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The BIRTHDAY BUTTER is an Alameda tradition. You have to swim through the gauntlet -- swimming butterfly -- while all of the other swimmers splash and rock you with waves from their kickboards.

This was Simon (age 7) on Christmas Day 2008. Chinese-made but fits him like a glove.

Here we are riding our bikes around Yosemite. The waterfalls were dry but we had a blast cruising around.

Patsy and Dick bought us a Scooba, the floor-cleaning iRobot. Simon and Henry named it "Mecha-G" in honor of the giant robotic monster built to defend Japan from the real Godzilla.

Oscar the Grouch meets Johnny Cash for a classic rendition of Nasty Dan.

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