Plumas Golf 2014

logoA few weeks ago I attended one of my favorite pre-summer time activities which is an annual golf trip outing to the Reno, Nevada area.  I am a relatively new-comer compared to the rest of the gang that joins this event.  I’ve been attending only for the past 4-5 years while the event itself celebrated the 20th anniversary this year.  I’m so blessed and privileged for these guys to continually invite me back as we always have such great fun and it’s a terrific few days of relaxation and to escape the rat-race of the business environment.

Graeagle storeWe’za nota in da bigga city any longa’

The tournament is a well organized four days of activities which includes a lot of golfing and, of course, socializing (which is my favorite activity frankly).  It’s typically a group of 50-75 guys that rent out a few four-bedroom vacation condimiums for the extended weekend.  For this year’s event we played three consecutive days.  The first day we played at Plumas Pines Golf Course (  The next day we played at Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club (  And then the last day we played a best-ball format at Plumas Pines again.  Although it was the same course, playing the best-ball (a.k.a. “scramble format”) made it different, interesting and fun.

#Winning and a Man-Down

Tv with namesWhile the first two days of golf is certainly fun, every year my particular group really likes to focus-in on the Sunday, best-ball, scramble event.  This is where we typically shine and this year we did not disappoint!  Ever since I’ve been attending this event we have had a consistent group of the same four guys but this year one of our dear members could not make the tournament, unfortunately due to other obligations, so we had to truck-on without him in his honor as he would have encouraged.  None of the three guys, including me, in our group is a great golfer but somehow, for whatever reason, we seem to come up with a great shot in the best-ball format.  It was amazing and we shared the first place prize for the 2014 Scramble event!

It’s a strange cRoger swingingompetitive dynamic that my group of three golfers possesses.  We are are reasonable people and not overly competitive but our commonality is that we each to do our best.  This particular format is fun because all golfers encourage each other to make a good shot, and I guess that’s where my threesome of golfers is so successful.  We sincerely want each other to success and it’s genuine.  While we might poke-fun of each other a bit as we play the round but the teamwork of the group really is evident in the results look at these guys.  My team seems to really shine at the right time and that’s quite rewarding to participate in such great coordinated teamwork.

Heaven in the Hills

sardine lakeThis particular year our fearless organizer, Ed, sprung a wonderful surprise on us.  On Saturday evening he had the whole group of us gather in the parking lot of the Whitehawk Golf Course.  We had no idea what to expect.  All he shared with us is that we would have to drive somewhere.  So about 20-30 cars and trucks caravanned on our way to who-knows-where.  You must remember that the area we were in at the time was extreme wilderness so we had no idea what we were in-for.


A little bit of fancy in the wild outdoors

sardine lake dinner menuAfter a little bit of a drive, and going extremely into the back woods, we arrived at the beautiful Sardine Lake (  It was absolutely gorgeous!  It’s a relatively small lake but it’s situated in the most awesome of environments in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  For about an hour or so after we arrived at the Lake in our vehicles, the group spent this time enjoying the wonderful weather, beautiful environment and friendly conversations.  But after a long day of golf, it was time for us burly guys to eat!  And eat we did!  The restaurant is surprisingly (at least to me because of the extreme location) high-quality and the service was simply outstanding.  Many of us had prime rib however, as you can see from the picture to the right, they served a wide variety of items includes fish, chicken or vegetarian meals.  Sardine Lake is really a great place to go if you are looking for ‘a little fancy’ while you are still in the ‘rugged out doors’.  It is truly a remarkable experience and worth experiencing.

Lucky 21!

golf iconThis year’s event was the 20th consecutive year.  Some of the people, places and faces have changed but these guys have kept the tradition going all these years.  I am already looking forward to next year.  Just when you think you have experienced everything then something new seems to amaze you.  I personally had a wonderful time, once again, at the event and I’m certain that everyone else did as well.  I’m already counting-down the days until the 21st Annual!!!!


