Monday, August 03, 2020

Exercise Room

Over the last three weekends, we have completely remodeled the exercise room.  This included emptying the closet, the old bookcases and the old entertainment center, multiple loads to Goodwill, a quarter load of trash picked up by 1-800-GOT-JUNK, a fresh paint scheme and a new entertainment center.  The new entertainment center took me more than six hours to build and hoist into place.  

Sunday, August 02, 2020

2020 Kings versus Magic {virtual}

I am not sure when we will be able to attend the Kings games in person again...  Sunday afternoon, I watched the Sacramento Kings versus Orlando Magic NBA game while running on the treadmill.  Behind by 24 points at half-time and 35 points at the end of the third quarter, the Kings lost the game by the score of 132 to 116.

Harry Giles was the Kings leading scorer.  In twenty minutes, he had 23 points on 9 for 11 from the field, 0 for 1 from three and 5 for 6 from the free throw line.  He also had eight rebounds.

The Magic had three players with more than 20 points: Aaron Gordon had 22 points; Nikola Vucevic scored 23, and; Terrance Ross added 25.

I was frankly never a fan of Grant Napear.  I enjoyed listening to Gary Gerould do the play by play for the game.  

After the game finished, Gerould noted that the game was disheartening and/or disappointing; this summed up my feelings perfectly.  The Kings looked like a team that had never practiced together.  It didn't look like they were running any offense.

A log of 2019-2020 Kings games that I saw in person or watched virtually is here.  With Marvin Bagley hurt again, it has been a very disappointing season.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Dos Coyotes Border Cafe

After spending the loin's share of the day finishing up the exercise room, we continued our Saturday night pandemic traditional of getting curbside take-out.  We got food from Dos Coyotes Border Cafe.  I had a Shrimp Taco & Chicken Enchilada Plate, while Sharon had a Mahi Mahi Seafood Burrito.

We finished the day watching an episode of season one of Downton Abbey.  Afterwards, we watched the first episode of season one of The Mandalorian on Disney+.

Thursday, July 30, 2020


Greyhound poster.jpegSaturday night, Sharon and I watched Greyhound.  The film has been advertised heavily on the AppleTV; a trailer for the movie has been running at the top of the home page.

Greyhound is a 2020 American war film directed by Aaron Schneider.  It stars and was written by Tom Hanks.  The film is based on the 1955 novel The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester.  It also stars Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue. 

The plot follows a US Navy Commander on his first war-time assignment in command of a multi-national escort group defending a merchant ship convoy under attack by submarines in early-1942 during the Battle of the Atlantic.  The plot focuses on the multiple day transit of the "Black Pit."  This is the Mid-Atlantic gap where they are out of range of protective air cover.

Greyhound was initially scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on June 12, 2020 by Sony Pictures, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The distribution rights were then sold to Apple TV+, which released the film digitally on July 10, 2020.

I enjoyed the movie a lot.  I recommend it.  Like 1917, It would have been a nice movie to have seen in the theater with a large screen and a dolby sound system.  With a running of length of only 91 minutes, it is short.

Footnote: The only remaining Fletcher-class destroyer still in her World War II configuration is now a museum ship berthed on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The USS Kidd is a National Historic Landmark.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Brittany Runs A Marathon

Last Friday night, Sharon and I watched Brittany Runs A Marathon.  We discovered the movie while we were surfing through Amazon Prime on the AppleTV.

The film is a 2019 American comedy film written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo in his directorial debut. It stars Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, and Micah Stock.

Brittany Runs A Marathon follows an overweight woman in New York City who sets out to lose weight and train for the city's annual marathon. The story of Brittany was inspired by Colaizzo's roommate, Brittany O'Neill, who appears in photos before the end credits.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2019 and was released on August 23, 2019, by Amazon Studios. Principal photography began in October 2017 in New York City. The climactic scene was filmed during the 2017 New York City Marathon with three filming crews working simultaneously to cover race.

Last week, Sharon and I started watching Ozark again; we watched the first three episodes of season one last year, but got sidetracked. After watching Ozark, I needed something light and life affirming.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Facetime with Drew and Shannon

Sharon and I finished the day connecting with Drew and Shannon via Facetime.  We spent some time planning the upcoming vacation at Sea Ranch.  I am really looking forward to the trip.

More than twenty years ago in the summer of 1999, Sharon and I took Drew, Morgan and Jack to Sea Ranch.  Jack was less than a year old.  [Note to self], I need to find some pictures from that trip.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Survivor: Redemption Island (Season 22)

Last week, Sharon and I finished watching Survivor: Redemption Island. It is the twenty-second season of Survivor.

It premiered on February 16, 2011. Filming took place from August to September 2010. The season was filmed near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The show featured returning players Russell Hantz and Rob Mariano and 16 new players to Survivor.

Mariano was named the winner in the final episode on May 15, 2011, defeating Phillip Sheppard and Natalie Tenerelli in an 8–1–0 vote. In addition, Mariano won $100,000 as the "Sprint Player of the Season."

After seeing Boston Rob and Amber on the current season of Survivor (Winners at War), we watched them in season seven of the Amazing Race and season eight of Survivor [Amber won]. After watching these other seasons, I wanted to see Boston Rob win. I am pretty sure that I watched this season when it first aired; I remember Phillip...

Boston Rob also appeared in season four (Marquesas) and season twenty (Heroes vs. Villains) of survivor. Amber first appeared in season two (The Australian Outback) of survivor. They also appeared together on season eleven (All-Stars) of the Amazing Race. At some point, we will probably get around to watching these seasons.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

More than 10,000 steps a day for a year

Over the last year, I have taken more than 10,000 steps a day every day. Based on the Withings app, I have more than 7 million steps in the last year and have averaged about 19,300 steps a day.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Refreshing the Exercise Room

After a trip to home depot on Friday night, we spent a long day prepping and painting the exercise room.  We are completely refreshing the room.  In a addition to a new paint scheme, we are taking out the old bookcases and entertainment center, rotating the orientation of the room and installing a new entertainment center.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Majka Pizzeria and Bakery

After spending the afternoon visiting with her brother, Sharon picked up a curbside takeout pizza from Majka Pizzeria and Bakery.  It was sweet corn, zucchini, mozz, feta, evoo and cilantro+lime. The pizza was very good.  We found out about the restaurant from one of our neighbors.

After a trip to home depot to pick up painting supplies, we finished the day watching Brittany Runs a Marathon.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Last Dance

After finishing the first season of Saturday Night Live, I started watching The Last Dance while running on the treadmill.  The ten part series highlights the career of Michael Jordan with particular focus on his last season with the Chicago Bulls.  The documentary uses never-before aired footage from the 1997/98 Bulls season.

