Friday, April 03, 2020

Davis Mafia Cocktail Hour

Chabrier scheduled a Davis Rugby Zoom together for a beer on Friday afternoon. The group on online ended up totaling thirteen, including: Chabrier; Clayton; Nooter; Wallen; Tyburczy; Snipes; Lindsay; Greene; Tomasin; Geselbracht; Hunter; Moore, and; I.  Moore could never figure out how to get this camera working!

With thirteen people, it ended up being more than a little chaotic. Nevertheless, the event ended up lasting an hour and forty minutes.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Throwback Thursday - Marysville - 1958

Drew found this picture at his mom's house. From 1958 to 1960, we lived in a house in Marysville in a neighborhood east of the high school. Growing up, we had a pair of springer spaniels: Rex and Sam. Rex lived to be about twelve years old. I love this picture of him as a puppy.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Starting a journal for 91 Rugby World Cup trip

Cleaning out the den over the last couple of weeks, I came across a couple of artifacts that I am going to post. One of those is the program and itinerary for the 91 Rugby World Cup trip to Ireland, Wales and England. I am going to build a short journal from that trip using the itinerary, a few random notes and a couple of really bad pictures. I have no recollection of what I took as a camera, but the pictures are almost useless. The entry for day one is here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Jack is back!

In the middle of this coronavirus mess, I picked Jack up at the airport. After spending a week with his girlfriend's family in Miami, he flew home. Jack was originally scheduled to fly from Miami to St. Paul and then to Sacramento on Delta. At the last minute, the flight from St. Paul to Sacramento was cancelled. He was able to switch to a Delta flight from Miami to Charlotte and then to Sacramento. The flights were about a third full...

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Shelter in Place - Day 17

I started working from home two weeks ago Friday. Sharon started to work from home the following week. I have taken over the den upstairs, while Sharon is spread out on the dining room table downstairs.

The den has been a dumpster fire. We dragged a ton of stuff into the room when we moved from Marina Point eight years ago. We actually had two separate rooms set up as offices in the old house. Over the last two weekends, we have cleaned out the room. It is now a much more comfortable and useable space.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


Saturday night, Sharon and I watched Her on the AppleTv. It was the only movie nominated for best picture at the 2014 Oscars that we hadn't seen yet. At the 86th Academy Awards, Her actually received five nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. It won the Oscar for original screenplay.

Her is a 2013 American science-fiction romantic drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. It marks Jonze's solo screenwriting debut. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt.

The film follows Theodore Twombly (Phoenix). He develops a relationship with Samantha (Johansson). Samantha is an artificially intelligent virtual assistant personified through a female voice. The role of Samantha was recast in post-production, with Samantha Morton being replaced with Johansson. Additional scenes were filmed in August 2013 following the casting change.

It is not a bad movie; I give it a lukewarm thumbs up. Sharon commented during and after the film that it felt long. I agree that it dragged a little in a couple of spots. I think the point was that they were showing the developing relationship between the main characters.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2014 Oscar Nominations

Best Picture:
   ✔ 12 Years a Slave - winner
   ✔ American Hustle
   ✔ Captain Phillips
   ✔ Dallas Buyers Club
   ✔ Gravity
   ✔ Her
   ✔ Nebraska
   ✔ Philomena
   ✔ The Wolf of Wall Street

Lead Actor:
   ✔ Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club - winner
   ✔ Christian Bale – American Hustle
   ✔ Bruce Dern – Nebraska
   ✔ Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
   ✔ Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave

Lead Actress:
   ✔ Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine - winner
   ✔ Amy Adams – American Hustle
   ✔ Sandra Bullock – Gravity
   ✔ Judi Dench – Philomena
    Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

Supporting Actor:
   ✔ Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club - winner
   ✔ Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
   ✔ Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
   ✔ Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
   ✔ Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street

Supporting Actress:
   ✔ Lupita Nyong'o – 12 Years a Slave - winner
   ✔ Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
   ✔ Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
   ✔ Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
   ✔ June Squibb – Nebraska

Best Adapted Screenplay
   ✔ 12 Years a Slave - winner
    Before Midnight
   ✔ Captain Phillips
   ✔ Philomena
   ✔ The Wolf of Wall Street

Original screenplay
   ✔ Her - winner
   ✔ American Hustle
   ✔ Blue Jasmine
   ✔ Dallas Buyers Club
   ✔ Nebraska

The 2020 Oscar nominations are here.

The 2019 Oscar nominations are here.

The 2018 Oscar nominations are here.

The 2017 Oscar nominations are here.

The 2016 Oscar nominations are here.

The 2015 Oscar nominations are here.

The 2014 Oscar nominations are here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Sea Ranch Chapel

The Sea Ranch Chapel
Marker 34B-41

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This site is located at 40033 Highway 1, 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.

The Sea Ranch Chapel

This nondenominational chapel was created to honor Kirk Ditzler, who regarded art as the intermediary between the physical and spiritual worlds. To realize his design, artist James Hubbell assembled a team of local artisans and craftsmen, led by contractor Thamby Kumara, who specialized in hand-built structures. It was crafted from a model and sketches rather than construction plans. Rough boulders anchor the building to the eart. The roof form was inspired by the shell of a sea snail. A sculpture i nthe landscape, the chapel stands as a curvilinear counterpoint to the right angles of most Sea Ranch architecture.

