Kitesurfing Waddell in Heels

And they said it couldn’t be done. I fully kited in heels. Not cheater kiting in heels where the shoes are bolted to the board. Straight up heels on strapless surfboard. I made full turn and rode in toeside. It was also the freakin’ coldest day of the year! I would have stayed out longer […]

Dare of the Day: Accept the Compliment

When someone extends a compliment does your gut recoil? Does some part of you panic and search desperately for a place to hide? Is your response to stammer denials and a discounting of the compliment? This is one of the very few times it may be wise to question your gut. Blah, blah, blah, we all […]

Road Trip Day 12: I’m on a boat!

Ferry regulars are over the whole sundeck thing – especially on a chilly, cloudy day like today. I had the bow mostly to myself for a Titanic  “I’m queen of the world!” moment. True, it’s only a workhorse ferry crossing. But exhilaration can happen anywhere. The water is rushing beneath the deck and the wind […]

Road Trip Day 11: Finally some kiting

I finally used the kite gear I’ve dragged one thousand one hundred and two miles. As eager as I was to actually use the gear I’ve been dragging in and out of hotel rooms and my car you’d think I’d have gotten out on the water quicker. This is the first time I’ve kited a […]

Road Trip Day 3: Panoramas & Paranoias

For the full 700+ miles I’ve traveled I’ve continued my experiment of no auditory input and treating driving as a mediation practice. I’m getting better at letting the thoughts about things I can’t do anything abut at that moment go. Barreling down Oregon mountain highways at 65 miles per hour, there’s not much you can […]

Road Trip Day 2: Crater Lake – Serenity & Vigor

I arrived too late for the Crater Lake snow experience and too early for the Crater Lake summer experience, but my experience was juuust right. There is still double overhead snow at the lake. The gift shop with absurdly over priced future landfill emblazoned with “Crater Lake” is of course open. As is the, packed […]

Nerdtastic Road Trip

Lord help me, I’ve become the digital age version of my mother. When we went on trips as kids mom had The Envelope. This was the life line of the trip. Above all else the envelope was to be protected. And no one besides mom was to touch it. What looked to the untrained eye like random […]

Hell’s IT Department

I’m fairly convinced that bad UI design proof that Hell is real and that the demon hordes have pivoted  — shifting from lurking in dark corners to pick us off one soul at a time to utilizing technology to torment humanity and to corrode our souls with a slow, steady drip of frustration & irritation. Giving […]