Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Map of Sea Ranch Run

Using data from Runkeeper on my iPhone, I generated the following Google Map of my Sunday run when we were at Sea Ranch. I covered 8.96 miles down to the Gualala River Beach Park and back in one hour and 45 minutes.

As I have said before, this is one of my favorite places in the world to run.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

California Historical Landmark #1035

We visit the light station and climbed to the top during our trip to Sea Ranch in January.

Point Arena Light Station
California State Historical Landmark #1035

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This landmark is located at 45500 Lighthouse Road, Point Arena, California. There are 7 other California State Historical Landmarks in Mendocino County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 38° 57' 16.3" N 123° 44' 25.6" W.

California Historical Landmark #1035

In 1989 the Point Arena Light Station was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its statewide significance in the area of maritime history. Coastal traffic increased substantially during the 1860s, and heavy storms and fogs often made trips along the coast treacherous. The first buildings at the station were constructed in 1870 and were destroyed in 1906 during the San Francisco Earthquake. At that time the U. S. Lighthouse Service decided to use reinforced concrete in the light house replacement. Prior to this, reinforced concrete had not been employed in the construction of a California lighthouse. Thus, when the Point Arena Lighthouse began operation in 1908, it became the first lighthouse of reinforced concreted in the State. Strikingly situated between the Pacific Ocean to the west and rolling farmland on the east, the Point Arena Light Station retains the character and appearance of one hundred years ago.

California Historical Landmark #1035

Monday, February 11, 2019


HIMSS19I caught a 12:30 pm Southwest nonstop flight from Sacramento to Orlando. Boarding with A36, I got an aisle exit row seat. I spent most of the five plus hour flight working on my status report on the wifi and reading a book.

On the ground in Orlando, it was a zoo. Landing just after 8:30 pm, it took more than 45 minutes to get my luggage and then another 15 minutes to get an Uber. There was a herd of people waiting for Ubers and Lyfts. It was 10 pm by the time I got to the hotel.

I am attending the HIMSS [Health Information and Management Systems Society] Conference over the next several days at the Orange County Convention. Unlike Las Vegas last year, Orlando is very spread out. This is not going to be convenient...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

South America Dinner

During the last two weeks of January, Tom did a fourteen day Princess cruise around the coast of South America. He said that his favorite stop was the Falkland Islands. Tom also raved about the Iguazu Falls. He had booked an excursion to Antartica, but there weren't enough people.

Sunday afternoon, Sharon and I went to Tom's house for a great South American dinner to celebrate the trip. The group included Tom, Jim, Eric and Ashley, Kevin, Leah, Lydia and Amelia, Sharon and I.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

With the 91st Academy Awards scheduled for February 24, Sharon and I are working our way through the last few major nominated movies that we haven't seen. Saturday night, Sharon, and I watched Can You Ever Forgive Me? on the AppleTV. The movie is based on Lee Israel's 2008 memoir of the same name.

The moves stars Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israel. It also features Richard E. Grant as Jack Hock, Jane Curtin, Anna Deavere Smith, and Ben Falcone in supporting roles. McCarthy and Grant earned respective Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, the 76th Golden Globe Awards and 72nd British Academy Film Awards.

The movies follows Lee Israel as she tries to revitalize her failing writing career by forging letters from deceased authors and playwrights. In real life, it is estimated that she foraged more than 400 letters. The film's title was taken from an apologetic line in a letter forged by Israel posing as Dorothy Parker.

Although slow in spots, Can Your Ever Forgive Me? is an enjoyable film. McCarthy and Grant's performances are very good. In particular, McCarthy really inhabits the role. Nevertheless, I think that Glenn Close is going to win the Oscar for Best Actress...

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Throwback Thursday - Lake Almanor - July 1997

Dinner in Chester during the 1997 trip to Lake Almanor. From 1988 to 2014, a group of the Davis mafia spent a week at Lake Almanor or Lake Shasta every summer.
Almanor 1997

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Gualala Lumber Mill

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

Gualala Lumber Mill

Marker 35E-1

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This site is located on the Bluff Trail between the Northern edge of Sea Ranch and the Gualala Point Regional Park. 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° 45' 27.9" N 123° 31' 35.7" W.

