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Leon Brown
San Jose, CA
San Jose family guy who hikes and explores local food joints
Interests: cooking, Aikido, live music, music, good life, reading, gin and beer
Recent Activity
Well a lot has changed in three years - two new jobs, better economy, new car, and all and all a good life. I think I'll bring back my blogging and see how it goes. Going forward I'll figure out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Brown Family
Yesterday we went out to look for the San Andrea's fault. I'd been given a clue that I might be able to find a visible spot up at St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve in Los Gatos, but no luck.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at Brown Family
On Saturday we did our soda explosion. Kana jotted down all the data and she'll have to put together the table. Short answer - kind of fun. Erik has suggested a more deluxe mentos dropping device for a future event,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Brown Family
This past week Kana submitted a science project. The teacher of her class sent home a sheet which referenced on-line documents by the state of California and a local handbook which I downloaded and read diligently. But not well enough,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2011 at Brown Family
Today's food project: Pretzels. They were good last time we made them, seemed like we should do it again. The whole process is really simple and fun for Kana, Kyoko and I. I highly recommend making pretzels at home -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2011 at Brown Family
Though the days have been overcast and a bit rainy and windy, leave it to our cat to find a sunny spot when available. Windam spent a good long in a warm spot upstairs the other day where Kyoko snapped... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at Brown Family
Love to come out, Erik, but I have this job thing I gotta do. :-) Hard to get away a week from now...
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2010 on Fun in the sun in the Sierra at Brown Family
Kyoko booked us a couple of nights up in Angels Camp as part of our efforts to visit more of California, and specifically get ourselves to the mountains! We hit on some wonderful weather driving up easily on Sunday and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2010 at Brown Family
Today we drove up to Angels Camp in the Sierra foothills. A beautiful drive through the Central Valley. We visited Moaning Cavern and Kana and I did a 1500 foot zip line ride together too. More later...typing with an iPad... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Brown Family
Last Sunday the family went to Skyline Chestnuts to gather chestnuts along with other friends. Located in the Santa Cruz mountains, the day turned out to be wonderful with oddly warm temperatures and, although very windy, about as beautiful as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Brown Family
Halloween in California! This year was the first time in five years we've been fully engaged in Halloween and enjoyed all the fun that goes with it. In Singapore Halloween is not one of the big holidays and hasn't picked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Brown Family
It is a little odd to be back and feel the weather. I've had to wear a jacket more than once this week and even turn on the heat in the truck in the morning. I haven't done this in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2010 at Brown Family
An update coming soon. I’m feeling a bit guilty since my friend has updated twice since my last post and he’s on a monthly schedule. Here’s a picture of Kana at the California Air Show in Salinas. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Brown Family
We journeyed to Brooklyn a week or so ago for my cousin's wedding. The wedding was a nice affair, lots of family there to meet so a good time catching up. The weather was fantastic. We stayed at a B&B... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at Brown Family
Much to the surprise of Kyoko last night, I have shuttled my Saeco espresso maker to work as planned. This model appears to be identical to my previous Saeco Armonia that I used at work and at home in Singapore,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at Brown Family
On a truck on its way to my home, a new espresso maker for my office is on route. Similar to my last one in Singapore, this will be a Saeco Aroma and will hopefully run many happy years on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at Brown Family
I really enjoyed removing all our art from boxes. Not only was it nice to have nothing broken or damaged, but I really like many of the pieces we have in our modest little collection. The bad part? Now we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Brown Family
A week after getting new shelves installed in the office, they are starting to fill up. I still have my cookbooks laid out across the family room floor and all the Japanese cookbooks piled against the wall, but progress nonetheless.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Brown Family
I thought I’d write a bit more about my morning walking route. It takes me about 40-50 minutes and has a good bit of hills. In the morning I leave the house around 6AM and the fog is still in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Brown Family
My first walk since I'm back in the new house. I'd forgotten how much I liked taking a morning walk through the hills. I make about a 45-50 minute loop that includes a good bit of up and down. Today... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at Brown Family
We’ve been working to get back in our own home in San Jose and are in the final stretch. The last bit of construction finished last Thursday, with only bits and pieces remaining for the flooring guys to tidy up.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at Brown Family
Some time has passed since I blogged about the family and what we’ve been up to – it has been busy for us. At the beginning of June we packed out of Singapore and moved back to California. The pack... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Brown Family
I submitted my blog links to the customer service email entry point from the DHL website. My intent is to make sure that I communicate my issues. The form has some issues I didn’t take time to mention: 1) I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Brown Family
@ Mailroom guy Yeah, I think so too. I can imagine that being a driver with a long list of packages is not easy, so most likely bad planning by the truck loaders/analysts. Still, end result is I have no package.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2010 on DHL are liars at Brown Family
My package has re-arrived in San Francisco. Their system is stating that my package has arrived for a second time, though I am not sure why. Note that my package arrived on Tuesday also. The conspiracy theory view makes me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Brown Family