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Crew Classic Recap

Apologies in advance – I was going to do a longer post worthy of the weekend, but I’m too tired.  So for now, and maybe forever, please accept this brief synopsis:

Took too many photos.  Spent too much time in the sun.  Snacked well and caught up with a lot of the alums, which is always a good thing.  Cal alums rock.

Out of Cal Men’s three principal races, Cal teams won two.  The Men’s JV crew took their race by at least four boat lengths.  We’ll just concede the Women’s program is having an off year.  Overall though, it was a good weekend.  I still have a lot of imagery to go through, so hit the gallery again in a day or two if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

Chuck posted this on Sunday, April 1, 2007 at  6:25 pm.   Comments Off on Crew Classic Recap 

Spring Fever

It’s officially spring now, and young not-too-old attorney’s fancies are turning toward frolicking in the sand and shore.  Unfortunately, winds described by the L.A. Times as gale force and approaching 60 mph (inland) are blowing allergens deep into my sinuses and causing the sky to alternate between a beautifully sunny blue and a dark rainy grey. 

I’m supposed to be working toward the deadline on an article.  I’m trying to chase down a client who was supposed to be paying for my spring break.  One of the pools I frequent is closed this week, and the other will close next week, both for seasonal maintenance.  A certain teacher is spending his spring break miserable, watching lousy TV amidst the empty keenex boxes in the living room and cursing the same allergens that are torturing me.

But on the other hand, I have the weekend alumni Spring Break bash known as Crew Classic to look forward to.  The local alumni boosted by ego a bit by using one of my photos from last year’s event to promote this year’s tent.  Some comments originating from one of the other sites also pumped up the ego a bit too, making think that I might even know what I’m talking about on some of this legal stuff. Even the strawberries are cooperating – we might have a shot of daquiri’s worth sometime soon here.

Gotta have a light at the end of the tunnel.

Chuck posted this on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at  2:07 pm.   Comments Off on Spring Fever 

Ethics Question

Some punk selling used rowing gear on eBay hotlinked one of my photographs of last year’s Crew Classic* to do something or other.  It wasn’t to show the merchandise, because the image shows different but similar gear.  I think it was just to make the point that used rowing gear makes one look cool.  Regardless, I shot him a note with the law firm e-mail addy, mentioning things like eBay’s terms of service, hotlinking and copyright violations.  He was too cool to answer me, but when I checked a few hours later it appeared that he’d taken my image down and stolen someone elses (hotlinked, and probably without permission too).  So, the question: Do I walk away or do I warn his new “host”?


Chuck posted this on Monday, March 19, 2007 at  3:29 pm.   Comments Off on Ethics Question 

Meandering Mind In Motion

Hanging out in the little law office this morning.  Somone having a panic attack was going to get me some documents last night, so we could discuss some options this morning.  So far neither one has happened, so I surf the nets and putter around, staying available.  Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all.  Especially the one, because chocolate’s an aphrodisiac.  Better Valentine’s Day posts are here, here, and here.  Go read the people who put some thought and time into their holiday efforts.

We saw The Queen last night.  Outstanding movie, and Helen Mirren‘s Oscar nomination is certainly deserved. 

Trying to get a swim in this afternoon.  It’ll be slow and ugly, and my first in nearly a month due to the space alien masquerading as a sinus tumor cold, but I think the sanity needs some time staring at the little black line.  That and I need to find a dry way of dealing with work stress.  Sitting around feeling sorry for myself makes me fat and bouncy.

Things to look forward to: My birthday and the 2007 Crew Classic, my sixth (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002).

Chuck posted this on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at  12:51 pm.   Comments Off on Meandering Mind In Motion 


It was a long week. Ultimately a good week, filled with pleasant distractions, but trying at times. Went through some stress with the business of practicing law, but it seems to have passed for the moment. Can’t someone just write me a grant to go help small businesses and such so I don’t have to worry about billings and payments and stuff? No? Oh well. Maybe one of you would like a poolboy who practices law on the side. No? Seem to be striking out on the career here, so time to move along.

