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I use this section as an archive documenting things I’ve done in recent and not-so-recent years.

Christmas is saved

For as long as I can remember, my aunt Rosemarie (my mom's sister) has baked Christmas cookies - a lot of Christmas cookies.  In fact, more cookies than you can imagine.  As part of this very large and sprawling family (my mom's the youngest of 8, her brother alone...

Padres sweep through playoffs

Eric completed his first season of Juniors in NOLL SOLL baseball, the next level up from Majors where games are played on a larger diamond.  It is truly an understatement that the season had its ups and downs, the second game of the year saw one of our impactful...

NCS Champs 2010

CPS softball played incredibly well this year, last night they were crowned NCS Division V champions, and deservedly so. The team played a total of 21 games since February, each a victory.  Some games were hard-fought, others blowouts, but in NCS play they ran the...

intraterm 2010

Once again in April I led an intraterm offering at CPS.  I worked with a very talented group of kids, see for yourself here!

wire to wire

The 2010 CPS softball team accomplished a lot this year.  You don't always believe the preseason predictions, but in this case, those who made them had an inkling. And so it goes from year to year, certain teams are loaded with talented seniors, the next year their...

paddles UP people!

As long as my shoulder stays healthy, I paddle with the Oakland Renegades Dragon Boat team twice a week on Lake Merritt.  Pretty good stuff, check it out: oaklandrenegades.org

too loud for neighbors, just right for channel 2

The Grand Avenue Business Association co-sponsored a street event on October 23 to celebrate the repeal of evening parking meter enforcement. One of the businesses celebrating on Merchant Appreciation Night was Piedmont Shell, where Trivalve set up to play at 6pm....

friday night rock jam

I met Ralph after one of Eric's jazz club rehearsals, he first invited me over to an informal jam at his house last year, and I've been to 2 or 3 since then.  With Nat out of town on a school retreat, I asked Eric if he wanted to come along last night. The fact that...

solstice in the laurel

so much fun, it can't possibly be contained here, so check out the following links: Leslie's photos on flickr writeup on trivalvesurf.com Your next chance to feel the magic: July 4, 11:00am, Orinda Community Center Park

montel, you bad boy

... that's what I say to my cat Monte, in jest, at least once a day.  She's a very sweet orange tabby, and Mary Ann really loves her.  She's almost 2 years old, has accompanied us to Idaho, and ran up a little vet bill 2 weeks ago. On a Thursday night, she was pinned...

why I love being a dad

I had an awsome weekend, a hard rocking surf gig Saturday evening with a nice cocktail gathering afterward, then played catch on the field at ATT Park on fathers day before the Giants game. My kids can be very funny, this morning they presented me with fathers day...

getting greener

We're all pretty eco-minded these days, my family takes a number of steps to do our part.  We're far from perfect, but I like the idea of taking small steps to get there, as opposed to doing nothing at all. We've been generating surprisingly little trash for quite a...

what I’m doing for father’s day

Scanning sfgate.com recently, I saw a still from Field of Dreams where Costner and Liotta are playing catch. The article referred to a KNBR promotion contest for Father's Day, where 68 dads vie for the chance to play catch with their kid on the field before a Giants...

we got a hoover over at 3rd

Nat's back with her summer team, the Alameda Blaze.  Last weekend they ran into some very stiff competition in Stockton - 28 teams in an A-ball tournament.  Runs were scarce, defense shaky at times, pitching just OK.  Turns out it was just what they needed, serving as...

home run swing

Lynne Jones was shooting at the first OMI game in March and took this great sequence of pictures.  I couldn't resist, it's Sadie crushing a 2-run homer.

transbay series

just so you know, it ain't just about my kids. Skyline handed Lowell a 4-1 loss, taking 2 of 3 in the Transbay Series, which pitted OAL's league champ against their counterparts from San Francisco.  They lost the opener at Laney College, then came from behind at...

1st team all league

Sean Oliver called me tonight as I was coming home from Mary Ann's ballgame.  "I just got out of a league meeting where they announced the all-league selections. Of the nominated pitchers selected, one lives at my house, one lives at yours. Unanimous decision." How...

honor thy elders

The CPS softball team finished their league season in 1st place, as far as I know, that's never happened before.  My understanding is that back when the Schimmel girls played there, they had pitching, but not a whole lot else.  They were also playing some pretty tough...

that oaktown surf sound

Trivalve opened a very rockin show at Hotel Utah on April 25, on a bill that included The Attack Plan, Chief Enables, and headlined by Slipstream Sparrows, three very fine local bands. What a phenomenal first gig! Here's a blow by blow account... I arrived at Gene's...

trivalve photos from hotel utah

Saturday night's gig was superb! Check out a small sampling of photos We opened at about 8:40, and busted through 21 tunes.  The Chief Enablers followed with a lively set, followed by the hard rocking Attack Plan. The show finished up with the very talented Slipstream...