sacramento connect http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Holiday Music Compilation – Best and Worst Holiday Songs http://j.mp/1xb90Wk http://j.mp/1xb90Wk#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:00:34 +0000 http://www.girlsonthegrid.com/?p=17637 read more]]> http://www.girlsonthegrid.com/holiday-music-compilation/feed/ 0 11 Trillion Gallons – Really? http://j.mp/1xb6IGE http://j.mp/1xb6IGE#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:11:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=7e09ff54910f50af3e0601380065c5db http://calricenews.blogspot.com/feeds/7586370429390648964/comments/default 0 The Year 2014 In Review with The Union’s George Boardman: “Dam” I’m confused! http://j.mp/1xba8t9 http://j.mp/1xba8t9#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:00:23 +0000 http://sierrafoothillsreport.com/?p=69256 Continue reading ]]> http://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2014/12/22/the-year-2014-in-review-with-the-unions-george-boardman-dam-im-confused/feed/ 0 Best Books of 2014 http://j.mp/1xb5v29 http://j.mp/1xb5v29#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=bc252a5f23987aa7fefec76afa775ced http://tableforseven-julie.blogspot.com/feeds/4073242649762674157/comments/default 0 Monday Morning Thoughts: Saving Foster Care in Yolo County http://j.mp/16ISzFb http://j.mp/16ISzFb#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:51:36 +0000 http://www.davisvanguard.org/?p=47260 http://www.davisvanguard.org/monday-morning-thoughts-saving-foster-care-in-yolo-county/feed/ 0 Eye on the Courts: Pushing For Reform on LWOP and the Death Penalty http://j.mp/1xbaaRN http://j.mp/1xbaaRN#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:31:17 +0000 http://www.davisvanguard.org/?p=47269 http://www.davisvanguard.org/eye-on-the-courts-pushing-for-reform-on-lwop-and-the-death-penalty/feed/ 0 Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Whipped Cream http://j.mp/1APLgEE http://j.mp/1APLgEE#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:00:26 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=16042 I make a lot of hot chocolate this time of year. It is probably the thing that my babes request more than anything. I’m happy to oblige. It is one of the few things that all 3 of them agree on. It is really cold here in New England and I like to have some going when they get off [...]

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Productive Six Months in the City http://j.mp/1x2E87o http://j.mp/1x2E87o#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:40:22 +0000 http://www.davisvanguard.org/?p=47256 http://www.davisvanguard.org/productive-six-months-in-the-city/feed/ 0 Will We See a Fourth Gang Trial Involving Woodland Co-Defendants? http://j.mp/1x2E8El http://j.mp/1x2E8El#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:33:54 +0000 http://www.davisvanguard.org/?p=47253 http://www.davisvanguard.org/will-we-see-a-fourth-gang-trial-involving-woodland-co-defendants/feed/ 0 Words that can shape your life… and your dreams http://j.mp/1Hp1CWX http://j.mp/1Hp1CWX#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:00:07 +0000 http://gennyheikka.com/?p=6586 Continue reading]]> http://gennyheikka.com/2014/12/words-that-can-shape-your-life-and-your-dreams.html/feed 0 Cocoa Roasted Almonds http://j.mp/1vfYRRV http://j.mp/1vfYRRV#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:31:29 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=11905 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2014/12/22/cocoa-roasted-almonds/feed/ 0 Mayo brothers lose in quarters of Jr. Orange Bowl http://j.mp/1vfWbE0 http://j.mp/1vfWbE0#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:26:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=8534a26c2b8e3b8d9b0b2b9903752f5b http://norcaltennisczar.blogspot.com/feeds/2166268633023495902/comments/default 0 The California Health Report TV – Episode 5 http://j.mp/1vfTG4t http://j.mp/1vfTG4t#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:44:06 +0000 http://www.healthycal.org/?p=17276 Hosted by Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Weintraub, California Health Report TV brings you stories from around the state about people improving their lives and the conditions of their communities.

First we go to Life Long Medical Care in Berkeley, where we met Ana Maria Negrete five weeks from the due date of her first child.

