• Mar 2, 2019

    Saw Steve Miller Band, along with Journey, in San Francisco, 2018 
  • Dec 15, 2018

     A new favorite place on Earth! Maui is so beautiful, so peaceful, just a perfect, relaxing, warm Christmas vacation.
  • Redwood National and State Parks, Humboldt County, CA, United States
    Jun 10, 2018

    The Redwoods in Humboldt County, CA offer one of the most peaceful places on earth :)
  • Dec 26, 2016

    Cruises are not my favorite, as it turns out. We went from Long Beach, CA to Catalina Island to Mexico. Apparently, getting seasick is a new thing that can come with age, ugh. Plus, the ship was way too NEON. 
  • Jul 10, 2016

    The 2016 MLB All-Star Game, Home Run Derby, and other festivities is going to be in San Diego! My wife and I will totally be there!!! :D  
  • Jul 10, 2016

    So San Diego apparently has the second best climate in the world. What's the first (you might ask)? Dunno. And I think it's awful that anyone would tell you where the second best climate is and not be able to share information about wher...
  • Jun 3, 2016

    My wife plays, and she also collects chess sets from all over the world. We got her a beautiful Harry Potter chess set for her birthday and she taught us how to play! 
  • Sacramento, CA, United States
    Apr 9, 2016

    Feb 19, 2014 - Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors. Kings lost, but it was fun to be there, nonetheless. (Still prefer baseball!)
  • Mar 11, 2016

  • McWay Falls, Big Sur, CA, United States
    Aug 6, 2015

    When I first saw a picture of this place, I thought it was in a different country. When I found it was 3 hours away from me in Big Sur, we packed the car and took off. A stunning adventure!  
  • Aug 6, 2015

    We didn't take pics while we were out because we just wanted to enjoy the experience in the moment. But, we saw three humpback whales (including a mom and baby) who put on a great show, several sea otters who raced our boat, two huge...
  • Jul 29, 2015

    Finally! This is a tattoo of my son's name, Neal. He passed away June 2014, one week shy of his 19th birthday. On his 18th birthday, the previous year, he got a tattoo, too. Here's a pic of that, along with some pics of me gettin...
  • Apr 15, 2015

    30 years of a pack-a-day habit and I just...quit. No withdrawal, no longing. Nothing. To be honest, this was made very easy for me because I had a bit of a scare with an episode of SVT (supraventricular tachycardia), which basically...
  • Raley Field, Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento, CA, United States
    Apr 1, 2015

    This is something I'm glad I can say I have been lucky enough to have - at least one season. Hopefully again in seasons to come. It's pricey as hell, but worth it for the following reasons:   guaranteed date night no hassle...
  • Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, 3rd Avenue, Sacramento, CA, United States
    Jun 25, 2014

    My daughter and I spent time volunteering in the summer of 2014 for the Sacramento Food Bank. We bagged groceries and vegetables and fruits for several hours about once a week. It was a meaningful time to spend together. Yeah, she g...
  • Michael Jackson Neverland Valley Ranch, Figueroa Mountain Road, Los Olivos, CA, United States
    Jun 1, 2014

    The drive to get here was unreal. So very far off the beaten-path. Obviously we couldn't get past the gate... and the gate was so much smaller than it had always seemed in pictures. But we had the place to ourselves for a while,...
  • South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States
    Apr 25, 2014

    Awesome weekend in South Lake Tahoe for an anniversary/birthday celebration. Stayed at Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa. Fabulous place!  http://tahoelakeshorelodge.com/ &n...
  • Mar 20, 2014

    Best.Day.Ever.
  • Community Center Theater, L Street, Sacramento, CA, United States
    Mar 13, 2014

    This was absolutely beautiful. To sit for two hours and just listen and feel the sweeping violins..with nothing interrupting you, nothing else to distract you. Probably the most relaxing thing I've done for my soul in quite some time...
  • Community Center Theater, L Street, Sacramento, CA, United States
    Feb 27, 2014

    I fell asleep about 3/4 through it. She just took soooooooooooo long to commit suicide, ugh. My wife, however, loved it :) This was Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore (The Troubadour). Reportedly "The grandest&n...
  • Dec 18, 2013

