In 2020, we went electric, replacing our two gas cars, a 2011 Honda Pilot and a 2014 VW Jetta, with two plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), a 2017 Chevy Bolt and a 2021 Tesla Model Y. I had a goal to get our carbon footprint down to zero and going electric was part of that goal. […]Read more "How we unplugged from our gas guzzlers and switched to electric"
[This was originally published on Medium on October 15, 2020.] According to the polls, 40% of all Americans and 80% of Republicans approve of Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus crisis. This is surprising given the facts we are surrounded by. We entered this crisis as the country ranked in 2019 the #1 most prepared country to handle a […]Read more "Trump’s coronavirus response: 175,000 deaths too many"
[UPDATE: CHAZ did eventually become violent and chaotic, but that was a week or two after this post was written.] For those of you who don’t live in Seattle and are wondering what’s going on here I thought I’d fill you in on the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” or CHAZ. If you get your news […]Read more "Fox News can no longer be called journalism"
Saw this on Facebook and had to repost here. This is the original but is only available to subscribers. Irish Times April 25, 2020 By Fintan O’Toole THE WORLD HAS LOVED, HATED AND ENVIED THE U.S. NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE PITY IT Over more than two centuries, the United States has stirred a […]Read more "The sad truth about the US"
My 2020 New Year’s resolution is to learn as much as I can about the climate crisis, to help my family get to a net-zero carbon footprint, and to share my journey with friends. This is the first of many posts about my family’s journey to carbon net-zero and is about what I learned measuring […]Read more "Measuring Our Family’s Carbon Footprint"
This was originally posted on the Taco Time NW Cycling Team website. Cyclocross Nationals was held in Steilacoom, WA this year, just 1 hour south of Seattle. The first time since 1996 that Nationals (Natz in the cyclocross community) was held in Washington offered Seattle area bike racers a chance to race at one of […]Read more "Racing at the 2019 Cyclocross US Championships"
You can help influence smarter gun regulations by boycotting Bell, Giro, Camelbak and Blackburn. Here’s how… The Parkland shooting has brought to the forefront how little we’ve done as a country to stop mass shootings and reduce gun deaths. Common sense gun laws could reduce gun deaths in the US while still allowing hunters & […]Read more "Cyclists & Outdoor enthusiasts: Want smarter gun regulations? …boycott Bell, Giro, Camelbak & Blackburn"
Our Comcast bill at $215/month was a constant thorn in my side. At nearly $2,500 a year what were we really getting? Of the 1,923,452 channels that we had access to with Comcast we used about 5. We were constantly having to purchase movies either through Xfinity (because the $2,500 a year we were paying […]Read more "Cutting the Cord"
Now that we all carry smartphones 24/7 loaded with apps, some things in life have become simpler, others better. Here are some of my favorites apps, technologies and how I use them: Depositing checks from home. This has got to be one of the most amazing things ever. Take a picture of a check and whamo, its in […]Read more "My 10 favorite life hacks"
After years of neglect and 6 months of this blog being offline, I’m going to start blogging again. It’s actually sad to read the string of spammy posts that have accumulated here over the last 4 years. Well, I’m going to change that. I’ve got a snazzy new mobile friendly theme and am ready to […]Read more "Welcome back"