I'm very fortunate. I work for a company that closes down for the holidays, from December 25th to January 2nd. For me, this is a period of decompression. Not just because I have the time off from work, but because all of my colleagues do, as well. There's no pressure to check email every day… Continue reading What I did on my Holiday Staycation, 2020 Edition
Before moving our family to Austin, we lived in Maplewood, NJ where we owned a 110-year old home. It's a beautiful house with original mahogany mouldings, unique pine flooring and a gorgeous wrap-around porch. But, it also had a basement that was full of water after Hurricane Sandy, a kitchen from the 80's (until we… Continue reading Alarming News
Two months ago, I took the plunge and changed to a Ketogenic diet. Here are my observations, so far. You can find a Keto meal in most places - but not everywhere. Be sure to check the menu before you decide to eat out. My wife and I went to a really great place for… Continue reading Keto Update
When my son started at his new school, he needed a conventional PC. After finding him a 2015 MacBook Air in perfect condition for a veritable steal on eBay, I adopted his Chromebook - a Dell Inspiron 3180 with an 11.6 inch screen, Intel Celeron processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC… Continue reading My New Chromebook isn't a Chromebook, at all.
I have a history with vacuums. When I was 11 years old, I disassembled the vacuum to see how the parts worked, then rushed to put it back together before my Mom got home. (It still worked.) From that experience, my brother nicknamed me Gadgetboy, so this post is quite fitting. When my wife and… Continue reading The Adventures of Rosie
When my youngest brother started going to school all day, my Mom went back to work and I became a latchkey kid. I would get home every day around 3 in the afternoon, usually to find instructions from my Mom on how to get dinner started. One day, she asked me to marinade some meat… Continue reading Mom’s Honey Garlic Keto Marinade
Sometimes, you just need to make a big change in your life to accomplish a goal. Since I moved to Austin four years ago, I've packed on quite a bit of weight. Some of it was due to stress, some of it was due to inactivity and some of it was due to medication. (My… Continue reading Going Keto
What do you do when you're "Directionally Challenged" and need GPS to get around on your motorcycle? This is something I've been wrestling with for 5+ years. It's not that difficult, really. Moto GPS units have been around for decades and there are plenty of smartphone mounts to choose from if you prefer to use… Continue reading The Best Smartphone Motorcycle Mount (for me)
For our family vacation this Summer, we decided to explore Santa Fe, New Mexico. I thought it would be a fun road trip from Austin, Texas and decided to drive my Long Range Model 3. Here's what I learned. Routes First, I checked Google Maps to get an estimate of miles and duration. It estimated… Continue reading A Tesla Road Trip
This is most definitely a budget jacket that I’m reluctant to say, I bought for its style. Riding in the heat of Austin, Texas requires a mesh jacket and compared to most others, the design is simple and classic with only the single leather vertical strip. Branding is minimal.
The initial description indicates “CE Protection” but I bought it knowing full well that it would require an armor upgrade. The red flags are right in the description.