The Sea Ranch Chapel

Monday, March 23, 2020

Jack's 2017 Spring Semester Classes

ACCT 101 08 Accounting I
This course is an introduction to financial accounting. Financial accounting is the process through which an organization reports financial information to interested parties. In other words, it is the language of business. The information is used for decision-making purposes by managers, investors, bankers, labor unions, suppliers, etc. In this class, you will learn how to prepare, analyze and use financial accounting information.

OPIM 173 02 Business Statistics
This course introduces the basic concepts of Statistics and their application in managerial decision-making. In the first part of the course, we consider the steps of data collection, preliminary data analysis (numerical and graphical), probability and uncertainty, statistical inference. In the second part of the course, we examine statistical model building for the purposes of understanding variability and making forecasts. A detailed development of multiple regression analysis is complemented by some study of time series analysis. The objective is to demonstrate the effectiveness of statistical modeling in guiding managerial decision-making. The statistical analysis of large data sets is an integral part of modern business practice. Accordingly, both spreadsheets and statistical software will be used throughout the course.

STRT 255 01 Moral Foundations of Market Soc
Are markets good or bad? How free should markets be? What good are economic and commercial liberties, and how strong should those liberties be? Is capitalism an impediment to social justice, or could capitalism be a way of achieving social justice? Is it possible for a society to be free, prosperous, and fair? Is market society cooperative and peaceful or competitive and exploitative? Do markets promote or undermine community and virtue?

This course is meant to introduce you to moral and political philosophy by focusing on a particular set of questions about capitalism, market institutions, and the ethics of wealth creation. We will start by asking what moral reasoning is, examine some common moral and political theories, and ask what counts as a sound ethical reasoning and what it takes to justify moral beliefs.

We will evaluate the institutions of the market using the tools of ethics, political philosophy, economics, history, and political science. We will investigate issues concerning the nature of money and prices, the role of the division of labor, business ethics, commerce and entrepreneurship, overconsumption and overpopulation, exploitation and alienation, the relationship between wealth and happiness, the motivations of market actors, the rule of law, liberty and market society, rent-seeking and corporate welfare, and more. We will read and discuss evaluations of markets from multiple ideological perspectives: socialist, communitarian, left-liberal, classical liberal, libertarian, and conservative.

ARTH 140 01 Modern Art

This course provides a broad survey of modern European and American art, with a focus on the development of abstraction. We will examine the major art movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, while remaining ever attentive to the question of what is modern art. Artistic developments will be understand in relation to historical factors, such as the impact of revolution and war, the changing status of women, and the rise of the modern metropolis. Together we will read seminal art theoretical texts which grapple with the nature of modernity, the role of the arts in the modern period, and the rise of the modern art museum

HIST 339 01 Eternal City:A History of Rome

This seminar class focuses on the history of the city of Rome, from its foundation in ancient times through its contemporary role as the capital of Italy. Each week we will focus on a different period, and examine the history of the city, in terms of both the life of its population and the development of city buildings, neighborhoods, and structures. We will discuss political, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual, and other changes, with a special focus on the architecture and urban structures of the physical city itself. Rome is a place, but it is also an idea. Therefore, though the history of the city and its people will be our main focus, we will also discuss the image of Rome, the perception of the city by outsiders, its broader role in European and western culture, and the legacy of its history as the seat of antiquity’s greatest empire, the main center of western Christianity and of global Catholicism, and the capital of a modern European nation state. Please note however that this class will not offer an overall history of antiquity, of the papacy, or of the Christian church in general (or of modern Italy per se). The course aims thus to allow for a close analysis of specific themes and topics and of how they developed over a significant span of time. The course also has a methodological aim: to introduce students to the advanced use of primary sources and to further their understanding of historical thinking and analysis. Both class discussion and writing assignments will push students to hone their critical reading, writing, and analytical skills. In particular, we will try to understand how to read textual, visual, and other sources with an awareness of historical context and with attention to the specifics of genre, authorship, and audience

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Shelter in Place - Day 10

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Wine Country

Looking for a comedy, Sharon and I ended up watching Wine Country on Netflix on Saturday night. It is a 2019 American comedy film produced and directed by Amy Poehler. It is Poehler's feature directorial debut.

Poehler stars alongside Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, Jason Schwartzman and Tina Fey. The plot follows a group of middle-aged women who go on a wine tasting tour in California.

I don't recommend the movie, but there is some beautiful scenery of Napa. Parts of the movie were filmed at three Napa Valley wineries: Artesa in the Carneros region; Baldacci Family Vineyards, and; Quintessa Vineyards.

[Note to self], I was really impressed with the views at the Artesa Winery. Sharon and Liz tasted there in 2004.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

To Miami

Up at 5:30 am, Sharon, Jack and I headed to the airport about 6:30 am. Jack caught a 8:15 am American flight to Dallas. With an hour layover, he changed planes and took another American flight to Miami. After some heated debate, He is spending the week with his girlfriend's family.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Volvo XC60 T8 - Day 508

I have driven 17,614 miles in the last 16 3/4 months. I am averaging about 1,054 miles a month. I continue to be very happy with vehicle, particularly since I replaced my iPhone and can use CarPlay again.

