Sunday, May 22, 2016

2016 Amgen Tour of CA - Stage 8

The 8th and final stage of the Tour of CA ended in Sacramento after traveling south to north from San Diego.  The 8 stage, 700 mile route took in the southern CA mountains, the central coast, the mountains of Lake Tahoe and foothills of Folsom, the Sonoma coast before ending in Sacramento.

Stage 8 was won by Mark Cavendish, Team Dimension Data.  Peter Sagan, Team Tinkoff and Alexander Kristoff, Team Katusha, came in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Julian Alaphilippe, Team Etixx-Quick Step, won the GC with Rohan Dennis and Brent Bookwalter, both of Team BMC, in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

The 4th and final stage of the women's race was won by Kristen Wild, Team HPU.  Lisa Brennauer, Team LPR, and Marriane Vos, Team RBW, took 2nd and 3rd respectively.

To view some highlight pics from Stage 8, click on "2016 Amgen Tour of CA - Stage 8" below the photo:

From 2016 Amgen Tour of CA - Stage 8

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


It's been multiple decades since I visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).  In the 1980's, I used to have the "out of town" membership to the museum and would visit frequently.

The years passed and my activities moved on to other things but my interest in contemporary art has been rekindled with the expansion and decided to renew my membership.

SFMOMA officially reopens to the public on May 14th but as a member, one is entitled to a member's only preview before the grand opening.  We went on the 2nd day of the pre-view period and nearly had the museum to ourselves.

I invited Eric Saur to join me on a pre-view excursion to The City and we took my favorite means of traveling to the Bay Area - by public transit - the Capitol Corridor Train and BART.  We took the train to the Richmond Station and transferred to BART which zipped us within two blocks of MOMA at the Montgomery Street Station.

Brief history of SFMOMA:  The museum was established in 1935 and in its first 60 years occupied the 4th floor of the War Memorial Veterans Building at the Civic Center on Van Ness Ave.  It was the first institution on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th Century art.

In 1995, a new 50,000 s.f. museum building with its iconic striped cylinder and step-backed stone facade designed by Mario Botta opened across the street from the Yerba Buena Gardens.

In 2013, the museum closed for 2 1/2 years for a 235,000 s.f. expansion.  The seven-story addition was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm of SNOHETTA.

To view the photo album of our visit, click on "SFMOMA' below photo: