Thursday, February 28, 2019

2019 London - Day 1

When we flew back from Germany in 2016, I was shocked how much it cost me to park at the San Francisco Airport. With a 3:10 pm United flight scheduled from San Francisco to London, we decided to have a car service take us to the airport. They picked us up a little after 9:00 am. We were at the airport about 11:40 am. Given how bad the traffic was, I am doubly glad that we had someone else drive.

Checking our luggage, we breezed through security. When we went to Victoria last summer, I signed us up for CLEAR. Using CLEAR, we went straight to the front of the line.

We sat and had lunch at the Mustard Grill (Sonoma Lamb Burger and Crab Louie Salad). From there, we wandered into the United Club. In hindsight, we probably should have just eaten there...

The flight loaded on time about 2:20 pm. Sharon had some teeth gnashing about the seats. Over the last week, United changed the plane type twice and moved our seats each time. With me trying to react to the seat changes, we ended up in an exit row aisle and middle. There was a very large space for the exit row. Sharon wasn't happy that there was no place to put anything. I enjoyed the huge leg space and room to stand up.

I spent most first half of the flight reading my book. I eventually pulled out my AirBook. I was surprised at the quality of the wifi. I worked on my status report and iMessaged and Skyped with a number of people. We ended the day somewhere over the Atlantic trying to get a little sleep.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

128 Day Streak

Sunday, February 24, 2019

91th Academy Awards

With the plans for Sunday night a little up in the air, we didn't organize an Oscar party this year. Sharon and I watched the show. I barbecued steaks for dinner.

This year, I ended up picking three of five major categories correctly, including getting Best Picture, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Rami Malek had the best odds to win Best Actor, while Roma was favored to win Best Picture. I just refused to predict either one. I felt that Christian Bale should have won Best Actor for his performance in Vice. I chose Green Book for Best Picture because leaving the theater I was thinking how much I enjoyed it.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Canon East Sacramento plus SacYard

Catching an Uber, Sharon and I headed to Canon East Sacramento. We met the Renterias and Alan Wackman and his girlfriend Heather for an early dinner. We split a number of small plates, including: Kusshi Oysters, a citrus salad, wheatberry grain bowl, roasted beets, roasted sunchokes and Adobe fried chicken. Alan brought a couple of bottles from their winery.

After dinner, we all wandered to SacYard. We got there to watch the last minute of the Kings versus Thunder basketball game. With Buddy Hield guarding Paul George, George missed a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Kings won by the score of 119 to 116. Sharon and I eventually caught an Uber home.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

WWII Practice Bombing Target

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

WWII Practice Bombing Target

Marker 35E-2

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This site is located on the Bluff Trail near 42145 Rock Cod, Sea Ranch, 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° 45' 05.4" N 123° 31' 30.8" W.

WWII Practice Bombing Target

Naval Pilots based in Santa Rosa practiced dive bombing here as part of their final pre-combat training. They used Gualala Point Island, a prominent offshore land mass, to identify the target, which was in the vicinity of the large mound seen in the meadow about 50 yards from this spot.

WWII Practice Bombing Target

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Celebrating Tim's and Eric's Birthday

Celebrating Tim and Eric's birthdaysA large group, including Tom, Eric and Ashley, Kevin and Leah, Tim and Kathy, Erin and her old roommate (Cormac was working), Eileen and Will and Sharon and I, went to dinner at Red Lobster to celebrate Tim's and Eric's birthday. Sharon had Mahi Mahi, while I had a Bar Island Lobster Bake. [Note to self], don't get the Lobster Bake again. We went with the group to celebrate their birthdays at Red Lobster once before.

We finished the evening with cake and presents at Tom's house. Kathy made a bundt cake. Sharon got Tom and Eric both socks.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

1,605 Miles

In 2018, I ran 1,605 miles and cycled 91 miles. My goal for the year was to average 30 miles a week. I ended up averaging 30.8 miles per week. It was the most miles that I have run in a year since 2011. In addition to the mileage goal, I focused on my weekly steps total. My goal was 140,000 steps a week. Essentially, I was running 30 plus miles a week and walking 30 plus miles a week. Finally, I finished the year with a string of more than 70 days meeting the move goal on my Apple watch (900 active calories). Combined all of this kept my weight in a nice range for last half of the year. I am switching my goals for 2019. With the purchase of the Peloton bike as a present for our anniversary, I am going to try to do more 1,000 miles on the bike in 2019. I have also started to do push-ups again; my goal is 3,000 push-ups in 2019.

In 2017, I ran 1,510 miles and cycled 131 miles. My physical challenge for the year was running 200 miles in July! My 2017 Run To Feed The Hungry time was the best since 2014. Unlike 2016, I finished the year feeling strong.

In 2016, I ran 1,340 miles and cycled 474 miles. This is the fewest miles that I have run in a year in at least the last eleven years. I am still trying to figure out a physical challenge for 2017...

I struggled the last couple months of 2016. Between the new job, a couple of minor medical procedures, getting sick, settling Jack in Georgetown and a change in my routine from the last two and a half years, I lost a couple notches in my level of fitness. This was highlighted by embarrassing times during the Run to Feed the Hungry.

