Friday, December 31, 2010

Saw the most amazing thing last night. My brother owns a TR cassette.

Friday, December 24, 2010

NORAD tracks Santa - - check out Google Earth, plus the videos. Great fun!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

In the lobby waiting to be seated for The Nutcracker. It's been 20 years since we've seen it.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Just got up to see the lunar eclipse. Perfect viewing conditions with clouds giving way.
Bought three tickets for the Sacramento Ballet's Nutcracker tomorrow night.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I'm curious. What did people call Scrooges before Dickens named the first one?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Taking a State-mandated Defensive Driver Course. Always valuable even for private driving.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Felt a little guilty eating the dessert bread. We paid for it, but later found it was stollen.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'm afraid someone else has inhabited our bodies. Christmas decorating completed on December 5, 75%+ shopping and all wrapping completed.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Our annual Christmas letters, for the past 18 years:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

will tip back a Dr Pepper in honor of their 125th anniversary today #drpepper

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy Birthday to Dick Clark, Billy Idol, Clay Aiken and Mark Twain!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Put up most of the outdoor lights, and sent a staple right into my finger. It hurt more removing it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Decorating the Christmas tree today. May hang outside lights if it stops raining. Neighbors already beat me to it yesterday.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's Thursday and an early Starbucks run. They close at 3pm.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Our turkey goes in the oven around 2pm for an early evening meal.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Coldest morning of the year so far and there is little heat on the train. Glad I'm wearing two coats. And yes, 32F is cold in CA.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Now downloading iOS 4.2 update for iPhone

Sunday, November 21, 2010

At Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Three hours of TSO. I'm in heaven.
Going to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra today at Arco Arena 3:00 PM. Any other locals going to be there?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Saw a live skunk crossing the road. I always thought they were born dead and flattened.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The 7th floor of my building smells like bacon

Friday, November 5, 2010

In ER with Cece. She may have to spend the night. Chest pain, but not likely heart.
Without planning or intention, three of us at work are attired the same.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Playing the TR Connection ToddCast Halloween Special (produced by eeeeej) for all the trick or treaters.

Friday, October 29, 2010

will be enjoying dinner with some Rio Linda Class of 1974 (Cece's graduation class) tonight.
I refuse to feel guilty for listening to and enjoying "Something/Anything?"

Thursday, October 28, 2010

65 total, 3 running, 62 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie

I expect this to increase in zombies by Sunday night.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Got into the new spa for the first time this morning. 101 Degrees of goodness.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Interesting weather dynamic in the office today. AC turned off over the weekend, office is in the 90's. Portable AC engaged.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Happy 34th Anniversary Cece! I Love you as much today as always.

Friday, October 15, 2010

There are a million eyes watching the world tonight, but some of them, like mine, are watching the newly-mixed Todd/Healing PPV.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Starbucking in Rocklin

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Visiting brother-in-law in the hospital.

Monday, October 11, 2010

walked 3.77659 miles at lunch

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Putting new strings on the 12-string

Friday, October 8, 2010

walked 1.7 insignificant miles along the rim of the Grand Canyon on 10/4/10. The view was significant.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Buying a hot tub. Does not include time machine.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

And we're home
On the ground in SF
Waiting to board the flight home

Monday, October 4, 2010

Back in Vegas. Saw Beatles Love. Loved it.
At the Grand Canyon

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Enjoying a meal at a Vegas Denny's. Did not order from the senior menu.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Today is one of nine binary days this year. 010110, 011010, 011110, 100110, 101010, 101110, 110110, 111010, 111110. (ddmmyy)
walked 5.48460 miles at lunch
My oft-delayed "For Lack of Honest Work" is finally shipping today from

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Enjoying a cinnamon dolce chai tea frappuccino

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Invested in Regional Transit for another month.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Drove 304.4 miles to Bodega Bay and back. Did not start the fire.
He ocean ate my ToddStock sandals

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pre-ordered Paul Myers' "A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio" and hope to be enjoying it the first week of October.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Walked 1.78913 miles to the bus stop

