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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…

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One COOL Cooler

I use a Yeti cooler in the boat as a casting platform.  Yeti, considered by many as the Cadillac of coolers is getting some competition these days.  There are many different manufacturers of quality coolers .  This shootout posted on the net highlights a few good ones other than YETI.   I received this great cooler…

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The Grapes are starting to move….

I cant remember the grapes starting to get leaves this early in the season.  The wierd weather must be confusing them. With California in the grips of severe drought and with the Santa Clara Valley Water Nazis demanding a 20% reduction in use or sanctions,  It looks bad for wine and good for raisins.  On…

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Lakeshore Hall

One of the coolest places Gina and I have ever lived was the Northwestern Dental School dormitory know by us as Lakeshore Hall.  Northwestern purchased the old Lake Shore Athletic Club in 1977.  The Lake Shore Athletic Club was designed by Jarvis Hunt and gained national attention when it hosted the 1928 Olympic swimming trials.…

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Steve Santucci on the Delta

Dan Dee and I spent the day fishing the Delta between Franks Track and Discovery Bay with renown delta guide Steve Santucci.   The first thing I have to say is that he is a gentleman and an excellent guide.  The conditions did not look favorable with rain and wind forcasts for Monday,  but the…

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