Right in our back yard. Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Marin County Civic Center, and today it was nominated for the World Heritage List of the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet. Did ya hear that? The Planet!
Believe it or not, I actually remember when this pic was taken. I'm guessing I was 5, 6 maybe? I look back and recall that set of Groucho glasses was among my most prized possessions at the time, and I kind of left it at that. But my parents, both with abundant senses of humor, thought it'd be cool for me to get into one of those photo booths, and voila! A memory was made. I'm sure my sister had a hand in it too. I know I'm biased, but both of our sons are very funny. I mean belly-laugh funny. And I'm happy to say that it's a blessing that can be traced all the way back to their grandparents. And by the way. Those ears are real.
Remember those lines from Steve Martin in "The Jerk"? Well, our new phone book arrived today, and I ran over it this afternoon in the driveway when I got home from work, as I do every year. I'm not as enthusiastic about the arrival as Martin was. With all the Internet options at our disposal, I can't remember the last time I used a phone book. You?
Our youngest son, Jordan (pictured upper left) plays guitar in a reggae band , Ridgway Space Station, and they're doing pretty well! Jordan's a high school senior, and he's known some of these guys since sixth grade so they're all pretty comfortable together. Jordan, and clockwise Forrest, Keelan, Jack & Erik. I know I'm biased, but they're really good musicians, and put themselves through a lot of rehearsals. Tuesday's Marin Independent Journal printed a feature about the band, written by the great music/arts writer Paul Liberatore. You can check out the article here, and see them perform. Take a look at their Facebook page at facebook.com/RidgwaySpaceStationMusic, follow them on Twitter @RidgewaytheBand, and maybe I'll see you at their next gig. As proud parents, Kim and I go to all of them. Sometimes parents of the band get in free!
(photo: Annie Spiegelman)
And after Nick Nolte's mug shot staring back at me in the mirror, this is one of the first things I see. And we're talking before 3am. Trust me. I do my fair share of stupid stuff over the course of the day. Ask anyone I work/live with. They'll tell you. And anyone who denies it is lying. I can't imagine how much worse it would be without my jolt of java waiting for me when I roll out of the hay. I'd hate to think that it makes me an addict. If so, I have the feeling I have lots of company. How 'bout you?
You bet! Temps at Bay Area beaches will be in the 70s this weekend. But be careful. The National Weather Service has issued a sneaker wave warning that stretches from the Sonoma to the Monterey coasts. 10-15 footers. This is a shot of our son skim boarding at Stinson last October. Use caution, but have a blast this weekend!
It's strawberry season again! What I like about it, is that there are only a few months a year that it's NOT the season for strawberries. Kim picked these up at our local farmers market this past weekend. The favorite part of my breakfast....at 3am.