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

When I was in Boy Scouts, a five mile hike was an annual event, which I didn't particularly look forward to. Times have changed.
Celebrating the last few hours of summer with a 5.21780 mile walk

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Walked 5.01123 miles at lunch

Monday, September 20, 2010

walked 4.50280 miles at lunch. Encountered TR fan in the wild.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I am watching Shine and crying. It is so joyful.
Watching Todd/Healing show on PPV webcast

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Had Darnelle's Vegetarian Enchiladas (p. 100, TR Cookbook.) Yum.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Rick Springfield rocked
An outstanding set from Herman's Hermits
Enjoyed a nice opening set from Davy Jones

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I realize now that seeing "Shine" performed in Akron is one of the top musical moments ever.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"For Lack of Honest Work" delayed yet again on Amazon. What is going on? Now I won't see it until October.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

It's intermission in Akron

Saturday, September 4, 2010

i about ready to head to airport for trip to Akron

Friday, September 3, 2010

bought two tickets for Kasim Sulton Beach Party, September 5, 2010 in Akron, OH
bought tickets for Trans-Siberian Orchestra, November 20, 3 PM, ARCO Arena

Thursday, September 2, 2010

bought tickets for Trans-Siberian Orchestra, November 20, 3 PM, ARCO Arena
Chaired our Toastmasters Club Table Topics Contest. The one word topic: "Healing"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bought two tickets to see Rick Springfield, Peter Noone and Davy Jones at Thunder Valley on September 11
Cece and Roger walked 2.74569 miles on a fine Sunday evening.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

How far will I drive to save $2.00 off a 24-pack of Coke? 69.0434 miles, apparently.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Got my wedding ring repaired and am wearing it again after four months not. I had Cece put it on me, like the first time.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Watched HHGG episode 1 from Netflix streaming on my iPhone on the bus/train. Cool.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Published July podcast sermons for Ascension Lutheran -
It's a scummy job, but someone has to do it. Cleaned the algae from the waterfall.
Attended and benefited from Toastmasters Leadership Institute VP Education class.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

received a Starbucks "Gold" card yesterday. I'm in the clique.
donated another pint of blood

Monday, August 16, 2010

The ten available appointments are now zero thanks to faithful DWR blood donors. A total of 75 are signed up!
has offered up the final 10 appointments for the DWR blood drive tomorrow. Expect them to be gone before noon.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Out watching the meteor shower

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hot grande raspberry chai tea latte. Mmmmm.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

walked 4.79385 miles at lunch.
Celebrating Joe Jackson's 55th birthday today by listening to as many of his albums as I own (that would be eight.)
Had to walk through sprinklers in the park to get to the bus stop. Somewhat refreshing, but inconvenient.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Brother-in-law came through surgery just fine, after three bypasses. Now the long recovery begins. Thanks to all for thoughts and prayers.
My brother-in-law Chic is having heart surgery today. Keep him in your heart.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

is visiting brother-in-law in the hospital. Free wi-fi :)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Visit today to see live updates.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Oops. Almost forgot that today was Katemas. Will be listening to some Kate Bush today.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

At the California State Fair today? Look for me!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

is a bit disappointed that only three of the Rio Linda Class of 1971 attended last night's all '70s reunion. Other than that, it was fun.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A funeral, a BBQ and a class reunion. All today.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Purchased school supplies for "Operation Backpack"

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

wishes all a Happy Lunar Landing Day. Man on the Moon 41 years ago today.

Monday, July 19, 2010

They're going to try to shuttle 12 traincar loads of passengers via buses? Good luck with that.
Accident on the tracks causes train to reverse diection and go back to transfer us to buses instead.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Spent a warm but enjoyable day in Virginia City.