The episodes include: 
  • Episode I - Flashbacks chronicle Michael Jordan's college and early NBA days [drafted in 1984]. The Bulls make a preseason trip to Paris amid tension with GM Jerry Krause.
  • Episode II - Scottie Pippen [drafted in 1987] rises to become one of the NBA's best players. An injury early in Jordan's career shows distrust with Bulls management. Jordan broke his foot at the beginning of the 1985/86 season.
  • Episode III - Dennis Rodman's attitude and energy help the team win, but bring the drama off the court.  Rodman played for the Bulls 1995/96, 1996/97 and 1997/98 championship teams.  The Bulls struggle to overcome the Pistons in the late '80s.  The Bulls lost to the "Bad Boys" Pistons in the 1988/89 and 1989/90 Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Episode IV - Phil Jackson's unique philosophy and demeanor take the Bulls to the next level.  Jackson starting coaching the Bulls in the 1989/90 season.  The team finally gets past Detroit and earns a shot at an NBA title, which is a dream matchup against Magic Johnson, Rookie Vlade Divac and the Lakers.
  • Episode V - From Air Jordan and Be Like Mike to the 1992 NBA Finals and the Olympic dream team, Michael becomes a global cultural icon unlike any other.  Toni Kukoč plays for Croatia against the Dream Team.  Bulls beat the Trailbazers in the finals [Clyde Drexler, Ainge].
  • Episode VI - A revealing book--Jordan Rules--and scrutiny of his gambling put a dent in Michael's reputation, but he remains focused on winning a third straight title in 1993. Bulls beat Phoenix Suns [Barkley, Ainge, Kevin Johnson].
  • Episode VII - Crushed by the death of his father, a mentally exhausted Michael retires in 1993 – to play baseball. The Bulls move on with Scottie in the lead role.
  • Episode VIII - Michael's return energizes the Bulls, the city and the NBA, but a playoff loss in the second round to the Orlando Magic [Shaq, Hardaway, Horace Grant] in 1995 fuels him to work harder than ever to get back on top; this is rewarded with their fourth NBA championship over Seattle [Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp] in 1996, after a record-breaking 72-win season.
  • Episode IX - The Bulls face stiff challenges to their reign in 1997 against Utah and in 1998 versus Indiana. The Bulls beat Utah [Karl Malone, John Stockton] to five their fifth championship.  Role player Steve Kerr makes his mark on the dynasty.
  • Episode X - Battered and exhausted, the Bulls conclude their "Last Dance" with a sixth championship over the Jazz [Marlone, Stockton]. Michael, Phil, and others reflect on the end of their dynasty.
This documentary is very good.  I recommend it.  Recent interviews with the key people, including Jordan, make the film particularly powerful.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wildwood Kitchen & Bar

Sharon and I had dinner on the patio at Wildwood Kitchen & Bar.  We split an order of hummus.  For entrees, Sharon had the happy hour fish tacos, while I had a seared ahi tuna sandwich [roasted poblano pepper, pickled jalapeño and onion, napa cabbage, toasted garlic bun, fries].

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Ancil Hoffman

Sharon played golf at Ancil Hoffman with Marlene late in the day.  We haven't seen Marlene and Phil since my birthday.

They finished playing 18, but it was getting very dark at the end.  While Sharon had four pars when we played last Friday, she said that she didn't play very well.

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Saturday night, Sharon and I watched The Spy Who Dumped Me on Amazon Prime on the AppleTV. Surfing through Amazon Prime the previous weekend, it was one of a couple of movie trailers we watched.

The Spy Who Dumped Me is a 2018 black comedy/spy thriller film directed by Susanna Fogel and co-written by Fogel and David Iserson. The film stars Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live, Justin Theroux, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj and Gillian Anderson.

It follows two best friends who are chased by assassins through Europe after one of their ex-boyfriends turns out to be a CIA agent. I enjoyed the scenery; the movie includes several cities that I hope that we will be able to visit someday, including Vienna, Budapest and Berlin...

The film was released in the United States on August 3, 2018, by Lionsgate and grossed more than $75 million. It received mixed reviews from critics who questioned the film's intended genre and tone, but praised the performances.

The movie was mildly entertaining. I enjoyed it, but with so much streaming content available today, I don't recommend going out of your way to watch it.

Sunday, July 19, 2020


Drew, Jack and I played two games of Catan late Sunday afternoon. We played one game of Seafarers. While I was able to get logged into my account this time, I came in last in both games...

Saturday, July 18, 2020

44 Plus Years of Cassette Tapes

We are cleaning out and reorganizing the exercise room.  Amongst the stuff was a box of cassette tapes that I have been dragging around for decades. The oldest of these were recorded in the fall of 1976 during the first quarter of my sophomore year in college. 

Through the 1980s and 1990s, I ran with a Sony Walkman and this collection of music.  I am going to add a few of these albums and songs back into to my running playlist. 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Ancil Hoffman plus Matteo's

Sharon and I played golf with our neighbors Jim and Debi at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course.  We were originally going to play with Holly and Van, but Holly's back was acting up.

With a 8:44 am tee time, it took us about four hours and twenty minutes to play 18.  I struggled on two fronts.  My chipping digressed; I repeatedly skulled the ball across the green.  As I was starting to get into a groove, my left elbow starting acting up.  I had an MRI on my left elbow about two years ago.  I struggled on the back nine.

I ended up with a 118.  I feel like I should be able to do ten or fifteen strokes better...

After golf the four of us had lunch on the patio at Matteo's.  Sharon had a burger, while I had a shrimp and mango salad.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

2020 BMW 530i

Six years ago, we decided to lease a car for the first time. We passed Sharon's old car down to Jack.  Three years ago, we leased a second BMW for Sharon.  It was a very smooth transaction.

Last month, after toying with the idea of buying the car at the end of lease, Sharon turned that second car in and leased a new BMW for the third time!

2020 BMW 530i

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Facetime with the Wallens

Texting with Wallen over the last few days, he and Jill called on Facetime in the evening. We spend some time catching up. I really hope that Sharon and I can visit them in the first half of next year at the home they are building in Mexico!

Today was their 41st Wedding Anniversary. I was at their wedding in Redding in July of 1979. Additionally, Sharon and I attended their 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Monday, July 13, 2020

The King of Staten Island

Saturday night, Sharon and I watched the King of Staten Island on the AppleTV. Originally intended to be theatrically released, the film was released via video on demand on June 12.

The King of Staten Island is comedy-drama film directed by Judd Apatow. The screenplay was written by Apatow, Pete Davidson, and Dave Sirus. It stars Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, and Steve Buscemi.

It follows a young man who must get his life together after his mom starts dating a new man who, like his deceased father, is a firefighter. The film has been called a "semi-biographical" take on the life of Davidson, who lost his firefighter father during the September 11 attacks and has had his own battles with depression.

When it ended, Sharon said "that exceeded my expectations." I was impressed with Davidson's performance. I recommend the film.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Catan Fail

Planning to play Catan with Drew and Jack on Sunday night, I spent almost an hour trying to get logged on to my account. After trying to reset the password and reload the software several times, I got very frustrated and gave up. Sharon ended up setting a new account on her laptop. Using "Tiber the Dog," I ended up playing one game with them. I was very distracted and made a mess of my gameplay...

