Farewell June 2009

Jun 30, 2009 by

Farewell June 2009. You sucked.

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My Saturday Morning Tour of San Fran

Jun 28, 2009 by

I've been to San Francisco many times in my life.  Remember, we used to live in Atwater, CA, when Dad was stationed at the now-closed Castle AFB.   Because I had asthma and the winters in the San Juaquin Valley were horrible for my allergies, we often had to drive up here to the Naval Base to see their allergist. 

San Fran June 09 149 And then two years ago when we brought all seven kids to Yosemite for a week, we made a last evening trip down to Pier 39, aka, Fisherman's Warf, the tourist trap of all tourist traps, but a fun place nonetheless.

When we were here with the kids, I'd wanted to ride one of the famous trolleys, but we didn't get the chance.  Well, thanks to the fact that my body still is on Central Time and not Pacific, I was up early and out walking. 

At the corner of Market and Powell, I found a trolley car waiting to make another 20-minute run down to the warf.  There were about four or five others on with me, so I had plenty of room to turn around and shoot photos, etc.

I love the photo to the left of another trolley just coming over on of the hills.  The lights of the clear blue sky shining down on the track just pull your eyes off into the infinity of the wild blue yonder.

As one of enjoys art, it was nice to look along the streets and see the varying kinds of ornate architecture and then to make a study of some of the people who also had ventured out in the morning with me.   There are few things as great at that first morning light to shoot with. 

 

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Tonight’s Heavenly Concerto

Jun 25, 2009 by

Ah what joy it must be up in Heaven tonight with the addition of Michael Jackson to the chArt.michael.jackson.gioir of those who have preceded him in death.  

First imagine Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly playing a little Rockabilly.  Then add Elvis and his dancing.  John Lennon singing a new version of #9 Dream, with George Harrison playing a slide guitar, and Elvis and Michael squaring off to see who has the best moves.  Now he really can do a Moon Walk.   

I'm guessing I'll annoy someone by suggesting that Karen Carpenter is there somewhere singing, Sing.  Oh, and don't forget Mama Cass singing, Make Your Own Kind of Music

Oh what a joyous site and sound there must be tonight. 

I wasn't alive when the first three died, but I remember being in Northern Michigan at a friend's house the day Elvis died. I remember Mom crying when Cass Elliott died after choking on a ham sandwich.   I was devastated when John was shot and Derek Kubacki in Atwater, CA called to tell me the news.  And me and a friend, Jon Dahlander, who I will see in San Francisco tomorrow night, were obviously saddened when George died.  Jon said to me, "And then there were two."  

Today my source of information was Twitter at 4:04 p.m.  CST. 

Who else would you add to the mix

SUGGESTED ADDITIONS: Selena, Hank Williams, Stevie Ray, Rick Wright from the Pink Floyd could pick up keyboards, and Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. 

Additional Updates:  Freddie Mercury on lead vocals leading We will, we will ROCK YOU!

It also has been suggested to add Cozy Powell on drums, but we also would have to add Jimmy Hendrix, and not to mention Keith Moon from The Who on drums.  And how could I forget John Entwistle from The Who as well.  It must be SO rocking up in Heaven right now. 

And not to forget my supposed "voice of my generation," Kurt Kobain.

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How I wish I was back in Yosemite

Jun 24, 2009 by

How I wish I was back on Yosemite

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Back from Yosemite

Jun 17, 2009 by

Hi friends,

I was in Yosemite with our family last week.  This week I'm back at work trying to play catchup for all I missed while I was hiking, climbing, sitting aside waterfalls aplenty listening to the sounds of thousands of gallons of water rushing past rocks that have been in place for more than 87 million years.

I'm being Active with EA SPORTS Active.  Last night was the first where I haven't been in the pool swimming laps for at least 30 minutes. 

And now I still have three or four hot projects I need to take care of here at the office.

I've got some great things and pictures to share from the Yosemite 2009 summer trip.  Give me a day or two.

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Yosemite Trip 2009 Part I

Jun 5, 2009 by

Okay, we're into the countdown now for our departure. Kids are getting out of school today.  We're getting last-minute errands done.  Packing up our EA SPORTS Active branded Wii and ready to head to Yosemite where we'll be on site using our new incredible virtual fitness product.

Anyone going to be in the Yosemite area this weekend?  We'd love to meet up with you, share stories about EA SPORTS Active or hear your favorite Yosemite adventures. 

We'll also be posting daily updates of our adventures for all to enjoy.

Stay tuned.  We've got a great trip planned.

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Fashion Shots for my daughters

May 29, 2009 by

I got to walk along the Miracle Mile, Michigan Avenue, in Chicago the other night after I left the Apple Store, the coolest one I've been to yet. 

And so as I walked, I took pictures of some of the things on sale, knowing full well my daughters back in Dallas would find these captivating.  Is this fashion, cute or ugly?

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