Dirty girl

Went for a nice mid-day sail yesterday. The sun was warm, the air had a nice chill. After the sail Brent and I spent the afternoon scrubbing Calico’s decks – she needed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olson 25, Calico – Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay

Dirty girl

The box on Umunhum

Monday afternoon Tom and I rode up to the to top of Mt. Charlie road. It was a really nice winter ride. The Santa Cruz mountains were snowcapped which was cool to see. One site that always interests me is the abandoned Alamaden Air Force base on top of Mt. Umunuhum. The base overlooks both San Jose up to San Fransico and out accross the Pacific to Santa Cruz and beyond. I hope in the next 10 years it is cleaned up so the public can enjoy it’s beaufitul summit.

Wikipedia: “Almaden Air Force Station was a US Air Force early warning radar base in operation from 1958 to 1980. Located on the summit of Mount Umunhum in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the station is a few miles south of San Jose, California and sits about 3486 ft above Almaden Valley. The station was constructed in 1957 to keep watch over Northern California’s airspace as part of the NORAD defense system. A GATR”

The box on Umunhum

A glimmer


New Sentinel building in downtown Santa Cruz filling up after remode

By JONDI GUMZ
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Posted:02/12/2011 01:30:28 AM PST

“Some are serial entrepreneurs, like John, who founded SugarCRM in San Jose and is now heading up X2Engine, developing an open-source customer relationship management application. He is recruiting Web application developers, Linux system administrators and a user interface designer.”

A glimmer

Paparazzo

Yesterday Fred, (surprise surprise) scored two ‘media passes’ to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am celebrity/charity golf tournament. It was great fun to walk the course with Bill Murray and Kevin Costner and a few other celebs. Most folks who know me, know I usually do not have kind things to say about this game that a lot of out of shape, cigar smoking, gentleman consider a ‘sport’. To Bill and Kevin’s’ credit they both looked in great shape.

Mostly my dislike of the game has more to do with the horrendous environmental impacts (water use, non-native grasses, chemical fertilizers, pesticides) that courses require. But….from a social standpoint the game is fun and like I said, I had a great time yesterday following two actors I admire around such beautiful fairways.

Bill Murray and Kevin Costner

Kevin Constner

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Paparazzo

Gas land

About eight years ago I stumbled across an article on Peak Oil, which frankly rattled my cage….Since then our energy policy or lack-of energy policy has become a greater focus of the US government which I have been happy about. Recently new mega ‘natural gas reserves’ have been found that can serve as a time bridge until we can engineer the ultimate clean and safe energy supply for our planet. So, my spirits have been lifted from the dystopia of Peak Oil and our short term future looks sustainable again.

Natural gas, though not by any stretch a great solution will provide us the time we need to change our ways. On Tuesday it was great to see T. Boone Pickens on Jon Stewart and I was happy to see him championing this effort. Last night I stumbled across this movie on HBO. It’s shocking to say the least. I woke up early this morning thinking about it and feeling lucky the the water from my well is not contaminated and the air I breath every day is not filled with ‘proprietary’ chemicals – things I have long taken for granted.

Still, I am a supporter of natural gas, but I think it’s clear we need to stop and study our current drilling methods before we contaminate our living habitat for generations to come.

Gas land

Pigeon Point

Yesterday I had a couple of meetings up in Half Moon Bay. So with our beaufitul winter weather, I decided to ride the 50 miles up the coast. It was ‘california cold’ for the ride up but overall a really nice morning. The ride home was much warmer and I was able to avoid any speeding tickets which I was happy about. I stopped by Pigeon Point and took a couple of HDR pictures. I’m not sure which I liked better the ocean or the green winter grass…

The story of how Pigeon Point got its name. Wikipedia: “On June 6, 1853 the clipper was sighted at Santa Cruz, California. San Francisco is located only about seventy nautical miles north of Santa Cruz. The cool California Current offshore, enhanced by upwelling of cold sub-surface waters, often creates summer fog near the coast, and June 6, 1853 was no exception. As night approached, so did the fog. The Captain of the Carrier Pigeon, Azariah Doane, believed that the ship was far from shore, and so he gave the order to sail eastward toward the shore. In few minutes the clipper hit the rocky bottom. Heavy waves rocked the helpless clipper from side to side. The hull was opened to the incoming tide. After seven feet of cold Pacific water rushed into the ship, the captain and the crew had just a few moments to escape with their lives. Because the ship was wrecked only 500 feet (152 meters) from shore, all the members of the crew were able to reach the shore safely.”

Pigeon Point