Today we hiked the Matt Davis Trail in Stinson Beach, CA. Part of this hike includes the Dipsea Trail, which is part of the oldest trail race in the US. So we saw lots of crazy runners training on it. My favorite part was the section of the trail with the small ladder on it.
I sprained my ankle a few months back, so it’s good to get a short (7.5 mile) hike like this in before we head off to Iceland in the summer.
Speaking of Iceland, Christine just finished knitting her 2nd lopapeysa, which she wore for our hike.
For our first Valentine’s Day together, I wanted to make a climbing themed card for Christine. This was about 5 years ago, and we had only been dating for a few weeks. We had first met in the climbing gym, so I decided it would be cool to make a “Would you be my Valentine?” card and hide it at the top of a route for Christine to find.
That night I had the Valentine’s Day card hidden in my chalk bag as I asked Christine which route she’d like to climb first.
“I’d like to try that 11B” she said, pointing to one of the tallest routes in the gym.
“Really? That looks kind of hard.” I replied, “Maybe we should warm up first.”
“You don’t have to climb it.”
“No” I said, as I started threading the rope through my harness, “I do.”
I had only been in the sport for a year and was most comfortable climbing 10Ds at the time, but I tried my best to finish this long route. I didn’t flash it, but I did successfully sneak the card at an easy to find spot.
Christine went next and flashed the climb. As I lowered her back down, she had a big smile on her face as she read the card. She said “Yes”.
Ever since then, Christine has kept pushing me to climb a little bit higher and try new things.
Bandcamp announced they are donating their cut of album sales to the ACLU for the day (2/3/17). In solidarity, I’m donating 100% of my album sales on Bandcamp to the ACLU too. This will be for any sales between now and Monday morning.
I might suggest my 2008 rap album “Me Geek Pretty One Day”
or my most recent album “Destroy All Presets”
About ten years ago, I was paying rent in SF by yo-yoing, tailoring, and selling denim wallets. The wallets were made with the scraps from high end selvage jeans and, like a pair of great jeans, got better with age. I stopped making these wallets about 5 years ago, but often get asked to make a few more, mostly from folks who lost their first denim wallet and want a replacement.
So I’ve made a few more wallets and listed them on my Etsy page (with more to come probably). There are two styles currently, red leather with gold selvage denim or brown leather with double denim. All my wallets are designed with a minimum design that tucks into itself to stay closed.