Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Looking back on a great GWBR

Laying down with the dog
Last weekend was a ton of fun! It really felt good to get out and ride. We went to lots of wineries and you can read my reviews of them here. The weather was perfect, if a bit chilly at night and in the mornings. Jeff and I had a great time riding with Pam Downs on Saturday. When we lunched in Santa Margarita we saw this dog that really made the sidewalk look comfortable.

On Sunday Sue joined Jeff and I at Star Farms. Sue had real allergy problems over the weekend and was unable to ride.

Pam and Teri Duffy did a great job chairing the event and all the folks who pitched in really helped to make this a truly great club event.

Monday, May 30, 2005

We're home again

Folding up camp
After last night's fantastic dinner we folded up camp this morning and went home. Last night was spent talking, telling stories and drinking good wine. It was a great trip making new wonderful memories. That's what our club is all about.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Sunday dinner soon at GWBR

Star Farms

We had a nice ride to Star Farms and back. The weather was moderate. Now it's time for a yummy dinner!

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Perfect Paso Peddling

Pam and Jeff on ride
After a hardy bike club breakfast we had a fantastic day riding today with perfect weather in the upper 70's and low 80's. Pam Downs, Jeff and I had a great ride to Santa Margarita through the unique country around here. Rolling hills, giant oaks and fields of wine grapes were the order of the day. We really had a fun ride, as did so many other folks in our bike club today. Sue had a day to herself shopping and doing the things she likes to do. Tonight is the wine and cheese party. We are really looking forward to that.

As long as my laptop battery lasts, I will keep these reports coming!

Friday, May 27, 2005

Wonderful wine day

Today Sue, Jeff, Pam and Harold and I spent the day going to wineries. It was a great day and we had tons of fun. We tasted some yummy wine too!

Norman wine pourer

Fine time in Paso

It started off cool and overcast. But, the sun is out and it looks like a great day. We had breakfast at Margies, and Harold and Diane came in and sat next to us. Today we are going wine tasting, we have a map and everything! This will likely be my last blog post as I forgot to bring a power cord. Our dinner last night at Bistro Laurent  was wonderful! This looks like a great weekend coming.

Here is a photo from yesterday:

Jimmy and Sue

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Blogging from Paso Robles

Live from the Great Western Bike Rally
Sue and I are in Paso Robles. Jeff drove the the bike club's chuck wagon down. The club has a nice area and plans are being made for the weekend's activities. The weather is great, not too hot!

Pam making plans

Sue, Jeff and I went out to a great dinner in downtown Paso. That was a lot of fun. It looks like a great weekend taking shape.

Whine and Dine Time

Whine and Dine Group

Yesterday evening we had great weather for the whine and dine bicycle ride and party. About 30 people rode the ride and a good number of those went out for the dinner after. What more could you ask for: good food, wine, beer and great friends on a warm late Spring evening! The riding was fantastic, the streams along the roads were running and the lake was full. The group I was riding with had a deer run along beside us off the side of the road as we descended down Shannon hill. That was too cool for words!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

My son Jeff and his family

Jeff and Madison

Sunday evening we went to visit Jeff, Nicole and Madison. They are a wonderful young family and we had a great visit. Tomorrow Jeff and us are going to head south to Paso Robles for three days of camping and bike riding. It is going to be great to get away.

Madison is such a great little girl. She is just too cute. She is standing and working on walking.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Susie and I rode to La Foret

More weekend update
Suddenly the weather has changed and it is great riding weather again. On Saturday I went for my 40 mile ride and on Sunday Sue and I rode to La Foret, the restaurant we were married in in 1994.

Susie at La Foret

It was great riding together! We have not gone for a ride to La Foret in about two years.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Great Friday before a great weekend

This was a great weekend with many good times. I will be writing more, and showing more photos of the weekend later. First is this picture from Friday. On Friday I went to Sacramento for a union meeting. After the meeting I went to Marie and Kirk Roby's. They made a yummy pasta dinner and we sat for hours and talked. It was a great visit and I really enjoyed their company.

Kirk and Marie

Marie Roby is my oldest, and one of my dearest, friends. I met her when she was named Marie DuBois and pregnant with Jessie, her oldest son. Soon, Jessie will be 30. At the time she was married to Dennis DuBois, Candy (my first wife's) brother. Dennis and Marie had another child, their daughter Heather, and subsequently divorced. Marie met and married Kirk Roby. Kirk is one of the nicest and gentlest men I have ever met. He has been a fantastic husband for Marie and is the love of her life. They used to be 49ers fans. We used to tell Kirk that he looked like Joe Montana.

Marie and Kirk remain good friends with Dennis and Dennis is also still a friend, and family, to me.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Great riding weather is here!

