Monday, August 30, 2010

Nice Salad

The New Belgium Hub restaurant serves a variety of New Belgium beers on draft at Concourse B in the Denver International Airport. I paired their 1554 ale with some chili cheese fries for a delightful afternoon snack.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Street Performer

On Pearl Street in Boulder. Clever schtick, but I only caught the last part of the act.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Soccer game

Boulder, Colorado.

Friday, August 27, 2010

920 Special

Swing dancing in San Francisco.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Garden Bounty

Very mild summer this year (up until Monday). The melons in the garden are tiny and the tomato crop sparse.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Corn Palace

When we moved to Silicon Valley at the height of the dot-com bubble, we were surprised to see that there were still farms and orchards here. There was still a huge cherry orchard right in the middle of Sunnyvale, right where the Cherry Orchard apartments and shopping center are right now.

I suppose this is the future site of the Corn Field condominiums.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Marshall Wall

The Marshall "Wall" is a section of Marshall Petaluma Road known to cyclists stretching eastward from Highway 1 at the town of Marshall, California. I've ridden over it as part of the Marin Century, and most recently as part of the Holstein Hundred ride out of Tomales. I've only ever ridden it from the "back" side, which is a long climb but not much of a "wall."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Holstein Hundred

Hundreds of bicyclists yesterday started from Tomales High School to ride the Holstein Hundred, a fundraising bike ride for West Marin Senior Services. The day was cool and overcast. I overheard one woman at the start saying that the 52-degree morning was "warmer than it was last year."

We had chosen the 67-mile route, which claimed to have 2000 feet of climbing. At the third rest stop, Steve said that his computer had already measured over 3500 feet of climbing, and someone had also told him that the 67-mile course was actually 72 miles. So we headed left out of the rest stop instead of right, cutting out a 10-mile loop to Bodega. We ended up with 60 miles for the day, and about 4500 feet of climbing.

Much of the ride was through dairy farmland. The terrain was mostly rolling hills. There was a lot of climbing, but they were lots of small hills as opposed to a few very long ones.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Nice Salad

Stonefruit salad; classic Caesar; soy roasted tofu; California rolls;
sauteed summer vegetables; BBQ roasted chicken pizza.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Broken Tiles

No particular reason why I took this shot.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stevens Creek Trail

Stevens Creek has been totally dry for months, but the summer has been very mild.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Messy desk

This was not staged -- it's a found shot.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Dim Sum

The most exciting store to open recently in Sunnyvale is the Dim Sum King, located in the shopping mall at the corner of El Camino and Hollenbeck. Dim sum to go!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Three Globes

I hope that someday downtown Sunnyvale will be half as nice as Mountain View's Castro Street.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Evelyn Station

While Caltrain takes a fairly direct route and logical route down the San Francisco peninsula, VTA light rail offers a more Byzantine experience. The closest station to central Sunnyvale is in Mountain View. Sunnyvale has its own light rail station up on Tasman, which would be in a direct line between Mountain View and Milpitas; and light rail does go to Milpitas, but to get there from Mountain View requires a transfer in order to continue traveling in a straight line.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Palo Alto Bowl

There are two great things about Palo Alto Bowl. (1) It's not fancy. There's no cosmic bowling. There are no waitresses in skanky outfits bringing overpriced drinks to you. Normal people bowl there. (2) There's a really nice selection of beers on tap, including Guinness, Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada, and Anchor Steam.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Mushroom Forest

It has been a mild summer, and I saw these growing in the shade on my way to get a newspaper Sunday morning.

Sunday, August 01, 2010


Hidden away in a suburban shopping center in the Canyon district of Redwood City is a hole-in-the-wall tacqueria decorated in the theme of Día de los Muertos.