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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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