Bloody early this morning I took the Chauncys to the airport, then I stopped for breakfast with the before 7am crowd at Lou's. Then I went back to bed.
Chesbro Reservoir
Then I went for a bike ride. It is great having a camera in my phone. I always have a camera now.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Ready for the end of rain!

Summer is a month away and it has still been raining. Hopefully the clouds will go away. I am ready to do some serious bike rides.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Steve Greene Retiring

SJSU Professor Steve Greene is retiring

Steve Greene
I worked with professor Greene since I started at SJSU. That was 19 years ago. Steve and I were once dubbed the Mac Apostles when we advocated the adoption of Macintoshes into the school. It is weird to see so many of my old colleagues retire. He joins a long and honored list. I did a podcast with Steve where he discusses the years at SJSU.

To listen to audio, click here --> MP3 File Here

It is bike to work day

Dump the beast, ride your bike!
Bike and Limo
It is bike to work day today. There are so many better ways to get around than driving a gas hog. That is what today is all about. I love to ride my bike to work, especially when the weather cooperates. Sadly, it did not cooperate today. I had a nice bike ride yesterday, but I drove today.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The lecture hall is empty

The Lecture Hall Is Closed
When I walk past this room at SJSU, several times a day, it is full of students sitting and note taking while their professor, the sage on the stage, delivers a long verbal lecture. This photo was taken using my cell device. This device can take pictures, movies and even receive and play audio mp3 files. There is no reason this device, and/or smarter small devices like this, couldn't receive the lecture content as a part of a podcast and then the student, at the time of his/her choosing, could consume that content. The student could interact with the professor through a weblog or a learning management system, like Moodle.

This is the kind of thing I am working on.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

This is what my new phone looks like!

Nokia 6620
I made the jump to a 21st century phone. It has a ton of new features including the ability to shoot stills and video, play MP3's and even blog! I will report more as I use the phone. It works with Mac OS X Tiger. David Sobotta shot this photo, I got it off Flickr. Bob, I am sorry, it is not a Scoble Phone.

My phone is a camera

Here is my first phone pic...Susie on couch
Sent with my first Bluetooth Association.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Ghost Rider's of Cat's Hill

Ghost riders in Los Gatos
In the June issue of our bike club's newsletter, the Black and Blue Bottom [1 MB PDF], are some of the bike racing photos I have taken over the last couple of months. Years ago I was a newspaper photographer and I shot a lot of sports. I still love to do it and have really enjoyed some of the artistic effects I have been able to get using my Digital Nikon camera. I hope you like the pictures!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Some people got a lotta nerve!

Parking space hog
I won't go into a lot of detail here. I will save that for my opinion blog. Here is a little story. Today we were on a club bike ride. We were stopped in the left turn. A car pulls up in the lane to our right. The driver stops at the light, opens the door and dumps a pile of garbage in the street. Then the light turns green and she drives away. She did not seem to care that we were standing right next to her or that we were yelling at her.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Another day in paradise

Tower Hall SJSU

Welcome to Friday the 13th
For some reason I am thinking about journeys and changes in direction and times when it is that thing to let go of the direction you have been going, to let go of dreams, aspirations and even people. The song "Landslide" to me is about a journey and a letting go. I don't know what Stevie Nicks had in mind when she wrote this song. It was written the same year that Candy (my first wife) and I were married. It makes me think of what happens when two people who have tried to build a life together, who have tried to "climb a mountain" suddenly come to the realization that it is not going to work. They cannot climb the mountain. That is the emotional landslide where they slide off the mountain, that is the moment when they realize their differences are indeed not reconcilable.

Yet, the memories of the love they shared, that remains, even the love may remain. But, that is not always enough. Then they start again, this time on separate journeys and different directions perhaps never to see one another again.

Stevie Nicks 1975

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
'Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you get bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older too

Oh, take my love, take it down
Climb a mountain and turn around
If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down

If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Cats getting along

Pixel and Tupper
Pixel and Tupper have grown into a condition of mutual tolerance. There was a recent incident where one of the boys got too close to a place she did not want them to go and she scratched him. I think maybe they are starting to realize she is bigger than them.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Geek dinner in San Francisco great fun

Renee Blodgett
Last night I went to a Geek Dinner in San Francisco. I had a great time and met some interesting people. Being exposed to this group is one of the greatest ways I have of learning about what emerging technologies we should be planning for at the university. It really helps me in what I do to help our faculty. That, in turn, helps improve the quality of education at our school.

Monday, May 09, 2005

She's daddy's girl!

Last week when we went to Jeff and Nicole's house we saw that Madison is learning to clap. She loves to ride on her daddy's shoulder's, just like her daddy did. She is a sweetheart.