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Stocker reflects on 20 years as a supervisor http://j.mp/1vfWej5 http://j.mp/1vfWej5#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:12:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=ebaa13fcefd5668e84d7901a549bc8b2 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/22/stocker-reflects-on-20-years-as-a-supervisor/feed/ 0 Sutter County Library hosts holiday party http://j.mp/1vfWfDI http://j.mp/1vfWfDI#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:10:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=9d7c8deb67e0895693586dc3a9aecff9 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/22/sutter-county-library-hosts-holiday-party/feed/ 0 Former Yuba City consultant accused of forging $336,000 check http://j.mp/1vfWezy http://j.mp/1vfWezy#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:09:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=1f0bcf1eb54a9c2e98a88c02a61f8200 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/22/former-yuba-city-consultant-accused-of-forging-336000-check/feed/ 0 Mid-Valley Roadwork: Dec. 22, 2014 http://j.mp/1vfWfUk http://j.mp/1vfWfUk#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:06:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=46dcdd47db64be7eab53769ade2ff5f4 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/22/mid-valley-roadwork-dec-22-2014/feed/ 0 Us Profile: Julio Mojica http://j.mp/1vfWeQh http://j.mp/1vfWeQh#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:04:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=059f617d2f68b64232ce5b486105eb18 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/22/us-profile-julio-mojica/feed/ 0 Since You Asked: Was taxpayer money spent on movie? http://j.mp/1vfWf6B http://j.mp/1vfWf6B#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:01:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=77388e76395990bfda53b73868855339 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/22/since-you-asked-was-taxpayer-money-spent-on-movie/feed/ 0 Last Minute Gift Idea for Restaurant Lovers from Costco http://j.mp/13uxo7Q http://j.mp/13uxo7Q#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:09:33 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=6279dc233df7b2d1c5d66a068e7ab38d http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/21/last-minute-gift-idea-for-restaurant-lovers-from-costco/feed/ 0 Men’s basketball falls to Seattle U http://j.mp/13vqGOX http://j.mp/13vqGOX#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:50:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=da53e066ce3d5c2a057b43983ec180fe Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team dropped to 5-5 on the season with a 66-47 loss at Seattle University on Sunday night.


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Rebel Saint: Bill Thomas Revolutionizes Aging http://j.mp/1ANSCIT http://j.mp/1ANSCIT#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:45:58 +0000 http://www.healthycal.org/?p=17314  

By Matt Perry
Dr. Bill Thomas has a Christmas present for you.

You’re not going to live to be 200. You’re probably not even going to make it to 100 either. All that longevity talk is marketing fantasy intended to line the pockets of “anti-aging experts.”

Instead, he’s got something better.

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Sugar Cookies & Salted Vanilla Icing
makes about 3 dozen cookies

cookie dough-1 cup cashew meal
-1/2 cup coconut flour
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
-1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
-1/4 cup maple syrup
-2 teaspoons pure vanilla

glaze
-1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted
-1 Tablespoon coconut milk
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla
-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
-1/2 cup powdered sugar

for cookie dough1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients well. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir well until dough forms.
2. Roll cookie dough between two sheets of parchment paper to about 1/8-1/4" thick. Freeze 20-30 minutes. While it's freezing, preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or non-stick liner.
3. Remove from freezer and peel off top layer of parchment paper. Cut out using cookie cutter. Gently transfer shapes to prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake in preheated oven 5-8 minutes, or until edges begin turning golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 30 minutes before icing.
for icing
1. Combine all ingredients until thoroughly incorporated. To thicken, add more powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time; to thin, add more milk one teaspoon at a time.
to frost
1. Once cookies are completely cooled, frost with icing.
Enjoy.

notes:
adapted from this recipe by Fit Foodie Finds
optional substitutions...
cookies
-cashew meal: almond meal
-maple syrup: coconut nectar, honey
icing
-coconut milk: milk of choice




Mangia! Mangia!
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Joanna Newsom and all enjoy Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra holiday concert http://j.mp/1CrvukE http://j.mp/1CrvukE#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:49:11 +0000 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/?p=17148 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/fwablog/joanna-newsom-and-all-enjoy-sierra-master-chorale-orchestra-holiday-concert/feed/ 0 One-Eyed Doll at the Boardwalk, Orangevale. A summary. A horror show. Sheer musical genius! http://j.mp/1AMZc2g http://j.mp/1AMZc2g#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:24:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=1e54f899fae16e71b52d63981e8e0876 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/21/one-eyed-doll-at-the-boardwalk-orangevale-a-summary-a-horror-show-sheer-musical-genius/feed/ 0 Quietly Paying Attention http://j.mp/1wSD0Eo http://j.mp/1wSD0Eo#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:47:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=8744d183012afcebb8698d3fb74d130a http://flyingmule.blogspot.com/feeds/8289276256148638325/comments/default 0 Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children’s Retro Washer + Dryer http://j.mp/1wB0pdK http://j.mp/1wB0pdK#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:26:35 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=87d266ec1402372213654820ff0304dd
The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

