Every day I wake up determined to both change the world and have a good time. Sometimes that makes planning the day a bit difficult

-- E.B. White

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same

-- Marianne Williamson

Bliss Dance

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I got lucky tonight. Someone mentioned that Bliss was in town. She was out on treasure island, and I went to go see her. It was really fun bringing a few friends that hadn't seen her before, she's really a serious piece of work. Here's someone's flickr photo of her at burning man.

Dry the Rain

If there's something inside that you wanna say
You can say it out loud it'll be okay
I will be alright, I will be your light
I will be your light, I will be your light

-- Beta Band

A Goat Farm

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My very good friend Caius, took me to visit a goat farm an hours drive North of San Francisco. It was a really wonderful day, with super friendly goats, warm sun, ocean breeze, and a brilliant quesadilla.  I love the sound of the kids munching the grass. Laying there in a hammock, between a couple of pine trees, close enough to the ocean to hear it, surrounded by edible flowers, I really couldn't help but wonder what I was doing with my life. Why don't I live on a goat farm?

Painting a Garage Wall

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A couple of friends got together to paint a wall. I just thought it was coming together really well, and would share the photos. Yep, that's Bukowski.

Four Taps

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Well, here are. Some photos. Over the past weekend, it finally happened. We drilled the last two holes, and we now have four taps on our kegerator, and of course four different home brews.

Excerpt from "Illusions"

18 "And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, 'see a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!'

19 "And the one carried in the current said, 'I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.

-- Richard Bach, "Illusions"

Not Enough Time

“There is not enough time to do all the nothing we want to do.”

-- Bill Watterson

i was dragging my feet
while they were dragging their knees

Brew Stand Construction

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Matt and I got a bit serious about putting a real brew stand together this past weekend. Kudos to Matt for really pulling everything together!
We got some really helpful instructions from http://www.aleiens.com/profiles/blogs/wallace-the-weldless-brew

Do you really trust white lines and red lights with your life?

DPT Watch: Keep the DPT Honest

DPT Watch: Keep the DPT Honest

Since the dawn of time, parking in San Francisco has been impossible. The DPT was born to protect the parking turnover rate, and ensure running errands was possible. Time limits in permit neighborhoods were enforced to protect the resident's ability to park. But somewhere along the line something went terribly wrong.

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Mock Trad at Beaver Street

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Lachlan, Jesse, and I have been gearing up for our first season of trad (traditional) climbing. Lachlan and I both have pretty complete racks at this point. On my own rack I have nine cams, two sets of nuts, and all sorts of other fun little things (slings, runners, beaners, ropes, webbing, and quickdraws). Our first legit multi-pitch climb will likely be the greater spire at Phantom Spires in the South Lake Tahoe area. I'm getting really excited for the day. I've been imaging sitting halfway up the cliff eating the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich ever. (more...)

On Inspiration

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.

-- Frank Tibolt

Excerpt from "Barbecue, Babes"

Don't want to misquote
But I think you just said
"I love you"
That's a fine phrase for a picnic
But honey, we're at a barbecue

-- Big, Round

Chelsea Draws Good

Chelsea Draws Good

This is another awesome person who's doing awesome things with their time. I leave the house, she's drawing. I come back, she's drawing. It's hard to catch her not drawing, if she's not busy at work... Anyway, she has some really nice stuff, you should look at it. www.chelseadraws.com

Drive fast. Take the scenic route. Get there on time.

Excerpt from "The Poet Game"

A young man down in hill country
in the year of '22
went to see his future bride.
She lived in a rough old shack
that poverty blew through.
She invited him inside.
She'd been cooking, ashamed and feeling sad,
she could only offer him bread and her name -
Grandpa said that it was the best gift
a fella ever had
and he taught me the poet game.

-- Greg Brown, Poet Game

Melting Moretti Glass for Beads

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After a certain someone asked me to, I decided it was in fact high time to carve a spot out in the garage, and make some beads. It's not exactly a passion of mine, but I do quite enjoy it. There's something absolutely gratifying about heating glass to the point of melting. It would be wonderful to try it on a larger scale some day. I intended to give them away as gifts for the holidays, but seeing as it's already December 25th... they're going to be late.

If you've never tried making beads, it's something that's really pretty easy to accomplish. Usually the first couple of beads end up being a complete goopy mess, but then you start to get a handle on things. You can pick up everything you need online for around $120. I bought most everything I have from one place online that sells a packaged kit.

My Buddy Jesse

My Buddy Jesse
He's a good guy. But he's also really good at drawing, and that's what I'd like to bring your attention to. You can thumb through a bunch of his work at www.jessebalmer.com.
i had a dream i could fly, and i know the feeling well. it's a real feeling. it's what i do every moment i can. and when you can't remember how to fly you can't fly, all you have to do is remember, but sometimes that's the hardest thing.

KLR650 Subframe Bolt Upgrade

KLR650 Subframe Bolt Upgrade

It was not too long ago that I noticed an important looking bolt just hanging out of the side of my motorcycle. I was a few miles from home, so I thought I'd try to fix the problem. It soon seemed that it just wasn't possible with the tools I had on hand and the low lighting. I decided to ride home and hope for the best. When I got home the bolt had entirely disappeared (or so I thought).

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Muzac

I was just sittin in my room
thinking about love
when a little birdy came by my sill
and said, -- Jerry!

--Jerry.

-- Put some pants on.

Lil Darlin--I replied,
You simply do not understand--
My love is too big
for pants.


-- Claire Walton

Motorcycle Crash 2009

Motorcycle Crash 2009
Well, this is from a long time ago, but seeing as how it's still a significant event in my life, and I'd like more content to play with, I think I'll put the pictures up.