With a trip to Santa Cruz and the Carmel Valley mostly on gas, I only got 39 miles per gallon on the last tank of gas. This is actually higher than last July when I was working out of Marysville.

March 1
March 1, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Golf Course

Golf Course
Marker 35A & 35D-45

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This site is located next to the Pro Shop at the Sea Ranch Links Golf Course. 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' 11.7" N 123° 30' 58.0" W.

Golf Course

The Sea Ranch Golf Course was built in two phases. The first nine holes were designed in the Scottish "links" style - often featured in the British Open - which fully exploits the windy, sandy, relatively treeless seaside environment, with its stunning viewsheds, natural waterways and rolling landforms. The second nine holes were more conventionally designed. The course is privately owned. Golf Course Architect, Robert Muir Graves; First Phase 1974; Second Phase 1995

Golf Course

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Apple Watch Series 5

Four years ago, Sharon bought me an Apple Watch for Father's Day. Although I had never worn a watch before, it quickly become a key part of my life. I am literally never without it.

I upgraded to a Series 3 two years ago. With the Apple retail stores and the supply chain starting to get disrupted, I decided to upgrade and ordered a series 5 watch on Saturday. I arrived today.

Apple Watch Series 5

Monday, March 16, 2020

Saturday Night Live - Season 1 - Episode 1

I am reading James Miller's Live From New York: An Uncensored History Of Saturday Night Live. I previously read his oral history of ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN.

Getting to the section where the first episode airs, I decided to buy the first season. I watched the first episode on the AppleTV running on the treadmill on Sunday afternoon.
October 11, 1975
  • Billy Preston performs "Nothing from Nothing"and "Fancy Lady".
  • Janis Ian performs "At Seventeen" and "In the Winter".
  • The cold open features John Belushi as a foreign man learning English being taught by writer Michael O'Donoghue. Following this sketch, Chevy Chase appeared with a headset on and bellows the first "Live From New York, It's Saturday Night!"
  • As host, George Carlin performs stand-up, introduced the musical guests and conducted the goodnight segment. Carlin performed three monologues, including "Baseball-Football".
  • Andy Kaufman appears in a segment consisting of him playing the Mighty Mouse theme on a record player.
  • Valri Bromfield makes a guest appearance. Jacqueline Carlin appeared as the mother in the "New Dad Insurance" sketch and as the woman with a book in the "Academy of Better Careers" sketch. Wendy Craig appeared as the salesman in the "Academy of Better Careers" sketch. Richard Belzer (the show's warm-up comedian), writer Tom Davis and talent coordinator Neil Levy appear as jurors in the "Courtroom" sketch.
  • Sketches include the Bees; the Albert Brooks film, "The Impossible Truth"; "Trojan Horse Home Security"; "Triple-Trac"; and The Land of Gorch, with Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Rhonda Hansome, and Alice Tweedy.
  • Paul Simon appears to promote his appearance as host the following week.
  • Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Michael O'Donoghue, and Gilda Radner's first episode as cast members
  • George Coe's only episode as a cast member.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Corned Beef and Cabbage

We had an early small St. Patrick's Day celebration. Sharon's brother Tom came over for dinner and Sharon made a great meal of corned beef and cabbage. Before dinner, we played a couple of rounds of the board game Locale.

Saturday, March 14, 2020


Saturday night, Sharon, Jack and I watched Bombshell. This is part of our continuing effort to see all of the Oscar nominated films. At the 92nd Academy Awards, it earned three nominations: Best Actress (Charlize Theron), Best Supporting Actress (Margot Robbie), and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It won the latter.

In addition to starring roles for Theron as Megyn Kelly, Robbie and Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, the film features John Lithgow as Roger Ailes, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell, and Allison Janney. The movie is based upon the accounts of the women at Fox News who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.

Both Sharon and I liked the film more than we thought that we would. When it ended, Sharon said "that was good; I am surprised that it wasn't nominated for best picture." The movie is definitely worth looking for and watching. I think that we were both surprised how much the movie was wrapped up in Trump's run for the presidency in 2016.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Work From Home

Starting about February 28, the focus on business continuity in the face of the coronavirus grew steadily. It exploded on Wednesday, March 11 with the decision to shut down the Roseville building and move 1,300 employees to a work from home strategy.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

2020 Spring Training

For the second year in a row, I had tickets to Spring Training baseball, but didn't make it there. With the Wallens already on the ground in Arizona and Nooter in Atlanta, Major League Baseball suspended the Spring Training games. Nooter made a decision to turn around and head back home. I cancelled my flight and rental car.

Given the loss of the annual lake trip, the Spring Training trip is an important touchstone to maintain a connection with everyone. I am very disappointed.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Ninefox Gambit

My book for March was Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. Ninefox Gambit received the 2017 Locus Award for Best First Novel. It was nominated for the 2016 Nebula and 2017 Hugo Awards for Best Novel and the 2017 Clarke award.

The book uses a couple of odd vehicles to drive the plot. The general idea is the math and advanced technology is based on the calendar. I read a number of reviews that suggested that this approach made the book too obtuse and obscure.

