Tour de France 2014 is over

It was one of the most exciting first weeks of a Tour, but once Froome and Contador crashed out and abandoned, the winner was all but set and it became a race for 2nd place. And Americans Talansky and (Tacoma, WA native) Van Garderen had tough races, although finishing 5th is still good. But I’m sad to see it over nevertheless.

Nibali was a great winner, attacking even with a commanding lead already. It was an impressive victory and Nibali is one of only 6 people to win all 3 Grand Tours. Hard to believe his coach wrote him a letter this year telling him he’s disappointed.

Hudson’s 1st tooth

Hudson lost his first tooth today.



Don’t fear failure

The most philosophical sports interview I’ve ever heard:

Previously, I was scared to try something because I was always scared of failure. Once you believe and aren’t scared of the outcome, things become a lot clearer and opportunities arise.

—Michael Rogers, 34, Stage 16 winner in the 2014 Tour de France, his first career TdF win of his career

Most of these interviews with stage winners are about what happened on the road, team tactics, etc.

Those that do are judged by those who tried and found they couldn’t do.

– Morrissey

Optimism logo

C&G&H wrote about our logo again for Print magazine. Apparently, Gay and I are “unusual”, which I think is a compliment. I like that they mention the unofficial 5th ingredient in beer: carbonation.

Overnight in Portland

Gay and I left the kids with Gerene and drove to Portland. We took the Lexus for probably its last road trip with us, which is too bad because I love that car.

We stopped at Prost! for a quick lunch and then down to Canby to JVNW to see our brewery equipment.




After that, we went to Apex with Brandon, our project manager at JVNW, for some beers and then checked into our hotel and then to dinner at Clyde Common. I like Portland, it’s always a fun place to visit, a kind of mini-Seattle to me.

Tour de France 2014

First day and enjoying a Crux Saison…



Cliff Mass gives 11 meteorological explanations for why Seattle has the best summer weather in the world, morning, noon and night. We also have the best Fall, Winter and Spring, in my opinion.


Bill & Melinda Gates understand optimism

From their commencement speech at Stanford, which is all about innovation, empathy and optimism:

Optimism for me isn’t a passive expectation that things will get better; it’s a conviction that we can make things better – that whatever suffering we see, no matter how bad it is, we can help people if we don’t lose hope and we don’t look away.

Optimism is a reason to do something. Pessimism is an excuse to do nothing.

Father’s Day 2014

It took 7 years but I’ve officially been recognized by the international community for my work with children:



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