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Celebrating our 31st ..

This July 28th marks our 31st wedding anniversary and we decided to celebrate it by attending some local concerts at the Paul Mason Winery and San Jose Broadway.  Last Month we saw Steely Dan in Concert,  the Jersey Boys at the San Jose Theater, the Tubes on the 4th of July ,  Last week Foreigner in…

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The Forebay is HOT…still

Its been ten days since Ive been to the Oneill Forebay. Since that stellar day that Dan Blanton and I had the entire lake to ourselves, Ive been anticipating a repeat day for weeks. The wind last weekend was pretty vicious and last trip’s weird weather might have made it a freaky day. Maybe last…

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THE FOREBAY IS ON!

Its been several months since I had a double digit day at San Luis and I am happy to report that the slump is over. Not quiet as cool as hitting two grand slams in a single game (Go Giants), or twins catching two Trevally on flies at the same time, but definitely a great…

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Christmas Island Ocean Side Flats and the DJI Phantom Vision

One of the coolest things about Christmas Island Bonefishing is the ocean side flats–specifically the Korean Wreck and Submarine. These flats feature fish that come directly from the ocean to feed on the coral reef flats on the incoming tides. These ocean side fish are usually bigger and stronger than the fish found on the…

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The Trevally Movie is done….

A fly fishing film maker couldn’t ask for better talent than my twin nephews Mathew and Michael.  The footage for this film was primarily shot with GoPro Hero 3s, and the Panasonic GH4.   Some of the footage was taken on Waynes Xacti.   It was tough to shoot the actually hookups . Trevally are so…

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Happy 4th of July

”The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought…

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Christmas Island 2014

—=== Due to the large amount of Media Collected on this trip, this post remains a work in progress and will me modified for about a month as I get the stills and videos edited ==– The Photography Click to see the Flikr Photosets         This last week marked my fifth trip…

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Oahu – Bonefish Flats and Everything else…

Hawaiian bonefish experts mostly agree that Oahu has the best bone fishing flats with Molokai a close second.   Some of the biggest bonefish in the pacific come from the waters off Hawaii. Its been too long since Gina and I took off alone for Hawaii.   As I planned my return to Christmas Island a year…

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Im not worthy..

I finally picked a good day to fish San Luis Reservoir. Although the temps reached 100 degrees by noon, the lake winds were mild at worst and dead flat most of the time. Last year at this time, the Trash racks were a sure thing for school stripers in 20-30 feet of water. The Water…

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The Lumix GH4 – A 4K for us Flyfishermen

There are lots of adjectives floating around the internet to describe the spectacular Panasonic Lumix GH4 but Ill bet mine unique. The Camera is fishable. It seems if I were to make a wishlist for a perfect video still camera that takes spectacular stills and video, is water resistant, small enough to fit comfortably in…

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Summer Maintenance

The grape canopy is getting a bit wild.  Time to give them a trim.   I removed some of the suckers and leaves to help the grapes ripen well, i culled and pruned some of the grape bunches.   Removing some of the bottoms of the clusters makes the grapes bigger which is desirable especially for the…

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The deck is nearly complete…

Finally! We started the backyard renovation November of 2013 because the existing deck was ready to collapse from rot.  After several estimates ranging from 30-75k, I picked a contractor that gave me reasonable quote for deck construction and demolition and who was willing to work on anything else I wanted at a rate of $50…

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A milestone in Mia’s Life…

This last week we celebrated Mia graduating with a Masters Degree from Columbia University in New York.  She is now the first of the Syn’s to graduate from an Ivy League college and although her career path is uncertain,  she has successfully mastered and overcome the academic, personal, and financial rigors of Columbia University graduate school…

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One Badass HTPC Computer for under $500

I haven’t built a computer in awhile since all has been quiet on the digital front.   It seems Im always building computer to repair one and I have’t messed with HTPCs since XBMC on the old XBOX.  After putting the finishing touches on the outdoor backyard theater,  I decided to research my options on building…

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Building a Filter Holder for my Lumix 7-14

I did a blog post recently on acquiring a LUMIX G Vario 7-14 to replace the functionality of the Nikon 14-24. Honestly, I didn’t expect the quality of the Lumix that costs about roughly $1000 to hold up against a Nikon at roughly $2000 but I was surprised. My go to lens theses days is…

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Gina on the Radio

Last week, Gina was asked to do an interview with Matt Burrows of KLIV for their ‘Living Better” program. Her spot was originally aired 1590 KLIV the week of May 5. Gina published a paper on Plaque PH for the ADA years ago and was a pioneer in classifying food based on their cariogenicity (Cavity…

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The Grapes of 2014

This years drought seems to have invigorated the grapes in the vineyard.  The vines have exploded with growth this month and it looks like its going to be great year.  Even the roses are collapsing from the weight of roses.  This weekend we will start thinning out the vines to see if we can force…

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Easter on the HIll is YELLOW

The wind has been blowing big at San Luis Reservoir these last few weeks and with the three bad trips I had in a row in March,  I’m using the down time to finish the Backyard Deck Remodel which I have been working on since November.   When its done ,  I will post a detailed…

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The Kids are All Right

There was a time not long ago that I honestly believed that my son had ADHD.  I remember it clearly.  We were trying to learn about Mitosis and Meiosis for high school Biology. I looked into his eyes and I saw vocational school. This last quarter at University of Oregon,  he accomplished something extraordinary-he received…