Friday, July 16, 2010

had no problem installing iOS 4.0.1 on my iPhone 3G
A complete stranger handed me a HTC cell phone at my bus stop and asked me to give it to "Kevin" on the bus. He left it in her car. I did.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Death Valley is currently 97 degrees. That is also the low for the day. At least I'm not there.
is once again enjoying a Thursday evening at Starbucks

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

booked a round-trip flight to Cleveland

Monday, July 12, 2010

Download the Zoo Seven album Lifesaver for FREE - Zoo Seven:

Friday, July 9, 2010

walked 1.74511 miles, possibly the shortest route, to my new bus stop.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

enjoyed a Green Tea Frappuccino on a brief layover.
walked 3.13622 miles at lunch

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

ToddFest/West 2010 - July 31 - Oakland, CA - More info: or

Monday, July 5, 2010

rebuilt named on phantom server

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July. And if I don't see you tomorrow, happy 5th of July, too.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

and Cece walked 3.11195 miles before it got hot.

Friday, July 2, 2010

is technically working for minimum wage until a California budget is passed.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

drove 2014.66 miles from Antelope to Wyoming and back 6/21-6/29/2010
walked 2.10972 miles on 6/25 in Bedford, WY
walked 2.69825 miles on 6/21 in Bedford, WY
is installing iOS 4 on my iPhone 3G. At the restore step and wondering how all that water got under my screen :).
Six month dental checkup. All OK

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sweet Home Antelope. I should write a song.
With all the road construction going on, these highways better be perfect the next time out.
is having a cozy breakfast of cinnamon rolls and chocolate milk in the Raley's parking lot in Winnemucca.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pocatello to Winnemucca with only one stop in Jackpot. Failed to jackpot in Jackpot.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

From Cody, WY to Pocatello, ID in 12 hours. A new record... for slowness.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

is enjoying an ice cream cone in the Old Faithful lodge

Friday, June 25, 2010

A nice dip in the 104• hot tub before bed. Mmmmm, good. I feel like a Campbell's soup.
Yo Jackson! This time for real.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Just passed through Smoot, WY. Old-time Awizzers will enjoy the reference.
And the nephew passed his driving test. I would warn others, but he actually drives really well.
Nephew is taking his driver's test today

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's rather unnerving, but a whole field of cows is staring at us as we walk by.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Yo Jackson! Only because Yo Benford sounds lame.
Breakfasting at the Coffee Mug restaurant. Not having coffee.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Destination acquired
Lukin fa lub in Lovelock
Destination, Elko!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

is living life on the edge. Having Spaghettios for lunch.
willbe celebrating my son's first Father's Day. I've had thirty of them.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

broke a mirror on purpose for disposal. By declaring it publicly, I will avoid 7 years bad luck.

Friday, June 18, 2010

wonders if today is the last Furlough Friday

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

walked 5.04124 miles

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Feet in the pool today
picked up my guitar and played, just like yesterday, well, 6 1/2 weeks ago.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

is spending the evening with friends in San Francisco

Friday, June 11, 2010

is already tired of the wind

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Voted in the California primary
walked 3.28317 miles and checked out the new Promenade out of Old Sacreamento

Monday, June 7, 2010

is wanting to upgrade to iPhone 4
is preparing to watch WWDC keynote coverage

Sunday, June 6, 2010

and Cece walked 3.04068 miles

Saturday, June 5, 2010

has discovered that shoulder rehabilitation exercises can be painful

Friday, June 4, 2010

walked 2.68164 to and fro along Miner's Ravine Trail in Roseville
is walking the Miner's Ravine trail

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Beginning physical therapy today. Hoping for a miracle, but expecting minor improvement.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

listened to Lennon/Ono's "Unfinished Music No. 2" and wondered why "Two Minutes Silence" was the only song I fast-forwarded through.
The TR Connection is 16 years old today

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I hope I'm not suffering from false expectations, but I think that some feeling is coming back in my left hand after more than a month.

