Saturday, May 16, 2015

California Trip: Day 5 CardioDx Labs

One of the reasons for the last minute trip to California was to attend a Symposium put on my CardioDx Labs... they have offered a product/test to forward thinking physicians that uses 23 genes in a test designed to study gene expression mRNA and how it relates to the severity of atherosclerosis disease.  This is a 1st step test to determine or predict one likelihood of having obstructive coronary disease.  Safer and less invasive than a cardiac catherization and far less expensive to the patient and the system.  This test can singly eliminate over-studying using invasive cardiac catherization.

I presented a couple of cases (from my practice over the past 2 years) and enjoyed the discussions of the other 44 or so clinicians (PCPs. IMs, Cardiologists and mid-levels).

David Levison, CEO of CardioDx in front of HQ

Here is a photo I took in front of their Redwood California HQ.  I had a chance to speak with CEO David Levison on future developments at the company.  He is a very approachable guy.  Really liked the team they have put together. Not only is the big software company Oracle located here but so is CardioDx.

Afterwards Sharon and I spend the rest of out time enjoying and walking down by the Golden Gate Bridge and Presidio park area.  We picnic-ed under the long shadows of the bridge.  We sure <3 cali.="" font="">

California Trip Day 4: Up towards Redwood, CA (stops in Boulder Creek and Pescadero)

After a solid breakfast at the Cottage, we cleaned up and packed.  Heading out towards Boulder Creek out old stomping grounds with Myr and Al and where we tied the knot almost a decade ago.  The Victorian house that was the Heritage House was not in operation as no one was around and it looked a bit neglected.  So we missed out on standing on the site we got married.

We found an original sculpture by Vincent Glinsky in an antique store for just over $80, but it has to be worth much more.  Anyway we snapped it up.  Small enough, we packed it for our trip home.

Vincent Glinsky (1895-1975) Russian born American Artist ... "seated nude"

Had some awesome Mexican food just before leaving Boulder Creek and a crazy drive up and down the mountains towards Pescadero... one of our favorite places to pick up some "Half and Half" soup at Duarte's Tavern... it is a mix of artichoke and green chili soup.  An award winning soup.  We picked up some trinkets for Mic and Madison.

Duarte's Tavern

Making it just in time for dinner sponsored by CardioDx Labs at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood Ca (just south of San Fran).

Thursday, May 14, 2015

California Trip Day 3: The Hearst Castle

Visited Hearst Castle after a 2.5 hr ride down Hwy 1 on the coast... better than a roller coaster thrill.

Dinner at Robert's in Paco Robel's Templeton, CA.

California Trip Day 2: Big Sur

We opened up our 2nd day with a drive thru Monterey, Carmel-by-the-sea and skirted Pebble Beach... on our way down Hwy 1 (senic HWY) along the ocean.  Destination was Big Sur and the state parks.

Hikes for hours around Pfeiffer State Park in Big Sur and met some cool park rangers and folks along the trail from all parts of the country and world.

Big Redwood.... 

Redwoods with their fire resistant bark sometimes get burned out from the inside, still living they have these burnt out "animal pens" where early settlers would keep their chickens and other small animals penned up and protected.

Panoramic view of HWY just south of Carmel with beautiful Pacific Ocean overview... Traffic was stopped due to a Helicopter (if you look hard just to the left of Sharon's head you will see it).

we hiked up the Waterfall trail in Pfeiffer State Park (Big Sur)

boscage of Redwoods at the park

After dinner at the "Grill" in Carmel, we drove back to Seaside and our favorite business window artwork... is this really a couch potato or a picture of a turd?  LOL we laughed about this for hours....

Sharon's fb page

we also met a very cool Nun... Sister Ashta (sp) who worked in Haiti as a nun with Mthr Teresa back in the day.  She was sorting out her recently deceased mother's oriental antique shop in downtown Carmel, while we did not purchase we did converse for an hour with this very sweet and spiritual sister.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cali Trip 2015: Day 1

Day 1 in Cali.

Early morning departure from RDU meant we arrived around 10AM PST in California... yeah, a full day to explore San Fran before heading down to Seaside and our AirBnB.

