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Hello Internet,

I am doing fine in 2017.

Living down in Santa Cruz since November. Teaching Yoga, though Village Yoga is currently closed. Doing other gardening/landscaping work and also been Uber/Lyft driving. I found a sweet girlfriend who is an artist and inspires me. Life is interesting, a lot of fun, and a lot of work.

 

 

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I suppose an annual update is better than none at all. Much has changed though much is the same.

I’m still on that vegan lifestyle, still feeling healthy and strong. I’m still in a trailer at Lindencroft Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Uno is doing well here; since the Red House this has been the longest I’ve stayed in one place with him. It may be the best place for a cat to live in the whole world, at very least in the top ten. Most of my clothes are the same as last year (got some new t-shirts, socks, and undies), still riding my Long Haul Trucker, and I still get to play some music here and there.

Otherwise this year has brought many changes. I’m practicing and teaching yoga almost every single day now. I really love this new job, it is so challenging and fulfilling. I’ve got a ways to go still to pay for my training (thanks Bank of America!) as this yoga scene doesn’t pay too well at first, but I really love my new job and haven’t a single regret about it. I was so fortunate to be able to begin teaching here in Santa Cruz right out of the gate which I can still hardly believe. The timing was just right and my home studio Village Yoga was able to give me six classes per week, an incredible blessing as this town is lousy with amazing and experienced yogis. In the Fall I picked up another two classes each week at a hidden treasure, Ease Mountain Yoga in Ben Lomond where I live. Juko Holiday, the studio owner, has been so conducive to my growth as a teacher, encouraging me and providing the space for me to expand my teaching repertoire. Now I am teaching one Vinyasa Class (Beginner’s Flow) and one Yin class there each week, something I never dreamed I’d be doing this time last year. The planets aligned for me to take over the Monday Night Yin class at Village Yoga as well, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be teaching multiple styles. Again, so scary and challenging at first but at the same time so rewarding. So along with attending classes nearly everyday and my work trade for rent at the farm I’ve been able to stay pretty busy.

I’ve been taking 2-3 Vinyasa classes each week with the force of nature that is Puja Chance, and it has enriched my practice beyond measure. Finally got those handstands down, so I can die happy now. And special thanks to Torrey Trover, another force of nature, she really resonated with me and I was hooked on her Yin style from the start. I am so excited to be attending her first Yin Yoga Teacher Training coming up in a few weeks at Mt. Madonna (B of A, making things happen).

On a more personal level, for the last month or so I’ve drastically cut back on my cannabis and alcohol intake, two things I’d been indulging in pretty freely for the last decade or so. It’s not easy! But if you’re like I was and are pretty high all the time I just want to encourage you take a step back and examine your patterns. I think shaking things up a bit and getting out of your comfort zone is always good, especially if it’s difficult. Often the things that are hard for us are things that will benefit us the most, or at least that’s what I read in all of these Yoga books. The great thing about cannabis, and probably alcohol too: less is definitely more! So the last month or so has been a little intense, I’d been bottling up my emotions for a long time there so I guess I was overdue to actually feel some feelings. It’s definitely not fun to be sad in the moment, but it sure feels good when it’s over. About two months prior to that my sweetheart of four years and I parted ways, I’m so glad to say that we’re still friends. That was also rough but I just want to publicly proclaim how grateful I am for the years that we spent together, and for all the memories we have both “good” and “bad”. They’re all good memories now. She really helped me to grow, I only wish I might’ve grown a little faster for her sake, but I think everything is as it’s meant to be so again: Love and Gratitude.

I suppose that’s enough for now, let’s see if I can’t get back on here again before New Years.

Once again, it’s been years!

Still in Santa Cruz, still hanging with my girlfriend. Uno is still healthy and happy. Still have the van and still playing music. Still toying with the idea of a bike tour, but where does the time go!?

I worked on a different small farm for a while when I was in my RV in Ben Lomond, then I moved into a house closer to Santa Cruz. I got laid off from the small farm and then I worked for a sauerkraut company for awhile, but I got laid off from there too!

Now I found some work I can do at home from the computer, which is great because I really love where I live. We’ve got a pretty good garden going this year I’ve been able to spend some time in. Here are our 3-sisters mounds, surrounded by peas and beans that will climb the fence:
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Now I’m living in an RV in the redwoods, probably not for much longer (anyone want to buy an RV?), and working on a new farm. Probably won’t be making a big bike trip anytime too soon, though it does still sound like fun. Been playing music here and there which has been good. I think I’m going to move into a bigger place after the New Year, definitely looking forward to that. I’m getting ready to trade in my van (a ’63 Ford Falcon) for something a little more fuel-efficient like a small truck, wagon, or hatchback (still gotta lug that bass around). Lots of changes to make, actions to take, where to begin!?

Sorry, my blog, for the lack of updates. I guess I just haven’t been that inspired to post anything lately, or haven’t felt the need to (or possibly just too lazy) or a few times I actually did make some really delicious food and only got really crappy pictures of it, and nobody wants to see that.

I think I might need to further refine exactly what it is that I want to blog about, rather than just my life in general, in order to stay more excited about it. I’m thinking maybe more focused on gardening and harvest preserving type stuff, but we’ll see. Also I just started tweeting and it seems a more acceptable place for unfocused ramblings and inane details. For anyone that’s interested I’m @thssrgr.

I had a great last six weeks or so, one of which consisted of a nice spring break from classes. I rode my bikes a ton, camped a little bit, surfed, hiked, did all kinds of fun stuff.

My first big ride I met a bunch of cool animals

Some cows behind Cal Poly
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Donkeys down one Toro Creek dead end.
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And different-sized horses down another!
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These goats were at this awesome lady’s house who informed me that yes, it was indeed a dead end.
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I even saw some peacocks but they ran away before I could get a picture of them.

Here I am riding to Creston on this cool Highway 229 that’s mostly just one lane for both directions!
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Some deer I saw.
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I climbed this crazy “tree 9” in Santa Cruz again for the second time. It is a pretty incredible experience, it’s like 150 feet tall and you can get right to the very top and get this crazy view, which I did not take a very good picture of.
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I also rode my bike home from Big Sur on the last day of Spring Break! It was a beautiful sunny day, I had an amazing tailwind the whole way, and made almost 90 miles in just under six hours! Here I am at the waterfall everyone takes pictures of.
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I am linking to this song because supposedly if I do, $5 will be donated to the Best Friends Animal Society, by her label Anti. I think that’s pretty cool. Also, Neko Case is great!

Download “People Gotta Lotta Nerve”

I never knew! It should have been obvious.

There’s been a bunch of frozen bananas in the freezer for a while now (six months or more? possibly an old roommates?) that I just kept avoiding because I didn’t know what to do with them. Well, I was moved by kmouse’s smoothie from a few days ago to throw a few of them in my housemate’s Magic Bullet, along with some OJ, soymilk, agave, and vanilla. It was like an orange julius milkshake, but better.

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Note the free-standing spoon.

I made another sans OJ, but with cocoa powder that was equally good. Now that I think about it the cocoa and OJ might be good together…

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