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One Year and 1,000 Miles with Bessie the VW Bus


February ’15 1. Miss a box jump at CrossFit. Grind my shin with full bodyweight. 2. I think it’s almost to the bone. Fist sized swelling. “Just walk it off.” 3. Hydrogen peroxide vs. stitches. I choose peroxide.  Four days later 4. Pain and redness…more pain. Visit doctor.  5. “OH MY GOD! VHAT DID YOU [...]

My Dirty Laundry

My Dirty Laundry

Note: this is one of those blog posts without a punchline, let alone a solid point. Tonight en-route a six-hour flight, I just felt like writing about the moment that lingers the most from my trip thus far. How’s that for a compelling opener? I’m in the midst of a week of business travel and [...]

Hanging for the Weekend: Surfing, and…Hair Swag?


This weekend it was just me and the kiddo’s, Royce and Zoe. “RoZo.” We had a great time, and if for nothing other than a mental memory for me down the road, I thought I’d capture highlights. Mostly a pictorial review, with a few captions summarizing along the way. 30-minutes in and RoZo have jumped [...]

The Long Road Home: Tuscon, the Marathon, and…The End (part three)

American Flag marathon runner

The final leg of my road trip, part one is here, part two is here, and following is part three. If you are reading this far , I’d suggest listening to this song, the Long Road Home by Mickey Newbury. Maybe as you read this. Or not. It’s a great song. In iTunes you can [...]

The Long Road Home: Part Two

I checked into Tanque Verde on a Wednesday night, and left Saturday morning. During that entire time, I had a fire going from the moment I arrived until the moment I left--as well all through the night, and would wake up to throw more logs on the fire to keep it going. 

For someone that has a hard time sitting still, I did pretty good at it at the ranch--but the fires help, they're mesmerizing. So the big breakthrough I had while in Tucson was with this book I've been struggling to finish. I started it six years ago should've finished it five years ago, and going into this week I was probably 70% "done." The problem was, I hated it. Every time I opened the document to work on it, I just didn't like it. The writing, structure, order, voice. There's nothing I liked about it. It has been 70% done for years. 

So this week, I started over. Completely over. Brand new document. Didn't carry over one word from the last one (though as I'm sure I write more, stuff will carry over). I started and finished the first chapter, and for the first time I feel like I've got some of my writing mojo back. I'm not sure what the lesson in this is, I mean surely it can't be when things are hard just ditch 'em and start over. But at the same time, maybe with some things, you do...

Anyways, this was THE breakthrough for me this week on the road trip (so far). If I hadn't lost myself with the scenes of the southwest outside and the crackling fireplace inside, away from all internet connectivity and my Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/emails/surfing/texting and all other distractions, I'm not sure I would have ever had the realization that to get to where I wanted to go, I'd have to break free from what I'd done. 

I also realized that I have to unplug my life more. Yes, many of you have been telling me, and encouraging me, to do this for years. I know, and you were right. But I just had to learn it for myself.

I made it to Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday evening, and I pretty much caught up my highlight events from the first leg of my road trip with this post here. Though, I’m adding a a few more pics to the below “Part Two” even though they were from the first leg because they were fun [...]

The Long Road Home

Before leaving for my road trip back West, RoZo got their ears pierced. They were pretty excited as you can tell. Me? Ahhhhhh, well...I warmed up to the idea, eventually.

This weekend I started the trip west, from Naples Florida. I’m driving. I flew to Florida, expecting to buy a ticket back to California at some point in January, but because I have a bad habit, I mean affliction, strong enthusiasm for cars and road trips, I am driving home. Tonight I made it into [...]

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