Saturday, October 17, 2020

2020 Work from Sea Ranch - Day 2

At the San Andreas Fault Interpretive Trail
After some discussion, we settled on a long hike as the plan for the day. We hiked from the house to the San Andreas Fault Interpretive Trail. Sharon and I hiked to this spot via some different trails with Drew and Jack in August. We ended up covering 8.7 miles in just over three hours and 45 minutes. We stopped for lunch on a bench in the middle of the San Andreas Fault Interpretive Trail.

Like August, we ran across a historical marker [Central Timber Production Zone] on the SAG Pond Trail that I am sure wasn't there a couple of years ago. They are adding new markers that are not on the map that I have.

After I ran a long work meeting, we headed into Gualala for an early dinner. The four of us had dinner on the deck at the Vue Kitchen. Sharon and I both had a halibut special. Sharon was disappointed in the meal; the fish was dry.

Back at the house, Sharon talked everyone into playing Unstable Unicorns. Kevin won!

Kevin and I finished the day in the hot tub. It was almost midnight by the time that I crashed.

Friday, October 16, 2020

2020 Work from Sea Ranch - Day 1

At Blue Farm Wine
After the Sea Ranch trip in August, Sharon and I started talking about the idea that since we are working from home we could work from anywhere. We decided to book ten days back at Sea Ranch.

We rolled from the house about 9. We met the Gainsleys at Blue Farm Wine at about 10:35 am for an 11 am tasting. The owner of Blue Farm was the founder of Donum. The wine was very good.

After the tasting, the four of us stopped in Bogeta Bay at the Tides. We bought some oysters and smoked salmon. We ate a late lunch on the south deck. Sharon made muffuletta sandwiches for lunch.

We got to Gualala about 3:30 pm and picked up the keys to the house. We are spending ten days at Deerfield. The house is on the east side of Highway 1. We haven't stayed on this side of the highway in more than twenty years.

After doing a work Teams meeting, I did a quick loop around the area to explore. Sharon made a lasagna for dinner. The four of us finished the day in the hot tub. Everyone crashed fairly early.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

32 Years Ago Today

Thirty-two years ago today, Drew and I met the Tomasin clan at Toomey Field in Davis. We watched Jim Tomasin play for the UC Davis Aggies in a 42 to 13 victory over Sonoma State.

Heading home to East View Drive, we laid down in front of the television and turned on Game 1 of the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics. In the bottom of the ninth, Kirk Gibson limped to the plate. Gibson hit a walk-off two run homer. As much as I hate the Dodgers, it is probably one of the greatest sports moments I have ever seen. Thankfully, it is the last time that the Dodgers have won the World Series.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Williams "Bill" Bartels

Bill was Becky Frame's sister's husband.

A life well lived is worthy of celebration. Family, friends & neighbors have suffered the loss of Bill Bartels whose life was unexpectedly cut short on August 15th at the age of 71. His overflowing heart just gave out.

Bill was born & raised in San Francisco to John & Bernice Bartels. Bill was an athlete at Lincoln High School & developed a lifelong love & appreciation of baseball. He was drafted by the Dodgers as a prospect, but chose to attend SFSU. He worked for the San Francisco Fire Department & retired as Captain after 30 years of service. His stories about his days in San Francisco are legend. He had a remarkable ability to weave fact with an impish sense of humor. This career allowed Bill the freedom to spend many afternoons with his daughters, helping with homework & supporting their many extracurricular activities.

Always good with words, retirement allowed Bill to read just about everything he could get his hands on. Crossword puzzles were a daily activity for Bill as well. Retirement also gave him the outlet of travel. A cruise, bus tour, flight or Disneyland with the grandkids, were all fair game. This travel life found its high point when he fulfilled his promise to kiss his wife Barbara under the Eiffel Tower for their anniversary. One of his favorite skills honed at the firehouse was cooking, therefore on most afternoons you would find Bill on the cooktop side of the kitchen counter preparing an evening meal while watching the Food Network. He also enjoyed his weekly cocktail hour with the neighbors, laced with stories & neighborhood news of the day.

Bill is survived by his wife of 44 years Barbara, his daughters Breana (John Abdilla), Kerry (Szabolcs Szerenyi), his sister Barbara (Pete Cerri) & his grandchildren Emese & Easton. They are the legacy of a life well lived.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Celebrating our 24th Wedding Anniversary

Typically, we try to take a trip to celebrate our anniversary. In this uncertain pandemic time, we decided to stay close to home and finish the day with dinner on the deck.

I picked up curbside takeout from Ruth Chris. We split a lettuce wedge salad, a baked potato and creamed spinach. Sharon had a filet, while I had a ribeye.

