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7,719 words in 87 moments in 19 cities since July 17th, 2013
Cape town — Like most parents with young kids, every day is an early start for me. Even so, 4:45am feels a little excessive. And that’s what time today started. To make matters even more… challenging… my wife...
Cape town — It’s not that I didn’t always have a strong connection with my eldest daughter. It’s just that recently, as she’s running headlong into her fifth year of life, we’ve started to connect in ways I didn’...
Johannesburg — Life decisions are never one-dimensional. Yet we often simplify the decisions others make to squash it into a context that’s easy to understand, because that’s human nature. The problem is that trying...
It's not home until the turntable is set up.
I turned a corner, and just like that my faith in the SF coffee scene got restored.
Things look different when you look up.
The ocean is the common ground between old home and new home. It's complicated.
The most amazing smoothie you'll ever have. From a trailer.
Road trips, then and now.
Road trips are different from when I was a kid. But they still end the same.
The Portland Way
Spring has arrived in Portland
Finding the familiar in every time zone
Old and new, coexisting.
I love immersing myself in a new town's coffee culture.
When the sun comes out in Portland, it's a beautiful thing.
Pre-dinner coffee at Stumptown
My wife helped our daughter make this poster for her going away party at school tomorrow. Things are getting real.
One last coffee
Summer is no more.
Sunrise walk. Not a soul outside.
Pre-meeting coffee. These are the things I'll miss about Cape Town.
Sometimes I say things like "this cup of coffee saved my life" and people think I'm joking.
Coffee and books
Judgment vs. Understanding
Day 40: And just like that, it's summer again
Day 39: Leaving winter (for now...)
Day 38: In flight
Day 37: This is the coldest I've ever been (1F, -17C), so please forgive the snow selfie
Day 36: Freezing
Day 35: Landing in Bend, OR
Searching for Portland's soul
Day 33: A morning run through the fog
Day 32: Exploring Portland for the first time
Day 31: We're not in summer any more
Day 30: Every airport, ever.
Day 29: Preparing to fly from the heat of summer to the dead of winter
Day 28: Sunrise after the rain
Day 27: Daily pit stop
Day 26: Staring at the ceiling
Day 25: Breakfast in the Cape Winelands
Day 24: Original fixie
Day 23: Evening sky
Day 22: Coffee always helps
Day 21: Abandoned
Day 20: A quiet moment
An African breakfast
Day 18: Old tree is old
Day 17: There is color all around us
Day 16: A quiet start to the day
Day 15: Informal trade at a Cape Town mall
Day 14: Boardroom shadows and light
Day 13: Olden times
Day 12: Picnic in the garden
Day 11: Joyride
Day 10: Workspace
The culture of coffee
Day 8: Summer clouds
Day 7: Sometimes you have to go full hipster
Day 6: Daily (walking) commute
Day 5: Reading time
Day 3: Team breakfast to kick off the year.
Day 2: Back to Work
Morning hike up Table Mountain.
There is comfort in ritual.
Our office stands still as Obama speaks at the Mandela memorial.
Excellence in Cancer Care.
Under a blood red sky
Shadows and light
Breakfast view, Tehran.
Into the unknown
An unexpected coffee with my daughter
There is always a few moments of confusion when you wake up in a new city.
A meeting of minds.
Sometimes vacations include doctor visits, not just theme parks. And if we're honest, we'll share those moments too.
Lovely walk along the beach
First good coffee of the trip.
Halfway to my family in San Diego. Found coffee. Crisis averted.
Starting the day right. Coffee and discussion with good friends.