• Almost Heaven; California!

    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. […]

  • Trekking for Givi Luggage

    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 […]

  • Part 2: Indoor Air Quality

    Part 2: Indoor Air Quality

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    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 […]

  • Making Sense of Air Quality

    Making Sense of Air Quality

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    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 […]

  • Rooftop solar, a heatwave, and the grid!

    Rooftop solar, a heatwave, and the grid!

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    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 […]

  • Lessons Learned: Installing new windows?

    Lessons Learned: Installing new windows?

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    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 […]

  • Juneteenth: Langston Hughes

    Juneteenth: Langston Hughes

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    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 […]

  • Hiking in March

    Hiking in March

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    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 […]

  • Moving Forward

    Moving Forward

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    “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.” […]

  • Sunset at Acalanes

    Sunset at Acalanes

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    A colleague of mine at work today asked what platform powered my blog. That’s easy: WordPress. He was looking for a solution to share photos outside of the social network. That got me thinking. Sometimes writing a long narrative keeps me from posting photos on my blog. This post is simple by design. A buddy […]

  • FS-96 MRR: Mosquito Ridge Road

    FS-96 MRR: Mosquito Ridge Road

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    Time is a blur these days. As one who regularly travels, I usually segment time in blocks of “at home” or “on the road.” Since October 25, 2019, I’ve spent just about every night in my bed aside from a short work trip in mid-January. I don’t think I have had a no travel block […]

  • Max!


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    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 […]

  • Back to the Peninsula

    Back to the Peninsula

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    Going out during the coronavirus pandemic still feels a bit weird to me. I’d been putting off vacation as I wondered what I would do with a day of vacation sitting at home. In many ways, at least working kept a sense of groundedness throughout the day. Knowing I’d lose the holiday come June 1st, […]

  • T1D Biker Gang

    T1D Biker Gang

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    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 […]

  • #eastCounty


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    We hardly ever get rain in May. This past weekend two crazy rainstorms swept through town Sunday and Monday, leaving the air perfect for motorcycle riding! Now that riding ATVs is legal in the state of California for exercise, I wanted to hop on my bike in a socially distant fashion. I love the Briones […]

  • The changing of seasons

    The changing of seasons

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    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 […]

  • It’s ok to say “I’m hurting”

    It’s ok to say “I’m hurting”

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    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 […]

  • Sweating Lafayette’s Ridge Trail

    Sweating Lafayette’s Ridge Trail

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    With coronavirus slowing my life down to a very long, quiet pause, I’ve been taking the time to walk – a lot. I normally hike the ridge near my house. It’s a 3 to 4 mile jaunt with about 800 feet of elevation gain. I’ve become fond of that hike – especially with the great […]

  • Springtime Moto Poppies!

    Springtime Moto Poppies!

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    Typically Mount Diablo is my go-to motorcycle ride what I need to clear my head. With the park closed, I’ve had to look at other places for my motorcycle quick fix! The late Robert Bleeker introduced me to the lap around Briones Park as an alternative to commuting on Highway 24. This little loop has […]

  • The 2020 CovidCut

    The 2020 CovidCut

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    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 […]

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