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Covid-19 and Us

April 11th, 2020

It has been about a month since we started our stay at home practice as a result of the covid-19/corona virus outbreak.  This has been challenging for everyone.  I have finally decided that it is time to start talking about it and some of the things that we are doing to keep from going nuts.  I hope that this will give some of you some ideas on things to do and will take your mind off of all that is going on. First, I have some suggestions.  Number one is to limit your exposure to the news.  I know it is addictive, I have been there.  But right now it is so negative that it is really bad... Read More

Are You a Pinball Wizard?

October 6th, 2017

If you enjoy casual, fun and interactive experiences, the Pacific Pinball Museum is for you!  On a recent first-time visit to this unique location we were able to play pinball on an array of machines from the 1930’s and 40’s to present day! It was easy to get lost in the fun of play while enjoying the artistic depictions of different pop culture icons. Families, couples, individuals – this is something everyone can do.  Upon paying your admission (look for special deals on Groupon and other deal sites) – you get in-and-out privileges until closing!  Come early and plan on having... Read More

San Francisco Walk Like MADD

October 1st, 2017

Today is the day for the San Francisco Walk Like MADD.  This is the annual fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in the bay area.  For those of you who don’t know, MADD works to end drunk and drugged driving.  This 100% preventable crime kills approximately 10,000 people annually in our country and injures hundreds of thousands more. Working primarily through volunteers, MADD provides educational programs, gives support to victims and their families and works with the legislature and law enforcement to fulfill its mission.  Statistics show that two out of every three people... Read More

The Presidio ~ an urban National Park

September 29th, 2017

The iconic gateway to San Francisco – the Golden Gate Bridge – delivers you directly onto the Presidio.  For 218 years the Presidio served as an army base.  As our government downsized the number of military bases, the Presidio emerged as a national park. The Presidio is absolutely one of my favorite places to visit in San Francisco. Technically part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it provides many attractions for the whole family.  This is a destination where you can enjoy the deep history of the Bay Area, ride a bicycle or take a hike in the woods, picnic at Crissy Field,... Read More

Fleet Week – A Great San Francisco Experience!

September 27th, 2017

Its that time again!  Fleet Week runs from October 1st through October 9th this year.  This is an event that I love and don’t mind attending year after year.  Maybe it is because I am an ex-military pilot and really appreciate the precision flying demonstrations or because I am somewhat of a technology and mechanical nerd but it is one time when I really don’t mind the crowds. The air show is October 6th, 7th and 8th and will, of course, feature the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.  Other demonstrations will be provided  by the Canadian Snowbirds, the Patriots Jet Team and others. ... Read More

The Summer of Love – 50th Anniversary

September 26th, 2017

It was 1967 and the San Francisco Bay Area was a magnet for young people who were questioning just about everything in their lives ~ from an their dress, hair styles, sexuality to the government’s involvement in a controversial war in Vietnam. It was a time of experimentation with art, drugs, in musical styles, and relationships. This summer is the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. There will be a number of interesting events to celebrate this milestone in modern history. So pull out your old tie dyed clothes, put on your peace symbol jewelry, don a crown of fresh flowers and join in the... Read More

Every 15 Minutes – Livermore High School

May 28th, 2014

As a part of my involvement with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), I attended the Every 15 Minutes event at Livermore High School. This was a powerful event that managed to keep 0ver 2500 teenagers absolutely silent for over an hour. Every 15 Minutes is a program designed to educate students on the real affects and possible consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When the program first started it was named Every 15 Minutes because at that time one person was killed by a drunk driver on average every 15 minutes in the United States.  Since then the numbers have decreased,... Read More

Alcatraz – Ai Weiwei Exhibit

May 14th, 2014

Planning to visit San Francisco this fall? Planning to visit Alcatraz? Get your tickets early as the exhibit of esteemed artist from Beijing, Ai Weiwei,  will open on September 27th and it will become difficult to obtain tickets to the island. This exhibit promises to be a very special experience for visitors to this important National Park and iconic San Francisco destination. [embedit snippet=”alcatraz-ai-weiwei-exhibit”] This is a unique opportunity to visit a National Park and experience an important cultural and artistic show.    Read More

Things to do in Chinatown

May 13th, 2014

San Francisco’s Chinatown is truly an iconic destination. Check out some fun things to do in Chinatown! [embedit snippet=”things-to-do-in-chinatown”] After you get your souvenir kite, take it to San Francisco’s Marina Green and have some fun!  Read More

A Mother’s Day Treat – Art and Chocolate in Santa Cruz

May 11th, 2014

For Mother’s Day we took my Mother to the Art and Chocolate event in Santa Cruz.  This is an annual event where the artists open their studios for the weekend and people can come see the work of local artists and enjoy some chocolate while doing it. It was a beautiful day on Sunday and we set out for our drive of about an hour an a half.  The roads were clear and we made good time without any stops.  Our primary destination was the home of my cousin Paul Rodrigues and his wife Amy Stark.  They are both artists and were participating in the tour. After the greetings and getting my Mother... Read More