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The Importance of Failure

We all talk about learning from failure and we teach our offspring they shouldn’t be afraid to fail. OTOH, as my good friend Seth pointed out years ago, we never tell them “Get out on the soccer field and lose so you’ll learn to play soccer better!” Today at a

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Politics and Believing in an End Time

Normally I just post interesting articles like this directly to social media platforms. But this one is so thought-provoking, at least to me, that I wanted to write a frame around it. The article in question is in Rolling Stone and is entitled False Idol: Why the Christian Right Worships

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Diego

October, 2005 – November 8, 2019 He was picked up as a stray in Redwood City at the age of two months. I always wondered what those first weeks of his life were like — Pomeranians are small, so he must’ve had to work hard for whatever food and drink

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That Make America Great Again Survey

For the first twenty one years I lived in California, starting in 1979, I was a registered Republican. Actually, I was pretty libertarian politically, not surprising in someone who came from a modest background and then started achieving some significant financial success as a result of his own efforts. We

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Tioga and Sonora Passes

The images the above slider show is based on are large…so you may need to let your browser digest them all to see the images animate smoothly. After doing Ebbetts Pass last fall I decided it would be fun to knock off all the rideable passes in California. I figured

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InReach Mini: It Could’ve Been a Contender

Because many of my motorcycle trips are solo, and take me beyond cell phone coverage (although not off road!), I’ve been interested in satellite-based text messaging devices. As a class, these basically give you the ability to send (and sometimes receive) SMS/text messages by way of orbital satellite networks. Which

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The Golden Chain and Mt Hamilton

I didn’t expect to be able to squeeze another long ride in this year before the rains set in. But with Barbara heading off to Boston for a week, and a suddenly dried out forecast, the chance was too good to pass up. Plus, I managed to complete, finally, my

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Monterey Peninsula, Indian Valley & the Pinnacles

Or, rather, behind the Pinnacles. The Monterey shoreline, from the Pacific Coast Highway. And, no, I was stopped in traffic when I took this. You don’t think I’m insane enough to take a picture with my iPhone camera while I’m riding, do you?!? This was a ride I did last

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Through Darkest Europe

I just finished a new alternative history novel written by Harry Turtledove. I definitely recommend it…even though there’s no dramatic conclusion to it. Plenty of drama, lots of action, good character development…but no major wrap-up of an overriding theme. Alternative histories are tales that explore what-might-have-beens had some critical event

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North Coast Trip – May, 2018

I just realized that I never published anything on this blog about a great motorcycle trip I took up the north coast of California last May. Let’s rectify that right now! Click on the icons in the image below for more information. You can also click on the Full Screen

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