Saturday, February 28, 2009

Temple hill Symphony with Jenny Baker

Oakland, CA

(BTC - more Symph)
(BTC - Stacy)

I had three really cool experiences tonight. I saw Jenny Oaks Baker in concert. I met my dad's new girlfriend. And lastly I met 4 players from the Utah Wheelin Jazz who happen to be on temple hill as well. A very good night, that almost made up for what a waste of day it was.

Friday, February 27, 2009

carpeted clouds

Oakley, CA

Thursday, February 26, 2009

green (red) velvet cake

Antioch, CA

I'm taking Red Velvet Cake to work tomorrow. Two small problems: A, No red food coloring at two of the stores. So now it's green. B, I ALWAYS screw up the frosting so I'll admit the frosting is store bought. I know my mother would be so ashamed of me but I just couldn't bring my self to have disappointing frosting. Sometime when I'm in Spring Crik I can get my mother's teacher to teach me.

(The process)

Green red velvet cake

Where we left it

Dear Harold:
When we left Wednesday night, this is where we were at with both rooms. This is just to keep you up to date.
Oh, and look who showed up to help.

Love Sean

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Not interested

Oakland, CA

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

clouds from behind

I think I was still in Oakley, CA

One of these days I'll learn not to take pictures while driving down the highway at 70 MPH, just not today. I really liked the clouds in my tiny mirror as they chased behind me today so I just had to take a picture.

(if you ever see me in the obituary section, do me a favor and read to see if I killed myself while taking a picture at 70 MPH)

Monday, February 23, 2009

oilver moved

Antioch, CA

Oliver was looking so cute this morning on my way to work. So I bent down to take his picture and just as my shutter snapped Oliver stretched forward and smelled the camera. Even cuter.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Films that inspire

Antioch, CA

Tonight I stayed home and watched the Academy Awards. It was a very enjoyable evening until the second to last award. Sean Penn once again proved that to be an actor you don't have to be smart. He stated that those that voted for prop 8 should be ashamed of themselves but that those that voted for President Obama are a reason to celebrate. According to the polling information, stats released by the state of California and stats released by the LDS church - the people that voted for Obama and Prop 8 - are the same people. Sean Penn specifically stated that it was the voters that should feel shame. He should feel shame for an inability to comprehend who really elected a president and passed prop 8. My only hope is that Sean Penn gets called to the carpet just like Tom Hanks did. You simply can not say you love America and the rights of it's people to vote and then cast shame and "un-American" labels on people just because they don't vote the way you do. For example - I did not agree with those that voted for increased cage sizes for raised animals. But instead of crying foul, I have started increasing the cage sizes of my animals because I respect the law. Sean Penn should learn to respect others as well. Until then he just looks dumb for not being able to figure out that the African-American voters that voted for President Obama also voted for Prop 8.

Before I conclude my rant, I just want to state that I really love actors, actresses, and film. There were a lot of great movies presented tonight. I look forward to seeing some with my Dad (doubt, milk, slumdog millionaire to start), and I loved the ones that I saw and loved (the visitor, dark knight). Movies are so critical and important to inspiring greatness and to capture stories of hope. Over lunch today we discussed the influence of of Richard Dutcher's movies. Dutcher released God's Army and Brigham City before eventually leaving the LDS church. His movies challenged the stereotypes and process of a deep belief in God and how that can (and should) govern our lives. Dutcher eventually left the Mormon church (see farewell letter here), but before going he taught me about myself and allowed me to see aspects of me that I had never considered.
And that is what film should do. I am often heard commenting on how much I love and hate Aaron Sorkin. If you don't know, Aaron Sorkin wrote Sports Night and the first four seasons of The West Wing. His episodes were often very inspiring and educational and asks you to examine your belief system. There are some that say movies and TV are just meant to entertain, and I agree that sometimes that's right (though even Tropic Thunder was amazing with Robert Downey Junior) , but that is not the full purpose of film: The full purpose is to inspire and tonight we got to see some of that. I am so grateful for great writers and great directors and even dumb actors.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jelly Planes

Fairfield, Ca

I had a very random full day. I started out going to an E-Waste Event. Next I picked up a friend and went to Fairfield to see the Air Museum, but on our way my friend saw there was a Jelly Belly Factory so we went on a tour there (sadly no pictures allowed). Then we went to the air museum. Afterwards I went to a party. Then a meeting, then back to the party. I have pictures from everything but the e-waste. Sadly I didn't get a picture of all the empty alcohol bottles. It was a great day.