If your kiddos love to play house then they will adore having their very own stacking retro washer and dryer to pretend play with! My littlest adores clean up, it is one of my favorite things about him! He just hates a messy space, lol! Let's see how long that lasts, eh? As with most of our free plans for toys and play, this fun thing is part of our Handmade Holiday series that will be ongoing till the end of time!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
$50-$75
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
  • 1 – 1x3 at 8’ 
Top Shelf Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

Cut the pieces for the Sides, Top, Shelf, and Bottom. Set your Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in each side of the Top, Bottom, and Shelf. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Make sure that all pocket screws face the inside of the Washer/Dryer or toward the ground so that they are less visible when the entire piece is assembled.

  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 14”x30-1/4” – Sides
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood at 12-1/2”x16-3/4” – Top, Shelf, and Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-3/4”x27-1/4”– Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-3/4”x27-1/4”– Front
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 3”x16-3/4” – Front Bottom Apron
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 10”x11-1/2”– Washer and Dryer Doors
  • 2 – Plexiglas at 8” diameter circles – Washer and Dryer Windows
  • 2 – 1x3 at 3-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Stops
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Fronts
  • 4 – 1x3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Backs
  • 2 – 1x3 at 1-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Bottoms
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2” diameter circles – Washer and Dryer Dials
Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

Cut the Back piece. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Drawers for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

Cut the pieces for the Filter and Soap Drawers. Cut a 1/2” diameter circle in the top center of the Drawer Fronts as shown. Since these pieces are so small, you will need to assemble with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Place Drawers into Drawer Openings.

Front for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Doors forThe Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

Cut the piece for the Front with the Door Openings and Drawer Openings.  Remember to drill pilot holes slightly larger than your jigsaw blade for these inside cuts. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Front. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Dials and Labels for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

Cut the rough pieces for the Washer and Dryer Door. Mark the shape of each door, and cut them out with your jigsaw. Remember to drill pilot holes slightly larger than your jigsaw blade for the inside cuts.

For the Washer and Dryer Dials you could easily glue on retro styled kitchen timers. Another option would be to cut out a 2” circle from your 1/2” thick wood. Place the 2” circle as shown on the Front, and drill a hole in the center of this circle. Loosely secure the circle to the Front with a 2” long bolt and appropriately sized nut. This way, those little hands can still turn the dial.

Label the Dryer, Washer, Filter Drawer, and Soap Drawer. Next, paint pieces of the Washer and Dryer with accent colors and put those kids to work doing some laundry!

Front Bottom Apron for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

Cut the piece for the Front Bottom Apron. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Front Bottom Apron. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Doors for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

Attach the 3” piano hinge on the straight side of the Door and position the Washer and Dryer Doors as shown. If desired, attach a knob for easy opening of each Door. Also, positioning a small magnet on the back of each Door and the Front can help keep the Doors closed.

Window Glass for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

Next, cut your Plexiglas Door Window pieces. These pieces will cover the Washer and Dryer Door openings on the back, and overlap the Door openings by 1/2”. Use your Mirror Screws to secure the Windows into place. Be aware that you are screwing into 3/4” material and that you may have to use a shorter screw size in order to not entirely screw through the wood.

Drawer Stops for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

Cut the pieces for the Drawer Stops. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails or 1-1/4” wood screws (through the underside of the Shelf or Bottom and through the Side).

