The Littlest Travel Buddy

The Littlest Travel Buddy

Well, now that spring 2017 has come, Louise and I decided that it was time to change the front yard.  Caroline and I loved the grass and the agapanthus, but the drought and the deer meant that both were always problematic, but changing the front was not our highest priority. I called Juan, he plowed the front … Continue reading

Traveling through time

Traveling through time

It’s getting harder to remember much about my earlier days.  But this week, I took a rodetrip to visit my playmate on 68th Avenue, Butch Monk.  We grew up together on opposite ends of 68th Ave.  Together with Tom Goetz, Tom Gallagher, and a few other guys, we played baseball on the street, cowboys and … Continue reading

Coffee Time

Coffee Time

I am not sure when I had my first cup of coffee, maybe in high school, at my mom’s diner, where it was just 10 cents a cup; I think it was Folger’s .  It was much like the coffee I had at the monthly Grange breakfast when I took Lisa to HSU! I remember … Continue reading

More than eating, 10.5.2016

More than eating, 10.5.2016

I manged to combine eating, local sports, and family visiting with a conference presentation in October.  Louise and I flew Spirit Airlines to LAX ($42 RT) to present with Jayi Thompson at a community college conference in Garden Grove.  First time this year, and it was fun to introduce Louise and Jayi to colleagues from … Continue reading

East Coast:  1994-2016

East Coast: 1994-2016

This summer, Louise and I travelled to Rowayton to see the Waters family:  Alex, Kelly, Natalie, and Caroline.  On the way,  we rented a car to visit Newport, RI, and Cape Cod, where we had lobster rolls, fried clams bellies, steamers, mussels, and of course, a huge lobster!  On the Cape, Louise found a beautiful set … Continue reading

Informal Education 09/2016

Informal Education 09/2016

  School started in Oakland and Santa Monica, and we had a great chance to visit Sierra and Kayla over an extended Labor Day weekend!  Best of all, we found cheap flights on Spirit Airlines, so instead of a long drive with grandpa in the middle back seat, we flew in luxury, stayed over on … Continue reading

Cleveland School 2016

Cleveland School 2016

It was really fun to see Twyla at Cleveland School today, the first day of first grade!  She seemed really ready for first grade, and her teacher, Ms. Kantor, was excited to have her as a student! Thirty six years ago, Twyla’s mom started first grade at Cleveland School!  Sometimes rode trips are very short … Continue reading

Japan to Hong Kong 2014

Japan to Hong Kong 2014

When Lisa first came to us, Caroline and I knew that we wanted her to meet her mom’s family, who mostly still lived in Zhongshan.  Then, her cousin, Guo Xuan came to live in SF; the photo includes photos of him, and Alvina and Alfred!  Soon we reallized that our Japan trip could be extended … Continue reading

Japan part two (2014)

Japan part two (2014)

So much of the fun of going to Japan is… eating!  Our first trip in 1968 included steak at Hotel Akahane, elegant inn dining in Sendai, but now we are focused on locally popular goodies, like sushi, ramen, udon, and okonomiyaki!  Ymm! Some of the sights included the zoo, a street festival, and cool shopping … Continue reading

Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High

  Louise was invited to Aspen Institute in Sept 2015, and I went along.  We first visited her cousin Robin in Ordway, CO; they live on a REAL ranch with cows, chickens, etc. and were amazing hosts.  We left Robin and Ron and drove to Gunnison before returning to Aspen. I travelled to Denver, Westminster, and … Continue reading