One footnote to this struggle is that I really need to upgrade all of my personal Apple equipment. I have a Mac desktop, an AirBook and an iPad that are all 9 to 11 years old. They are all serviceable devices that I use everyday; they have been great devices. They just don't have enough horsepower.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Canon Curbside

We are slipping back into a shelter in place mode. After deciding over the long holiday weekend that I was going to starting work from home again, we restarted our recent traditional of getting curbside takeout on Saturday night.

We got curbside takeout from Canon. This has been one of Sharon's favorite restaurants over the last couple of years. Sharon and I split Summer Peaches [Buttermilk, Candied Pecans, Charred Endive, Spicy Honey], Roasted Summer Squash [Black Bean Stuffed Squash Blossom, Zucchini, Romesco, Relish, Chile Oil] and Half Roasted Duck [Blueberry Urfa Sauce, Sprouted Wild Rice, Charred Spring Onion, Sweet Corn]. The food was very good.

We finished the day watching The King of Staten Island.

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Song for 2019

In late 1998, I bought a Diamond Media Rio MP3 player.   I downloaded a number of songs from the Internet and primarily used the Rio while I was running.

One of the songs that I downloaded was Old Dun Cow by Seamus Kennedy.  I realized last year that the MP3 had survived twenty years.  The song had made it's way from my IBM Thinkpad at the time through a series of PCs to iTunes and was on my iPhone.  It is featured on my current running playlist.

The song for 2019 is Old Dun Cow.

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

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Hamilton (2020 Film)

Hamilton Disney+ poster 2020.jpgOn Saturday night, July 4th, Sharon and I watched Hamilton on Disney+. We saw the play on Broadway in 2018. The play was inspired by the 2004 biography by Ron Chernow; I read the book in 2017.

Hamilton was directed and produced by Thomas Kail and produced, written, and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda also stars as first Treasury Secretary and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The film is edited together from three performances of Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in June 2016 with the original principal Broadway cast members.

Hamilton was originally planned for theatrical release on October 15, 2021. However, in response to the pandemic, it was moved up and released digitally worldwide on Disney+ on July 3, 2020.

Divided in two acts, the musical depicts the life and career of Alexander Hamilton, an orphaned immigrant from the Caribbean island of Nevis. The first act covers Hamilton's arrival in New York City in 1776, his work as an aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the American Revolution, and how he met and married Eliza Schuyler. The second act covers Hamilton's postwar work as the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States and his death in a duel with Aaron Burr.

I really enjoyed the film.  I highly recommend it.  I rarely see a film and think that I want to watch it again; I am going to watch Hamilton again (Sea Ranch?).

When we saw the performance on Broadway, Jack talked about how the actor playing Thomas Jefferson was very different than the performer in the original cast.  At the time, I said that I was disappointed in the casting of Jefferson.  I found the original cast member (Daveed Diggs) in the film very good.

I was thinking that the film could win several Oscars.  Unfortunately, by rule, filmed versions of theatrical performances are not eligible for the Oscars...

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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Back to Work from Home

Over the last five weeks, I have been going into the office at least four days a week.  Following the data, including our own internal command center reports, I decided over the long holiday weekend that I was going to start working from home again.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Kayaking at Stumpy Meadows

For Father's Day, Sharon bought me a double inflatable kayak.  In early July, I dragged both of our hard shell kayaks out of the storage shed.  We sold them both in less than 18 hours.  I am going to use the funds to buy one or two inflatable single kayaks to go with the double.

Monday morning, Sharon and I headed up to the Larkins.  From there, we drove to Stumpy Meadows.  The Larkins have two Advanced Element single inflatable kayaks.  The four of us ended up kayaking for two hours from the boat ramp to the old Pilot Creek Bridge at the end of the lake and back.  I enjoyed the kayaking and the Larkins' company.

I am very pleased with the new kayak.  It is so much easier to load, unload and store than the 13' double gunboat that we sold.

The four of us finished the day with a late leisurely lunch on the patio at the Georgetown Hotel and Saloon.  Everyone had a burger.

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Ancil Hoffman Neighborhood Golf Tournament

Sunday sfternoon, Sharon and I played in a small adhoc golf tournament with our neighbors.  Jill organized the group.  We played with Jim and Debi.

I didn't embarrass myself.  I was extremely happy with how I played.  In spite of a four putt on the third hole, I carded a 52 on the front nine.

It took us about two hours and twenty minutes for nine holes.  Playing best ball for the couple on each hole, we ended up tying Jim and Debi with a 49.

We finished the day with a social distancing dinner in Mike and Jill backyard.  We visited until almost eleven.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

2020 Fourth of July

It is an odd time. We probably would have spent the day at Tom's house. Sharon has an extended family in Sacramento; it feels like we haven't seen any of them in a long time.

After grocery shopping, cleaning the house and lounging in the pool, Sharon and I finished the day watching Hamilton.  My notes on Hamilton are here.

Friday, July 03, 2020

Ancil Hoffman with the Gainsleys

At Ancil HoffmanSharon and I played golf at Ancil Hoffman with the Gainsleys. We had a 8:36 am tee time.

I really struggled on the front nine. I was too much in my own head. I was standing over the ball for too long and for the life of me I can't keep my head still.  Although I was getting off the tee pretty well, I repeatedly chunked my fairway shots.  I was shocked at how hard and fast the greens were.

I settled down on the back nine. I bogeyed four of the last five holes.  Surprisingly, I played the whole round with one ball!  I ended up scoring a 116.  The 54 on the back nine is just about where I feel I should be able to score. It took us about four and a half hours to play the round.

The four of us had a late lunch on the patio at Matteos. Both Sharon and I had a burger.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Succession - Season Two

Sharon and I finished watching season two of Succession. We finished season one in the middle of June.

Season two originally aired from August 11, 2019 to October 13, 2019.  The series has been renewed for a third season.

The show centers on the Roy family, the dysfunctional owners of Waystar Royco, a global media and hospitality empire.  Season two focuses on the family patriarch, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), fighting to maintain control of the company in the face of a hostile takeover bid.

I originally said that I was lukewarm on the show. It has grown on me over the course of twenty episodes. I have ungraded my rating to a strong "B." With the world more than a little in disarray, it will be interesting to see when season three airs...

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World

My book for July was Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World by Chris Wallace. I saw Chris Wallace talk about the book on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Although not specifically a presidential biography, It fits into my long term project to read books about all of the presidents.

The book focuses on the timeframe from when Franklin Roosevelt died to when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The book weaves together four different storylines: Harry Truman becoming president; the pilots who flew the missions to drop the bombs; the scientists building the bombs; and, a Japanese girl living in Hiroshima.

Drinking with Sam Rayburn in his hideaway in the House when he gets the call to hurry back to the White House, Truman is a central character. The story follows Truman as he learns about the bomb and agonizes about using it. There is a section about the Potsdam Conference when he shares with Stalin and Churchill the existence of the bomb.

