Sunday, December 28, 2008

Remembering my mom

My mom and I in 1965

I have always been envious of friends in their 30's, 40's, 50's and older who have their parents in their lives. Both mine died when I was in my 20's. I miss them every day of my life. Yesterday was my mom's birthday and I thought of her a lot.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Day after Christmas

It is just like having a wicked hangover. We are recovering from two days of entertaining. It's the first relaxing day in weeks.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Granddaughter is a star

Madison on stage

Last Sunday we went to son Jeff and Nicole's church to see Madison perform in a Christmas program. Of course, I thought she was the star of the show. It was really cute. They sang several Christmas songs.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Help Desk Fall '08 Grads

Help Desk Grads

Gnanaprakash Pitchika "Prakash" Venkateswarlu and Dhiwakar Mani are two of the help desk staffers who graduated this Fall. Saturday I went to the College of Engineering graduation to celebrate with the graduates. We are loosing 12 of 24 student staff members.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Cold in San Jose

Ice on windshield

The weather outside is frightful. We have been having ice on the ground and on our windshield. I have been having to scrape my windshield to get to work.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sloan cats are smart and helpful

Cat helps Sue

Cats need to earn their kibble by helping out around the house. It helps them learn to appreciate things.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Local hotspot for the birds

Bird feeder action

I have been sick off and on for the last two weeks. When I was my sickest the only thing I could do was hang out on the couch. Outside the window of our living room is a bird feeder and it provided hours of entertainment. There is so much bird action there I buy bird food in 20 pound bags from a local wild bird food store. I guess it is the gourmet stuff because we are very popular with the local flying population.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

January B&BB Newsletter

January 2009 BBB

Here is the January 2009 issue of the Black and Blue Bottom, the Almaden Cycle Touring Club newsletter. These are in PDF format:

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Film's unique eye

San Jose City Hall

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Film responds to light differently than a digital sensor. That analog palette carries over even when the film is later scanned.

I am not saying it is better. That is just something I would hate to loose.

Here are some photos in downtown San Jose taken with my Nikon F5 with Fuji Superia film on December 11-12, 2008.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

November Bike Rides

Adam on Mount Diablo

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Last Month's AA Mount Diablo WnD Ride

It was intended that my nephew Alex from Portland and Sue’s cousin Adam from Paso Robles would be here on the same date, November 28, 2008. Adam and Alex are both awesome cyclists and have both done ACTC rides when they have visited. Since they were both going to be here we had this is special AA ride! Alex got sick so he was unable to do the ride.

The ride started in Danville at Camino Tassajara & Blackhawk Roads. Luckily Alison Chaiken went on the ride, so it was still a AA ride!

John Morgan also came on the ride. It was a lot of fun. It was too cold for beer after, so we had coffee and bagels instead!

Hot Grizzly Tamale Ride: November 23, 2008

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This great Grizzly ride led by Sandy Lorber and Karin Crosby met in the Walgreens parking lot on the corner of 17th Street and E. Santa Clara Street.

We rode to the Rose Garden before heading through town toward Alum Rock Park. Then, we climbed a short hill on before heading to Inspiration Point in Alum Rock Park.

We then climbed a short hill on Miguelita then down through the park again. We finished and met for lunch at Casa Vicky’s on the corner of 17th Street and Julian Street.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

My Mumbai Podcast

SJSU Indian Student, Faculty and Alumnus Discuss Mumbai Attacks
Edupodder Podcast Episode 32, Length 39:30

A campus perspective from San Jose State University
On December 3, 2008 San Jose State University student Ruchi Binjola, SJSU History Lecturer Rajiv Khanna and SJSU graduate Kamlesh Kudchadkar discuss the recent bombings in Mumbai, India with SJSU Journalism Lecturer Steve Sloan. Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra and is India's financial capital.

