Monday, December 31, 2007

For The Child. . .

. . .in all of us:

Happy New Year 2008!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Vegas To Stateline to Walnut Creek

The end of our USA Trip. Long haul from Vegas, snow and rain from 395 up the Kingsbury Grade to South Lake Tahoe. Nice evening, good food, and the next day into California taking SR80 to SR49 to Angels to Hilton House.

So much could have gone wrong. So much went so well. What a trip!

New Year's CatchUp

Now, I have to finish our USA Trip.

Where was I? We had just left Albuquerque, right?

So lets continue West on I-40, with a hard right turn at Kingman AZ, on our way to Las Vegas. It's a long 750-mile haul.

This is desert country. Not much to see.

There are a few shacks, next to gas stations that sell Unleaded for $4.25/gal.

But, the scenery is enchanting, always.

Lots of new construction is Vegas, as always. This is the next-door Monte Carlo, expanding.

And the wonderful fountain at Bellagio, which erupted just as we drove up the entry drive. Akiko was entranced!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Anniversaries Are Comforting

And this day is our 42nd!

"42 is conjectured to be the scaling factor in the leading order term of the "sixth moment of the Riemann zeta function". In particular, Conrey & Ghosh have conjectured something important, where the infinite product is over all prime numbers."

(Don't blame me! This is a slightly-edited copy from Wikepedia. Sigh.)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Cold Golf

It wasn't quite this bad:

But, playing golf when the wind is blowing and the temperature is about 50F (10C) is a bit less than pleasurable relaxation. At least at Saddle Creek & Greenhorn.

But, what do I know?

The friends were outstanding, and the arguments were nonexistant. That's always good.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas 2007

015 copy, originally uploaded by Nina Camic.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Holiday Greetings!

And no, it's not political.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Historic Route 66

So I Googled "Historic Route 66" and found the map above. Contrary to my earlier recollections, we apparently caught up with 66 inside Oklahoma, on our way to OKCity.

All this traveling was done in a Chevy Uplander, a 7-seat minivan, which turned out to be exactly the right size for the four of us, and our luggage. (Close fit, but it worked every time.)

Winter Wonderland

Another wonderful snap from How does she find all these things?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Very Cold Day, Very Warm Dog

Look closely. 'Nuff said.

(HT )

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


A day of rest in Kazuko & Richard's place, with time for relaxation and some golf at the Indian Sandia Golf/Casino/Hotel resort down on Tramway.

Nice weather, difficult course, and Hayashi-san scored damned-near par. (Click to enlarge, as always.) Good Golf!

A last look at the stark, and beautiful, scenery of New Mexico. A last, lovely dinner at home, and to bed.

Next morning, we meant to leave early. Unfortunately, I had left my wallet in the refrigerator, and we had to return from Kazuko's office downtown to her house in the Northern suburbs. Net result = we left 1 hour late for a very long pull from Albuquerque to Vegas, almost 700 miles.

The road was straight.

And empty.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas Music I - 2007

These guys are having fun! Enjoy.

Paralleling US-66

Leaving OKCity, we headed West on I-40 again. Many signs designating "Historic Highway 66", which I-40 follows, at least from Memphis or nearby. That's fun.

We missed the half-buried Cadillacs on 66, but we at least stopped for lunch outside Amarillo. "72-Ounce Steak - FREE! (if you finish the meal inside of 1 hour) AND a limousine ride home (or to the hospital)"

Then through the remainder of the panhandle of Texas, through the flatlands of New Mexico, and past a fantastic mountain route through Southern Sandia Peak to Albuquerque!

Time to relax.

And to contemplate Richard's great BBQ steaks

And to wonder at the cord madness that our modern life demands. (Someone, soon, will address this problem. A problem that we all have.)

Friday, December 07, 2007

"Oklahoma! . . .

. . . where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain."

Not much to say about Arkansas. Even less about Oklahoma. It's windy out there, but the sunshine held. We found ourselves in Bricktown, a redevelopment area just outside downtown OKCity. Nice dinner, with deep-fried green beans, in a brewery there.

Three blocks away, past the brick-lined ballpark, was our Marriott Residence Inn. Staff was very friendly, but there wasn't much staff. Hayashi scored a brass luggage cart, and off we went.

Residence Inn was just fine. Two bedrooms, w/bath & TV, flanking a central living room (w/TV) and kitchen. Nice layout for two business persons in town for a week. Front desk even had grocery shopping service available. I'll have to remember this.

That evening, we drove by the memorial where the Federal Building stood, before it was bombed to oblivion. Nice memorial, many chairs, quiet lighting. I'm still puzzled about the event.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Autumn In Walnut Creek

Who says there are no autumn colors in California? This is what I can see every morning from the kitchen table:

And here are two different shades of yellow. The closest one is a Ginkgo; the farther one a Pear. We have nice trees gracing the front yard.

A closeup of the Ginkgo. If I remember my landscape courses in college correctly, the Ginkgo is the oldest tree still extant.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Words vs. Action

Remember this? It's the longest German word I saw on our trip. It means that it's okay to use airport carts on the escalators.

Our local French department store, on the other hand, simply built an escalator just for shopping carts.

Pretty cool.

(And, yes, the two kids on the right are facing down on an up escalator.)

7:24 Minutes Of Joy

It really doesn't get much better than this:

Speakers up, toes tapping, just smile!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

110th B I G G A M E !

Today's Game at 4:00 pm PST, 12:00 am GMT, and 9:00 am Sunday on Guam. GO BEARS!