This is a compeling story. I recommend the book.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

ESPN 30 for 30 Vol IV - Be Water

Running on the treadmill on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night, I watched the ESPN 30 for 30 Be Water. This is the fifth film in volume IV of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series. I will post an episode guide for volume four in the future.

Be Water is an exploration of the life and legacy of Bruce Lee as an acting and martial arts icon. I was fascinated by the fact that he was the son of a Chinese Opera star and appeared in several films as a child actor. By the time he was 18, he had appeared in twenty films.

Concerned that there was a contract out for his life, his parent sent him to the United States in 1959.  He eventually enrolled in the University of Washington in Seattle and started teaching martial arts. 

From 1966 to 1967, Lee played the role of Kato alongside the title character played by Van Williams in the The Green Hornet. The show lasted only one season (26 episodes).  During the 60s, he built relationships with several hollywood actors and sports stars.  The documentary implies that Bruce Lee pitched the idea for the Kung Fu television series.

Frustrated with Hollywood, Lee returned to Hong Kong to star in a series of marital arts films.  The success of these films turned him into a superstar and finally caught Hollywood's attention.  Lee died unexpectedly at age 32 just as his film career was taking off.

Frankly, I didn't know much Bruce Lee.  I enjoyed the film, but feel like it could have been tighter and shorter.  [Note to self], I need to watch Enter the Dragon and at least a couple of the Green Hornet episodes.

Footnote.  There is a amazing sequence in the documentary of Bruce Lee fighting with 7 ft 2 in basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a former student.  This was filmed for Game of Death.

Monday, June 29, 2020

1991 Oscar Nominations

Best Picture:
    Dances with Wolves - winner
   ✔ The Godfather Part III

Lead Actor:
    Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune - winner
    Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves
    Robert De Niro, Awakenings
    Gérard Depardieu, Cyrano de Bergerac
    Richard Harris, The Field

Supporting Actor:
    Joe Pesci, Goodfellas - winner
    Bruce Davison, Longtime Companion
   ✔ Andy García, The Godfather Part III
    Graham Greene, Dances with Wolves
    Al Pacino, Dick Tracy

Lead Actress:
   Kathy Bates, Misery - winner
   Anjelica Huston, The Grifters
   Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman
   Meryl Streep, Postcards from the Edge
   Joanne Woodward, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

Supporting Actress:
   Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost - winner
   Annette Bening, The Grifters
   Lorraine Bracco, Goodfellas
   Diane Ladd, Wild at Heart
   Mary McDonnell, Dances with Wolves

Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:
   Ghost – winner
   Green Card

Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
   Dances with Wolves – Michael Blake based on his novel - winner
   Awakenings – Steven Zaillian from the book by Oliver Sacks
   Goodfellas – Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese from Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
   The Grifters – Donald E. Westlake based on the book by Jim Thompson
   Reversal of Fortune – Nicholas Kazan based on the book by Alan M. Dershowitz

The 2020 Oscar nominations are here.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sex and the City 2

Saturday night, Sharon and I watched Sex and the City 2. Over the last couple months, Sharon has binge watched all 94 episodes of the television series. A week ago Friday night, we watched the first movie. Sex and the City 2 was released theatrically on May 27, 2010 .
Based on the 1997 book of the same name by Candace Bushnell) about four female friends, it continues the story of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis), and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon).  Chris Noth co-stars as Carrie's husband.  It features cameos from Liza Minnelli, Miley Cyrus, Tim Gunn, Ron White, Omid Djalili, Penélope Cruz, Norm Lewis, Kelli O'Hara, and Ryan Silverman.

It was panned by the critics, but was a commercial success grossing $294 million on a $95 million production budget.  A large part of the film is set in Abu Dhabi, but was actually filmed in Morocco.

Like the first movie, it was mindless entertainment.  I enjoyed it.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Stevens Trail

Sharon and I have been trying to do a hike every month this year [January, February, March, April , May]. Early Saturday morning, we headed to the Stevens Trail. It starts just off of Highway 80 in Colfax.

We head up hiking 3.7 miles in two hours and twenty-five minutes. We hiked to an old mine on the trail before turning back.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Woodcreek plus Matteos

Friday morning, Sharon and Holly played golf at Woodcreek. They bailed after eleven holes and had lunch at the grill.

We finished the day with curbside take-out from Matteos. We split Asiago Polenta Fries. For entrees, Sharon had Grilled Leg of Lamb with Chimichurri, while I had a Thai Steak Salad.  Sharon did not like her meal...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Saturday Night Live - Season One

Running on the treadmill on Father's Day, I finished watching the first season of Saturday Night Live.  When I started reading the oral history of Saturday Night Live in March,  I decided to start watching the first season.

It is interesting to see how the show starts to take shape and morphs towards the format that we are familiar with today. Although John Belushi is a force of nature, I was particularly impressed with Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner.

The list of hosts and musical acts for the first season includes:
  1. Host: George Carlin; Musical Guest: Billy Preston & Janis Ian; October 11, 1975
  2. Host: Paul Simon; Musical Guest: Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow, Art Garfunkel & Jessy Dixon Singers; October 18, 1975
  3. Host: Rob Reiner; Musical Guest: none; October 25, 1975--In lieu of a musical guest, John Belushi performs "With a Little Help from My Friends" while impersonating Joe Cocker.
  4. Host: Candice Bergen; Musical Guest: Esther Phillips; November 8, 1975
  5. Host: Robert Klein; Musical Guest: ABBA & Loudon Wainwright III; November 15, 1975
  6. Host: Lily Tomlin; Musical Guest: Tomlin with Howard Shore & the All Nurse Band; November 22, 1975
  7. Host: Richard Pryor; Musical Guest: Gil Scott-Heron; December 13, 1975--This was the first appearance of John Belushi's Samurai character.
  8. Host: Candice Bergen; Musical Guest: Martha Reeves & The Stylistics; December 20, 1975
  9. Host: Elliott Gould; Musical Guest: Anne Murray; January 10, 1976
  10. Host: Buck Henry; Musical Guest: Bill Withers & Toni Basil; January 17, 1976
  11. Host: Peter Cook & Dudley Moore; Musical Guest: Neil Sedaka; January 24, 1976
  12. Host: Dick Cavett; Musical Guest: Jimmy Cliff; January 31, 1976
  13. Host: Peter Boyle; Musical Guest: Al Jarreau; February 14, 1976
  14. Host: Desi Arnaz; Musical Guest: Desi Arnaz & Desi Arnaz, Jr.; February 21, 1976
  15. Host: Jill Clayburgh; Musical Guest: Leon Redbone & The Idlers; February 28, 1976
  16. Host: Anthony Perkins; Musical Guest: Betty Carter; March 13, 1976
  17. Host: Ron Nessen; Musical Guest: Patti Smith; April 17, 1976
  18. Host: Raquel Welch; Musical Guest: Phoebe Snow & John Sebastian; April 24, 1976
  19. Host: Madeline Kahn; Musical Guest: Carly Simon; May 8, 1976
  20. Host: Dyan Cannon; Musical Guest: Leon and Mary Russell; May 15, 1976
  21. Host: Buck Henry; Musical Guest: Gordon Lightfoot & Garrett Morris; May 22, 1976
  22. Host: Elliott Gould; Musical Guest: Leon Redbone, Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson; May 29, 1976
  23. Host: Louise Lasser; Musical Guest: Preservation Hall Jazz Band; July 24, 1976
  24. Host: Kris Kristofferson; Musical Guest: Rita Coolidge; July 31, 1976
I really enjoyed working my way through the season.  I am going to start season two in the near future.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Sex and the City

Friday night, Sharon and I watched Sex and the City. Over the last couple months, Sharon has binge watched all 94 episodes of the television series. The series aired on HBO from 1998 to 2004. This movie was released in 2008.

