Of course, golfers in the Bay Area know that Sequoyah Country Club- 104 years young- has a great history. PGA events in the 30s and 40s. Many other notable tournaments.

Club course record is 60 scored in 1955 by the great Don Whitt.

After a major redesign creating even more challenging holes completed over a ten year period by Terry Grasso and Doug Nichols, just today, a pro shop employee – Taylor Travis – a USF college golf team member from a few years ago- eagled holes 16 and 18 to complete a stunning round of 63.

I’m thinking Whitt’s record might soon be in jeopardy. Interestingly, when Whitt set the record, he finished with bogie, bogie on the last two holes!


The Bridge

August 16, 2015

Published in The Berkeley Times August 13, 2015:

The Bridge
For 5-6 billion, one digit more or less,
Glistening pearls dance
Fronting the sun’s magenta swath
Thin fog-line enveloping the Farallons.
A tedious, horrific jam evokes
The glimmering necklace hung above choppy water,
A necklace of elegance I wish I could
Drape around your silky neck.
As fiery October cirrus
Silently proclaim peace and
For just that moment, the love I feel for you,
The fading life and light of day,
So healthy you
Detestably fragile I.
The moment shattered by
Pragmatic analysis and raw solution.


Deterioration and Hope

August 16, 2015

20150523_175539Too many visits to Summit Hospital this year.
My list of meds is now over 20.
I feel like I am slipping down the sides of a damn muddy pit and can’t seem to scramble over the top.
Whine, Whine, Whine!

So- I’m dropping lbs. Working out, Walking through the Redwoods with Duke, Max, Lucy and Ruby- my rotational “Best Friends” and will begin to bike again.
Aleso and I are walking the course. Golf is already on the upswing as I broke 80 for the first time in a year.

Writing, Writing, Writing.
Time to send this stuff out.

Savannah- The Warehouse

December 14, 2014

Stopped at the Warehouse in Savannah for some old-time rock band and beer fest-

Big-Door-Burgers-MenuWarehouse in Savannah - The GutBusterSandwiches-and-Dogs-MenuWarehouse- heart healthyHad to show you all the menu items- check out the “special” offerings!

Thanks to Maya and Mike’s great friend Jessica from:

Jessica DeLee is an assistant at the San Diego magazine-

Of Maya and Mike- Wedding date- Sept 2014:

To Maya, it was just your typical weekend with Mike and their dog Ozzie. They were getting ready to set out on a beautiful hike in Marin county. Since it was raining, they decided on Redwood park in Oakland near their house. Maya thought it was odd that Mike insisted on packing their back pack to hit the trails (this was usually Maya’s job). Once in the park, about 30 minutes into the trail, Maya reached into the backpack for her camera, and Mike reached in to pull out a “water bottle.” He got down on one knee and popped the question, right there in the middle of the forest. (Maya was so shocked, she had him repeat the action and go down on one knee again a few minutes further down the trail just so she could really soak it in!) Mike had even planned a night out in SF, complete with dinner reservations at Boulevard and a booked room at a swanky hotel nearby.

John Gourhan's photo.
John Gourhan's photo.
John Gourhan's photo.
John Gourhan's photo.

Ed from Bette's DinerIt’s a bit of a trip, but so worth the effort! Got to 4th Street just past University in Bezerkely at about 9:15. Late for us- and for Bette’s. There was a group waiting both in and out (balmy weather for the last week in November) but Ed (25 years working strong) offered us a counter seat within 5 minutes.

Food rips out at light speed from Trudy- 30 years slinging hash -and Benjamin, a near-novice with “only” twelve years on the job. Employees tend to stay a long time at their positions and the quality of service and food reflects their commitment. And “hash” this ain’t. Try gourmet yet homey breakfasts and lunches.

Aleso and I have had the pleasure of eating their wonderful offerings for over 30 years. Never have we been disappointed. Each day’s specials are just that- “special.” And if their filling breakfasts aren’t enough, how about scones, morning buns, or various delectable pastries to go? Still hungry? Slide into their adjacent deli-type store and the choices abound for lunch or take-home dinners. Lots of things to bake at home also.

Address- 1807 – 4th Street in Berkeley just north of University Ave. Lots of shops to walk around and check out in the area before or after eating.

Menu: http://www.bettesdiner.com/menus/bettesdiner.pdf

And for Bette’s website- full of great info: http://www.bettesdiner.com/AboutUs.aspx

Check out Trudy and Benjamin in action- so fast, so efficient, so expert! Without a doubt- best in the Bay Area!

Trudy and Benjamin

I miss New York for certain things- although I’m now an A’s, Warriors, Sharks and even an SF Giants fan (actually Willie Mays was my all-time idol), I still bleed blue for the N.Y. Football Giants, and I’m bleeding heavily this season!
Nothing like West Coast weather, wine country, year-around golf, access to Tahoe, sourdough rolls and rustic baguettes from La Farine. Love Dungeness crabs and the wide assortment of fabulous restaurants, but… NY Pizza and the NY delis are something else. Now don’t get me wrong- Lo Coco’s can’t be beat, yet thin-sliced ZZA (maybe Arinell’s on Shattuck/University approaches) can’t be had out here. Delis??? No chance… except for one spot-

Genova in Oakland on 5095 Telegraph Avenue. I wolfed down yet another fabulous deli sandwich yesterday- rare roast beef with all the trimmings- SOOO GOOOD.

David is the best- a fisherman, duck hunter, golfer- and top-notch manager/owner- he’s right up my alley. Tony set us up for a dinner for 20- meat balls, peppers, onions, sausage, lasagna, tortellini, and a full anti-pasta plate. Rave Reviews.

So, I get a great taste of NY right here in the best deli west of the Hudson River- All Good– All the Time! Check it out- I have for over one/quarter of a century!

the gate to delicious!

the gate to delicious!