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As most people know, I’m a Metric/Sports Bike kind of guy. I currently ride around on a fun little Yamaha YZF-R6 that I’ve put 15k+ miles on in the last 2 1/2 years.



One thing I’ve discovered with riding a Metric is that most of the other Metric riders are into racing around and not doing much as a group, other than riding around. One of the reasons that I joined the American Legion Riders out of Post 31. I met some of those guys doing Patriot Guard Rides and they convinced me to join a post all the way over in Salinas CA. I’ve been with them 3 months now and have participated in 2 poker runs, the Warrior Run (raising money to fight soldier suicide), looking to do a parade on Veterans day, etc etc etc.

The only down side is that almost without exception, every one of the other riders at Post 31 rides a Harley Davidson of some sort.  Except Ken, who rides a freaking MONSTER Triumph Rocket 3.

Now, I’m not much of a Harley Davidson kind of guy, well, I guess I am in that I like to do the things the other Harley Davidson riders like to do, with the exception of I like to do it on my sporty little R6.

During the Warrior Run the other day I did see a Harley that I liked and could actually see myself riding.

Nice Harley Davidson

There is just something about the color matched with the leather saddle bags. It was a really nice Harley.  Just don’t tell my cousin Paul. I’ll never hear the end of “When are you going to buy a Harley??” 🙂





Just a picture of where I live. Sometimes it’s nice to just try and remember how beautiful it can be here some times.


This is fisherman’s Warf down in Monterey near sunset. I went down there one night to just walk around and took this picture.


Anyone who is crazy enough to check this site every few months has probably noticed that I’ve almost completely stopped posting over the last year and am only now starting up again.

The reason is that I doubt people want to hear me complain and whine  about how crappy life can be. Over the last year a lot has happened in our lives, and almost all of it bad. I don’t wish to post about things like that. I know there was a lot of little good things too, but when all you can see and feel is an overwhelming depressive haze, well, blogging about that is foolish.

So, since life hasn’t killed me yet, at the suggestion of my eldest, I am going to try and start putting things on this website again. The simple day to day things no one but me and mine really care about. It’s a start though. And frankly that’s what this web site is for. It was a place for family to come see what was happening in our lives, since we are scattered all over the country, and I started this before facebook, myspace, twitter, or any of the other sites came about. Yes, this we page is over 10 years old now. Damn.

So, before anyone asks. Roberta is still alive and doing okay. She’s living on her own a few miles away. She has a nice little place right off Cannery Row and within walking distance of her work. She still works part time. It’s hard for her, but she is still doing it.  I’m not real sure how she is doing cancer wise. She’s still kicking though.

Megan is trying to figure out her life. She’s not doing too well and I’m worried as hell about her, but she’s 18 now and I can’t do anything but hope she figures herself out before falling too far.

Molly is doing well. She’s our little Buddhist minded child. She just doesn’t let things get to her. It’s really strange having a Red headed daughter with a mild manner.

Nora on the other hand is making up for Molly. That child has a temper! Woo buddy. A broken door frame, several times, crashes and bangs and dents in the walls. Welcome to the life of a teenager.

As for me. Well, I’m gettin on. Work is work, I’m looking at moving myself and the Girls to Albuquerque to take a job at Sandia National Labs. I haven’t accepted yet, but it looks like fun and it is a really good offer. What Megan and Roberta are going to do if we do move is up in the air. They may move down or stay here. I can’t predict that right now.

So, that’s where it’s at. Now, back to the show called life.



Believe it or not, Molly and Nora are starting High School today. It’s hard to believe that the girls have grown up so much. Megan is 18 and looking to move out and Molly and Nora are in the 9th grade and going to high school. Wow does time fly.

As you can see by this picture I took this morning, they were less than thrilled about going. 🙂





As Molly put it the other day, “It’s starting to get boring always being in the shallow end of the pool”.  Her reference to how mild life in Pacific Grove is. It’s hard to think about leaving here. It has been a nice place to live. Butterflies, ocean, beaches, small town living. I like living in a small town. It’s been a good place for the girls.

Molly and Nora on the Pier

So, why would we think about leaving here? Let us just say that things are not all they appear to be in this happy little community or within our family.

I currently have a standing offer at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque New Mexico. It’s a chance to move back into the realm of the big boys. I’ve already been told if I take the job that I will most likely be working on the integration of Sandia systems to Sequoia. only the fastest computer in the world last year, it’s 4th fastest now.  Plus the current systems at Sandia and the big buys coming down the line. Like I said, back onto the porch with the big dogs.

Moving to Albuquerque would lower our cost of living by about 35% while I would only be taking a 10% pay cut. A new place. A new adventure. It is tempting, very tempting.

Check back in a few months and see if we’re still posting about Pacific Grove or if we’re posting about Albuquerque. That’ll be a good way to tell if we accepted the job or not. 🙂


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