Ok, it’s been more “Pleasanton” than “Web design” lately, but it is summer. I am currently working on 5 projects, including the campaign Website for Joan Laursen, who is running for the Pleasanton School Board (please voter for her). She is a former PTA Council President, sharing company with the likes of Debbie Look, who was named director of legislation for the California State Parent Teachers Association and Jamie Hintzke who is currently a member of the Pleasanton School Board. I’m also redesigning the Website for The Peasant and The Pear, a wonderful restaurant in Danville (go there tonight for an unforgettable dining experience), and creating a couple of new Websites for attorneys, one in Sacramento, and another in San Diego (hope you don’t need their services). But I do still find time to enjoy myself, and the includes the Pleasanton Free Concerts in the Park! Tonight we were entertained by Tommy and The Four Speeds.
When we arrived at around 6:3o we were surprised to hear the band already playing. It was, in fact, the longest soundcheck I have ever heard in my life.
The soundcheck finished just in time for the show to start! And our favorite spokesperson from the Pleasanton Downtown Association welcomed us and introduced the band.
Tommy and the Four Speeds are musically the best band I have yet heard at the Free Concerts. The vocal harmonies and instrumentation was definitely a cut above your typical oldies cover band.
Obviously Giants fans, which explains the guy in the funny outfit (ok, I like the A’s)
I have to admit that I was not a big Grand Funk Railroad fan back in the ’70s. I was aware of their hit cover tune “Locomotion,” and thought it was kind of strange and amusing, but my interest stopped there. As for their big hit “We’re and American Band,” I thought it was by the band, The Guess Who (they actually had the hit “American Woman”).
Now in 2010, I’m a two-time-in-a-row-Alameda-County-Fair-concert-watching Grand Funk Railroad fan. My new-found interest arises from the fact that 1) They play good, solid rock, 2) I recognize a few of the songs, 3) the tickets are included with my $10 admission to the fair and 4) They are old like me and they still look healthy and happy.
Despite information posted by the City of Pleasanton stating the Seward Johnson Bronze sculptures would be displayed downtown until June 30th, 2010, the sculptures are still with us. Here are some pics I snapped while at the First Wednesday Street Party this evening.
The bad news is that Gmail does not support scheduling emails at the time of this posting. The good news is that it does support IMAP, which allows you to access your Gmail account from a third-party email client. So all you need to do is set up your Gmail account in your desktop client, such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird. You can then use the delay send feature of your desktop email client to schedule the sending of a message in Gmail. If you don’t have a desktop email client, two of the three I mentioned above are free, so get set up on one of those first.
To schedule sending a Gmail message in Microsoft Outlook 2007:
1. Create a new IMAP email account: Tools >Account Settings… > New
2. Enter your Gmail address (note: I am showing the detailed settings, however the wizard will work fine).
3. Nothing special for outgoing server
4. Port settings: I’ve seen others quoted. These work for me.
5. Open a new email and click the Options tab:
6. Click on “Delay Delivery”
7. Set the desired delivery time.
8. Compose and send the message. That’s it!