Web-log entries from 2002


Cannot Stop

The travel guide didn’t mention the current. It said something about seasonally strong swells, that was all. But if you had known about the current, you wouldn’t have picked this place for snorkeling. It was ...cont’d


About a Year Ago

on a cool dry weekend afternoon about a year ago i took the dog to the school near the house i used to share with my wife to play frisbee. lori was shopping for dishes ...cont’d


In Six Years

in six years i wrote a master's thesis visited canada moved to montana changed careers fell in love with a dog started telling stories like    "when we were in london..." went back to telling stories ...cont’d


Gear list

Last week I rode my bike from Clatsop Spit (northwest of Astoria, Oregon) to the California state line south of Brookings. I rode my bike some 392 miles in 7 days. I shot 54 photographs, ...cont’d


Day 7: Distance

Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 7 May 5, 2002 Humbug Mountain State Park to the California Line 59.52 miles 4:46 saddle time 12.5 mph avg. speed. Weather: Sunny and cool, moderate NW wind; morning rain. ...cont’d


Day 6: Solitude

Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 6May 4, 2002 Sunset Bay State Park to Humbug Mountain State Park 61.95 miles 4:30 saddle time 13.6 mph avg. speed. Weather: Sunny and warm, moderate NW wind. After 5 ...cont’d


Day 5: Typical

Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 5 May 3, 2002 Florence to Sunset Bay State Park 62.59 miles 4:30 saddle time 13.9 mph avg. speed. Weather: early: cool, still, breaking clouds. Sunny and warm, light NW ...cont’d


Day 4: Education

Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 4 May 2, 2002 Newport to Florence 51.35 miles 4:07 saddle time 12.4 mph avg. speed. Weather: cloudy, no wind, fine mist; wind becoming light w-sw with rain What I ...cont’d


Day 3: Obscurae

Day 3: May 1, 2002 Pacific City to Newport 59.07 miles 4:30 saddle time 13.1 mph avg. speed. Early: gray, about 50 degrees, still. Becoming sunny w/moderate W wind S of Cascade Head. Two events ...cont’d


Day 2: Humility

Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 2 April 30, 2002 Oswald West State Park to Pacific City 58.62 miles 4:20 saddle time 13.5 mph avg. speed. Gray, cool, wind W. Growing colder with light rain in ...cont’d


Day 1: Hubris

Oregon Coast Bike Ride, Day 1 April 29, 2002 Clatsop Spit to Oswald West State Park 39.02 miles 2:35 saddle time 15.0 mph avg. speed. Sunny, light wind W-NW, mid-60s I don’t doubt that at ...cont’d


A Perfect Machine

Describe a perfect machine.Its energy source is abundant, universally abundant. Its energy source, in fact, is surplus -- something that will not decrease or fail, and of which we may have too much. It has ...cont’d


This is My Cathedral

The squall of March rain arrives like an announcement, travelling a patient course, propelled by 8000 miles of Pacific Ocean. I hear it crawling eastward from the West Hills. We stand, the dog and I, ...cont’d



Kelp grows in clumps, in groves like trees. Among and between the twenty-foot-long strands dart otters, bright-eyed and quick-pawed, hunting out squid or crabs or the tiny abalone that cling to the broad orange leaves ...cont’d


Restless Inquisitive Child

The setting: a living room, a suburban ranch house, a small town; early summer vacation; a rainy day. The child -- perhaps age 7 or 8 -- is restless and inquisitive. He has been reading ...cont’d


The Best TV Set I Ever Owned

I inherited the best television set I've ever owned from my maternal grandmother. It was a portable, vintage ca. 1973, with a built-in radio. At the touch of a button, the screen popped up from ...cont’d