Poem by George Bilgere

This was the poem of the day on Writer’s Almanac and it really struck a chord. Thought I’d put it here so that I didn’t lose it. It’s amazing and wonderful that we can catch up with friends and loved ones while dining alone in a cafe, it’s comforting not to have to eat alone. … Read more

Badger Pass powder

Tom Feb 14
Tom skiing
With all the snow that has been falling lately in Yosemite, Tom and I have been taking advantage of having Badger Pass basically in our backyard. Even on weekends that we have dedicated to working on house projects, we can often manage to sneak in a least a few turns. Not only has the snow been falling, but it’s been falling low and light, which makes for excellent skiing.

On a personal note, this year I’m starting to feel like it would be OK again for me to get shaken up a little bit, and take a few falls, if you know what I mean. I’m still pretty tentative, but on a relative basis it’s a huge step up from where I was last year. When the snow was firmer I got in a few runs on the NASTAR course, trying to go as fast as I could, and now I’m hitting some rougher terrain with more confidence, and taking some falls. I keep thinking it would be fun to ski some steeps in Tahoe one of these weekends, but of course there is always so much to do.

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New Yamaha YDP233 Piano

I have a new piano! I have a new piano! I’ve only been wanting one for, lets see, 19 years or so. Basically since I moved out of my parents’ home and went to college. Unlike a piccolo, or even a guitar, pianos don’t lend themselves to moving around or small spaces, so it’s never … Read more

National Geographic likes me

[Written by Tom] Much to my surprise, National Geographic is buying one of my pictures to use on the cover of one of its Trails Illustrated maps. They are doing a new series of maps of Yosemite that will divide the park into four quadrants and do a high-quality, fairly large-scale map (50′ contour intervals) … Read more

Another new page: art stuff

I put up another new page today – with a couple of pictures that I drew. You can get to it by clicking here, or you can sort of navigate there by going to the 'Leaning Tower' page on the navigation bar on the left to access the rest of my pages, and then click … Read more