It’s funny how I begin to appreciate more the place I’ve lived for a year and the incredible person that my nephew is, who has been staying with us for four months, just before it’s all about to end.  But that’s just how it is sometimes.  This year has had many incredible changes for me personally.  My father passing away, my mom leaving Texas to live with my sister, my company moving from Livermore to Dublin, right across Dublin Blvd. from where we live.  My job going through changes, Jo leaving Safeway to go to work for Gap Inc., and now Jo and I moving into San Francisco.

I don’t think I’ve had time to processes what this year has thrown at me so far.  But the fact is I’m looking forward to this newest change with every fiber of my being.  I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter of my life with Jo in one of the greatest cities in the world.  But I will look back fondly on the period, just before the current chapter of our lives ended, here in Dublin, the East Bay of Northern California.  Here with Jo and Zach and eating good food, drinking good drinks, and having very good conversations with people I love.  Jo and I will not have children but we will always look fondly upon Zach.  Not that we had any part in raising him but in hoping that we were able to provide some positive influence for him and hopefully help him to see what we think are the important things in life; quality of life, family, friends, art, philosophy, science, facts, debate, discussion, aesthetics, intellectualism, and design.

We will miss our life here in the East Bay and briefly with Zach, but we hope this next period in our life will bring more wonderful and fulfilling experiences.  Here are just a few photos from our last weekend in Dublin Ca.

I hadn’t decided if I liked this sculpture or not until recently. I think I decided that I do like it for some reason. It’s in the park that’s near our condo and where we walk Stan. It’s of a tree with metal leaves that blow in the wind and have a wind chime sort of sound. They had problems with the metal leaves breaking off and flying away in the strong winds so its been reworked recently. I’d hate to be in the path of a flying metal leaf. It’s call “Wind, Light, Shade, Tranquility” and by an artist named Bill Gould.

Here is the the view from our patio into the common courtyard at the condo moved to in Dublin. This condo is perfect for Jo and I and Stanley. We have a park to walk Stanley just behind the complex. This has been my favorite place I have ever lived so far.

Well since we have moved to a new condo in Dublin from the house we were renting in Pleasanton it only seemed natural to update our home on the Internet as well.

Also on this date 11 years ago Jo and I decided to get hitched.

So here is a picture of the courtyard just outside our patio at the new condo we’re renting. Thank goodness the move is over. Although as far as moving goes it wasn’t terrible. We didn’t have to move far and we pretty much got everything one truck load. Also a side benefit to moving is cleaning out all of the stuff we acquired over 4 years and didn’t use. A nice rule of thumb is if we haven’t used it in a year get rid of it.

This is a group of guys I play in a pickup soccer game with here in Dublin. I was able to get everyone together for a quick photo after a game. We play during the week on one of the few fields available with lights. We just have to wait for the youth leagues to finish practicing. I also created the logo in this photo, just for fun, we’re not really a team.