September 2008

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09/22/08: T-minus 5 days until my trip to La Paz, Mexico with Kevin Barnes!

"The city of La Paz is an enclave of 150,000 residents, nestled on the shores of Southern Baja on the Sea of Cortez. The city borders the tranquil Bay of La Paz, an area rich in history from the first native inhabitants through its days of pirates, Spanish conquistadors and missionaries. It is currently the capital of the State of Southern Baja (Baja California Sur) , the 1000 mile-long peninsula jutting south from California and separated from mainland Mexico by the blue waters of the Sea of Cortez."

I fly down to Mexico on Saturday and should touch down at the the Manual Marquez de Leon Int'l Airport around around 2:30 PM. Kevin will be flying into there from Boston (he'll be home visiting friends and family) and should get there around 8 that night. We will be staying at the Club El Moro, thanks to Barb and Stan Barnes. They were VERY KIND to us and let us have their time share to use :)

The only major activity we have planned is 4 days of SCUBA Diving which will be starting on Monday :) HEHEHE as you can imagine, that's an activity that we'll be looking forward to doing and it's the main reason we chose this location. We are hoping to swim with Hammerhead Sharks as well as Whale Sharks. Kevin is bringing his underwater camera hopefully we'll come back with some pretty amazing photos :)

09/14/08: Here is a great 5 minute presentation where David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. Thanks to Paul Barnes for sending this to me.

I'm pretty impressed by this site in general. Once in a great while, you find a truly amazing online site. Today I found TED: Ideas Worth Spreading.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week

09/12/08: So, if you have a dog, I think you should take a moment to watch this segment from the Tonight Show with Jimmy Stewart as he recites a poem he wrote titled "A Dog Named Bo".

Over the past week, I've slowly been updating all of my journal entries 'since the beginning' to be on this standard template for my journal. This will help quite a bit when I go to give my site a new look in the upcoming months. It's been interesting as I've been traveling down memory lane and amongst the many interesting blogs I've posted, I came across this tidbit of wisdom that I thought I'd repost and share again.

This caption is by Richard Carlson, from his book "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and it's all small stuff".

"One More Passing Show. This is a strategy that I have recently adopted into my own life. It's a subtle reminder that everything - the good and bad, pleasure and pain, approval and disapproval, achievements and mistakes, fame and shame, all come and go. Everything has a beginning and an ending and that 's the way it's supposed to be.

Every experience you have ever had is over. Every thought you've ever had, started and finished. Every emotion and mood you've experienced has been replaced by another. You've been happy, sad, jealous, depressed, angry, in love, shamed, proud and every other conceivable human feeling. Where did they all go? The answer is, no one really knows. All we know is that, eventually, everything disappears into nothingness. Welcoming this truth into your life is the beginning of a liberating adventure.

Our disappointment comes about in essentially two ways. When we're experience pleasure we want it to last forever. It never does. Or, when we're experiencing pain, we want it to go away - now. It usually doesn't. Unhappiness is the result of struggling against the natural flow of experience.

It's enormously helpful to experiment with the awareness that life is just one thing after another. One present moment followed by another present moment. When something is happening that we enjoy, know that while it's wonderful to experience the happiness it brings, it will eventually be replaced by something else, a different type of moment. It that's okay with you, you'll feel peace even when the moment changes. And if you're experiencing some type of pain or displeasure, know that this took shall pass. Keeping this awareness close to your heart is a wonderful way to maintain your perspective, even in the face of adversity. It's not always easy, but it is usually helpful."

09/11/08: It's hard to believe that seven years have passed. Time marches on and pauses for no one. But throughout this time, and especially today, the thoughts and love for Graham continue to burn strong in my mind and heart. It's amazing just how many times I'm doing something when my mind will wander to thoughts of Graham and how I wish he could be there to share them.
 
Today I spent some time doing some updates to Graham's memorial site. I spent some time reading through the beautiful remembrance's which were delivered by his family and friends at his memorial service. The emotions and feelings conveyed by these people once again touched my heart. I also posted I also posted a few additional pictures of Graham in his gallery.   If you have any others photo's or written material that you'd like me to post there, please feel free to email it to me at penz@penz.com


Graham Andrew Berkeley
January 12, 1964 - September 11, 2001

I also created a seperate memorial site for all of the victims who lives were lost seven years ago today during the terrorist attacks against the United States of America. You are not forgotten.....


Photo by Clifton Bazar

09/08/08: I finally updated my August journal with pictures from the pool party. Check 'em out!

09/07/08: I spent the day with my friend Kevin Langer. We decided to escape the city and so we headed out to Half Moon Bay for the day. The weather was perfect (and so was the company :). After taking him to my favorite little spots (LOL this picture taking spot is becoming a classic) and enjoying a nice walk on the bluffs, we stopped in at the local brewery for some lunch. After that, we cruised down main street before turning North and heading back into SF. .

We got back to my place where we proceeded to mix up a very large and very strong pitcher of Margaritas and then crashed on the couch to watch a some Avatar: The Last Airbender (our current favorite cartoon!). Hehehe, we'd kill most of the evening doing this until he left around 11 PM (and I went to bed). A very nice way to spend the day!

09/02/08: Whoa. September already? WTF? LOL there goes the summer!

So, Labor Day weekend has come and gone and it was a really fun time! On Friday I met up with my friends Kevin and Tim in the afternoon. We hung out for a wee bit playing some card games before we loaded Kevin's luggage into my car and started off towards the airport. He was off to St. Martin for a few days to visit his good friend (and ex-bf) Mike, who moved out there for work. Mike got Kevin a ticket and hey, who the heck wouldn't take a free trip to the Caribbean? :) After stopping off for a bite to eat at TGIF we made it to SFO and off he went. I the dropped Tim off at his place and went home.

Around 9:30 my good friend and neighbor Matt Consola knocked on my door and convinced me that I should be going out and having some fun. It was the Harrison Street Fair weekend and there was lots to do, so off we went to Bearracuda. We walked there (only 15 min away) and when we got there the place was pretty quiet, but w/in a hour or so, it filled up and the fun began. I met up with a bunch of buddies of mine who were out and about and we ended up dancing and drinking until we left around 2:30 AM. Heheh, I didn't get to bed until about 3:30 AM so as you can imagine, I slept in pretty late.

Saturday was pretty much a chill day. I did a whole lot of nothing and that was pretty relaxing. Hahah, ok, I did catch up on some reading, TV, and house cleaning so I guess it wasn't a total loss ;)

Sunday was the Harrison Street fair and I headed down there with Matte Zovich around noon. LOL we had a blast and we drank lots of beer and Jaigermeister all afternoon long. By the time 6 PM rolled in, I was blitzed and stumbled back back home where I promptly passed out for a few hours.

Monday was a nice relaxing day of just hanging out. All in all, a very nice weekend!

~Penz


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