1st Annual Jack Brooks Law Cypress Reunion BBQ

This past Saturday, June 14th, Brandee and I along with our good friend Natalie hosted the 1st Annual Jack Brooks Law Cypress Reunion BBQ at Vasona Lake Park.  The collection of great people and conversation was simply amazing!  I cannot thank everyone enough for their participation.

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The group was outstanding and was well-representative of the great culture of our Company.  I am so personally proud to have such sincere and long-standing friendships with these people.  Therefore, I would like to highlight some of the fantastic new memories from this event:

A blast from the past – Early days of Law Cypress (Randy Savoy)

savoyA true testament of the great Law Cypress spirit is embodied in a long-time former employee, Randy Savoy.  Randy was the engineering manager even before I started at the Company in 1989.  He is absolutely a wonderful person and overall great guy.  He attended the BBQ with his son, Peter, who it was a great privilege to meet.  At the BBQ Randy shared some hilarious stories from long-ago which really helped to establish a fantastic story-sharing environment.

Although many of us hadn’t seen Randy in-person for many, many years, immediately when he showed up it was just like the old days when we were laughing, sharing stories and having an overall great time.

The longest distance traveled award (Mike Heiden)

mikeTraveling the longest distance to attend the 1st Annual Jack Brooks Law Cypress (LC) Reunion award goes to….drum roll please…..Mike Heiden who drove all the way up from Los Angeles to attend the event!

Mike is the epitome of friends and family for LC.  I personally knew Mike long before he became a LC employee and he was great fun.  I’m glad to report, after not seeing him in a long time, he has built a fabulous life for himself.  Brandee and I, as well as the others at the BBQ I’m sure, seriously enjoyed the conversations with Mike.  It was sincere, refreshing and funny.  Thanks Mike for making the long trip this year!  Next year you are going to have a serious challenge to your longest-distance-traveled award I’m sure.

Comic relief (Carol and Jenny)

carol_jennyAnother great memory from the event was Carol and Jenny, Kylie and Kaylee.  These diva’s know how to rock-the-house and they did not disappoint!  As everyone knows Carol and Jen are the core of the Law Cypress family.  It’s amazing to see that as more things change, the more things stay the same.  And this is certainly the case with our dear friend, Carol.


Going the extra mile (Bob Utley)

25yohThe incredible success of Law Cypress was certainly due to the fact that we had a great bunch of hard working people but a huge part of our success was also because of our terrific partners.  One person in particular that was an extremely important part of the Companies success was Bob Utley of Fujitsu.  Bob is best known for his charming personality and amazing magic talents but he also has fantastic business acumen.

It was a great pleasure to get to spend some time with Bob and his wife, Elisabeth, reminiscing about all the terrific times we’ve enjoyed together.  A very special treat at the BBQ was Bob performing several magic tricks for the children.  Although the target audience was the kids, I can tell you for a fact that the adults were also quite impressed with Bob’s amazing talent.

Bob’s positive contribution to the Law Cypress family is long-standing and much appreciated.  He was never an official Law Cypress employee but he is, without a doubt, one of the family forever!  Thanks Bob!

A friend of the Law Cypress family (Jim Hughes)

westint_logoAs a distributor of computer products, true success at Law Cypress could not have happened if it weren’t for our fantastic reseller and technology partners and there is no better representative of this group then Mr. Jim Hughes of Western Integrated Systems.  Jim is an icon in the industry and I was so personally honored to have him join us.

jim hughes photoJim always has great stories and experiences to share.  It is really fun to hear him tell his colorful tales.  Sometimes I think he might exaggerate just a bit (or a lot a bit) but the ‘bigger’ and more ‘fishy’ the tales get makes them all that better.

