Happy Father’s Day – Sun. June 17, 2019

Clark’s Father’s Day celebration began on Thursday when his son, Scott, came up from Marin County and took us out to dinner at Evan’s Kitchen. The guys had the prime rib special which includes their salad which Clark particularly likes and it also includes dessert. They chose the chocolate molten cake which is yummy.

Clark and son Scott.
Scott spent the night, then the next morning he was out of the house by 6 am planning to take a bicycle ride along the American River Bike Trail after a stop at Starbuck’s. Then he headed home to San Rafael.

Today Clark and I played bridge, and a 54% made us 4th of the 8 pairs who were playing.

From bridge we headed to dinner at Brandon and Lisa’s. Lisa cooked a delicious cauliflower risotto and Brandon barbecued steaks and very tasty swordfish.. It was a cauliflower night because for an appetizer I took Green Giant Veggie Tots which were made from cauliflower.

Joleen Hecht, Brandon, Clark, Barb, Lisa, Chuck Hecht

I enlisted Beckett to take the above picture. He rejected and erased the first one that he took, then produced this photo of 6 smiling faces.

It was kind of Beck to break away from his sword and Lego dinosaurs to take the picture for me.

Clark received phone calls from sons Jim who was in Ventura, Dan who was driving back from his son’s graduation from UCLA, and Craig who is in Kansas City.

Happy Father’s Day to all.

Joshua Brown and Rebecca Brown Graduation Party – Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My niece Kathy Canty Brown and her husband Lloyd Brown had 2 graduations in their family this month. Kathy is the daughter of my late brother Tim and my sister-in-law, Pat Canty. As the invitation says, Joshua graduated from Cal State, East Bay, which is located in Hayward. And Rebecca graduated from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland and is headed to USF for college, possibly majoring in English.

Below is a picture of the Brown family taken at Joshua’s graduation Friday morning, June 8th, from Cal State East Bay:

Rebecca, “Little” Lloyd, Joshua, Kathy, and Lloyd
Kathy is about 5’8” tall, but she looks so tiny amongst those tall men!

Clark and I went down to their graduation party on Saturday. It was at Pat Canty’s house in Discovery Bay in the Delta, about 18 miles east of Stockton. Clark was very relieved when Brandon, Lisa, and Beck offered to drive us down. It is only 1 hour and 20 min from Sacramento, but Clark was glad not to have to make the drive home.

Graduate Joshua Brown with his proud Mom, Kathy.

Rebecca bought herself a USF flag, and strung it up on Sat. morning.

This is Joshua and Rebecca’s older brother, “Little Lloyd”, so called to distinguish him from his father, Lloyd. Little Lloyd is the IT Director for Bentley Schools. The K-8 school is located in Oakland on the Oakland side of the Caldecott tunnel. The 9-12 school is located in Lafayette.

Lloyd is barbecuing salmon and onions. Earlier he had served barbecued prawns, the biggest and most delicious prawns Clark and I have ever tasted. Each prawn must have weighed 4 oz. Lloyd had gotten up at 4:30 am to get to Half Moon Bay by 6 am to meet his favorite fish monger, who selected the best slab of salmon for Lloyd. Lloyd also barbecued ribs and hamburger sliders.

My sister-in-law, Pat Canty, the proud grandmother. She had just been out in the party boat for a ride around the Delta for the first time in over a year. Her dog, Spike, put in an appearance later in the afternoon.

Kathy with her Uncle, Jim Canty. Jim is the middle of my 3 younger brothers. Tim was the oldest, and Bob is the youngest.

Beate Dietz-Reid and Jim. They had just returned from a 3 week trip to Europe visiting Beate’s native Germany as well as Prague and Krakow.

Lloyd talking with Beate and Jim. In the background Little Lloyd is chatting with Bridget Canty.
Bridget is the widow of Kathy’s brother, Jim. Jim died of ALS 14 years ago at age 40.

Beate, Brandon, Clark, and Barb are relaxing after a great meal.

Brandon and Beckett (seated at the bottom of the stairs) went for a swim.
Lisa (seated holding towels) and Beckett went for a ride in the party boat.
Beck liked it when they got to open water and the boat could go fast.

