Archive for May, 2011

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is a testimony to a country’s ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.

30 miles outside of Las Vegas the Hoover Dam is still one of the most visited attractions, even 70 years after its construction.

Edgar was not allowed in the parking areas or out of the car anywhere, or left alone in the car, so we drove over the dam and back and snapped a few pictures from the roadway above.


Viva Las Vegas – Not!

We rolled into Las Vegas on Friday night around 10:00.

I was going to break down and get a hotel room until they asked me for $250.00 plus tax and some kind of resort fee.  I made dozens of calls and decided to roll out of town.

Edgar and I set up our backpacking tent on BLM land outside of Vegas for FREE!!  Not far from the road and only for a few hours, but, got to stretch out and catch a few zzzz’s.

We rolled back into town in the morning for some Starbucks coffee and oatmeal, after dishing out $13.00 for my breakfast I decided Vegas was too rich for my pocketbook.  I took a few photos and we headed east, out of town.


Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego, the birthplace of California.

You can spend a pleasant few hours shopping, dining and visiting historic sites in Old Town.  I was pleased that Edgar was allowed to stroll around in Old Town.  We stopped at a mexican restaurant, Casa de Reyes,  for some lunch.  They had only one “dog” table and it was occupied.  I asked the two ladies sitting there if they would mind changing tables and they were quick to say yes.  Thanks so much to sisters Kim and Beth. 

It is said that, Old Town San Diego serves more tequila than anywhere else in the world so there is plenty to choose from.  Blanco or plata is the most common type, considered “unaged” under 60 days old, and may be bottled fresh from distillation.  Reposado means rested and is aged in oak barrels from two months to a year.  This is where the better tequilas starts and the taste becomes richer and more complex.  Anejo or vintage is aged in government sealed barrels for at least a year and the color is darker and richer from the barrels.

See how much you learn when you go to historic sites!


ASI Show

The Advertising Specialties Institute trade show in San Diego is huge.  Thousands of distributors and hundreds of suppliers.  Education Classes, Wayne Brady Comedy Show and more trinket and bead samples than you could possibly carry.

I met Cheryl Dolsen, the new Account Executive at Clean Copy, and we took in the first day of education and the first night in the famous Gas Lamp District of San Diego.

The exhibit floor opens on the second day.  We both enjoyed visiting each of the different booths and learning about all the new promotional products.

We left the show, exhausted, around 2:00 and headed for the beach.

We spent a second night in the Gas Lamp and Edgar and I spent a second night in Cheryl’s room instead of driving.  Thanks Cheryl.

Friday morning and we finished the showroom floor and headed to Old Town San Diego for some culture before Cheryl had to catch her plane back to Portland.

Special thanks to Nora from Clean Copy for allowing me to attend the show on her industry trade number.


San Diego is Dog Friendly

Edgar and I traveled down to San Diego after watching my niece graduate from Scripps – way to go Victoria!

We made our way to Ocean Beach, one of several dog friendly beaches in San Diego.  We met Wilson.  Wilson is a giant, 190 lb., Dane/Mastiff who is a therapy dog and a Canine Good Citizen.  Edgar, only about the size of his head, loved him.

Edgar was also allowed to walk with me in Old Town San Diego and the Westfield Shopping Center in Downtown San Diego had a doggie drop off area.

Edgar gives San Diego two thumbs up!



If you name your boat Karma, you should be nice to others.

We are moving off Liberty today.  When you live aboard at a marina you have to tote all your stuff from the parking lot to the boat and back, the dock supplies little karts for toting heavier things.  There are only a few karts and as you can guess, they are in constant use.  I saw a nice looking couple taking a kart to the dock and asked them if they were going to be using it all day, they said they were moving off their boat and would.  As I hand lugged the stuff off my boat I noticed the kart in front of their boat, loaded, but not being used.  WTF!!!

I finally got Liberty empty and the kart still sat there, unused.

When the boat owner finally returned, hours later, I thanked him for his generosity in letting me use the public kart while he was otherwise occupied, he took offense 🙂

If you name your boat Karma you should remember it comes in two forms, bad and good.

Edgar is not doing so well, he has had 5 seizures per day for the last 3 days.  So far so good for today.  Please send all your good doggy karma his way.


Greg Borrelli’s May Madness

A little late posting these photos.  I am in San Diego, in the RAIN.

Classic Car Parade and Rockin’ Street Dance in San Rafael.  Hundreds of classic autos, custom hotrods and vintage roadsters.  We must be getting close to summer.  Cathy

The Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School

St. Vincent’s Mission: To meet the special education needs of St. Vincent’s residents and day students within the Marin Community with serious, academic, emotional and behavioral challenges, with a structured educational program and nurturing environment which addresses the academic, behavioral and community life skills of our students.

The Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School at St. Vincent’s actively support the boys by fund raising and volunteering to help provide a safe, nurturing environment where the boys can build self-esteem, improve social skills, and renew trust.

My sister is a Godmother.  We volunteered at Timothy Murphy School this week to help assemble prize baskets for their Annual Aloha Bingo.  The Godmothers are over 200 strong and we joined a group of about 30 dedicated bingo volunteers to help make the lives of the boys better.

These women know how to play bingo, they plan to raise between $30,000 and $40,000 dollars for the school at this event alone.
Through fundraising and donations, The Godmother’s provide the Timothy Murphy School extras like 2 vans, computer lab, a merit program and store …  you can visit their website at and learn more, or, if the spirit moves you, donate.

  The Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School honor their Mothers by taking care of kids left behind.  It was my honor to help out for a day.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and all the Moms of the world.


Golden Boy II Photos

Golden Boy II made a return and I thought you all might like to see some photos.

Action Whitewater Adventures

To say I had fun would be an understatement, but let’s start at the beginning.  Since I have limited access to e-mail and none to phone, I did not get the 4 extra e-mails sent to me by Chris, the owner of AWA.  I happily showed up at the original meeting time and place.  I got to observe as Chris and his crew were readying supplies for our trip down the American River.

We were the first run of the season and it takes a lot of gear and preparation to get 14 people down to the river, loaded onto rafts with all proper safety and rafting equipment.  We each wore a wet suit, a splash jacket, life jacket and  helmet.  AWA was also moving into its new home on Route 49 just North of Marshall Gold Discovery Park.

I followed Chris to the new location and met my fellow rafters and our guides.

We got a lesson in paddling and commands from Josh and were loaded into rafts.  Josh and nine guests in one raft and me and 3 guides in the other 🙂  The river was running cold, high, and fast. Our raft was responsible for the safety of the guests in the other raft and to give the crew a shakedown on the river.

If you have not rafted the American River you must come immediately to California and “just do it”.  This is a fast river with some big rapids.  The trip combines the river’s natural beauty, rich historical background, and exhilarating rapids into one great whitewater experience.  I felt completely at ease as Eric, Diane and Lindsay took turns guiding us down the river.

You can raft the American with 30 different companies, Action Whitewater Adventures is a family company, and the owner, Chris, has been rafting this river since he was 14.   Chris and his guides are comfortable taking your 8 year old or 80 year old down the river safely.  Check out the website and make your reservations.

I had an absolutely wonderful, thrilling, wet, fun ride!!

Edgar spent a fun day at Dog-Woods Resort and was well taken care of by Theresa,  I picked him up and he was dirty and, I swear, smiling.  We both had a great day!