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Half Dome Header Image

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Time for a new website header image, and this is a personal favorite for many reasons. This was taken from a single engine Cessna back around 1988 or so. I was working at a company call “21st Century Products”; a distributor of haircare and salon products like shampoo, conditioner and such. My boss was Jack Marks, a man I consider a dear friend to this day. He’d invited me to join his older son and he on a plane flight with his son’s friend who had his flying license, or was racking air miles, or something along that nature. So we met early in the morning at some airport around Fremont, and flew out to some remote airport where we walked through an old Ghost Town to some place for lunch and flew back.

All those details are foggy. But what I do remember are three very distinct events. One of which was the decision to fly into Yosemite Valley and “buzz” Half Dome. It’s apparently not kosher to do so, or perhaps even illegal, but we did it anyway, and it was incredible. We flew right over the top…. close enough that when I looked down all i saw was the granite surface below and a sudden drop as we crossed over the face and looked down into the valley. It remains one of my “deathbed moments” to this day. This photo was shot as we were circling around above it.

The other two distinct memories? Doing a momentary “free fall” that caused my camera to fly out of my hands but be caught by the experienced and aware son of Jack. And buzzing a nearby dam, where we skimmed above the water and pulled up at the last minute to avoid colliding with the cement dam at the last minute.

And yes, I literally did fall to my knees and kiss the ground when we landed :-)

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07/28/2007 at 9:35 am

Balls to the Wall

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I’ve become fond of referring to my present workload and the related stress level by using the analogy of playing three concurrent games of tennis on parallel courts. Well today I feel like I just froze in place, overwhelmed and beaten down by the sense of futility of it all, while the sounds of the unreturned volleys echoed across the court surfaces and bounced against the long wall behind me. I just stopped running. It became too much. And although the weekend ahead may provide a moment to breathe between sets, the fact that I’ll have the responsibility of walking about to gather all the shots I let fly by me in a moment of frustrated exhaustion weighs heavy on my mind.

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07/27/2007 at 11:28 pm

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I See iPhones. All the Time. They’re Everywhere.

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Everywhere I look today, around every corner I turn, in the hands of numeous people I see walking about or in meetings or sitting in a cafe, I see iPhones. And it’s not just my imagination or my eyes playing tricks on me. They are everywhere. Some in hands, some in desk cradles, some still in boxes. For today is the first day of the iPhone distribution at work, and by the looks of things, there’s not many waiting until day two. It’s quite an exciting day. So far. Earning have not been announced yet so we’ll see how that goes in a short while.

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07/25/2007 at 1:40 pm

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I See iPhones. All the Time. They’re Everywhere.

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Everywhere I look today, around every corner I turn, in the hands of numeous people I see walking about or in meetings or sitting in a cafe, I see iPhones. And it’s not just my imagination or my eyes playing tricks on me. They are everywhere. Some in hands, some in desk cradles, some still in boxes. For today is the first day of the iPhone distribution at work, and by the looks of things, there’s not many waiting until day two. It’s quite an exciting day. So far. Earning have not been announced yet so we’ll see how that goes in a short while.

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07/25/2007 at 1:40 pm

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All That It Takes…. All That It Takes…

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There’s no beginning to describe the chaos that has been the past few weeks at work, and last night, finally, I thought I’d wrapped up the final pieces of an effort that had come unravelled the day before. Unravelled, that is, from the wrapping up of the final pieces the night before that. As happened the day before that. And the day before that day. Seeing a pattern? Same as it ever was…. same as it ever was…

So today, I’m sitting here, going through these all too familiar motions yet again, and I’m in a dower mood. I’ve got my ipod on, headphones in, my office door almost shut and a “LMTFA” look on my face. I’m focused.

Or I was, that is, until the drum beat of “Girlfriend is Better” started playing in my ears. Suddenly, my grim face is atop a pair of slightly bobbing shoulders. The body takes the hint, the mind rewinds to the absolute greatest party I ever held (at which the entire “Speaking in Tounges” CD was on non-stop play while the room danced and shuffled about) and suddenly, the day is not so grey. With a little help from the Talking Heads, I’ll get through another long day.

♬ Stop making sense, stop making sense…stop making sense, making sense. ♬

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07/24/2007 at 1:06 pm

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All That It Takes…. All That It Takes…

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There’s no beginning to describe the chaos that has been the past few weeks at work, and last night, finally, I thought I’d wrapped up the final pieces of an effort that had come unravelled the day before. Unravelled, that is, from the wrapping up of the final pieces the night before that. As happened the day before that. And the day before that day. Seeing a pattern? Same as it ever was…. same as it ever was…

So today, I’m sitting here, going through these all too familiar motions yet again, and I’m in a dower mood. I’ve got my ipod on, headphones in, my office door almost shut and a “LMTFA” look on my face. I’m focused.

Or I was, that is, until the drum beat of “Girlfriend is Better” started playing in my ears. Suddenly, my grim face is atop a pair of slightly bobbing shoulders. The body takes the hint, the mind rewinds to the absolute greatest party I ever held (at which the entire “Speaking in Tounges” CD was on non-stop play while the room danced and shuffled about) and suddenly, the day is not so grey. With a little help from the Talking Heads, I’ll get through another long day.

♬ Stop making sense, stop making sense…stop making sense, making sense. ♬

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07/24/2007 at 1:06 pm

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Not News To Me

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My brother-in-law and I exchanged a few “Global Warming” related emails this weekend, and they awoke a sleeping beast within. There’s about 38 at last count, so to be more specific, it awoke the one that has an absolute distain for the “mainstream press” in our society. The primary thread/discussion was around the habit that the press has of running around screaming about the impending doom of Global Warming when there’s a significant spike in a regional temperature, but they fall strangely silent about the issues when the weather turns cool and balmy.

Imagine that.
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07/24/2007 at 8:08 am

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