Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The New Look

Sharon and I finished watching The New Look on AppleTV+.

The New Look is an biographical drama television series created by Todd A. Kessler that premiered on Apple TV+ on February 14, 2024. There were ten episodes. A second season is in development.

The series stars Ben Mendelsohn as Christian Dior and Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel. The supporting cast includes Maisie Williams, John Malkovich, Emily Mortimer, and Claes Bang.

Dior and Chanel are depicted living in Paris during the Nazi occupation. After the liberation, the show follows Christian Dior as he created his fashion line that unofficially got named the "New Look." Chanel struggles to regain control of her business and avoid being prosecuted as a Nazi collaborator.

I am fascinated by the idea that people were living and working in Paris under Nazi occupation. I read a volume of Picasso' biography that took place while he was living and working in Paris during the 1940s. The New Look also provides a look at the chaotic period after Paris was liberated. Overall, I give the show a lukewarm recommendation; it is interesting, but not compelling.

[Note to self], I am interested in looking for a biography about Coco Chanel.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024


I took another Golftec lesson on Tuesday morning. I am really enjoying the lessons.

The lesson focused on getting more shoulder and hip rotation by pushing my right hip out and back and straighting my right leg in the back swing.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Zero Dark Thirty

Saturday night, I watched Zero Dark Thirty. It has been on my list of films to watch for some time; I downloaded it to my iPad to watch on the trip to England and Scotland, but never got around to it. I read Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice by Chris Wallace several years ago.

Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 historical drama thriller film directed and co-produced by Kathryn Bigelow. It was written and co-produced by Mark Boal. Jessica Chastain stars as Maya, a fictional CIA intelligence analyst, with a large supporting cast that includes James Gandolfini and Chris Pratt.

The film dramatizes the nearly decade-long international manhunt for Osama bin Laden, leader of the terrorist network Al-Qaeda. This search leads to the discovery of his compound in Pakistan and the U.S. military raid where bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011.

Zero Dark Thirty was nominated in five categories at the 85th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress for Chastain, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Editing. It won Best Sound Editing in a tie with Skyfall. It earned four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Chastain, who won.

I was surprised by the portrayal of the interrogation of prisoners as a intelligence-gathering tool; there is quite a bit of torture depicted. I has also surprised by how long the Seal Team was on the ground in Pakistan. It seemed like the raid took forever. Reading about the actual raid afterwards, the team was on the ground for 40 minutes. It is remarkable that there wasn't a Pakistani military response.

I recommend the film.

Sunday, June 09, 2024

Graduation Party

Sunday evening, we went to a graduation party in Davis. We went to Sandy's daughter Kathryn's high school graduation party. Sandy was a childhood friend of Sharon's. Sharon and Sandy grew up in the same neighborhood and went to the grammar school and high school together. More than seventeen years ago, we went to Kathryn's first birthday party!

Sharon ran into her first boss at the party. Straight out of law school in 1987, Sharon worked for Calfee and Young in Woodland. Dave Calfee was at the graduation party.

Saturday, June 08, 2024

Back from Lake County

Up fairly early, Tomasin and I took their dog for a walk through the neighborhood. Afterwards, Tomasin, Snipes and I went to breakfast at Lyndall's Sports Stop Grill in Kelseyville.

Back at the doublewide, we visited on the deck. Snipes and I eventually rolled about 11:45 pm. We were back in Davis about 1:30 pm. I really enjoyed the time in the car with Snipes; we had an extended opportunity to catch up and explore a number of topics.

I fought my way back across the causeway. I was home about 2:30 pm. I picked up Tiber at 3:00 pm.

I finished the day watching Zero Dark Thirty.

A footnote. Sharon spent the day in San Francisco. She had breakfast with Jack. Laura arrived in the morning. Sharon and Laura went to the de Young Museum; they toured the two special exhibitions: Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style, and; Bouquets to Art 2024. They had a cocktail at the PeaceKeeper and dinner at Del Popolo. Sharon and Laura finished day seeing the comedian Wanda Sykes. They spent the night at the Mark Hopkins.

Friday, June 07, 2024

To Lake County

Slogging my way across the causeway to Davis, I picked Snipes up about 1:15 pm. We headed to the Tomasins' doublewide in Lake County. With the Friday afternoon traffic, it took about two hours.

This is the first time I have been to their doublewide in Lake County. I was surprised and embarrassed to realize that they have owned the place for twenty-two years. They bought it when David was a sophomore in high school.

After visiting for a while, Tomasin, Julie, Snipes and I headed to the Richmond Park and Grill. From there, we went to Kelseyville. We stopped at The Brick Tavern.


On the way back to the doublewide, we stopped briefly at the Konocti Harbor Resort. The restaurant and bar had already closed.

I crashed hard about 10:30 pm.

A footnote. Taking off early Friday, Sharon spent the day in San Francisco. She and Jack played golf at TPC Harding Park. They had dinner at AltoVino. Sharon spent the night at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins.

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Global Entry Interviews

When we came back from England and Scotland last June, we walked into a giant passport control mess in Chicago. There were thousands of people in line. Afterwards, we signed up for Global Entry, but could never find an interview time. We encountered the same mess when we landed in San Francisco on the way back from Egypt. Both times, I used the mobile passport control app to get us into a shorter line. With Tom breezing through with Global Entry both times, I was frustrated.

I finally found and made some interview appointments for a location near LAX on our California Road Trip in February. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring our passports.

Sharon finally got some interviews for us at SFO. We spent the day traveling to the airport and back. The interview itself lasted less than five minutes! We are now approved for Global Entry! We will be able to use it twice this year.

Afterwards, we had lunch at Mykonos in Burlingame. We had two Greek Spreads, including Tirokafteri [roasted bell pepper, imported spicy herbs & feta cheese]. We split Beet Salad [roasted beets, spinach, pumpkin seeds fresh orange, feta cheese and orange dressing], Keftedes [grilled lamb & beef meatballs bed of tomato sauce] and Octopus [grilled sparish octopus with lemon, oregano & olive oil].

It was about 4:45 pm by the time that we got back to Carmichael. It was almost a three hour slog home in the traffic.

Tuesday, June 04, 2024


I am back taking a series of Golftec lessons to improve my golf swing. I signed up for five more lessons and took the first one this morning. I have a lot of work to do on my swing.

Things to remember on the range over the next week include:
  • stand straight, less knee bend;
  • drive left shoulder down;
  • left arm straight, no elbow bend;
  • drive hands towards right hip pocket on down swing; and,
  • finish towards the right.

Monday, June 03, 2024

Dinner with Morgan, Daniel, Lee and Clem

Sunday evening, Sharon and I took Lee back to Morgan and Daniel's apartment. They made a great dinner of bread, salad, pasta and tiramisu for us.

Morgan had this bulletin board of pictures next to their dining table!

Saturday, June 01, 2024