Get Ready For Winter

Created 09/17/2010 10:23 am

As the rainy weather approaches it's a good idea to make sure your drain inlets (D.I.s) are free of leaves, dirt and general crud. As many of you know, Ascent Builders has a new world headquarters in downtown Sac. We've been getting to know the place and finding the various "skeletons" and we noticed that the drain at the back of our lot was packed with dirt.

I pulled the grate and dug it all out so we won't be up to our kneecaps in nasty water if we get a big storm. As you can see, this drain might not have been cleaned since the building was built!

Whatever you do, Don't wash all the crud down the drain. These drains flow to rivers and streams and it's important that we keep this water as clean as possible.

If this task is beyond your skill-set, give us a call and we can help out.

Oakley Fire Station No. 93 is One Step Closer!

Created by Robert Boucher on 09/15/2010 08:28 am


Last night our design for the Oakley Fire Station No. 93 was presented to the Oakley City Council for their review and comment. Gary Roberts (GRA Architecture) walked the council through the features of the building and they enthusiastically endorsed it. Construction is still slated to start in November.

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Just finished reading a great book!

Created by Robert Boucher on 09/07/2010 11:45 am

I really enjoyed this book - Here's the blurb from the author's website.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

A Natural History of Four Meals

What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but according to Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Botany of Desire, how we answer it today, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, may well determine our very survival as a species. Should we eat a fast-food hamburger? Something organic? Or perhaps something we hunt, gather, or grow ourselves? The omnivore’s dilemma has returned with a vengeance, as the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous food landscape. What’s at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children’s health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth.

In this groundbreaking book, one of America’s most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner. To find out, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us—industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves—from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating. His absorbing narrative takes us from Iowa cornfields to food-science laboratories, from feedlots and fast-food restaurants to organic farms and hunting grounds, always emphasizing our dynamic coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on. Each time Pollan sits down to a meal, he deploys his unique blend of personal and investigative journalism to trace the origins of everything consumed, revealing what we unwittingly ingest and explaining how our taste for particular foods and flavors reflects our evolutionary inheritance.

The surprising answers Pollan offers to the simple question posed by this book have profound political, economic, psychological, and even moral implications for all of us. Beautifully written and thrillingly argued, The Omnivore’s Dilemma promises to change the way we think about the politics and pleasure of eating. For anyone who reads it, dinner will never again look, or taste, quite the same.  

The Bouchers are in New England

Created by Robert Boucher on 09/06/2010 06:30 pm

Wow, this trip has gone by fast! I had intended to post something at the beginning of the trip (August 26th) but here I am on the eve of our return to Sacramento typing away.

We are here to move Daniel (our youngest) into his dorm at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He and his buddy Oliver drove out at the end of July and stayed at a very cool old house in Newport, Rhode Island. Heidi and I met up with them there and saw some of the famous Newport mansions - The Breakers, The Elms and Rosecliff. Heidi checked out the decor while I imagined what it must have been like to build them. While there, we visited Plimoth Plantation, (a very accurate representation of the settlement of the Mayflower passengers) and Plymouth Rock.

Our next stop was Amherst to start the move-in and scope out Daniel's new neighborhood. Last Thursday was the first night in the dorm and we spent Friday going to various parent orientations. Friday evening we had our (mildly traumatic) farewell. It's tough to let the last one go, especially 3000 miles from home.

That night, Heidi and I drove to Concord, Mass. for a good dose of American Revolution history and some time in the homes of some of the great authors of the 19th century - Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Alcott, etc.

Yesterday and today were spent near Hartford, Connecticut in a town that briefly housed George Washington toward the end of the revolutionary war.

Tomorrow we'll get on our Southwest flight home to our empty nest.

Rivercats Night 2010

Created by Scott Kelly on 09/03/2010 10:00 am

What could be better than a night at the ballpark ???  A night that includes a good tailgate party !!!

It was a roaster but a great time was had by all at this years "Night with the Rivercats".  A special thanks to our friends at Excel Bonds and Insurance for hosting us, to Dan Roy for another fine grilling effort and to everyone for pitching in to make this a great evening...

Did you miss it ???  Wish you were there ???  Well check the Fun Gallery to see what  you missed...

Ascent NFL Week No. 4

Created by The Comishes on 09/28/2010 08:00 am


10/4 @7:00

Well there's no drama this week as Joe Eschleman dominates Week No. 4.  Joe was a perfect 8 for 8 in the early games, establishing a 2 game lead that he did not relinquish.  After spending much of the last three years getting ribbed for trailing his wife in the standings, Joe will claim his first ever winning week and is now tied with Commissioner Mindt and young Tyler Gahagan atop the leader board. 

Ascent NFL Week No. 3

Created by The Comishes on 09/21/2010 08:00 am


9/27 @ 8:00

Well sports fans we have a horse race...  Phil Wonders and George Osborne have 10 wins and the Packers while Russ Mindt has 10 wins and the Monsters of the Midway.  Something's gotta give !!!  Will the two young bucks go down to a tie-breaker or does commissioner Mindt know something the rest of us don't ???  If Russ wins will he refuse to pay himself until he has collected everyone's entry fee ???  These questions and more will be answered tonight...

9/28 @7:30

The Comish got his wish as the Packers did everything in their power to hand the Monday night game to Da Bears.  Yep, Russ Mindt won the week and vaulted his way to the top of the season standings !!!  The Steelers are 3-0, the Reds will win the NL central and he's sitting on top in the Race for the Porker...  There's a new Sheriff in town baby !!!

Ascent NFL Week No. 2

Created by The Comishes on 09/19/2010 10:00 am


9/20 @ 9:30

The 49ers put up a fight but the Saints showed the grit of a champion and found a way to win it with a field goal.  As the ball knuckled through the uprights you could almost hear Mike Seegert, our Week 2 winner, counting his money.

Meanwhile Bruce Bell maintained his overall lead while Patty McElwain and Mark Shope settled into a tie for second...

9/19 @ 9:00

Well in the battle of the Mannings the old dog taught the young dog a trick or two.  In the battle for this week's title old Paul Eblen may teach us all a thing or two.  How you ask... well Paul is a game out of the lead but he's the only player within eyesight of the lead to pick the 49ers over the Saints.  If the Saints take care of business its going to be a six player tie breaker.  If the 49ers pull of the upset it's going to be a seven player bru-ha-ha baby !!! 

9/19 @ 2:00

Dave Edwards is this week's leader at the turn with Bruce Bell continuing to show that he has something going on this season...

Obviously the early story in the NFL is Dallas getting off to an 0-2 start which won't sit well in Big D or with the Shope and Simas households !!!  On the other hand, who could have guessed that the lowly Chiefs would jump out to a 2-0 start ???  That's why they play the games boys...

Ascent NFL Week No. 1

Created by The Comishes on 09/13/2010 10:00 pm


9/14 @10:00

We have a winner !!!

Bruce Bell managed to overcome Russ Mindt's fast start, Mark Shope's late lead and edged Tyler out in a tie-breaker to win Week 1.

 9/13 @ 8:45

Week 1 all boils down to the early game...

Mark Shope has the Jets and the lead but a Ravens win will result in a tie-breaker between Bruce Bell and Tyler "Irish" Gahagan.  The winner in the nightcap won't matter, just the over-under...

A well played first week by all... 

9/13 @ 1:45

Russ Mindt, winner of the inaugural Porker, breaks nicely out of the gate...

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