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Monday, July 28, 2008

Weekly workplace humor #10

Rule #10 - Have 2 Jackets

If you work in a big open office, always leave a spare jacket draped over the back of your seat. This gives the impression that you are still on the premises. The second jacket should be worn while swanning around elsewhere.

- Trish

Sacramento's Moving Up

I received the June issue of Interior Design, one of my favorite design magazines, and began my usual tradition of devouring it from cover to cover. I love this magazine because it brings innovative and fresh designs from all corners of the world right to my doorstep. With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised when I turned to page 124 and was greeted with images of a restaurant covered in French cottage d├ęcor and weathered shutters… that’s right, it was Ella Dining Room & Bar in our very own downtown Sacramento. And happily enough, it doesn’t stop there! Another prestigious design magazine, Hospitality Design, has honored Ella in their most recent awards issue as the winner of the “Hospitality Debut” category.
I think it is exciting that our community is being recognized as having innovative and novel design and I hope to see more of these accolades in the near future… especially if they mention Williams + Paddon and have my name in bold as the designer of record:)

I have both magazines at my desk so please feel free to stop on by and check them out!

Interior Design Article - Click Here
- Amber

Think You Have Cycling Skills?

For all of you new bike riders out there who think you can win the Tour de France after a few miles on the trail...check this womens cycling skills...unbelievable!

For link - Click Here

- Andrea

2008 Construction Awards

When you think that the construction of your latest project couldn't possible get any worse, just look at these images and you'll instantly feel better.

And the winner is...
- Eric Driever

We often hear about great joy and satisfaction in the world of architecture. It’s the beauty and artistry of the work and the delight one receives by experiencing its space, form and function. Now transfer that concept to the automobile. Who doesn’t find joy imagining themselves jaunting around in a rare gem of an automobile that might fall under the “not practical” or “out of my budget” list? No doubt we all have our favorites, but Brian W. and his father take it a step further by sharing a tradition and passion for resurrecting, refining and polishing the form, function and beauty of their automobiles from a bygone era. Their joy and satisfaction becomes the delight of others.

- Rose

'Bike There' by Google

The Google Maps Team has options such as 'Drive There' and 'Take Public Transit' options when creating directions to your destination. There is a petition to create a 'Bike There' option as well. The feature would take into account actual bicycle lanes from the locality being mapped, and it would automatically plan a route for a bicyclist, possibly even providing the cyclist options for either the most direct route, or the most bicycle-friendly (safest) route. Just follow the link below, sign the petition, and cross your fingers Google is listening to it's cycling users.

sign petition - click here

- Andrea

Monday, July 14, 2008

Just for Laughs

Wii Rock Band

Many of you probably have heard the Williams + Paddon Rock Band jam sessions at lunch and Friday afternoons. We have uncovered a great deal of new talent in the office. Who would have ever guessed that Trish could play Boston’s, “Foreplay/Long Time” on an electric guitar, or that Naaz could play the drums to Bon Jovi’s, “Wanted Dead or Alive?” In fact we’ve discovered many would be rock stars. Perhaps one of the most unforgettable performances came from Brian Whitmore wailing on the mic to Weezer’s, “Say it Ain’t So.” And I am certain that there will be many other legendary acts going forward. Everyone is welcome to join in regardless of musical talent or ability. Or if you would just like some very good cheap entertainment you should check it out. We have a wide range of songs to choose from so most people can find something that they like. And If enough people from the office get into it I think we will come to be known as Williams + Paddon Architects // Planners // ROCK STARS!!!!

A sold out crowd to hear Amber's legendary vocals, with Tye's flawless guitar riffs, Bill's not-so-flawless bass playing and B-whit's steady beat on the drums.
Tye Brown rocking out on his mini-Fender Stratocaster

This band had Paul on drums, The Man Taylor plucking the base, Anda providing "mellow smooth" vocals, Joseph wailing on lead guitar and manager Tye orchestrating the entire event.
-Tye and Brian L.

