Monday, June 30, 2008

Tour de France

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Closed all day Monday

I decided to walk to Deer Hollow Farm (Rancho San Antonio) this morning to introduce the girls to Michelle. Unfortunalely, the farm was closed. It would have been a nice 3 mile stroll, but pushing the girls up and down the hill made it pretty difficult. We live close but I think I'll drive next time.

We also got up close and personal with 3 deers. Dani asked "baba Mommy" (down Mommy) so she can play with them. But like my brave expedition on foot, I think its also a bad idea.
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dinner Party

We celebrated Claudia's graduation with a dinner party at home.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Crystal Balls Farm

We got a special treat this afternoon. Vicki invited us to meet the animals at her home in Los Altos Hills. Dani was treated to her first ever horse ride. Check out the video and more photos.
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Michelle and the kids treated me to a Father's Day brunch at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Click here for more photos.
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Girls in the park

The girls enjoying the park this afternoon.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Congratulations Claudia!

Congratulations to Claudia Flores who finished top in her class (San Jose High). She is on her way to Santa Clara University with a full scholarship! Click here for more photos.
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Friday, June 06, 2008

The Dream Ticket

Barack Obama becoming the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president is a wonderful historic moment of progress for the USA. If Hillary Clinton had won, it would have also been a great historic moment as she would have been the first woman nominated by a major party. In fact, at the start of the presidential campaign, I was convinced I would be happy with either outcome.

But now that the primaries have come to an end, I’m very relieved that Barack won and Hillary lost. In fact, please don’t count me in with the majority of Democratic Party members who think it would be a good idea to have Hillary for vice-president on a "dream ticket". Throughout the campaign, I’ve gradually lost a lot of respect for her. Let me count the ways:

  • Her negative politics – when Hillary started to fall behind in the delegate count, she pulled the unoriginal but somewhat effective “3 am. Ad” to appeal to voters’ fears. I would expect this kind of fear mongering from Karl Rove and the RNC but not from her.
  • Her disingenuousness – when Barack made ill-timed comments that some rural Pennsylvanians are bitter and clinging to guns and religion, Hillary jumped all over that opportunity to paint him as elitist and out-of-touch. She then went on to present herself as being a gun-toting, beer-swilling champion of the blue-collar masses. Come on now!
  • Her pandering - I was baffled when John McCain proposed a summer break from the gas tax. I was shocked when Hillary decided to endorse the idea. At least McCain has the excuse that he's a war buff who doesn't really get the economy.
  • Her playing the race card – in an interview with USA Today, regarding her overwhelming support in West Virginia, she cited an AP poll that “Senator Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me. There's a pattern emerging here." This clumsy statement was intended to convince super delegates that she had a broader base than Barack to win the general election. Thankfully, it had the opposite effect and even drew criticism from some of her own supporters.
  • Her incompetent campaign – when the primary season started, Hillary was the overwhelming favorite with a significant lead in super delegate supporters, funding and polling. The fact that Barack was able to lap her in fundraising to the point she had to lend money to her campaign does speak to the impressive grass-roots campaign Barack has run but also demonstrates how poorly her campaign was managed.
  • Her graceless exit – she passed up the opportunity to make amends by conceding after the Montana and South Dakota primaries. Instead, she adding more salt to the wounds by making the ridiculous statement of wanting to hear from her supporters (was she considering running as an independent or storming the Denver convention?) taking away some of the luster from what should have been Barack’s triumphant night. Michael Tomasky of the Guardian described her speech as “the most abrasive, self-absorbed, selfish, delusional, emasculating and extortionate political speech I've heard in a long time. And I've left out some adjectives, just to be polite.” Well said.

I also believe having Hillary on the ticket weakens Barack’s argument to change politics as we know it. She’s especially a liability when it comes to the issue of the Iraq war, a war she voted for, and a vote she has been unwilling to acknowledge was a mistake. Of course I would vote for an Obama/Clinton ticket but I sincerely hope he’ll find a much better running-mate.

Playing catch

Watch Dani catch Dineo.
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Dineo is a very happy baby when her sister isn't bullying her but she's more destructive on my stuff than Dani was at this age!
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Fun at Happy Hollow

Check out these photos of Dani having fun at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo today.

Back seat rider

I played Dora in the car on our way to Dani's appointment. I turned around to check on Dani and this is what I saw.