Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

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iPhone X in my hands.

Oh boy!


Twitter reigns supreme for pure comedy gold:

Early bird gets the mountain

Visiting my father-in-law in Northern California provides many opportunities for outdoor fun. 10 years ago I hiked up Mt. Lassen and this morning I hiked it again. Getting to the trailhead early I was 3rd vehicle in the lot and only one had people. This is significant for the following reason. A minivan rolled up with squealing preteen girls going apeshit about the snow. Cool, I get it. Been there as a dad and coach, but today was for some outdoors and nature. Onward. I got to the trailhead and started the ascent at 7:15am. The wind was brutal and cold. It was easily in the 40 degree range. I’d guess the wind was hitting 25 to 40 mph and only gaining shelter on the westward zigzag portion of the hike in the last mile provided any relief from the punishment. I pushed on and hit the crater top at 8:30am after 2 1/2 miles of work.

A brief snow section at the summit was interesting to see this late in June. Snow patches were plentiful at the summit.

The view towards Mt. Shasta were amazing. I just sat and stared while eating a snack off the trail and snow.

The volcanic action that was responsible for the upheaval that blew off the top of the mountain is very apparent. Everywhere you look you can see huge lava rocks. Frozen in time for the last 100 years the rocks are an eerie reminder of the destruction that occurred.

In the subalpine zone below 8,500 feet of elevation the whitebark pines dominate the trail. Twisted up and gnarled these trees are strong and have endured for ages.

Lots of snow at the crater top. The absolute summit is in the left rear. Completely overcrowded nonsense.

Looking west you can see all the way to Redding and beyond.

Leaving the park I stopped and enjoyed this vista of the mountain about a huge meadow.

Jet boat driver!

My wife and I had a wild ride in my father in law’s jet boat! Full throttle!

Whiskeytown Lake

Having a blast in Northern California.

Beyond Meat Prosucts

If you’re curious about food and are thinking of switching to a plant-based diet but have concerns try a Beyond Meat burger. They’re full of flavor and the texture is sure to please people that don’t care for traditional veggie burgers.

These grill up great and take the place of animal burgers very very well. It’s a great step in the right direction.


We were up early this morning for my middle daughter’s CalSouth State Cup round of 32 game. The drive to Irvine, CA took an hour and forty two minutes. Loads of traffic near the end of the 104 mile drive.

The game itself was a great match. Lots of hard play and neither team gave an inch. A total of 6 yellow cards were thrown and lots of passion was shown by both squads. My daughter plays a central defender position and she was a rock. She handles the D like a champ.

The game ended 1-1 and went to PKs. Unfortunately they lost 3-2. I’m still proud of the Aztecs 02 girls for giving it their all.

After the game we headed to Newport Beach. I’ve never taken the family to the coast in the area of SoCal. I was last over here in 1991. I lost my car keys at The Wedge back then and handed come back. It was a great time relaxing in the warm air and just doing nothing. My wife requested I put on some reggae. After a few songs I completely dozed off and fell asleep in my chair! It wasn’t the chill vibe that pushed me over. It was waking up at 5:30am and then driving over 100 miles. Life is a workout some days.

Life is good. Hi-5!

Annoyance and happiness

Going through space on this wet rotating rock I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and talking to many people from different countries and cultures. I’ve worked with religious and non-religious people, haters, lovers, and people that I wouldn’t want to ever see again. I’m sure this is normal and I am not alone. The shared humanity that we experience should accommodate everyone regardless of their origin or views. Thousands of years of war and conflict shows us that we do indeed have differing views but we’re all together on earth sharing the resources and trying to find something good to eat. Scanning the digital landscape of privacy and data getting tossed around by marketers I’m pretty sure we’ve crossed the void into a new era of hyper-targeted advertising that’s swayed generations of people into smaller, tighter tribes that are having a negative effect on society. People are clutching their ideas so tightly they’re missing the other side’s opinions, and often missing the facts. The next year will be a revolutionary turn in the USA’s history. The youth are rising up and change is coming. Hang on tight!


Chillin’ under the palm trees drinking a Lagunitas IPA at a youth soccer tournament. Living life!!!

So long Facebook

I’m done with Facebook. The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal was enough. Follow me here or Twitter. Stay tuned.

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