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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 →

Celebrating 117,334 Miles

I walked into the garage a few weeks ago and I noticed a few "motorcycle tears" on the garage floor. On closer inspection, the right fork was leaking. It was more a small weep than a full out leak, but it was a leak none the less. Combined with the backfire and lack of riding... Continue Reading →

Upgrading from Mojave to Catalina

I've spent this weekend doing some maintenance on my Macintosh: organizing old photos into albums, upgrading various operating system patches, and finally upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Upgrading Windows was so wonderfully easy it reminded me about my difficult experience upgrading my Mac from Mohave to Catalina. To set context, I run Windows... Continue Reading →

Autumn Through the Kitchen Window

One of the joys I love most about traveling to Vancouver is that the weather is so often radically different.  I love enjoying what makes each season special a bit longer. In spring, it’s cooler up north so the snow hangs on the mountain peaks just a little bit longer.  During the summer, Vancouver’s air... Continue Reading →

Motorcycles and Mindspace

Surprisingly it was very hard to get a room in Bishop two months out. I wound up at the Trees Motel which just wasn’t a good fit. It was a long walk to the restaurants in town in motorcycle boots. I always walk as I don’t drink and ride and dammit – I wanted a... Continue Reading →

Transitioning to Fall

The Queer Biker Invasion of Death Valley, or QBIDV for short, is a hallmark tradition in the LGBTQ culture here in the West. The ride originally started 26 years ago when Michael wanted to publish a simple ride that others could join him without a lot of planning and overhead. Some 26 years later the... Continue Reading →

First Look: Epson EcoTank 4760

Down at my core, I have always been partial to laser printers. In high school, the family had an HP LaserJet 4. To say that thing was a tank was a massive understatement. It printed volumes of paper and never really skipped a beat. Term papers, science projects, tax returns – whatever we threw at... Continue Reading →

Chapter 3: Gelände Straße

It’s no secret that I’m a motorcycle monogamist.  In 20 years of motorcycling, I’ve only owned two bikes: a 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 and a 2003 Suzuki V-Strom 1000. After about 15,000 miles I had a low side on the Vulcan while coming down Highway 9.  The bike never ran well after that low side... Continue Reading →

Out: Nine years later

Nine years went fast. Coming out was the decision that altered my life like no other decision I've made. I took the reins of my own life. My life is now high resolution. My highs are higher. My lows are lower. I don't feel the insulating effect of living someone else's life by hiding in... Continue Reading →

Hacking Insulin Pumps is a GOOD thing!

Dear CBC Editorial Staff, My boyfriend shared this article of yours,  Health officials warn of hacking risk in certain insulin pumps, and after our conversation about the content, I felt compelled to respond. As an American who dates cross-border I’ve become keenly aware of the differences in our approach to care in each country. First of all,... Continue Reading →

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