The conversation begins with Binjola and Kudchadkar and continues when Khanna joins the conversation. This "open mic" podcast conveys the feelings and thoughts of members of the SJSU community. One of the speakers lost a friend to terrorism in Mumbai. The thoughts and emotions expressed here are just as they occurred in the conversation.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Celebrating Sue

Sue and Madison

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Great celebrations of Sue's Birthday, Today!

When you have something special, celebrate it! Sue's birthday is more than a day this year, it is a procession of fun events. Among the ways we have been celebrating:

  • On Sunday Nov. 30, 2008; Sue's mom Fran, sons Kenneth and Jeff, daughter-in-law Nicole, and grandkids Madison and Jacob as well as the cats joined together to celebrate Sue's birthday.
  • Yesterday we went to dinner at a very pleasant dinner, just she and I, at a nice restaurant in Los Gatos.
  • This evening we are joining the entire city of San Jose in celebrating her birthday. Gordon Biersch chose today, Sue's Birthday, to have their WinterBock party. According to one of my former students who works there, "I love the band that plays our tapping parties (Jazz Unlimited) so I always skip working it and just sit and enjoy. They're GREAT, they tend to do Sinatra songs and etc. And the lead singer is Martin, he used to be one of our bartenders, he's wonderful."

Yes, we are celebrating in style!

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Welcoming Baby Jack

Baby Jack Johnson

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On Saturday November 29, 2008 my niece Sophie and Shane Johnson had the family baby shower for their adopted baby Jack Elliott.

Sophie and Shane are going South Korea to bring home Jack in early 2009.

The shower was a very nice event. It occurred in a clubhouse in Rossmore Walnut Creek where my sister Iris and her husband Stan live.

I went with Jeff and Madison. Sue was not feeling well. My brother Jerry's family was there as were many members of Shane's family as well as many friends of the family.

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Friday, November 28, 2008


Thanksgiving dinner 2008

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Our 2008 Thanksgiving

We had a nice Thanksgiving at our house. Youngest son Kenneth was over along with Sue's cousins Adam and Eric. Sue's mom Frances was also there.

Tupper, our oldest cat, decided to spend a few rare moments in my lap. She was rewarded with the turkey giblets.

I baked the turkey following our friend Maria's old recipe. It came out yummy. Kenneth carved the bird, his first time!

We opened some of our best wine and had a splendid evening together.

Today Adam, bike friends John and Alison and I rode our bikes up Mt. Diablo. That was quite a ride!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Brandon and Pam

Thinking of Brandon

Today's rain for some reason mad me think of Deb's son Brandon. Just last week we attended his funeral. He was 27 when he died. As I was driving in I heard David Gate's song, Suite: Clouds and Rain. The lyrics melted into what I was feeling for Brandon and his recent untimely death.

See the clouds adrift so far below
Ever changing as they come and go
Makes me wonder why I'm up so high
When really I am down so low

As we age we lose more and more people we know, sweet people, people we love. The first loss is a shock. It is like a grim myth has come to life and taught us that what we have been told is true; we all are indeed mortal. Even good sweet people die.

Of all the wonders I was one allowed
I think that I would always choose a cloud
Always brings my feelings right out loud
Whether I'm ashamed or proud

It all seems so unfair because it is. Death comes to the young, the sweet, the most precious and full of promise of us, people like Brandon.

See the clouds they're giving life below
In colors that the canvas cannot show
Keeping secrets no one else could know
For I'm the one who told them so

We try to seek meaning in it all; at least I do. I choose to believe in something bigger that this world. There is no risk in doing so and it holds out hope in some reason for what appears to be without reason. Also, it holds out hope for reunion.

Rainfall don't bother me at all
You see the world reflected in the highway
Come on rainbow-I can't let you go
Before I reach the end of you someway

I did not know Brandon well, but every memory I have of Brandon is good. Most of what I know of Brandon I know through his mom. Years ago we used to be bike riding buddies. We would often go on long bike rides and quite often would talk about our children. I knew Deb well then and I know Brandon enough to see that all that's best of Deb is in him.

