Monday, June 30, 2008

Mississippi Cactus

My brothers' band was featured on the local 10 o'clock news the night after their performance at Summerfest. Check out the video here.

Friday, June 27, 2008


If I ever have a yard, two things I really, really would like to have are:

a clothesline

and a grill.

Mom and I enjoyed a lovely shrimp and asparagus lunch under the sun.

Downtown Milwaukee

Downtown Milwaukee is looking better than ever. Here's a view of the Milwaukee River.

This is the Performing Arts Center where the ballet company performs. These lights were recently installed. They change color every 20 minutes. Very cool.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

More Shaelin Fun

On Wednesday, Mom and I took Shaelin to the Betty Brinn Children's Museum because it wasn't quite warm enough to go swimming. What a great place. See more here.

Shaelin got to drive an ambulance, work in a hospital, give a puppet show -- all kinds of fun stuff.

Afterwards, we had ice cream. Shaelin picked cotton candy with rainbow sprinkles. Now THAT I should've taken pictures of ...

Lunch in Chicago

Jean, who lives in London, just happened to be in Chicago with her family while I'm in Milwaukee with mine. Mom and I drove down to meet her for lunch.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

After the Game

After Sunday games, the Brewers let kids run the bases.

Shaelin in Milwaukee

I arrived in Milwaukee on Saturday.

Mom, Shaelin and I went to the playground.

On Sunday, Brian, Mike, Shaelin and I went to the Brewers game. First, we tailgated with some friends.

The Brewers won.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Documentary

As many of you know, I covered the story of Stanley Tookie Williams from 1998 until his execution in December 2005. His co-author and friend has finished a new documentary about Williams' death. I attended a screening here in SF on Sunday. If you're interested, check out her Web site here

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lake Oroville

Lake Oroville is about 50 miles north of Sacramento and it's huge! We rented a boat on Saturday.

"Captain" Bob

Beth's mom and dad

Kim and Beth

Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day

I spent Father's Day weekend with someone else's father ... and mother and sister, for that matter. Beth's mom and dad remind me A LOT of my own parents.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Golden Gate Park

Every morning, Gin and I step out our front door, cross the street and go for a stroll in one of the most beautiful parts of Golden Gate Park, the Fuchsia Dell. There are huge trees, trails and, of course, lots of fuchsia.

Monday, June 9, 2008

John Grisham

The other night I had a dream about John Grisham. We were introduced, I shook his hand and proclaimed that I had never been interested in his books because he was too popular. But, recently, I had read my first one and I'm now hooked. "You're not a bad writer," I said. "That's so nice of you to say," he replied.

These books are like crack. Not that I've smoked crack. You know what I mean.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Glorious Weekend!

Seeking maximum sun exposure, Georgia, Beth and I headed up to Tiburon yesterday and had lunch at the very hip Sam's Cafe. The clientele convinced us that we'd taken a wrong turn and somehow ended up in the Marina, but the bottle blonde bikini bimbettes and their - um - boyfriends made for great people watching.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Team Tom

Two years ago, my friend, Tom, was diagnosed with MS. It's been a tough road for him as he tries to figure out how to live with the disease. Last night, a group of friends got together to participate in a fundraising walk/run for Tom and the MS Society.

We celebrated afterwards with food and champagne cocktails.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunny Tiburon

Guyamas in Tiburon is one of my favorite spots to soak up the sun. Beth and I spent yesterday afternoon there. I had ceviche, guacamole and cold white wine.