Archive of John Donald

John has written 4 article(s) for InMenlo.

Here’s some of what I enjoyed during 2016:

Music: According to iTunes, my most played new music of the year.
– U-turn, Tegan and Sara
– Dirty Mercy, Gin Wigmore
– Mama Said, Lukas Graham
– He Didn’t Mention His Mother, Eleanor Friedberger
– She Makes Me Laugh, The Monkees
– Boyfriend, Tegan and Sara
– America’s Sweetheart, Elle King
– Birth of an Accidental Hipster, The Monkees
– Through the Darkness ft Chali2na, Butterscotch
– I Was There (and I’m Told I Had a Good Time), The Monkees
Good Times!, The Monkees
The Scotch Tapes, Butterscotch
Phone Power, They Might be Giants
Revolution Radio, Green Day
The Hamilton Mixtape


Concerts: I try to see at least a dozen concerts a year — I fell slightly short.
– The Go! Team (pictured above)
– Poi Dog Pondering
– Gin Wigmore
– Flight of the Conchords
– They Might be Giants
– Frank Turner
– Nacho and the Medicine People
– Jake Shimabukuro
– Also the cover bands Hairstrike and Mustache Harbor

PrintBooks: I hit my goal of reading at least 24 books this year, including these which were most impactful.
All the Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders
Version Control – Dexter Palmer
Walt Disney – Neal Gabler
Underground Airlines – Ben Winters
The Boomerang Effect – Gordon Jack
The Passage Trilogy – Justin Cronin
Aurora – Kim Stanley Robinson

– The Muppets – so bummed it was canceled…
– The Man in the High Castle – on Amazon Prime. So good, so eerie.
– Black Mirror
– Timeless – surprisingly good for broadcast TV
– Westworld
– Stranger Things
– Game of Thrones
– The Walking Dead – but I quit after this fall’s season opener—that was too much for me.
– Supergirl
– The Flash
– Heroes Reborn – I gave it a chance, hoping against hope that it would get better…
– Orphan Black
– House of Cards
– Survivor – I catch about every other season.
– Downton Abbey


– Aladdin at Disney California Adventure for the umpteenth and final time (sad that this show finally closed to make way for a Frozen show)
– Middletown at Los Altos Stage Co.
– The Music Man Jr. at Hillview Middle School
– The Diary of Anne Frank at Hillview Middle School
– Catch 22 at Los Altos Stage Co.
– Batboy at Los Altos Stage Co.
– Assassins at Los Altos Stage Co.
– Circle Mirror Transformation at Los Altos Stage Co.
– The Bunner Sisters at The ACT Costume Shop
– Things Reveal Themselves Passing Away at Z Space

I’m not going to list all the movies I saw this year but we just got back from Moana, and it was really, really good. They were not released this year, but I discovered and enjoyed the indie movies: Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, Coherence, Ink, The Frame, and I Am Big Bird. I also continued to educate my offspring on the subject of film history; we watched The Truman Show and Gremlins. Gremlins was very dated, but The Truman Show held up.

{ Be the first to comment }

Menlo Park resident John Donald’s tips on visiting Disneyland – take two

Editor’s note: John Donald provided his top five tips when visiting Disneyland but said the past year — when he and his family made numerous trips to the park and Disney California Adventure — yielded even more. Here they are, just in time for holiday visits: Assuming you are going multiple days to both Disneyland and […]

Click to read more →

Tips from a Menlo Park family who’ve visited Disneyland dozens of times

Editor’s note: Being friends with Menlo Park resident John Donald on Facebook felt, at times, like a Goundhog Day experience. Could he and his family really be at Disneyland again? The answer was yes, as John explains below. Use his “insider” tips if you’re planning a visit to the Park for its Halloween or holiday festivities. […]

Click to read more →

Summer camp registration begins at Our School

An orderly line formed outside of Our School on Durham Street in Menlo Park this morning (2/4) , starting at around 7:15 am.  Numbered registration forms were distributed at 8:00 am, and the dozens of parents in line filled out forms and submitted them, along with checks for pre-payment to Michele Barry, owner and teacher. […]

Click to read more →