Also, I know that Brandon continues to live on this earth in all of us who knew and loved him. Beyond that; I choose to believe that somewhere, someday, Deb will hold her son again.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A test roll of film

Red Scooter

Nov. 2008, SJSU and Downtown San Jose

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In mid-November 2008 I went picture taking around San Jose, California and San Jose State University. I chose days with different kinds of lighting.

These photos were all taken on a film camera using Kodak's new (yes, I said new) film Ektar 100.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Last Day in Portland

Old Portland Buildings

My Boston of the Pacific

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They say Boston and San Francisco have a lot in common. To me Portland is more like Boston than San Francisco. Yes, it is smaller, but it has more classic architecture and it felt closer to me.

November 11 was our last day in Portland and the photos from that day are here as well as fhose from the rest of the trip. It was a great trip!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Modesto Train Chasing Day

M&ET 70-tonner 602

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The historic locomotives from Modesto

Built between 1947 and 1955 the Modesto and Empire Traction 70-tonners are some of the oldest locomotives in revenue service in California. Recently the railroad ordered new locomotives to replace them so they are running their final miles.

November 21 was a great day and the canneries were still in operation so I took a day of vacation to go shoot these beasts before they are history.

I was very lucky. Nine of the locomotives were used this day. Here are just a few of my photos of them.

[All my train photos on Flickr]

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Another day in Portland

Portland Streetcar

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Nov. 10, 2008; Portland Photowalking #2

November 10, 2008 was our last full day in Portland. We spent this day on foot and streetcar.

We went to the Pearl District, Chinese Gardens and walked back to our hotel via Voodoo Doughnuts.

These are just photographic impressions of the city.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wine Tasting Oregon Style, November 9, 2008

Fall light on Hills

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Fall in the Dundee Hills

After our Portland family breakfast we took a drive in our Mitsubishi Eclipse rental car to one of my favorite wine growing regions, the Dundee Hills appellation in the Willamette Valley.

Some of my favorite Pinot Noir wine comes from this region. Pinot Noir is a grape that is associated with the Burgundy region of France, where it is called Red Burgundy. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. Pinot Noir varies a lot depending on the soil and climate of a region.

We have a lot of Dundee Hills Pinot. But, it was not Dundee Hills Pinot I was seeking, but it's white cousin Chardonnay. Dundee Hills Chardonnay is different than California Chardonnay because it comes from French Dijon clones. California Chardonnay comes from clones developed mostly at UC Davis. Dundee Hills Chardonnay is more like white Burgundy in my opinion for that reason.

Being eclipsed by California wine, Dundee Hills Chardonnay is very hard to find in California. Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is easy to find here in California if you know where to look.

The Fall colors were abundant and our first stop was the Leeds certifies winery, Stoller where Tasting Room Supervisor Mich Nelson gave us a great tour and sold us some yummy Dundee Hills Chardonnay. Mich also gave us some great winery recommendations.

After that we stopped for lunch. We went wine tasting again to Argyle, Winderlea which was closed, Erath and lastly Daedalus Cellars where we had some great wine including some unusual Gruner Veltliner. (This is an Austrian Grape.)

The wine at Daedalus Cellars was poured by one of the owners (and wife of the wine maker) Pam Walden. We brought home some Gruner and Chardonnay from there.

We had a wonderful time and brought back some super wine!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Amazing Santa Cruz Day

Wave at Bonny Doon

Like summer somewhere else

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November 15, a Saturday, was like a summer day somewhere else. It is almost never this nice during real summer. It was 82 on the beach near Santa Cruz, CA and there was no fog to be seen. This is at Bonny Doon. It was an awesome day at the beach.

Note: This is my first roll of Kodak's new Ektar 100 film.

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An imagining filled with sorrow

There are some events in life that draw us closer to our God, just in order to get through the day. The death of a child is one of those things. I do not know how you could survive such an event if you did not believe in God. The death of a child is about the worst. Robert Thompson describes the death of a child this way, "the death of a child takes you on a journey like a hawk carries a rabbit through the sky. It eventually drops you either dead or wounded. What you see and do on the journey is up to you. The journey itself is not."

