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 →

Working in the Wine Country

A few times a year we gather as a leadership team for annual planning. I’m always thrilled when it is located in San Francisco. Usually, we are up in the wine country. This year we were just outside of Sonoma. I know a great motorcycle ride is on the horizon. “Winter” in the Bay Area... Continue Reading →

Sunrise on Mount Tam

This winter seemed to go on forever. We’ve had a lot of rain which I am thankful for, but this Californian definitely loves the sun. This year Easter came late, April 21 to be exact. With generally mild temperatures and no rain in the forecast, the annual trek to Mount Tamalpais (Mount Tam for short)... Continue Reading →

Solar power: Year 1 review

Note: this article heavily focuses on Northern California. While some concepts may be similar in different locations, do your research on local specifics. I’ve gotten a number of questions about my solar system since I put it in over a year ago. I wanted to put together one article that contains all of the key... Continue Reading →

The Gateway Arch

I love traveling to cities with well-known landmarks. St. Louis is no exception. The last time I was in Missouri was about 10 years ago on my cross-country motorcycle trip. I only touched the extreme southwest corner of the state which doesn't give me any sort of Missouri credibility. When traveling, I always try to... Continue Reading →

Easter Sunrise

Easter Sunday affords one of the most unique rides in the bay area. This ride started in the mid-1980s by a couple of hard-core vintage motorcycle riders and some good friends within the California State Parks. What is it? It's the annual sunrise ride to the summit parking lot of Mount Tamalpais.  There's an optional... Continue Reading →

Tips for using Dragon for Mac

I'm a huge fan of voice dictation. I first fell in love with Nuance NaturallySpeaking on the Windows platform. After I switched over to the Mac and purchased Dragon for Mac 4, I was sorely disappointed. The dictation quality was not near as good nor was the cursor handling. I quickly backpedaled trying to get... Continue Reading →

An evening in Vikingsholm

In the summer, this place is packed. The Vikingsholm parking lot is overloaded with cars on top of the $10 usage fee that goes to the state parks. What about in the fall, on a Tuesday, at 5 PM? The parking lot is empty. I don't mind the $10. It's actually complementary with the California... Continue Reading →

The 5 o’clock ride

Yes, it is true that it is always 5 o'clock somewhere. At this moment, it's 5 o'clock in Lake Tahoe, California. And yes, it's time to go out on the motorcycle. One of the key things I look for in a location is the 5 o'clock ride. What is the 5 o'clock ride? The 5... Continue Reading →

The Climb to Eagle Lake

Getting to Tahoe has been a journey. At first, I thought I wanted to live alone and rent an Airbnb. However, I'm so glad I rented a room from friends I know up here. I didn't know if I was going to have much time both during the day and collectively throughout my entire stay... Continue Reading →

Finding a new I-580

  I'm settling into week three (and I know I'm behind on two blogs) but I wanted to quickly capture the essence of my evening. It's different living in a small town. I've never spent a considerable amount of time in a place with less than 4 million people. Reno is the big city in... Continue Reading →

Farm Road 109

This is my first motorcycle ride back from the Sierras since moving to the East Bay and it was decidedly different in good and unexpected ways.  I did my first long ride in almost 3 years. That in and of itself is awesome. When riding I'm often a stickler for mileage as it helps place me... Continue Reading →

Mountains of gold – Highway 88

Autumn is in full swing! While there is not one chorus of yellow, orange, and red singing in unison across the mountainside like other years, all of nature is now is in the chorus. I've been tracking this Aspen tree sitting in the front yard since I got here. Each day its voice would be... Continue Reading →

Highway 89 – Crossing Monitor Pass

Ask any experienced photographer "what is the best camera?" and they will almost always tell you "the one you have with you." Having had a few solid point and shoots, a big SLR with interchangeable lenses, and a few iPhones I can now clearly see the wisdom in that statement. With the advent of Lightroom... Continue Reading →

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