Month: November 2011


  1. I’m thankful that I spend morning, noon and night with Gay every day and yet I want to spend more time with her. I’m thankful for her and for her willingness to be in my life.
  2. My kids who teach me over and over how much I love being alive. They also teach me over and over that I must continually improve myself.
  3. Our house. For the first time in my life, I feel like I live in a home. And I’m thankful that I got to be so involved in its renovation and had so much fun doing it working with great people.
  4. The Pacific Northwest. I am thankful that I get to live in one of the most beautiful, and reasonably-populated, places in the world.
  5. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to pursue my life’s dreams and to shape my life the way I wanted to. And even more thankful that I still have that freedom.
  6. I’m healthy; I’m thankful for the knowledge that one day I won’t be.
  7. Beer. It’s the icing on the cake for me and I (usually) don’t drink as much of it as I’d like to.
  8. Programming. It’s exercise for my brain that I’ve enjoyed for a lifetime. I feel like a kid when I get to write code and solve new little problems.
  9. My home gym. I wouldn’t exercise if it weren’t for convenient access to exercise equipment. It’s my daily addiction. And I’m thankful specifically for the specific equipment I have that makes exercise fun.
  10. My doctors at PacMed. My life today (and tomorrow) is better because of them.

Favorite time of year

Fall is my favorite time of year: temperatures are a little cooler, you can smell fireplaces in the air, the leaves turn colors, the best beers of the year start coming out, Halloween, my birthday and my favorite holiday (Thanksgiving) arrives, football is on, and it’s lighter in the morning and darker earlier and the light just feels better to me.

Fall on Capitol Hill

I took this photo while out walking around the neighborhood. I wish I took a photo of the red leaves up ahead, they were so bright red on one side and pink on the other, it looked like Valentine’s Day. Havana would’ve loved it.



Today I’m at the meaningful age of 42. I’m officially not young any more. Looking back, I was a kid being pulled by a fire inside trying my best with my limited abilities and somehow ended up having a fun, lucky and very fortunate life…
I want to dance with this fire
Because it’s all that I know
As the spotlight turns towards me
I just try my best to show
We are lost
We are freaks
We are crippled
We are weak
We are the heirs
To all the world

Looking forward, I want to build a new fire and show my kids and help them build theirs.

Let’s go
Build a fire
Down on the empty beach where the waves are crashing high
White heat, purify as the sparks fly up into the great black sky
Sacrifice these crutches to the crackling flame
Stand as silhouettes against the dawn
It’s far too late to try to sleep now
It seems I’m never tired anymore

This old song from my youth always seemed so relevant to me. It inspired me then and still seems to.