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October 2010 Project 365 Recap

A Picture a Day – Project 365

October 2010

As much as this Project 365 seems more like project than fun at times, it is a handy way of reflecting back and seeing what you have done in the last month. October had too much rain and way too many visits to medical professionals. On the upside, my shoulder is better, I got to spend some time with Tanya in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks and I was able to raise some money for a good cause.
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Happy Halloween

I was sitting in one of those not quite fast food, but not a place with waiters type restaurants last night. It was getting late and I was in a neighborhood I was not really familiar with. Here I am in this silly costume, wearing shorts and no facial hair. I am not sure what I would have thought if I had seen me, but I have my doubts that a lifetime biker would be on the list.

My picture of the day for the last day of October was taken at the Halloween party I attended last night.


A Very New Me

So, I wanted to participate in this fundraiser put on by the Movember Foundation, which is raising funds for and awareness of men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. The catch was that you had to start off clean shaven, something I had not been since 1971! After a little thought, and talks with Tanya and another friend, I put the word out that if I raised $1,000 I would shave it all off. 45 hours later the goal was met.

My photo of the day is a screen grab from the video that was taken while I shaved it off. Thanks again to everyone that donated. Contributions are being accepted all month, so if you support the cause please visit my page on


Video of my Movember Shave

The month of November has been designated by The Movember Foundation as the month for raising funds for and awareness of men\’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. As part of the month-long campaign, men around the world are being encouraged to grow a moustache for the month. As you know, I already had a beard and moustache (for 39 years), but I wanted to participate. After talking to a couple friends, I decided to set up a Movember account then announce on Facebook, a few of my sites and some industry forums that when I had $1,000 in donations I would completely shave off my existing beard and moustache.

45 hours later the money was raised. This video is of the removal of my beard and moustache. This is the first time I have not had facial hair since 1971!

All donations continue to be welcomed and appreciated. Please visit for more details.

Just Vote

The mid-term elections are just around the corner. I had a long story ready to cut and paste here, but I was afraid some people would read it as being supportive of one party or another. I do not want to do that here. My photo for Project 365 today is of my outgoing mail. Absentee voting is so much easier. Check it out.


Take Charge and Wii Did It

My loyal readers probably recall a post or two in which I mentioned that I had started using the Wii Fit. According to Wii I should weigh 167 pounds. Now, we all know that is never going to happen, and in fact, it would not even allow me to set that as a goal as it seems to have a 25 pound limit. So, I set my goal for losing 25 pounds in a year. Extensive travel makes weight control very difficult, at least for me. It is difficult to get good food on the road. Those last five pounds were really being a pain to shed.

A week ago I started using Take Charge. I mix 1/4 cup every morning with a little yogurt. My picture of the day for day 301 is of my Wii informing me that I had lost 25+ pounds ahead of my target date. I have to give Take Charge credit for helping me get those last few pounds off.


To keep the FTC happy, I was not paid to endorse Take Charge, but if you purchase it using my link I do receive a kick back. Even if I did not, I would still endorse it.

Sprouts Farmers Market

Anyone that really knows me knows that shopping is not really my thing. For me to have a favorite store or a store I am somewhat excited about is rare indeed. Last week I discovered Sprouts Farmers Market. I was actually looking for one of those outdoor farmers market setups when I found Sprouts in Google. I read a couple reviews and decided I had to check it out for myself. Since I am getting into juicing it seemed like the natural thing to do. Am I ever glad I did.

In the past, I have found that shopping for healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables can be kind of expensive. Sprouts not only has better and fresher produce than a supermarket, but the prices are a fraction of those found in the big chains. As a bonus, I found out today that they are opening a new store a block from my home. My picture of the day for day 300 is of my score for today.


It Must Be Fall

As I have mentioned several times over the past few weeks, the weather here has been weird. It reminds me more of Ireland than Southern California. When I look around there is a semblance of Fall. That must be what it is. If I had not visited other places in the country, I may not have recognized it.

My photo of the day for day 299 is of me during my morning walk. It does look like the leaves fell, alright. It must be Fall.


28 Years Ago

28 years ago today, I became a father for the first time. I will never forget that day from the endless hours waiting for her to come out to getting splattered in the face with blood when I cut the umbilical cord. The doctor found that particularly funny. The nurses had to pry her from my arms, promising that they would return her after they cleaned her up and took her vitals.

My picture of the day for day 298 is of me, pondering how the heck that could have been 28 years ago. Happy birthday, Jessica.


California Highway 99 – Bakersfield

Photos From California Highway 99

Sandrini\’s Italian Restaurant

Sunday was a very long day. Even though we started off in Ripon, making all the stops we made turned a four hour drive into a 10 hour drive. We ended up in Bakersfield around 7:00 or 8:00 PM and we were hungry. Every restaurant that Tanya found on her Android was closed or no longer existed. Then we found Sandrinis.

When we first arrived we were informed that all they had available was \”bar food.\” I guess the guy could tell this was not what I wanted to hear and he quickly advised me that he was pretty sure they could put something together for us. All I can say is that if this is what they were able to throw together, I need to come back during normal restaurant hours. If you go there, be sure to try their Sausage bread. It is even better the next day.

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