Father’s Day Weekend at Carmel Valley Ranch with Rhees

My parents and Jen had been staying with us since graduation. Grace planned for them to stay through Father’s Day so we could celebrate together. Elin took the opportunity to travel by herself to Vancouver and Seattle (now another place she’s been that I haven’t).

Grace was in Singapore all week with Dennis Rodman et al. My parents and Jen were on point for Camp Rhee at home. As a thank you, Grace wanted to take everyone to Carmel Valley Ranch for the weekend. In this type of situation, it’s best not to ask them what they want to do, and instead just let them know when it’s time to pile into the car.

We drove down Saturday morning and went straight to Carmel for lunch. My parents hadn’t been there in 30 years, so they and Jen walked around for a bit while we went to check in and get a head start on pool time.

We more or less celebrated Father’s Day at Saturday dinner, which was followed by the s’mores tradition. On Sunday morning, I rallied everyone early for breakfast because it was included. By everyone, I mean everyone except Grace, who was still wrecked from her Singapore trip. We let her sleep 14 hours while the kids and I had a practice session at the golf range. By 1pm, she was ready to rally for one more trip to the pool.

My dad is 82 and opted to not go sit outside by a pool filled with pee and screaming kids. I don’t blame him. He sheltered in place to watch the U.S. Open, which is right where he should be.

We had a late lunch together before heading out for home. Waze suggested HWY 1. It was a beautiful day for only my second drive up this route.

It was a great Father’s Day and the kids got in some QT with their grandparents and Aunt Jen. Happy Father’s Day!

Olivia’s Carey School Graduation

On Thursday, June 7th, Olivia graduated from The Carey School. It does seem like yesterday that she just finishing Kindergarten, though she has spent more than half her life at this school. Upon reflection, it has been everything we hoped for when she started: kind friends, amazing teachers (all of them) and administrators, and a wonderful community of parents and supporters.

Elementary school graduation has a lot more pomp and circumstance than I remember from my time finishing 5th grade. That said, these kids are different. While we know they grown up in their little bubble, they’re also very aware of what’s going on in their community, their country and around the world. They’ve studied and participated in movements with empathy and passion. They’re truly little citizens of the world and I do have hope that they’ll do better than we have in bringing people together.

A lot of families were graduating their last or only child this week. Thankfully, we still have a couple more years at Carey for Lucas. As for Olivia, we know she’s ready for middle school and are excited about everything new she will be experiencing.

Thanks to all of Olivia’s grandparents and Aunt Jen and Uncle Dave for coming to celebrate with us. We had a luncheon with Julie and Albert’s family at Il Fornaio (where else?) to toast our little graduates, Olivia and Olivia. Best wishes to them both! We love you.

6th Annual Carey Dad’s BBQ

On Sunday, June 3rd, Adam, Justin and I hosted our 6th annual BBQ for the Carey dads. Justin upped his game this year with his barrel smoker due to his PTSD of not cooking enough ribs last year. This year, he finished 12 ribs just in time for dessert (jk). Adam’s beef ribs were awesome and Grace’s Korean galbi short ribs were prepared with extra love.

Thanks to all the dads (and wives who signed them up) for coming out to support our school and community. See you next year!

Mother’s Day 2018 with the Moons in Marin

As every year, we celebrated Mother’s Day with Clara and Mike. Mike made reservations for lunch at Cavallo Point. We went to their house in Tiburon afterwards, where Grace spent the afternoon napping (isn’t this what every mom wants?). Even Elin succumbed to the food coma in the serenity of Casa Luna. The Binzers stopped by and Mike and Clara made dinner for everyone.

Hope we continue our tradition for these amazing mothers.

U2 Songs of Experience Concert in San Jose (x2)

Somehow I ended up with tickets to both shows at San Jose. I originally got seats for Grace after our last GA experience. When they announced a second show, I opted for Red Zone GA, thinking I could decide which one later. It turned out that neither pair was transferrable/sellable so I got to experience both.

The first night was quite civilized as it included dinner in the BMW Lounge. Plus we didn’t have to get there super early to stress about a spot. Just like Songs of Innocence, there was no perfect place to see the entire concert, but being right in the middle I guess was the best compromise. We were pretty far away from the action, except when The Edge came close to us for Pride.

I thought the show was great. Although they didn’t play one song from Joshua Tree, we got all that last year. This show was still like a greatest hits.

On the second night, I invited my go-to concert buddy, Erich. Even though we didn’t get there super early, we were still there in time for 2nd row in the Red Zone. I could have given up our spot to move to the b-stage, but decided it wasn’t worth it as I already saw the show and knew the end of the show would be where we were standing. It was basically an Adam Clayton photo shoot because we were closest to him for most of the show.

The setlist was the same for both nights with the exception of Red Flag Day, which was their live debut on Tuesday.

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights of Home (String Version)
  4. Beautiful Day
  5. I Will Follow (with “Mother” snippet)
  6. Gloria (with Them’s “Gloria” snippet)
  7. Red Flag Day (live debut)
  8. The Ocean
  9. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  10. Cedarwood Road
  11. Sunday Bloody Sunday (acoustic; shortened; car bomb… more )
  12. Raised by Wolves (with “Psalm 23” snippet)
  13. Until the End of the World (with Allen Ginsberg’s “America” snippet)
    Intermission
    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Gavin Friday version)
    “E” Stage
  14. Elevation (Influx remix intro)
  15. Vertigo (with “The Jean Genie” snippet)
  16. Desire (Hollywood remix)
  17. Acrobat (with “Sympathy for the Devil” snippet)
  18. You’re the Best Thing About Me (acoustic; with “Landlady” snippet)
  19. Staring at the Sun (acoustic)
  20. Pride (In the Name of Love) (with “This Is Not America” snippet)
  21. Get Out of Your Own Way
  22. American Soul
  23. City of Blinding Lights
    Women of the World (Jim O’Rourke song)
    Encore:
  24. One
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is a Light)
    The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) (ambient mix)