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 →

Kingsbury Grade Run

Now with the motorcycle safely in the garage and most of my gear up here (minus my heated vest), it's time to go riding. I know at home I tend to like to have my heated vest once the temperature drops below 60°. Given that the air is considerably drier up here I'm thinking I'll... Continue Reading →

Finding Next

Ever have those callbacks to odd cult films in your childhood? Mr. Destiny is that movie for me. Every so often I come back to the scene where Michael Caine and James Belushi discuss how decisions and outcome affect the future trajectory of life. I always find it interesting how actions and reactions pave the... Continue Reading →

QuietCool Whole House Fan

I remember growing up in the South always having a whole house fan. It occupied a 2' x 2' hole in the ceiling usually upstairs. We almost never ran it in as a kid I remember thinking, "why do we have this contraption that we never use?" The switch to turn it on was high... Continue Reading →

The agile customer

As many of you know, I'm a big fan of agile methodology.  I've written much about agile software development at work.  A recent air travel  experience reminded me that agile isn't just about software.  People and experiences can be agile too.  In particular, savvy product owners know that customers can be agile too.  Allow me... Continue Reading →

It came upon the midnight clear

I remember that warm, summer night lying in my bed at camp just before midnight looking out at the thousands, no hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of stars just beyond the trees. All of camp was quiet. Not a creature was stirring. Not even a mouse! The Sierras are a place I hold close... Continue Reading →

A second splash of fall color

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog. Working on the house took longer than expected. Writing blogs got hard with Dragon for Mac. I upgraded to Dragon Dictate for Mac version 6 hoping it would fix issues and I felt like it was a significant regression from version 5. Having the Mac... Continue Reading →

Ride on Nick…

We meet all sorts of people throughout our lives. Some people touch us for just a moment. Some people walk with us throughout a season. And a select few remain with us throughout our lifetime. Each person we meet broadens us as humans and deepens our connection with humanity. I met Nick online four years... Continue Reading →

A splash of color!

I’ve been guilty of overthinking blog posts.  I often get into the scenario thinking I need to write a ton, have a bunch of pictures, and create this perfect article.  There are times all of that happens.  My article, “Confessions of a newly converted marsh kid” was one of those articles. “One V-Strom: 100,000 Miles”... Continue Reading →

Off to Norway

I fulfilled a dream today. I remember in middle school social studies class learning about the world and all of the different places in it. Much like every kid in America, we covered the world in chapters with each culture being a week or two in school. Three chapters resonated with me: Australia, the Nordics,... Continue Reading →

One V-Strom: 100,000 Miles

The back story For much of my childhood I’ve always had a subscription to a motorcycle magazine. Cycle World dominated a lot of my teenage years. As I started to do more touring on my motorcycle, my subscription shifted to Rider Magazine. Every year each motorcycle magazine has their own “motorcycle of the year.” Rider... Continue Reading →

How to transition the office of president

Today was the monthly meeting for Homoto, the motorcycle club I ride with on a regular basis (when I'm not traveling :-)). It was the first meeting for me as a member of the peanut gallery again. My two-year stint as president has wound down! After the meeting, I took a fun ride down the freeway... Continue Reading →

The vending machine is watching…

It’s no secret I love technology. Technology enables us to engage in some pretty cool experiences as situations can be personalized to our unique taste. Everywhere we go we are sharing information about ourselves. We leak metadata. In short, metadata is data about data. Let’s take a simple phone call. If Jim calls John, that’s... Continue Reading →

Understanding Serendipity

Before WordPress, I used to run my blog on a system called Serendipity. Sometimes, you know what a word means but it isn’t actually real to you. It’s a dictionary definition- a clinical expression of a word’s value. Serendipity was one of those long words that other people use but wasn’t in my vernacular –... Continue Reading →

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