I am going to get her a new set of clubs as a present. She is getting me some golf clothes.

Given the trials of our blended family over the last three years, I have grown to appreciate Sharon more than ever. She has done a great job supporting Jack, Morgan and Lee and Drew and Shannon.

Celebrating our 24th Wedding Anniversay Celebrating our 24th Wedding Anniversary

Monday, October 12, 2020

Celebrating Nooter's 65th Birthday!

Emailing with Barb on Sunday, I sent up a Zoom birthday get together for Nooter's 65th Birthday. The Davis Mafia turn out included: Moore; Wallen; Chabrier plus Karen; Gribi; Snipes; Hunter; and, Geselbracht. Nothing is more chaotic than an eleven person Zoom with Hunter.

Sunday, October 11, 2020


I finished the day playing a couple of hours of Catan with Drew and Jack. Although I had a better showing in the long second game, Jack ended up winning both games.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

More Adventures with Lee

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While Morgan spent the day in class, Sharon and I babysat Lee. We finished the day barbecuing burgers and corn and having dinner on the deck with Lee, Morgan and Daniel.

Friday, October 09, 2020

Sharon and Tom back from San Francisco

After staying overnight in San Francisco, Sharon and her brother Tom spent the morning at the Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving exhibition at the De Young Museum. At the time of Frida Kahlo’s death in 1954, a treasure trove of the artist's highly personal items—including jewelry, clothing, and prosthetics—were locked away. 50 years later, these belongings were unsealed. This is the first west coast show of the collection.

After touring the exhibition, they hiked four miles in Golden Gate Park. They got a very late lunch from Lucinda's Deli.

It was almost 4 pm before they left the city and started home. Fighting the traffic, they were back in Carmichael about 7:30 pm.

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Sharon and Tom to San Francisco

Sharon and her brother Tom took off on Thursday morning for a couple of days in the City. On the way out of town, they stopped at Janie's house to celebrate her birthday.

Sharon and Tom had lunch at Scoma's in Sausalito.

They hiked a couple of miles on the San Francisco Crosstown trail. Apparently, they took a wrong turn. This is definitely someplace I want to go and explore.

Sharon and Tom had dinner at Zazie.

They are spending the night at the Seal Rock Inn.

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Harris Pence Vice President Debate

Sharon and I watched all of the Harris Pence Vice President Debate. While not the shitshow that last week's presidential debate was, it was nevertheless dissappointing.

I have been a registered Republican for 45 years. I have a visceral dislike of Mike Pence. I do not like Mike Pence.

Monday, October 05, 2020

The Sea Ranch Design Concept

This is one of two newer historical markers that I came upon on my Tuesday morning run at Sea Ranch in September. I think that they must have been placed in the last two years.

The Sea Ranch Design Concept
Marker 1-29

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This marker is located on the Bluff Trail near the end of Brigantine Reach, 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° 41' 10.5" N 123° 25' 53.5" W.

The Sea Ranch Design Concept

This meadow, the first planned for development at The Sea Ranch, has taken on "iconic" status. Integrated structures and landscape embody basic design concepts originated by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and the consultant team for the developer, Oceanic Properties, Inc. Houses are set at the meadow's edge near existing hedgerows for wind protection. Clustering homes maximizes the central meadow as common open space, allowing expansive views for each residence, not just those nearest the bluff. Hillside houses are inconspicuously sited at forest edge. The simple design of the houses reflects the influence of north coast vernacular architecture, and adapts to local climatic conditions. (1963-1965)

The Sea Ranch Design Concept

Saturday, October 03, 2020

Annual Rebecca L. Frame Memorial Invitational Scottish Rules Bocce Ball Tournament

Sharon and I spent the afternoon at the 8th not-so-annual Bocce Ball tournament at Tom's house. I made it to the finals, but lost to Eric. It was a smaller group, including Tom, Erin, Eric, Ashley, Jim, Janie and another couple (Rositanis). Morgan and Lee showed up in the late afternoon.


Friday, October 02, 2020

Cancelled Golf plus Matteos

Larkin, Sharon and I were planning to plan golf at Ancil Hoffman on Friday afternoon. With the continuing poor air quality, we decided to punt.

Sharon and I finished the week with curbside take out from Matteos. We both had cheese burgers with a house salad. Eating dinner, we watch episode two of season four of Downton Abbey.

September 2020 Monthly Challenge in the Activity App

In September, I didn't achieve the monthly challenge in the Apple Activity App. The goal was 277.3 miles or 9.2 miles a day! I only covered 8.2 miles a day. Given how much I am working out on the Peloton bike, there is no way that I am going to run and walk more than 9 miles a day. I logged 153 miles in 12 workouts on the bike in September.

