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Bob Loblaw

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  1. My family (me, wife, daughter - 14, son - 12, and daughter - 9) will be on RC's Adventure of the Seas. Because there are 5 of us, we had to do an Ultra-Spacious Oceanview cabin. We're traveling with another 5-person family, and our cabins are right next to each other. It's a 6-day Western Caribbean cruise. Day 1 Departure out of Ft. Lauderdale. Day 2 Cruising Day 3 George Town, Grand Cayman. We decided to do the Stingray City & Calico Jack's Beach Break excursion. Day 4 Costa Maya. No excursion booked. Gonna walk around for a bit, then head back onto ship to do things that are usually crowded. Day 5 Cozumel. Doing the Beach Break at Playa Mia which is a waterpark. Day 6 Cruising Day 7 Back to Ft. Lauderdale Really looking forward to this. It'll be our first cruise. I can't seem to find out anything about onboard entertainment (music, comedy, magic, etc.). Where is that info?
  2. We're doing Scottsdale Spring Training for our first time ever at the end of the month. 2/28 Rockies at Giants, $105 for 2 tix, just my son and I 2/29 Indians at A's, $95 for 2 tix, just my son and I 3/1 LAA at Rockies, $112 for 5 tix, the whole family We're not Rockies fans, just worked out that way. We're also going to InningsFest on Sat for $615 (whole fam). Damn expensive weekend. Luckily, flights and hotels were paid with points.
  3. Re basements In California, in the eyes of the Assessor, if the "basement" is at least 7.5' high, is conditioned, has interior access to the rest of the house, then it is considered living space and is factored into the livable square footage. Also, whichever floor has the kitchen, that floor is considered the first floor, and the floor below it is considered the basement.
  4. Not much you can do. There may be a downward adjustment (albeit, minimal) for the condition of the unfinished work since the comps will, presumably, be in market-ready condition. Also, while you don't have a sales price, you do have an amount that you are requesting, right?
  5. We bought one for our oldest daughter. There were no noticeable problems with it being the lone occupant of the cage. The gp whistled and was cute and cuddly. I helped my daughter with the cleaning but she did all the feeding and hydrating. A few months later, the place where we bought it was going out of business and they had another guinea pig that needed a home. So, we bought that one for our youngest daughter. We put them in the same cage together, and the first one that we bought started trying to nurse off of the second one. Come to find out, the second one is the mother of the first. She wasn't having it, so we had to go to two cages. Ugggghhhh. Double the cleaning and supply cost. About a year and a half later, the mom passes. Our youngest daughter wasn't too broken up about it. The first one is still alive and kicking after about 5 years. Our oldest daughter kept caring for the gp, but is more into her cat (as far as pets go), and she stopped giving face/play time. So, we've now moved the gp into our youngest daughter's room. And guess who gets to pick up more cleaning duty? Between the chickens, the cat, the dog and the guinea pig, I've had my fill of pet cleaning. Bottom line: get a guinea pig or two, and watch your kids enjoy and care for them... and get ready to do some cleaning.
  6. 75 hrs every two weeks. The Friday of week 1, I have off. Friday of week 2, I'm off at 2pm. 12 holidays. I accrue 4.3 hrs per pay period of Vacation time, so that translates to fifteen 7.5 hr days. Plus, 30 hours of Comp time (distributed in lump sum on the first pay check of July).
