Saturday, June 6, 2020

Street art

I have a feeling this mural that was created on Friday morning will have a lasting impact (even if it is soon removed from the street). The photographer is not credited, but it came from an article in This is Colossal.

16th Street NW, Washington, DC


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Fog at the track

East Field, University of California, Santa Cruz
It was a windy, foggy day at the UC Santa Cruz track today. For a more typical day here, see Track of Dreams.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Jamie on the road

Santa Cruz, California
Jamie leading the way to Cave Gulch (beyond the trees).

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Empire Grade fog

Empire Grade meadow, opposite UC Santa Cruz
The fog persisted well past mid-morning today. This old road heads south toward Moore Creek before turning east and leading into the Cave Gulch section of Wilder Ranch State Park.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Track of dreams

East Field track, University of California, Santa Cruz
The track at UC Santa Cruz is not a standard distance (just a tad over 800 meters), but the setting is sublime, sitting high over Monterey Bay. It merits a mention in Outside Online's list of the most scenic tracks in the country.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

UCSC slug billboard


The signs on the side of UCSC's barn theater change every couple of weeks. A few weeks ago, they seemed (in retrospect) a bit too prescient:

University of California, Santa Cruz 
On Monday (4/20), normally a very busy day in Santa Cruz, I ran past the barn theater and found Jim Urban painting these over with a new billboard that has a timely message to banana slugs everywhere. (The banana slug is the UCSC mascot and students and alumni are also referred to as banana slugs.)

UCSC barn theater
Jim Urban has been hand-sketching and hand-painting these billboards since 1978. More on Jim Urban here.



Saturday, April 18, 2020

UCSC trails

UCSC, Santa Cruz, California
The parks, trails, and beaches of Santa Cruz were closed last week to cut down on gatherings during Easter weekend. They have reopened, and I was able to run on some of the trails on the UC Santa Cruz campus this morning. This has to be one of the most unique college campuses in the country. There are meadows and fields full of cows, deer, and coyotes. And there are wild turkeys in the redwood forests and ravines. Somehow, they manage to hide 20,000 students up here in the hills.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Math is real

From YouTube (produced by Priorities USA): Exponential Threat 
Unfortunately, you cannot make exponential growth go away with lies. See the video at Exponential Threat.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Sunrise at Moore Creek

Moore Creek Preserve, Santa Cruz, California
Early morning run at Moore Creek from last October. My knee has been out of commission (for long runs) for a while, but I'm hoping to get back there soon.

Monday, March 23, 2020

WFH commute

Santa Cruz, California
23 cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County today, up from 15 on Friday.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Sunset over Buffalo

Lake Erie, New York
We flew to Boston last month, as the novel coronavirus was just ramping up in the United States. That seems like ages ago.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

WFH commute


Pogonip from the Lookout, Santa Cruz, California

After a week of working from home, I've figured out that I need to replace my morning and afternoon bike commute to and from the bus with something similar. A bike ride, a run, a walk. I miss both the activity and the contemplation, especially on my evening ride. And the routine is comforting too. I do not miss the long bus ride, however.

We have a long way to go, and I'm sure my routine will evolve, but I'm also sure that an afternoon or morning ride/run/walk will be part of it.





Monday, May 27, 2019

The Coffee Experiment

An old post that I never published (until now).

Photo by Libby Bacher
George Sheehan, the doctor/runner/writer from Red Bank, New Jersey, used to say that everyone is "an experiment of one."

In that spirit, I started an experiment in August (of 2014). During the week, I drank no coffee. On the weekends, I went to the Companion Bakeshop here in Santa Cruz to get a coffee or my favorite latte. During the first week, I got no headaches. However, during subsequent weeks, I got a headache every Monday night.

Once September rolled around, I decided to cut out caffeine completely for a couple of weeks. No Monday-night headaches. Then I decided that maybe it was safe to have a latte once in a while. So I had a nice latte one Sunday, which supercharged me for the  day. But come Monday night, I got a bad headache once again.

So it appears that (for me at least), the caffeine wears off after about 24 hours and I get a headache from withdrawal. I'm sorry, because I love coffee and especially a nice latte. But paying the price of a headache is too dear. I suppose I could compensate by drinking coffee all the time, but I actually feel better not drinking caffeine regularly.

I may have to embarrass myself by asking baristas for decaf latte, but it beats a headache.