4/12 - Surfed most of the day with my older daughter in Santa Cruz at 41st Ave. 3-4 foot swell, perfect sunny skies, otters in the lineup. Forgot my hood - was too warm for it, anyway - and forgot to sunscreen my ears. They wouldn't be any redder if I had just walked into a wedding and OI had forgotten to put on my pants.
4/11 - Work can sometimes be slow (whose can't?) but today mine got a big jolt of caffeine. I was handed the the keys to a $1 million computer cluster, for 3D rendering. Just took 10 hours rendering time down to 10 minutes. Waxing up my surfboard. Hello free time!
4/10 - Went to the Exploratorium for its adult After Dark Thursday night. Pretty cool, but would be way more interesting with a friend. One of my buddies works there and gave me free passes. My favorite thing? A spinning motor connected to a series of gears. At each step, there's a 50:1 reduction. The first gear whirs endlessly along; the last is turning so slowly that it will take several trillion years to complete a single rotation - it's literally stuck in a block of concrete. The gears are spinning on one end, but nothing at all seems to be happening on the other. I've been there. Good to be in motion now.
4/9/14 - Sugar Bowl was warmer than a baby's milk bottle. Snow the texture of a lemon ice in Sorrento. If it were flowing any faster down the hill we would have been surfing, not snowboarding. It was slushy, slashy and super fun and we had the whole mountain to ourselves. Ended the day with fennel salad and risotto in Sacramento. Squisito! An Italian finish to another California day.
4/8/14 - Playing hooky tomorrow and going snowboarding with my buddy at Sugar Bowl. End of the season and last chance to slide down some slippery stuff in the sun. Eyeballing my trusty ride, a big old powder board with a psychedelic portrait of a tantric princess in violet blue on the top sheet. She’s called the Emmagator. Have been riding her for almost 20 years.
My best friend since junior high is turning 50 this summer. His wife just sent out party invites to the birthday party. We really are crossing the great divide. This is serious. Time to crank up the fun dial. Party in Grass Valley. Why? No idea. Epic bike rides and whitewater up there though. Sure to be fun. Should I buy a tux? Never owned one. Certain to be the first and last if I do.
4/6 - A person with a pretty good bead on me read my “updated” profile the other day and told me “all the joy had gone out of it;” it had become a shopping list. That hurt, but she was right. I have been turning over rocks looking for someone with all the features that make up some kind of ideal significant other, rather than simply focusing on enjoying my great life, getting to know new people, and finding joy where I can along the way. There’s so much opportunity for amazing experiences and real happiness if you can simply enjoy the journey. Is there any better destination?
With that, I’m wiping the chalkboard and starting over. For now, you get me, Sean’s Blog, as I happen. If you see something you like, or if you think you’d like to come along for the ride some time, drop me a line. It’s a short beautiful paddle through the rose garden: Perhaps we’ll catch its scent together.
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” -Wind in the Willows.