Based on the 1997 book of the same name by Candace Bushnell) about four female friends, it continues the story of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis), and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon). Like the television series, the movie deals with the charaters' lives as single women in New York City and includes frank discussions about romance and sexuality.

Despite mixed reviews from critics, calling the film an extended episode of the series, it was a commercial success, grossing over $415 million worldwide from a $65 million budget.

I enjoyed the movie; it was mindless entertainment.  We will watch the sequel this weekend.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Father's Day 2020

Father's Day Present
We have two kayaks: a single and a double.  The problem is that they are a lot of work to transport and take up a huge amount of space.  We have been talking for some time about getting inflatable kayaks like the Larkins have. 

Sharon decided to get me a inflatable double kayak for Father's Day.  I set it up in the garage.  With the community pool open for the first day on Sunday, we carried the kayak across the cul-de-sac and dropped it in the pool. 
My initial impression is very favorable.  We are going to look for a day in the next two weeks to take it out.

After running on the treadmill while watching the finale of season one of Saturday Night Live, I connected with Drew and Shannon and Jack to play Catan online.  We ended up playing two games over the course of almost two and a half hours.  It was a nice way to connect with them on Father's Day.  I have to admit that I was getting a little frustrated with the sensitivity of the trackpad on the device is was using...

Sharon and I finished the day with a nice dinner of swordfish fettuccine and an interesting episode of Succession [Season 2, Episode 5]


Saturday, June 20, 2020

Gainsleys over for Dinner

Saturday evening, we had the Gainsleys over for dinner.  Originally, the four of us were planning to play golf at Ancil Hoffman on Saturday afternoon.  With the temperature forecasted to be over 100 degrees, we punted on that plan and decided just to get together for dinner.

We barbecued steak and asparagus.  Sharon made an interesting wilted salad on the grill. 

Friday, June 19, 2020

Virtual Cocktail Hour

Sharon and I got together with Drew and Shannon for a virtual cocktail hour.  

We have a family vacation planned for Sea Ranch in August.  I am really looking forward to that trip.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Volvo XC60 T8 - Day 599

From March 13 to June 1, I worked from home for 11 plus weeks.  I only drove the Volvo 481 miles during this period (17,554 miles on March 12 to 18,035 miles on June 1).

I am now averaging 891 miles a month in the last 19 2/3 months.  This is down from an average of 1,054 miles a month in March.

I only got 51 miles per gallon on the last tank of gas.  This included an arduous trip to Santa Clara and back for a Cisco meeting.

May 9
May 9, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Succession - Season One

Sharon and I finished watching season one of Succession. Season one premiered on June 3, 2018 on HBO.

The series centers on the Roy family, the dysfunctional owners of Waystar Royco, a global media and hospitality empire.  The family is fighting for control of the company amidst uncertainty about the health of the family's patriarch, Logan Roy (Brian Cox).

The show has a large ensemble cast.  Kieran Culkin as Roman, Sarah Snook as Siobhan, and Jeremy Strong as Kendall are Logan's children employed by the company.  Other main characters include: Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans; Siobhan's husband and Waystar executive; Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch, Logan's grandnephew also employed by the company; Alan Ruck as Connor, Logan's eldest child, and; Hiam Abbass as Marcia Roy, Logan's wife.

I am lukewarm on the show.  Sharon likes it more than I do.  I rate it a "B-."

Monday, June 15, 2020

Camino Winds by John Grisham

My book for June was Camino Winds by John Grisham. Somewhat unbelievably, this is the 34rd book by John Grisham that I have read in the last twenty-nine years. I am not sure that this is something that I should be proud of... 

The book is a sequel to Grisham's 2017 novel Camino Island.  The book is set on the same Florida island with many of the same characters.  Like the first book, the plot revolves around a book store owner.

Several of Grisham's recent books are not really a legal stories.  This is a murder mystery.  The plot includes a hurricane, a murder, nursing home fraud and contract killers.

As I have said about a number of the Grishman books over the years, it is not a bad book. It was a nice light change of pace. I will continue to read Grisham novels as filler between more ambitious books. They serve as a nice mindless break.

It does seem to me that the style of Grisham's writing in recent books is different.  I wonder whether large parts of these books are being written by ghost writers or if it is an artifact of Grisham taking the writing less seriously and turning out the books faster.

Sunday, June 14, 2020


Sunday night after dinner, Sharon and I played an online game of Catan against Jack and Drew and Shannon.  We had a three-way Facetime call going during the call.

Drew and Shannon won.  I think that Drew said that it was the first time that he had beaten Jack.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Janie over for Dinner

Saturday night, we had Janie over for dinner.  Sharon made a couple of new recipes, including: honey glazed pepper chicken; potatoes; mushrooms, and; corn on the cob.  We cooked everything on the Weber.  I essentially barbecued a whole chicken split in half.  

We will probably use the corn recipe again.  It included soaking the corn in salt water brine, cooking the ears on the barbecue until the husks were scorched, wrapping the corn in towels and putting them in a cooler for 30 minutes.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Virtual Cocktail Hour

Earlier in the week, I suggested to Nooter that we try to get together on Friday night to catch up. He proposed including Snipes, Wallen and Tomasin. I scheduled a Zoom call for 545 pm and invited the group. I was pleasantly surprised when everyone eventually joined.

I love these guys.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Sotheby's Institute of Art

Jack has been accepted into the Sotheby's Institute of Art MA in Art Business program.
The MA in Art Business was the first program of its kind and our innovative curriculum continues to set the industry standard. Balancing academic rigor with real-world applications in a dynamic environment, the program provides an alternative to traditional academic models of study and stays in sync with the rapidly-evolving global art market. Core competencies in the art business world, from finance to marketing, are gained through courses that use the business-related tenets of economics to generate a modern, consistent, formal framework for strategic decision-making. In addition to learning with our faculty of thought leaders, scholars, and industry experts, students are given opportunities to engage professionals in the New York and international arts and cultural community and to learn directly from practitioners who are leaders in their field. Courses in art law, valuation, sales, strategy, marketing, and finance lay the foundation upon which students build a specialized program that suits their needs.

