Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Russell speaking at lobby day

Russell Kilday-Hicks (in yellow) speaks to other university employees during Lobbying Training.

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The state Capitol

Nice building lousy morning light!

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My yummy breakfast

I had a great breakfast at Cafe Bernardo in Sacramento. Thanks to my iPhone and Yelp!

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Marie and Dennis

Marie and Dennis at Marie and her husband Kirk's house in Sacramento. I had not seen them for years. It was a great visit.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Susie on our walk

After I got home from work Susie and I went on a walk in the hills near where we live. Click on the photo to enlarge it!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Proof: Cats are related to seals!

I have long suspected that cats are related to seals.

Cats on couch

However, I have lacked proof. It was not until last weekend when we were returning up the coast on highway one that we came along about 500 Elephant Seals lounging on a beach near San Simeon that I got photographic evidence!

Seals longing on beach

Obviously the connection is more than coincidental. They say repeatability is the key to scientific research. The next day our cats, courtesy of a warm laundry basket, proved my hypothesis.

Cats lounge in laundry basket

I am publishing my results here, on this blog. I expect I will be receiving my Nobel Prize in the mail any day now.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

An April like September

Thunderheads over Tower Hall

Once upon a time, I lived a different life

Once upon a time I lived a different life. Eighteen years ago today, in a moment of tragedy, that life absolutely changed. John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

April 21st eighteen years ago was a lovely day. I remember looking at the blue sky and thinking, after the tragedy, of the words of the Lakota Sioux before the the Battle of the Little Big Horn, "today is a good day to die."

As we make plans to live we never are really in control of our destiny. I have learned over the years making plans is good and prudent, but it is important to live in the moment; not for the moment, but in the moment. Do not leave old wounds to fester. Do not dwell on negativity. Do not judge or carry a grudge. There may never come an opportunity to make amends and we all have flaws, after all.

Life can change on a dime and end in a heart beat.

In my opinion; if we make each day a good day to die, we also make each day a good day to live.

Monday, April 20, 2009

How hot is it in San Jose

Temp sign at 104

This sign was in front of the Martin Luther King library in downtown San Jose, CA.

We had a great getaway

Boats in Los Osos

Last weekend we did a three day escape. On the weekend of April 17, 18 and 19th of 2009 we did a quick getaway to Sue's cousin's place in Los Osos. We came back up the coast through Big Sur.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Whine and Dine Reflections

Brian Farris Eating Ice Cream

I had a blast last night on the Whine and Dine Ride. It seems to me the rides are getting more fun each year.

This is the time of year when we start expanding the mellow ride beyond just Kennedy and Shannon. As we start to extend and expand the ride it becomes a bit more challenging, a bit faster and a bit steeper. That, in the past, has lead some whine and diners to think the ride is not for them. I do not want to see that happen. So, I am going to start bringing a second set of route sheets for a super mellow option of the whine and dine rides.

We talked a lot about Yoga last night. A couple of us whine and diners are members of Downtown Yoga Shala, a great new San Jose Yoga studio owned by cyclist, ACTC member and whine and diner Veronica Cruz. What she and Yoga have done for me is almost a miracle. I am feeling better and riding stronger than I have for years. I know downtown San Jose may not be an option for some folks; but for me it is perfect. (Since joining the studio three weeks ago I have lost four pounds.)

They have a couple of limited time, great promotions now, including 10 days for $10 and a third off monthly memberships. If nothing else, this is the perfect time to just check them out. Hey, we can even do Yoga classes together! Veronica is the real deal. She is one of us. She has been in a major bike accident (and used yoga to recover from it.) Anyway, I promised yesterday to pass on some information so here it is:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy birthday tupper!

Tupper in 1994

Today is our Calico cat Tupper's birthday. She is a great cat and a good friend. Happy Birthday Tupper!

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Great bike ride yesterday

Riders at Calero Reservoir

Great Saturday Metric Century Ride
Yesterday we had a fantastic metric century bicycle ride to Gilroy and back. The weather was pleasant and the group of riders was very pleasant, The wildflowers were is full bloom and the scenery was magnificent! This was the first ever Whine and Dine Metric Century and (thanks to Yoga) my first metric in a long-long time! Despite it being on the same day as the Tierra Bella Workers Ride we had a good turnout for the ride. We even stopped at Jason Stephens Winery for some fun wine tasting. Stay tuned for more! Looking ahead, how about a full century WnD ride?

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Afternoon with Madison and Nicole

Madison and I at the train club

Today I took my granddaughter Madison and daughter-in-law Nicole to a model train show. We had a great time! Madison loves trains, isn't that cool? You gotta "train" kids while their young.

It was a ton of fun!

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Leading a bike ride on Saturday

B&B*B Ride on March 28, 2009

Great Spring Riding Weather
I am planning to lead an impromptu bike ride tomorrow. We had a very similar ride last week!

Folks interested in riding with me should check out the Whine and Dine Blog here.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Whine and Dine rides start for 2009

Whine and Dine 2009

First Whine and Dine Ride of 2009
No foolin, April 1, 2009 was the first Whine and Dine ride of the season. It was a blast! About 40 people showed up for the ride.

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