I view the book differently. Arthur C. Clarke's First Law was that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." I would expect that technology set in the far future could be unfathomable.

I enjoyed the book as a change of pace. I give it a lukewarm thumbs up. This is the first book in a trilogy; I am frankly not sure if I will ever read the second and third books.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mill Railroad and Worker Housing

I went looking for this marker on my Sunday morning run at Sea Ranch.

Mill Railroad and Worker Housing
Marker 35E-7

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This site is located on the Del Mar Meadow Trail, 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' 29.7" N 123° 30' 25.8" W.

Mill Railroad and Work Housing

A logging railroad cut diagonally across this meadow from the mill site on the bluff to the what's now Leeward Road, then ran toward the Knipp-Stengel barn and terminated below Hugal's Ravine. North of the barn on the west side of the Highway 1 , worker family housing was located at the cul-de-sacs seen to the Northeast. Evidence of quarrying has been found on the hill beyond the cul-de-sacs.

Mill Railroad and Worker Housing

Monday, March 09, 2020

Jack is Back!

Monday night, Sharon and I picked Jack and Helen up at the airport. After spending a couple of days of his spring break in Miami at his girlfriend's home, Jack flew United from Miami to Denver and then Denver to Sacramento.

Jack was supposed to spend spring break in France and Belgium as part of his Global Business Experience class. Due to concerns and unknowns about the developing coronavirus situation, the trip was cancelled.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Pain and Glory

With Sharon over at Janie's house for dinner, I finished watched Pain and Glory on the AppleTv. I had started to watch the film on my iPad on the way to DC in early February, but got interrupted.

Pain and Glory was nominated as the Spanish entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. Antonio Banderas was nominated for Best Actor. It was chosen by Time magazine as the best film of the year. This is part of my journey to see all of the films nominated for the major Oscar categories every year.

The film was written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. It is in Spanish with English subtitles. The movie stars Antonio Banderas as Salvador Mallo and Penélope Cruz as Jacinta Mallo, Salvador's mother.

The film narrates a series of reunions for Salvador Mallo; he is a film director in his decline. Some of these reunions play out in real time, while others are recalled through flashbacks to his childhood in the 1960s. The movie is viewed as a thinly disguised autobiography and the most retrospective work in Almodóvar's 40-year career.

While I am generally not crazy about subtitles [I feel like I miss too much of what is happening on the screen], I have to admit that I enjoyed this movie more than I expected. The second half of the film goes in a direction that I was quite expecting and I love the ending!

Friday, March 06, 2020

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Season Three

Last Sunday night, Sharon and I finished watching season three of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The third season was released on December 6, 2019. We finished watching the first season on September 6, 2019 and the second season on September 22, 2019.

The show stars Rachel Bresnahan (Rachel in House of Cards) as Miriam "Midge" Maisel. Marin Hinkle (Judith on Two and a Half Men) and Tony Shalhoub (Wings and Monk) feature in supporting roles as her parents.

The cast includes Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce as close friend of Midge's. I am really curious to see where they are going with this character. The real life Bruce died in 1966 of a drug overdose. Season three appears to be set in 1960.

Both Sharon and I have really enjoyed this show. I highly recommend it. It is extremely well written and acted. It is visually spectacular. The series has been renewed for a fourth season.

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Neighborhood Book Club

Sharon is part of a neighbor book club that meets about every two months. Thursday night, they met at Kathy's house to discuss Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. She missed the last meeting; it was the night of her birthday.

I wandered down the street to Jim and Debbie's house. Jim made a caesar chicken salad. Rod and Greg eventually showed up. While the wives were at book club, the four of us played pool for a couple of hours.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Pacheco Pass Hike

On our way back from the Santa Cruz and the Carmel Valley, Sharon and I hiked in Pacheco State Park. We covered just under four miles in one hour and forty-three minutes. It was a beautiful area. We ended up hiking farther and longer than I thought that we would.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Cisco Roundtable

I spent the day winding my way to Santa Clara and back. Although I have carpool stickers on my car, it took me three hours and twenty minutes to go 135 miles (50 to 80 to 580 to 238 to 880). Letting Waze lead the way, the traffic was horrific. I got to the Cisco Briefing Center in time for the meeting, but just barely. I told Sharon that the next time I was talking about making a day trip to Santa Clara that she should slap me.

I attended a roundtable event titled "Cloud, the Edge and the Future of IT." It was executive conversation with David Goeckeler: EVP and General Manager of Cisco's Networking and Security Business. Topics included: extending the Cisco network management into the cloud; how Meraki fits into the overall strategy plus Meraki cameras; a general discussion about the disjointed nature of Cisco's collaboration platform; and security tools (single pane of glass).

Afterwards, I wandered over to a different Cisco building for a quick look at some video conferencing technology. We are standing up a project to refresh our video conferencing technology.

It took me about two hours and ten minutes to wind my way home (880 to 262 to 680 to 580 to 205 to 5 to 50). I made a quick stop near our old house in Elk Grove for a late lunch.

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Baby Lee! [Back from Santa Cruz]

Baby Lee!After a late night, Sharon and I dragged ourselves out of bed before 6 am. The plan for the morning was to attend Mass at the Holy Cross Catholic Church at the Santa Cruz Mission. We went to 7 am Mass on the first Sunday of Lent.