There is a word for a person who has lost a spouse and for a person who has lost a parent but no word for a person who has lost a child. I have heard that is because such an event is too sorrowful to attach a word to.

My heart goes out to our friend Deb over the loss of her sweet son Brandon. As a parent I can only imagine the hurt and pain. It is an imagining filled with sorrow.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Family Breakfast in Portland

Lindsay holding Madison at breakfast

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Photos from family breakfast

The weather from last weekend was amazing and there will be more on that later. For now I am presenting some more photos from our trip to Portland.

On November 9 2008, the day after Alex and Lindsay's wedding, we had a breakfast at the Hyatt with our two families. It was a great opportunity for our families to come together and share many happy memories from Alex and Lindsay's wedding the day before.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Beer, Bikes and Burgers

Bill Reisinger with Beer

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Morgan Hill Bike Ride

Penny Carl and Sandy Lorber led a great Burger (and beer) in Morgan Hill ride today. This very social ride had 53 riders. It was perfect weather for this great ride.

For me Penny and Sandy's ride was a great reminder of what I love most about being in ACTC; fun rides with nice people.

The beer was nice too!

Here are some photos. I hope you like them.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

A family wedding

Lindsay and Alex Yale

Portland Wedding Photos

Here are some selected photos from nephew Alex and Lindsay's wedding and reception in Portland on November 8, 2008. Starring Alex and Lindsay and co-starring granddaughter Madison (age 4) as The Flower Girl:

[More Wedding photos here]

Before the wedding we went for a walk in downtown Portland. Of course I took photos there too:

[Morning walk photos]

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Powell's Portland

Susie in Powells

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Photos from our trip

On November 7, 2008 we flew to Portland to attend my nephew's wedding. Our first stop was Powell's Bookstore on Burnside. We spent the day there! We had lunch at Henry's then went back to Powell's.

What an amazing bookstore!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Back from Portland


Back from Portland

Early last night we returned from Portland. Alex and Lindsay's wedding was lovely and we had a nice stay in Portland. We spent some great time together and with family.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Great day at Powell's

Powell's bike parking

The Best Book Store We Have EVER Been To!

Sue and I are in Portland. We spent all day today at Powell's Books. It is an amazing bookstore. About a half dozen people recommended the Powell's to us and we had a great time. One day there was not enough, not even close. It is said to be the largest new and used bookstore in the world. (With the possible exception of Strand's in New York.)

We are shipping over a dozen books home.

We had a very good meal and some fantastic local beer at Henry's Tavern!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Going on vacation

Steve Sloan

I am headed out of the area. I will be posting mostly on my Twitter Feed.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yes we did!

Part three of Obama's victory speech

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Yes we did, change America

It has been a long time since I have felt as proud to be an American as I do today. But, I am reminded by the passage of California's gay marriage ban that despite our election of a black president, bigotry is still alive in our state and our nation!

I think Obama is the man for this time and his election sends a powerful message to the world about our capacity for peaceful revolution. But, there are still barriers to overcome. Despite these barriers, in my heart I know, we shall overcome them. We shall overcome.

My sister sent me this poem in reaction to Obama's victory. Thought you might enjoy it, too:


Sometimes things don't go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down the frost, green thrives, the crops don't fail,
Sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war,
elect an honest man, decide they care
enough, that they can't leave a stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes, our best efforts do not go
amiss. Sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen; may it happen to you.

By Sheenagh Pugh

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

It is election day

Today is election day. Don't forget to vote...

unless of course you are planning to vote for McCain or for Prop 8.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A train getaway

Passenger train at Bealville

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A train getaway

Some guys go golfing, others fishing, I chase trains. Last weekend I made a fall trip to the Tehachapi mountain pass. Just as a pure luck thing, Amtrak was detouring passenger trains over the pass this weekend. Normally this route is freight only. I saw a lot of trains. In terms of pure train action, it was one of the best trips I have ever had there. My first trip to the Tehachapi mountain pass was with my father around 1970.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Next Season

Next season on Dancing With The Stars

Next season

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bigots vote yes on 8

You are safe

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If I vote yes on Prop 8 am I a bigot?

