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Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Checklist for Oyster Shucking in Point Reyes


Oyster shucking near Point Reyes can be stressful and intimidating for first-timers. Here's a checklist to help:

1. Reservations at Tomales Bay Oyster Company
2. The shucking necessities:
  • Shucker
  • Gloves or Dishcloths to help with shucking
  • Lemons
  • Hot Sauce (Tapatio, Tobasco, Siracha, Crystals)
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Horseradish
  • Some classic mignonette sauces
  • Drinks (water, champagne, beer, wine)
  • Charcoal, foil, and tongs if you plan on grilling
3. Bring a cooler with ice to hold drinks and more oysters.
4. Cash for the oysters.
5. Plates, napkins, utensils if you plan on bringing other snacks.
6. Band-aids for any shucking accidents.
7. Watch a tutorial on oyster shucking. I think this one is the best.
8. Remember: the larger the oyster, the easier it is to shuck,

Thursday, December 27, 2012

My Favorite Adventure of 2012: St. Kitts

2012 Adventures:  
- Visiting countless medical offices while recovering from a serious bike accident.
- Apartment hunting in San Francisco which most of the time can feel more like snipe hunting.
- Attending going-away, engagement, baby-on-the-way & promotion parties (just to name a few.)
- Joining a city soccer league and trying not to take it too seriously, but just serious enough.
- Jousting using golf-carts, and reveling with my father during an umentionable bachelor party.
- Meeting new relatives in the beautiful city of Seattle.
- Watching my good friend perform (and tour) with Death Cab for Cutie.

Considering all of these and more, I can unhesitatingly say that my favorite adventure of 2012 was honeymooning in St. Kitts.

Photo: The southern peninsula of St. Kitts. Unseen are the beautiful, quiet, and uncrowded beaches.


If you're heading that way and are looking for any recommendations, feel free to contact me. The same goes for if you want to learn how to joust with golf-carts, find an apartment in SF, or not get into a serious bike accident.... hint: headphones are nice but dangerous
Onward to 2013.



Thursday, October 4, 2012

This is a great sentence


Taken from the NYT article "Unfriending Someone, Before Facebook",  Joyce Wadler writes:

There were levels of unfriending culminating in that magnificent big gun, “dead to me,” a phrase my family wrapped their mouths around with a relish other people saved for steak.

That is an exceptional sentence.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Need Help Designing a Thank You Note?


Try washing out the main image or theme and put 'thankyou' on top.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Making the Bus Monitor Cry



I’ve been struck today by the STAGGERING success of a fundraising campaign to support someone who has gone through hardship. I’m talking about the ‘making the bus monitor cry story’. Here’s the backstory.
As I’m writing this - the campaign has raised $390,000.
As I’m writing this - I know thousands of non-profit’s and organizations that wish they could raise money this quickly. How did this happen? Luck? Pity?
I think it’s the power of this woman’s story. In the painful video, we unfortunately watch a woman go through a measure of suffering and it impacts us in different ways. We remember back to being middle-school jerks ourselves, we recall being the brunt of jokes, and this also reminds us of our own mothers and grandmothers working to make a living. 
This compelling story hits home. Our emotions are tugged and thousands have been motivated to act.
Can you imagine how other organizations would have tried to raise vacation money for this woman? The video would start with the woman introducing herself, then show how she monitor’s on the bus, and then talk about her dream vacation. I’m not trying to say that all fundraisers need to find the ugly/tragic moments to highlight, but I think the human element has to be presented. The connection point, the reason why anyone should care, has to be seen.
This is an incredible case study. So many things to analyze: the viral aspect, the internet/online payment aspect, the fundraising aspect.PS — This is also incredible publicity for indiegogo. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

A Trip to the Transamerica

2 years ago,  I was lucky to visit the highest place in San Francisco - the tippy top of the Transamerica Pyramid.  It was an adventure that I then posted about here.

Recently, I re-told this story to a woman who works for one of my favorite local news publications, The Bold Italic, and she was captivated by the story and photos.  After more conversation and information, she wrote a fantastic blog post about my experience here. To my new friend, Jessica Saia, thanks for working to put all this together!

While I try not to live everyday just for the tale or story,  I'm hoping to have another adventure sometime that's just as newsworthy — maybe the top of Golden Gate Bridge is next.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

HelloBrit and Brett

My friend Brittany has taken the digital-DIY-world by the horns. This fall she started her own company called HelloBrit and now she's working to be a brunette Martha Stewart for a younger generation.

Brit let me make a pizza with her recently and it was a blast -- Now I know how to properly use a food processor and not hurt myself. Watch the Brit and Brett circus HERE.

You may not love/retweet/pin everything she posts, but I think you should respect a woman who is trying to do her own thing AND do it really well at the same time. It takes a ton of work to do-it-yourself everything and thus far Brit is crushing it.