Monday, July 30, 2007

brunch special

A restaurant down the street from us has a pretty good brunch special... but WHAT day is that?

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Gabe in Heat

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Originally uploaded by Minnaert.
Two weeks ago the Vesneskis (Gary's sister's family) were back in the Bay Area visiting from Sydney. They were staying in Pleasant Hill, near where they used to live in Concord, CA. We visited them, and walked around Lafayete Reservoir. Gabe got a bit overheated on the walk, and took a break, in the middle of the trail.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gigante & the Giants

Gary has been in San Jose for the past 1.5 weeks. Went to the San Jose Giants game. The Giants are the single A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Great stadium and game experience. Always lots of fun. I went with Arno & his boys Dillon & Graham. The Giants have a new mascot, Gigante, the orange gorilla... a kid favorite.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Life is clearer in HD

It took me forever to finally bite the bullet and to get a new HD tv.

So we got a 32" LCD TV, new DVD player and we upgraded our Dish Network stuff to HD and a Tivo-style DVR. We also got a single Yamaha surround sound speaker thing. Pretty neat, no wires running across the room. Our old stuff was a 19" tv, and old VCR, DVD player and a CD player stereo.

There were just so many options and variables. There are no definitive answers in the home stereo and home theater market. And the only thing the sales people at the electronics stores want to sell are the most overpriced stuff, like $100 cables. We got all our stuff online... such a deal.

In the end, the tv looks great, and the mess of components is cleaned up... somewhat.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Chicken & the Hammer

We make chicken Scaloppine every so often. Very easy to make, not greasy, and you can add whatever sauce or seasoning your heart desires.

Sarah's favorite part though really is not the meal, but the preparation. Using the kitchen hammer is a special prize. Notice the southpaw swing.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Fancy cruiser riding for the holiday

We took the cruiser bikes out for a ride on the 4th. We rode down to Beverly Hills and back. We tried to get out before it was too hot, it reached 100+ in many parts of the LA area for the holiday.

Sarah is displaying her fancy riding skills. Don't try this at home, and also don't try to take photos of others on their bikes with your camera phone... kinda dangerous.

Later we went down to Torrance and saw all the Genta family (Sarah's grampy & everyone else). We had a good 4th of July style BBQ. The fun is driving home though in the evening. The freeway is lined with people shooting off elaborate and illegal fireworks in their backyard. An impressive display.


Sunday, July 01, 2007

go dodgers

we went to the Dodgers vs Padres game at Dodger Stadium last night. We had seats way down the right field line. The game went into extra innings, and the Dodgers should have won long before, but the Padres strung a few doubles together and stole that one.

We actually had a bit of fun at the game, lots of Padres fans all around us.
They say "Think Blue"at Dodger games, but the sunset was a great pink color.

Sarah made a friend for the game. Isaac sat next to us and was a lot of fun throughout. He was a big Dodger fan, but his little league team was the Padres, so he was somewhat torn for who to cheer for.

In the bottom of the 9th, all the Dodger fans cheering at the top of their lungs, the little girl next to us was fast asleep.