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Mike Pihlman

I am the Director of a 501c3 non-profit that awards college scholarships to Tracy, CA scholars in honor of my daughter's best friend, and our part-time daughter, Carol Phan who we lost on Sept 18, 2010.

I am a: Book Review (, Technology (, and Movie Review ( blogger.

“Madagascar 3” Movie Review

(Fun for Kids, Snooze Worthy for Parents) – – I want to snooze it snooze it….halfway through the movie I heard an unusual buzzing sound on my left.  I looked over and saw Lori snoring away!  I then looked around and saw several parents with tilted heads apparently, also, in […]

Amy Ly, West High

For more about Amy and the other scholarship here. Here is the picture Amy submitted for the scholarship: Amy’s $1,000 scholarship was sponsored by Action Jumpers. – Drive Safe!  Never Forget.

Seokho Hong, Tracy High

For more about Seokho and the other scholarship winners…click here. – – Seokho Hong, Tracy High, 2012 Carol Phan College Scholarship Essay My passion in life is computer programming. It’s not simply what I want to do for a living in my future; it’s something I’ve done for […]

“Dark Shadows” Movie Review

(Campy fun, vintage Tim Burton ending) – – Lori watched the original TV show religiously, I watched it occasionally. Going to the movies to see “Dark Shadows” was a no brainer for us. Johnny Depp (as vampire Barnabas Collins) teams up with Tim Burton once again….and what you […]

“The Avengers” Movie Review

(Fun, Exciting Action) – – Tapping an unlimited power source being investigated by scientists at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) evil ambitious brother, Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) joins forces with a powerful alien world to attack Earth via an access portal. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) gathers […]