Monday, May 31, 2010

is enjoying s'mores by a backyard firebowl
walked 3.06637 miles with Cece.
digitized old 45s of my Uncle's wife's father and brother singing in the '40s

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Line wait to order taken: one hour.
Saw a rocemabra in the wild in the word microdermabrasion. If you move a couple of letters.
Waiting in a very long line for Squeeze Inn in Roseville

Friday, May 28, 2010

fell asleep on the train and missed my connecting bus. Waiting 45 minutes for the next one.
walked 3.93684 miles at lunch

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Don't let anybody tell you Sacramento is hot. It's been 8 months since the temp hit 90 (9/27/2009). Info comes from KCRA's Mark Finan.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

tied a pair of shoes for the first time in a month.
has been jbossing all day

Sunday, May 23, 2010

is hoping he can stay up late enough tonight to see the "Lost" finale

Saturday, May 22, 2010

is going to a memorial service to honor an old friend and former brother-in-law

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I'm out of the brace, but not out of the pain. Time heals.
It's raining once again.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

discovered that a newly-issued credit card was interfering with my office electronic key. Separated the two and all is well.

Monday, May 17, 2010

After two nights of good sleep, slept lousy last night. Ready to move on.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

enjoyed Darnelle's vegetarian enchilada recipe, then helped as Cece mowed the lawns.
did grocery shopping. A bit of a chore one-handed, but we succeeded.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

walked 3.38602 miles with Cece. It's been a while.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Watching "Easy Rider" for the first time since I originally saw it at a drive-in back in 1969 or 1970.
a bird just flew head first into my family room window and he did not survive the impact. Very odd.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

it ages me a bit when I realize that my youngest turned 27 today. Happy Birthday Brad!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Continuing with system software installations today.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

working on a software install

Monday, May 10, 2010

Back in the old days, I could put on a pair of socks in less than two minutes.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

enjoyed taking my wife, mother and daughter-in-law, plus their spouses, infant and an uncle out to dinner to celebrate Mother's Day.
Getting ready in the morning is a painful chore. I'm ready to be better.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

had a Cinco de Mayo lunch. More for dinner.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

is listening to Rundgren Radio
Is at the doctor, but not for me this time. Cece has a routine appt.
Two more minutes of fame -

Monday, May 3, 2010

walked 4.96914 miles at lunch

Sunday, May 2, 2010

is going to sing with praise band without guitar today

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Walked 10.3091 km on a 5k walk. To, on, and from.
Is on a 5k walk

Friday, April 30, 2010

Disappointed. Walked 4.27319 miles and no one bothered to stop me for an autograph.
Bought new ear buds. The old ones were damaged during the theft.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

invested in another month of transit riding by buying a May pass. I haven't given up faith yet.
More publicity: the local newspaper just interviewed me by phone. Plus, my story was also discussed on a radio station yesterday afternoon.
is back at work today

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

just had a nice visit from my daughter-in-law and granddaughter.
Just the right ticket to raise my spirits,
Because my fingers were swollen, they had to cut off my wedding ring. I've never not had it on since 1976.
is now at the orthopedic fracture specialist

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My story will be on Sacramento channel 58 at 10 tonight and on ch 3 at 11. A new twist on the earlier story about a station shooting.
Holy cow, the police recovered my stolen iPhone.
recovering from a dislocated shoulder

Monday, April 26, 2010

published the "ToddStock: All Excess" pre-release DVD review -
is taking a Documentum training class all week.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

and Cece walked 2.38543 miles in W. Sac.
mowed lawns, dug weeds and planted flowers.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

registered for the Antelope High School boosters 5k fun run/walk. Gee, hope I can make the distance.
is going to see the granddaughter. She turns 3 weeks old tomorrow.
is not denying that he's going to Denio's

Friday, April 23, 2010

was Traveling Riverside and walked 5.23205 miles. Listened to RJ/TR/LZ versions, plus America's Riverside.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

is preparing Table Topics for today's "Earth Day"-themed Toastmasters meeting
updated internal-only "Out Today" web application at work.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

walked 4.65425 miles. A long way to go for an ice cream cone.

