The Value of Recreation

Whirlygig First of all – Happy Veterans Day – to all of you who have served. You didn’t run away when your country needed you (no “bone spurs”), and you never sold your country out for your personal gain. I have today off because of you – and it follows a “whirlwind” week where I need some time off from work. I have several…

Beautiful Fall Day

Apples at Harvest Time The weather today was about as good as it gets in November – cool air, warm sun, bright sparkly blue sky – and lots of fall color. I prepared several planting areas by tilling the soil – its more to level the ground – we pulled out old plants and cleaned up the yard so we can do some re-landscaping….

Tin Rooster Knows . . .

Rooster One The late afternoon shadows in my shack are awesome, and all year round, but especially this time of the year. He knows when you are sleeping – he knows when you are awake . . . I have a tin rooster who guards over the gear and the small collection of very nice colored insulators. My shack is my playground, which adds…

il est temps gingko à ky6r

This is what I have been greeted to as I leave my house this week Things seem to have calmed down now after what felt like a “disheveled” couple of weeks. During the power outage, our tenant of 9 years left and literally gave us notice as she left the country to go to Australia. A “peak moment” with our Chinese Pistachio tree So,…

Two Patents

Clarkes Creeping Baby Doll Patent Drawing I walked into work today and was told that two of my ideas are worthy of applying for a patent. LendUp had hired a Patent Attorney whom I met with about 4 – 6 weeks ago, and to my surprise, the two things I thought were the “secret sauce” of the product I designed are worthy of applying…

Thoughts and Prayers

Our Chinese Pistachio tree has its last leaves in its fading glory . . .  October turned out to be a strange month for the second year in a row. Just as I thought we were “home free”, a tragedy struck Orinda – where someone rented an Airbnb house in the neighborhood next to mine – and 5 young party goers were shot and…

Día de Muertos

Dios de la Muerte (Dios de Muerte) is another very interesting Holiday that falls on October 31 / November 1 and 2. Like Halloween, it has its pre-Christian origins that later would be syncretized with the Christian All Souls / All Saints day. Its Mexican origins were mostly Southern Mexico, so like the Celtic tradition, it was regional. Its most interesting to me that…

A Halloween Tribute to Kurt Cobain

A Tribute to one of my favorite guitarists and singers Kurt Cobain joined the “27 Club” and left many wondering why. I prefer to celebrate the good they did while alive and I still enjoy listening to so many musicians who spun off this mortal coil far too early.

Happy Halloween!

These friendly little guys greeted me at work today … Halloween is a fun little holiday that has its origins in a more serious and reflective holiday remembering those who have passed. The Celtic tradition is it’s actual origin – the holiday was called Samhain, and November 1 was the Celtic New Year. The Celtic tradition is worth reading about – it’s quite interesting….

A Different Year

October Has Been “Interesting” October has always been my favorite month, but last year and this year it has been “trying”. Last year, the 4th Quarter was a disaster. This year is a completely different story. It’s been a story of Pain Followed by Gain. This year, we’ve had the power shut offs, which are a royal pain in the ass, but are miniscule…