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Monday, March 17, 2014


I yesterday held my final open house, featuring a fragrant honohono orchid 

The showing involved six Stanford Alumni wines:

  • Trione:  2007 Alexander Valley Cardinal Cuvee
  • Truchard:  2006 Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Livingston-Moffett:  2005 Napa Valley Merlot (2)
  • Bridgman:  1998 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Stewart Cellars:  2008 Slingshot Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
The Bridgman from Washington was a tad over the hill, but the
other five were spectacular.

While this was a real estate affair, headed by Abbie Ichino and Suzette
Heely, the discussion which had the most legs was fusion, no doubt
because of Chuck Helsley, president of Fusion Power Corporation:

Here with Barbara:

They both have PhDs, and Barbara, in
particular, was very helpful to me on my 
Chapter 6, "Blackout:  Six Hours to Seattle," 
from SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Planet Earth
featuring a mega-tsunami.

I also had a very lengthy discussion with Henry Curtis, leader of Life of the Land.  He brought me up to date on everything from the PUC to the undersea grid to University of Hawaii energy R and D.  We also spent some time on OTEC.

I also offered for free 25 items, including 
two rice cookers, a pasta-making contraption 
and a bread machine.  Twenty-three were taken, leaving only an air ionizer and an expensive piece
 of Thai art that, amazingly enough, no one appreciated 
enough to give it a new home.

You wonder where the time went, as this all began at 1PM and went on till
11:30PM, with karaoke, etc.  This was a most memorable day for me.


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