We grabbed some coffee and a small bite to eat at Starbucks on the way back to the hotel. Messaging with Morgan, we made arrangements to meet about 9:30 am at the Trailside Cafe in the Carmel Valley. We quickly packed up the car and took off.

Taking Llaureles Grade into the Carmel Valley, we rolled up to the cafe at 9:45 am. We met Morgan and Lee for breakfast. Sharon and I had Huevos Rancheros, while Morgan had a Santa Barbara Benedict. Sharon was not impressed with the meal...

We had a very nice time visiting with Morgan and getting a chance to see Lee! I am smitten; overwhelmed with love.

After breakfast, we started towards home. Sharon wants to try and hike at least once a month. On the way home, we stopped at Pacheco State Park. Literally right off of Highway 152 on the way home, we stopped and ended up hiking a lot further than I expected. A map and a picture from the hike are here.

With a quick stop in Natomas to pick up her Cabi shipment, we rolled up to the house in Carmichael about 5:15 pm. We covered a lot of ground and accomplished a lot in 29 hours!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

To Santa Cruz

In October when we ran into Noel and another couple at Donum, we talked about getting together for dinner in Santa Cruz. After we both worked out in the morning and I dropped Tiber at Best Friends, we rolled from Carmichael at 12:40 pm. It took us 2 hours and 40 minutes to get Santa Cruz (80 to 680 to 280 to 17).

We are spending one night at the Paradox Hotel on Marriott points. This is an old Holiday Inn converted to a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel. After we got settled in the room, we had a drink in the bar. The lobby, bar and restaurant of the hotel are nicely remodeled.

We took off for Mike and Laura's house in Scotts Valley just before 5 pm. The evening was planned around tasting a number of Pinot Noirs. Sharon brought two bottles that she purchased on her trip to France with Janie in 2015. Noel contributed an Evening Land Pinot Noir from Oregon and a Brewer-Chifton from the Santa Rita Hills.

The group included Noel and his girlfriend May, Mike and Laura and Sharon and I. We had a very nice late dinner of mushroom soup, salmon, duck and asparagus. It was a late night; it was after 11:30 pm by the we wandered back to the hotel and crashed.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Cape Cod Fish & Chips

Finishing up the first week of Lent, Sharon and I met Tom, Jim, Kevin, Leah, Lydia and Amelia for dinner at Cape Cod Fish & Chips on Folsom Boulevard.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

1,285 miles

In 2019, I ran, hiked and walked 1,285 miles. This is fewest miles that I have logged in more than fifteen years. It is a little deceiving; I added 871 miles on the Peloton Bike. This is the most miles I have done on a bike since 2014. I have been trying to focus on a broader range of activities. To this end, I topped the move goal (900 calories) on my apple watch for 155 straight days in the last half to the year. I also did 761 push-ups and weights as part of the Peloton bike work-out 30 times. I am still struggling to incorporate a strength work-out into my regular routine... My goal for 2020 is to run and cycle more miles and do more push-ups and weight work-outs than 2019!

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.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Del Mar Ravine

Sharon and I came upon this marker while we were hiking at Sea Ranch.

Del Mar Ravine
Marker 39B-10

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This site is located on the lower part of the Azalea Loop Trail, 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' 36.2" N 123° 29' 51.9" W.

Del Mar Ravine

One of the larger ravines on The Sea Ranch, used for transporting logs out of the woods to the mill. A "bull barn" about 50 yards east of the highway was used to stable oxen teams that dragged logs down the ravine. Real estate mogul Walter Frick, who owned the property from 1912 to 1941, garaged his Pierce Arrow in a structure near today's Highway 1.

Del Mar Ravine

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Jack's 2020 Spring Semester Classes

STRT 282 - Social Responsibility of Business
This purpose of this course is to enhance your appreciation for, and ability to deal with, the ethical and legal problems you will face in your careers as managers. The course is designed to teach you how to deal with the ethical and legal dilemmas that can arise in the business context. Please n0te the emphasis on the word ‘how.’ This indicates that you will be required to master a method for solving problems rather than simply learn and remember a stock set of answers.

It is important for you to appreciate this distinction. In many of your courses you are required to understand a conceptually complex set of materials and demonstrate your understanding on examinations or in papers. This is not such a course. In this course, your job is to master a skill; specifically, the skill of normative problem-solving. More precisely, you will be required to develop three closely related abilities: 1) the ability to identify and analyze the ethical and legal problems that can confront you in business situations, 2) the ability to derive a solution to these problems, and 3) the ability to communicate the justification for your solution to others.

The above implies that you should not expect to be provided with answers to the problems we will be examining. In fact, we will often close our discussion of a problem without achieving any definitive resolution. The success of this course should not be measured by the number of ethical or legal problems that we resolve during the semester, but by the degree of confidence you feel at its conclusion in your ability to deal with the unexpected and unexamined normative dilemmas that may confront you in your professional life.

OPIM 258 - Decision Support Systems
Management Support Systems are playing increasingly important roles in the business world. This course is a general introduction to the managerial and technical aspects of such systems. Topics covered include Decision Making, Decision Support Systems, Management Information Systems, Artificial Intelligence (Expert Systems and other advanced concepts), and Executive Information Systems. Besides the exams, completion of an individual programming assignment and a group project are a requirement for this course.

