Anaheim Packing District

The City of Anaheim has really done a good job of re-developing parts of its Downtown area. When they were first starting I remember looking to purchase a condo in the area but it was still a bit sketchy. Today Daniel and I rode our bikes to Downtown to participate in a Bike Trail public feedback session where we got to give our 2 cents as to where they should extend bike trails.

On the way back we stopped in the Packing District which consists of the Packard Building, Farmer’s Park, and the Packing House. It is a really lovely area and we decided to lock up the bikes and enjoy lunch inside the Packing House. They had a great selection of food offerings – think fancy hipster food court. I chose Fish and Chips and Daniel picked a grilled cheese (we are not exactly food connoisseurs) but both were very good. We also had Hans Ice Cream and all in all it was a pleasant experience.

We will be back and who knows, perhaps we will enjoy some cocktails and try some weird food!

Loma Prieta 25 years later

There is so much I can say (and if you know me I have said it ad nauseum over the last 25 years) about the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989. It was my senior year of high school and for whatever reason (and despite two other big quakes I lived through) has had the biggest influence (quake category) on my life. Five years ago I wrote my story about the experience and re-reading it recently it still manages to perfectly caputre what happened that day.

When you check out that post from 5 years ago, be sure to look at the links to some of my favorite YouTube videos from that day. New this year is the video below of the aborted beginning of Game 3 and the first part of the actual Game 3 played 10 days later.

ESPN’s 30 for 30 recently premiered a new documentary titled “The Day the Series Stopped” which I thought was pretty good. One of the more interesting parts was footage of the completed game 3 including when Matt Williams hit a home run that landed right in front of me in the Left Field stands. I took a screen capture. I unfortunately have no idea what I was wearing that day to the game, but I know I am in this picture!

Screen Capture of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series

Screen Capture of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series

This is part 5 of Earthquake Week at Club Josh for the 25th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Quake on 10/17/1989.

The Giants Win the Pennant!

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants heading to their third World Series in 5 years. It was 25 years ago tomorrow that the Giants and I had our run in with the Loma Prieta Quake together and I’m glad to see they are a bit more successful now vs then.

I wonder if there was any sort of remembrance before the game today?

This is part 4 of Earthquake Week at Club Josh for the 25th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Quake on 10/17/1989.

Progress Toward a Safer Future

The USGS has put out a Fact Sheet on progress made since the 1989 Loma Prieta Quake. To me it seems like yesterday, but it is really amazing how much technology has changed in 25 years and how instant Quake notifications and reports are now routine and commonplace.

From the synopsis:
The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake interrupted several decades of seismic tranquility in the San Francisco Bay Area. It caused damage throughout the region and was a wakeup call to prepare for potentially even more damaging future quakes. Since 1989, the work of the U.S. Geological Survey and many other organizations has improved the understanding of the seismic threat in the Bay Area, promoted awareness of earthquake hazards, and contributed to more effective strategies to reduce earthquake losses. These collective efforts will help reduce the impact of future large earthquakes in the Bay Area.

Check out the publication

This is part 3 of Earthquake Week at Club Josh for the 25th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Quake on 10/17/1989.