The Master’s degree is awarded for 30 taught credits across semesters one and two, as well as the completion of a 6-credit thesis or capstone project in the third semester.

In the first semester, Navigating the Art World brings students from all MAs together for faculty lectures and expert panel discussions to investigate the inextricable connections between art and business in today’s economy. In addition to a full course load, students participate in two in-person or virtual field study trips in semesters one and two. In semester two, students undertake an internship or choose a Careers in the Art World option to gain practical skills and take one elective to broaden their expertise.

The MA in Art Business culminates in a capstone project which can take the form of a traditional, long-form academic thesis, or a more flexible Master’s Project (often a business plan or curatorial project). Students entering in Fall 2020 can choose to submit their work in the summer and thereby complete their studies within one year. Alternatively, they can extend their studies an additional semester and either transfer to the Institute’s campus in London or return to New York and pursue core courses in either Contemporary Art or Fine and Decorative Art and Design. Students entering in Spring 2021 must complete their project in Spring 2022.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

My book for April and May was Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. I bought this book and an oral history of ESPN almost ten years ago after hearing Bill Simmons talk about the books on his podcast.

Live From New York is an oral history of Saturday Night Live. Essentially, the story is told by piecing together interviews with a large number of people. Small transition sections written by the authors tie the story together and move it along.

When I started reading the book, I began watching the first season of Saturday Night Live. Running on the treadmill, over the last two months, I have watched 20 of the 24 episodes from the first season.

Although I am not sure if it was the first time I saw SNL, I have a very strong memory of watching a skit with Nooter.  It was Steve Martin and Bill Murray pointing and asking “What the hell is that…?”.  This skit ran in October of 1979, more than forty years ago.

At almost 750 pages, the book is a load.  I am always disappointed in myself when I don't finish a book a month, but given the events of the last two months, it is probably to be expected.  I was planning to make a major dent in the book while I was traveling in March and April.

I give the book a lukewarm thumbs up.  Although it gets a little repetitive, the history of the first five years of the show is fascinating. The fact that Belushi and Aykroyd owned a seedy bar in Manhattan to host after show parties is amazing!

Monday, June 08, 2020

ESPN 30 for 30 Vol IV - Lance - Part 2

Sunday night May 31, Sharon, Jack and I watched part two of the ESPN 30 for 30 Lance. My notes from part 1 are here. This is the fourth film in volume IV of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series. An episode guide for volume IV is here.

I will admit that Sharon, Jack and I were huge Lance Armstrong fans and passionate followers of the Tour de France during his seven year championship run.  I have continued to follow Lance on Instagram and in Facebook.

There are a lot of people who have had a strong negative reaction to this documentary. They point to Lance as a cheater and a pit bull that viciously attacked anyone that suggested he was cheating. There have been suggestions that Lance used this documentary to justify his actions and redeem himself.

I have a different perspective. I don't have outrageous anger at sports figures like Lance and Barry Bonds. They were under enormous pressure to stay healthy, show up everyday and perform. The amount of money at stake was insane. Given the number of people around them that were using performance enhancing drugs, I can sympathize with why they did it. In Lance's case, he wouldn't have been able to compete without the drugs.

My perspective is that this is an interesting story.  I enjoyed the documentary.  Lance is a compelling tragic figure.  Using so much interview footage of Lance makes it a different story, but not a bad story.  Over the years, I have come to the place where I view any biography I read or documentary I watch with a critical skeptical eye.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Sunday Bike Ride

When we rode bikes with Drew and Shannon on Memorial Day, Sharon and I talked about doing a larger loop. Sunday morning, we rode northeast mostly through neighborhoods until we got to Bannister Park. From there, we picked up the bike trail and crossed the river at the Sunrise bike bridge. Heading west on the American River Bike Trail, we stopped for lunch near the El Manto River Access. Continuing west, we followed the bike trail to William Pond Park and wound our way home.

In total, we covered 14.4 miles in an hour and forty-one minutes.

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Lynmar Estate Virtual Tasting

Our next door neighbor (Jill) organized a virtual wine tasting from Lynmar Estate. Sharon took the neighbor book club there for lunch last fall. Sharon and I have been there a couple of times [Frame Family Function-2014, On the way back from Sea Ranch-2016].

Afterwards, Sharon, Tiber and I wandered across the cul-de-sac and spent some time visiting with Mike and Jill.

Friday, June 05, 2020

ESPN 30 for 30 Vol IV - Lance - Part 1

On Saturday night, May 30, Sharon, Jack and I watched part 1 of the ESPN 30 for 30 Lance. This is the fourth film in volume IV of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series. 

Although I have fallen behind in recent years, I have really enjoyed Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of ESPN's 30 for 30. The first 30 for 30 ran more than ten years ago in October of 2009.  An episode guide for Volume 1 is here; my ranking of those films is here. An episode guide for Volume 2 is here. In fall of 2011, ESPN ran a series of ESPN Films that continued the spirit of 30 for 30. A list of those film is here. An episode guide for Volume 3 is here. I will post an episode guide for volume four in the future.

In the early 2000s, Sharon, Jack and I passionately followed Lance and the Tour de France.  Sharon and I read both of his books in 2004: It's Not About the Bike, My Journey Back to Life and Every Second Counts.  Over the years, I have continued to watch parts of the Tour de France running on the treadmill; I love the scenery.

I will post some thoughts on the documentary and Lance with my post about part 2.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Shelter In Place - Day 81

Working from home over the last twelve weeks, I let my hair and beard grow. I shaved the beard off on Monday night before going back in the office on Tuesday. I am getting a haircut tomorrow. I will post some after pictures next week.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Jack to DC

Up at 4:30 am, Sharon and I took Jack to the airport at 5:15 am on Tuesday morning. He caught a 7:10 am United flight to Denver. Jack said the plane was about half full and he had an exit row to himself.

In Denver, Jack caught a 11:50 am United flight to Reagan. He was on the ground in DC a little after 5 pm. Jack caught an Uber into Georgetown.

He is cleaning out the apartment where he lived for the last year and settling into a house north of the Georgetown Campus for the next two months. Given the disruptions of the last three months, there are some open questions about his plans for the rest of the year...

Jack has been here for just over two months.  With Drew and Shannon here for a couple of weeks in May and Jack leaving, the house feels very empty.

Monday, June 01, 2020

May 2020 Monthly Challenge in the Activity App

I achieved the monthly challenge in the Apple Activity App for May of 263.3 miles. This equals 8.5 miles a day.

In May, I ran 118 miles, cycled 145 miles on the Peloton bike, hiked 5.7 miles and played golf three times. It is the third straight month that I have covered more miles on the bike than I have ran. Last week was also the most steps that I have had since late December.