Gualala Lumber Mill

This mill was at the bend in the Gualala River. Large redwoods were transported from the surrounding forests to the mill by oxen teams, train and the river itself. Milled lumber was then taken by train tow miles north to Bourn's Landing and shipped by small "doghouse" schooners to San Francisco. The mill burned in 1906.

Gualala Lumber Mill

Monday, February 04, 2019

Map of Redwood Regional Park Hike

Using data from Runkeeper on my iPhone, I generated this map of our hike in the Redwood Regional Park. Sharon and I covered 6.6 miles in 2 hours and 22 minutes.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Super Bowl LIII

Flying in from the East Coast, Pat and Bernard showed up at the house in the second quarter of the Super Bowl. We had a very nice visit. Sharon made a great dinner of rubbed ribs.

The Super Bowl was very odd. Distracted on a couple of different fronts over the course of the evening, I should probably go back and rewatch the game. The New England Patriots beat Los Angeles Rams by the score of 13 to 3 in the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever. No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did with the score tied 3 to 3. Julian Edelman was the game's MVP with 10 receptions for 141 yards.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

2019 Kings versus 76ers

2019 Kings versus 76ers
A very, very entertaining game!

Saturday night, Sharon, Janie, Kevin, Eric and Larkin all went to the Sacramento Kings versus Philadelphia 76ers NBA game. Before the game, Sharon, Janie and I went to dinner at Camden Spit and Larder. I had house pappardelle pasta [butternut squash, cultivated mushrooms, hen egg, parmigiano reggiano, gremola], while Sharon and Janie split an organic roast half chicken [olive oil whipped potatoes, rapini, green sauce, charred lemon]. I gave my meal a "B-".

With the Kings leading from the start, Jimmy Butler pulled the 76ers ahead by one point at 98 to 97 with 4:30 left in the game. Butler had two four point plays in the fourth quarter. The Kings closed the game on a 11 to 5 run to win by the score of 115 to 108.

The 76ers were led by Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler. Embiid had 29 points on 11 for 18 from the field, 0 for 5 from three and 11 for 13 from the free throw line. He added 17 rebounds. Butler had 29 points on 11 for 18 from the field, 4 for 8 from three and 3 for 3 from the free throw line. Both Embiid and Butler played 39 minutes. Ben Simmons added 22 points.

J.J. Redick didn't play. Without Redick in the line-up, the 76ers went 1 for 13 from three in the first half. Reddick leads the team with 8 three point attempts per game.

I saw Bulter play for the Timberwolves in November before he was traded to the 76ers. I am still in awe of how big he is!

The Kings were led by Buddy Hield. Hield was 12 for 21 from the field, 7 for 13 from three and 3 for 4 from the free throw line.

Overall, the Kings just felt like a deeper team than the 76ers. The Kings now have 5 wins and 2 losses in games that I have seen in person during the 2018-2019 season. My goal continues to be to see at last one game a month.

A Celebration of the Life of Gene Klotz Jr.

Saturday morning, Sharon and I went to a celebration of the life of Gene Klotz at St. Anthony Catholic Church. There was a busload of Farm Credit people that Sharon and I have worked with over the years, including Randy and Marilyn Patane, Larry and Jeana Hultquist, Ernie Hodges and his wife, Dan Mattos, Dave Parker, Mary Patten, Kevin Ralph, Dan Clawson, John Braas and Ron Dolinsek. In somewhat of a surprise, we ran into my first cousin Pete. My guess is that there may have been as many as 350 people at the service.

After the mass, we went to Willow Ballroom and Event Center. The family hosted an open bar and a buffet lunch.

Friday, February 01, 2019

The Wife

With the Oscars nominations announced on Tuesday, January 22, Sharon and I are working our way through the rest of the major nominated movies that we haven't seen. Friday night, Sharon, and I watched The Wife on the AppleTV. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer.

The Wife stars Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater. Close won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress (tying with Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born), and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performance. She is nominated for the Academy Award for Actress.

The plot follows a wife who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband; he is set to receive the Nobel prize in Literature. Sharon saw several major plot twists coming before I did!

I was pleasantly surprised by the movie. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would; it exceed my expectations. I liked Close's performance more than Sharon did. She appears to be the favorite to win the Best Actress Oscar.