As an animal lover, Jim brought to the BBQ his two precious six-year old dogs to enjoy the park.  Being an animal lover myself naturally I wanted to introduce myself to his dogs but I was quickly warned by Jim to keep my distance.  Jim, being the consummate practical-joker that he is, was dismissed by myself as being a joke so I extended my hand to pet his dogs.  Naturally I did not believe that Jim truly had these vicious dogs and boy-o-boy was I wrong!  I’m glad to report that I still have all my fingers in-tact;  but barely.  Jim, I can never tell whether you are serious or not so thanks for always keeping me on my toes!

 A Jack Brooks protégé (Ivan Bermudez)

ivan bbqWhat would a ‘Jack Brooks’ event be without a little discussion about Jack’s proud football history as a great coach?  One of Jack’s star football players, long-time friend and one of many ‘sons’, Ivan Bermudez, made an appearance.  Yes, I said ‘appearance’.  You see, Ivan is a legend in his own mind and his time is precious so anyone getting to see him is a great pleasure.  Actually, I kid.

Ivan shared some great stories and memories of all the fantastic JB times.  He probably knows Jack as well as anyone and it was fabulous to hear Ivan’s retrospect on Jack as a person, husband, co-worker and friend to everyone.  Ivan, I would like to thank you, again, for sharing such awesome memories!

 Studs-R-Us and the ‘new gen’ of Law Cypress (Freddy Bermudez)

freddy bbqIvan’s cousin, Freddy, another ex-Law Cypress employee, arrived with Ivan at the BBQ.  Freddy had been associated with Law Cypress for a long time through his relationship with Ivan as well as friendship with many other LC employees.  Eventually I think Jack just made it official and hired Freddy on as an employee.  Jack was notorious for hiring ‘lost individuals’ and Freddy embodied this spirit extremely well.  *Just kidding Freddy*.

Freddy was a great addition to the LC team and his friendship is appreciated to this day.  At the BBQ Freddy enjoyed discussing his massive biceps, huge chest and thick neck with anyone that would listen.  I’m looking forward to seeing Freddy again.  See you see bro!

The secret ingredient behind the scenes (Natalie)

natalie_bbqI’ve mentioned Natalie a few times in this blog and now I would like to call her out specifically.  Natalie is a dear friend of Brandee and mine.  We have known each other for many years.  She is the proudest mommy ever to her beautiful daughter and watching them together is pure magic.

Natalie helped organize the BBQ event with Brandee.  Natalie (a.k.a. “Nat”) had a previous commitment that she had to attend later in the day so she couldn’t stay the whole time but, as she always does, stayed to help as much as she could.  Nat, and her ham-for-a-daughter, typically keeps us tremendously entertained by singing the Frozen song over and over, are two of the most terrific people you will ever find in your life.  Nat and Cookie – You are A+!


For those whom worked with Jack they know that one of his infamous phrases to utter was ‘so-and-so buddy!’.  So, as a final tribute and until next year, Jack-buddy! – looking forward to celebrating in your spirit next year!

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In all seriousness, Jack was absolutely a great people person and gave so many young kids opportunities to grow, learn and experience life without excessive coddling.  In spite of his tough exterior he was a man of great values, as many of you reading this already know.

It was such a fantastic honor for us to host this event in Jack’s wonderful memory but also a great celebration of the Law Cypress spirit.  I seriously cannot wait until next year!  Speaking of which….

 Next year’s event is already in-the-making (Lynn Law)

Brandee, Natalie and I would like to extend our greatest gratitude to the entire Law family for attending the event.  In particular it was tremendous to spend time chatting with Lynn.  She has graciously agreed to organize next year’s event already.  So everyone get your creative thinking-caps on and start sharing your interesting ideas for the 2015 BBQ!

Your input is requested

As we plan out for next year I think a more organized approach would be to use technology!  Yes, believe it or not, technology is our friend and many of us are in the technology business so we want to eat our dog-food *so-to-speak*.

Therefore, I am requesting that you contribute something virtually to this past event, as well as future events, by commenting, liking or suggesting something.  Your input in valuable and we want to take the spirit of Jack as well as the vision of LC into this next era with passion and pride so please contribute something!