Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie
Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Call for Stories

I love summer. I've been riding my bike, going for hikes and walks, and having dinner with friends. I also got together with some friends for bocce ball. Now that's a sport I can handle. It doesn't require superior strength, skill, or endurance. I have seen a couple of movies, Inception and Salt. Both were good, but I liked Inception better. It's a mind bender.

I took Rylie to a new vet on Friday. For once, he wasn't shaking with fear in the waiting room. He checked out fine, and didn't even need to get his teeth cleaned, which I thought he might. He has lost a couple of pounds, although I don't see how. I've been spoiling him with treats. We do get a little running in, so that must be helping.

I would really like to hear from all of you folks out there that are RV travelers. What has it done for you? What are some of the favorite places that you have seen, or your favorite campgrounds or RV parks? I know the wonderful ways these four years of RV travel have changed my life for the better, but I would like to hear your stories. I might use the information in an article, or even a book, so let me know if you want your name changed to protect the innocent. I will let you know if I decide to use your story. If you would like to share your story, please email me at: heidilyoung@gmail.com. Thanks!

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff clearly does not understand the source of my shaking at the other vet offices. I was shaking with anticipation and excitement, not fear. I am a tough, macho dog and it takes more than a visit to the vet to scare me.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


It looks like I'll be hanging around the Bay Area awhile longer. My contract work has been extended through the end of August, and it's possible it could get extended again. I'm very happy about this, since it allows me to stay here near Cammie and my friends, it pays well, and I get to work at home instead of going into an office. Sweet!

Last Saturday I went to Winterhawk Winery to see Loose Blues perform. Loose Blues is a great band and the lead singer is a friend of my friend Nancy, so we went and kicked up our heels. Winterhawk has a great deal on Saturdays during the summer. For $5 you can taste their wines, get a full glass of your choice, free pizza, and great live music. Plus the area is covered, so there is shade. What fun we had!

I also had a bike ride this week, a walk around the reservoir with some friends, and went to see a filmed performance of La Boheme at The Met. Tomorrow night I'm going to another free outdoor concert. I've been having a great time!

Rylie's Notes:

Sweet it is. I know how it makes The Junior Staff's day when she sees me. She can't stop wagging --er, I mean wriggling with joy -- make that smiling with joy. Not only that, but now I have more time to catch one of those squirrels that keep scampering up and down the tree and across our campsite. They sit right outside the screen door, nibbling their nuts. Don't they know that I could crash through that screen door if I wanted to?

Monday, July 05, 2010

America's Birthday

Outdoor Concert in Pleasant Hill

Well, did you help America celebrate her birthday?

I think I've been celebrating most of the week. I had dinner with Tricia at Pizza Antica in Lafayette, with Brenda at Maria Maria in Walnut Creek, with Nancy at Buckhorn Grill in Walnut Creek, with Cammie and Doug at Texas Roadhouse in Fairfield. I don't think there are any restaurants left that I haven't been to! On America's actual birthday I went to the Alameda County Fair and attended my first horse race. My horse didn't win, but it did show (third place). I was pretty pleased with my picking ability, seeing how it was my first time, and I didn't see any odds or description of the horse before I chose it. I just saw it walking around prior to the race and figured it looked like a good one.

This week I also saw the movie Knight and Day, which was really fun. It's a spoof on the Mission Impossible movies and besides the over-the-top action, it has some good laughs. Oh, and I joined some friends for a walk around the reservoir and breakfast, and Cammie and I played tennis.

There are a lot of free, outdoor concerts going on in the area, and here is a link to my article about it, plus some photos:

Outdoor Concert Gang

More Outdoor Concert Gang

Rylie's Notes:

The worst day of the year -- that's how I feel about Independence Day. Firecrackers and fireworks blasting away for days. What does a dog have to do to get a little peace and quiet?

I babysat The Little Squirt (also known as Barfie McBarfer) while The Staff and The Junior Staff went to the fair. I'm happy to report that once again, there was no barfing on my watch.