The Squirrley Rear Sprocket

That rattle in the sprocket was really starting to worry me. Whenever I'd touch it before it always seemed solid. I called Santa Clara Cycle who recently (< 350 miles ago) put a new tire on it and they offered to look at it. I was 200 miles away and not really interested in trailering... 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 →

Retrieving the bike

So it's day two in Lake Tahoe. To say it was cold was an understatement. The morning started off in the low 20s. A friend of mine was traveling from South San Jose up to Lake Tahoe with a motorcycle trailer the day before I left. The good news is I didn't have to trailer... 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 and 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 →

Speed shooting for photographers

My employer has campuses all over the world. While on an extended trip to Sydney, I met up with a group of photographers there called the "Shutterbugs." The Shutterbugs every so often explore the area around the office over lunch practicing their photography skills. When I came back to San Francisco, I wanted to start that... 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 →

Swedish Meatballs

Looking at the map, my dilemma was clear. I had two great options both in opposite directions from one another. To make the decision harder, I didn't really have a good sense for how quickly I could travel through the countryside. Norway generally has an 80 km/h (50 mph) speed limit. I was expecting an... Continue Reading →

Norway: Out on the farm

I've long been a fan of Navigon, a navigation app for iPhone and Android. The benefit to using Navigon over Google Maps is that all of the maps are preloaded on the phone. You don't need cellular data for directions. In general, Navigon worked flawlessly once you get beyond it's weird UI paradigms. I also... 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 →

Coworking in Lake Tahoe

I spent a lot of time thinking on the Memorial Day Mingle when my last long motorcycle tour really was.  On that ride, a lightbulb went off that it was the Memorial Day Mingle last year.  A whole year had gone by without focused time in the Sierras with my motorcycle.  Because of that, I wanted to... Continue Reading →

5 Tips for a Great Coworking Experience

I had two great days up in Lake Tahoe experiencing very different coworking spaces.  Before that, I’ve been to a couple of different coworking spaces where I’ve stayed over in certain cities and extra day or two.  I find that in coworking spaces I'm much more productive for me than sitting in a hotel room... Continue Reading →

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