I currently have a streak of 81 days in a row of achieving my Move goal. My longest streak is 155 days!
May 2020149,912 steps

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Drew and Shannon [Shelter in Place - Day 79]

In the afternoon, Sharon, Jack, Drew, Shannon and I did a loop through the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.  We covered about 2.25 miles.

Drew and Shannon headed back to Southern California in the late afternoon.  Drew has been here almost three weeksShannon has been here two weeks.  It was great to spend so much time with them! Drew and I were trying to figure out when the last time we spent three weeks together.  Based on a suggestion by Morgan right after we saw her and Lee in March, we are planning a family vacation at Sea Ranch in August.  I am looking forward to having everyone together then.

I am going to use the "Shelter in Place" tag until I go back to work in the office. We are now targeting June 2 to start moving people back into the building.

As part of the rhythm of the last ten weeks, we have been getting curbside takeout on Saturday nights (Matteo's, Rey Azteca, Piatti, Canon, Matteos, Mikuni, Zinfandel GrilleMandarian). This Saturday night, we got take-out from the Rey Azteca again.

Sharon, Jack and I finished the night watching Part 1 of the Lance 30 for 30 documentary.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Teal Bend

At Teal BendSharon and I played golf with the Gainsleys at Teal Bend. Sharon, Jack and I played there once before 15 years ago... It is really a beautiful course.

I ended up shooting a liberally scored 110. I have been trying recently to be more accurate in my scoring, but will admit to taking a few mulligans during this round. I really struggled on a couple of the par 5s. I continue to have a hard time keeping my head still.

We played with the Gainsleys earlier in May at Mather. We are planning to play again at Ancil Hoffman in June.

This is the sixth round of golf that Sharon has played in May! On the way home, she was talking about wanting to play once a week this summer.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Ancil Hoffman

Teeing off in the late afternoon, Sharon, Jack, Drew and Shannon played golf at Ancil Hoffman.  Sharon and Shannon played nine holes, while Drew and Jack were able to get in eighteen. This is the fifth time that Sharon has played in May!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Wednesday night after dinner, Drew, Shannon, Jack and I played Catan. Jack won.

Coral Princess

In early 2019, Sharon's brother Tom took a two week cruise around South America. Some friends took the same cruise in early March.  Luckily, they were part of a group of passengers that was able to get off the boat on March 19 in Buenos Aires.  The ship's odyssey over the next three weeks after they got off is amazing...

March 19, 2020 12:30PM PT
Coral Princess is currently docked in Buenos Aires, and has been cleared by Argentine customs as well as the Ministry of Health. However, Coral Princess has not yet been fully cleared by local immigration. As such, only guests holding an Argentinean passport and/or guests who have confirmed flights departing today (March 19) have been cleared to disembark.

Princess Cruises is working through diplomatic channels to get full clearance so all guests can depart over the next several days. As of this update, Coral Princess will remain alongside in Buenos Aires to accommodate guest’s departures in this evolving situation. Princess Cruises will also help rebook air travel for all guests as needed.

Given the fluid nature of the situation and limited availability of flights, we thank our guests and all those impacted for their continued patience and understanding. We will share additional information as it becomes available.

March 19, 2020 9:00PM PT
Princess Cruises confirms that Coral Princess was required to abruptly depart the port of Buenos Aires late on March 19, before all guests were disembarked. Argentine President, Alberto Fernandez, issued a decree at 8:00 pm local time that began at midnight. The decree would require the ship to remain in port for an indeterminate number of days, and no guests would have been permitted to disembark during that time. Therefore, the decision was made to leave port immediately.

Coral Princess is now sailing to Montevideo, Uruguay, where it will take delivery of supplies and fuel on March 20. We have been, and will continue to, seek permission to complete guest disembarkation there. Princess Cruises port operations is exploring all avenues, including diplomatic channels. Also, we are working with our shoreside teams on several options to disembark should there be any issues with Montevideo.

Internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family. Updates will be made available as we obtain more information.

This is an unprecedented situation and we thank our guests for their continued patience and understanding. The safety, health and well-being of everyone on board remains our highest priority.

March 22, 2020 10:30AM PT
Princess Cruises can confirm that Coral Princess made a port call to Montevideo, Uruguay, on March 21 to take delivery of supplies and fuel. No guests were permitted to disembark. The ship continues to encounter difficulty disembarking their guests due to port closures and changing regulations, therefore Coral Princess set sail directly for Fort Lauderdale, which will take approximately 14 days. There are 1,024 guests onboard.

This is an unprecedented situation and the operations team at Princess continues to support the Captain and his crew to ensure everyone onboard returns home safely. The continued patience and understanding of the guests and their families is appreciated. The safety, health and well-being of everyone on board remains our highest priority.

Both Internet and guest stateroom telephone services remain complimentary so that guests may stay in touch with family.

March 23, 2020 6:30PM PT
Coral Princess is currently sailing a South America voyage and continues to encounter challenges disembarking guests due to port closures and changing regulations. In the continued effort to repatriate guests as quickly as possible, the ship will sail to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, arriving March 24. Although Brazil has been closed to cruise ship traffic, we are working through diplomatic channels to obtain permission and have received positive responses.

Guests with confirmed homeward flight arrangements will be permitted to disembark and go directly to the airport. Regretfully, we do not anticipate that all guests will be able to disembark in Rio due to limited flight availability. From Rio, Coral Princess will sail to Fort Lauderdale as previously announced with a planned arrival on Sunday, April 5.

Guests who purchased flights through Princess will be automatically rebooked on flights. We recommend that guests with independent arrangements wait to rebook their flights until official confirmation from the port authorities is received. Independent guests will be able to claim reimbursement upon their return home as previously advised.

Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family. Updates will be made available as we obtain more information.

This is an unprecedented situation and we thank our guests for their continued patience and understanding. The safety, health and well-being of everyone on board remains our highest priority.

March 30, 2020 3:00PM PT
Coral Princess is scheduled to arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados the evening of Tuesday, March 31. During the short time at the port, extra provisions will be brought onboard to keep all guests comfortable during the onward journey. No guests or crew will be permitted to disembark during this time.

Coral Princess will continue to proceed directly to Ft. Lauderdale, with an estimated arrival date of April 4. There remains no known risk of COVID-19 onboard.

Princess will continue to book flights for all guests. Due to limited flight availability, Coral Princess will remain alongside in Fort Lauderdale for two days to allow all guests to proceed directly from the ship to the airport.

Princess is also working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to ensure smooth arrival into port. We are also in regular contact with multiple embassies and consulates.

Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family.

March 24, 2020 5:45PM PT
Despite continued efforts from several consulates, Anvisa (the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency) has denied the disembarkation of Coral Princess guests, including those with confirmed outbound flights.

Coral Princess will proceed directly to Ft. Lauderdale, with no foreseen need for additional port calls. There remains no known risk of COVID-19 onboard.

Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family. In this unprecedented situation, we thank our guests and their loved ones for their continued patience and understanding.

