Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I've been in Florida helping my Mom out.  She got into a bicycle accident and broke her elbow which required surgery.  A plate and some screws later she's already thinking about getting back on her bike.  Here she is with her cat Pickle:


 
She's got three dogs and two cats all ridiculously adorable.  Chica is the Chihuahua, Rocky is the poodle and Miss Kissy is the Yorkie:











Mr. Pete:



I got home on Tuesday.  I'm way behind on every aspect of my life and am looking forward to catching up.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday was my weekly CAT2 ride out to Tiburon.  It was quite a bit warmer than the week before and we had a nice turnout:

 





Now that Alic Shook has moved away, I think that Tye here might be the cutest boy in San Francisco.  But so young!  I'd make a move but I'd be afraid that the 'To Catch a Predator' guy would come jumping out of the bushes and send me off to Chester prison:
























 
It was such a treat to see Miss Gaus up all the way from the Peninsula:



We got done very early and I went home and got cleaned up.  We had a dinner party later that night.  Ben and Courtney, the Smith Fangs and Wanderson showed and we had Fondue and crabcakes for dinner.  That broke up pretty early and we all went to bed.  Fun day!

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today44.0
Week to date98.1
Month to date282.6
Year to date282.6
To Goal7,717.4
Over (Under) plan(221.5)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year42.4
Rolling Year522.8
Since Inception 10/1/0740,750.3

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

It's finally warmed up to normal winter temps in the Bay Area.  I came into work on Muni on Thursday because I had to bring some cookies in for a departing coworker and the breakage rate when I bring them in my backpack is unacceptable.  I headed home for lunch and got my bike and went for a nice ride after work.  I rode 2nd to Townsend.  This is the view looking down Townsend from 3rd:



I continued on Townsend into Kansas to 17th to Potrero.  There's a lot of progress on the huge new addition to San Francisco General.  It seems to be looking less imposing as the structure nears completion:



Me:



I continued on Potrero to 24th to Bryant to Precita to Mission.  I'm not sure where I took this pic--  somewhere on Mission maybe??



I continued on Mission to Alemeny to Geneva to Ocean to Harold to Holloway to Ashton to Pico to Urbano to Moncada to Cerritos to Winston to 20th to Ocean to Clearfield into 34th to Yorba to Crestlake to Wawona to 33rd to Vicente to 16th to Taravel to Merced to Hernandez to Laguna Honda to Portola to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.  After dinner I got cleaned up and we to bed early. 

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today19.5
Week to date54.1
Month to date238.6
Year to date238.6
To Goal7,761.4
Over (Under) plan(199.8)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year(1.6)
Rolling Year478.8
Since Inception 10/1/0740,706.3

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I've been blogging with Xanga since 2006 and I'm not entirely crazy about them.  Xanga has ceased to be a blog source that many people use and I've decided that I wanted a second blog for cooking to keep track of the things that I've made because I find recipes all over the place and sometimes I have a hard time finding them again.  Xanga doesn't support having two blogs at the same time and, although it's not gonna kill me to log out and then log back in as the other blog, I've decided to give blogger another chance.  When I last looked at blogger in 2008 I think, it didn't have photos, traffic and blogging as seamlessly integrated as Xanga did so I gave it a pass.  It's much nicer than Xanga now and the only hurdle that I've got left is a financial one--  I've paid for all this storage space on Xanga into perpetuity.  The solution that I've come up with is to continue to blog on Xanga but to then post that on blogger so that the entries come up on my blogger site but the photos are stored on the Xanga site.  I see how that goes.  If I really like blogger I can migrate all of my old posts there and keep blogging on both spaces until I run out of photo storage on Xanga and then just continue forward with blogger.  My aim is for the blogger sites to be the ones that get posted to facebook.  It seems like an extra step but it's a fast extra step and I think one that I'm willing to make so that people can click on my profile on blogger and get access to both my blogs.  Developing.  Here are some links:

My old Xanga blog
My new Blogger blog
My new cooking blog

Wednesday was super cold again and I went for another long walk before work.  I headed up over Clarendon and made my way to Forest Hill.  Forest Hill Muni station is super fantastic and is by a huge margin the prettiest (from the exterior) transit station in the city:



This is the view looking down Lenox from Taravel:



I made my way over to pretty St. Francis Wood and took a bunch of pics:







These fabulous homes are on Moncada:





These are new rental buildings that have gone up by City College.  I like them a lot and think they do a lot for the neighborhood:



I saw this sign by a McDonalds by City College.  I love that they have to remind you that the McRib contains meat.  There's a vegan version called Riblets that I'm a big fan of.  It tastes to me pretty much like what I remember the McRib tasting like and I'm not troubled by whatever ghoulish process had to go on to convert a pig into that sandwich.  Win!



I made my way to Balboa Park BART and came into work.  My walk came in at 5.4 miles.  I headed home for lunch and got my bike.  After work I headed off Sutter to Polk to Pacific to Webster to Clay to Spruce.  I love that this superfantastic home still has it's lights up.  I think they should leave them up until the tree goes into bloom:



I took Washington to Arguello to Lake to 28th to California to 32nd to Clement to 34th to Cabrillo and headed toward to coast.  The sun had almost set and I wanted to get a pic of it before it was gone:



I continued on Cabrillo to 47th to Fulton to the Great Highway.  I managed to make it to the beach before the light was gone.  I love Ocean Beach right after sunset.  It's like the water is glowing and the horizon looks like an abstract expressionist painting.  Perfection:



I took the Great Highway to Kirkham to 7th into Laguna Honda to Portola to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.  I made some cookies for a departing coworker and they turned out very well.  Click here for the recipe on my cooking blog:






You can find the recipe I used on my cooking blog here.  I cleaned up the kitchen and went to bed.  I was beat.

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today18.6
Week to date34.6
Month to date219.1
Year to date219.1
To Goal7,780.9
Over (Under) plan(197.3)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year5.2
Rolling Year433.0
Since Inception 10/1/0740,686.8

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday morning I continued in my series of 'it way too cold for biking so I'm walking to work the long way'.  I started off by heading to Alamo Square which has no shortage of fantastic Victorians:



The view looking down Fulton from Scott:















I headed down to City Hall and took a bunch of pics:









Then I headed up Polk.  Polk is slowly getting nicer east of California.  There's pretty recent construction everywhere you look:



Then it was up to the top of the Vallejo steps:







I walked to North Beach and then came to work down Columbus.  I'd never notice the slogan for the restaurant 'The Stinking Rose' before:



I headed home for lunch and got my bike but elected to go hang out with Mr. Chris after work instead of riding.  After, I headed home for dinner and then we went to bed.  It had been a very long day.

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today8.1
Week to date16.0
Month to date200.5
Year to date200.5
To Goal7,799.5
Over (Under) plan(194.0)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year(13.4)
Rolling Year414.4
Since Inception 10/1/0740,668.2