A person who is all ideas and no implementation. The acronym TED stands for Totally Enthralling Demagogue. TEDs are good at describing idealistic future scenarios unencumbered by minor details of execution.

A TED can also be anyone who speaks in public using a headset.


I ordered an awning for the Westy yesterday. It’s a really obscure brand called ShadyBoy. Let’s hope the product doesn’t live up to the name. It’s a shorter, encased awning similar to the more expensive Fiammas.

I learned about the ShadyBoy from a guy at The BusLab who had his Westy in for follow up work on a Subaru engine conversion. He wanted his back in time to get up to Burning Man – which, last time I heard was getting rained out.

I first read about Burning Man in Wired magazine in 1992. Both came into prominence about the same time and both seemed really interesting then. Now, it just seems like one big nude beach – a place that sounds titilating, but is actually full of people you don’t want to see naked. I love how people still talk about it like it’s some obscure event. The first one was a couple hundred people. These days, they’re expecting 50,000 plus.

Burning Man is a relic of San Francisco’s weird Mondo 2000 phase. The time after hippies and right before the tech bubble. Do a Google image search on Burning Man and you might think you’ve found outtakes from a Star Wars trilogy, or worse, live reenactments from “Heavy Metal” magazine.

For those who go, I’m sure it’s fun. To each his own I guess, which is part of why I like living out here.

New bumpers

I took the Westy up to The Buslab Friday for the new bumpers. They give it a little more rugged look.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Tired of watching the nonstop blather about the earthquake, we packed up the car and headed to Point Reyes National Seashore. We stopped in Cowgirl Creamery for lunch. After a pleasant picnic on the grounds of the visitor center we embarked on a 10 mile round trip hike down to the beach. I’ll let the picture do the rest of the talking.

Day one of 1/2

Linda and I signed up for the Big Sur 1/2 Marathon in November and my training officially started on Monday with a 3.1 mile run. The last half I ran was back in 2007 before I blew my knee out skiing. Since then I have run much shorter distances.

The only reason I signed up for this one is the location. It’s in Monterey, CA. While we won’t actually be running around Big Sur, we’ll be close.


Napa 6.0

Early this morning, around 3:00 am we had a 6.0 earthquake centered around Napa. That’s at least an hour north of us. I didn’t feel a thing, in fact I slept through it.

The damage up there isn’t devastating, but it’s not trivial either. There are requisite images of groceries splayed all over the floor. The news ran out of things to say within 30 minutes and have been on repeat for several hours.

Of all the years I’ve lived in California off and on I have yet to actually experience an earthquake. The only one I ever actually noticed was one in the middle of the night in Illinois. Not bragging or complaining about this one. I have been through enough other kinds of natural phenomenons. I’m not trying to add anymore to my list.


The plan was to ride 50 miles. I went from to Castro Valley to San Ramon to Danville to Livermore. I thought that would easily cover it. Instead I was about 5 miles short as I rode into Pleasanton. I ended up zig zagging through the neighborhood in an effort to round it off. I finally just got bored and finished at 49 miles.

Looking at the map, it looks like I covered significantly more area than my odometer would indicate. If you were to overlay this same route in say Chicago, I feel like it would have been 100 miles. The Bay Area is deceivingly smaller than it looks.


Our box of stuff from GoWesty showed up last night and we got to work. We ordered the following…

  • Curtains
  • Back door struts
  • Tabletops
  • Dashboard cover
  • Rearview and side mirrors
  • Replacement decals

We pretty much replaced everything but the decals, but ran out of daylight. It’s looking really tight now. I hope to get the new bumpers and trailer hitch installed this week. After that, about the only thing left will be some bigger tires down the road and some great camping supplies.

Our first real camping trip with the Westy is coming up. We’re going up to Bodega Bay in Sonoma county.

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