For the programming assignment, students will build a Visual Basic for Application (VBA) program in Excel. The ability to program, especially in Excel (and/or Access) is a highly marketable skill for all business majors.

For the group project, students will build a Decision Support Application. Details will be provided during the first week of class.

This course will be interactive in nature. Students are expected to engage in critical discussions, applying their knowledge from the readings. You should be prepared to participate actively in class discussions. Please be sure that your comments and questions are conducive to a respectful and comfortable environment for others to contribute their ideas.

COSC 051 - Computer Science I
This course is intended for computer science majors and minors, and other students with a serious interest in learning C++ programming. The course covers the following topics: basic data types, the C++ string class, variables and constants, and their declaration, input/output (cin/cout) operators, assignment operators, arithmetic operators, conditional control structures, repetition control structures, basic file operations, user-defined functions, value and reference parameters, scope rules, name precedence, function overloading, template functions, elementary software engineering principles, Standard Template Library (STL), the vector class, elementary searching and sorting, user-defined classes, operator overloading, pointers, self-referential classes, dynamic object creation and destruction, linked lists, and recursion. This course may be used to fulfill the math/computer science portion of the Gen Ed Math/Science requirement. COSC-051 followed by COSC-052 is a major introductory sequence and together complete the General Education requirement for math/science.

BADM 290 - Global Business Experience
This Global Business Experience (GBE) course is for students from the McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service in the Global Business Fellows Program. It is a senior-level course taken in the spring semester. It includes teaching and learning in international business topics oriented to applications to real current business situations. Prerequisites include the three courses in the Business Core and the four courses in the Economics Core of the Global Business Fellows Program.

A defining feature of the course is consulting projects taken up by teams of students in the course. The projects are typically based either on a particular organization’s business issue or a global industry’s issue to be resolved. Consulting projects are developed by the faculty in conjunction with the sponsoring organization and supervised in periodic team meetings of the student with the faculty member directing the GBE course.

This course includes a foreign residency week during spring break mid-way into the semester. The foreign residency week is planned to take place at ESADE in Barcelona, Spain. A primary activity of the foreign residency week is field research undertaken on behalf of the consulting projects. The week’s activities also include lectures and case studies, field visits, joint student interactions, and cultural events.

The objectives of the course are: (1) to increase your understanding of business in a foreign setting; (2) to increase your ability to conduct international business with comfort and confidence in foreign culture, and to improve your managerial mobility – your ability and willingness to do a job wherever it needs to be done; (3) to improve your problem-solving ability, analytical skills, skills of synthesis, and communication skills; (4) to deepen your understanding of international business, macroeconomic, and business-government relations issues applied to the specific country situations; and (5) to provide an opportunity for you to integrate knowledge from prior courses and apply it to the solution of a real current business problem.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020


Starting Saturday, February 15, Sharon and I did a Novena. My intentions included:
  • Pray for Morgan and Lee's health, happiness and future;
  • Pray for Drew and Shannon's health, happiness and future;
  • Pray for Jack's health, happiness and future;
  • Pray for Sharon’s health and happiness;
  • Give thanks for my health;
  • Give thanks for the life that Sharon and I have built, and;
  • Pray for the strength and grace to navigate a difficult year at work.
Over the course of the nine days, we went to Mass in seven different spaces, including:
  • 02/15 – 5:00 pm - Our Lady of the Assumption
  • 02/16 – 8:00 am - St. John the Evangelist
  • 02/17 – 8:00 am - St. Ignatius Chapel
  • 02/18 – 6:30 pm - Presentation
  • 02/19 – 6:30 am - St. John the Evangelist Chapel
  • 02/20 – 6:30 am - St. John the Evangelist Chapel
  • 02/21 – 7:30 am - Chapel of the North American Matyrs
  • 02/22 – 5:30 pm – St. Ignatius (with Tom)
  • 02/23 – 8:00 am – Our Lady of the Assumption
I previously did a Novena almost three years ago.

Sharon and I are targeting the fall of 2022 for a pilgrimage on the Way of St. James. The experience of seeing these churches during Lent reinforces my desire to do a Lenten Pilgrimage in Rome in 2023.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Celebrating Tim and Eric's Birthdays

A large group, including Tom, Kevin, Eric and Ashley, Jim, Tim and Kathy, Eileen and Will and Sharon and I, went to dinner at Red Lobster on Sunrise to celebrate Tim's and Eric's birthday. Sharon had Mahi Mahi, while I Swordfish. It was not a very good meal... I am not sure why this has become the restaurant of choice for their birthday celebrations. We went to Red Lobster to celebrate their birthdays last year and in 2015.

Friday, February 21, 2020

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness

My book for February was The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness by by Harlow Giles Unger. Drew give me the book for Christmas. It fits into my long term project to read books about all of the presidents.