My annual drooling about Crew Classic has passed. Didn’t take as many photos as in years past, mostly because I was enjoying the company and conversation too much. My apologies to whoever it was anonymously asking for shots of Cal’s JV boat; seem to have missed that race completely. I think the keg was calling, but it may have been that the brats were coming off the grill. Damn that pesky social life interfering with my geekage.

Enjoyed reading about the Gospel of Judas. Loved that the research was sponsored by National Geographic. Makes me proud to have been a geography major way back when. Maybe some reimagined Christianity will even shake my adherence to Pastafarianism.

Not sure what the weekend plans are, but I think they will must either involve laundry or underwear shopping. Things are getting critical around here, though Pongo seems to have developed one of the largest Fortresses of Solitude I’ve seen in a long time.

Chuck posted this on Friday, April 7, 2006 at  11:57 am.   Comments Off on Friday! 

Monday already?

Cal CrewCleaning things up. Doing a little recovery. Crew Classic, enhanced by Micky’s presence, was great despite the Cal Mens Varsity loss to an unnamed private school. Details may be forthcoming after work things get caught up.

Chuck posted this on Monday, April 3, 2006 at  6:58 am.   3 comments have been made. Join them. 

Go outside!

The rowers have returned to San Diego.

If you live in San Diego you should be going to Crew Classic this weekend.

Please cheer for Cal while you’re there.

Chuck posted this on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at  11:47 am.   Comments Off on Go outside! 

Lethargy Weekend

Lots of nothing going on this weekend, except for an evening out to watch V for Vendetta last night.  Natalie Portman was outstanding. Two thumbs up for the drama and a standing ovation for the political commentary.

Next weekend should be busier since Crew Classic will be down at the bay here.  Rowing, Cal athletes winning, alumni tent, and this year, Micky!, direct from Chicago. Sunshine, grilled meat, some music and keg beer all in abundance.

Chuck posted this on Sunday, March 26, 2006 at  1:31 pm.   Comments Off on Lethargy Weekend 

Pre-caffeinated posting

Mornin’ y’all. I’m up and the coffee is still percolating through the magic machine. Soon my drug of choice will be entering my system.

I suppose one of the downsides to having a great weekend is the despair that comes when it ends and one has to return to the cubes. Oh well, it had to happen sometimes. Gotta earn money for a newer, faster, shinier camera, even though I’m still enthralled with the Canon I picked up back in February.

I was pretty happy with the pics I took at the Crew Classic on Sunday, but seeing the results when I posted them at The Vista both thrilled and terrified. I had no idea there were so many Cal fans out there. The feedback has been great, but the traffic level after a couple of sites linked to some of the photos went through the roof and by mid-day Monday I was checking my hosting plan in a panic trying to figure out what my bandwidth levels were. No problem – still plenty to spare. Still loving Dreamhost. No complaints here, just a strange feeling on an issue that for better or worse I’ve never had to deal with before. And me without enough coffee in my system to deal with business issues.

Chuck posted this on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at  5:44 am.   Comments Off on Pre-caffeinated posting 

Gloating Alumnus Time

Spent most of the day down at the San Diego Crew Classic, an annual event held down at Mission Bay. Its always a great time (this was my fourth year) and the alums are great people to hang with. Sunshine, sports, grilled food and cold drinks help too.

I’d love to say there was drama or suspense, but really, it was a blowout. Cal’s Men won at the Novice, JV and Varsity levels. Cal’s Women won at the Novice, JV and Varsity levels. Not every Cal crew won: the Mens Lightweight boat lost badly. Also, in the Mens Novice and JV races, the Golden Bears had two boats running due to their amazing performances in the petites (preliminaries), so there was no way that every Cal boat could win. But enough did that the alumni tent was a very happy place to be.

Some of the pics are up; go ahead and click on the thumbs above to go to the gallery. I’ll be posting more as I go through them.

Chuck posted this on Sunday, April 3, 2005 at  5:18 pm.   5 comments have been made. Join them. 

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