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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Bring A Little Joy To The World http://j.mp/13rRwYl http://j.mp/13rRwYl#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:22:11 +0000 http://jenniferwolfe.net/?p=4137 The heat slapped us in the face as we enter, shaking off the drizzle from our sweaters. The air, not as unpleasant as I expected, had that institutional smell, a mixture of leftover lunch, sickness and aging. I smiled at my son as he awkwardly drifted to the chair in the back of the waiting […]

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Cathedral http://j.mp/16FDvIo http://j.mp/16FDvIo#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:01:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=145181a10f4630916ebd6596b2c04ece http://45journal.blogspot.com/feeds/3311119129041221120/comments/default 0 Sunday Commentary: Violence is Not the Answer http://j.mp/16FCgZI http://j.mp/16FCgZI#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:27:34 +0000 http://www.davisvanguard.org/?p=47239 http://www.davisvanguard.org/sunday-commentary-violence-is-not-the-answer/feed/ 0 Sunday Commentary II: Prop 47 Opens a Door For Restorative Programs If We’re Willing to Change http://j.mp/1zL7J6m http://j.mp/1zL7J6m#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:33:23 +0000 http://www.davisvanguard.org/?p=47246 http://www.davisvanguard.org/sunday-commentary-ii-prop-47-opens-a-door-for-restorative-programs-if-were-willing-to-change/feed/ 0 Cookie Dough Ritz Crackers http://j.mp/1zKwEHb http://j.mp/1zKwEHb#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:00:46 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=10747 Cookie dough is always a good thing. So are Ritz Crackers. When you put them together and dip them in chocolate? Genius. If you’re like me you’re probably running around like a crazy headless chicken, trying to get everything done before Christmas. You with me? 4 weeks between Thanksgiving and Santa is just not enough […]

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Mayos survive three-setters in Jr. Orange Bowl http://j.mp/1zKu7N5 http://j.mp/1zKu7N5#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:51:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=9d75b35493cfd3e804f159fe622206e8 http://norcaltennisczar.blogspot.com/feeds/8863554773376853232/comments/default 0 Holiday shopping? It’s in the bag; With Christmas less than a week away, shoppers take advantage of last-minute deals around Yuba-Sutter to finish off their lists http://j.mp/1ChrIgd http://j.mp/1ChrIgd#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:15:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=0659043c101bdc6078ba3bef6158f139 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/21/holiday-shopping-its-in-the-bag-with-christmas-less-than-a-week-away-shoppers-take-advantage-of-last-minute-deals-around-yuba-sutter-to-finish-off-their-lists/feed/ 0 Christmas Letter 2014 http://j.mp/1wR5IWk http://j.mp/1wR5IWk#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:10:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=05c1f486a7b6015530a2b9fdc47ad5ab http://marcvaldez.blogspot.com



Once again, I am sending out my Christmas Letter in the form of a multiple-choice quiz. The reason I am sticking with this convention is:

( ) I didn’t get a passing grade on last year’s quiz and need to try again;
( ) I need the extra credit;
( ) I don’t want an ‘Incomplete’ on my record;
( ) All of the above.


The year of 2014 got off to a remarkably bad start. In California, the winter rainy season failed utterly. A meteorological phenomenon called the “Really Resilient Ridge” repelled all of the winter rainstorms that make California inhabitable. The reason for the extreme drought is:

( ) We sacrificed the lean calf instead of the fatted one;
( ) Hollywood just went too far this time;
( ) Mother Nature started sulking;
( ) All of the above.


In the spirit of the terrible times, I took this fellow as my avatar for 2014. He is an Iranian who smokes animal dung in a pipe and hasn't had a bath in sixty years. I figured, if he could do it, so could I. The reason more people didn’t flock to his banner is:

( ) No one could see his banner in the dense clouds of dust and smoke;
( ) Hollywood just went too far this time;
( ) He’s just a showoff narcissist;
( ) None of the above.


On a more practical level, I took fewer showers this year, started recycling gray water, withheld water from my landscaping, and hoped the trees wouldn’t die. The reason this approach succeeded is:

( ) No one really noticed my change in habits;
( ) I didn’t notice their habits changed either;
( ) The trees were already dead;
( ) People figured it was a publicity stunt anyway;
( ) All of the above.


Regarding Davis Musical Theater Company (DMTC) in Davis, CA, I participated in several shows this year. I was Stage Manager for “Cabaret” and “Shrek, the Musical”, and had a brief moment as a ‘Cut Dancer’ in “A Chorus Line”. There was also the 30th Anniversary Gala. Theater participation is a good thing, because:

( ) Fewer showers means social interactions necessarily become more superficial;
( ) Hollywood just went too far this time;
( ) It improves your reflexes;
( ) You become more adept at improvisation;
( ) All of the above.


