Working the Fall '10 KHSU fundraising drive

Had a team of coworkers with me from NCIDC working the phones at KHSU this morning. I spent an hour on the air from 8-9am, following President Rollin Richmond's segment*.  I was worried that I would choke on the air, but it went pretty smoothly, the time flew by, and I think we reached our goals in both of the hours I worked! Did you hear my segment? Comments, good and bad, both accepted with grace, dignity, and a lot of beer after work. :) (the chocolate was a bribe for one particular coworker who is not pictured, except for the hand holding the gold foil-wrapped chocolate cigar, you have to guess who that is).

* Rollin gave me my first look at the new Android phone during a break.  He just switched from an iPhone and I was very interested to see how similar it was to the iPhone.  The big plus for him is he does not have to deal with AT&T reception any more, the Android works on Verizon!

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Kyoto's and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Had a wonderful evening out last night. Lauria and Joe watched Logan, and we went out to Kyoto's for dinner.

We had excellent food and service. Jenny and Eric at Kyoto maintain the highest standards and have crafted the restaurant into something truly unique and wonderful. Our waitress, Megan was fantastic. My daughter, Lauria, had talked Eric into making Okonomiyaki for her the night before, it had Unagi and Avocado on top, and multiple sauces on the side, and when we asked, they make it for us too! Spicy Crab roll, Fried Oyster handroll, Miso, Raw Albacore Roll, lots of other goodies too. But the dessert, ah the dessert. Ice cream with maple, berries and fruit, and chocolate covered bacon. That's right, CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON!

From there it was on to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band show at HSU. What a great show. I know I seem to say that about each show we have been to this year, but it is just simply true! They played a 14 minute set of one of my favorite tunes, "St. James Infirmary". They also played their classic "When the Saints Go Marching In" finale complete with a Bourbon Street-style parade around the theatre and up onto stage where we got to watch for quite a while. Here is a iPhone photo and a video clip with a little taste of what our view was like from on-stage.

HSU Alumni Association Brick Program

My daughter, Lauria, graduated this year from HSU, and one of her graduation presents was an engraved brick, installed on campus with whatever she wanted on it. Although my son, Logan, is only 3yrs old, he has already finished a semester at the HSU Music Academy for Children, and is enrolled in the Discovery Classroom at the HSU Child Care Center, so his sister thought it would be a kick in the pants to have a brick that had both her name and her little brothers name on it, along with the year that they both went to HSU. Cool!

When my Daughter's Grandmother, Elizabeth Stuart, heard about the bricks she ordered one in her family name too. Lauria's mom, (who is also my "Ex" and good friend) Mary, also graduated from HSU with both a BA and an MBA, and currently is engaged by Xian International University in China as Dean of Humboldt College, a transfer program that connects HSU with Xian and facilitates exchange students between the two entities. You can see the Lawrence and Elizabeth Stuart Family Brick, adjacent to the Gehr brick.

During Homecoming this month, the Humboldt State University Alumni Association, and the HSU Athletics Program installed their first round of these bricks. The bricks are given to those that donate $250 (or more) to either the Alumni Association or the Athletics Program scholarship endowments. Donations are 100% tax deductible. You can have up to three lines of text on your brick, with up to 24 characters per line.

I took this photo (above) and video (below) of the bricks with my iPhone. Yup, that is right, I took them with my cell phone. It was just something my son and I shot on the spur of the moment while we were up checking out the brick with his and his sister's names on it. There is nothing professional about the video at all, but it is fun, and does give you an idea of what the bricks look like.

Learn more about the scholarship fund, and the Alumni Association, and consider getting a brick for yourself or a loved one. It is for a good cause!

Video of first Brick Installation by HSU Alumni Association and HSU Athletics:  http://gallery.me.com/kachakaach#100036

Disclaimer:  This is my personal blog, and these are my personal photos and videos.  They are not intended to be, and in fact ARE NOT an official representation or statement by anybody at HSU other than me as an Alum. and community member.  Park and lock it.  Not responsible. (complete disclaimer can be found here)

Yet another night out...

Susan and I went out for the second of our six Center Arts shows, that are our anniversary present to each other. This time we saw Chick Corea, Stanley Clark and Lenny White. Three progressive jazz greats, that I have loved since high school in the 70s.

We had dinner at Cafe Tomo's first.

After dinner we went to Arcata Scoop and got some ice cream. As I ate my fudge ripple, I watched as the owner made the Lime Sorbet for the next day.

Then from there to the show in the Van Duser at HSU. We sat in the second row of the balcony for the first set, and moved to two empty seats in the front row of the balcony for the second set.

It was an excellent dinner, wonderful ice cream for dessert, and a great show. We should do this way more often. Of course if it was not for Ifipaan's sister, Lauria and her significant other, Joe, helping with watching Ifipaan, we probably could not do this at all.  Thanks Lauria and Joe!