Archive for February, 2009

Camilla is 4

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Today is Camilla’s 4th birthday. We’ll have a party on the weekend, and today is rainy day at home. I’ve uploaded a video from last month, when Camilla was chosen the Star Student of the month.

Quiet week

Sunday, February 15th, 2009


Yes, I know the last week has been quiet on the blog. In fact, I was sitting down this morning to handle a couple of videos that I’ve been meaning to upload for a couple of weeks.

Now, anyone who has edited video knows how much room they take on a hard drive. Well, I maxed out this morning after completing a 45 second final for YouTube for a classmate of Camilla’s. The rest of the day has been spent with the computer chugging through to compress older (over one year) graphics files to give me some breathing room. The computer started compressing at 10am this morning, and I’m still not done (it’s 10pm now).

I’ve given up and decided to throw money at the problem – but not too much. I just ordered my first ever 1.5 terabyte hard drive from Amazon – $129. Once installed, it will MORE THAN DOUBLE the storage space of my entire house and business, combined. I’ll probably have to run a second Linux server though, to host it effectively. (Rubs hands manically.)

Another Real Estate Scam

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

legal_fraudComing back into the house from retrieving mail at the street corner, I found this taped to our door. We’d been home all day, so no one even tried to knock on the door. It’s a scam, written as a fake legal notice, using public information about our home loan to scare us / entice us into contacting American National Loan Audit. The “tape-it-on-the-door” system is pretty innovative for a scam. It gets your attention quickly, it looks like similar taped notices on foreclosed houses that we see around the neighborhood and, when they get caught, they will avoid any charges of mail fraud.

While I would dearly love to re-arrange my mortgage in the ways that they suggest that they can do, their delivery method alone tells me that they are not to be trusted.

Temecula is certainly one of the focal points on the mortgage crisis, so we receive junk mail like this every day. I should probably post more of them. This one, though, is so brazen it deserves to be the first one.

Testing from cellphone

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Hello world

Little Girl’s Photo

Sunday, February 8th, 2009


Little Girl's Photo

Sunday, February 8th, 2009


February 7, 2009

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Today is a day for multiple anniversaries. Starting with the most important, in 2001, Gabi and I got married. No, this is not the Malibu wedding in November that some of you may remember. We got married soon after the engagement in order to jump-start Gabi’s citizenship paperwork. It was a Wednesday in Norwalk where a justice of the peace gave us our vows, cried and took a (now long lost) photo of the two of us. The picture below is from our honeymoon trip to San Francisco and the Napa wine country.


On February 7, 2005 we closed the purchase of our house in Temecula. Amazingly, we have no good photos of the front of the house since the one that Gabi took when she discovered the place with our realtor.


Wow. 4 and 8 years later. Child number 4 on the way. Hard to imagine …


We’re Expecting

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Gabi is expecting. She’s pregnant with a girl, who is due to arrive August 6. We’re 14 weeks along now, the tests are all good and everything is fine.

We're Expecting

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Gabi is expecting. She’s pregnant with a girl, who is due to arrive August 6. We’re 14 weeks along now, the tests are all good and everything is fine.


Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Steelers won! Great game. It’s a Temecula football season for the family pool …

Best of luck next year to everyone – we’ll be there too.