In May, the goal was 263.3 miles a day. I made the goal.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Hedgerow Houses

This is one of two newer historical markers that I came upon on my Tuesday morning run at Sea Ranch in September. I think that they must have been placed in the last two years.

Hedgerow Houses
Marker 1-28

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This marker is located on the Bluff Trail near the end of Black Point Reach, 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° 41' 05.0" N 123° 25' 53.6" W.

Hedgerow Houses

Constructed as demonstration housing by Oceanic Properties, Inc., these five dwellings, plus Esherick's own home for a total of six, are grouped together and integrated into the cypress hedgerow. Their sloping roofs - some sod-covered, window placement, staggered siting, and slight adjustments in orientation to fit the land illustrate the strategies for buffering wind, maximizing sunlight and viewsheds, and preserving common open space. The first detached houses constructed, they helped set the high design standard for which The Sea Ranch is known.

Hedgerow Houses

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Mas Taco plus First Trump Biden Presidental Debate

Sharon picked up curbside takeout from Mas Taco. We both had the Taco Tuesday special; I had lamb, while Sharon had carintas.

Eating dinner, we watched the first Trump Biden Presidental Debate. It was a shitshow. I am not sure how to process what I saw or what impact I think that the debate will have on the election.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Glass Fire

Almost two years ago, the company that I work for essentially lost a hospital in the Camp Fire. When I got back from Sea Ranch in August, I worked several long days supporting the evacuation of the St. Helena Hospital in the Napa Valley due to the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. The fire didn't reach the hospital and we ended up repopulating the hospital after about 10 days.

I am very familar with this site. I worked there for almost two years in 2015 and 2016.

Early Sunday morning, I got called by our IT incident commander. The Glass Fire was threatening the St. Helena Hospital again. The hospital ended up being evacuated. The site lost power Sunday afternoon. I ended up spending Sunday and Monday focused on restoring a number of IT services that were housed there.

The fire ended up reaching the site and burning the surrounding area. While it appears that the hospital has been saved, the extent of the damage to the campus is still largely unknown.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Downton Abbey - Season Three

Saturday night, Sharon and I finished watching season three of Downton Abbey. We finished season one in August and season two earlier in September.

The second season comprises nine episodes. It originally aired from September 16, 2012 to November 4, 2012 with a December 25, 2012 special Christmas episode.

The show explores the lives of the fictional Crawley family, the hereditary Earls of Grantham, and their domestic servants. The storyline in season three runs from March of 1920 to November of 1921. Historical events include the Irish War of Independence leading to the formation of the Irish Free State.

While I enjoyed and recommend season three, the pace of killing off key characters reminds me of Games of Thrones. Sharon said that several key characters had only signed for three seasons. The series dealt with their departure by killing them off...

Saturday, September 26, 2020

New Neighbors

Last July after an extended struggle, one of our neighbors was evicted. The bank allowed him to come back in early August and collect his belongings.

It is an interesting backstory. Cook was a major Sacramento developer and part owner of the Kings and the Capitals (World Team Tennis).

The house has sat empty for more than a year. This summer, the bank actually tried to sell it on an auction web site, but it didn't reach the minimum reserve pice.

The house finally sold. It closed on Friday. It has been purchased by a couple (Brad and Heidi) that know several other families in the neighborhood.

The house sits at the end of our very small cul-de-sac. It needs a lot of work. The new owners are planning to replace the roof, redo the brick work in the front and eventually paint it.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Tom plus Allora

Obviously, it has been an odd six plus months. Sharon has a fairly large extended family in Sacramento. Over the course of a normal year, we would typically do a number of holidays and other events with her family. Although Sharon has had a few interactions with Tom, we haven't done anything with the group since last Christmas and I haven't seen Tom for months.

Friday night, I picked up curbside take-out from Allora. I met Sharon at Tom's house. The three of us had a nice dinner in the backyard and caught up.


We got two bottles of wine with the meal: Vie di Romans “Vie di Romans”, Friuli Isonzo DOC 2017 - 100% Chardonnay [Fresh yellow pair, golden apple and lemon peel, no oak, but creamy on the palate] and Leonaro Bussoletti “05035” Ciliegiolo di Narni IGT 2018 [100% Ciliegiolo. Light bodied, soft red wine with cherry and strawberry notes, Cola berry on the finish].

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Lovers by Philip José Farmer

My book for September was The Lovers by Philip José Farmer. Googling for something shorter and lighter to read after slogging through The Room Where It Happened, I stumbled across this book.

