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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Good News / Bad News

Good news: 3 clean cats.
Bad news: my approval rating.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Re: Bugs!

You guys look super cool! You should always wear those.


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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Approaching Park Street Bridge

Long paddle pulling short kayak from South Shore. Warm day, calm waves
and wind.

Under High Street bridge

Stopped to stretch legs. Long paddle, hot day.

Shore lunch, Oakland Estuary

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009


@ SF Academy of Sciences with family

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Just sold the pocketbike. It was fun, but kids were scared of the
noise. I got more for it than I paid but not after parts & time. I
added the chrome pipe (no muffler when we got it) and the footpeg
rubbers and kill switch, paint is by Shaleah. I had to shoot the pic
because it looks funny strapped into the back of the pickup, compared
to a street bike. I enjoyed taking it out in the 4th of July parade
down our street. Farewell little bike, and run strong! May your engine
never sieze.

Ps- I have a ton more to post with pics but am digging out from a busy

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hell's Midgets

Oh no, what have I done? This weekend I followed a craigslist posting to come home with a $75 47 cc used pocektbike. It runs, both kids can flatfoot on it, and now it just needs a little primping and preening to terrorize the neighborhood. Ain't he cute? Don't let it fool you, he's my little thug.

Tennessee Trip

See for the recent trip to TN. Flew this time, no time to drive, and rented an 1800 cc Goldwing. Good times! Check the link for story.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

On the way to TN again- waiting @ SFO for my redeye. I got tethering from my WM device to work and video-skyped with the kids and Shaleah over 3G, after fixing the home side via LogMeIn. I feel very accomplished! I'm debating the Lynchburg run after I pick up the oldwing in Knoxville, but after the redeye (and considering forecasted thunderstorms) that might be crazy. Plus, I might miss dinner.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kid's Choice!

Haircut night for the whole family; Kid's Choice is the best place in Alameda. Bridget is brilliant quick and does great cuts, especially considering my little moving target kids. Lots of toys & whimsical barber chairs for the kids, plus a space shuttle hairwash station! Ben turns 6 this weekend, gotta look good!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

ABioBikers West Alice's Restaurant Lunch

Hi All! As promised, some ride video from today's lunch. Good day for a ride, right between rain days. Stay tuned til the end, or at least fast forward to my parking spot.
Tomorrow is my 44th b'day. You know what the difference is between the regular formula Centrum vitamins and Centrum Silver? About 6 more years.
Pardon the crappy editing. Trying to use my time for better things, like maybe cleaning my windshield.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


our Jr. Airborne Ranger: 8 ft. closet. 11 ft. ceiling. 2.5 ft. bed.

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Saturday, January 31, 2009


@ Pump-It-Up w/kids for a bday party. Hope they sleep well tonight.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

I love my truck

Went furniture shopping in SF tonight. It took me a while to figure out how to tie the dresser on the motorcycle, but it worked. This load handled like pushing the broad side of a barn through the wind. Thanks Craiglist! Thanks Jennifer and good luck in Texas!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Big Game

Joined Gilbert family on Jan. 18th to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Oakland Coliseum. It was, as it always is, the game of the century against the Washington Generals. It was silly but the kids had a good time.

Sunrise, Sunset

Jan. 3rd was a big day for the Gilbert family (my in-laws). I have a new nephew: Zane Stephen Elie was born late at night on Jan 2nd, and the next day we had a 100th birthday party for my wife's grandmother. Seeing both ends of the spectrum of life in such a short time frame put me in a contemplative mood.

Slot Track

Another project with the kids: I hopped up the track by mounting it to a board and 'foaming' a landscape with "Great Stuff" expanding spray insulation. The process is a little messy but the results are good. The racing billboards are Google Images downloaded graphics, printed in Word on photo paper and laminated. The traffic light works- scavenged from an old battery operated water fountain LED setup, and LED flex-neck pocket flashlights make good streetlights for the track. I've invited the kids to paint the landscape to mimic a desert or jungle. Initially this Disney-Pixar 'Cars' track was powered by 4 D-cell batteries, but we've switched it out to an AFX Tri-Power AC adaptor providing 8, 12 or 22 Volts. The kids love it, and the cars really haul now. A little steel wool polishing on the track cleans up the oxidation on the rails after it's been unused for a bit. Note the tunnels under the track. I glued down empty cardboard tubes before foaming so Ben could use his HotWheels cars on the same board. It was a fun project and the kids learned a lot about electricity doing it. I did spend way too much time on this though and obsessed a bit over it. I'm glad it's done!

Two up

All right, so I haven't posted in a while. Here's a few new things for all my 'cyber-stalkers'. On January 2nd I took the kids out kayaking, this time with the newish solo boat. They did pretty well, and everybody got a turn to paddle the little one. The next day we went to the Chabot Space Science Museum for a grand day out. The movies and exhibits were good; the food not so much.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bold Explorers

My brother Kirk and I followed in the tradition of our Viking ancestors and braved the icy waters of the San Francisco Bay yesterday. It was foggy, as you can see in the pics. Launching near Fort Point was a pretty good idea, but the bumbling surf launch off the rocks wasn't. Casualties included wet socks and pants plus a couple gallons of bay water in the bottom of the kayak.
We had company on the water: a stand-up paddlboarder who was surfing the curl off the fort. Fortunately the cameras stayed dry.