It was a fun day!


Memorial Luncheon at North Ridge CC – Wed. June 6, 2018

Today was a luncheon at NorthRidge CC in memory of Barbara Gordon from our former social bridge group. Barbara died on May 22nd. She was an only child, never married and had no living relatives. Barbara had taught Home Economics and Art in Junior High. Her church group has been very supportive of her and Barbara belonged to a birthday club and bunco group. Members of those groups attended the lunch. There were 27 of us sitting at 2 long tables. Each introduced themselves and spoke of how they knew Barbara.

Barbara was an original member of our social bridge group which formed in 1969 and disbanded about 2 years ago.
Here is a photo of our bridge group at the memorial:

Sue Mecum, Barbara Wheeler, Mary Claire O’Connor, Donna Logsdon, Mary Ann Stewart, Kathy Cunningham
That is a photo of Barbara Gordon behind Mary Ann’s left shoulder.

Thanks to Mary Claire for arranging the lunch.


Berry Cobbler at Brandon and Lisa’s – Wed. June 6, 2018

Brandon and Lisa had not seen Patricia yet this visit, so yesterday evening Lisa and Brandon had us over for homemade berry cobbler. Yum.

Clark Brandon Patricia Lisa
It was a delightful evening to sit outside.

Clark Barb Brandon Patricia

Patricia is preparing to leave for the airport to return home to Denver. Her 10 day visit has gone by all too fast, but she needs to return to return home. Her granddaughter Elena graduates from the University of Denver this week.

I am already looking forward to her visit the last week of August when we play in the Regional in Santa Clara which ends on Labor Day. Patricia will stay over for the Sectional here at Orangevale the following weekend.


Patricia and Barb at Insight Coffee – Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Yesterday after bridge Patricia and I went to Insight Coffee in the nearby Pavilions Shopping Center. Patricia is used to having an Americano at Starbucks, but we thought that we would try Insight where she had 4 shots of decafe espresso over ice with added milk and sugar. They don’t have half and half, but they have their own healthy milk.

Patricia ordered an almond croissant for us to share which turns out to have been made by Estelle where we had pastry last week. Patricia’s son Tom had suggested that she return to Estelle before heading home. So, Tom, we didn’t follow your suggestion exactly, but we did get to eat Estelle pastry again.

Here is a selfie photo which Patricia took … her arms are longer than mine.

Patricia and Barb sharing an almond croissant at Insight Coffee.

We were in a celebratory mood because we had come in 5th of 11 E-W pairs with a 50% game and had “scratched”, i.e. we earned a fraction of a master point. Today was a different story. We were 5th of 6 E-W with 42%. This was our last game before Patricia leaves tomorrow. We played 15 sessions of bridge in the 10 days she was here.


Channing Dungey, president of ABC – Thurs. May 31, 2018

Here is the picture of Channing Dungey which was in this morning’s Sacramento Bee. See next entry below.

“Channing Dungey, seen in 2016 in Beverly Hills, went to (Rio) Americana High School (in Sacramento), then to UCLA, joined ABC in 2004, and in 2106 became president of ABC.”
See next blog entry for connection to Erin. Channing was 2 years older than Erin. Erin was a classmate and good friend of Channing’s younger sister, Merrin.


Erin’s connection to Cancellation of Roseanne- Tues.May 31, 2018

I was just reading the 2nd page of this morning’s Sacramento Bee when I came across an article titled, Sacramento native is ABC exec who axed ‘Roseanne’:


The picture in the article started off with the name, Channing Dungey. Channing Dungey??!! Her younger sister, Merrin, was a bosom buddy of Erin’s from 1st grade though 6th at Detering Elementary School and they both went to Arden Middle School. Erin went to El Camino High School and Merrin to Rio Americana HS, so they didn’t see much of each other then. Merrin went on to become an actress.

I didn’t know what happened to Channing, but the paper says that she is now president of ABC!! Amazing. She became president of ABC in February 2016, making her the first African-American to head a major network. Channing is the ABC executive who pulled the plug on “Roseanne”.

I will have to look for photos of Erin and Merrin.