Published in 1953, The story won Philip José Farmer his first Hugo Award for the Most Promising New Talent. He went on to win two more Hugo Awards: the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Novella for Riders of the Purple Wage and the 1972 Hugo Award for Best Novel for To Your Scattered Bodies Go.

Set in the 31st Century, the plot includes a society based on religious tyranny, an expedition from Earth to a distant plant and a relationship between the main character and an alien. The alien race on the distant plant evolved from insects rather than mammals.

Written almost seventy years ago, the story is more of a historical curiosity. I read science fiction for forward looking technology ideas; this is not the strength of this book...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Logging Techniques

While we were at Sea Ranch in August, Drew, Jack, Sharon and I hiked from the rental over the ridge to the Gualala River. A map of the hike is here.  This is one of two historical markers that we came upon.

Logging Techniques
Marker 25A-23

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This marker is located at the end of River Beach Road, 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° 42' 23.0" N 123° 25' 28.2" W.

Logging Techniques

The Gualala River and its tributaries transported logs down to the river's mouth where the Gualala Mill was located. Logging trains followed the river's course and ran up the ravines to the tributaries, collecting logs and transporting them back down to the mill. A hike along the San Andreas Fault Interpretive Trail reveals a logging road, skid trails and large stumps featuring notches cut for the springboards of lumber jacks.

Logging Techniques

Monday, September 21, 2020


Jack, Drew and I played a couple of games of Catan on Sunday afternoon. Although I thought I had a chance to win the second game, Drew won. He won both games.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Morgan and Lee for dinner

We ended Saturday with Morgan and Lee coming for dinner. We got curbside takeout from Rey Aztec. Sharon had ENCHILADAS SUIZAS [Marinated Chicken, Refried Beans, Lime-Cilantro Rice], Morgan had PLATO DE CARNITAS [Refried Beans, Lime-Cilantro Rice, Flour Tortillas], while I had 2 Item Combo [Small Burrito, Grilled chicken, Red Sauce Enchilada, Grilled chicken, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice]. We got sides of Refried Beans and Guacamole for Lee. I added one 🍸😍👌 House Margarita.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Davis Ranch

Saturday morning, Sharon and I made a pilgrimage to Davis Ranch to get fall decorations. We have gone there for a car load of stuff 15 of the last 17 years [2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019]. We didn't go to Davis Ranch in 2016 when the fall dinner party was held at Sea Ranch or in 2017 due to our fall trip to New England. One of my favorite pictures from those trips is here.
Davis Ranch 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Richard Tillson

Richard W. "Dick" Tillson Sr. MSW passed away on August 26th, 2020 due to Covid-19. He was 85. His wife and partner of 56 years, Susan Meier Tillson, was by his side at the hospital. He is also survived by his sister Myra Phillips, and his children Karen Tillson, Keith (Valerie) Gmeinder, and Donna (Kevin) Gainsley, along with 3 grandchildren Allison, Amanda, and Eric, and 1 great-grandchild Lucy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother Eva, Leonard, and Lenny Hahn, and his son Richard Tillson Jr. Richard was born in Chicago, IL and attended school in Dayton and Wilberforce, Ohio earning a BA at Central State University, and an MA at Indiana University. He was also a Harvard Law Fellow in 1969-1970. He was a life-long advocate for at-risk youth and had a long and distinguished career with the California Youth Authority (CYA). After his retirement from the CYA as the Deputy Director for Institutions and Camps in 1997, he continued to consult with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency bringing his considerable experience and expertise to that organization. Richard was a great orator. In both his professional and personal life, he was the master of ceremonies for numerous events and he served on many community boards and committees. He loved to socialize with family and friends, and enjoyed traveling to many places worldwide. The family will hold a private service, with a celebration of life planned for the future. Remembrances can be made to the charity of your choice in Richard's name.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Knipp-Stengel Era

I went looking for this historical marker during one of my runs when we were in Sea Ranch in August.

Knipp-Stengel Era
Marker 40-20

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This marker is located on the Longmeadow Trail near market #253, 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° 42' 57.7 N 123° 27' 10.9" W.

Knipp-Stengel Era

Uphill, just North of the Eucalyptus Grove, is where the first Europeans built their houses. Adam Knipp and Christian Stengel replaced these cabins with a one-and-a-half story white house in the 1870s. Knipp and Stengel operating a successful cattle ranch, and then a dairy

Knipp-Stengel Era

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Downton Abbey - Season Two

Last week, Sharon and I finished watching season two of Downton Abbey. We finished season one in August.

The second season comprises nine episodes. It originally aired from September 18, 2011 to November 6, 2011 with a December 25, 2011 special Christmas episode.