We flew UNITED, but had to take off points for a 6 hr flight w/out any included FOOD or in-flight TV options other than an old episode of "The Deadliest Catch" you had to pay for head phones, TV and movie access... YIKES.  Not likely to fly that airline again.... but at lease the pilot landed us safely in a lot of cross winds.

San Fran was enjoyed with a stop for lunch at a local Vietnamese Restaurant (see my Trip Advisor and Yelp Reviews)... and a full day at the Golden Gate Park, Japanese gardens and tea room (our MUST see each time we visit here) also the Botanical Garden and our usual stop to lay and enjoy the sun and sky in the "Main Lawn".  Super nice.

Then a 2.5 hr journey south to our home for 3 days:  An artists studio all to our own.  Dinner was had at a local mom-pop authentic Mexican restaurant... again see my Yelp review.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Disc (Frisbee) Golf in Cary, NC

Disc golf on a beautiful day in Cary, NC.  Cindy/Michael & me.  Hey Mic, next time you need to come out and play.  A very nice and well established course.

Dr. Evans Joins Priority Health Carolinas

Dr. Priscilla Evans

Priscilla M. Evans, ND a Naturopathic Physician trained at one of the best schools of naturopathic medicine in America has joined the Priority Health staff. Priscilla comes with years of clinical experience, heavy in nutritional medicine and western herbal medicine. She is a great adjunct to our holistic philosophies. She will be heading up our team in the new Cary, NC office (near Raleigh) and will be able to take TeleHealth calls/coaching for all our patients in NC and SC.

Dr. Evans graduated from Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in 1994 earning a degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She has been practicing in Cary since 1995. Prior to Naturopathic Medical school Dr. Evans earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Colorado.

In clinical practice, Dr. Evans works with children and adults emphasizing healthy diet along with the use of evidence based clinical nutrition, botanical medicines, detoxification and lifestyle changes to help empower patients to optimize their health. Diet and nutritional guidance is her specialty. She works with Dr. Saleeby, rounding out an integrative holistic approach offered at Priority Health. She sees new and existing patients at the Cary, NC office and can schedule telemedicine appointments as well.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cyclist meets pedestrian on Cooper River Bridge

Bike week in Charleston... well not what you think... talking about the cyclists who ride the Cooper River Bridge along with pedestrians along the waterfront park.  As they cycle down hill they sometimes accelerate and today I attended and aided a cyclist who hit a pedestrian knocking both over.  The fellow on the bike suffered an obvious angulated clavicular fracture and possible dislocated shoulder.  The women he hit suffered facial trauma.  I spoke with rangers and police officers the next day about posting speed limit signs for cyclists.  EMS was called out to cart both people to the ER for evaluations.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tilly House in Cary NC... a home away from home for this weekend.

Joel & Shelli were wonderful hosts.  We are sure to be back.  The cottage is in picture deceptively small in appearance, but very roomy inside.

We drove up in our new Mazda6 i Grand Touring.  The first roadtrip for Sharon and I in the new car.  We had a wonderful weekend visiting with Michael Goulding who celebrated his 50th birthday, with Cindy and her daughters Victoria and Christina.  Also Mic joined us for Saturday evening festivities and some family fun/card games.  Mom and Dad even came up for the occasion and joined in the family get together.

Style4 Dr. Sedan
Engine4Cyl. 2.5L FWD
Trans6-Speed Sport Automatic
ExteriorSnowflake White Pearl Mica
InteriorBlack w/ Red stitching
StockPurchased from Beach Mazda in MB 4/2015

  • Navigation System
  • 11 Speakers
  • AM/FM radio: SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Radio: AM/FM/CD/MP3/AUX BOSE 11-Speaker & HD Radio
  • Air Conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rear window defroster
  • Memory seat (drivers)
  • Power driver seat
  • Power steering
  • Power windows
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Traction control
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Overhead airbag
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power moonroof
  • Blind spot sensor
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Fully automatic headlights /LED
  • High-Intensity Discharge Headlights
  • First Aid Kit
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Speed control
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • 3 Level Heated Reclining Front Sport Bucket Seats
  • Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror
  • Compass
  • Driver door bin
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Front reading lights
  • Garage door transmitter: HomeLink
  • Illuminated entry
  • Leather Shift Knob
  • Outside temperature display
  • Overhead console
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Rear reading lights
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Tachometer
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Trip computer
  • Front Bucket Seats
  • Front Center Armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • Power passenger seat
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Passenger door bin
  • Alloy wheels
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Variably intermittent wipers


