Mother and Child

December 7, 2009

Just listening to “Mother and Child Reunion” by Paul Simon.  I thought of that song while looking at the Christmas stamp this year 2009 of “Sassoferrato”/ Hearst Castle of Mary and Baby Jesus.  Keep Christ in Christmas!

A client of mine wanted to sue a company with the name “Christian” in its title.  They offered to pay some but not all of the bill which made her mad (seems to be reasons given).  “And they call themselves Christian!” she exclaimed.

I was miffed at that and mentioned it to my assistance.  Very non-Christian to say a thing like that, I thought.  My assistant agreed.

So on the latest letter I sent, I happily stamped it with 2 stamps for “Sassoferrato”.  Fitting I thought.

See the works of Italian artist Giovanni Battista Salvi (1609-1685) — also known as Sassoferrato and whose work is displayed at Hearst Castle — at

Keeping up

December 3, 2009

Now that I have two blogs, I will have to keep them both going, at least for now.

Interesting story about medical marijuana from the Wall St. Journal.  About to become legal in New Jersey.  Particularly interesting as a use for patients with the dreaded MS, autoimmune disease for which I have raised many $$$$ for the National MS Society.

Reminds me of a Rotary Club meeting I went to once, maybe 8 years ag0.  The topic was drug abuse.  I raised the question about legalization of marijuana and was nearly laughed out of the room.  But it was already occuring:  common that small amounts were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia instead of possession of marijuana (fine v. jail).  Now you can get a prescription and go get  your THC in many forms:  transdermal patches, pills, brownies, etc.

Always nice to have the last laugh.

Hello world!

December 1, 2009

Back to blogging now on WordPress as well as Blogger.  I will plan to merge soon but the best part is that my old Yahoo 360 entries are now online again!

Entry for May 31, 2009

May 31, 2009
I visited with a co-worker today and pointed out that June was right around the corner. “I hate summer” she said.
Outrageous! Blasphemous! I could not believe that she said that about my favorite season.
Summer is the best time of year. Long days and warm nights allow you to feel that you are enjoying every moment of each day. No wonder it goes by fast.
The holidays are all around summer, particularly my favorite the 4th of July. Independence Day. Fireworks. Red White and Blue. I always try and schedule a vacation then. This year will be no exception. I have CLE in Austin early that week, and then will be off Thursday and Friday.
Golf is better in the summer. Start early or end late – its all good. Some people claims its too hot. I say, learn to adapt and flex your times if necessary. Dealing with the conditions is part of the challenge.
Swimming is terrific. Whether the pool or the beach, always relaxing.
All sorts of great things outside. Plus if it is rainy or too hot, the best movies are out. So go out and enjoy the summer. It never lasts long enough.

Entry for May 27, 2009

May 27, 2009

It seemed I was in court a lot today but good results all around. Must have been my lucky watch I’ve been wearing this week. I’ve had it since 1995 and while I have others now, this one always brings good vibes and good luck. In fact I have it on now.

Tomorrow is the first day of swim practice – 6:00 a.m., dark and early. The pool is only open for lap swimming from 5-7 a.m. I’m planning another triathlon, this one in New Braunfels, with a 400 m swim. I’d like to work on my time.

Reading a good book by Phil Keoghan, host of the Amazing Race, called No Opportunity Wasted or NOW. Its about life lists, acting on things you want to do, overcoming challenges. I’m pleased that I’ve been working on several life list items: marathons, triathlons, trips abroard, adventures, music. So it is striking a chord.

Speaking of chords, I am playing a loaner acoustic guitar from my assistant Jordan. Its definitely different than the electric. I’m planning to get my own now. Good for travel.

We’ll be in town this weekend. There is a graduation party Sunday night. Friday night, the IB girls v. boys Powder Puff football game is not to be missed.

