First warn your family about the homeless epidemic before taking them to downtown San Francisco

Powell St. station. Dublin / Pleasanton Westbound home. Two trains short of the drunk train. At least, that’s what we called the last South Shore train back home. We met up with Katie’s father for dinner just off the Embarcadero. He’s in town for a lawyer conference. We had quite the exceptional time with him. …

30 Days on MyFitnessPal. Why I went back after two years away – and the results so far.

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I first started using MyFitnessPal back in fall of 2012. It was cool, to a point. In the end it became too much work to continue add every food in I found because their database didn’t have it. Especially if you wanted to track more nutritional stats than just calories. I also wanted to get …

The zen behind the Christmas all-night ride up to the Oregon Coast

It’s Christmas night. Katie and I are somewhere over The Rockies on a Southwest flight from Chicago to Oakland, heading home. The flight should land around 9:40pm, PDT. With Baggage claim and Jay picking us up, we should be home before 11pm. After five nights of little sleep and hanging with friends & family during …

Pourin’ out a little for ‘Big Country’, Timothy Gajdik. 2 years, 3 days later.

On a normal Thursday morning at 8:26 AM, one of my two childhood best friends, Gag, would be at the bank, breaking vendor hardware and writing reports about it. I, on the other hand, would be 34 minutes away from pretending to wake up. So when he called at 8:26am on Thursday morning, June 7th, …

Simplification presents possibility [review of Tao Te Ching Chapter 19 “Simplify”]

Lately I’ve been reading up to 25% of Tao Te Ching a day, either in the bedroom or the bathroom. No disclosure neglected here. The feat sounds impressive unless you’ve actually read Tao Te Ching and realize it’s less like reading the Holy Bible and more like reading the 4 Gospels – except for the …