...and it was awesome! Grace from California's Great America was kind enough to show me around, and the amount of things to do was mind boggling! There were some of the old faves, and plenty of new stuff to take in. I rode Flight Deck...twice.... with the 50mph, 360 degree vertical loop. That's the one in the video. Then it was on to the Gold Striker, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California. Come to think of it, I went on one that twice too. Then on to the Grizzly, a classic wooden roller coaster. Are you detecting a pattern here? Yeah, I love coasters. The Vortex, Delirium, and the Drop Tower are all waiting for you, plus lots more. And Planet Snoopy's been expanded too. California's Great America is open Saturdays and Sundays through May 17th, then daily beginning May 20th. You gotta get there!
We saw this van when we were in Boston last week. I know it may be hard to believe, but we were in such a hurry I only had time to take a quick picture, and then kept walking. I never found out what they were offering. If, because I had to give something up because of a dietary restriction, ice cream would be last on my list. I know I'm not alone. Almost everyone I ask, to a person, they say dairy would be the most difficult to do without, and ice cream's at the top of the list. I have it once a week...Haagen Daz vanilla bean with a splash of real maple syrup and a pile of whipped cream. That's my Friday night treat. Then I fall asleep on the sofa.
I took the day off from KOIT today to chaperone our son's high school marine biology field trip, and shot this video of a sea otter just off Sausalito. It was a great trip, and as our son put it, so cold yet so cool! I'll never take living here for granted.
Kim and I were having our coffee Sunday morning, and noticed a stranger on our deck. Beautiful animal! We've been seeing lots of foxes in our neighborhood lately. First one on our deck though. I guess our cat food was too much of a temptation.
Saw this at Sunday brunch about a week ago. You'd need to be pretty greased up on bloody Mary's at Sunday brunch to come up with almost 5k. Clever idea, though. By the way, the restaurant is Jack's in Pleasant Hill. Whatever you do, have a great weekend. You deserve it!
....a shout out to my "big sister" Sue. She's fantastic in so so many ways. I'm also wondering why our Mom dressed me that way. And yes. I eventually grew into those ears. Have a great weekend. You deserve it!
....we want to keep out veggies growing. We'll keep the lettuce and tomatoes that Kim planted a couple of weeks ago on a growing course, along with our lemon tree. Everything else? Water off, including our lawn.
An older couple I saw at one of our local eateries a few days ago. While they could have chosen to sit across from each other, they wished to keep it cozy. It's nice seeing couples, especially couples that are getting on in years, keeping their romance alive.
Charly & I had a GREAT time at the A's home opener last night, and the A's won it against the Rangers 8-0 . Left to right Rickey Henderson, Charly, Dennis Eckersley, me, and Rollie Fingers. Of the five, three are among the greatest to have ever played the game. Two are not.
This is still tacked to my A's cap after all these years. No. Not a 50 dollar parking pass stub. It's my stub from the fourth game of the 1990 World Series. And, no, your eyes aren't deceiving you. That's fifty bucks, FIFTY BUCKS, for a field level box seat. Yep. I was there when the Reds took game four from the A's to sweep the Series (sigh). I would have paid a lot more, maybe 70 bucks, for it to go the other way.
This is how we get our eggs from our neighbor Griffin and his hens, Griffin's Girls, and they couldn't be any fresher. Delish! The eggs, that is. Lots going on this weekend with Easter on Sunday & Passover ending sundown Saturday night. I hope you get the chance to enjoy some time with the people closest to you, and have some fun! So, happy Easter, Pesach sameach, and have a wonderful weekend. You deserve it!
Remember when there was only one variety of Oreos? I never ate 'em, because I was always a Hydrox fan. I went to the grocery store today, and toothpaste was on the list. There were, no kidding, 20 different varieties of the same toothpaste brand from which to choose. No wonder the supermarkets have a tough time finding shelf space for everything. I'm sticking with jojo's cookies from Trader Joes. My fave.
I like the first of April. But I was never a fan of the "pull the chair out from under someone" April Fools type gags. Partly because someone could get hurt, it's not very creative, and I was usually the victim of said prank when I was a kid. Now, thanks to the tech industry, there are some pretty innovative spoofs. Thumbs up for Google putting a layer over their maps app so you can play Pac-Man with the characters running up and down the street where you live. And Microsoft's announcement today that they're releasing MS Dos (remember that?) for your smart phone. April Fool's Gold. What I like about April Fool's Day? Baseball season is just days away. And that's no joke. Yes. That's me in the photo. I grew into my ears.