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Approves New Professional Development and Charter School Facility


One of 230 Shovel-Ready School Construction Projects funded by the State Allocation Board (SAB) in May 2013

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Frozen Solid

In case any of you were wondering if it's possible for the largest river in the US to freeze is! Here is the not so mighty Mississippi at a standstill...and so were the river barges who typically navigate these waters.
-Brian L.

Weekly Funnies

A priest, a lawyer, and an Architect are being lead to the guillotine.

They ask the priest if he wants to be face up or face down when he meets his fate. The priest says that he would like to be face up so he will be looking toward heaven when he dies. They raise the blade, release it, it comes speeding down and suddenly stops inches from his neck. The authorities take this as divine intervention and release the priest.

Next, the lawyer is asked the same thing. He chooses face up hoping to be as fortunate. They raise the blade, release it, it comes speeding down and suddenly stops inches from his neck. The authorities again take this as divine intervention and release the lawyer.

Finally, the Architect is next. He too chooses face up. They slowly raise the blade, when the Architect says:
“Hey, I see what the problem is!”.


Art Reception at 2237 Gallery

Join us for an artist's reception
Wednesday, January 13, 210
Show Dates: January 1 through March 30, 2010
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 7am-6pm
2237 Douglas Blvd
Roseville, CA 95661


Design Dialogue Series

The UDA has started it's design dialogue series again. The next event will be:

When: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 ... 6-7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: AIA Conference Room, 1400 S Street (enter from 14th Street; accessible)
Presenter: Matthew Piner, Owner/Principal, PinerWorks Architectural & Building Group
Topic: Integrating Climate + Form: A Valley City in Paradise ...
Program Details: How do designers' and builders' responses to climate become elements of architectural form and style? Sacramento architect and green builder Matt Piner will discuss examples from local, global, and historical perspectives on certain architectural forms that are so prominent as to have their own name originated as building responses to the peculiarities of local climates.


Double Bubble Anyone...?

Who said you can’t wake up the dead? The Hirshhorn Museum, once described by the New York Times “as a fortress of a building that works as a museum”, is about to get a stunning new makeover that will dramatically alter its appearance. Conceived by the ever thoughtful New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the proposed addition consists of an inflatable structure in the form of a blue bubble that oozes of the museum’s top and side allowing it to expand on a seasonal basis.

Under the current design, the larger bubble will rise 145 feet through the building’s top enclosing a four-storey courtyard below. To be visible from all sides of the museum and at points along Washington’s historic National Mall, it will house an auditorium with up to 1,000 seats for new media offerings. From the interior, visitors will be able to view people in the galleries above through transparent areas provided in the fabric structure. The smaller bubble, located to the side, will house a public lounge with a cafĂ© overlooking the mall.

The project, which is estimated to cost $5 million, is in the early conceptual stage. The museum is hopeful to open the pavilion in May 2011.
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-Brian L.

Holiday Wishes to the Troops

In addition to a great Wecare event and craft it was decided that the team would put together a poster with a holiday greeting to send off to the troops. The children of the Boys & Girls Club of Sacramento got to sign it and were all really excited to send their support and good thoughts overseas.

So where do you send something like this?... well, with a bit of research we found this website:

Each soldier on this site writes a blog detailing a little of what they are experiencing as well as they list what items they might need for themselves and their fellow soldiers to make their deployment a little more tolerable/enjoyable. We got to select where the soldier was stationed, which branch in the military they were in and where in the U.S. they were originally from. We selected an army soldier by the name of Lizber Torres; she is from California and is currently stationed in Afghanistan. She had asked for, and we included in her care package, flashlights, razors, toothbrushes, magazines, feminine hygiene products, board games, dvd’s, cd’s (yes, we included an X-mas one) and magazines. It came out to be 25lbs of loot! I’ve never done this before so I was banking on spending around $80.00 for shipping… but praise the almighty that the United Post Office ‘supports’ it when you support your troops so it only came out to $16.00! So I guess what I’m trying to say is if this is something you have ever considered doing then check out the website because that, along with the low cost of shipping, makes it a really easy thing to do…. and p.s. it’s a year round thing, cause soldiers like to shave for more occasions than just Christmas.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Getting Older...

For the blog at the first of the year... I had emailed Jack Birthday & Anniversary lists and this was his response back to me was. Holy cow!!!!! What a benchmark!

Jack's Reponse...You didn’t know, but it’s my “W+P half life birthday”. At the end of December I will have been W+P for exactly half of my life! Weird.


Rain Man

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The man who inspired the title character in the Oscar-winning movie "Rain Man" has died.

Kim Peek was a savant with a remarkable memory and inspired writer Barry Morrow when he wrote "Rain Man ," the 1988 movie that won four Academy Awards.

Fran Peek said his son met Morrow at a convention in the early 1980s and the writer was taken with Peek's knack for retaining everything he heard. Morrow wrote the script, and the movie went on to win Oscars for best film and best actor for Dustin Hoffman, whose repetitive rants about being an excellent driver and the "People's Court" about to start were a hit with moviegoers.

Although the character was technically fictional, Fran Peek said his son was every bit as amazing as Hoffman's portrayal of him. And Kim's true character showed when he toured the world, helping dispel misconceptions about mental disabilities.

"It was just unbelievable, all the things that he knew," Fran Peek said Monday. "He traveled 5,500 miles short of 3 million air miles and talked to nearly 60 million people — half have been students."

In his later years, Peek was classified as a "mega-savant" who was a genius in about 15 different subjects, from history and literature and geography to numbers, sports, music and dates. But his motor skills were limited; he couldn't perform some simple tasks like dressing himself.
Other interesting facts...
-He could read with both eyes independently. In a study he once ready in 53 seconds what would take a normal person 23 minutes to read. He retained 98% of what he read, compared with 43% for an average person, and could tell you the page number the information could be found on.
-He was a huge fan of classical music but could not attend many concerts. He knew the music so well and had the gift of perfect pitch that he could tell if one instrument in the orchestra was off. He would stand up and tell them the were playing it wrong.
-When he spoke with students they would line up to try and stump Kim with crazy questions. Like who was the winning pitcher in game 6 of the 1926 world series? and he would answer it...(Grover Alexander of the Cardinals)
-If you gave him the name of any city (literally any city)...he could tell you the zip code.
-If you gave him a phone book, let him read it (probably take a half hour or so) and gave him your name... he could tell you your address, phone number, city, etc...
-And to think the doctor who first diagnosed Kim as a child suggested his parents put him in an institution and forget about him...
-Brian L.

Lets Hope 2010 is Better...

The economy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

The economy is so bad I ordered a burger at McDonalds and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

The economy is so bad that CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

The economy is so bad if the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

The economy is so bad Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

The economy is so bad McDonalds is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

The economy is so bad parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

The economy is so bad a truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .

The economy is so bad Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.

The economy is so bad Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen


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