Sunday, August 31, 2008


When Debbie was at UC Santa Cruz she had a yellow VW bug and made a least 100 trips over the Santa Cruz Mountains to come home for the weekend. Every once in a while she would have to take a hammer and hit the battery to get it working again...those were some crazy days!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Spotlight Dance and Fitness

Spotlight Dance & Fitness at 2534 Industrial Blvd in West Sacramento has a great schedule of dance classes including the popular Zumba Latin rhythms and dance workout. ~ Barbara

Friday, August 29, 2008

Th' Losin Streaks

Th' Losing Streaks are Tim Foster, Mike Farrell, Matt K. Shrugg and Stan Tindall...--"pure '66 garage punk! Wylde, mean and ugly!" They record on label Slovenly, Dollar Record Records. Christy says they have been playing in the Sacramento area for years and often can be seen at Old Ironsides.

See their website for more info: The Losin's Streaks ~ Barbara

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Goats and Chickens

West Sacramento is really a great place..just blocks from our house is a little corral with the most friendly goats and chickens you could ever want to meet. This one came and asked for a little nuzzle. ~ Barbara

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Electric Choice

This Club Car would be the perfect choice for local errands...I expect we'll be seeing more of these types of alternative fuel vehicles soon.~ Barbara

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Wild Budgie

This parakeet has been visiting our backyard feeder for the last several days. Here he is enjoying a special treat that we put out for him. ~Debbie

Gary Bogue
, a daily newspaper columnist who writes about pets, wildlife and environmental issues for Contra Costa Newspapers says:

"When parakeets occur naturally in the wild, they fly in flocks, so parakeets that escape locally will usually team up with flocks of our local wild birds. I’ve seen them with house sparrows, house finches and blackbirds. Most area backyards have bird seed feeders, so there’s plenty to eat and life can be pretty good for a lost parakeet. They learn the ropes of surviving from the sparrows or finches they fly around with."

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Harley-Davidson VRSC (V-Rod)

My brother and his sons pose in the Harley-Davidson showroom beside their new Harley V-Rod.

Trivia: The V-Rod, is a bike that will become yet another milestone in Harley's history- created by Harley-Davidson's Powertrain Engineering team and Porsche Engineering in Stuttgart.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Streets of London Pub is now open

The Streets of London Pub at Westbridge Plaza is now open. With 21 premium beers on tap it was a hard choice, but Russ had the Guinness, Christy the Bass Ale, Debbie had the apple cider on tap and I chose the Newcastle. The fish and chips were awesome! The patio is comfortable and allows a place for the kids to run around and play while we enjoyed some conversation. There are 3 outdoor firepits that will be great for enjoying some time outside this fall! ~Barbara

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Olympic Swimming Coach Sherm Chavoor

The top photo is the Sherm Chavoor Memorial Fountain with the monument plaque shown below at the Arden Hills Swim and Tennis Club.~ Barbara

"Coach Chavoor instilled in his swimmers the drive to excel - to swim harder, longer and faster than ever before thought possible. "

These Gold Medal Winners in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City were coached Coach Chavoor.

Mark Spitz - 9 Gold Medals
Debbie Meyer - 3 Gold Medals
Sue Pederson - 2 Gold Medals
John Nelson - 1 Gold Medal
Mike Burton - 3 Gold Medals
Ellie Daniel - 1 Gold Medal

Friday, August 22, 2008

SkyWatch Friday--the eve of the full moon

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The night before the full moon. This photo was shot in my backyard about 11:00 PM on Friday, August 15, 2008. I setup my tripod and experimented with the settings on my Nikon...! After about 100 shots...I picked this one as my favorite...~Barbara

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Coca Cola Olympic Games Collection

A photo of my shopping cart with the supply of Coca Cola to watch the Olympic Games. ~Barbara

Trivia: A sponsor since the 1928 Summer Games in Amsterdam, Coca-Cola holds the record as having the longest continuous partnership with the Olympic Movement.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Gas-Better Off to Pay Cash

At Rick's Beacon Gas Station on Jefferson Boulevard the price of gas is 10 cents a gallon more if you charge it! ~Barbara

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Pioneer Bridge over the Sacramento River

West Sacramento & Sacramento Downtown Riverfront Bridge Alternatives include proposals to widen the existing U.S. 50 Pioneer Bridge across the Sacramento River and build another bridge.

The City of West Sacramento has only three bridges crossing the Sacramento River. These bridges include Pioneer Bridge, Tower Bridge and I Street Bridge. Of these crossings, only one – the Tower Bridge – effectively accommodates pedestrians and bicyclists, in addition to automobiles.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Hot August Nights in West Sacramento

Members of the Thunderbolts Capitol Auto Club brought their classic cars out to display at the Hot August Nights Family BBQ at the Moose Lodge in West Sacramento last weekend. ~ Barbara

The July 2006 issue of Street Rodder magazine salutes the THUNDERBOLTS as the "Oldest continously meeting Hot Rod club in the Nation".

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Bridgeway Lake Boathouse and Playground

The top photo was taken on the veranda of the Bridgeway Lakes Boathouse and the lower photo is the kid's playground with the water park in the background. It is such a lovely place to sit and enjoy a summer afternoon.~ Barbara

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Home Depot on Harbor Boulevard

Our new Home Depot in West Sacramento has a wonderful garden center. ~ Barbara

Trivia: Home Depot's website says that they are the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer with stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China.

