we’re back home after a two week stint up in coarsegold.  it was vacationesque, but the real intent of the trip was for me to test out the feasibility of working remotely on a permanent basis.  when we headed out for the trip up north, both smsmh and i were sitting at 80/20 against moving up north.  as we both began to find our groove with routine, familiarity with the surroundings and as the stress of living in a fast paced society started shedding, those percentages began to change. 

smsmh found places to take tc to keep him occupied and happy.  we discovered the many paces to fish and kayak.  we found frogs, praying mantis, horses, turkeys, deer, coyotes, skunks, quail, humming birds, bats and a variety of interesting insects.  i ran with meghan in her stomping grounds and began to get familiar with the local trail networks.  we soaked in the local culture.  i even went into yosemite and hooked up with donald and his running crew and played on half dome for a day.

and then, on the final full day, we met with a real estate agent and looked at homes.  smsmh and her mom had been scoping out places the whole time we were up there and had a short list to look at before we headed back down south.  each home that we looked at had features and aspects that we really enjoyed, but the first house that we viewed completely clicked with both smsmh and i on so many levels.  it had us at hello.

now, the choice to move is a tough one and there are many pieces that would need to fall into place in order for us to even get to the point where we could make a decision.  one of those major pieces, though, has to do with work.  on thursday, my boss, the president of the company and the director of human resources are having a pow-wow to discuss the possibility.  so, i may have an answer from work this week as to whether or not i have their blessing.

honestly, the more time we spend back here after seeing what awaits us in the foothills of the sierras, if i get a green light from work, i’m prepared to make an offer on the house.  i’m that hooked and that ready to get out of the madness that is southern california.  i’m ready for a new home.

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Naked Self lick:
Soul Catcher
The The
Naked Self


the little guy is growing up so fast, it’s amazing the changes we see in him from day to day.  even the short [no, 12 days is NOT short and is WAY to long to be away from home] time i was in the uk, i’ve noticed significant development in tc’s speach and dexterity.  not to mention his size.  the boy just turned two and is already over 3ft.  wow.

anyway, his ability to put thoughts and sentences together and the new words that he constantly throws out has me baffled and often times in hysterics.  take for example the discourse that we enjoyed in the car yesterday while driving to disneyland [what, you don’t go to disneyland after work for dinner?  gotta love annual passes!]:

tc: “see brandon denny-land” [tc’s friend who we might see when we get to d-land]

zq: “you’re going to see brandon?  where is he?”

tc: “over der” [points to the side of the freeway]

zq: “is he hiding behind the wall?”

tc: “yup”

zq: “is he hiding under the seat?”

tc: “yup”

zq: “is he hiding in your sippy cup?”

tc: “yup” [quickly takes a drink]

zq: “oh no!  you drank brandon!  did he taste good?”

tc: “yup!”

smsmh started talking and tc was quiet for a couple of minutes and then started up again:

tc: “OH NO!”

zq: “what’s up, schimmia?”

tc: “drink brandon!”

long pause


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Psychocandy lick:
Taste The Floor
The Jesus & Mary Chain

do something different


we’re in december.  how did we slip right from thanksgiving smack dab into christmas?  there’s usually that week after thanksgiving to wrap our collective heads around the prospect of christmas being right around the corner…but this year?  no such luck.  we’re in it.  up to our necks.

this year, more than others, i think the chaos is going to be intense.  fear of the marketplace and the resulting increase in the "buy! buy! buy!" marketing is going to drive us bonkers.

so, this year, do something different. 

i saw this clip over on robb’s site:

it got me thinking…we DO spend a load on our kids.  that’s typically who we spend money on each year.  we’ve pretty much given up on trying to buy stuff for all the adults in the family and now it’s just "buy for all the kids".

realistically, how many new toys to the kids really need?  up until a certain age, they’d rather play with the packaging more than the toy itself.  after that, sitting down with mom and dad and making something together would go down as equally cool.  grab some cardboard boxes from a local store and make a house/fort/spaceship or try your hand at putting making a clipper ship from cardboard scraps.  seriously, i can’t imagine anything cooler than getting a kid’s creative wheels spinning by making something with them out of mundane objects.  and for those older kids?  well, they’re old enough to understand making a ‘toy’ sacrifice for the betterment of someone less fortunate.

so this year?  consider doing something different.

me?  i’m going to see if my nephew would like to join me in making a cardboard robot for thunderclap.

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Christmas lick:
One Special Gift

more monkey business

okay, okay…i know my blog is supposed to be about training and running and gear and stuff, but i shot this clip of thunderclap yesterday and i can’t stop myself from sharing it.  i hope it makes your day as much as it makes mine.  oh, and stay tuned…it’s rumored that the amazing hip is in town…

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Siamese Dream lick:
The Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream

where, oh where?

oh, my poor blog.  you poor, poor neglected blog.  you’ve been beaten in the past several weeks, and i haven’t even stopped by to even drop a gratuitous post on your fair front page.  how will you ever forgive me.

so, things have been busy lately.  breakingthetape.com [or, lovingly referred to as btt] has been taking up quite a bit of time these days.  we’re working hard at a front page overhaul, a technology overhaul and standardizing scripts/reports and gadgets.  in the midst of this, the btt blogs blew up and i was forced to attempt a blog platform upgrade that introduced such technical complexity with modifying the templates that i lost a couple bloggers.  that, though, i completely understand.  hosting blogs on btt started out as a kinda cool way to give back to the community, but with several high profile blogs on the site, the server was taking huge hits due to all the comment spam that it had to deal with.  ugh.

so, big changes there and lots of coding going on in addition to running 20+ milers on trails in the wee hours of the morning, a 17mo old behemoth baby that is learning animal sounds and how to run and the full time job with a challenging workload…well, the all conspire to make the blog feel a little neglected.

but, just because nothing is being posted doesn’t mean that groovy things aren’t happening.  i’m currently testing product for mission, tech40 and uk gear which will result in some interesting product posts.  also, next year’s race schedule is currently in development.  so far it’s looking like a great blogger event in new hampshire next summer for some moose love, an early season half iron in my backyard and an inaugural half iron that ends in magic mountain.  can you say, "race day magic"?  i thought so!

so, stay tuned for fun training stuff and if you’re lucky, i might slip in a video of tc bawking like a chicken.

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Comfort Eagle lick:
Love You Madly
Comfort Eagle