday, April 08, 2019

146,255 Steps Last Week

After a horrible start in March, I started to get back on track last week.  I got 146,255 steps last week. I ran 25.5 miles and cycled 22.6 on the Peloton bike.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

2019 Kings versus Pelicans

2019 Kings versus PelicansLarkin and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus New Orleans Pelicans NBA game. This was the last home game of the 2018-2019 season. We had dinner at the Burger Lounge before the game.

Leading by 10 points in the first half, the Kings fell behind by 15 points in the third quarter. They rallied to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but lost by the final score of 133 to 129.

Ian Clark was the high scorer for the Pelicans. He had 31 points on 11 fro 21 from the field, 7 for 15 from three and 2 for 3 from the free throw line. This was Clark's career high. In his five year NBA career, he has started eight games!?!

The high scorer for the Kings was Harold Barnes. He had 29 points on 10 for 18 from the field, 4 for 7 from three and 5 for 6 from the free throw line.

From my perspective, this was a very disappointing loss. The Pelicans were playing without Anthony Davis, Julius Randle or Jrue Holiday; these Pelicans players are averaging more than 20 points a game this season. The Pelicans had three players on the bench. This is a game that the Kings should have won going away...

At half-time, Larkin and I wandered down at talked to Hunter and Yuli. In one of those bizarre twists of fate, Loren is getting married in Tahoe City the same weekend as Drew's wedding in West Port.

The Kings now have 7 wins and 4 losses in games that I have seen in person during the 2018-2019 season. This is the most games I have seen in a season since 2009-2010 when I was sharing season tickets with the Laskins et al.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Second Act

Saturday night, Sharon and I watched Second Act on the AppleTV. While we were looking at new releases last weekend, Sharon had watched the trailer and wanted to see the movie.

Second Act is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal. It stars Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini and Treat Williams. The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2018.

After the son of a friend creates her a fake resume and credentials, the movie follows a woman [Jennifer Lopez] in her 40s who pursues a second chance at a corporate career. There is a twist in the movie that I frankly didn't see coming...

I am frankly not sure how to rate this movie. It slightly exceed my very low expectations. The best that I can say was that it wasn't horrible. Nevertheless, with so many other things available to watch, I don't recommend it.

Friday, April 05, 2019


Sharon and I finished the week with dinner at Mikuni on Hazel. I can't remember the last time that just Sharon and I went to dinner there. This is usually somewhere we go with Jack!

The next two weeks are shaping up to be wild. The Petersen Shootout is Friday and Saturday next week. At work, we are scheduled to start on next Sunday moving 1,300 people into a brand new building.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Song for 2017

Drew left Milo Greene in late 2015. In the last three years, he has focused on song writing, producing at his own Mirror Wall Studio and recording some of his own music. He released some music as The Guest and the Host.

The song for 2017 is Remedy by the The Guest and the Host.

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

What is this?

[Note to self], going back into 2014, Drew worked with a couple of guys in Nashville on an album of music that has never really seen the light of day. Calling themselves The Proper Gentlemen, I really enjoyed the initial rough cut of the album. One cut from the album is here. I need to incorporate at least one of the songs in my soundtrack at some point!

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

2019 Student Run Business Association Annual Conference

In his role as the COO of The Corp, Jack spent the weekend in Boston on the Harvard Campus at the 2019 SRBA Annual Conference.
Our SRBA Annual Conference unites student-run business organizations (and aspiring educational organizations) from across the country to work, learn, and grow together. The Annual Conference is more than a place to hear amazing ideas from amazing students, leaders, and support organizations. It’s an opportunity to make connections that make businesses succeed now and relationships that last a lifetime.

The conference programming is purposefully designed for both members of established student run businesses and individuals looking to just get started! Whether you have millions of dollars in revenue and want to perfect your marketing strategies, or are just beginning to get your feet wet with university relations, this conference is the place for you. We welcome students, advisers, board members, alumni, and university officials.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

2019 Kings versus Rockets

2019 Kings versus RocketsLarkin and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Houston Rockets NBA game [Section 118, Row T, Seats 1 and 2]. I got two tickets for Sharon in section 117; she invited Jeana.

Behind by 10 points at the end of the first quarter and 16 points at half-time, the Kings never really got back in the game. The Kings lost by the score of 130 to 105.

James Harden was the high scorer for the Rockets. I enjoyed having a chance to watch him shoot threes and drive to the basket. Harden had 36 points on 12 for 19 from the field, 7 for 12 from three and 5 for 6 from the free throw line. He added 10 assists.

Buddy Hield was the high scorer for the Kings. He had 20 points on 8 for 16 from the field and 4 for 9 from three. Hield didn't get to the free throw line!?!

I rarely feel this way, but the refereeing seemed particularly one sided in the first half. Fox was called for a foul on a Harden three point attempt where the replay clearly showed that he didn't touch Harden.

At half-time, we wandered up and talked to Snipes. With the Kings trailing by more than 20 points, Larkin and I spent most of the fourth quarter visiting with Sharon and Jeana in the south end of the Arena.

The Kings now have 7 wins and 3 losses in games that I have seen in person during the 2018-2019 season.