EPA Gas Mileage




Body StyleMid-Size Cars
Vehicle SizeMidsize
Drive TypeFWD
Seating Capacity5/5 passengers
Engine BlockI
Engline TypeGas
Displacement2.5 L.
Compression Ratio13.0:1
Torque185ft-lbs @ 3250 rpm
Horsepower184hp @ 5700 rpm
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Fuel Capacity16.4 gal.
Fuel Economy*26/38
Wheelbase111.4 in.
Overall Length191.5 in.
Vehicle Width72.4 in.
Vehicle Height57.1 in.
Ground Clearance6.7 in.
Luggage Capacity14.8 ft3.
Cargo Capacity14.8 ft3.
Curb Weight3232 lbs.
Gross Weight4288 lbs.
Turning Circle36.6 ft.
Front Headroom37.4 in.
Front Legroom42.2 in.
Rear Headroom37.1 in.
Rear Legroom38.7 in.
7.9 seconds


Basic3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years / 60,000 Miles
Roadside3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Rust5 Years / Unlimited Miles

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Yup, time to give up the sports car for something more practical. 4-door family car with trunk space...

 Infiniti G37S convertible 2010 - $24000 (Murrells Inlet) [craigslist]

2010 Infiniti G37S conv.odometer: 48000VIN: JN1CV6FEXAM352648paint color : black size : full-sizetype : convertible drive : rwdfuel : gas transmission : automatictitle status : clean cylinders : 6 cylinders
condition: excellent
Infiniti G37S Convertible Sports package Pristine - $24000 OBO (Murrells Inlet)

For more pictures:

I replaced the front tires 2 years ago. Brand new rear tires (only a month old) She currently has just over 48K miles.

2010 Infiniti G37S Convertible odometer: 48000+

paint color : black
size : full-size
type : convertible
drive : rwd
fuel : gas
transmission : automatic
title status : clean
cylinders : 6 cylinders natural aspiration

2010 Infiniti G37S Convertible Sport w/ Navigation and Bose sound. Excellent Condition a 9/10. Never raced, pampered. Only 48K highway miles. aprox: 344 bHP with aftermarket exhaust system (Stillen) (up from 325 bHP) and aftermarket suspension coil-overs (BC Racing).

Offered under KBB and NADA value. Worth $28000 asking $24000. Will not last long. :)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A weekend with friends from California

Our friends from California Dan and Kathy (who we met on our cruise down the Danube River two years ago) came out to visit us.  We are making plans for a 2nd cruise together down the Rhine this year.

Dan, Kathy, Sharon and me

Today we spent the day at Brookgreen Gardens and enjoyed fair weather and history of the gardens.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Artist Charles Williams and his exhibit "SWIM"

One of the many pieces on exhibit and for sale at the Myrtle Beach Art Museum.
Sharon and I visited this past weekend and took in C. Williams' work entitled "SWIM"

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Pi DAY 3.1415927....

I honor of my little girl (Madison) who brought this to my attention....

The ancient Babylonians knew of pi's existence nearly 4000 years ago.
The ancient Babylonians knew of pi's existence nearly 4000 years ago. Illustration: Pi Island by fdecomite licensed under CC BY 2.0
At 9:27 am this Saturday, scientists and mathematicians around the world celebrated a one-in-100-year event in a special and somewhat bizarre manner.
International Pi Day, which honors one of the world's most recognizable mathematical symbols, is traditionally celebrated on March 14 at 1.59 pm – a date and time that gives the first six digits of the number pi (3.14159) in the US date format.
This year, Pi Day falls on 3/14/15 – a sequence that won't occur for another century. Although some pi enthusiasts will stick to the traditional time, many will kick off celebrations at 9.27am, permitting them to indulge in a further two digits (3.1415927) of their beloved irrational number.
Pi, represented by the Greek letter π, is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It is an irrational number, so its digits never end or repeat. Pi helped ancient Egypt build the pyramids and has aided in the discovery of the Higgs boson or "God particle".