Monday, April 19, 2010

walked 5.12817 miles.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

and Cece did a combined walk in two separate locales of 3.4768 miles
and Cece went out and about and surprisingly ended up visiting our old friends the Heples.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

has been looking forward to this day (or one just like it) for a long time.
watched a special DVD and am preparing to give a review

Friday, April 16, 2010

is finally getting to enjoy a nice spring day. The rains return in a few days, though.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

and other members welcomed six guests to their Toastmasters meeting today
finally will get to see my granddaughter today for the first time since the day she was born (I've been recovering from a cold).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Is enjoying a margarita
made reservations for Akron City Center Hotel

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

walked 4.84995 miles on a cool Spring day

Monday, April 12, 2010

sunk 3 G's into a new set of ear buds. In pennies.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

planted vegetables: corn, beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. Yeah, I know they are not all vegetables.
and Cece waked 2.59094 miles near the American River and Fair Oaks Village
and Cece took an 3.04008 mile evening stroll last night

Friday, April 9, 2010

is at the BloodSource Chairperson Luncheon

Thursday, April 8, 2010

has decided not to pursue a new production of "40 Days" this year. Planning on doing it next year, though.
is back at work, feeling a bit better

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

is still sick, but improving. Should be able to return to work tomorrow. It's just a cold, with a slight fever. Hits me every few years.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Boy, do I still feel lousy. It will pass, I keep telling myself. Missed an opportunity to see my granddaughter today, but Cece got to go.
is at home sick today. Prognosis: I will live.

Monday, April 5, 2010

walked 4.37122 miles without the assistance of a cane (yes, another grandfather reference)
Overheard this morning: Girl -
"I wasn't born yesterday." Mother - "Yes, you were." Girl was my granddaughter. (Lame jokes will end soon)
My granddaughter has never lived in a world where there wasn't an iPad

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Just got back from seeing my granddaughter. What a beautiful child, if I say so myself :)
welcomes Diana Grace Linder, born about a half hour ago on Easter Sunday. Our first grandchild.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

and Cece walked 3.80221 miles
showed up for scheduled/registered men's breakfast at church this morning and no one was there?
visiting ducks were back this morning in our pool

Friday, April 2, 2010

Stargate Universe is back... in Pog form!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

pulled a big switcher-roo for today's Toastmaster's April Fool's meeting

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

survived the MRI. Actually, enjoyed the experience.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

took it easy today and only walked 2.74182 miles due to giving blood and semi-inclement weather
Sorry, vampires, you won't get your fill today. I gave at the office.
is saddened that my bus route is among those cut by Regional Transit after June 20. Next stop after that is 1 1/2 miles away. More walking.
DWR blood drive is full up with 75 appointments today

Monday, March 29, 2010

wonders "If I fall asleep in the MRI machine, will I get a sunburn?"
walked a combined 5.85090 miles - 1.03245 AM stroll, 4.81845 lunchtime walk.
upgraded to MacOSX 10.6.3

Sunday, March 28, 2010

walked a marathon, and it only took one week. 26.46384 miles from Monday-Sunday.
and Cece walked 4.46180 miles on the last expected pleasant evening of the week.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

and Cece walked 3.58081 miles

Friday, March 26, 2010

walked 3.84720 miles

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

walked 6.41090 miles

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

walked 3.74135 miles at lunch. Shopping and a 1 PM meeting limited my distance.

Monday, March 22, 2010

walked 4.42178 miles at lunch

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Is at BloodSource luncheon

Saturday, March 20, 2010

bought a Fishman Humbucking Passive Soundhole Pickup
workday at Ascension

Friday, March 19, 2010

is deconstructing NWO

Thursday, March 18, 2010

needs a new acoustic guitar pickup. The old one broke. Probably going to go for another Dean Markley.
It must be spring. I can totally smell the garbage dump at the light rail station.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I wouldn't have watched The Masters without Tiger. Come to think of it, I won't be watching it with him, either.
walked 4.81724 miles and have the sweat to prove it

