An Engagement Anniversary on the Beach

IMG_2904Last year on Pismo Beach under the stars I asked Pam to marry me. As I recall I played it rather cool, all composed and stoic. I even have a picture to prove it. Okay, so I might have smiled just a little bit.

Pismo Beach has hosted all sorts of fun and good memories for us. We go to soak up the sun, play beach games, hit the water, or stroll along the coast. When family and friends visit us we always take them to Pismo Beach.

A few months after getting engaged we returned to Pismo Beach for engagement photos.

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I decided to walk our path along the beach and visit our engagement site tonight, on the one year anniversary. Though Pam and I are on different continents right now, it was good to remember that evening. I’m so happy we have each other. Life has been richer and fuller with her. I took some photos as I walked and reminisced.

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Intimacy

Together,
Silent harmony,
Separate but combined,
The lovers quietly embrace.

Darkness,
Impaired sight,
Heightens the effect
Of a gentle caress.

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Tomato Mania 2015

The 2015 Tomato Mania sale at Cal Poly is underway. I serve as the faculty advisor for the project. Yesterday much of the set-up took place. This morning I got to campus before the sale started to make sure things were on track and to lend a hand (and buy some tomatoes).

Preparation for the sale.

Preparation for the sale.

The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm (sale begins in minutes).

Sale in progress.

Sale in progress.

Sale in progress.

Sale in progress (the guy in the center is wearing a very appropriate shirt for a tomato sale).

It was a good day. I also managed to sow tomato seeds for a grafting lab that I’ll teach later this quarter. When I left the sale I purchased five plants. The sale continues tomorrow: 10 am to 4 pm at the Horticulture Unit on campus. Come on out and pick up some tomatoes! I recommend ‘Artisan Purple Bumblebee’ if you want an interesting cherry tomato. There are all sorts of options: ‘Bloody Butcher,’ ‘Mr. Stripey,’ ‘Banana Legs,’ ‘Alaskan Fancy,’ ‘Chocolate Cherry,’ ‘Mortgage Lifter,’ and ‘Red Robin’ to name a few of the 67 available (well, it started with 67, some have sold out already).

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The Blood Moon on April 4, 2015

This morning I woke up at 4:40 and decided to walk outside onto the street to look at the lunar eclipse. It was pretty cool to see. I had a great view from the middle of our street. (In other news, I got hit by a car yesterday–not while standing the in the street watching the moon. A student hit me in a crosswalk, but thanks to my spiderman-like moves I was able to parkour off the hood of the car to escape injury. Pretty fun stuff. Had I not been agile I would be in a hospital right now.)

The blood moon viewed from Arroyo Grande at 5:00 am on 4/4/2015.

The blood moon viewed from Arroyo Grande at 5:00 am on 4/4/2015.

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The Lifewater 2015 Walk 4 Water

Last Saturday the Lifewater Walk 4 Water took place in San Luis Obispo at the Mission Plaza. Pam and I were there bright and early in the morning to help set things up and staff the event (Pam more so than me). I wandered around and took pictures after things were up and running.

A balloon archway, early in the morning.

A balloon archway, early in the morning.

Jerrican rentals (for those who were up for the challenge of making the walk carrying water).

Jerrican rentals (for those who were up for the challenge of making the walk carrying water).

People begin to arrive and peruse the displays.

People begin to arrive and peruse the displays.

The registration line begins to form.

The registration line begins to form.

The walk took place in downtown SLO, with volunteers holding signs with water facts to guide the way.

The walk took place in downtown SLO, with volunteers holding signs with water facts to guide the way.

The walk was an easy one, but much more difficult for those carrying water in jerricans.

The walk was an easy one, but much more difficult for those carrying water in jerricans.

People carried jerricans on their heads, shoulders, backs, and in their hands. One person also carried a baby.

People carried jerricans on their heads, shoulders, backs, and in their hands. One person also carried a baby.

The Lifewater Walk 4 Water.

The Lifewater Walk 4 Water.

It was a beautiful, fun day for a wonderful cause. More than $65,000 were raised for water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in southern Ethiopia. Pam and I comprised Team Hoover–thanks to everyone who sponsored us!

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A photo of Pam and me taken during the event by SLOtography.

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PLANET SCD 2015: Raleigh, NC

I coach the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days (SCD) competition team. The event is an annual national landscape and horticulture Olympics-style competition. This was my third year as a coach. Two years ago we went to Auburn, AL. Last year we went to Fort Collins, CO. This year we went to Raleigh, NC.

Our team consisted of 8 students. We competed against 64 other schools in 19 events (Business Management, Irrigation Design, Maintenance Cost Estimating, Annual and Perennial ID, Exterior Landscape Design, Irrigation Assembly, Plant problem Diagnosis, Computer-Aided Landscape Design, Interior Plant ID, Hardscape Installation, Woody Ornamental Plant ID, Turf and Weed ID, Wood Construction, Interior Landscape Design, Landscape Plant Installation, Skid Steer Loader Operation, Landscape Maintenance Operations, Personnel Management, Truck and Trailer Operation).

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There will be no PLANET team next year, since PLANET is changing its name to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The SCD event will be be called the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC). So now I get to call myself the coach of the Cal Poly SLO National Collegiate Landscape Competition Team.

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