Monroe led a remarkable life. This resume includes:
  • 5th President of the United States;
  • 8th United States Secretary of War;
  • 7th United States Secretary of State;
  • 12th and 16th Governor of Virginia;
  • 4th United States Minister to the United Kingdom;
  • 5th United States Minister to France;
  • United States Senator;
  • Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation from Virginia, and;
  • Served in the Continental Army.
While he was the ambassador to France, Monroe as involved in negotiating the Louisiana Purchase. As President, he established the Monroe doctrine. Monroe also signed the Missouri Compromise during his second term as President essentially kicking the slavery debate fifty years down the road.

I found three other fascinating stories in the book. First, the collapse of the Federalists left Monroe with no organized opposition at the end of his first term. He ran for reelection unopposed. Without an additional organized political party, a lot different groups, including states, were nominating people in a very chaotic fashion. I hadn't through about what would happen without the political parties. Second, with a number of people jockeying to be president next during his second term and no organized parties to keep everyone focused, Monroe became a lame duck president; he struggled to move anything forward. Third, Monroe and Hamilton also challenged each other to a duel.

Although the author is probably a little too enthusiastic about James Monroe and his place in history, I enjoyed the book. Over the years, I have come to view all biographies with a certain amount of skepticism...

Thursday, February 20, 2020

iPhone 11 Pro

Before Thanksgiving, I started having problems with the lightning connector on my iPhone. This is the same problem that I had with my iPhone 6 in late 2016... This created a number of issues including connecting via CarPlay in the Volvo. I finally got frustrated enough on Monday to upgrade a new iPhone.

iPhone 11 Pro

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Brettnacher Home and Orchard Site

Sharon and I came upon this marker while we were hiking at Sea Ranch.

Brettnacher Home and Orchard Site

Marker 39B-14

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This site is located on the lower part of the Azalea Loop Trail, 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' 21.7" N 123° 29' 08.8" W.

Brettnacher Home and Orchard Site

Nicholas Brettnacher purchased 100 acres from Sonoma County Landowner William Biller, where her planted potatoes, hay and orchards. He sold the property to Gualala hotel owner Cyrus Robinson, who maintained the orchards but continued to live in Gualala. The two trees in the meadow are said to be the last orchard survivors.

Brettnacher Home and Orchard Site

Monday, February 17, 2020

Knives Out

Sunday night after our hike, Sharon and I watched Knives Out on the AppleTv. The film received a Best Original Screenplay nomination at the 92nd Academy Awards. It was also selected by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2019.

The whodunit follows a family gathering gone awry. After the family patriarch's death, a master detective is called to investigate. The film features an ensemble cast, including: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stansfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.

When the movie ended, Sharon said "that was horrific..." I liked it more than she did; I would give it a C+ or a B-. After the rave reviews that we heard about the movie lately, we were both more than a little disappointed. In particular, Sharon was not fond of Daniel Craig's southern accent. I read that they are going to make a sequel?!?

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park Hike

Sunday, Sharon, Tiber and I hiked in Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park. We covered 6.04 miles in two hours and thirty-four minutes. From the Long Valley Trail, we took the Hidden Valley Trail to the East Ridge Trail. We stopped briefly at the American River to let Tiber take a dip. We had lunch at the movie set for the 2003 movie "Love Comes Softly."

On the way back, we took Cronan Ranch Road to the West Ravine Trail. I was frankly amazed at how well Tiber did...

Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Hike

Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Crown - Season Three

Saturday night Sharon and I finished watching season three of The Crown on Netflix. We finished watching season one in April of 2018 and season two in May of 2108.

Season three covers the time period between 1964 and 1977. It begins with Harold Wilson's election as prime minister and ends with the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Events depicted include: the unmasking of the Queen's art adviser Sir Anthony Blunt as a Soviet spy; Harold Wilson and Edward Heath's respective times as prime minister; the Aberfan disaster; the Apollo 11 moon landing; the 1969 Investiture of Prince Charles; the death of the Duke of Windsor; the death and state funeral of Winston Churchill; and Princess Margaret's affair with baronet and gardening expert Roddy Llewellyn and suicide attempt.

Olivia Colman stars as Elizabeth, along with main cast members Tobias Menzies [Prince Philip], Helena Bonham Carter [Princess Margret], Josh O'Connor [Prince Charles] and Erin Doherty [Princess Anne]. John Lithgow [Wiston Churchill] returns in cameo appearances.

Although I was initially unenthusiastic about Colman as Queen Elizabeth, by the end of season three, I was drawn in and fully onboard.. This season is very good. I am looking forward to season four late this year. I was disappointed to hear that they will wrap up everything in season five, rather than finishing with two seasons...

Friday, February 14, 2020

2020 Valentine's Day

After Sharon and Janie spent the day in Napa shopping and wine tasting, Sharon met me for dinner at Plan B. There was a fixed menu. Sharon had crab fritters, a butter salad, poached salmon and a chocolate mousse, while I had Kumamoto oysters, soup, pork tenderloin with prawns and a raspberry cheesecake. While I probably shouldn't have, I was surprised how busy the place was!

Over the last year, we have had a nesting pair of Great Horned Owls move into our neighborhood. Sharon has adopted them as her totem. I got Sharon a stuffed Wild Republic Audubon Birds Great Horned Owl and the book [The Great Horned Owl: An In-depth Study] as well as a printed list of Alexa commands to control SmartThings.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Greater Sacramento CIO/CTO Forum

Wednesday afternoon, I hosted the Greater Sacramento CIO/CTO Forum at the Adventist Health Building. The group of 20 IT leaders did a roundtable talking about their organization and their challenges for the coming year.