Monday, March 15, 2010

in this day and age, it's a pain to deal with modems

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Brad's cooking buffalo steak for dinner. Should accompanying dinner music be Todd's "Buffalo Grass" or selections from Buffalo Springfield?
and Cece walk 3.54893 miles, partly against a slight chilly breeze

Friday, March 12, 2010

picked music for Palm Sunday contemporary service

Thursday, March 11, 2010

is converting SXSW MP3 files to AAC

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

now realizes that it's not a good idea to consume 42 oz. of beverage before attending a 90 minute presentation.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Why is it I can name the members of the classic Deep Purple lineup (Mk II) but can't remember the name of someone I met 30 minutes ago?

Monday, March 8, 2010

had lunch with Cece

Sunday, March 7, 2010

did some more yard work and trimmed off some of winter's final dregs

Thursday, March 4, 2010

is doing some tweaking

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

walked 3.54678 miles between storms
is feeling quite tired today after a late night at the Bon Jovi concert. The show was quite fantastic.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

is heading out to the Bon Jovi show. And it's Jon Bon Jovi's birthday, so I'll bet it'll be extra special.
is at lunch with Cece while she's on her Jury Duty break

Monday, March 1, 2010

walked 4.77955 miles at lunch
is going to see Bon Jovi on Tuesday at Arco Arena

Sunday, February 28, 2010

is going to dinner to meet a long-time Todd fan.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

is preparing sheet music

Friday, February 26, 2010

Walked 4.16088 miles
had to hop the back fence/sound wall to catch the bus on time

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Apparently, I will walk 4.26400 miles for a Starbucks, even is there is one closer.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

is going to a "40 Days: Resurrection to Ascension" pre-production meeting tonight.
is no longer working in a dungeon. The lights in my cubicle have been fixed.

Monday, February 22, 2010

is seeing a higher than usual spam volume traveling through my mail server
walked 5.09280 miles on a brisk, but sunny, mid-winter day.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

is out running errands after eradicating weeds. Accomplished in 90 minutes what previously took three months.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

An easy job will always be harder that it looks.

Friday, February 19, 2010

is getting ready to mow the lawns for the first time this year.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

served as Chief Judge in our Toastmaster Club International Speech Contest
Whatever you do, please don't tell my wife.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

walked 3.69109 miles on a Trader Joe's run

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

is watching "Lost"
walked 6.37787 miles. Whew.

Monday, February 15, 2010

and Cece walked 3.22324 miles on yet another springlike Sacramento day.
Posted new magazine AWATS reviews on the TR Connection

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Gas $2.87 a gallon. Park entrance fee: $5.00. Walking the bike trail on a springlike day with my Valentine: Priceless.
and Cece arewalking on the American River bike trail. One cannot imagine a more beautiful day.
updated Ascension Lutheran's podcast -

Friday, February 12, 2010

is going to brave a Sierra crossing today en route to Reno

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thirty-six years as a couple. Today, February 10, is the anniversary of the first date of Cece Bennett and Roger Linder.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

walked 5.18103 miles in a light drizzle

Monday, February 8, 2010

Baby steps: first walk in a month - 3.52966 mi
On the road again? Due to weather and training, it's been exactly four weeks since I took my last long walk. I hope to remedy that today.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

It's a conundrum: How do I recognize new commercials, when I generally skip them?
Getting ready for the Super Bowl! Yeah, right. The DVR is set so later I can skip the game for the commercials and The Who.

Friday, February 5, 2010

is so glad the dryer is repaired

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wind is picking up. Looks like a nasty one is on its way
is finally done with online class

Monday, February 1, 2010

is done with class for the day, but still has class.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

is going to the Home and Landscape Expo

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cece is giving a baby shower for Katherine today. It's going very well.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Training is done for the week. Train is not done, though. Still got to catch the one home.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Words I never thought I'd hear from my wife on a recent car trip - "Let's listen to 'A Wizard, A True Star'"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

is back in online class again. Only 7 days to go

Monday, January 25, 2010

is stuck waiting on a virtual machine to be made available for my online class
is taking a 10-minute lunch break
is taking an online class
gonna hafta movta anew officecube, soonlike

Sunday, January 24, 2010

visited and continue to pray for our friend Ted in the hospital

Saturday, January 23, 2010

is listening to "Record Producers: The Extended Cut: Todd Rundgren" on the BBC iPlayer -
and yet it still rains?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

is observing wind and rain

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Can't quite figure out if the train has bad brakes or the operator in inexperienced. In any case, whiplash is imminent.

