Fall 2013

At the end of every season I try to put up a post on the preceding. Yesterday, the Winter Solstice, I was in San Francisco, and attended the Dickens Fair with my friend Barbara. We wandered the streets of London, had high tea, and danced a bit at Fezziwigs. Nothing else special in celebration of the day, but that is as good as any. Theatre for the fall season is in a separate post.


I continue my position as Safe Routes to School Coordinator with San Juan USD. Much of my time this fall was devoted to on-bike education with students in five schools. This is the most fun I have of all the things I do, and I feel so fortunate to have this as a central part of my job.


I attended the Harvest Moon Contra Dance Weekend in Santa Barbara, October 11-13, and had a wonderful time, one of the better weekends I’ve been to. A lot of good friends there, some of whom I see fairly often, and others I rarely see. The other big contra event was the 12-hour Fall Has Sprung in Grass Valley. Sadly, the last one, but I enjoyed it enough to tide me over for a while. I attended one contra dance in Las Vegas, which I get to only once or twice a year, one in Palo Alto, and got to about half of the local contra dances in Sacramento. I attended one sacred circle dance in El Cerrito and two in Davis. I also danced at the Jane Austen Birthday Tea in Sacramento, the Holiday Ball in Old Sacramento, and the Dickens Fair in Daly City.


I ride my bike nearly every day, and went on two moonlight rides. I attended and volunteered at Sunday Streets SF in the Excelsior, which brings the number I attended this year to seven out of the nine. My backpacking was limited to one trip, but it was a great one, previously posted at ADT: San Francisco to Point Reyes. Sadly, I didn’t do any day hikes at all. I can tell, because I’m carrying more weight than I want to be.


Michael Franti in October at Sac State. Voices of Innocence choral performance led by my friend Tracia, November in Davis. Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at Harlow’s in Sacramento in December, one of the best concerts I have ever been to.

Looking Back on 2010

Winter Solstice again, and not many posts this past year. I celebrated the solstice with David Buesch and friends at his house in the evening.

The big themes of the year have been transportation, hiking and dancing, not to anyone’s surprise. I said last year one of my long-term goals was to live without a car. I drove my car 5000 miles this year, and I’m glad to be down to such low numbers, but I feel as though that last little bit is going to be quite difficult to eliminate so long as I’m living in Carson City. I use my car (or go with friends) to get to Reno to connect to Amtrak or plane travel, to get to Incline Village and Lake Tahoe for hiking and meetings, and to get to dances. If I give up that last bit of flexibility, I’ll feel stuck in Carson City, and I don’t want that. So I’ll keep my car for as long as I’m in Carson, and continue to keep the driving down as much as I can. On the plus side, I did ride my bike more than I drove, and that feels good. I don’t have an odometer on my bicycles, but figuring a common daily mileage plus other trips works out to about 6000 miles a year.

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