Madison with her daddy

After spending most of the early part of Saturday at the bike races, and that evening and the next morning preparing for Tuesday's interview, we spent Sunday evening celebrating mother's day. I made Susie and Fran a really nice pot roast, with potatoes, baked onions and steamed fresh green beans I bought at the farmer's market. We had a bottle of 2000 Burrell School Merlot. It was a great evening. Today I brought Nicole a Mother's day card. She is a great mom for Madison. I also went and saw their new camping trailer. It is neat!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Rainy Day Sunday

I slept until about 10am today and that is not like me. I am making a big dinner tonight for Fran and Sue. Meanwhile, I am working on a presentation for the interview I have Tuesday for my dream job. I guess I did better than I feared on the first one, I am coming back! Here is another photo I like from yesterday's race:

Cat 3 rider on the hill

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Cat's Hill Crit Bike Race, 2005

Cat's Hill Crit 2005 tons of fun

Racers at Cat's Hill Crit
Today's Cat's Hill Crit Bike Race was thrilling.  The weather stayed dry and the racing was intense. I think everybody had a good time watching the race. I know I did!

My sisiter-in-law Doris needs help!

My Sister-In-Law sent this email for a relative looking for a home for some kittens:

I need some help.

My cousin's cat had a liter of kittens and he was able to give away all but 3 of them. I told him I would help him find homes for the last 3. I can't take one because my son is allergic but if three of you could take just one it would be such a help and the kittens could have a nice home. Since he lives by the Taft Nuclear Power Plant, I'll go pick them up for you.

I've attached pictures of the last 3 kittens.

Will you help?

Radiation Cat 1

Radiation Cat 2

Radiation Cat 3

Friday, May 06, 2005

Who am I?

Madison looking in mirror

It is a question we ask from childhood until our last days on Earth. To me, the answer is always changing depending on where my life is at the time. Little Madison, beginning her journey as mine is entering its Indian Summer. Time passes by so fast it is hard to see things evolve at times. Who am I? Was it Popeye, or was it Jesus, who said, I am.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Cat Happenings

Pixel on Mixer
These cats are lunatics!

Pixel, shown above, is a real klutz. Tupper, our Calico, is graceful and can walk through a shelf of photographs without knocking any off. Shadow, Pixel's half brother, is a little less graceful and will rattle a few pictures if he were to walk on the same shelf. If Pixel were to walk across that shelf he would dump a few on the floor. Pixel has broken several things in our house that way.
Shadow is doing much better health wise.
We have gotten a diagnosis of his disease so now we know what type of IBD he has. We are treating it with drugs and diet. He is on the steroid Prednisone and is eating like a horse. He is full of energy, fast and is strong enough to be on the Olympic team. We have given him a new nickname, we call him Barry Bonds.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

What do these people have in common?

Internet Connections!

Laurence Grotheer and Jeanette Glicksman Grotheer

Through my blogs, and related web sites, these people: Laurence Grotheer and Jeanette Glicksman Grotheer, Elaine Whitebook and Kimberly Fracchia Lalli (friends of mine) have made connections with old friends of theirs. Some of them have had multiple old friends who have found them just by doing an Internet search on their names.

Elaine Whitebook
That is one of the powers of the Internet, the ability to make unexpected connections with new people as well as people whom you thought were gone from your life.

Kimberly Fracchia Lalli
On a personal level, it is neat to know that I have been able to make a difference, in a totally unexpected way, in my friend's lives. Because I have an interest in technology, and due to the conversational nature of the Internet (and the power of search engines) I have been able to do things that make my friends happy and make their lives better. I think that is kinda cool!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

I think I may have blown the interview for my dream job

I got nervous and felt like my heart was going to jump out of my throat. I felt like I could not speak intelligently about a subject I know very well. My mouth got dry and I was trembling, I hate it when that happens. I really do!

Learning to walk

Madison learning to walk
On Sunday when we visited Jeff, Nicole and Madison we got to see her as she prepares for her first steps. It was so wonderful to see Jeff and Nicole and what a wonderful job they are doing with her.
Madison is a real daddy's girl and just beams when she is around Jeff.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Yesterday Susie rode her bike

Susie on her bike
Yesterday we got out Susie's bike, dusted it off, put air in its tires, oiled the chain and we went for a ride! We rode over to Jeff and Nicole's and visited with them, Madison and Art Brian. It was a nice little ride and great to be riding together again. It was a nice day for a ride. Stay tuned for more on the visit and a Madison update!

I did another podcast today

(9.8 MB, 40.57 min.) This session an interview with SJSU MIS Professor Malu Roldan. Professor Roldan is with the faculty of the Management Information Systems Department at SJSU. She is also the Project Director for SJSU's Mobility project; a Hewlett Packard funded initiative that brings together interdisciplinary project teams to work on technology-enabled projects for community based organizations. She conducts research on engaged pedagogies and on the application of emerging technologies, such as Tablet PC and other mobile devices, in learning environments.