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If anyone is in need of personal pro-vax stories, every day posts a few real, personal, current, tragic tales of real anti-vaxxers that died from COVID, leaving gaping holes in their families and communities.
Please get the COVID vaccine.


When I was a kid in deep suburban New Jersey, there were summer nights where the front yard shimmered and glowed and shifted with thousands of moats of light created by fireflies! It was pure magic!
I haven’t seen such a spectacle since the 1980s. Where have they gone? I’ve read reports that firefly populations are way down.
My question to you: have you seen fireflies in the past few years? Where?

Burning Man is not happening RIGHT NOW!

Burning Man is not happening this year. You can watch it not happen, live, right now! Rewind the livestream to about sunrise this morning to see a dance party. I’m most enamored of the tricycle with the 40′ tall illuminated tower on it!

Autistry Studios in Marin is Hiring

My friend Janet Lawson is hiring… you? Her Autistry Studios in Marin promotes growth and independence for autistic students and others. She’s got an amazing maker space along with a set of fantastic volunteers and workers. Want to join their intersection of ASD therapy, productive work, and art? Not sure if it’s right for you, ping me or them.

University of California Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County

Here is a great gateway resource for gardening in California, and especially in my local area:

MGCC Digital Pamphlet

Keeping Glasses Fog Free With a Mask

I’ve finally found a pretty good solution for keeping my glasses fog-free.

First, see the video below.

I put medical tape on the top, inside of my mask and fold it down; and I stick that onto my nose and face. My favorite so far is the blue Nexcare “strong hold for sensitive skin”. It’s $8/roll but comes off fairly easily and doesn’t leave residue on my face. Other tapes work well too.

And I use an anti-fog cloth. The cloth keeps my glasses from fogging at every breath. Instead, water drops start dripping down after a while.

The combination works “pretty well” which is way better than I had before.




Requiring COVID Vaccinations to Enter

Consider telling your favorite in-person organization about this:
If you are an organization in California that requires a COVID vaccination to enter the premises (or you want to be such an organization), there is a free, relatively painless system you can use. It is these 2 tools: and
The DNA Lounge, a night club in San Francisco started using these August 1 to require a COVID vaccine to enter the club. Deets here

New Gym, New Stronglifts Spreadsheet

I am completely excited about finding a new, great gym! Team Tufunga Training in El Cerrito. They’ve got the squat racks and treadmill that I wanted to do my Stronglifts 5×5 workout and it’s not overly crowded. Every time I’ve gone, at least 2 of the 3 squat racks have been available. Goodbye to 24 Hour Fitness and Planet Fitness!

24 Hours Fitness Super Center is clean and well maintained but always very crowded. Their 2 squat racks are almost always busy. And I feel like I’m in a show there.

Planet Fitness is crazy cheap, $10/month but they’ve only got Smith Machines, no squat racks at all. And their Smith Machines are always busy too. I could “usually” walk on to a machine at 6am Wednesday thru Saturday. And all the other machines isolate muscles so much that I’d be there forever to get a workout done.

Bay Strength has all the squat racks but it’s a different model: $350/month, 2 2-hour sessions at the same time every week with a small group and a trainer. That’s not what I want.



Here’s my latest Stronglifts 5×5 spreadsheet. I’m pretty darn excited at my progress, and my body feels great! It was a thrill when my brother-in-law Walt mentioned out of the blue that my body was looking good and asked if I was exercising!

I switched to entering just the weight on each side of the barbell instead of the total weight since I’m never excited about doing barbell math  during my workout. Now my formula is “Whatever it was last time per side, put 2.5 lbs more on.” It used to be… ugh “Weight per side = (Last total weight / 2) – (45 lb barbell) + (5 additional pounds / 2)

The number in gray is the total weight, calculated by the sheet. The formula I use to calculate the total is  “=IF(ISBLANK(B3),,B3*2+45)”



News Headline: No

Tip: when a news headline asks a question, the answer is “no”.

Stronglifts 5×5 – Back at the Gym!

After a year of quarantine, I’m back at the gym doing the Stronglifts 5×5 workout!

Videos of Stronglifts Workout A and Workout B

Here is a grab of the Stronglifts 5×5 program from the webpage in case it goes offline. All the formatting is messed up so I strongly recommend you just look at the original page: Page grab: StrongLifts 5×5_ Get Stronger by Lifting Weights only 3x_Week

Thanks Schuyler for showing me the workout and proper form!