  7. Our son (11 y.o.) started with soccer in preschool. He was good at the soccer, but he likes his own space. So, while everyone else was mixing it up in the swarm surrounding the ball, he was on the perimeter waiting for someone to kick it out to him. It just wasn't his thing, so he stopped after 1st grade. He's started t-ball in preschool as well. He took to it really well. He loved the game, and there was no one in his space (for the most part). He's in 6th grade now (has played every season), and his most recent LL team made it to City Championships but ultimately lost. My proudest moment of him athletically was from this past season where he pitched a 66-pitch complete game shutout, with no walks and 4 Ks (yes, the defense behind him played well also). He was only going to pitch one inning. And as soon as he gave up a walk in the second, he'd get pulled for another pitcher. That walk never came, and he got the W. He's a quiet kid, and doesn't really outwardly show his emotions in public. So, you could see him fighting off a smile. Everyone was chanting his name, even the other team. Oh, this also happened the next game (4 days later) after taking a liner off of his cheek. He's played organized basketball since 3rd grade, but again, doesn't like people in his space, which makes it really tough to play basketball. His older sister yells to him from the stands to step it up, but he just tunes her out. He's got a great shot and some good handles, but typically passes it when the D converges. It's a work in progress. He's still playing and working on being more aggressive. Proud of him for playing/working through his comfort zone. Our youngest daughter has played one season of soccer (in kindergarten), and two seasons of softball. She likes softball, but wants to try something different, maybe lacrosse, and definitely gymnastics. She's done one fall session of gymnastics, and the "coaches" asked her to move up to the intermediate level for the winter session. She played basketball in 2nd grade, the game play was different from when our older daughter played (Sat mornings, 45 min practices, then 45 min game, run by a basketball "academy" rather than having dads coach the teams). Now, in 3rd, I'm coaching her parks and rec team. We've only had 2 practices so far, but she's been gung ho from the get-go. Proud of her because she's had medical issues since age 4.5 (periodic fever syndrome) and she doesn't let that get her down. She's learned to be resilient and to be a fighter. Sorry for the long posts, but I've got 3 kids and wanted to celebrate them all.
  8. 3 kids: 14 y.o. daughter, 11 y.o. son, 8 y.o. daughter. I've coached most of their teams. Sorry, this is long... Our oldest started playing basketball in 2nd grade. I was the head coach along with her best friend's dad as my assistant. She wasn't really good. She's a lefty, but would only play with her right. They played on 8-ft hoops at that level (parks and rec), and I think she may have scored a bucket or two the entire season (10 games). But, she had a ton of fun. We let the girls pick out the team name, they wore colorful, crazy knee-high socks, and she always had a smile on her face. She's a fast runner, but not graceful (picture Phoebe from Friends). She was always the first back on D with a ear-to-ear grin. They won most of their games. She played again in 3rd grade (now on 10-ft hoops). More of the same. Have some fun, be with friends, excel at D, but still no O. Won most of their games. Then, in 4th, other girls from her grade were dominating. All the rebounds, jumping the passing lanes, scoring the majority of the points, with my daughter just kind of getting out of everyone's way. She played hot potato whenever she was passed to (if they actually passed her the ball). It got to the point where my wife would text me during the game to take our daughter out in high pressure situations. But, there was our daughter... still having fun, still running with a smile on her face. Half way through the season, I asked her if she was still enjoying playing. She said she was, but that she wanted to contribute more. So, I gave her a job: every loose ball is yours, if the person you're guarding is close to the ball handler, take it from her. She loved that. She dove on the ground, plenty of steals, created multiple jump ball situations throughout the game. Still loving it. In 5th, most of the dominating players left parks and rec for CYO. Both seasons run concurrently, so she decided to stick with parks and rec (most choose one or the other, with only the really dedicated ones playing both). She took on her Bruce Bowen persona again. Mixing it up, excelling at the hustle plays, slyly shoving people with her hips. One of the parents on the team nicknamed her "Pitbull." On that team, there was a family that was new to the area, so they weren't able to sign their girl up for CYO, so I was able to get her on our parks and rec team. She was really good. She and my daughter worked really well together. In 6th, she asked to play in CYO. I coached again with the dad of her best teammate from 5th grade as my assistant. It all clicked. They won their division's championship. I was super-proud of her. She stuck with it, found something she was good at, and was rewarded for working hard. In 7th, she played again, but her teammate from the past 2 seasons moved up to an A team. So, her team took some lumps, not winless, just not in the championship again. Same with 8th grade. Now, she's a 5'0" freshman. She's going to a different high school than our neighborhood one because of an academic program that she wanted to go into (she's an awesome student). She put in the time to play summer league and go to open gyms and voluntary workouts, and she made the JV team. Again, super-proud of her: for persevering, for always having a smile on her face, for being a great student, and a good, decent person. She played a season of soccer, and did a lax camp, but only stuck with hoops. I'll gush over my other kids in subsequent posts...
  9. Born in Oakland, raised in Alameda. Met my wife in college in the East Bay. We now live in Novato, 0.5 mi from where she grew (my in-laws still live in that house).
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