Returning Sonora

After a night in Bishop, I realized I wanted an additional day up here in the Sierras. The air quality was fantastic, and being up here lifted my spirits and so many ways. I was adventuring again in a place I love to call home. There's so much about this area that's rugged, unexplored yet... Continue Reading →

Revisiting Yosemite

It's hard to believe it's already September. The summer has flown by! In many ways, the pandemic has messed with my head. In particular, the long stretches of stay-at-home due to the virus, the fires, rioting have got me accustomed to staying home. I often laugh that some days accomplishment means, "I got out of... Continue Reading →

Turning Left on Highway 20 East

WordPress, the software that powers this blog, has a small folder called “Drafts.” The drafts folder contains thoughts that got started but were not quite finished. Some of those posts sit days. Some of them sit for months. A few of them sit years. This post sat years. If it had finished on time, I... Continue Reading →

Whole House Fan 2.0

This blog post is a follow-up from QuietCool Whole House Fan Four years later, I still love my whole house fan. It’s one of the best things I put into my house for the money. In particular, I love: fresh air rolling through the housereduced demand for air conditioning in the late afternoon when electricity is... Continue Reading →

Old Stories; New Beginnings

My bike has been in the shop for almost a month. Having just rolled over 12,000 miles, the Beemer needed its thousand dollars of love. That includes a major service: oil, valves, and a whole bunch of other stuff. I also wanted BMWs to help troubleshoot why the installation of HeliBars was crimping the front... Continue Reading →

Old motorcycle musings…

I still remember the thrill of buying copies of Cycle World as a kid. I remember pouring over each issue flipping through bikes, the riders, and all the latest gear. Somehow reading motorcycle magazines kept my desire for a motorcycle thriving until I was old enough to be on my own and make my own... Continue Reading →

Sodastream: pursuing fizzy!

This past weekend I ran into a couple of neighbors on the street, and we stumbled into talking about Sodastream. As we were speaking, she remarked, "you should do a blog on this!" So, here you go. This one's for you! Sodastream is one of those products I didn't know I needed until I saw... Continue Reading →

GS 911 for Mac OS Tutorial

To date, I've owned three motorcycles. Each new motorcycle ushers in a whole new level of technology. My first bike, a 2001 Vulcan 750, was an extremely simple motorcycle. It was carbureted at its core with minimal adjustability. The second bike, a 2003 V-Strom, added fuel injection, which solved many of the problems inherent with... Continue Reading →

Rinnai Tankless Review

This review highlights the Rinnai RUR98eN but talks about many concepts common to all tankless water heaters. When I was looking at my future home, the inspector clearly called out my water heater's state: old and in need of replacement. It was a Bradford-White that had been heating water dutifully since 2002. I had other... Continue Reading →

North Coast Loop

After a glorious ride down the Sierra Nevadas, I was ready for a bit more. I spent the middle of the week catching up on life here in the Bay Area and wanted to get one more ride in on my staycation. Larry, a buddy of mine, lives up north on the coast in a... Continue Reading →

Almost Heaven; California!

This post is a continuation of the ride: Trekking for Givi Luggage Here I am sitting at the corner of US 395 and US 50 in Carson City, Nevada. I had a decision to make: do I head south and feed my motorcycling soul or do I head north and fill the heart with good people.... Continue Reading →

Trekking for Givi Luggage

Hard luggage was a game-changer in my motorcycling passion. On my first bike, the Vulcan, I would always have to struggle with various backpacks, duffel bags, and other zippered luggage when leaving the motorcycle. Soft luggage isn’t usually waterproof and is more likely to be stolen. Once I had upgraded from the Vulcan to the... Continue Reading →

Part 2: Indoor Air Quality

This blog is a follow up to my last article, Making Sense of Air Quality which focuses on outdoor air quality. While outdoor air quality is important, indoor air quality also plays a crucial role in promoting health. All of us take shelter during this wildfire season for refuge from the unrelenting smoke. However, in the... Continue Reading →

Making Sense of Air Quality

With wildfires moving across California, many of us are concerned about air quality. Before the fires of 2017, few of us knew and understood phrases like SF AQI PM2.5: 154. Now we are all instant experts in air quality. The 2020 fire season started early with a freak dry lightning storm moving across Northern California... Continue Reading →

Rooftop solar, a heatwave, and the grid!

California has major challenges around our power grid. California’s 40 million people use massive amounts of power. The grid’s job is to ensure all of those people have a constant supply of power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our grid extends across varying terrain. Consumers also aren’t always... Continue Reading →

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 →

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