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.


March 22, 2012

Beginning the process of moving my website from to BlueHost and using the CMS. Book for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson is a great start- just my speed.

So- I’ll also eventualy transfer over my Blog from Google Blogspot to and later to

Fly-fishing thoughts

March 18, 2012

It’s been raining for 4 days now and I’ve just got over a severe case of bronchitis- Many thanks to Irv and Cheryl Johnson- best Doc/nurse combo in the world- for helping me get through.

Thinking of Fly-Fishing and JD- my buddy- I miss him dearly. Steelhead have been swimming in the California rivers and I think I’ll head north to try my luck. Probably just to the Russian River for some writing, fishing and wine-

Should be fun.

Better make a post on new blog

A portion of Icahn’s letter to clients- “I am pleased that our funds have earned gross returns of 33.3% and 15.2% in 2009 and 2010, respectively, as well as returns of approximately 8.7% through February 2011. Despite our losses in 2008, since inception of our funds in late 2004 we have had gross returns of 106.9%.

While it may sound “corny” to some, the losses that were incurred by investors in our funds in 2008 bothered me a great deal more, in many respects, than my own losses. Perhaps this is because over the years I have become inured to dealing with large “paper” losses for myself. During 2008 and part of 2009, unlike many other funds, we did not impose “gates” on our investors that would have prevented them from withdrawing capital from our funds if they chose to do so. Therefore investors seeking liquidity did withdraw a fair amount of cash from our funds. Additionally, rather than liquidating positions that we believed in, we infused our own new capital into our funds which provided cash for withdrawing investors. As a result, fee paying assets now constitute only 25% ($1.76 billion) of total assets in the funds of approximately $7 billion.

While we are not forecasting renewed market dislocation, this possibility cannot be dismissed. Given the rapid market run-up over the past 2 years and our ongoing concerns about the economic outlook, and recent political tensions in the Middle East, I do not wish to be responsible to limited partners through another possible market crisis. After careful consideration of all relevant factors, we have determined to return all fee paying capital to investors.”