The show explores the lives of the fictional Crawley family, the hereditary Earls of Grantham, and their domestic servants. The storyline in season two runs from the Battle of the Somme in 1916 to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. During the war, Downton Abbey is temporarily converted into an officers' convalescent hospital.

With the cornavirus pandemic underway, it was poignant to see the impact of the Spanish flu. Lasting from February 1918 to April 1920, the Spanish flu infected 500 million people. The death toll is typically estimated to have been somewhere between 17 million and 50 million.

Season two is very good. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

Monday, September 14, 2020


Saturday night August 29, Sharon, Morgan and I watched Downhill. Sharon and I had seen the movie highlighted on AppleTV over the last couple of months.

Downhill is a 2020 American black comedy drama film directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. The film is a remake of Force Majeure (2014) by Swedish director Ruben Östlund. It stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as a married couple going through a rough patch after a near-death encounter during a family ski outing.

Downhill had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2020. It was theatrically released on February 14, 2020. The film received mixed reviews from critics.

This is a very uneven film. There are a couple of good parts, but it moves in fits and starts. Talking to Morgan and Sharon in the last week, they both enjoyed it more than I did. I don't recommend it.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Zoom Call with Nooter

Friday night, I had a Zoom call with Nooter. We ended up talking for almost an hour. We caught up on our families and friends, talked a little politics and touched base on a developing situation.

Friday, September 11, 2020

To Napa

Sharon and Janie spent the day in Napa. They had lunch at Bistro Jeanty in Yountville. Deciding to cancel one tasting due to the smoke and the haze, they stopped at Bouchaine to pick up a wine club shipment and ended up doing a tasting there.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Binker Barns

Binker Barns
Marker 18-33

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This marker is located near 37220 Albatross Reach, 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° 42' 42.3" N 123° 27' 10.7" W.

Binker Barns

These barn-like houses were named after early Sea Ranch realtor "Snap" Binker, who conceived the idea of providing lot owners with a stock plan usable for various Sea Ranch sites. With heavy timber framing and plank walls clad with redwood siding, they were built to resemble the ranch buildings along the coast. Each home's central, steeply-gabled volume is supplemented by more intimately-scaled bays and porches that slope outwards to the land. The 17 "Binkers," including the three in this neighborhood, all seem well settled, whether standing in forest of meadow.

Binker Barns

[Note to self], there is a Binker Barn at 35292 Timber Ridge Road officially listed in National Register of Historic places. I need to look for it in October.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Dan Young

I didn't know Dan Young very well. Tomasin and Wallen played rugby with him at UC Davis. I propped against him on a couple of occasions and had a number of opportunities to socialize with him through our mutual friends. He was definitely a member of the Davis Mafia.

Daniel Michael Young passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on July 9, 2020 in Georgetown, TX.. A time of visitation will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 6-7 pm with a rosary beginning at 7:00 at Ramsey Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church in Georgetown.

He was born to Charlie and Ruth (Queenie) Young in San Rafael, California on February 27, 1954. He grew up in his family hometown of Larkspur, California and attended Redwood High School where he lettered in Wrestling, Track and Field, and Football. He went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in 1976 and received an MBA in Finance from San Francisco State University in 1979. 

Dan (Youngster) was always known for his athletic prowess. He played football as a defensive tackle for UC Davis and transitioned into playing rugby, which became his favorite sport. After college he played rugby as a tight-head prop for Hastings Football Rugby Club in San Francisco. He had fond memories of his overseas rugby tour in 1983 to England, Ireland, and Scotland. Dan was strong and fierce on the pitch, but always a gentleman. His athletic achievements were recognized with his induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame for Marin County High Schools in 2001, as well as, an induction into the Redwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. He was admired and respected by his teammates and opponents alike. 

Dan met Victoria, his beloved wife, while working at Unocal in San Francisco and the two were married in November of 1985. Throughout his marriage to Victoria, he became a beloved member of the Minero family. He went on to have a long career in collection management. The two settled in Georgetown, TX in 1998 with their three children where Dan, a man devoted to his faith, became an active parishioner of St. Helen Catholic Church. He was a loving and dedicated family man, and was the happiest when surrounded by his family. 

He loved the Grateful Dead and Bay Area sports. He was a diehard 49er’s fan and was proud to have seen them play at Kezar Stadium and in Detroit at Super Bowl XVI with his father. 

Dan is preceded in death by his mother Queenie Young (1992), father Charles Young (2013), and sister Dorie Young (2020). 

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Victoria Minero Young; daughter, Elysia Vasquez and husband Jake; sons, Daniel and Dominic Young. 