Friday, February 20, 2009

happy Ansel day

Oakley, CA

Today is Ansel Adams' birthday. In light of that I give you black and white pictures. I was going to photograph the same trees from last year - but alas the City of Oakley has cut them down.

Also, Happy Birthday to Andria.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

better than a goat

Antioch, CA

Because they live in small cage, the rabbits are often let out of their cage during the day and put somewhere to play. I got home from work today and it was obvious to me where the rabbits had been on the front lawn. Can you tell?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

left over paint

Oakland, CA

For the past 40 years the Oakland InterStake Center has hosted a pageant called "And it Came to Pass." I worked for the show for ten years on crew rising the the rank of Assistant Tech Director. In 2008 the LDS Church announced they were suspending pageant, and then eventually decided to cancel it. Recently, the Church headquarters came and took the costumes and a lot of the equipment. Now the crew on Temple Hill are responsible for sorting and organizing what wasn't taken to Salt Lake. Tonight we fininshed working on organizing a storage room. After that was done, we started seeing what paint should be kept. For every color we kept we threw away twice as many. We had a lot of paint that was moldy and chuncky. Some of the paint was bought 40 years ago.

Interesting to me only, I was given a new title tonight. About 5 years ago I discovered that I didn't really like running theatre shows - but I loved working on theatre projects. Tonight my tech director mentioned that I'm on the "Special Projects Team." I only come into work on the projects going on in the background and not the shows that come through. I like that idea.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

raving rabbid competitions

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tonight I had dinner with some friends and had a weird conclusion come to my attention. I don't own a Wii. In fact, I am not a big video game kind of guy. That said, I have Wii Mii's on 5 different consoles. (Ben/Alyssa, Debbie, my Dad, Katie, and I assumed someone else's role where I live now). Even more interesting to me is I can track my different hair styles through 4 of those places as each Mii is a little different hair wise.

Monday, February 16, 2009


For the last several months there has been a very elusive mouse in the house. We finally caught it today after several attempts.

country driving

Pleasanton, CA

(BTC - Including a picture of a DC - 3 that my father flew.)
(BTC - Caught)

feb 16 2009

in shock

So it turns out I've never seen something called Mr. Bean. This was the response of one of my new housemates. The next 30 minutes of my life was spent watching situational comedy.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

fisheye temple

Oakland CA

I was playing with my new toy in Oakland tonight. I need to figure out a way to mount it to my camera. I think I have a way but it will take some work.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mt Diablo Snow

Oakley, CA

It snowed on Mt. Diablo on Friday and today.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Cookies for Co-workers

Oakley, CA

I was nice to my co-workers today and brought in home made cookies to celebrate the two holidays tomorrow. For Valentines Day I brought in sugar heart shaped cookies with vanilla frosting. For SAD (single awareness day) I really struggled. I tried to find a cookie cutter that resembled a hand with a middle finger, but instead I settled on a black heart chocolate sugar cookie, for all the black hearts of scorned ex-lovers.

(BTC - I broke a rule)
(BTC - New toy for my camera)

new toy

After dinner, Shell and I went to home depot and I got a new toy for my camera. I got the idea from Josh. This were some of the shots I got while we walked around Target.

red lobs

I have this General Rule that I don't eat fish unless I'm in love. Krista requested I eat fish and I loved her so I did. Lanae demanded I eat fish and I loved her so I did. Catherine and Nina could have shoved fish down my throat if they had wanted to.
However - I'm not in romantic love this week. Instead I just broke my rule. My friend Shell asked me if I would like to join her at Red Lobster for dinner this month. She had a gift card. I enjoy Shell's companionship so I said sure. The rest of this post is a picture essay of the night.


Red Lobs
We were hanging out prior to Shell meeting me at the restaurant. Sadly, I think I'm the only one of the two of us that made it out alive tonight.
Shell had Shrimp, Lobster, and something else.
I had a full Atlantic Salmon.
For dessert I had New York Style Cheesecake. Yummy.