Monthly Archives: July 2011

Welcome to Callis Baby 3.0!

Ryan, Solomon and Dan
Fri 07.29.11 – Today at 10:56am, Solomon Daniel Callis was born. Big congratulations to Tammy, Ryan, and the whole of the Callis family!
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nikon D70s, more photos to come.


Yesterday about 2pm, I was waiting on someone and decided to check my Twitter stream on my mobile, when I saw that singer Amy Winehouse had been found dead.
Russel Brand describes why best in ‘For Amy‘:

“When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.
Frustratingly it’s not a call you can ever make it must be received. It is impossible to intervene.”

While I did not know Ms. Winehouse, I have had that phone call a few too many times. Over the years, more than a fair share of the highly talented artists, musicians, and writers I have know have fallen down the black hole of addiction.
Todd died. Jimmy shipwrecked his life on the siren singing razor rocks of heroin. Others woke up years later and we got the call that they were stopping. Years eaten by the locusts, not to be rewound, but now alive and trying to thrive.
I truly would have wished Ms. Winehouse had woken up one day and decided that she wanted to start on the long, hard road to recovery and sobriety rather than being found dead. But what is done is done.
Ms. Winehouse, thank you for all the heart and soul you put into your music and shared with us. I truly hope you have found peace, rather than just oblivion.

Turkey v. Nokia N8, Who Wins?

Inquisitive Hen Turkey at the OC Fair

Photo taken by Ms. Jen at the OC Fair livestock barns with her Nokia N8.

Sat 07.23.11 – This morning my Mom and I went to the Orange County Fair for the FFA/4H Junior Livestock auction. It was good to see so many local teenagers involved in animal husbandry, particularly in a county known more for trophy wives, Republicans, and botox than for raising lambs, hogs, goats, turkeys, chickens, and steers at one’s local high school. Before we started raising ego’d stucco’d mcmansions and silicon body parts, Orange County had some of the richest farm land in the country. Luckily that is not all past.
We bid on and won two lambs at the auction, a 111 lb lamb from the La Habra FFA raised by Manuel M and a 120 lb lamb, Thor, from the Mission Viejo FFA raised by Ta Tyanna H. The proceeds of the auction go towards the kid’s college funds. Good luck to Manuel M. and Ta Tyanna H!
Above photo of the 2011 Grand Champion Hen Turkey by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8.


Flaming Saginaki Cheese at George's Greek

Fri 07.22.11 – Dinner at George’s with Mom, Joe, and Christine. Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8.

CampCamp 8.0

Friday, Hwy 395, Joshua Tree, Driving to CampCamp 8.0 Friday, Hwy 395, Eastside of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Driving to CampCamp 8.0 Friday, Dinner stop in Bishop, Amigo the Dog, Driving to CampCamp 8.0 Friday, Arrived at CampCamp 8.0, Jonathan and Jason Saturday, Photowalk with Winnie and Jenny, Truckee, CA Wildflowers and the Truckee River Saturday, Photowalk with Jason and Sergio Sergio and Scruffy The Truckee River Winnie and MJ Jenny listening to Jason explain the rules of Dominion Dominion cards Annie's newly knitted socks for the future Hoffman-Kim baby MJ tries on the baby's new socks Saturday night camp fire, Sergio takes photos of family Hoffman-Kim Annie and Jackson by the Campfire Beetle trails Sunday morning, CampCamp 8.0, Jackson makes breakfast Scruffy cozies up with a roll of paper towels and MJ's fleece jacket Sunday, Jason takes Amelia for an after breakfast walk CampCamp over, driving around Lake Tahoe CampCamp over, driving back home via Monitor Pass Passing Monitor Pass, looking down into the Walker Valley Sunday night dinner stop in Bridgeport, Mono County Court House, built 1880

All photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8.

Friday 07.15.11 to Sunday 07.17.11 was CampCamp 8.0 in Truckee, Calif. The above photos were taken as I drove up from the LA area to the Tahoe area, while at CampCamp, and then on the drive back home.
I truly enjoyed CampCamp 8.0, not only for the lovely location, but for the great hangout time with friends old and new. Jason S brought lots of games, others brought musical instruments, Jackson, Courtney, Robert, & Jonathan cooked wonderful meals, photowalks with Jason S, Sergio, Winnie & Jenny, Hoff slept off jetlag, Annie knitted marvelous bits for the new baby & Amelia, and Amelia and Scruffy provided lots of entertainment – over all an excellent weekend in the mountains! Big thanks to MJ for organizing us!
And one day, I will beat Sergio at Settlers of Catan. One day…