Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dinner with Troy and Teo




New Tires with Troy and Teo

 Needed new tires on the Mustang, and the way things worked out the store was free while I had the boys, so I took them with him. 
 It's the sign of a great store when they have a play area to keep the kids entertained while they sell you new tires.

Discount Tire, you have your act together!  Thank you!

Teo reorganizing the floor tiles...
 Troy building stuff...




Temecula Wine Tasting

 Did a bit of wine tasting with my wife in Temecula.
 Found a nice little underground lounge for a nightcap...
...and entertainment.

Carlsbad

Dinner with my wife in Carlsbad.

The Cliff restaurant in Laguna Beach with GrooveSession

 We went to The Cliff restaurant in Laguna Beach this weekend - a very nice evening.
 The table was feet from the ocean with the calming sound of waves hitting the shore.
 Afterwards, the band GrooveSession played upstairs - we've grown quite fond of this band!
Also were really taken by the way they did overhead lighting.

And now, a couple of videos of GrooveSession...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kaaboo, Jackson Browne, and Tom Petty

 We went to the Kaaboo Festival in Del Mar on the 17th.  It was an all day music festival (actually, 3 days but we only went one day) that included a lot of nice art,  good food, and nice drink.  The people watching was fun too.  Some of the people were painted on canvas.
 Some of the sparkle gets lost in a still photo, but you get the idea here.
 My beautiful wife.
 We mainly came to see Tom Petty, but decided to go early enough to see Jackson Browne also.  We were not disappointed.  In fact, I enjoyed Jackson just as much as Petty.
 We may have missed it, but I didn't hear him do "The Loadout / Stay".  Perhaps he didn't have anyone with him who could hit those high notes.

He did do Running on Empty and it sounded great.
 Tom Petty was very popular - it was packed!  A well behaved crowd.  It seemed to me he was still having a little trouble with his voice at the beginning, but it came around and the concert sounded great.
It was his 40th Anniversary Tour and we're not sure now many more times he'll make it around, so we made sure we saw him this summer.  Rock On Tom.

And now for a few videos we took that day...

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Weekend In Sacramento

 We went up to Sacramento to see my Dad and a Tom Petty concert.  Checked into a great hotel across the street from the state capital.
 Views were very nice.
 And here is the state capital itself, as seen from our room.  Unfortunately, the staff told us upon checkin that the Petty concert was canceled (laryngitis) which really put a damper on the weekend.
 But when life hands us lemons, we make limoncello so we consulted with hotel staff on options in the area and found this wonderful wine bar for dinner - 58 Degrees and Holding.  Highly recommended!
 My wife as we sip wine.  The dinner was awesome also.
Then we wandered over to the Torch Club and heard a band called Groove Session...what an awesome band!  Listen to the tracks below.  Sorry the sound is crappy on the first one, I used by wife's phone and she had a protective cover on it which muffled the sound - I didn't find this out until we got home - but just watching the video you can tell how awesome this band is.  They play SoCal often so keep an eye out for them!