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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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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Welcome to my first blog entry!

Allendale Park, 38th and Avondale, East Oakland

38th and Allendale, East Oakland

Today is yet another gorgeous Sunday in the bay area. It’s quite awful really, the sun is shining and it’s 70 degrees. Normally this would be awesome summer weather, but it’s winter time, and our rainy season. We’re all out of whack. We need rain, and lots of it. The above picture is from last winter and I miss the normal bay area seasonal rainy days and soggy nights.

The above picture is from last winter and I miss the normal bay area seasonal rainy days and soggy nights.

Speaking of rain, while in the shower I decided to get the blogging juices flowing at a local coffee shop where bloggers blog and coffee drinkers drink. Not wasting water or time I was out of the shower after only a few minutes and jumped into some jeans, hopped on the scooter, and headed over to the World Ground Coffee House on MacArthur in Oakland’s Laurel District.

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