Lessons Learned: Installing new windows?

Note: this article heavily focuses on Northern California. While some concepts may be similar in different locations, do your research on local specifics. Installing new windows in my home was a bit of a balance between wanting to and needing to. My old windows are original to the house. They are black, single-pane aluminum frame... Continue Reading →

Juneteenth: Langston Hughes

Today is Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Today I want to recognize Langston Hughes who has had a profound impact on my life with his insightful poem, "I Too". I, too, sing America.I am the darker brother.They send me to eat in the... Continue Reading →

Hiking in March

In mid-March, my neighbor and I were sitting in his driveway, shooting the breeze. We covered all sorts of topics: current events, the stock market decline, what's going on at home, etc. I posted that photograph to Facebook with the tagline: Sometimes it's about living life with the people around you. I appreciate my afternoons... Continue Reading →

Moving Forward

“The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating -- in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around like rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.”... Continue Reading →

Sunset at Acalanes

A colleague of mine at work today asked what platform powered my blog. That's easy: WordPress. He was looking for a solution to share photos outside of the social network. That got me thinking. Sometimes writing a long narrative keeps me from posting photos on my blog. This post is simple by design. A buddy... Continue Reading →

FS-96 MRR: Mosquito Ridge Road

Time is a blur these days. As one who regularly travels, I usually segment time in blocks of "at home" or "on the road." Since October 25, 2019, I've spent just about every night in my bed aside from a short work trip in mid-January. I don't think I have had a no travel block... Continue Reading →

Max!

They say family comes in all kinds of flavors. I've always heard the expression there's your birth family and your chosen family. As a gay man, I regularly hear in our culture, "You have the family you are born with and the family you choose. They may not be the same family." that quote implying... Continue Reading →

Back to the Peninsula

Going out during the coronavirus pandemic still feels a bit weird to me. I'd been putting off vacation as I wondered what I would do with a day of vacation sitting at home. In many ways, at least working kept a sense of groundedness throughout the day. Knowing I'd lose the holiday come June 1st,... Continue Reading →

T1D Biker Gang

This Memorial Day weekend in the age of coronavirus was anything but typical. Usually, I'm off on the motorcycle somewhere in the Sierras chasing the ebbing snow. With the continuing sheltering in place order except for essential services and exercise activity life here is anything but typical. On Saturday, my friend Sarah texted me and... Continue Reading →

#eastCounty

We hardly ever get rain in May. This past weekend two crazy rainstorms swept through town Sunday and Monday, leaving the air perfect for motorcycle riding! Now that riding ATVs is legal in the state of California for exercise, I wanted to hop on my bike in a socially distant fashion. I love the Briones... Continue Reading →

The changing of seasons

It’s crazy to me that 45 days have passed since the original Bay Area shelter in place went out on March 17. In the beginning, days seemed like months. I blinked and then realized today is May 1. I’ve been hiking a lot in the local parks around my house. Whereas before a week or... Continue Reading →

It’s ok to say “I’m hurting”

Dear family and friends, It's 11:21 PM on a Sunday night and I feel compelled to write after an interaction on social media that crystallized a few things in my mind about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In talking with family and friends I've realized a few things that are really important to get out on... Continue Reading →

Springtime Moto Poppies!

Typically Mount Diablo is my go-to motorcycle ride what I need to clear my head. With the park closed, I've had to look at other places for my motorcycle quick fix! The late Robert Bleeker introduced me to the lap around Briones Park as an alternative to commuting on Highway 24. This little loop has... Continue Reading →

The 2020 CovidCut

It's no secret that I like my hair short. Even growing up, my mother and I would battle it out about when to get a haircut. Wearing helmets to ride two-wheeled contraptions has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I try to avoid overt "helmet hair", which is... Continue Reading →

Coronavirus: Increasing Resolution

I remember seeing news reports of the coronavirus in China earlier in the year. It seemed far away and similar to SARS and MERS – both of which had very little impact to my life here in Northern California. As this virus continued to spread my attention quickly changed once outbreaks popped up within Italy... Continue Reading →

A panoramic of home amidst the pandemic

The pandemic has slowed and shrunk my life in pretty significant ways. It’s been months since I’ve left the county which is a stark contrast to my prior routine. One of the most profound effects of slowing down is that you see less, more. The resolution of the life around me has increased significantly. I... Continue Reading →

Tot Weerziens Robert

Robert and I first crossed paths just outside of San Jose, California on a group ride down to Death Valley back in 2008. We were a jolly group of 30 set out on President’s day weekend.  Many of us didn’t know each other but by the end of those 5 days we all shared our... Continue Reading →

Hanging out at Hawk Hill

One of my favorite stretches of pavement in the bay area that nobody's ever heard of is Conzelman Road. It's the little ribbon of pavement that snakes up the Marin Headlands for an outstanding view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Randy flew into town unexpectedly which was a great surprise. He suggested maybe heading over... Continue Reading →

I took the road less traveled…

Four years in I'm still learning the back roads of Contra Costa and Alameda counties. November and December were really wet months. January was cold and I was traveling for a good portion of it. Come February we've had a brief bump in warm weather and with an impending surgery, I wanted to get out... Continue Reading →

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