For 2016, I am looking forward into 2017. Like the American River 50 in 2007, I looking for a physical challenge in 2017. I am toying with the idea of a 100 to 120 mile hike along a section of the Pacific Coast Trail in Northern California [Boreal Ridge on Highway 80 to Chester on Highway 36].

In 2015, I ran 1,604 miles and cycled 401 miles. My goal was to work out with weighs 52 times this year; I have failed over the last three years at my strength training goal.

In 2014, I ran 1,583 miles and cycled 886 miles. I averaged 30.4 miles running and 17.0 miles cycling every week! My goal was to restart a sit-up, push-up and light routine that I have done in the past. I failed in this goal.

In 2013, I ran 1,521 miles and cycled 1,092 miles. My goal for 2013 was to best both the running and the cycling totals. I accomplished the running goal. Additionally, I was going to try and lift at least 48 times (4 times a month) at Arden Hills. I failed in this goal.

In 2012, my goal was to start cross-training. I ran and hiked 1,441 miles. This included two full weeks off during the trip to Italy in the summer. Additionally, I cycled 1,133 miles. Most of this cycling was done on a stationary bike. I covered 1,016 miles virtually biking across America.

In 2011, I ran 1,763 miles. This seems impossible in a year that I took almost nine weeks of vacation!

In 2010, I ran 1,700 miles. This included two full weeks off during the trip to Spain in the summer.

In 2009, I ran 1,832 miles.

In 2008, I ran more than 1,925 miles!

In 2007, I ran 1,721 miles. This included successfully completing the American River 50.

In 2006, I ran slightly less than 1,680 miles.

In 2005, I ran slightly less than 1,630 miles.

On our trip to Florida in Summer of 2004, I started to play with the idea of running the American River 50 in April of 2007. I committed myself and started to train.

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

My book for February is The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin. This is the second volume in her Broken Earth series. I read the first book--Fifth Season--last fall. The first book won the the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016. This book won Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2017.

The Obelisk Gate takes place on a single supercontinent which suffers from catastrophic climate change every few centuries. This change is called a Fifth Season. The book continues forward from an especially bad Fifth Season at the end of the first book. It follows two main characters: a mother and daughter who are magically talented.

As I said when I read the first book, this is not a genre that I typically read. Even more than the first book, this is a fantasy novel.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first book. It is much slower paced. I give it a B-. The final book in the trilogy won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2018! I will end up reading it...

Sunday, February 17, 2019

To Windsor and Back

With Sharon and Janie heading to San Jose for a Sharks game, I made some last minute plans to connect with Tomasin. I scooped up Snipes in Davis and headed to the Tomasin's house in Windsor.

From there, Tomasin, Snipes, David and I headed to John and Zeke's in Healdsburg. Bachman met us there.

Eventually, we headed back to Windsor and met Julie at El Farolito for dinner. We wandered back to the Tomasin's house after dinner and watched some of Saturday Night Live.

Snipes and I rolled from Windsor a little after 10 pm. Dropping him in Davis, I was back in Carmichael about 12:15 am Sunday morning. By the time I fed and walked Tiber in the neighborhood, it was 1:00 am.

It was great to see Snipes, Bachman and Tomasin!.

Friday, February 15, 2019

At Eternity's Gate

With the Oscar Awards on Sunday, February 24, Sharon and I are working our way through the last couple of nominated movies that we haven't seen. Friday night, Sharon, and I watched At Eternity's Gate on the AppleTV.

The film stars Willem Dafoe as van Gogh, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner and Niels Aarestrup. For his performance, Dafoe was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.

At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 biographical drama film about the final years of painter Vincent van Gogh's life. It was shot on location in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône and Auvers-sur-Oise, France. There are all locations where Van Gogh lived and painted during his final years.

More than twenty years ago, I read a Lust for Life, a biography of Van Gogh, by Irving Stone. Additionally, Sharon and I saw several traveling Van Gogh exhibitions in Los Angeles and Denver in 1999 and 2000. We visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2016. I always look for Van Goghs when we are visiting museums.

Nevertheless, I didn't enjoy this film. When the music started during the opening credits, Sharon said "this is going to be boring." There are several long two person dialogue scenes in the second half of the movie that are very slow. While I appreciate what they were trying to do in portraying Van Gogh, I don't recommend this movie.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Back from HIMSS19 plus Valentine's Day

Up at 4:30 am in Orlando, I caught a 7:25 am flight from Orlando to Love Field in Dallas. Boarding with A22 and having only 50 minutes between connections, I made the choice to sit in the front of the plane. Sitting in row 3, I was the third person off the plane in Dallas. With the flight from Orlando a little late, I dashed to the next gate. The flight to Sacramento boarded within about 5 minutes of me getting in line. Boarding with A39 on a newer 737, I didn't get an exit row for the first time in a long time... I was on the ground in Sacramento just after noon west coast time. It took forever to get my luggage.

On my home, I stopped at OBO' Italian Table & Bar and picked up Valentine's Day dinner. The prepared meal included crab lasagna, broccolini rabe, focaccia and dessert.

Sharon and I finished the day with a very nice dinner in the garden room. I got her a Victoria Secret sport top and an Apple Watch band. Sharon gave me some concert tickets. Up and moving for more than 21 hours, I crashed.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

HIMSS19 - Day 3


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.