Monday, July 13, 2009


At Stanford University in Palo Alto there is a group of statues in the lobby of the Arillaga Family Sports Center. There, mounted on the wall, yet seemingly free standing, are five bronze statues representing swimming, basketball, football, baseball and tennis—each one so perfectly captured in motion and movement that it stops you in your tracks.

So how is our mobile home park connected to these wonderful figures? Charlene Smith, who lives just a few doors down the street from me, is the mother of Terry Smith, the creator of these magnificent pieces of art. Creating these five statues took him six years! He does a great deal of commercial sports related work, including the San Jose Sharks’ logo-- you know, the shark that is biting through an ice hockey stick!

Recently a small contingent of Park residents visited Stanford University -- it’s just up the road from here -- in order to see some of the many exhibits housed there. One of the party took these photos, and I do hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Humor -

John, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw John walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. A couple of days later the doctor spoke to John and said, "You're really doing great aren’t you?" John replied, "Just doin' what you said, Doc—‘Get a hot mama and be cheerful.’" The Doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said, ‘You've got a heart murmur. Be careful."


  1. I tried to post earlier and it disappeared. I said that I was hoping you'd post some photos . Amazing sculptures!

  2. Why do I have mental images of butterflies with pins stuck in them all the sudden...