Dan was admired, loved, and respected by everyone. We are all so blessed to have had him in our lives and he is deeply missed. May he rest in peace in the arms of Our Lord. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Dan's name to St Helen Catholic Church at 2700 E University Ave, Georgetown, Texas 78626

Monday, September 07, 2020

decorating for fall

While I worked to organize the garage and move some stuff back to the storage shed, Sharon started decorating for fall. This is her favorite season.

It is going to be an odd year. Typically, we are very focused for the next month on getting ready for the fall dinner party. It is likely that for the first time in almost twenty years we won't be doing a fall dinner party this year.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Walk The Line

Sunday night, Sharon and I watched Walk The Line as a rental on the AppleTV. We have been talking about this movie ever since we saw the Joker and Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar earlier this year.

Released in November of 2005, the movie is based on two autobiographies authored by singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, 1975's Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words and 1997's Cash: The Autobiography. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Cash, Reese Witherspoon as Carter, Ginnifer Goodwin as Cash's first wife Vivian Liberto, and Robert Patrick as Cash's father.

The film follows Cash's early life, his romance with June Carter, and his ascent in the country music scene. I didn't know much about Cash's personal life; I didn't realize that he was addicted to amphetamines and barbiturates in the 60's.

The film was nominated for five Oscars at the 78th Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Phoenix), Best Actress (Witherspoon), and Best Costume Design (Arianne Phillips). Witherspoon won Best Actress.

I liked the film more than Sharon did. She thought it was slow in spots. I recommend it.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Scott's Seafood on the River

After spending the loin's share of the day dragging the fall boxes out of the storage shed and cleaning Jack's closet, we headed to Janie's house. We caught up and had an adult beverage and some hors d'oeuvres on Janie's patio.

From there, we headed to a late dinner at Scott's Seafood on the River. We had a nice meal on their back deck overlooking the Sacramento River. Janie and I both had Ahi Two Ways [sesame seared, soy marinated poke, sushi rice, spun cucumber, ponzu glaze, wasabi aioli, tobiko], while Sharon had a black cod special.

Friday, September 04, 2020

Ancil Hoffman with Holly and Van

At Ancil Hoffman
We had a very nice day playing golf with Holly and Van. I really appreciate the fact that Sharon is playing so much golf. It gives us a nice social activity that we can do with other couples.

I had a liberally scored 108. Despite the fact that I struggled on all four of the Par Fives, I was very happy with my game. I was striking the ball very well. My left elbow which has been brothering me again recently was never really an issue once we got going. I played the whole round with one golf ball that I picked up while walking Tiber on Thursday.

The four of us had a late lunch on the patio at Matteos. I had Penne Bolognese [Spicy Pork, Beef Ragu, Mushrooms, Asiago Cheese], while Sharon had a burger.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

The Town

Last Friday night while Sharon was at Janie's house for a cabi party, I watched The Town. Cruising through the movie recommendations on the AppleTV, it caught my eye.

The Town is a 2010 American crime thriller film co-written, directed by and starring Ben Affleck. It is adapted from Chuck Hogan's 2004 novel Prince of Thieves.

The movie also stars Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite, and Chris Cooper. The movie follows a group of Boston armored car and bank robbers.

The film was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2010. Renner was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Postlethwaite was posthumously nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

After I watched the movie, I listened to The Ringer's rewatchable podcast about the movie. For eight years following grad school, Bill Simmons lived in Charlestown. The characters in the movie were born, raised and live in the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown.

I enjoyed the movie and recommend it. [Note of self], I need to watch The Hurt Locker; I didn't realize that Renner started in that movie.

Movie Quote:

  • Doug MacRay (Affleck): I need your help. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, I wanna hurt some people.
  • James Coughlin (Renner): Who's car are we gunna take?

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

An Interesting Three Plus Weeks

Jack flew in from the east coast on Thursday, August 6.  Drew and Shannon drove up from SoCal on Friday, August 7.  The five of us took off for a week at Sea Ranch on Saturday, August 8.  Morgan and Lee got to Sea Ranch on Sunday afternoon August 9.

After a week at Sea Ranch, Jack flew back to Georgetown on Sunday, August 16. Drew and Shannon started winding their way back to Southern California on Tuesday, August 18. Morgan and Lee showed up here the same day.

With some help from Sharon, Morgan and Lee settled into an apartment in Fair Oaks over the last couple of days.  I am looking forward to being able to see more of both them!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

The Room Where It Happened by John Bolton

My book for August is The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton. I got book after seeing Bolton interviewed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Bolton has a long career of public service. Bolton served as a United States Assistant Attorney General for President Ronald Reagan from 1985 to 1989. He served in the State Department as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1989 to 1993 and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs from 2001 to 2005. Bolton was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006, as a recess appointee by President George W. Bush.

