Easter, Cesar Chavez, and Santa

We had a bit of a rough night.  The boy was not feeling well and we were not sure if he was going to be up to the traditional Easter Egg Hunt, family gathering, and celebration of the birthday of Cesar Chavez or not.  But he bounced back this morning, and we were back on track for our countdown to the Great Santa Easter Egg Hunt!

I should explain. My son has figured out (with my learned assistance) that if the Easter Bunny goes to every house on the same morning to hide eggs, then this bunny must have some special superhuman powers.  In fact, as we all know, the only person that has the power to visit every participating house around the world in one day is Santa.  We all also know that nobody just works one day out of the year.  My son strongly suspects that this "Easter Bunny" thing is just a costume/disguise that Santa wears while hiding eggs so he can work off-season.  He has his suspicions about the Tooth Fairy too, he says he thinks Santa has a tutu in that closet.

Anyway, to get back to my story, Logan had a two stage hunt this year.  The first part was a traditional egg hunt, providing eggs filled with jelly beans, chocolate candies, and tootsie rolls.  (including multiple easter packages with iTunes cards in them, and one with a spot of cash, that easter Santa knows what kids want!).  

Then, his sister and her fiancee, Joe, along with their friend Leeann had a clue driven hunt for him.  He had to decipher six clues, each leading to the next, to find his easter basket from her which not only had candy and treats, but two movies he has not see yet as well, Goonies, and Coraline.  I especially liked the twist on the final clue.  The basket was hidden behind Logan's iMac.  For the sixth and final clue, he had to "buy" hints from the adults using his candy as currency.  I told him his basket location would get him "all keyed up" for a tootsie roll.  His sister told him the present would be the "apple of his eye", this clue cost a chocolate.  Finally, his mom told him "once you go Mac, you never go back" for some Jelly Beans, at that point he figured it out and searched his computer desk, finding the basket!

Here are a few photos from today:



A family day at the Redwood Acre's Fair (2011)

The Redwood Acres Fair is different this year.  They have made substantial changes to the "usual and customary" format.  One of the biggest changes was the addition of a "Made In Humboldt" exhibit hall, containing the best of what we make and do here in Humboldt.  There was local food, local beer, local wine, and lots of local folks.

I took my 5 yr old son, as well as my daughter, her fiancee, and a good friend.  We spent the better part of the day there, and we had a great time.  The link takes you to a gallery page of photos of the day.  I recommend clicking the "slideshow" button.  Well done, Redwood Acres, well done!

http://gallery.me.com/kachakaach#100114

The geekiest birthday party EVAR!

What a fantastic birthday dinner and party!  Lauria cooked three different kinds of quiche for my birthday, from full-fat traditional quiche to a crustless non-fat healthy version, with a low-fat alternative quiche in the middle.  Unfortunately, I did not get pictures before we consumed them!  I tried each one, and they were all great.  We did kick around the idea of chopped jalapeños in the non-fat version next time.

The cake was great, a chocolate Ramone's Vellutini overdose.  It was so perfect to just use my @GregGehr on the cake too!  (1st and 2nd pic)

We were drinking a very pleasant California white wine, out of @Lauria's  new pre-chilled Fire and Light wine goblets, very nice (third pic).  

My presents were like mana from geek heaven.  I got the first two seasons of The Big Bang Theory, a bottle of some of the finest Nagori Sake, a R Crumb Blues calendar, tickets for an evening of Zappa plays Zappa with my daughter, and a coupon for an evening of babysitting that is worth it's weight in gold several times over. (4th pic)

We realized that every person at the party had an active twitter account.  However, we had no time to actually tweet during the party, we were too busy with Mario Kart and Katamari Forever on the big screen.  Still, I liked Joe's t-shirt, it was so appropriate (5th pic).

Thanks to @Lauria and @JoeEphemeral for the wonderful evening, and to @vurayav and @ifipaan for helping me have a great birthday!

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!