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Writing Chinese on a Smartphone for the First Time

Despite it literally being one of the darkest days I have witnessed, this morning was actually one of my most exciting for a reason completely unrelated to wildfire smoke. This […]

The Darkest Day

As if 2020 wasn’t already challenging enough, seemingly the entire western United States has been in flames. This includes four large wildfires in Colorado that have been almost 100% uncontained […]

Review: Dynaplug Racer Tire Plugs For Tubeless Road Bicycle Tires

Considering that the bane of a cyclist’s existence has traditionally been flat tires, it’s been truly a wonder that not every cyclist that rides more than 10 miles a week […]

Return to the Heart (David Lanz Cover)

David Lanz is a Grammy-nominated pianist whose “New Age” music was popular in the late 1980s. He once stated: [The piano] is the most divinely inspired instrument on the planet. […]

I Attended My First NBA Game… Virtually

Growing up, the favorite sport of my family was neither cycling nor running. It was also not soccer or T-ball, even though my parents enrolled me in both and I […]

On This Day 25 Years Ago

It’s probably a safe bet that not too many people will be calling 2020 as “one of the best years ever,” notwithstanding efforts to make the most of it. Which […]

Faded (Alan Walker Piano Cover)

I woke up this morning with the whiff of smoke lingering inside the house even though the windows were closed. Nothing was on fire inside the home and the smoke […]

Ride the Divide 10 Year Celebration: Sunday, August 2, 3p ET

It’s been 12 years since my #1 lifetime adventure—the 2008 Tour Divide—and 10 years since the iconic movie, Ride the Divide, came out and beautifully documented that race. It was […]

In Search of Comet NEOWISE

For this once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event, you can’t say I didn’t have plenty of warning. My friend E was the first to alert me that Comet NEOWISE would be the brightest […]

Birthday Ride: Fort Collins Flatlands 200

I’m trying not to make this a birthday tradition. But looking back, I have done some really epic bike rides on the anniversary of when I was born. There was, […]

“Gone” Piano Solo (Jim Chappell Cover)

It took about a month to learn this song entitled “Gone” by Jim Chappell, or about twice as long as I expected. Then, after finally being able to recite it […]

Convertible Laptop + MOFT: All the Different Positions

I’ve always loved things that are highly versatile and configurable. Take, for example, the Chrysler PT Cruiser GT and its “magic” seats that could transform the car from a turbocharged […]

Moth Invasion of Your Home? A Solution

Every year at around this time of year, moths invade my home like bargain hunters overrunning Walmart on Black Friday. Is this a common thing around Northern Colorado? And how […]

How I Spent My Time During the Coronavirus Pandemic

I remember talking with my mom a few years ago, confidently telling her that if I were to suddenly became less mobile for reasons of money or health, I’d still […]

Virtual Murph Challenge

Shortly after the Thanksgiving Murph, I was talking with my friend Matt in one of our language conversation meetups—español, francais, or Pǔtōnghuà, I don’t remember which. It was then he […]

Loveland-Wellington 100 Figure 8 Ride

The coronavirus had already caused the cancellation of what was going to be my biggest cycling event of this summer—the Triple Bypass, which is basically Colorado’s version of California’s famous […]

All I Ever Wanted (Jim Brickman Cover)

For the fourth piece in the series of the COVID concerts, I picked a song by American piano pop music songwriter Jim Brickman called All I Ever Wanted (1995). I […]

Romance by Jean Sibelius (Virtual Piano Concert)

Here’s the third song in the series of COVID concerts that’s only 20 years older than my 1924 Chicago Cable Company piano: Romance by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. I like […]