Monday, October 6, 2008


In an effort to consolidate my internet presence (and corresponding time spent maintaining said presence), I'm not going to update this blog anymore. Please check out (and bookmark if you wish) my current blog here.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


source: 06-25-08

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tense Standoff

The berkeley tree-sitters are facing more and more challenges lately, as the University of California has decided to forcefully remove the sitters, if possible. I passed by the protest today and stayed for a few minutes to observe. A tense negotiation was going on between the chief of police and a grandmother-looking lady who appeared to be some sort of leader of the tree-sitters. In addition to two rows of fences, the police have now closed the road to car traffic and placed two rows of pedestrian barriers along the street. On the tree side of the barriers are dozens of police officers, and on the other side are 100-150 people. Some are hugging in groups. One is playing a plaintive tune on the clarinet, which others are singing or humming along with. Some people are shouting encouragement to the few remaining people living in the trees. The police chief is not allowing any food or water or supplies into the tree area unless she determines that the sitters are "in distress". It is my understanding that no new supplies have gone in now for almost a week. The sitters evidently had a stockpile of food and water, so it remains to be seen how long they can hold out. The area under the trees is littered with construction equipment, lift trucks, etc, and there are workers there evidently ready to do something at a moments notice.

What would it be like to be a police officer standing behind the wall, sworn to follow the orders you are given? What about a tree-sitter, living up there for the last 19 months, facing the prospect of forceful removal? What about the judge, deciding between preserving old-growth oaks and allowing a new, safer athletic building for the university?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Stood alone on a mountain top,
Starin out at the great divide
I could go east, I could go west,
It was all up to me to decide
Just then I saw a young hawk flyin
And my soul began to rise
And pretty soon
My heart was singin

Roll, roll me away,
Im gonna roll me away tonight
Gotta keep rollin, gotta keep ridin,
Keep searchin till I find whats right
And as the sunset faded
I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time
Next time
We'll get it right

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Mt. Shasta

Last weekend I climbed Mt. Shasta along with five others. It was amazing, and more challenging than I remembered from the last time I climbed it in 1999. :)

Saturday, April 12, 2008


I've been feeling a little restless lately, and I heard that the weather was supposed to be warm and clear here this weekend, so I did some traveling this weekend. As promised, it has been in the 80s (!) here by the bay, which is pretty amazing in itself. The islands, though, speak for themselves:

Angel Island

Farallon Islands

You can bike about 5 paved miles around Angel Island, and there are also a few miles of hiking trails, including a path to the 788-foot summit with 360-degree views. Super cool place to visit.

The Farallon Islands are 25+ miles off the coast of San Francisco, but they eventually appeared after about two hours of chugging against the waves. They are very isolated and rugged, yet home to thousands of birds. There are also some cranes (the human kind) and a few buildings, but I'm really wondering how they get any water out there!