This Thanksgiving I went to Portland to visit Annabel and Scott, where
I met up with Steve and Michelle. It was a fine long
And as usual, I went back to Minnesota over Christmas to spend time
with family and friends. I didn't take many pictures that trip,
but did get the annual Christmas Eve portraits.
Thanksgiving and Xmas pictures here.
Had a really nice Barolo 2001 tasting at Easy Street.
The seven wines. The warmup was a 2002 Damilano Barolo, which was
a nice enough wine but definitely very little classic Barolo
characteristic. Group favorites, by an amazing concensus, were
the Boroli ($39) the Damilano Cannubi ($60) and the Rivetto Guilin
Dear Mtn. View Code Enforcement,
For several weeks I have been attempting to encourage your office to
enforce local sign posting regulations in regards to the directional
signs posted each weekend by Bedford Square Homes, located on Ferguson
Thus far I have been disappointed in the response. Either your
office is ignoring my requests, or has been impotent in enforcing this
code effectively to stop this practice. Since I do not receive
any replies I do not know what the issue is. I did speak with
Kelly Casale two weeks ago about this problem. She told me at the
time that she would speak with the Bedford management. I do not
know if this was ever done. Her predecessor in the office, Mr.
Gunderson, was able to halt a similar series of incidents with Latham
Homes earlier this year, so I suspect that it is at least possible to
obtain the desired results.
This past weekend on Sunday, September 2nd, I drove through town and
documented several instances of clear code violations, posting
advertisements on public byways and often directly affixed to City road
signs. Enclosed in this email are a sample of the photographs I
If it is the case that the interests in business opportunities
resulting from real estate sales in Mountain View supescede our own
city codes, then please be so kind as to inform me of this undocumented
exception and I will desist in my efforts to keep Mountain View clean
from unwanted advertising trash such as this.
Thank you, and sincerely,
Mountain View, CA
Steve and Michelle hosted a Winos reunion BBQ potluck at their
place in Moss Beach. It was a great afternoon! Doug brought
stuffed mushrooms, Seth brought pineapple and turkey burgers, and I brought
curry cole slaw. Dave and Zoe brought Drake's Bay oysters
which they say are now available at the Califonria Street farmer's
market in Palo Alto (Sundays.) Since I think these are about the
best oysters I've ever had, I'll be picking those up on a regular basis.
Another big hit was Greg's Rhone which he said got
panned at his last family gathering. I think all the Winos who
got to try it really enjoyed it. I wish I remembered the name.
A big hello from us all on Steve and Michelle's back deck!
I heard something about the luckiest day in centuries-- I'm down and out with a killer flu. Good time to update my photos.
Last weekend I went on a camping trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park
with Tony and Jane and their friends. It was one of the nicest
campsites I've ever been to. One day we hiked around the lake,
and another day we hiked to the top of the local mountain, which was
topped by a fire station.
Lassen pics here.
Some random pics
from my backyard.
Last January we got a new housemate at Easy Street. Doug, a
lawyer at Google moved here from New Jersey ahead of his wife and
family. Several people have noticed his uncanny resemblence to
Steve. When they sat together at Steve's hosted rose Winos
tasting I wanted to get a picture to prove they were not the same
Just back from a trip to Colorado to attend Red Rocks and Purple
annual square dance convention. It was
great! We stayed at the downtown Hyatt, which was brand-new,
I think I was the first person to stay in that room.
Unfortunately, they did not have a pool, which sucked.
But they did have big mountains nearby.
Denver also has my
grandparents (my mother's father and his second wife) Kenneth and
MaeBel Powell. While in town I also visited the cemetary in
Golden where my grandma Frances and her parents are buried.
Pictures of the trip here.
Went for a hike today at Upper Stevens Creek with Teressa and her
friends. We did a one-way hike with a two-car drop-off to start
at the steep ridge going down, and then a long gentle slope back up the
valley. It was great! Hiking pics here.
A while ago I made a video of my friend Seth and his cat Nimi, who he
would take out for a walk at Stanford University almost every
day. Yesterday I took some
clips and made a music video out of it-- posted on YouTube!
Nimi at Stanford.
Speaking of dining, when Eric moved out in January he took his
dining-room table. I thought it would be easy to find a new one that I
liked, but the ones I like are really expensive, and the rest seemed
too cheaply made to bother with.
I found this set at a local second-hand shop that
second-hand furniture "used by Japanese buisinessmen in their coporate
apartments for their short stays in the US." Solid oak, nice
light color. Since it was so inexpensive I thought it would
just make a good place-holder until I found something I really
liked. But now that I got it home I think it will stay for a
"...certified for the distinctive quality of many parameters."
The promised details on the back did list interesting facts about the
pasta's gluten index and particle size, but it was hard to imagine
trying to compare those parameters while standing in a grocery isle.
The winter months are crab season in California, and every six weeks
the Portugese society in Half-Moon Bay hosts an all-you-can-eat crab
cioppino dinner. This is my fifth time going.
That's our group waving, and me with Warren (who gets me the coveted
tickets) on the right.
(The Malbec I'm holding was leftover from my tasting hosted on the
8th. It was delicious, another great deal from Bev-Mo!)
Thursday, January 11th.
Christine hosted this week's Winos tasting, Chardonnay. Looks
here like she found one she likes!
In attendance were Lee, Richard, Greg, Teresa, and me. One
interesting topic was the identity of the wine dongle on Richard's
third glass. We got iron and hat... but what's that last one?