Category Archives: Our Life

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:


Father’s Day Eve

I spent the entire day alone with Hudson today. We colored, played trains, had lunch, watched yesterday’s stage of the Dauphiné and then he helped me (seriously) mow the lawn, pull dandelions and fix the sandbox wall. This is a milestone: it’s the first time one of my kids was actually useful in helping me do work — until now, their “help” always made more work for me.

The best part was that as we worked, he asked me a bunch of questions about why I use this tool, why I did things a certain way, how things work, etc. I felt like my dad because I used to do the same thing to my dad while he worked. My dad’s willingness to answer my questions nurtured in me a lifelong habit of asking questions. I believe that has helped me immeasurably in life. I am happy to be able to pass this on to my kids.

Rozanne’s winning photo

My sister-in-law’s photo was selected to be on the New Mexico lottery tickets (which really are square but not really that big):




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