In my book, yes. Let's be clear about this. The idea that only heterosexual couples should be allowed the right to marry is discrimination. Pure and simple, we are talking civil rights here.

Fifty years ago the majority of voters might have voted against desegregation. But, that does not matter. Sometimes majorities are wrong. It does not matter if the majoritry is for or against the right of gay couples to enjoy the same rights as straight couples. Rights are not, or should not be, subject to votes. That is why we call them rights. If you vote to deny gays their equal rights are you a bigot? You betcha!

[See related story in Mercury News]

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sun and balls in pool

Sun and balls in pool

October Reflection

Last Sunday we went to Campbell to get together with cycling friends and go to Oktoberfest. It was a lot of fun. We parked in the parking lot for the Campbell community center. The low sun angle and still air made for a neat reflection in this shallow pool there.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Cameraphone: Evacuation drill SJSU style

Today we are having an evacuation drill. Enjoying the morning sun.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Why I support the rescue plan

We need to flush our system out and return liquidity to our financial markets. The money in these bad loans is essentially gone and we need to face up to that. What do we do about homes that have a value now that is substantially less than their purchase price? No refinancing package will fix that. You cannot repay a loan by selling an asset for a fraction of the balance of the loan. The money is just gone.

IMHO one of the most vexing issues of this whole thing is that it was the voodoo loans that enabled home prices to rise beyond reasonable purchasing ability in the first place. Folks took out loans they could not pay back figuring their houses would appreciate in time for them to build enough equity to pay back the loans. The problem is the appreciation was due to the very type of loans they took out. It was a ponzi scheme. Once it collapsed folks were left with no way out. Home values plummeted. They are not coming back.

Only making loans that folks are going to be able to pay is going to have a long term moderating effect on the housing market, it has to. This will build in a price ceiling. All you have to do is look at the average salary of home buyers in the area. Assuming adequate supply, look at what somebody with that salary can afford and that will be the maximum possible average home price in the area, absent voodoo loans.

The voodoo loans that are out there will likely not be repaid. Their owners will default on them; no matter who owns the paper, even if it is the government. They have to. They cannot afford them. They have no choice. Frankly, I think the best thing to do is to think of this as a major natural disaster, like a major earthquake or New Orleans. Only it was our financial markets that were hit and that need to be rescued. We need to build liquidity back into our system or the cost will be greater. The market crash on Monday cost more in lost wealth than the rescue plan.

$1.5 trillion was lost that day. We all made this mess, Democrats, Republicans; we all built our houses on shaky soil. All this bad debt is toxic waste and all you can do with toxic waste is bury it. We also need to pass laws to keep this from happening again. The problem with unregulated capitalism is it leads to uncontrolled greed and corruption.


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A blog about HPVs at SJSU

Bicyclist riding through crowd at SJSU

A new dedicated blog

I have been trying to minimize this topic on this blog and stay focused on family. However, I am concerned. In my opinion human powered vehicles pose a safety risk to their operators and pedestrians at SJSU:
  • As an employee I am concerned about the risk to students and employees.
  • As a parent of young adults I am concerned that many of the operators of these devices are prone to take risks.
  • As a parent of an SJSU student I am concerned that this is a dangerous situation that the university, in my opinion, is ignoring.
  • As a taxpayer I am concerned that the university is taking on a financial risk by assuming liability in the event of a lawsuit arising from this flawed practice.
  • As a bicyclist myself I am all too aware of the hazards of improper use of human powered vehicles.
Because university employees are covered by a collective bargaining agreement I filed a grievance under our union contract. I documented my concerns and the grievance here, on this blog. But, I have received a lot of support from folks who are not covered by our union contract. So, I have decided to shift the attention here, to this blog, that will be focused on this issue exclusively.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Okay, what now?

