I was last


Back when “Words with Friends” was the thing, I played simultaneous games with Scrabble tile letter Iseveral different opponents.

I was in a close game with a brilliant opponent, who was challenging me with her strategic placement and clever command of the English language.

I got down to my last set of tiles.

Then he/she won, leaving me just one tile.

The letter “i.”

I was last.

My dad taught the word altruism to all of the kids. Look it up.

That’s sort of indicative of the philosophy and guiding principle that dictates much of my worldly interactions today. My mission is to support others, to encourage others, to facilitate others’ success.
Often that means they go first. First in line. First to get served. First to be heard from.
That’s ok with me.
I was last.

Why? Because I want to help stop diabetes


For years, I’ve ridden the Tour de Cure, the fund-raising bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association. I’ve ridden for a coworker’s son, my supervisor, my mentor, my wife’s friend, and others.
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But this year, I learned my own brother has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Now this fight got personal.

Maybe you know someone affected by diabetes. Maybe it’s your family member. Maybe it’s yourself.

I’m riding again to raise awareness. To fight. To Stop Diabetes.

Join my team and ride. Sponsor a rider. Or share our links to raise awareness among your own circle of friends.

http://main.diabetes.org/goto/vspglobal 

Blood, Sweat, and Gears


Health and wellness. Bicycling. Fresh California air. Gorgeous spring weather. The Northern California foothills.
Put them together for an event: the Tour de Cure, cycling to raise awareness for the American Diabetes Association.
The ADA schedules Tour de Cure rides all across the US, and this May, I ride with my “Blood, Sweat, and Gears” teammates.
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This year, we set a goal of 20 riders, $5,000. With the ride just around the corner on May 4, we thank you in advance for helping us reach that goal.
Please follow our team’s progress, join our team, or sponsor a rider.

The Burning House


burning house book image“If your house was burning, what would you take with you?” Thus was born one of the most inspiring web sites I’ve started following, TheBurningHouse.com. by Foster Huntington.

The site has inspired me and countless others to take stock of what’s important in life.

Assuming all people and pets are out safely, what would you take from your burning house?

Perfectionism is killing me


I’m a closet perfectionist. It’s in my DNA.

The danger of perfectionism is that nothing gets completed. Sure, I get work done, but that often leads to me tweaking and refining and perfecting and revising and reworking and never reaching the point where I am satisfied.

Because I’m shooting for the perfect, when I should be shooting for the good.

Funny thing is I just read about it in this post by ProBlogger Darren Rowse, “Perfectionism: the ultimate time drain?”

You should have seen how much angst I put myself through just getting this post started, written, and finished.

There.

Twitter Mozaic


I updated my Twitter Mozaic, which I first blogged about in July 2009:

Get your twitter mosaic here.

What tech can’t you live without?


Quick. What’s the one technology you can’t live without? Not a day goes by without you using it.

Is it your laptop or desktop computer? HD TV? cell phone? digital camera? GPS device? satellite radio? hand-held game? eBook reader? personal health monitor? universal language translator? transporter? (Oh-ooops, not supposed to tell anyone about that one yet.) Continue reading