Monthly Archives: September 2013

Day 273 : boo boo

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Sandy: I cut the top of my right index finger washing a lifter. I ran my finger along the edge because it felt like food was stuck to it. Little did I know that it was still sharp enough to cut my skin, after all, it is over 30 years old and has flipped thousands of pancakes and eggs. I’ve kept a butterfly bandage on it and have used my right hand even less so the cut won’t split open. Washing dishes is a dangerous sport.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 272 : barry

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Sandy: Seeing Barry Zito pitch one last time today was so satisfying. He came into the game as a left-handed relief pitcher to face one batter – an ex-Oakland As teammate, left-hander, Mark Kotsay. Both were ending the baseball season with their respective teams. If Zito continues to pitch it will be for another franchise. For Kotsay, it was last at bat and his last major league game. Zito struck out Kotsay with his famous curve ball. The Giants’ fans gave Zito a well-deserved standing ovation. His teammates shook his hand, gave him high fives, hugs and had their picture taken with him. He endured humility though leaves the Giants graciously with dignity and admired by at least 40,000 fans. Also, Zito is respected and sets a great example for the philanthropic work he does away from the ball park.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 271 : sos

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Sandy: I took my iPhone and iPad to my Genius Bar appointment in the Apple store to see if they could help me with issues I’ve had after installing iOS7 and downloading the update this morning. I was surprised to get a same day appointment considering there has been a lot of brouhaha over the new operating system. The good thing is that others have reported the same problem after today’s update but the bad thing is the choices I have aren’t great – 1) wait until Apple sends a fix or 2) restore my phone to original settings and don’t download my back up files. That would mean I would have to sync iTunes, my calendar, download apps, etc. etc. etc. What a drag. I’m afraid to update the upgrade any more. Come to find out, my FaceTime and iMessages aren’t working. SMS should be sent for free if going to another iPhone and the way one can tell is that the message bubble turns blue after it is sent. If it is sent through my mobile phone carrier, the message bubble is green. The Genius that helped me at Apple had not done his update today and suspected this issue with FaceTime and iMessages is a result of something in this morning’s update of iOS7.0.2, so we tested his theory. Sure enough, when he sent me a SMS, his message bubble was indeed blue. In the meantime, I can only play WWF from my iPad because my iPhone version crashes when opened. 

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 270 : marin

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Sandy: I have a mountain bike made by Marin Bikes. The bikes are mostly named after biking trails in Marin County. Mine is named Mt. Vision but I’ve never ridden the Mount Vision Overlook trail. It’s partly paved and part dirt that climbs to 1,282 feet over 4 miles. That wouldn’t prevent me from riding it, I just haven’t done it. I love my bike, it has been very reliable, though it sits in the garage with a flat tire since I haven’t been riding while trying to cure the tingly finger problem I get when I ride. My bike got me down the craziest trails in Downieville and around the awesome mountain biking meccas like Slickrock, Bryce Canyon, Gooseberry Mesa, Canyonlands, Lake Tahoe, and Bend. When I rode in Downieville it was three months after having a concussion (flew off my bike when a bee crawled under my sunglasses). I was pretty naive about concussions and didn’t know how long the effects could last. Parts of the trails were pretty bumpy which caused my brain to get knocked around. The scenery seemed surreal and it seemed like I was dreaming. That should have been my first clue that I wasn’t healed. I consider myself lucky to have stayed on my bike where the trails on one side went straight down into a canyon – and lived to tell about it.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 269 : famoditine

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Sandy: Since the first time I drank alcohol, I’ve had an allergic reaction. I become really attractive but in a different way other people think they become more attractive when they drink. My skin turns red from the top of my head and down, throughout my torso. My nasal passages become inflamed and I can’t breath very well and my heart rate increases tremendously. Not a wonder why I rarely drink wine or cocktails. Although I discovered in college that I wasn’t consistently effected by tequila in that way and acquired a fondness for shooting or sipping it. But wait! Problem solved. A few years ago I was introduced to Famoditine which is an ingredient in antacids. Famotidine is in a class of drugs called histamine receptor antagonists which decreases the amount of acid the stomach produces. It won’t solve two problems at the same time though. Drinking alcohol if you take Famotidine will greatly affect and worsen stomach acid conditions, if you have them. Luckily I don’t, and if I do, I drink a couple of ounces of aloe vera juice.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 268 : AC

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Sandy: Wow! Wow! Wow! Today, the final race of the America’s Cup was so thrilling! I decided to watch it on TV because I could see so much more than yesterday when I watched it from the water’s edge. The boats were ripping with the current and wind, making perfect tacks in close proximity to each other, and demonstrating how they can glide effortlessly on their foils. It was pretty amazing that the Oracle team was able to hone their skills over the last few races and come from behind to win. Now I’m especially glad to have been a tiny part of this, on many levels, historic 34th America’s Cup. I have my official America’s Cup pinny as a souvenir from doing the SUP yoga demonstration for America’s Cup with Leigh Claxton and On Board Fitness SUP Yoga.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 267 : circumambulation

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Sandy: In Marin County there lies a Sleeping Lady – Mt. Tamalpais. It is the backdrop looking west for much of southern Marin and is the southern view for northern Marinites. There is controversy surrounding who coined the nick name but it is said it was given because Mt. Tam’s silhouette resembles a reclining woman. The mountain’s elevation is 2,574 ft which one can hike from the base to the top and down again in a day. I’ve done, what is called a circumambulation of Mt. Tam, which is going up and around the mountain and down again. It’s approximately 15 miles and takes 8+ hours. The route I’ve taken with friends was created as a ritual walk, opening the mountain, in 1965 by three Buddhist poets – Alan Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen. It is a physical as well as spiritual experience where you become absorbed in the beautiful vistas and smells of the earth as you follow the contours upwards of this magnificent mountain, respectfully chanting at ten designated points.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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