Monday, January 18, 2010

is going to be examining spiritual gifts for the next two Monday evenings
I'm glad I'm no longer driving in the rain

Sunday, January 17, 2010

is having some tech fun while Cece's at the shower
heading for a shower. Expecting showers.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

just spoke to an old high school friend - Dennis Battenberg - on the phone

Friday, January 15, 2010

is working in iMovie to make a DVD

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Appointments for the DWR blood drive on Tuesday, January 19 are 100% booked (75 donors scheduled). Here's hoping they all show up.
Was briefly interviewed and quoted for a article on Borscht:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

is heading off to a retirement luncheon. Congratulations Gary!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Today's walk

Walked 3.84603 miles.

Merry Christmas 2009 and Happy New Year 2010

I write a Christmas letter every year, and it's a good summary of what we did the past year. Since I didn't blog in 2009, this will have to do.

After last year’s event-packed schedule, we looked forward to a bit more of rest this year. Did we succeed? Read on!

Our year-end trip of 2008 took us on a weeklong tour of twelve states, one province and the nation’s capital. Flying from San Francisco to Washington, DC on Christmas night, we arrived in DC at 6 AM, nearly 24 hours after awakening the day before. A quick nap? Not a chance! We drove on to Elizabeth, New Jersey, driving through parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware along the way. We enjoyed a great meal at a local Italian restaurant in Elizabeth, and hit the sack at 9 PM ET, after being up for 36 hours.

The following day took us into New York City, then on through Connecticut and spending the night in Providence, Rhode Island, a few blocks from the capitol building. Our third day saw us in Boston to visit with an old friend, then on to Portland, Maine, making a stop in New Hampshire along the way. Returning to New Hampshire the following day, we continued on through Vermont, and crossed over the Canadian border to settle in a cold Montreal for the night. From Montreal, we traveled to Albany, NY, and stayed within view of that state’s capitol building as well. We woke in Albany to a layer of fresh-fallen snow and temps in the ‘teens, and drove on to Philadelphia, PA (spending the night across the river in Cherry Hill, NJ) to attend a New Year’s Eve party and concert featuring (no surprise here) Todd Rundgren.

Our final day on the East Coast saw us driving from Cherry Hill back to DC, to spend a few hours on New Year’s Day in the nation’s capital. We flew back to San Francisco, spent the night and drove back home on January 2. Overall, 6,000 miles of flight, 1,600 miles of driving, 9 days of travel. It was a very enjoyable time.

February saw worker furloughs twice a month for Roger (expanding to three days a month in July), which continued throughout the year. Rather than look at the downside (a 15% cut in pay) Roger chose to look at opportunities for taking care of the yard, and taking short day trips on days that Cece was also off from work during her vacations.

In April, we traveled to Southern California for a few days to enjoy some time at Disneyland during Cece’s spring break. Once home, we began preparing for a major landscaping job in our back yard, and after about five weeks of work by a professional landscaping crew, our yard was transformed, with 900 square feet of additional concrete decking around the pool, six yards of topsoil, five hundred pounds of boulders, sixteen yards of shredded redwood bark, 30 feet of additional retaining wall, a horseshoe pit, well over one hundred new plants, meandering paths, a sundial garden and a beautiful park-like atmosphere. Even our vegetable garden was full of bounty. We took no vacation during the summer, opting to spend time in our new paradise. We purchased additional outdoor furniture, hosted a Father’s Day barbecue and celebrated in July with a “yardwarming” party with family and friends.

