The Last Pass

Beckwourth Pass (Day 2) Well, for now. There are a few other less important Sierra Nevada passes I may add to my repertoire in the future. CA 49 from Auburn to Beckwourth Pass was a blast! Once you’re out of civilization the scenery is gorgeous — numerous rivers, spectacular valley

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…and now it’s in the hands of the jury

His Rapist Fraudster Former Majesty’s criminal fate is now in the hands of a New York jury. Come, I will be honest with you1: I hope he gets convicted and ends up doing some time behind bars. I’ve followed the trial very closely and would have no problem finding him

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Individualism Uber Alles

One of the many things I learned while doing podcasts with Seth Rosenblatt was that individualism, in order to realize its fullest potential, must be exercised (at least for humans!) within a high functioning community. That’s because isolated humans must spend so much time taking care of basic life needs,

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Lost Coast Here We Come!

If all goes according to plan — and the weather gods don’t decide to play tricks on me — I will — finally! — be touring California’s Lost Coast next week. How do you lose a coast? Well, actually you don’t. But you can decide it’s so geologically unstable you

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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