A Bolt Cutter for Valentine’s Day


What a crazy awesome week! On Monday I started a new position as Operations Manager. It’s been nuts, with the move to a new cube spot, Wednesday’s half day offsite training session, and learning new routines, responsibilities, and procedures. It was an adrenalin filled week that seemed like one continuous long day.

I work for a non-profit homeless outreach program in downtown Oakland. As I left the office Thursday evening I recalled seeing a box of Valentine decorations earlier while moving things around in the storage attic. On Friday morning (Valentine’s Day) I decided to go into work a few minutes early to decorate the lobby.

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Koko and Ndume, Gorillas That I Miss

koko and bill

A very young Bill (Captain Kirk) Shatner with Koko (image from Koko.org)

It’s been a few days since I let the kitten out of the Gorilla Foundation bag and so far not a peep from the Patterson camp. Perhaps they’re incredibly busy researching things or meeting with their lawyer ‘advisor’. Or they may be just too darn busy with that move to Maui

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‘Gorilla Mountain’, the Make Believe Home of Koko and Ndume

Koko, image from Koko.org

Koko, image from Koko.org

“Gorilla Mountain” is what Gorilla Foundation staffers call the tiny spot on the map where Koko and Ndume reside near Redwood City, CA. Some outsiders will refer to it as a sanctuary. Gorilla Mountain is anything but a sanctuary. Basically, the gorilla compound consists of three dated trailers attached to a depressing outdoor enclosure where the two gorillas can never hang out at the same time. Yes, you’re reading that correctly; for years Koko and Ndume have been denied togetherness. Rare and limited opportunities for socialization takes place through bars and solid steel gates.

How I Ended Up on Gorilla Mountain

I started part-time mid March, 2010 and admittedly didn’t do a great deal of research prior. Why did I care? It was Koko! What could she possibly have in her closet?

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Water Saving Tips: Two for One Bathing & Washing a Car in Under Four Minutes

curly shower

California is experiencing the worst dry weather spell on record and water conservation should be a priority for everyone. I’m doing my part, like no longer brushing my teeth or shaving in the shower. Actually I’m killing two birds with one stone, saving water and getting a lower body workout squatting to reach the faucet knob and to rinse the razor under the spigot several times per shower.

The downside is I’m using more cotton balls, antiseptic, tourniquets, and band-aids, and will most likely require skin grafts before all this is over. Oh, and since I no longer brush the grill while showering, there have been mornings when once out of the shower tooth brushing completely slipped my mind, which in the long run probably saves a few additional quarts of H2O those days.

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What you don’t know about Skid Row

“Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Skid Row is a 50-block community, where over 4,000 homeless people call their home. Considered one of the largest homeless populations in the country, Skid Row is typically a place where people go when they have nothing left. No job. No house. No money. Still, many continue to hold on to something that no economic recession or house foreclosure will ever take away: their dreams. Dreams of making something of their lives. Dreams of giving their child a better life than their own. Dreams of helping others who face the same problems they do”.

~ Jubilee Project

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