Memorial Day 2009

May 25, 2009

We went to Houston this weekend to meet the teacher, Ms. Burkle who will be leading Sarah and Nicole’s tour to Rome and Athens this June. We met in Baytown, halfway between Houston and Beaumont. The plan is to leave June 16 to go to Rome and return from Athens on June 28. The 4 day cruise around the Greek islands should be a real highlight. Sorry that I won’t be going.

Saturday and Sunday we saw the Astros play the Rangers. They lost both games. Sunday the Ranger pitcher threw a complete game shutout so that was good for him. The Astros couldn’t seem to get any action going. We stayed right across the street at the Inn at the Ballpark which was a nice hotel. Reminded me of Las Vegas, a baseball themed hotel.

Sunday night we went down the street to Discovery Green which is a new park in downtown Houston. Very nice, a public-private project. Lots of green manicured spaces, like a golf course. Water features, lots of people around, a nice restaurant/bar. It was like Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York (on a smaller scale). Good for Houston.

This should be another short week of work. I have a mediation scheduled for Thursday so that should be a highlight.

Entry for May 19, 2009

May 18, 2009

I got a somewhat excited call today from my friend Oscar. “We must buy our tickets to Colombia now… they’re really cheap!” So I took down the flights and purchased my ticket today to Medellin, Colombia (MDE). We leave Sept. 10 and return Sept. 19 which should be a reasonable time for the trip. We’ll ride in 3 legs of the Tour De Colombia in the… Senior Masters division (39-46). The rides are varied lengths, short, medium and long. I went for a ride today to start the process.

I’ve always wanted to go to South America so I look forward to doing it. I’ve achieved several life goals in recent years (running a marathon being the most significant) so it will be great to do another one.

44th birthday!!! May 11, 2009

May 11, 2009

Today is another wonderful birthday. I had a nice combo of good work, good family and good cars.

I started by a court hearing for a probate matter. Now if I do say so, I am an expert and had this probate matter scheduled for a good day. The client I had never met and she flew in from Kentucky. So I arranged to meet her and her family for breakfast. That was a good start and everyone (including me) was very relaxed by the time court started. We got in, got done and got out of the way. Don’t look back!

I had a light out on the M-B so I took it to Egbert’s. Larry and Edgar who are quite a team not only fixed it while I waited and watched but also diagnosed several other matters to fix. I think they like working on this variety of car.

In the evening we went to dinner together at Pepper’s and had a great steak and dessert. Our friend Dr. C one of the owners visited with us a little and then, afterwards, our server announced that “Doc” had picked up the tab for my birthday! Wow! It reminded me of our first anniversary in 1991 when my dad did the same for us. Always a nice surprise. I called him to tell him I remembered fondly and he liked hearing about that.

Entry for May 07, 2009

May 7, 2009

I’ve been away for a while. We went to New Orleans for the first weekend of May – saw Bon Jovi at the Jazz Fest. We went there once before in 2005 (right before Katrina) and thought it would be fun to take Sarah to. So we took her and her friend Lauren. We had a great time and I enjoyed the opportunity to show Lauren a very unique city. Looking around there were a lot of memories I have of being there.

When I was in college I visited there several times. This time I saw the old gas station where we stopped one time to use the bathroom (desperately). It was night, there were a few people standing around. We jumped out… “Where’s the bathroom?”.

“Dollar a person” the man smiled in a joking way.

To his great surprise, I pulled out $5 or $6 and gave it to him: “We’re all going to the bathroom” as everyone filed into the doors.

Entry for April 27, 2009

April 26, 2009

Sarah told her teacher recently that I was a “health nut”. I said I thought that was a compliment and she said it was. Of course this health nut is now fighting a cold all weekend, first one in a while. Friday I was feeling pretty bad but after new medicines and lots of rest this weekend, I should b OK for this next week.

We were at South Padre Island this weekend. I was pleased to get all my checklist of things done. Got the toilet flapper replaced and removed a lot of construction leftovers (from several months ago) to the dumpster.

Looking forward to May 1 when we go to New Orleans. There’s a new restaurant we will go to: called EAT.