27 October 2010

A Perfect Day!

Last weekend in San Francisco

Hi, I'm Forrest Gump. People
call me Forrest Gump.

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never
know what you're gonna get.

You have to do the best with what God gave you.

I'm not a smart man...but I know
what love is.

A sign on the wall inside
of the restaurant.

Boarding the boat to Alcatraz.

(Kris and Ty with headphones on.)
U.S.P Alcatraz
Regulation #23

If you make Groundless
Complaints for the purpose of
creating dissatisfaction and/or
stirring up trouble...you will be
subject to Disciplinary Action.

(I bought a magnet for the refrigerator
with this regulation quote on it.)

It was rainy and cold (wouldn't quite be S.F.
any other way, right?)...but Ty wanted to check
out the outdoor recreation area.

The audio tour was very well done.
We all found it very fascinating.

After an interesting time changing from wet clothes
and wet hair in our car in the underground parking
lot...we entered the gorgeous Davies Symphony
Hall to listen to...
...Joshua Bell. He played Bruch's
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Words cannot
adequately express how fabulous the evening
was. I guess that's why it's called music. It can
only be described by listening and feeling.

For a most interesting article, including videos
explaining an "experiment" that Joshua Bell
participated in several years ago at
L'Enfant Plaza in Washington D.C.
go here. What would you have done?

Such a stunning building. After several call-backs,
Joshua returned and delivered a humorous and
compelling rendition of Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Art thou troubled? Music will calm thee.
Art thou weary? Rest shall be thine.
Music, source of all gladness,
Heals thy sadness at her shrine,
Music, music ever divine.
Music, music calleth with voice divine.

From Handel's opera, Rodelinda.

We ran into Steve and Susan Thomas!

And, we must mention that we were sitting in the
concert in S.F. when the GIANTS won the pennant
to move on to the World Series. Following
intermission, the conductor announced to anyone
who hadn't already found out via text or phone call
that the Giants had "done it." It was great
fun to cheer...even at Davies!!

I actually took the photos above and below
in Ty's room a couple of months ago...but since
tonight is the first game...this seems an
appropriate time to share a bit of fan fever.

Who would have known when we purchased our
concert tickets that the Giants would be playing
their deciding game at the same time?
It all thankfully, worked out!

(My personal favorite? The tiny
Baskin Robbins scoop hat...

11 October 2010

Viva Las Weekend!

Kevin and Kris

This past weekend Kevin and Kris participated in the
RTC 2010 Viva Bike Vegas Ride.
They had so much fun planning for the day by
comparing training rides, talking about what
food and drinks would work best,
and calculating the wind and weather.

There were over 2,000 participants
who actually paid money to ride a bike
for a total possible 115 miles. Kris and Kevin rode
113 miles! Before you say "Oh! Only two more miles
and they would have had it..." this is the deal. For those
who wanted to eat the lunch provided by the sponsors of
the ride, you had to veer off the path for one mile...eat the
lunch, and then backtrack one mile to rejoin the path. Instead,
Kevin and Kris were met by Anne Marie, Grandma Hyer,
and Kevin's wife, Catherine who brought them In-N-Out!
Several others did their own thing for lunch, as well.

5:30 A.M. Pre-ride entertainment.
Elvis, of course!
Kris said he passed one rider during the ride who
was dressed like Elvis...puffy shirt, sideburns and all.

Only dead fish go with the current.
~Reuben Bajada~

The peloton of over 2,000 are escorted out
of town by the police to begin their ride.

At about the 45 mile mark on the brand new
Hoover Dam Bypass. All of the bike participants
were the very first people to cross the bridge.
It has yet to open for vehicles.

~Only by going too far can one possibly find
out how far one can go.~
Reuben Bajada

Kevin sent me this photo of Kris at the end of
the ride. Wearing his medal of honor, he is
unable to eat. "Wasted" would be
an accurate description.

I've got a great ambition to die of
exhaustion rather than boredom.
~Thomas Carlyle~

In other weekend news...this is a desk Call is currently
making. He has used one hand saw and one hammer
to produce this unfinished but already good looking piece.
It will have a glass top. I like the built in lights!

And in yet other weekend news...
while others were doing their things, Ty and I
went to the Gallo Center in Modesto to see the
Drumline Live, Onstage production. Remember
the movie? It was absolutely awesome. We just
laughed the whole show long.

They absolutely brought down the entire house!
It was a two hour show and they did all kinds of
music and staging from the 40's right up to
2010 with lots of colorful dress changes.
Incredible musicians.

Recently, they returned from sold out performances
in Japan. Their next destination is New Orleans.
Awesome. Just a blast from start to finish.

"Promo" below if you are interested: