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Update

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

It’s been quite some time since I last posted here, ironically exactly two years to the day. I think I was just burnt out on writing, it wasn’t serving any purpose for me anymore.

On a different note, five months ago my wife and I bought a restaurant! We (she, really) cook everything from scratch using fresh ingredients which we try to source from local farms, and change our menu daily. It’s been fun and a lot of work.

Is anyone still reading? If so leave a comment and your link!

Juice fast day 4

Friday, December 7th, 2012

I’ll make it quick and easy for Day 4 of the Juice Fast. I’ve had feelings today of feeling great like I want to keep going, and also like I want to give in and eat. Mid afternoon I got hit with some serious hunger but had some juice and it went away.

Morning
smoothie – juice of 1 grapefruit and 2 oranges blended with 2 bananas

Afternoon
juice – 5 carrots, 2 apples, 1/2 golden beet
juice – 1 cucumber, 4 stalks celery, 2 apples, 1/2 bell pepper, 1/2 lemon, bunch parsley/spinach/kale

Evening
juice – 2 carrots, 2 stalks celery, 1 cucumber, 1/2 red beet and beet greens, bunch parsley, clove garlic
juice – 1/2 small watermelon, handful mint, 1/2 lemon

Afternoon Tea

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
afternoon tea

Photo credit: mpieracci

I step in the door, see 3 people sitting around a tea kettle.

“Hi, how are you? I bought some of your tea at the market the other night, so I figured I’d stop by and check your shop out.”

“Would you like to sit down for some tea?”

Of course I would. It seems very inviting, and though the shop is extremely small, it’s comfortable. In walks another guy who is apparently a friend of those already sitting.

“Sure…” I say, “Do you work here?”

“No, I just pour tea.”

“This place sure is cozy, huh?”

“Yea, it is.”

“I like it in here, it’s quiet and nice.”

“It is, isn’t it? It has a really good vibe doesn’t it?”

This scene is not one from a remote Himalayan or Indian village filled with vagabonding Americans. It is one that took place five blocks away from my old apartment […]

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Work, produce, consume … repeat – loving Kerouac right now

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I dug up this Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac quote from an old blog of mine, and wanted to share it. I think it’s high time I read that book again. What are some of your favorite quotes?

…Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn’t really want anyways such as refrigerators, TV Sets, cars, at least new fancy cars, certain hair oils and deodorants and general junk you finally always see a week later in the garbage anyway, all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume…

Fluffy Cloud Blanket or Harsh Beauty?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
fluffy blanket clouds

Fluffy Cloud Blanket or Harsh Beauty?

I’ve been going through some old website archives recently, and have pulled a few things of interest out. This photo is one of them. Unfortunately it’s circa 2004 (give or take) and is a pretty crappy resolution. But I still love it.

I love the contrast between the fluffy, pink, soothing clouds and the harshness of the buildings and the utility lines. In case you’re wondering, I took this when I lived down in Pacific Beach ages ago. It was behind the Henry’s on Garnet looking west towards the beach.

What title would you give this photo?

A world of possibility awaits

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Now entering Arizona

While driving home from a concert the other night I looked up at the overhead freeway sign that said “Los Angeles” and was hit with an overwhelming moment of nostalgia. Being that we live in San Diego it seems about right that if you keep heading north, you will eventually end up in LA, but the mere presence of this overhead sign takes me back to my childhood.

I grew up in a small town of 15,000 people in Connecticut, and we were lucky enough that one of the interstate highways actually went through our town. I remember we’d get on the highway and if we headed east the signs starting saying “Boston” and if we went west they said “New York”.

We always got on the highway, and sometimes we would head east, sometimes west, but we never arrived in Boston or […]

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Choosing Happiness (and why it’s not as easy as it sounds)

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

When personal development and self help gurus talk about choosing happiness, they make it sound easy. The conventional wisdom typically goes something like this: If you’re not happy, well then start doing what makes you happy. Start making changes to improve your happiness right now.

But happiness is not black and white, there is plenty of grey area in there. Happiness is not an absolute. There is not a point you get to and find out you’re suddenly happy, and most likely, if you’re unhappy, it didn’t happen suddenly – it’s probably been brewing a while. Happiness is a constant, living, breathing work in progress.

I have spent more time that I would like lately thinking about this topic. And I have questions… How much happiness is “enough”? At what point does being “mostly happy” become not enough that you need to make a change? Should you suffer through periods of unhappiness […]

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One Hundred Pushups – The Challenge

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

A while back I had heard of a web site called one hundred pushups. The site is really just a 6 week program designed to get anyone to a point where they can do 100 consecutive push ups. Right away I was interested, and my immediate thought was “There’s no way I can do this! But I’d sure like to try!” I started the program immediately and made it one week, and then fizzled out.

Fast forward about a year, and once again this one hundred pushup challenge has been brought into my world via the wonderful world of Twitter. So naturally, when I was reminded of it, I knew it was a sign that I should start up again, and get ready to knock out 100 pushups.

Since the program is designed for everyone, beginners to advanced, you take an initial test and pending those results, it tells you […]

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