I saw several interesting movies this year. These were:

• “Nebraska” (with Bruce Dern and Bob Odenkirk);
• “Le Corsaire” (Bolshoi Ballet);
• “Her” (falling in love with a computer; made me treat Siri differently);
• “À La Française” (an amusing animation short);
• Muppets “Most Wanted” (Muppets are always great!);
• “X-men: Days of Future Past” (didn’t understand a damned thing);
• “The Edge of Tomorrow” (best Tom Cruise movie yet – a low bar, I know);
• “Maleficent” (with the great Angelina Jolie!);
• “Belle” (brilliant presentation of the 1840’s ‘Zong’ verdict);
• “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (didn’t really *get* this animated film);
• “Interstellar” (oooh! Time dilation near a black hole as a plot device!);
• “The Hunger Games – Mockingjay – Part I” (fantastic!);
• “The Theory of Everything” (Felicity Jones is great as Jane Hawking!);
• “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (overwhelming in 3-D);


My favorite movie was “The Hunger Games – Mockingjay – Part I”, because:

( ) Fewer showers means social interactions necessarily become more superficial;
( ) Hollywood just went too far this time;
( ) It improves your reflexes to face relentless assault by desperate teenagers;
( ) Lorde is an excellent singer;
( ) Katniss Everdeen is the reincarnation of Annie Oakley;
( ) All of the above.


In 2014, I continued taking Zumba and hip-hop oriented aerobics classes at ‘Step One’ health studio with Pepper Von, Krystle Morales, and associates. This was good because;

( ) 2014 was the ‘Year of the Booty’;
( ) They teach secret twerking skills;
( ) I made the twerk honor roll twice;
( ) I totally missed the Kim Kardashian booty backlash;
( ) None of the above.


Together with a motley assortment of little girls, I loudly mocked Sacramento comedy duo Ritz and Triscuit in a YouTube video called, “We Are Dancers”, mostly because they were dressed like a donut and a hot dog and didn’t dance very well. This comedy video pleased me because:

( ) 2014 was the ‘Year of Junk Food’;
( ) Donuts have secret twerking skills;
( ) I was way too busy to notice the Kim Kardashian booty backlash;
( ) All of the above.


I traveled to my hometown of Albuquerque, NM in February, July, and November, mostly in association with the popular TV series “Breaking Bad”. In February, I sat in on a Breaking Bad Roundtable at the 35th Annual Southwest/American Popular Culture Conference. Many strange sessions: Creepy Children, The Grateful Dead, Nerdlesque (combining burlesque with comic book themes), Hunger Games, Mississippi Diner Food; you name it. This was a fun meeting, because:

( ) My social life is painfully limited;
( ) 2014 was the ‘Year of Mississippi Diner Food’;
( ) I have way too much time on my hands;
( ) All of the above.


On April 9, 2014, I self-published (via CreateSpace on Amazon.com) “A Guide to Breaking Bad Filming Locations” (with contributions by Sven Joli). I started selling the book too. This was fun because:

( ) My social life is painfully limited;
( ) Amazon delivers secret twerking skills overnight by drone;
( ) It improves your reflexes to face relentless assault by desperate academics;
( ) None of the above.


My favorite book of the year was Pekka Hämäläinen's book, "The Comanche Empire" (Yale University Press, New Haven, 2008). The reason I liked it was:

( ) Now I finally *get* honorary Comanche Johnny Depp;
( ) The Comanche Empire had mad horse skillz;
( ) I was protected from the Honey Boo-Boo mess;
( ) It improves your reflexes to face relentless assault by cavalries of the Plains;


The most exciting dance moment of the year was March 28th, when Jamaican Dancehall instructor Laure Courtellemont came to town. Amazing and astonishing was she as an instructor! I was simply agog, because:

( ) She’s pretty, blonde, French, and has mad dancing skillz;
( ) She mastered secret twerking skills long ago, but prefers to concentrate on even more-mesmerizing moves;
( ) It improves your reflexes to try and master Jamaican Dancehall;
( ) All of the above.


On April 25th, I slipped on a misparked pram and fell hard on the floor of a restaurant. A doctor came racing up, shouting loudly “are you all right?” What I learned was:

( ) Prams kill;
( ) Doctors are really desperate for business;
( ) You can’t get faster service by making a really dramatic entrance;
( ) All of the above.


