Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Peanut butter

Antioch, CA

Monday, April 28, 2008

Polyadry Flower

Oakley, CA

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Get shorty

Antioch, CA

Depending on who you ask it was either 86 or 91 degrees today. Warm enough for me to go dig my shorts out and get reminded how white my legs are.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Antioch, CA

So evidently it was a little brighter out today than I thought it was. I got my first sunburn of the season. (in case you are curious about the white line, I wear a necklace that evidently blocks out the sun.) However, I did get to learn how to use (and repair) my first ditch wench today. Those are definitely awesome toys. I'm never going to trench for pipe by hand again.

Friday, April 25, 2008

at 55

Brentwood, CA

Word has gotten out in my ward (congregation's in the Mormon church are called wards) that I like to do gardening work. So after work today I went out and helped till another backyard, this time getting it ready for sod. Knowing that I wouldn't have time to take pictures at any other point, I took pictures through my window as I drove back to the office during lunch. This was my favorite out of the 20. Mainly I like how there are three items (foreground, midground and back ground.). None of those three items were moving but one appears to be moving.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Antioch, CA

I had some really good pancakes tonight. I usually can't stomach pancakes (much more of a waffle guy), but these were so good I asked if I could take some home.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day

Oakley, CA


Just give it away

Day 4 of the Great Biting Hamster Give Away.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Phase 2

Antioch, CA

I started Phase Two on the backyard today (Just in case you're curious, there are 7 phases). I'm knocking down the weeds, leveling the soil and preparing the square for a concrete pad that will see a shed built on it.

Phase One is producing some fun. My green beans are starting to pop out of the soil as is the lettuce that got planted by the house owners. They planted zucchini starter plants. I planted seeds (two packets worth) and I haven't seen anything yet. John's tomato plant had a flower on it today. It's really fun to watch it all pop up.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


San Leandro, CA

I went to a poker fund raiser/birthday party Saturday night. The adult coordinator for the power soccer team has a yearly birthday poker bash where he asks for donations to BORP. BORP has different companies that have donated items for fund raising purposes. So tonight there were prizes for playing. I took 5th place for both times we played so I got the beanie and the two tickets to Six Flags. (Sorry Dad: If I could have lasted to fourth place I could have gotten the Saber Cat Tickets. Oh well.)

The third item is the parting gift everyone got.

Runner Ups

Dublin CA
San Leandro, CA

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Twofer Saturday

San Leandro, CA
Dublin CA

I couldn't pick just one for today. So you get two.

(Runner Up)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Bleacher Looking

Look at him...he's looking beyond the ball thinking this one's going all the way out of the park.

Field of (unfullfilled) Dreams

Walnut Creek, CA

I counted 4 leg braces and 7 over-weight player. I'm thinking they never made it to the professional level as they dreamed of in high school.

(Looking for the bleachers)

ballfield puppy

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Cookie Bear

Antioch, CA

(Garden Progress)

The plant progress

A member of the ward suggested using soaker hoses and that is what the owners thought sounded good. I am still a little skeptical, so for my precious zucchini plants I put in a drip system (upper left side of the garden.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Antioch, CA

I feel the need to get away. It's been in the background for the past two weeks but tonight it really came to head with some news I got. I'm not sure where I want to go, but this is a good idea.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Antioch, CA

Monday, April 14, 2008


Antioch, CA

Zoe has a nightly ritual of helping clean the dishes, and then, after they are all clean, she plops herself down on the kitchen floor, not to be moved.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Watching Airplanes

San Leandro, CA

This is the first of 9 in a series. I promised a friend a plane photo a month for the rest of the year.

MN: This is where I took the shot and this is where my truck was at. This is where I will take the July picture from.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Western Division 1 Group Photo

Berkeley, CA

I helped referee 8 Power Soccer games today. Teams came from Hollister CA, San Jose CA, Berkeley CA, Newark CA, and Phoenix AZ. (Not pictured is Newark)

Tangent 1:
I spent a great amount of time today thinking up names that don't chant well. The Arizona Heat 3rd Degrees would often chant, "Turn up the heat!". The BORP Earthquakes would chant "Shake it up!" The San Jose Steamrollers would chant "Go Steamrollers!" & "Bam Bam!" However, the Newark Hot Rodders and the BORP Crushers didn't chant anything team oreonated. And it got me thinking, that maybe, just maybe, there are teams out there that should have spent more time trying to figure out what they were going to chant if they picked their particular name.

Tangent 2:
So, at times, Cerebral Palsy really really annoys me. The Heats had this Beautiful girl playing for them. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. But because people with CP don't develop physically as the same as people without CP, I couldn't tell if she was 17 or 25. And I don't like asking others because if she is 17 then you look like a sicko. But I couldn't ask her, because each person with CP has their own language and I didn't have the time to learn hers. It took me a year to learn my old boss, Steve's, language. Grr.

Sorry for the tangents

Friday, April 11, 2008

Sherman's March to the Sea

Antioch, CA

Sherman's Island went up in smoke today. It is an uninhabited island in the Delta without even power going to it, so the assumption is arson. Because it didn't threaten any homes or businesses, the county fire department decided to just let it burn. (Never mind the POLLUTION!). This picture was taken after work and it had been burning since 11 AM.


Burning Sherman

What a beautiful piece of equipment
More smoke

Channel 7 News reporting on the fire with Channel 2 News' truck in the back ground

On the left, Channel 2 News reporting. On the right, two high school girls who gave me the low down on what all was involved.
Channel 7's Truck. I got passed by Channel 5's truck on my way home and Channel 4 just sent a guy with a camera.

KCBS 740 AM's Chopper.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tire Swing

Antioch, CA

As we were swinging the 6 year old turns to me:

"Sean, I broke up with my girlfriend."
"Really, how did you do that?"
"I told her best friend to tell her that we can't sit together during snack anymore. She took it pretty bad."

Next time I have to break up with a girl, I'm telling her best friend. That's a great idea.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A broader view


Antioch, CA

I finished planting the Tomato plants tonight along with the green beans. As soon as I find a store selling zucchini seeds or plants, I'll plant those and be done planting for a time.

(A broader view)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Orange flowers

Antioch, CA


More from 4/8

They took away a kid from the middle school next door. No cops showed up so it wasn't a stabbing or a shooting. Probably just a slip and fall.

Not Frozen. (In the white container is vegetables at my father's insisting. In the tin is a dinner idea stolen from Guh.)

Monday, April 7, 2008

Lay offs

Oakley, CA

The county announced lay offs today. In theory, my job title is on that list, but my boss says I'm safe. Additionally, my boss's boss says I'm safe and my boss's boss' boss says I'm safe. I sent out some resumes today just to keep my options open, though.

Today was also my 3 month anniversary with the county. I now qualify for benefits.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Picking up

Antioch, CA

One of my neighbors got taken away via ambulance today.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Harry Potter

Antioch, CA

I went to a game night at a friends place tonight. This is right before I lost at Scene It Harry Potter. I got most of every question wrong while the 11 year old next to me missed only one question.

Sorry for the blur - but my camera didn't want to work last night. I think it knew of the occasion: Post 300.

Friday, April 4, 2008


Antioch, CA

Saturday we plant.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

para repantigarse

Knightsen, CA

(For Melinda)

More for Melinda

The book is actually kind of funny. Remind me to read a section of it to you the next time I call. It's a city vet taking over a farming community vet practice. Funny stories. The other book is also beautiful.
I think it's a crane but I couldn't get close enough to tell. The two black things on either side is the wrought iron gate holding me back.
Mustard weeds at 50 MPH (A drive by shooting)