Old Dogs & old photos…

Thinking about our dear Sugar Pie led me to reflect on our old dogs of the past. When I was born, Mom & Dad had a doggie named “Heidi.” She was a boxer (related to my Dad’s summer endeavor “The Boxer Boys Club”), but she passed away when I was seven and I don’t have any pix.

When we moved to 1375 Tareyton Drive, we had three dogs over the course of the rest of my childhood. “Pasha” a Siberian Husky, “Dudinka AKA Dude” a Samoyed, and “Ziggy” a black Lab. Here they were…

Going through those old photos led me to some others of my wonderful family…

In the process, I also found some other fun pix: some student ID cards from my junior year abroad, and travels in Mexico, France, Togo, and Sequoia National Park…

Finally, sometimes I tell folks about an extraordinary experience at Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. I took a painting class from Picasso’s former partner Fran├žoise Gilot. During that summer in 1977, she brought along her husband, polio vaccine discoverer Jonas Salk. In the middle of the two week course, Fran├žoise & Jonas flew to Washington DC where Dr. Salk was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award (along with Martin Luther King, Jr.) by then President Jimmy Carter. Here they are showing the award whilst pouring me a glass of champagne at the after-class party. Good times!

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Sugar Pie

Sugar Pie Vail was born on November 22, 2006. Her mother was a yellow lab, and her father a wayward golden retriever. I always said she was half lab, half golden, all retriever, but only if it was a tennis ball, of which she fetching many. Not only fast, but that dog could hunt and eventually found the errant ones.

On March 3rd, Super Tuesday, our precious doggie passed away at age 13. She’d been showing her age and seemed to have a stroke the night before needing a sedative to sleep. ML took her into our vet who agreed it was time, but kindly waited ’til I came in from work and voting.

Here are some pix of Sugar Pie as a puppy in Southern California, before we moved north…

Here are some more pix of the old girl as an adult. With all the hikes and freedom, she had a pretty good life. Tho’ rather shed-worthy she was a sweet and lovable, and a wonderful companion. We knew the inevitable, but I was still surprised by my grief…

Above, tree’s too die. The beautiful oak in the picture with the green grass fell down when we were on our trip, which you can see in the pic with Sugar & Veronica. Speaking of fallen trees, I threw in a cute one of the kids too on a buckeye that had also fallen (doubtless Sugar was there with us).

Sugar’s last day…

Ski Week 2020 and beyond…

Altho’ there was not a ton of snow, they make it at Heavenly Valley, so when “President’s Week” rolled around in February, we went for it. Good thing we didn’t wait for more snow during Spring Break, because by then the Coronavirus pandemic had closed all the ski resorts, etc. In addition to the slopes and of course beautiful Lake Tahoe, there are some pix of a fun restaurant where you fill your bowl of goodies then have it grilled for you. Great weather, good times…

Here’s a batch of clips curated from the many videos. None are too long, enjoy the action…

Thanks for watching!

Fall & Winter 2019-20

Hi Scholars, Be warned, this is a big batch (could be bigger) covering approximately September 2019 to January 2020. I’m saving some video clips, including Veronica’s hoop season, for another post.

First up, the second field trip to the Stanford University library thanks to an Access Grant from the Center for Latin American Studies. The theme was “the historical antecedents to the current immigration crisis.” The previous year, we took 11th & 12th graders, and this year 10th graders. Once again, Adan Griego, the curator of the Latin American collection at the Green Library, did a great job as our tour guide.

I’m thinking it was around September that we realized we’d need a third car, so ML & I went to the Saturday morning auction in Redwood City and brought back a 2007 Prius with only about 25K miles on it. Kinda fun, but it didn’t take long for it to realize life in the mountains can be rough.

There should be more about this in the near future, but because of a grant from MidPen to Groundswell Coastal Ecology our students will have the opportunity to create a native plant nursery on campus and then conduct habitat restoration at Tunitas Creek Beach. Here are some pix from the first of several reconnaissance missions there (and to a natives nursery at Kelly beach in HMB…

The end of October always means the Halloween Carnival at Pescadero Middle & High Schools. This year, as ninth grade sponsor, we served up some donuts and games of chance.

Around the same time is the HMB Pumpkin Festival and of course lots of band action at the football games. I may add some live clips to a later post. This was the last year that Charlie & Veronica got to play together. Enjoy…

Here’s a batch of miscellany: pancakes, petrified wood at Main St. Sushi, a dog watching a turkey leg, ninth graders selling breakfasts, an HMB reporter guest speaking, and another great sunset…

Fall is also about Cross Country. Just a few pix from several meets. (Again, I may add some video clips to another post)…

And along comes Thanksgiving and Christmas. Just a sampling of festivities at our house (including the bookclub) and Nancy & Jered’s.

ML likes to see Cirque du Soleil for her birthday between Christmas and New Year’s and they come to SF around this time of year. Here are some illegal pix of the action, etc.

The following batch features my kayaking foray up Butano Creek as far as possible on the new, dredged section. Almost made it to the bridge going into Pescadero before bottoming out. Also, some pix of our newly finished shed, cabin, or casita. It has been a long process and these pix don’t show the interior which still took a couple more months to complete.

Mary Lynn put on another edition of “Alice in Wonderland” at La Honda Elementary in January of 2020.

Finally, here’s another batch of miscellany: hearts for Valentine’s Day, a car crash on the 84, an event in the gym at PHS, and some rascally rascals in the library…

Thanks for checking it out…

Hiati?

Hello Friends,

I’m not even sure “hiati” is a word, but I’m going for “hiatus” in the plural ’cause randomvail.com has been spotty, more like not happenin’ for the last school year. These “lacunae” (there I go makin’ stuff up again) are attributable to getting back in the classroom for the first year I’d been excited about in awhile. After rich documentation of the fun summer of 2019, now a year ago, I only posted my premature (postmature?) attempt to create a business. (Got a job, don’t need a business. What ’til you retire… Or longer?) A personal glitch I guess…

It was already a busy year taking over Kevin Allen’s job as the PHS Social Studies teacher as he became the Principal. (Busy work = lazy bloggage.) Then came the Covid-19 pandemic and the school gig went online. I had more time to post, but did not. It was weird, and it still is as the quarantine and Covid protocols persist. However, I hope to catch up now that summer 2020 is past the halfway point. Thus, I’m digging back thru my pix to last fall and will document the recent past, hopefully eventually encroaching on the future. Thanks for the encouragement!