Category Archives: Events

Airship Adventure

Crossing

My various jobs have taken me to a lot of cool places. LivePlanet sent me to Sundance for three days. Razorfish sent me to Las Vegas two nights.  23andMe,  sent me to the skies, for a slow ride 1000 feet in the air above Silicon valley upon Airship Ventures 23andMe branded zepplin. How cool! My favorite part  about the whole thing is that the windows actually open and you can stick your head (or your camera) out. Thanks 23andMe!

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I sold my LA condo!

Sorry suckas! It took 3 weeks from listing to offer. Closed on my birthday! Now navigating the SF housing market. Wish me luck!

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High Performance Driving

Lotus and me

I like to drive. I find it profoundly enjoyable to turn up the stereo, press my foot on the gas and maneuver around cars and other obstacles. When there’s no traffic and no cops, the lush landscape and curves on the 280 are thrillingly gorgeous! The combination of control, speed, and danger is such a rush –  I’ve always wondered the experience of driving on a race track, unfettered by speed limits and Sunday drivers. Well – I finally got my chance!

A few weekend’s ago, Dwayne’s co-worker, Mike Vincenty invited us out to the Infineon Raceway.  He teaches “high performance driving” – not racing – to people who sign up for a weekend of instruction and track driving with BMW CCA Club Racing. Pupils drive their own cars – we saw lots of  beemers: Mini’s,  M3’s, even a 70’s 2002! The most impressive machine had to be the Lotus, the most unexpected a Hyundai.

Mike took us around the track in his silver 2001 VW GTI – pretty much the same car that I drive every day. After a time or two around the track, he looked over at me and said: “I can’t believe you’re not screaming!” In all honesty I wasn’t scared – I can take 60-70 mph around a hairpin curve! Plus, I didn’t want to mess up his concentration or my experience by talking too much. This is seriously dangerous business.

Everyone has their reasons for being out there: people who want to drive their sports cars faster than 65mph, others training to be come race car drivers. Mike seemed less into the cars and the speed, and more into the teaching and practice of staying in control in a dynamic, high speed situation. Learning to think ahead, scan ahead, being prepared and consistent, and following the rules. All great lessons for a gal who is in the consulting business.

Would I ever go for it – take the classes? I don’t know. I will, however consider a first step – signing up for the prerequisite Car Control Clinic at Candlestick park. Vroom vroom.

Hands and breath make sounds

Bodies and instruments make rhythm and notes makes Music in Twelve Parts. Philip Glass and his ensemble of committed, talented, devoted artists created order out of chaos in a system that I will never understand. For four hours, accompanied by no video, no pictures, no screensavers our eyes closed we accomplished the act of meditating on the pure unfiltered experience of listening with our hearts. Surprisingly enjoyable as notes come and go and little did you know or remember that sound from just five minutes ago. One journey that’s not for everybody – but so surprisingly accessible – for even a music neophyte such as myself. If you ever get a chance to see this performance – please take the opportunity. You might be heading for the door after 45 minutes, or you might just might finally understand what it feels like to be enveloped in the sound of artistic genius. Listen for yourself. (itunes link)

photo via flickr by Jamie Hillman

photo via flickr by Jamie Hillman