My crooked California attorney, who stole $3,250 from me in 2013, was finally disbarred by the California Supreme Court in May and charged with a variety of crimes. The State Bar’s Client Security Fund (CSF), which reimburses money stolen by crooked California attorneys, has been making everyone else suffer, but they smiled on me, reimbursed me in full, and even paid several hundred dollars interest! This experience convinces me:

( ) I really need to find more crooked California attorneys and fork over to them large amounts of money;
( ) I have lawyer mojo;
( ) You can lead attorneys to water, but unless they get a retainer first, you can’t make them drink;
( ) None of the above.


On July 18-19, I attended the 40th West Mesa High School Reunion. There I finally learned:

( ) Who the 1974 class valedictorian was;
( ) That the Class of 1989 parties harder;
( ) Everyone looks and dances EXACTLY the same as they did in 1974;
( ) None of the above.


There were several other activities in Albuquerque: a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest; climbed J Mountain; hiked the East Mesa; visited the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. I passed time with the homeless folks on Central Avenue. A woman told a story about her sleeping spot in the alley directly behind the hotel where I was staying. A couple of mornings before, she was awakened by a light tapping on her shoulder. "Who is this person touching me in such an inappropriate manner?" she thought. Prepared to do battle, she peered out from under her blanket and found herself face-to-face with a curious bird. Curiosity satisfied, the bird hopped upon her shoulder and flew away. This story signifies:

( ) It’s harder to sleep on the streets of Albuquerque than you’d think;
( ) Burque birds are bold!;
( ) Symbolic estrangement from Nature;
( ) All of the above.


I started teaching freshman-college-level Astronomy at Yuba Community College. This was a notable step because I never took an Astronomy class in college, barely understood the subject, and was one chapter ahead of the class the entire time. This experience taught me:

( ) The less you know, the better you do;
( ) Today’s students just don’t keep up on the latest in Astrology;
( ) Modern high-tech classrooms are the bomb!;
( ) Everyone hates math today just the same as they did in 1974;


A very strange band from South Africa called ‘Die Antwoord’ performed at Oakland’s Fox Theatre on September 25th. I went to watch. My pre-show worries weren’t justified because;

( ) There were hardly any skinheads there;
( ) They don’t actually keep nasty vermin to spring unawares on the audience;
( ) They weren’t actually going to crucify Lady Gaga;
( ) All of the above.


I was part of a jury empaneled to decide a civil suit regarding a troubled construction project (the 2006 rebuilding of the Fishhook Interchange, Highways 1 and 17, on the outskirts of Santa Cruz). I was very surprised on the opening day of the trial when the jury was introduced to Dan Himick, CEO of C.C. Myers. There are times when the CEO of C.C. Myers is more important than the Governor of California, yet here he was, with us! And we ultimately decided against him too! What I learned was:

( ) The less you know, the better you do;
( ) Today’s CEOs just don’t keep up on the latest in Astrology;
( ) Modern contracts baffle everyone;
( ) If you strike at the king you must kill him;
( ) All of the above.


On November 7-8, the First Annual Breaking Bad Fest was held in Albuquerque. It was a pleasure to meet various celebrities, meet the Heisenhoneys, participate in a Netflix interview, and show off Albuquerque to fans Daniel Crocker (from the UK) and Michael van Voorst (from the Netherlands). One unforgettable moment was driving west on Indian School, just west of Carlisle, about 2 a.m. We spotted a canine loping down the street. It wasn't until we drew closer that we realized it was a Coyote! A wild dog in the middle of town means:

( ) You can never find a Roadrunner when you need one;
( ) The Acme Safe Company was closed;
( ) The town is slipping back, slipping back;
( ) It is a sign, but I just don’t know my Astrology;
( ) All of the above.


2015 will be a better year than 2014 because:

( ) You can never find a Roadrunner when you need one;
( ) The town is slipping back, slipping back;
( ) Today’s CEOs just don’t keep up on the latest in Astrology;
( ) It started raining again;
( ) 2015 will be the ‘Year of the Booty’ too;
( ) “Better Call Saul” will start;
( ) Laure Courtellemont will return to Sacramento and become my avatar for 2015;
( ) None of the above.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, all ya’ll!



Marc
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