Bolton served as the National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump from April 2018 to September 2019. This book explores his time in the Trump White House. I would describe it as "Inside Baseball." The book details the day to day mechanics of serving as the National Security Advisor.

Bolton spent a lot of time as National Security Advisor trying to apply some structure and process to the national security policies. Trump's lack of consistency, steadfastness, and resolve undercut Bolton's efforts.

I have noted before that Trump is very thin-skinned and that he plays fast and loose with the truth. It is also clear that Trump is very dogmatic about a number of his core beliefs...

This book highlights a fourth problem: Trump’s erratic behavior. Bolton notes that it is difficult to pursue complex policies in a contentious world when the policy is subject to instant modification based on the boss’s perception of inaccurate and often-already-outdated information.

There are parts of this book that I enjoyed. I found the day to day details of trying to implement national secuirty and foreign policies interesting. Nevertheless, I don't recommend the book. At almost 500 pages, it is a slog.

Kindle Notes:
  • Trump wanted to do what he wanted to do, based on what he knew and what he saw as his own best personal interests. - page 445
  • I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations. - page 485

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Neighborhood Book Club

Sharon is part of a neighbor book club that was meeting about every two months. On a break since the shelter in place order in March, they met Thursday night socially distancing in Judy's backyard. They discussed The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

I babysat Lee while Morgan did a Zoom class.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020


Monday, August 24, 2020

Downton Abbey - Season One

Friday night, Sharon and I finished watching season one of Downton Abbey. Sharon and Jack watched the show years ago, but I didn't watch it with them at the time.

The first season includes seven episodes. It initially aired almost ten years ago from September 26, 2010 to November 7, 2010.

The show explores the lives of the fictional Crawley family, the hereditary Earls of Grantham, and their domestic servants. The storyline centres on the fee tail or "entail" governing the titled elite which endows title and estate exclusively to male heirs. The timeline for season one stretches from the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912 to the outbreak of the First World War on 4 August 1914.

Downton Abbey received eleven nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. It won six, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special for Brian Percival, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special for Julian Fellowes, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Dame Maggie Smith.

Season one is very good. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

Sunday, August 23, 2020


Drew, Jack and I played Catan in the afternoon. I won!

I particularly enjoyed playing on a large 34 inch screen with a mouse rather than on a laptop.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Rey Azteca

Continuing our weekend pandemic tradition, we got curbside takeout from Rey Azteca on Friday night. I had a two item combo with Green Sauce Enchilada with Grilled Chicken, Red Sauce Enchildda with Marinated Chikcen, Refried Beans and Spanish Rice. Sharon had Enchiladas Suizas with Marinated Chicken, while Morgan Steak Fajitas with Shrimp, Whole Pinto Beans, Lime-Cilantro Rice and Flour Tortillas.  I got a cheese quesadilla to share and one 🍸😍👌 House Margarita.

Eating dinner, we watched the last episode of season one of Downton Abby.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Sea Ranch Hike

Sharon and I have been trying to do a hike every month this year [January, February, March, April , May, June]. Working on the exercise room, we missed July. Sunday morning at Sea Ranch, Drew, Jack, Sharon and I hiked to the Gualala River and back.

We head up hiking 5.7 miles in just over two and a half hours. I particularly enjoyed the San Andreas Fault Interpretive Trail.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

World War II Radar Station

World War II Radar Station
Marker 30A-22

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This site is located on the Spring Meadow Trail at 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° 44' 00.1" N 123° 28' 38.3" W.

World War II Radar Station

Uphill to the Northeast lies what was the site of a U.S. Army Air Force's aircraft control and warning station. It covered 12.5 acres and had facilities for 150 men, 35 dogs and a vehicle mounted 75 MM gun used to patrol coastal beaches. The radar building stood on the hillside above. Less than 20 years after the base's closure, the Sea Ranch airport below was built for more peaceful purposes.

World War II Radar Station

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Drew & Shannon => Morgan & Lee

After spending a couple of night with us after Sea Ranch, Drew and Shannon started winding their way back to Southern California. Morgan and Lee showed up somewhat unexpectedly.

Monday, August 17, 2020

159 Day Streak

With my Move Goal set at 910 calories on my AppleWatch, I have reached the goal 159 days in a row. That's my longest streak ever. I broke my record of 155 days that I set just before I went to the Army/Navy game last December. With the shelter in place effectively continuing, it will be interesting to see how long I can continue the streak.
159 Day Streak

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Jack back to DC

Heading back to Georgetown, Jack caught a 12:10 pm Southwest flight from Sacramento to Midway.  With about an hour layover, he took a 7:05 pm Southwest flight from Midway to Reagan National Airport.  

