While Reese and I were wrapping up our weekend in San Diego, Finn was killing it on the flag football field.  According to Ravens coach Christian Shewey, he scored two touchdowns on long end-around runs on the offensive side of the ball (see one of them, in which he apparently lost his shoe, in the video below).  On defense he had an interception and a sack that, according to both Christian and Finn, should have been a safety.

Perhaps most importantly, the Ravens emerged victorious against the opposing Lions.

It wasn’t seven-goals good, but two TD’s, a sack and an interception ain’t bad for a skinny-legged white kid.

Camp Surf 2016

Reese and I spent the past weekend in San Diego with four other dad/daughter groups.  The occasion — Camp Surf 2016, our Y-Guides swan song.

What a trip.

We kicked off our journey on Thursday morning with a trip to Sea-Tac via the new Sound Transit.  Upon arrival we spent the day in La Jolla, alternating time between the La Jolla Shores Hotel pool and the La Jolla Shores itself:

On Friday we hit Sea World:

From there we headed to Camp Surf in Imperial Beach:

On Saturday it was surfing.  Actually the surf conditions were quite tough so it was more bogey boarding than surfing.  After that it was some arts & crafts followed by dinner at Camp Surf’s excellent dining hall, then skit night:

On Sunday we hit the beach until noon.  After that we hit the Imperial Beach Pier, then Old Town San Diego:

All in all a very successful end to our Y-Guides experience, as these photos from the plane ride home show:



Last night the Jenkins family ventured to the Laurelhurst Elementary gym.  The occasion: the annual science fair.  Reese and her pal Sammy Wright had an entry, “Why Do Volcanoes Erupt?” The girl’s effort was first class — it even came with a real erupting volcano.


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Next to the week of Thanksgiving, Masters week is my favorite week of the year.  And at casa de Jenkins we have a few traditions.  I usually do some sort of betting pool (this year’s).  The refrigerator is stocked with pimento cheese for sandwiches — Rhonda’s are every bit as good as the real deal, which I ate aplenty at last year’s actual Masters.   I suspend my life to watch TV for about thirty hours over the four-day event — more TV than I typically watch in two weeks.  And I join the pros in scripting my duds for the tourney.  In years’ past it’s been a me-only thing (2013 I 2011), but this year the kids joined in:









Maybe not as good as Billy Horschel’s script — that Friday kit looks dope — but a well-dressed bunch.  Especially since we’ll be watching TV.

2016 Masters Pool


With the Gouks, Egglestons and sundry other friends at the 2015 Masters.

With the Gouks, Egglestons and sundry other friends at the 2015 Masters.

The best sporting event of the year is forty-eight hours away.  The Masters, a tradition unlike any other.  Last year we spent five days at Augusta National.  This year I’ll be watching CBS’s coverage from casa de Jenkins, munching on pimento cheese sandwiches all the while.  And because it is the best sporting event of the year, there will be a pool.


  1. THE MONEY. $20 buy in.
  2. WHAT TO DO.
    1. Pick ONE player from each of the six categories below.
    2. E-mail your picks to nick@jenkinsproperties.net or nicholasgjenkins@gmail.com.  In Subject line put your name and Masters Picks, so Smith — Masters Picks.  In body of your e-mail write your picks: (A) Smith, (B) Jones, (C) Wilson, etc.
    3. Pay your $20 entry fee before Thursday morning.  Deliver to me (Nick Jenkins) on playground or Paypal to nick@jenkinsproperties.net.  In “for” line make it “Masters Party.”  DO NOT mention a pool or betting.  No limit to entries; offspring encouraged to play (gotta learn about The Masters at some point.)
    1. At the conclusion of each round, I’ll add up the cumulative overall standings of each participants players.  Lowest cumulative standing wins.  (The perfect score would be 6, where each of your six players is tied for first. Will never happen, but you get the idea.)
    2. I’ll pay out 20% of the purse to the leader after the first round; 20% to the leader after the second round; 20% to the leader after the third round; and 40% to the leader at the end of the tournament.  (By “leader” I mean the participant with the lowest cumulative standing.)

FINE PRINT: For the third and fourth rounds, players who miss the cut will get a score of the number of players who make the cut +1.  Thus if 46 players make the cut and you have a guy who missed it, he’ll get a score of 47.

Good luck.

Group A

Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy

Group B

Brandt Snedeker, Charl Schwartzel, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson

Group C

Branden Grace, Brooks Koepka, Jimmy Walker, Marc Leishman, Matt Kuchar, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia

Group D

Justin Thomas, Bill Haas, Harris English, Ryan Moore, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner, Charley Hoffman, J.B. Holmes, Ian Poulter, Kevin Na

Group E

Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Angel Cabrera, Billy Horschel, Shane Lowry, Danny Lee, Byeong Hun An, Kevin Streelman, Andy Sullivan

Group F

Keegan Bradley, Victor Dubuisson, Chris Kirk, Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson, David Lingmerth, Bernd Wiesberger, Jamie Donaldson, Scott Piercy, Russell Knox, Emiliano Grillo, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Hunter Mahan, Ernie Els, Anirban Lahiri, Daniel Berger, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood, Bryson DeChambeau

Another spring, another weekend of pastels.

It started on Friday night with a visit to the Easter bunny at Northgate.  Dinner at California Pizza Kitchen followed.



On Saturday morning it was the Easter egg hunt at Laurelhurst Park.  Unfortunately we didn’t exactly nail it with the photos:

On Sunday morning it was the annual Easter egg hunt at the Johnston’s:





After that, it was off to Sand Point Country Club for our annual brunch slash photo shoot:

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Moral of this blog post: I need to take better photos.  And maybe do something about my hair.

Burger Boys II

A few months ago Norman Cheuk and I kicked off our latest creation — Burger Boys, the search for Seattle’s best burger.   That time we hit Quinn’s Pub on Capitol Hill.  Last night we hit another Capitol Hill haunt, Skillet, for the second rendition.   Smaller gathering but slightly better burger imho.  I didn’t do so well with the photos, however:


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