Friday, August 15, 2008

New Disney Theme Rides at Raley's

Maya enjoyed the Mickey Mouse ride until we added money and it moved! These Disney-themed rides cost 50 cents and are in front of Raley's Grocery Store. ~ Debbie

Thursday, August 14, 2008

SkyWatch Friday: Southport at Sundown

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A Beautiful Southport Sundown. ~ Barbara

Shenandoah Valley Wine Tasting

These beautiful oak wine barrels are from Cooper Vineyards a boutique family winery located in the Shenandoah Valley of Plymouth, California. The El Dorado County Cabernet is my favorite.

"The use of oak in wine plays a significant role in winemaking and can have a profound effect on the resulting wine, impacting the color, flavor, tannin profile and texture of the wine."

Mark your Calendar for the Amador Vintner's Association Big Crush 08' October 4th and 5th~ Barbara

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"La Familia"


Looking over I-80 east

This photo was shot from Harbor Boulevard, looking east over I-80 towards Sacramento. Some years ago we call this stretch "Business 80", and now I hear it called Highway 50. ~ Barbara

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Hannah Montana Birthday Cake

Our grandaughter Kylie loves Hannah Montana so Debbie got this great cake from Raley's Bakery for her 7th Birthday party.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Storybook Cottage Preschool

Storybook Cottage Preschool on Higgins in West Sacramento has a wonderful new facility with a great playground. It almost made me wish I could go back a hundred years and go to this unique daycare/preschool. ~ Barbara

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Evening Sunset in West Sacramento

We've been having such incredible weather this year, beginning with an excellent spring and not too many really hot summer days. The past two weeks have had very cool nights with daytime in the low 90s, or a little more. It's like I remember Sacramento back in the 50s and 60s ~ Photo and post by Florene

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Love those Baked Lays....

Ok--give me that chip!! These great photos of squirel vs. Steller jay were shot by Debbie while picnicing in Carson City last week. ~Barbara

Friday, August 8, 2008

Wii by Nintendo

This is a photo of my Wii "Mii"(my customized character) finishing a game of bowling. It is just a great game for the whole family...Tom gets a little frustrated when the little boys beat him in bowling and golf though. He lines up and allows for his curve and then get's a 9 count, and the boys just fling the controller willy-nilly and get a strike! We now have the Wii Fit and are working out on it regularly and having fun! ~Barbara

Today is the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games August 8-24, 2008.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Dome Warehouses at Port of Sacramento

The Port of Sacramento: Commodity handling capabilities include bulk rice and bulk grain elevators, bulk commodities bagging facility, and dry bulk cargo warehousing. Photo above is of two dome warehouse buildings with bottom reclaim. ~

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Park Boulevard 4 lanes, 25 MPH

The speed limit on Park is 25 MPH--but most folks are inclined to drive faster because of the four-lanes. Hopefully the round about at Park and 15th and the newly planted center medians will help take away motorist's urge to speed. ~Barbara

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

West Sacramento Photo of the Day is One- year old

The West Sacramento Photo of the Day team is celebrating our first anniversary. Photo by Christy

When we started this photoblog one year ago I had no idea how much fun it would be and that it would also be a resource to others. We are flattered and excited to announce that The City of West Sacramento has included 13 of our blog photos in the recently published General Plan Update. Thanks to our "Blaudience" for visiting and reading our blogs, viewing our photos and posting your comments. Here is to another year! ~ Barbara

Monday, August 4, 2008

Jefferson Boulevard Road Construction

This road construction crew is working on the Jefferson Boulevard updates to accommodate traffic from the new high school opening this fall.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Catching Dorado in Baja

Marv Perrigo caught these beautiful Dorado, (mahi, mahi ) earlier this week, about 18 - 22 lbs each, while vacationing in Baja. He said they were using surface lures, in 80 degree water, about 4 miles off the point of the Bay of Conception. "It was a great day for fishing and we got our limit within 45 minutes fishing off the Dock Holiday." Cathy says "We have several recipes for cooking the Dorado but our favorites are panko encrusted sauteed, fish & chips and of course smoked."

Today Marv, OBJ and Ponytail went out and did not even see a fish, no strikes or sea life and these are the pros in the Mulege fishing community. ~Photo by Cathy

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Recycling Plastic and Paper

This mound of plastic and paper at Weyerhaeuser Company on South River Road is being sorted for recycling. Photo by Debbie.

Friday, August 1, 2008

August 1st Theme Day "Metal": Skygate by Roger Barr

Skygate by artist Roger Barr: This abstract sculpture near Pier 39 in San Francisco is dedicated to the memory of Eric Hoffer (1903-1983) Longshoreman-Poet-Philosopher. Eric Hoffer has been a legend and an inspiration to many of the workers who are with the Local #17 Longshoreman Union at the Port of Sacramento.

I shot this photo after Christy and I had been offered the royal treatment with lunch and a tour of the Celebrity cruise ship in the background. ~ Barbara

The City Daily Photo Bloggers Theme Day for August 1st is "Metal".
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