I asked our Senior Vice President of Mission Expansion to provide the group with an overview of Adventist Health. Afterwards, the JLL Senior Director and I took the group on a quick tour of the building. The JLL leader talked about what a "Well Building" is.

Quest Technology hosted the group for drinks and food at Q1227. This new restaurant is located near Paul Martin's.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Mayfly 2019

After being profoundly sad in 2018, last year was joyful! Additionally, I have had the pleasure to experience a wide variety of career opportunities and challenges. Yet, last year was somewhat unique.

Peloton • LondonStonehengeNew BuildingShenandoah ValleyRideoutDisneylandJack's 21st birthday • Joyful: Drew & Shannon's Wedding, Baby LeeProject GreenArmy/Navy Game • Sleep Divorce

You can find my previous Mayfly summaries here!

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Nancy Ingram Nooter

I met Nooter for coffee while we were in Washington DC. His mom passed away last week.

Nancy Ingram Nooter, 92, noted African and Native American art scholar, collector, teacher and artist, died peacefully at her home in Washington on February 4, 2020 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

She and her husband of 72 years, Robert H. Nooter, have been longtime supporters of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and many of their works of art are on display in both museums. She conducted field research in Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Tanzania on the art of the Swahili Coast, prehistoric rock art, silver jewelry and the carved doors of Zanzibar.

She co-authored, with Warren Robbins, “African Art in American Collections” in 1989, one of the most comprehensive books on the subject. At the National Museum of African Art she curated exhibitions and wrote and edited catalogues and display captions, organized the first docent program and established the Summer Institute for young African art scholars and instructors. She also taught classes on African art at American and Georgetown Universities and at the Smithsonian Institution.

Nancy was also an artist in her own right. She studied under Gene Davis in Washington and Fred Conway in St. Louis, Missouri. Her works have been exhibited at the Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, the Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock, Ark. and many are owned by collectors in the U.S., Europe, West Africa and South America.

Born as Nancy Lane Ingram in Jeffersonville, Indiana on November 30, 1927, she was one of three children of Marion Lane and William Austin “Navy Bill” Ingram, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973 for his accomplishments as a football player and head coach at the US Naval Academy and three other universities. She grew up in Los Gatos, California and attended UC Berkeley where she met Robert H. Nooter. They married in 1947 and moved to St. Louis, Missouri and later lived in Uruguay, Liberia, Tanzania and Washington, DC during her husband’s career with the United States Agency for International Development and the World Bank.

She received her BA and MA from George Washington University in cultural anthropology. She was a Member of the Board of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, a Council Member of the Society of Women Geographers, and a member of the Cosmos Club. She is survived by her husband, Robert H. Nooter and four children and their spouses, Thomas H. Nooter (Alice Schlesinger) of New York City, Anne N. Ruch (Scott) of Kansas City, Missouri, William W. Nooter (Elissa Free) of Washington, D.C. and Robert I. Nooter (Barbara) of Potomac, Maryland, as well as son-in-law, Dr. Allen Roberts of Los Angeles, California, husband of Mary “Polly” Nooter Roberts who died in 2018. She is also survived by twelve grand-children and nine great-grand-children.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that gifts may be made in her name to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

Sunday, February 09, 2020

2020 Georgetown Senior Parents Weekend - Day 4

2020 Georgetown Senior Parents Weekend - Day 3For the first morning on this trip, Sharon and I had breakfast in the concierge lounge. After packing up the room, we got an Uber to the Georgetown campus. We met Jack for Mass at Gaston Hall.

From the Mass, we walked to the Healy Family Student Center for a light farewell breakfast in the social room. Afterwards, we walked back to his apartment and then up to the Safeway on Wisconsin. Sharon and Jack spent an hour successfully buying groceries. The three of us were just barely able to carry all of the groceries out of the store and catch an Uber back to Jack's apartment.

We walked to the tombs and then Booeymonger before deciding to say goodbye. Sharon and I caught another Uber back to the hotel. Checking our bags with the bellman, we had a late lunch at Cafe Deluxe across the street from the Marriott. We both had Ahi Tuna Nicosia [olives, tomatoes, green beans, egg, crispy capers, roasted fingerlings, herb vinaigrette]. We ate here once before at the end of our long 2017 East Coast Fall trip.

Sharon and I caught an Uber to Dulles about 2:45 pm. It was only a 40 minute trip on a Sunday afternoon.

We caught a 5:45 pm United flight nonstop from Dulles to Sacramento. We had a nice exit row in a newer 737-800. Although long at almost 6 hours, it was an uneventful flight. We were disappointed that we couldn't watch the Oscars.

We landed in Sacramento about 8:40 pm and were home just after 9:30 pm.

It is hard for me to believe that Jack is going to graduate from Georgetown in three months! Between now and then, Jack has two major trips planned. During the semester break, he is going to France and Belgium with Professor Skuba's class. At Easter, Jack is going to Miami and Jamaica with Sophia and her family.