If not a bail out, what now?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sue's cousin Adam

Sue, her mom and her cousin Adam

Sue's cousin Adam visits

This weekend Sue's cousin came to San Jose. Adam is a mountain biker. After we had a great visit and a dinner Wednesday night at Sue's mom Fran's house Adam and I went for a mountain bike ride on Sunday. It was an awesome ride and Adam was the leader of the pack. We really enjoyed Adam's visit.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Indian Summer Bike Rides

Two Cathy's on 9-16 wnd ride

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Summer Is Dead, Long Live Summer

Last night we had the first extended season Whine and Dine ride. It was a great ride up Hicks to Reynolds then further up Hicks to the double diamond sign. The weather and scenery were perfect! The extended season is Indian Summer, early Fall after summer ends until the rain comes in, typically in mid to late October. The riding weather is typically great this time of year, but the rides have to start earlier due to the earlier sunsets.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jacob's Birthday

Jacob with ball

Today is Jacob's birthday

Though we celebrated last weekend today is Jacob's real birthday. Jacob is a really happy baby with a very happy personality. If a baby can be an optimist, he is.

Yesterday Jeff, Nicole, Madison they came to visit and we had a picnic at SJSU. That was very nice. They are a great family.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Encounter on Hicks

Late yesterday evening, just before dark, I was on my bicycle descending Hicks Road near Camden Ave. in the east part of Los Gatos. On the way up the hill I had earlier seen a herd of deer in front the new houses there enjoying some landscaping plants. One of the deer was a six point buck. I had seen this buck on the hill before on other rides and was looking forward to seeing him again on the way down.

As I was descending I rounded a curve I saw the buck on the left side of the road and a black Toyota Tundra on the right side of the road. Directly behind the truck was a man lining up a shot on the deer with a crossbow. I was heading right into his line of fire. Behind the buck was the houses.

I started ringing my bell and making a lot of noise. Neither I, the buck or the houses behind the buck were shot. The shooter went into the truck and sped off. The plate on the truck was California 7M41254. I reported it to Los Gatos PD as this was in Los Gatos City Limits.

If the shooter missed he could have hit the houses. He apparently planned to kill this deer in their front yard! I hope Los Gatos PD does something.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Grandson's birthday party

Jacob with his first birthday cake

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Yesterday we celebrated Jacob's birthday

Jacob turns one this week and we celebrated on Saturday. He is such a cute and happy baby. It was a lot of fun. It was very nice of Nicole's mom Kathy to host the party at her house. It was a big party and she had a real house full.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Car vs Bike; Bike Lost

Bike vs. Car accident near SJSU

Cycling safety at SJSU

I have been a long standing advocate for the safe use non-motorized vehicles on and around SJSU. I have taken this position not because I am an old man standing on my porch yelling at kids running across my lawn. I have taken this position because I have seen far too many people hurt and am aware of the risks involved to both cyclists and pedestrians in an accident. We need to remember that most of the folks we see riding bicycles on our campus also ride them on the streets around our campus.

I shot this photo using my camera phone one block north of campus.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The history of the whine and dine rides

Tyler and I

The Whine and Dine Story

Yesterday, as I posted before, was the last whine and dine regular season ride of 2008. What is a whine and dine ride, here is the whine and dine story:

[Click Here to Read the Story]

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Last regular season WnD ride

David Adler on Rynolds

Another whine and dine season is history

Tonight was the last regular season ride for 2008. it is sad for me as I have really enjoyed this season. Each season is different and there will be folks who were regulars this season who we will not see again, it happens every year. It has been a great year one of the best. The group brought a cake for me today and wished me happy birthday. It was wonderful!

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Monday, September 15, 2008


Help Desk Birthday Cake

53 today

The Help Desk staff threw a nice party at lunch with a nice cake. Sue and I are going out tonight. I got lots of nice e-mails and calls. A nice day.

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