Five days in Tahoe and boy is my wallet tired. Terrific sightseeing and awful gambling were just a couple of the activities that put my checking account in the red but it was well worth it seeing my cousin graduate from Sierra Nevada College on Saturday.

A-Train pic

I did not plan to be rubbing elbows with a political powerhouse and the photo above is one of my favorites as it was completely unplanned. Steve Schmidt gave the commencement speech at the ceremony. It was an excellent, energetic and positive speech that utilized very interesting historical elements and the wonders of current technical advances.

As you can see from these NSFW scenes from the 2012 HBO movie 'Game Change', Woody Harrelson's portrayal of Steve Schmidt shows just how seriously Mr. Schmidt is on the subject of speeches.