Toronto: Day 1

We’d been a little nervous about visiting Toronto in November because, well, it can get cold and rainy. But we lucked out! Our first day here was quite beautiful, with mostly blue skies. In contrast to what we left behind in San Carlos, which was colder, windier and damper. We

Read More »

How Much Sunscreen Should I Use?

Ever wanted to know precisely how much sunscreen to use? Well, I don’t know how to help you with that. But I can tell you how to get a reliable reading on how much ultraviolet light is bombarding you. At least if you live in San Carlos, California. Just check

Read More »

American Republics: A Continental History

I’ve read a lot of great books in my life. But every once in a while I stumble across one which offers an epic experience. Opening up perspectives I didn’t realize I lacked, or offering a powerful theory explaining things that previously were a disorganized jumble of data. Heretofore my

Read More »

Sometimes You Have to Work to See the Simpler Solution

I really love my Dynaplug portable tire inflator…except for one thing. You have to screw the hose onto the tire valve, which, because motorcycle tires don’t offer a lot of clearance, means you tend to lose air when you unscrew the hose. Oftentimes a lot because Yamaha didn’t pay a

Read More »

Back on the Road!

Got Zeb back from Grand Prix Powersports after they completed three (!!) safety recall repairs. They did their usual great job. Two of the repairs were relatively minor but one involved upgrading the transmission so second gear wouldn’t disintegrate under excessive load. Which would, all things considered, be A Really

Read More »

The Best Butternut Squash Soup

…at least so far :). One of the things I like to cook during what passes for winter in the Bay Area is soup. The thicker and more flavorful the better. There’s nothing like sitting down to a big bowl of warm, tasty soup and some nice crusty bread on

Read More »