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Weekend at the Coast – October 2014

Manzanita View - Oct 2014

Joni, Riley, and I really enjoyed a relaxing long weekend at the coast.  This is the view from the house we rented.



Weekend at the coast – Summer edition


Riley with his stick

Since we had so much fun back in February in Rockaway Beach, we decided to head back for another weekend getaway.  Unfortunately we weren’t the only ones with this idea, so we didn’t get a room overlooking the beach.  But we had a great break nonetheless.  Riley had a great time as well, although we’ve never seen him so tired and sore as when we got home last night.

Weekend at the coast

"Let's go to the beach!"

“Let’s go to the beach!”

We had a great and much needed get-away at the coast this past weekend, in Rockaway Beach.  It didn’t take long after we got there for Riley to tell me exactly what he wanted to do.  We had a great time celebrating my birthday.  Thanks to Joni for all the work finding the location and for the great weekend!

Three M’s and a Goob in Times Square, July 2012

Mitch, Derek, Maryanne, and Michael - July 20, 2012

Mitch, Derek, Maryanne, and Michael – July 20, 2012

I was fortunate to be in New York for work for about 60 hours in July.  Luckily my three favorite “M’s” were all available on short notice to get together for dinner on a Friday night.  Here we are in Times Square, Friday July 20, 2012.

RIP Rich Nappi, true hero and great friend

Rich at Shea Stadium, September 2006

I am so saddened and heartbroken about the death of a true hero, FDNY Lt. Rich Nappi.  He died battling a fire in Brooklyn earlier today.  My thoughts go out first to his wonderful wife Mary Anne and their two children.

Rich and I have been friends since 8th grade, when I was a new kid at Great Hollow middle school in 1978.  We were close in high school and closer for years later.  He is the only person from high school that I am friends with in real life, and the person I’ve been friends with longer than anybody else.

I moved to Portland in 1990 and he always kept in touch.  Whenever I got back to NY, he would make time for me.  I took this picture of Rich at a NY Mets game he took me to in September 2006 when I was in NY for a security conference for GE Security.  The day before he had shaved his head for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  It was the last time I saw him in person.

On September 11, he was stationed at Engine 7 just a few blocks from the World Trade Center.  Although he was off-duty that day and at home out on Long Island, he responded to the tragedy by driving into the city and working on rescue and recovery at the site.

Here is more information about what happened today: 

I’m so grateful to have known such a great person and will miss him immensely.

Rahula, the traveling dog

Rahuna and Riley

I had just walked into the locker room at the gym in my office building when I got a text message from Joni, with this photo and the message “found stray – can you come home to help?”

When I got home I was greeted by two barking dogs sitting on Riley’s bed in the corner.  The dogs were getting along fine but were definitely unsettled and any attempts to calm them had now been negated by my presence.

Joni explained that she was out with Riley doing their daily walk of the Riverfront and Eastbank Esplanade downtown.  On the east bank just south of the Steel Bridge, she saw a white German Shepherd mix wandering around by himself.  After some coaxing and using Riley to draw him, the dog came over to Joni.  He was wearing a collar but the only tag he had said “Rabies Vaccination” with a 5-digit number.  It was clear the dog was lost so she brought him home.

I did a quick scan of Craigslist lost+found, and the Multnomah County Animal Shelter site and didn’t find any reports that matched this dog, so I posted on Craigslist and filed a found dog report on the shelter web site.  We figured we’d give this an hour or two and if we didn’t hear anything, we’d take the dog to our vet to see if it is chipped.  About an hour later, I got a call from the Shelter saying that somebody had called and asked about a dog that was close to my description.  She said she’d call the person back and have him call me.  Maybe 10 minutes later, I got a call from a guy saying he saw my post on Craigslist.  I asked him a bunch of questions and it was obvious that this dog, Rahula, was his.  He said he was at the downtown library so we agreed to meet at Waterfront Park near the Hawthorne Bridge.

Joni and I took both dogs with us, and when Rahula sighted his owner he immediately recognized him.  The guy, whose name we never got, looked like he was in his young 20s and was ‘traveling’ on the west coast.  (Joni later explained that ‘traveling’ is kind of like hitchhiking and visiting ‘friends’ up in various cities).  He said he was camping with his group under the Burnside Bridge this morning when he let Rahula out and he ran off – something he never does.  We talked for a while and was extremely grateful that Joni found Rahula and was kind enough to take him in and take responsibility for finding his owner.

Good luck, Rahula, and stay close to your group!

Stowe VT 1989

We (or more accurately, Joni) have been cleaning up the office space in our condo and found a disc of photos that I created in 2005.  On that disk were some scanned photos from the 1980s – here are 2 from an annual trip to Stowe, VT.  Some of these same guys are up in Lake Placid this weekend on their annual ice climbing and snowshoeing guys trip – maybe next year I’ll be able to join them.

Pasta dinner after a hard day on the slopes. In the 80s, I had hair and could eat gluten.


A bunch of idiots. I'm the one with the red jacket in the middle, probably wearing a NY Giants hat.

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