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Suddenly Fall

November 18, 2014 at 7:54 am | No Comments »

Monday brought gloom and cold. Well cold for coastal California. Of course it’s my cue to head to the water. Sorry for the wind noise at Crissy Field. Met up with my pal Joe for Friday morning waffles. Made three more great Blue Apron meals. Bitched about self checkouts. And cute cats. Plenty of cute cats.

Stinky Air

November 11, 2014 at 7:43 am | No Comments »

Not sure what was in the air on Monday but it wasn’t pleasant. Don’t think I let it get to me too much though. Busy days turned the week into a blur. Punctuated with the cats being extra cute. Or something. Got our second Blue Apron box. Three more great meals. Really loving this service.

Nothing to Say

November 4, 2014 at 7:50 am | No Comments »

Got our first Blue Apron box. All three meals proved quite tasty. Strongly recommend. November arrives and I commemorate the occasion by washing the i3 while wearing short sleeves. The SF time-shifted summer just won’t quit.

Good Start

October 28, 2014 at 6:36 am | No Comments »

Gorgeous weather. Whirlwind of activities during the days. Cute cats. Really starting to see the shorter daylight hours. Frustration over not finding public charging. Don’t buy an electric car! And adventures with the guys over the weekend.


October 22, 2014 at 6:46 am | No Comments »

We’re not going to discuss how chocolate got on the i3 seat. Suffice to say it did. Proved to be a persistent little stain, too. Cute cats. Coffee with my pal Joe and his nerd credentials. Great view driving over Nob Hill. And a dull weekend of married bliss. See you next week.

Back Into This

October 15, 2014 at 6:44 am | No Comments »

Average week as I try to get back into the vlog habit. Not too successful. Or not a very exciting week. We’re in the midst of the typical San Francisco Summer in October. Mostly cloud and fog free days so the sun really heats things up. Cute cats. Pals. And Fleet Week which means sailors in town.

Weird to Say

October 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm | No Comments »

Took longer than expected to recover from the Europe trip so I decided to roll all of September into a single video. Fall semester began. Had wine country and city adventures with Matt and Miguel. i3. Cute cats. And the final weekend, we hopped down to San Diego for a big old gay wedding. Our pals Shannon and Francis put on a perfect celebration.

Brussels Deux

September 15, 2014 at 10:29 am | No Comments »

Final morning in Poperinge. Visited Talbot House and did a quick tour of our room “Eames” at the Hotel Recour. Highly recommended. Then back to Brussels for the final days. Hit the Parc du Cinquantenaire, the excellent Expo 14–18 at the Royal Museum of Military History, and the Musée Magritte Museum among others. Caught the music and light show at Grand Place. Hopefully managed to do it justice here. Then headed home. United botched both flight segments and IAD was an absolute zoo. Not the comfortable conclusion we had in mind but it doesn’t matter. Spectacular trip overall.


September 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm | No Comments »

Made Poperinge our base in West Flanders but spent a lot of time in and around Ieper, Zonnebeke and Passendale. Very heavy on war sites and monuments. Quite interesting even for a history non-scholar like me. Rich was beside himself most of the time because he has devoted years to studying the region. He kept saying he never really expected that he’d get to visit all these places.


August 25, 2014 at 9:24 pm | No Comments »

Woke up in London and took the Eurostar back to Brussels where a fabulous Citroen C4 Picasso awaited us. Caught the Flower Carpet at the Grand Place then stopped by the Atomium before driving to Leuven. Totally charmed by the town. That night we drove over to Aarschot, which was commemorating 100 years since the Germans invade and destroyed the town. Very dramatic to see the town lit by candles only. Saturday we climbed the library bell tower and checked out the M-Museum before driving over to Iepres.