WP travels - Wisconsin

While on vacation in the great dairy state of Wisconsin I snapped a picture of my Timbuktu bag in front of a real farm.

- Jason Masty

Architects Seperated at Birth (2)

Thom Mayne and Bill Murray

Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Emilfork (from City of Lost Children)

Sanford Kwinter and Sideshow Bob

Dan Richards and his dog Harley

Weekly workplace humor #9

Rule #9: Build Vocabulary

Read up on some architecture magazines and pick out all the jargon and new products. Use the phrases freely when in conversation with bosses. Remember: They don’t have to understand what you say, but you will sound impressive.


Timbuk2 Travels

Here is Eric Driever sporting his Timbuk2 bag at the Dry Creek School Dist. Warehouse!

- Beverly

Monday, July 7, 2008

WP - May is Bike Month Awards (Finally)

It only took us until July to hand out awards for May but that's just how we roll around here. Thanks to everyone who participated in May is Bike Month helping us ride an astounding 9,240 miles!

The big winners are...
- Jack Paddon for being male and riding the most miles (772)
- Nancy Paddon for being female and riding the most miles (500)
- Kim Settle for the most commute to/from work miles
- Brian L. for most miles on a borrowed bike..thanks Andrea (543)

WP wins "May is Bike Month Awards"

The City of Roseville recognized WP's bicycling efforts by awarding them "Bike Friendly Employer of the Year" in Roseville and "Top Mileage by a Small Employer" in the greater Sacramento region. A small group of WP die hard riders pulled the jersey's on one more time and rode the wonderfully scenic bike trails and roads of Roseville to accept our awards at last weeks city council meeting. The riders included Andrea, Jack, Jim, Paul, Brian L., Mark and Robi and were joined by Trish, Rose and Nora at the meeting. And yes...that's our team leading the Pledge of Allegiance to start the meeting. We had a great time riding together and really appreciate the City of Roseville recognizing our efforts during the month of May.
Brian L. and Rose

Dan's 10th Anniversary with WP

What can you say about a man who says everything? You see, Dan's a bit of a story teller. Most of us know him very well...this is due in part to his not so quiet voice and the fact that he repeats every story at least 43 times a day until he's sure everyone has heard it. Honestly, it seems like Dan's been around forever. Rumor has it that he came to WP right after graduating from kindergarten (and yes...he had a full mustache then too). He is celebrating 10 years of service with the firm and in recognition he received a $1000 travel voucher, some WP bucks and other goodies as a token of appreciation from the firm. And no Dan, you cannot buy a one-way ticket with that voucher, we want you back! We look forward to many more years of Dan's delightful personality and bad joke telling.

Brian L. and Jodie

Friday Night Concert in the Park

A few weeks ago Jodie posted about how much she enjoyed Roseville's Music in the Park. This is a great concert series that happens once a month in Roseville's Royer Park. But what does one do if they live downtown? Well, I'll tell you...head on over to Caesar Chavez Park (10th and J) for Sacramento's Friday Night Concerts in the Park. This free concert series features local artists representing a range of genres including rock, pop, punk, blues and folk. This Friday's concert features Richard March, Kate Gaffney, Agent Ribbons, and The Juggs.

Brian L.

With Gas Over $4, Cities Explore Whether It's Smart to Be Dense

A great story on the Sacramento Region and our Blueprint project (click here). FYI, in 2004 I was honored by SACOG (the organization that led Blueprint) as the Region’s “Citizen of the Year” for “exemplary contribution and leadership in public involvement for the Blueprint Project.” The process was facilitated by Valley Vision, an organization for which I have served on the Executive Board for the last 6 years or so.

It is fun and gratifying to see the acknowledgements of the project in a national publication like the Wall Street Journal.


Weekly workplace humor #8

Rule #8. Stacking strategy

It’s not enough to stack lots of documents on the table. Put lots of books on the floor. (thick computer manuals are the best)


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