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I Snoozed On, But Fitfully

Aug 26, 2014

I didn't exactly wake up from the Napa Valley earthquake, but I did hear noises on the roof all morning long and did have a dream about monsters.

Finding Our Way Now
Riding Lessons: #Story

Some of the most memorable lessons do not take place in a classroom. The summer I properly learned to ride horses still brings a profound sense of accomplishment. That certainly was the case with my riding lessons. Riding Lessons Like many little girl...

Marc Valdez Weblog
Sierra Research To Be Acquired By Trinity Consultants

Aug 25, 2014

Business news:

Founded in 1974, Trinity operates in more than 40 locations across the globe. Sierra was funded in 1981 and has an office in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sierra had revenue of $7.17 million in 2013 and was the 11th largest environmental consulting firm in Sacramento, according to Business Journal research.

“Although both companies have...

Marc Valdez Weblog
Interesting Yuba City Signs I

Aug 25, 2014
Interesting Yuba City Signs I

Cool!Yuba City signs look about as interesting as Albuquerque signs, but maybe with a different emphasis.Waffle Barn.Boot Barn.Family Motors.Electric Chair.Aladdin Bail Bonds.The Hose Shop.  In 1990, when I worked in Salt Lake City, I became somet...

Marc Valdez Weblog
25th Annual Chesley Awards – Woodland Opera House

Aug 25, 2014
25th Annual Chesley Awards – Woodland Opera House

The Wieringas on the red carpet (Matt was a nominee).Photographing the arriving guests.The house.Emcee Steve Cairns.Bobby Rogers on sax.Lou Anderson came back from Arizona to present Woodland Opera House history.Patricia Glass (she won two awards!): '...

Marc Valdez Weblog
DMTC’s 30th Anniversary Gala

Aug 25, 2014
DMTC’s 30th Anniversary Gala

Reunion of the cast of 1987 "Oklahoma!":  Gil Sebastian, Steve Isaacson (Jud Fry), Paul Plain, Joe Anthony, Mary Young (Aunt Eller).I took some video from the Light Booth.  Provided they are good I'll post them in the next few days.The longes...

Marc Valdez Weblog
Second Annual CORE Gala And Fundraiser – The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks

Aug 25, 2014
Second Annual CORE Gala And Fundraiser – The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks


The Friday night promise:
Join Artistic Director Kelli Leighton and the CORE company dancers for live music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction fundraiser to celebrate the opening of CORE’s 2014 season!

Artificial turf  and real turf blend on the golf course.


Silent Auction.  I was...

Alison Toon
Ten reasons music photogs need more gear

Aug 25, 2014
Ten reasons music photogs need more gear

lionfight, Feb 2014, 1/125 f4, Canon 60D and Sigma 70-300 at 70mm, ISO 1600, very under-exposed, low-light venueThere's little-to-no light in the venue and you know you really, reall need to get That Shot of the bass player doing his twirling jump, and...

Alison Toon
Force of Habit, opening at the Ace of Spades

Aug 24, 2014
Force of Habit, opening at the Ace of Spades

As openers for Restrayned and Y&T, Force of Habit warmed up the already-big crowd last night at the Ace of Spades. It's been a few months since I saw them last, and they have come a long way musically. Good sound, good music, good show.I still wond...

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Alison Toon
Restrayned are not at all (restrained): Ace of Spades, 23 August, supporting Y&T

Aug 24, 2014
Restrayned are not at all (restrained): Ace of Spades, 23 August, supporting Y&T

Local hard rock/melodic metal band Restrayned held nothing back last night: real rock, real good local musicians.They have an album available: A Dark New Day (Amazon) and also through iTunes.More photos from last night's show:  http://alisont...

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