March 31, 2020 9:40AM PT
The medical center onboard Coral Princess has reported a higher-than-normal number of people presenting influenza-like symptoms.

Many have tested positive for regular influenza, however given the concern surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), and out of an abundance of caution, guests have been asked to self-isolate in their staterooms and all meals will now be delivered by room service. Crew will remain in their staterooms when not working.

Coral Princess is scheduled to arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados this evening - Tuesday, March 31. This is a service call only and no guests or crew will be permitted to go ashore during this time. Following her service call to Barbados, Coral Princess is currently scheduled to proceed directly to Ft. Lauderdale for disembarkation, with an estimated arrival date of April 4.

Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family. The health, safety, and well-being of all guests and crew are our absolute priority.

April 2, 2020 5:30PM PT
In response to a reported small cluster of cases of respiratory illness and in an abundance of caution, Coral Princess proactively collected and sent 13 COVID-19 test samples to Barbados on March 31. We can confirm the results yielded 12 positive cases (7 guests and 5 crew).

Why is Coral Princess still sailing?

Coral Princess set sail on March 5 from San Antonio (Santiago) for a South America voyage which was scheduled to end in Buenos Aires on March 19. In response to the global spread of COVID-19, Princess Cruises announced a voluntary 60-day pause of operations on March 12, becoming one of the first companies in the leisure travel industry to take this proactive measure. The operational directive being to end each cruise as soon as possible while being able to assure guests the ability to continue their journey home by air travel safely and with certainty.

Following the pause of operations announcement, Coral Princess had planned to disembark in Buenos Aires on March 19 and March 20 as originally scheduled. This was the first available opportunity for disembarkation and a location from where guests had air travel booked. However, due to ongoing port closures and changing regulations, Coral Princess encountered challenges disembarking guests despite best efforts and additional complications with cancellation of air flights.

Princess continues to seek approvals through multiple diplomatic channels, and to work with local officials for disembarkation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Guests will continue to self-isolate in their staterooms, with all meals delivered by room service. Crew will remain in their staterooms when not working. There are 1,898 people onboard including 1,020 guests and 878 crew members. Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with loved ones.

April 4, 2020
Two people have died aboard the Coral Princess, which docked in Port Miami Saturday morning and began to unload people shortly after.

April 5, 2020 1:08PM PT
Princess Cruises can confirm that guest disembarkation for Coral Princess at the Port of Miami began yesterday, April 4. Disembarkation will continue today limited to those departing on chartered flights arranged by Princess Cruises to California, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Overnight, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) communicated changes to their policy regarding post-disembarkation travel for cruise passengers, recommending no travel via commercial flights nor shared transportation with non-cruise guests. Princess Cruises continues to work tirelessly to adjust the repatriation plan to meet the new CDC requirements. This will unfortunately result in further delays in disembarkation and onward travel for many guests as we work through this complex, challenging and unfortunate situation. We express continued gratitude to our guests for their patience and understanding as we work to adapt to these new requirements.

All guests are being screened as directed by the CDC before disembarkation of the vessel. During disembarkation, and until they reach their homes, guests are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing measures.

Those with respiratory symptoms, or who are still recovering, will remain on board until medically cleared by the ship’s doctors. Further details on disembarkation will be shared once available.

April 6, 2020 2:48PM PT
Princess Cruises can confirm 545 guests disembarked Coral Princess yesterday, April 5 and a further 139 guests disembarked this morning. Meanwhile, 274 guests remain on board. Disembarkation continued today prioritizing those who departed on a chartered flight to Canada, in addition to chauffeured ground transportation for local Florida residents - all of which were arranged by Princess Cruises. Additional domestic charter flights are being coordinated and are scheduled to depart tomorrow, April 7. All guests requiring shoreside medical care have been disembarked and are being treated at a facility pre-arranged by Princess Cruises.

Princess continues to work with several federal, state and local authorities including the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Office of the Governor of Florida, the Florida Department of Health, the Office of the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, PortMiami, and others.

In order to protect the safety and welfare of our guests, as well as the population of other communities, authorities have dictated several requirements and protocols. We are required to follow these requisites without variance, and when they change, we must adjust our plans. We continue to work through the CDC’s updated recommendations regarding post-disembarkation travel for cruise passengers, which includes no travel via commercial flights nor shared air or ground transportation with non-cruise guests. We again must express our continued gratitude to our guests for their patience and understanding as we navigate the unique and complex logistics required to manage this situation.

April 7, 2020 9:19AM PT
Disembarkation will continue today with an additional nine domestic charter flights scheduled. All charters were arranged by Princess Cruises. Guests requiring shoreside medical care have been disembarked and are being treated at local and regional hospitals.

Following today’s disembarkation efforts, approximately 90 international guests will remain onboard given current international travel restrictions. Homeward travel arrangements will be made for these guests as soon as arrival clearance is obtained by each country.

April 8, 2020 3:00PM PT
Disembarkation efforts in Miami, Florida continue for Coral Princess guests with three additional charter flights scheduled for departure today. Pending government approvals, an additional four international charter flights to South America and Europe and one domestic charter flight are in-planning to depart on April 9. Our goal is to ensure all guests are repatriated to their home countries however, this is a complex process due to unique international travel restrictions which vary by country and require clearance for arrival by customs officials. We do not recommend that guests remain on the ship when it heads back to sea for marine operations and local authorities will not authorize the use of local hotels, making timely approvals for repatriation critical.

Princess Cruises would like to thank the leadership and operations team at PortMiami and the many responders who are supporting the effort to care for guests and crew while the disembarkation process nears its completion.

Currently, Princess Cruises is creating a crew repatriation plan for the global fleet. Until it is finalized and ready to action, all crew fleetwide will remain onboard in the care of Princess.

April 9, 2020 3:30PM PT
Disembarkation efforts in Miami, Florida continue for Coral Princess guests with five charter flights scheduled for departure today - one domestic charter flight and four international charter flights to South America and Europe.

Despite continued efforts through diplomatic channels, current travel restrictions by home countries will prevent homeward travel for 13 international guests, and local authorities will not authorize the use of local hotels. These guests will join the Coral Princess crew members for a self-imposed 14-day quarantine to monitor symptoms and to reduce the possibility of transmission if they became symptomatic. Additional Princess Cruises crew members will be boarding today to aid the quarantine.

Coral Princess is scheduled to depart PortMiami today at 5:30 PM ET.

Coral Princess departed March 5 from San Antonio (Santiago) for a South America voyage which was scheduled to end in Buenos Aires on March 19. In response to the global spread of COVID-19, Princess Cruises announced a voluntary 60-day pause of operations on March 12, becoming one of the first companies in the leisure travel industry to take this proactive measure. Coral Princess remained in service longer than previously expected, until arriving at the Port of Miami, due to a series of port closures, airline cancellations and other actions taken, which impacted the onward travel home of the guests and crew onboard.