Jack was on the ground about 9:30 pm.  Catching an Uber, he was back at his apartment before 10:30 pm.

Jack is facing a challenging week. He has a second interview for a job. Additionally, Jack needs to find a new place to live this week.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

2020 Sea Ranch - Day 8

Although it was midnight by the time I got to bed on Friday night, Sharon and I were up and moving about 6 am.  We spent a couple of hours packing up and cleaning the house.

Morgan and Lee left about 9 am.  The rest of us rolled from the house just before 10 am.

I was shocked at the number of people on the beaches between Jenner and Bodega Bay.  The traffic going North was very heavy.

Sharon and I made a quick stop for fuel in Petaluma.  We met the kids for lunch at Cornerstone Sonoma for lunch.  Sharon and I had actually stopped here fourteen years ago, but it has expanded significantly since then.  This is definitely going to become a regular lunch stop on our way back from the coast in the future.

We got back to Carmichael about 4 pm.  Except for a short section of I-80 near Dixon, it was a relatively easy drive.

I really enjoyed the week.  Like the Sea Ranch anniversary trip, I never thought that we would actually pull this off and get everyone there for the week.

Friday, August 14, 2020

2020 Sea Ranch - Day 7

I ran north from the house. I covered four miles in 45:42 for an average pace of 11:20.

When I got back, Drew and Shannon had finished preparing a large English breakfast.  It included sausage, bacon, beans, toast, mushrooms and kale.

Morgan wanted to go to the beach again.  We packed everyone up and drove to the parking lot for the Walk On Beach.  Unlike Thursday, we actually made it to the Walk On Beach this time.

Just as we were setting up, a bee (meat bee?) landed on Lee's hand.  Morgan yelled and I grabbed the bee off of his hand.  Lee ended up getting stung (bitten?).  His finger swelled up a little bit, but he seemed very nonplussed about it.

When we got back to the cars, Sharon and I headed into Gualala to see if we could find any baby benadryl for Lee.  Stopping at both the Gualala and Surf market, we weren't able to find anything.  We decided to pick up everything for dinner.

After a late lunch, Sharon and I headed to the Gualala River to go kayaking.  We put the double in the water and headed towards the ocean rather than upsteam.  We covered 2.2 miles in just over an hour.  We had a really nice close encounter with a large group of pelicans along the way.

Everyone jumped in the hot tub when Sharon and I got back to the house.  Shannon spotted a small whale very close to the bluffs.  I was very surprised how close it was.

I barbecued hamburgers for dinner.  We added some macaroni and green salad.

We lost power for about an hour and a half just as I started to cook dinner.

We finished the night playing Unstable Unicorns and Catan.  Andrew won the game of Unstable Unicorns, while Jack won Catan.  It was almost midnight by the time I went to bed.

2020 Sea Ranch - Day 7

Thursday, August 13, 2020

2020 Sea Ranch - Day 6

2020 Sea Ranch - Day 62020 Sea Ranch - Day 6

The plan for the day was another trip to the beach.  After a breakfast, Sharon and I hiked north along the bluffs.  The kids were going to drive and park.  We were all going to meet at the Walk On Beach.  Sharon and I covered just over 4.5 miles in just under an hour and a half.

With some confusion about who was where, we ended up meeting the kids at a small beach just north of the Walk On Beach.  After hanging out at the beach, we walked back to the cars and headed home.

We had a late lunch followed by the slowest afternoon of the week.  While Morgan was working on a project for school, we hung out with Lee.  It was very nice opportunity to interact with him.  

Drew, Jack and I played a fog island version of Catan.  For the first time in probably almost a dozen games against Jack and Drew, I won!

Everyone spent time in the hot tub.  At some point, I sat on the bluff with Drew while he played trivia via Zoom with Kyle et al.

For dinner, Sharon and I drove into Gualala and got curbside take out from the Vue Kitchen.  Sharon and I had a very nice dinner there when we were at Sea Ranch in January.  I had Braised Short Ribs [Burgundy braised beef short ribs, garlic mash, bacon and seasonal vegetables], while Sharon had Tipsy Sardinian [fish, prawns served in spicy vodka sauce with sun dried tomatoes and saffron cream linguini]. 

We finished the night playing Unstable Unicorns.  Shannon won the first game.  I won the second game!

Almost every night we were at Sea Ranch, we didn't get to bed until 11:30 pm or later...