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Amgen’s Tour of California Rolls into San Jose.

The road
Looking over Silicon Valley from Sierra Road.

2/20: Stage 3 – Modesto to San José:

The race begins this morning in Modesto at 10am. It will be a great triumph just getting to San Jose. The route will take the riders to Patterson then up and over the 4360-foot summit of Mt. Hamilton. This is a beautiful drive by car, but not an easy feat by bike. The weather could add extra caution to the 18-mile descent.

Once here in the valley, the cyclists will be directed north on Piedmont Road and then unbelievably they will be asked to make it up Sierra (Grade) Road. This ‘hill’ of 1,943 feet in 3.7 miles may very well be the decider of today’s race. The downhill run from Calaveras Road to Piedmont Road, and then to City Hall should be a welcome breeze.

The CHP will be restricting motorized traffic during the day:

Calaveras Rd. – closed 1 to 3pm

Rolling Closure Areas:
Piedmont Rd.
Mabury Rd.
becomes Taylor St.
N. 2nd St.
St. James

3rd St. – closed between St. James and San Fernando noon to 6pm

Santa Clara St. – closed from Second to Fourth early morning to 6pm
and from Fourth to Seventh will be closed to 8pm.

Finish @ City Hall


Comcast TV
Wed, Feb 20, 8:00p – 9:00p

Here comes the rain again…

San Jose - Here comes the rain again.
After some beautiful (but cold) weather, the rain’s back this week. Originally I heard it was going to rain from Tuesday into the weekend. The Apple widget on my Mac is now telling me rain on Tuesday and rain on Saturday. We all know how that works… maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Who knows.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum Vanishing Bees


I know we need the rain, but today was miserable! The forecast calls for an 80% chance of precipitation for this weekend. Ugh! In the need of a warm getaway, but unable to leave town, I’m planning to visit the enticingly mysterious (dry) Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.

In addition to the collection of artifacts, this Sunday kicks off an exhibition relevant to the disappearance of honeybees. A phenomenon I have been following for sometime now.

‘Vanishing Pollinators’ in the Museum Lecture Gallery.
Opening reception: Sunday, January 27 @ 3:00pm.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
1342 Naglee Ave
San Jose, CA 95191

Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

$9.00 general admission*
$7.00 seniors 55 and older and students with I.D.
$5.00 children ages 5 – 10
free children under 5
* $1.00 discount on general admission for members of AAA, AAM, KQED, and Military

Please note: Visitors 17 and under will not be admitted without a parent or chaperone at least 18 years of age.

Only Non-flash photography is allowed inside the museum.

Free Baskin-Robbins Sundae

sundaeI scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

Your participating Baskin-Robbins is having a buy one sundae get one free offer.

Wait! Before you go racing out the door you will need to print and take a coupon with you. Go here for the coupon, link to store locations, and the small print.

This offer is good through January!

San Jose Weather Widget

Rain Rain Go Away

The weather conditions for San Jose are looking brighter, but my old black umbrella has seen better days. This afternoon I had some time to kill, so I popped into University Art on Meridian Ave. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but there is was. A dragonfly to keep me dry in style when the next storm comes to town. Can’t wait.

Take Down

The nice young woman at University Art got my new umbrella down for me.

PG&E Power Outage = Money!


Big trees fell, little trees fell, branches came down, as did the power lines. Fortunately my lights only flickered a few times, but for some in our area this is their 5th day in the dark. I can’t imagine being without heat and working appliances. As randramble pointed out in ‘Weathering the Storm’ PG&E has a number to call to report power outages etc.

There is another number, 1 (888) 743-4743 or 1 (888) PGE-4PGE, for customers who have been inconvenienced without power for more than 48 hours due to this storm. Under the Safety Net Program, Pacific Gas and Electric Company will provide payments to residential customers. Payments will range from $25 up to $100.

Please read the information carefully: Safety Net Program.

Weathering the Storm

Though this winter storm has not been catastrophic, it has certainly affected normal life.

Apart from transporation being affected by accidents and route closures, the common problem has been widespread power outages. If you want to report an outage or get information, call 1-800-PGE-5002. Some more tips to handle power outages:

  • If you see a downed power line, assume it is “live” or carrying electric current. Do not touch or try to move it – and keep children and animals away.
  • Keep warm by wearing loose layers of clothing to trap body heat. Wear a hat, even while sleeping. Keep moving to generate heat.
  • Fill used liter-size plastic soda bottles with water and place them in the freezer. During an extended outage, transfer them to the refrigerator to prevent food from spoiling. Open the refrigerator only when necessary, keeping warm air out and cooler air in.

Read more here and there.

Also, you can check out Cold Weather Shelters and sandbag locations.

While we understand that many of us do not have power or Internet connections, we are just attempting to get word around and be of help. Be safe and help others too. If you have some useful information, pass it on in the Comments section.

[With inputs from Joann Landers]

Temperature in San José: Hot

coolingWhen the temperature hits the upper 90s air-conditioned workplaces and homes will help us through the day and night. If your home does not have air-conditioning, electric fans may not do enough, something as simple as a trip to the shopping mall or the library would help. For some, one cool place to go is to a neighborhood Cooling Center.

This morning I stopped by the Willows Senior Center* to inquire about their ‘Cooling Center’. They were kind enough to let me check out Room 8. It has a good sized TV, computers, comfy looking seating, and coffee on the sideboard. When I asked the woman at the desk about meals, she let me know that they were not a cafeteria, so it looks as though a bag lunch, and dinner, from home would be required.

Phone ahead for information:  408-277-2741- check to see if the center in your area is open.

Some people are at greater risk than others to suffer from heat-related illness and may need to be closely watched for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Check regularly on:
People aged 65 or older
People who have a mental illness
Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
Infants and young children

Room 8

Summer Rain in San José


Summer rain is uncommon in California.

Downtown Trip

My wife and I had never really seen San José till the last weekend. We had passed through Downtown several times, found a few things interesting but never stopped by. Last Saturday, we set out to change that. We lined up a few places to visit in and around Downtown, and planned our route.

The first stop was History San José. Gary had aroused our curiosity just a few days earlier. We drove to Kelley Park that houses ‘History’ and got lucky right away — parking was free. No idea why it was so, even though it was a sunny Saturday — no harm done to us. Firstly, I expected more of a museum; but this was in a park setting. There were houses and buildings moved in from elsewhere, similar to a place we had seen in Utah earlier. For us, the highlights of the place were the Light Tower (which was once upon a time used to illuminate the Downtown area), O’ Brien’s Cafe, the trolley ride and the school.

Trolley ride, History San José


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