    Important traditions here, people. Kiss under the mistletoe, and get photo-bombed by your kid. :)  
  • Apr 28, 2013

    Five times! Once on a greyhound (verrrrrry interesting) from NC to CA when I was about 20, then a return trip to NC by car, driving my aunt. Vacation in July 2012 with my wife and kids - awesome! We took the southern route (Interstate 40...
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
    Mar 17, 2013

    Fantastic! Stayed at the lovely Windsor Court Hotel, took a streetcar down St. Charles, dined at Emeril's, visited the old cemeteries in the Garden District (and Anne Rice house), partied in the French Quarter, bodyshots off a barten...
  • Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA, United States
    Jul 8, 2012

    Took my son here for his birthday present, July 2012. What fun!!!  
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
    Jul 6, 2012

    Crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and had lunch in Sausalito on the other side :)  
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Coconino County, AZ, United States
    Jun 30, 2012

    Part of our cross-country road trip in 2012!  
  • Jun 17, 2012

    A BMW X5 (2004) for the price of the new Honda I went in there for. I'll take this probably once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ;) Thank you, Carmax!
  • North Carolina Museum of Art, Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC, United States
    Oct 29, 2011

    I don't know if this is something that would be on MY Bucket List, but it was definitely on my wife's. So here we are, when Rembrandt's art came to Raleigh, NC.
  • May 12, 2011

    *closest thing I could get I grew up loving Michael Jackson and always wanted to see him in concert. But in 2009, we lost him. I have since been lucky enough to see an awesome tribute band twice (called "Who's Bad?") a...
  • Dec 18, 2010

    Mine and my wife's snow-couple. Yes, mine has a cigarette. And yes, hers is a Santa princess :)  
  • May 12, 2010

    Done!!! UNC-G, doctoral degree in Special Education. But, if I could go back, I would have just opened a bar instead. Just sayin'...  
  • Ocracoke Island, NC, United States
    Jul 2, 2009

    Jet-skiing in the Atlantic Ocean, right off of Ocracoke Island, NC - July 2009. Had nooooo idea how choppy that water was going to be. And with my 9 year old daughter on the back? Doubt I'd do that again, but damn it was FUN!&nb...
  • Jul 2, 2009

    Over the Atlantic Ocean! I was so brave with my tethered ride :)  
  • Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
    Oct 17, 2007

    Ok, so it was another conference... but I got to go to Niagara Falls in Canada! :)
  • Jul 17, 2005

    Do tethered rides count? I hope so, because I'm terrified of heights. This was for my son's Make-A-Wish "summer" in 2005. What fun!!!
  • Aug 23, 2003

    We moved to Falls Church, VA (about 7 miles outside of DC) in 2007 so that my son could attend elementary school at Gallaudet in Washington, DC. That said, we got to step right into DC many times over the course of 2 years there. Saw all...
  • Fort Bragg, CA, United States
    Mar 21, 2002

     Wonderful visit here, but it would have been nice if almost all of the beautiful glass had not been taken away by tourists already. :(
  • Jul 6, 1997

    As a child, I was always fascinated with sign language. Then, in 1995, my first child was born deaf. By the time he was about two years old, I was fairly proficient. I wouldn't say I ever became fluent, since it's not my first la...
  • Jul 18, 1995

    If you've ever had a pet or ever wanted one, this is the best place to get him or her. I've adopted two dogs and one cat. It's a heart-breaking place to visit and it's an incredibly difficult choice to make for sure,...
  • Jul 6, 1995

    Loves of my life...  Thomas Neal Parrish, born July 7, 1995 Jenny-Marie Elizabeth Parrish, born April 18, 2000 
  • Apr 8, 1989

    I was 19 years old when I climbed aboard a bus from Greensboro, NC to Washington, D.C. with a couple of college friends. THIS was an amazing experience! No matter what your cause, every American should do this at least onc...
  • Jul 18, 1987

    Yes, I'm one of those moved by those "Sponsor a Child" commercials. When I was about 17 years old, I called that number and paid the small amount via check each month to sponsor a child. I did this for about a year. As...
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