Time for my annual "Please give money to charity to motivate me to exercise" event!

ХудожникHi-ho, ( SUMMARY: Donate to my bike ride for charity; and then read the wacky letter below. ) As many of you know, in keeping with the traditions of my people, each spring I do something incredibly stupid. It’s what brought my forefathers and foremothers across the ocean ( “Look, dear — the snow is mostly gone. Let’s get in leaky boat and sail for points unknown!” ). Back in college, I and few friends decided to head south for some sun — but, eschewing the popular spots like Florid( “too many bikinis” ) and the South Padre Islands ( “too many Texans” ), we decided to head for the Grand Canyon. “It’s grand! It’s canyon!” And,...

I’m again doing something stupid for charity

Hi-ho all, ( EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR FOLKS WHO HATE TO READ STUFF:  I’m riding against diabetes again; please donate! ) As many of you know, last spring I bought a ludicrously expensive bicycle in order to guilt myself into riding it and getting exercise so that I would lose weight and not die.  And, figuring that I needed all the motivation possible, I signed up for and did a 25 mile bike ride up in Napa for diabetes (1).  I sent out this request for donations because that’s what you do, and many of you were quite generous. I’ve mentioned that my father was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, and it took a year or so for them to figure it out and then get him onto some drugs & diet to get it under control, and later my...

Who I’m voting for…

As some of you know, I’m somewhat involved in the community around here. For likely the first time in my life I actually know everyone running for my local city council races ( and most of them folks in the school board races ).  Right off the top I’ll say that I think everyone running for city council is eminently qualified, and no matter who wins I think we’ll have good folks representing us.  So, in case anyone cares, here’s my thoughts on the races: 1. Mayor of Santa Clara: Jamie Matthews and Chris Stampolis I’ve known Chris Stampolis for a number of years, originally through working together on the crew of Democratic TV and since then on a variety of activities because we both live in Santa Clara.  When I was interested in...

Peninsula Habitat for Humanity | All Faiths House

This is mostly a note to myself. When I’m doing something like volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity house, for gosh sake don’t wear a good pair of jeans or a non-crappy sweatshirt. Whatever I wear is just going to get covered in paint or drywall mud or something, and it’s probably going to ruin the clothes, so wear something kind of crappy. Yesterday I was at this house; putting cement-fiber siding on house #2, with a bunch of other folks from Apple. The guy ( kid, really ) in charge of our team was quite impressed with how much we managed to get done. Peninsula Habitat for Humanity | Volunteering | Opportunities – All Faiths...