Category archives: personal

  • The Full Remodel | Brand New Website!

  • A revamp had been brewing in my mind, but I didn't just want to redecorate or throw down a new paint color. I wanted the full remodel-- new cabinets, tiled backsplash, and everything. I'm talking about my website, of course. It was time for a structural overhaul, not just a new blog theme.The ke[...]
  • Los Angeles | 60 Days of Jetting

  • Downtown Los Angeles. I shouted bye to Jon and Will as they crossed the street and headed to their meeting. I walked down the street with camera in hand, no smart phone, no maps, just a mental picture in my head that told me how not to get too lost. This used to be one of my favorite activities. Goi[...]
  • Seattle & Shang Chen

  • If I just concentrate for a moment, I can conjure it all back. The amazing overlooks, late-afternoon blue skies, and the feeling of being in this beautiful city with no obligations-- only an open day to explore and spend time with friends. Seattle has a vibe not unlike the Bay Area's.Despite its[...]
  • All You Can Jet!

  • Sometimes I dream about the jetsetter lifestyle-- not only flying to all kinds of places, but actually doing so spontaneously. I could wake up in the morning and think, I'd love to be in New York today,  and voila, be there before sundown!But really, how many people actually have the flexibility[...]
  • Good Morning, Oakland

  • I know it's a matter of familiarity and time. I just moved to San Francisco, and I haven't been there long enough to enjoy it yet. I haven't become a part of the city, and it hasn't become a part of me. I'm not used to this fog, this windy chill, the irony of my new place being even quieter than I k[...]
  • Midwest Tour

  • Even before it hits, you can feel it coming on. It takes but one step from the plane onto the jetway for it to strike in full force. The humidity. The heat. It's a giant cloud stifling you with its sticky, unsolicited embrace.Welcome to Cincinnati.To be honest, I kind of missed it. There's n[...]
  • Love Out Loud-- tafLabs 2010

  • My favorite thing about our "tafLabs" room is not the ten computers or the impressive mass of wires and hard drives everywhere. It's not even the six Canon DSLRs  with all their amazing lenses scattered on all the desks. (And you know how much I love my DSLRs!)No, it has nothing to do with the g[...]
  • Ode to Oakland

  • The afternoon sun entices me out of my desk chair and over to the window. Floor to ceiling, wall to wall, Downtown Oakland. Seven palm trees in front of the Tribune tower, next to the courthouse. OUSD, Laney College off to the left. I've looked at this view a million times, and it still hasn't grown[...]
  • Seattle Sneak Peek

  • It's a struggle every day as the sun battles the clouds. Seattle's gray, dreary reputation is redeemed each day around 2pm when finally, blue peeks through, the sun trumphantly takes over, and the city transforms. Sunny, mid-70s-- beautiful. I leave you with a sneak peek from the Bite of Seattle two[...]
  • Summer Vacation

  • School's out!I love the wonderfully liberating feeling of summer vacation. For those of you who may not know, my "other job" is in education. I've just finished my one year of service as an AmeriCorps member coordinating and teaching an afterschool program here in Oakland. It's quite nice to not[...]
  • San Francisco Detour

  • Driving back from the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco last night, I missed a turn, and Nora (my GPS) decided to take me on a scenic route around the city. As I drove along The Embarcardero, the Ferry Building came into view, perfectly lit against the sparkling lights of the Bay Bridge. All of t[...]
  • Mount Tamalpais

  • I am not exactly an outdoorsy person. I am quite the opposite of the athletic, adventure-sports type, and I prefer to have internet and running water around as much as possible. But somehow, I rather like the idea of camping. It speaks to the quiet explorer side of me-- being able to break routine, [...]