We crashed the Moons' house for the 4th of July. Clara's BFF, Flora, just moved to the East Bay, so they were planning to party with her family. Grace put on her greatest hits (lobster club sandwiches, 16-spice chicken, Fred steaks, slaw, etc.).
Being in Tiburon always feels like a vacation, especially at the Moons' awesome pad. It's now complete with Mike's Big Green Egg. He and his bro, Ed, manned the grill.
Thanks for having us. Happy 4th of July!
Addy and Charles moved to NY state today. Yesterday, we had our last dinner together (In-N-Out). We wish them well in this next chapter and enjoyed having them back in the Bay Area these past 8+ years.
Bon Voyage, Parks! We'll all miss you so much.
Great times at the POPSUGAR summer party, which was held at the Presido Golf Club. Good times at the after party at Final Final. Unmemorable times at the after after party, as evidenced by the poor guy who showed up this morning with an inexplicable black eye.
Cheers to all those who survived unscathed and to Marnell for organizing another great event!
The kids finished school last week, so we kicked off summer at Carmel Valley Ranch over the weekend. This was a raincheck on the birthday weekend Grace planned for us, which was supposed to be unlimited golf, no kids. Instead, we had unlimited kids and no golf. It was all good.
We arrived in Carmel on Friday for a late lunch downtown before checking in. I ran into Maggie from work and found out a few friends were in town for Kellan's wedding. After we checked in, the kids had a couple hours to swim before dinner. We ran into the Peppers from school, who were there with a huge group to celebrate their dad's 75th.
There were a couple main attractions at the resort: the swings and the smores. The kids enjoyed each everytime they encountered them. Lizzy and Luis were also at the resort and we ran into them at breakfast, which was fun. I think we thought we might see them at the pool sometime, until we realized they were in the safe haven of the adult-only pool, while we were required to keep our riff raff at River Ranch.
We actually did get a little golf in on Saturday when we went to the range for the first time as a family. The kids have been taking golf lessons after school this spring. They quickly found that driving the golf carts is really the most fun part about golf and that everything else can be frustrating. Afterwards, we spent the rest of the day at the pool.
On Sunday, we enjoyed brunch at the resort and then headed out to Monterey. We took the kids to the aquarium for the first time. Afterwards, we crushed it at Ticos Tacos before heading for home. We were on the road for exactly 7 minutes before everyone else in the car passed out. Petting starfish and sea cucumbers can tire one out.
There was an accident on the 17, so Waze pointed me up the 1 from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay. It was the first time either Grace or I had been on that route and it was a beautiful drive, despite the fog and wind. We made it home just as Lucas woke up and he said it felt like 10 minutes, which makes sense.
Lucas and his KD and KG friends celebrated their promotion from Kindergarten. These kids are the best and have (only) twelve more years of fun school ahead of them. We hope it doesn't go by too quickly.
Best wishes and thanks to Ms. Das and Ms. Riedel for a great year!
The end of the year is a busy time at the Carey School. Operetta was great this year and the kids were super cute. Thanks, Ms. Linda, for a 1hr 45min show.
The older kids went on a field trip to Saratoga Springs. The pre-K and K kids had a fun carnival at school. I enjoyed manning the ring toss. These little guys were great sports.
Yesterday, Adam, Justin and I hosted our 3rd annual BBQ benefitting the Carey School. We had 25 awesome dads (and Tachu's brother from Guatemala) join us to sample several types of ribs and IPAs. Somebody has to do it for the sake of the children.
I feel like each year it gets better and better. Special shout out to Tom who brought some amazing chicken, and Amy, Angie and Grace, who all pitched in, too (Grace actually did all the work for Team Rhee). Thanks to everyone for their continued support and encouragement. We're already looking forward to next year.
Addy, Charles, Delaney and Cameron are heading east in just about a month. We've been lucky to have them back in the bay area all these years, but NY is calling them. Grace's parents were in town for the week to help out with the kids and Dave was in town, too. All of us joined neighbors and friends at Addy and Charles's house for a going away BBQ.
We're all going to miss having them nearby, especially Olivia and Lucas, who are already missing their cousins.
Jen and Michael invited the Michigan crew over to their house for Memorial Day. Unfortunately, Michael got stuck in Australia, so Samantha and Jen were our fabulous hosts. If the scene looks familiar, it's because they took over the Idema's old pad, which is a pretty spectacular spot to spend a holiday (or any day). Jen was also gracious enough to include Grace parents, who had just arrived for the week.
The kids had an awesome time. Don't be surprised if you see Morgan post some Dubsmash videos. Greg did his best Bailey impersonation for old times' sake.
Thanks to Jen, Michael and Samantha for having us. Happy Memorial Day!
Yesterday we saw U2 in San Jose. On a whim, I bought Red Zone tickets, which looked amazing at the time of sale. However, by the time the concert was laid out, the RZ areas were moved out to the side of GA with a small portion reserved for the ends of the main stage. After much research on the internet and reconnaissance from Sabs, I had a plan.
We got there about 15 minutes too late to get right on the rail, but we posted up 2 deep right in the middle of the center catwalk in regular GA. There was no single optimal spot for this show, and for part of it, the band are inside of the huge screen, which we could not see very well. After intermission, they moved to the b-stage, so we left our spots and moved closer to it. There was plenty of room in GA to move around. When they finished the show on the main stage, we finally went into the RZ and were only one row off the rail.
I think our maneuvering paid off and we got to experience the show from many angles. The band sounded great and the energy in the arena was amazing. Bono called an audible and they played Bad, which was one of my favorites.
Though still my favorite band, I'll admit I haven't been as into them lately and our last concert experience wasn't great because we were so far and removed from the stage. I'm glad Grace was game for the additional overhead of gaming GA (even if she did almost get into a fight with an angry lady behind us). The setlist was unbelievalbe and was a great reminder of why they're such a strong connection with my youth, even as we're all getting older.
- Beat on the Brat
- (Ramones song)
- The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
- The Electric Co.
- (First time played since 2006,… more )
- (with "Do You Remember Rock 'n'… more )
- I Will Follow
- Iris (Hold Me Close)
- Cedarwood Road
- Song for Someone
- Sunday Bloody Sunday
- (acoustic: without final verse)
- Raised by Wolves
- (with "Psalm 23" snippet)
- Until the End of the World
- (Johnny Cash animation on video screen)
- Even Better Than the Real Thing
- Mysterious Ways
- (with "Young Americans" snippet)
- (on second stage, with "1969"… more )
- Sweetest Thing
- (on second stage)
- Every Breaking Wave
- (on second stage, Edge on… more )
- Bullet the Blue Sky
- (with "America" and "19" snippets)
- Pride (In the Name of Love)
- (with "The Hands that Built America" intro)
- Beautiful Day
- (with "I Remember You" snippet)
- (with "Into the Mystic" and "… more )
- With or Without You
- City of Blinding Lights
- Where the Streets Have No Name
- (with "Mother and Child… more )