In August, The Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre featured two monologues written by Roger. It was fun to see those performed, among other works by other members of the playwright’s workshop. August also saw Cece and Roger hosting ToddFest/West 12 in their new yard. By this time, they were also planning another trip, this time to Akron, OH, to see the world premiere of a Labor Day weekend performance of “A Wizard, A True Star” by Todd Rundgren, a live concert of his 1973 album. About 2,500 fans from all over the world and several countries attended the three-day event, which included a party, two nights of concert and a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Roger and Cece also took time out during their weekend to visit Roger’s niece Katie and her husband Ben.

The final major trip of the year was a short early-December tour of Todd Rundgren dates throughout California, seeing concerts in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Ventura. Once again, it was a lot of fun meeting up with fans that traveled from all over the country and enjoying four spectacular performances.

There was some non-Rundgren concert activity during the year as well. We attended concerts by Rod Stewart, Adrian Bourgeois, Autumn Sky, Matt Bolton and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. We also took in several plays at the Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre.

Roger was presented a ten-year volunteer award by the local blood bank, accepted the position of Blood Drive Chairperson for the Department of Water Resources, and donated his 120th unit of whole blood (15 gallons). He took over the position of Praise Band Director at Ascension Lutheran Church where he also played guitar in the Praise Band. He was elected as the VP Education for his local toastmasters club, and will begin serving in that office in January. He also walks up to twenty miles a week during his lunch hour, and posts his walking maps on his Facebook page.

Cece continued to work in her position at Wilson Riles Middle School, but her greatest joy of the year was discovering that she would be a grandmother in April of next year, when Matthew and Katherine are expecting their first child (Roger is pretty happy about that, too.) Cece was even more delighted when she discovered a few weeks later that our first grandchild would be a granddaughter. She couldn’t wait to begin shopping for baby clothes and toys, and will be hosting a baby shower in the next few months. She also hosted two Bunco gatherings at our home. Cece works out five days a week at Curves and also enjoys walking. She sometimes is joined by Roger on a nice evening or weekend walk in the neighborhood.

Brad was laid off his new job at Tre just before Christmas last year, but found a job at a newly built McCormick and Schmick’s, which opened in Roseville in January. Then Tre rehired Brad on a part-time basis for a few weeks, only to shut its doors, leaving Brad laid off once again. Brad continues to work at McCormick and Schmick’s as a dishwasher.

Here’s hoping you all enjoy a great Christmas and New Year’s, and if we slow down next year, perhaps our letter won’t be as long.

Roger, Cece and Brad

Updating a sadly neglected blog

Just watched Julie & Julia over the weekend, and it reminded me that I haven't touched my own blog for quite a while. Upon examination, it's just been over a year, with no entries made at all in 2009. While I certainly don't think a reboot will get me a book deal, a movie deal, or any readers for that matter, I still am going to make some attempt to keep better track of things.

I suppose that neglect of the blog is directly a result of focusing status updates on Facebook. There, I'm read by quite a few. I like making little daily quips, and I post maps of my walks (which I used to do here.)

I'm still going to post the maps on Facebook, but I think I'll start doing longer form items in this space. One of the things I'll certainly be documenting is the path to a new production of 40 Days: Resurrection to Ascension, my rock opera that was produced one time previously at Calvary Lutheran Church, Rio Linda, on May 6, 2001 by the contemporary music team, How Majestic. The band has gone their separate ways over the last nine years, and I've since joined, and now lead, the praise band at Ascension Lutheran Church in Citrus Heights.

In 2008, I posted the entire contents of the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo, Only Golden Fingers Could Play So Heavy, and I began its sequel for NaNoWriMo in November 2009, but only completed about half of it. I intend to revisit it during the year, since I'd like to see it complete. Once done, I'll clean it up and post it. And, just like I've been threatening to do for the last three years, I'll get going on the play revisions so that maybe I can hope for a production of that this year as well.

For now, this short summary of intentions will have to do, but I'll be back. Soon.