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

Studies show that 97.87045% will not put this in their status for the next 23.71035 hours to raise awareness. Are you the exception?
This cause is important, and I'm betting 97.6813% will not post this to their status for the next 23.1084 hours. Will you be the exception?

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.