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Anniversary, Packers win Super Bowl and more

Monday, February 7th, 2011

We spent Saturday night walking through La Jolla. We went to the beach as the sun went down and had a passerby take this photo. We ate at Barbarella’s (link). Oysters on the half shell, salmon pizza (!!) and a very good burger.

Then we went to the main downtown area. I hadn’t been there for fifteen years. We managed to locate The Spot (link), which was originally a dive restaurant a block away from the house I shared with Barry Marshall, Rachel Guthridge and others while I was at Northwestern. About 20 years ago, they decided to flee the Chicago weather (and an eminent domain event that destroyed their building) and moved to Southern California. We also made a quick stop to the famous La Valencia (link).

Big thanks to Leila for looking after the kids while we went to have fun.

After the proposal, we partied for a week with friends. Here with Jack.

To those who don’t know, this is the anniversary of the first wedding with Gabi. The big wedding everyone remembers was on a beach in Malibu on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2001. Here’s the story. I proposed on Christmas morning of the year 2000. After partying for a week at our new house in Silverlake, we went to see an immigration lawyer almost immediately. When he told us how long the process was to get Gabi her American citizenship, we opted to get married as soon as possible in order to start the application.

On Wednesday February 7, 2001, we went to Norwalk in Los Angeles. Our immigration attorney recommended it as filing the fastest paperwork in the area (“Whatever you do, don’t get married in Vegas. They take forever with the paperwork.”). Most of the people getting married there that day were visibly pregnant, poorly dressed and otherwise not happy to be there. Not us. We got the Justice of the Peace, who must handle dozens of weddings a day, to cry at our ceremony. The only photo of the day that I have is the one below. Denny’s was the convenient restaurant across from the courthouse. A very happy day, and much worth celebrating.

Lunch on our wedding day. No guests. No catering.

The Packers won the Super Bowl, and they were my team in the family football pool. Now we suffer with at least seven months of no football. Dang.

And major progress was made on my super-secret project today. Very happy about this.

It’s a good day.

Football Playoff Picks

Monday, January 24th, 2011


  1. Cally (New England)
  2. Tom Williams (Atlanta)
  3. Rich (Pittsburgh)
  4. Ann/Tom (Chicago)
  5. Mom (Indianapolis)
  6. Gabi (New Orleans)
  7. Ed (Green Bay)
  8. Ashley (Jets)
  9. Andy (Baltimore)
  10. Andy (Philadelphia)
  11. Ashley (Kansas City)
  12. Ed (Go, Seattle! Go!)

My team is going to the Super Bowl! And is the favorite of the odds makers!

Football Picking Order

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Here is the order I have for the Super Bowl picks:

  1. Cally (New England?)
  2. Tom Williams (Pittsburgh?)
  3. Rich (Chicago?)
  4. Ann/Tom
  5. Mom (Indianapolis?)
  6. Gabi
  7. Ed
  8. Ashley
  9. Andy
  10. Andy
  11. Ashley
  12. Ed (Go, Seattle! Go!)

NFL Week 17

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Tom Williams is the big winner this week. Really big.

NFL Week 16

Monday, December 27th, 2010

We’re so happy that both Indy won and Jacksonville lost. Indy still needs to win against Tennessee at home next week. Don’t get lulled into the idea that this will be easy; any team can beat any other team on any given day.

As to the pool this week, Ashley has won for two of the four different outcomes possible. Gabi wins for one possibility and they split the other one. In short, If Atlanta beats New Orleans tonight, Ashley wins. If New Orleans wins, we need to wait until the Tuesday game. If Minnesota wins that one, Ashley and Gabi split the pool. If Philadelphia wins, Gabi wins.

Much more interesting leading into the Playoffs than last year!

UPDATE: It’s an Ashley/Gabi split win this week. Congrats to both!

Football Week 14

Monday, December 13th, 2010

OK, this gets complicated. If Minnesota wins tonight in Detroit, then Cally wins the pool. If, however, the Giants win then there are two possibilities. If Baltimore wins, then Mom wins the pool. Otherwise, Andy wins.

Nothing for those of us in Temecula this week. Sniff.

NFL Week 13

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Much easier week to make picks. Fewer upsets. If the Jets win, Rich wins; if New England wins, Gabi wins. It’s that simple.

Football Week 12

Monday, November 29th, 2010

It’s a fight to the finish between Rich and Gabi. Arizona wins – it’s Gabi! San Francisco wins – it’s Rich!

NFL Week 10 – Tom Williams wins!

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Another tough week to pick winners. Kudo to Gabi for having a perfect score on the morning games (followed by a perfectly awful score for the rest of the day’s games). Tom really pulled into an early lead and kept it. It doesn’t matter who wins tonight, the week belongs to Tom. Congratulations!

NFL Week 9

Monday, November 8th, 2010

A bad week. And I had such *good* choices. Who else bet low on the Jets against Detroit? But Minnesota won, San Diego won, the Jets won. Bottom of the pool this week.

Congrats to Cally! She is the clear winner going into the game tonight. And week 10 starts the Thursday night games. Football, three days a week now!