Picking Ian Fowler Up from SFO

Our good friend Ian Fowler arrived from Calgary, Alberta this morning and Bryan picked him up at SFO.  Ian will be in San Jose until noon on Thursday, June 18, when he flys to Los Angeles to meet his wife, Merril Schmitt.

Some Background and History on the California Coast

Part of blogging has to be having fun.  You’re probably wondering how we know Ian Fowler and why he is such a good friend.  Some background:

  • Bryan first met Ian during his undergraduate years at the University of Alberta (circa 1980).
  • Jo-Anne met Ian and Merril when they lived in Toronto (circa 1990).
  • Jo-Anne married Ian and Merril on February 15, 1998 on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean (Bryan was the sole witness).
  • Ian and Bryan had a fast three-day trip from California when they delivered Jo-Anne’s BMW 318ti to Alberta in November 2003.
  • Ian and Merril built a beautiful new timber-frame house in the foothills of the Rockies just west of Calgary (completed in 2009).
Cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay.  An ideal backdrop for a wedding ceremony.

Cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. An ideal backdrop for a wedding ceremony. (February 15, 1998)

Immediately after the ceremony, Ian cracked a bottle of Dom to celebrate with!

Immediately after the ceremony, Ian cracked a bottle of Dom to celebrate with! (February 15, 1998)

The newly married couple having their first glass on champagne!

The newly married couple having their first glass on champagne! (February 15, 1998)

Visiting a SIP House Being Built in Half Moon Bay

Bryan and Ian went directly to Half Moon Bay to see a SIP house being constructed.  Ian used Insulspan SIPs in his timber-frame house in Alberta. 

After seeing the site, they grabbed a quick lunch at Alice’s Restaurant on Highway 35 (Skyline).

SIPs, each with individual reference numbers for assembly.

SIPs, each with individual reference numbers for assembly.

Side of house, showing where fascia will be completed.

Side of house, showing where fascia will be completed.

Ian posing in front of the project site.

Ian posing in front of the project site.

Ian posing again, this time on the deck at Alice's Restaurant.

Ian posing again, this time on the deck at Alice's Restaurant.

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