Cathlene and Brian’s NorCal Adventure Guide

Hey Cathlene and Brian,

So happy to serendipitously run into you after ecstatic dance! Here’s a little list I put together for a trip filled with flavor, flair, and a touch of film history.

Sip & Savor – Wine & Bubbles

  1. Porter-Bass Vineyard and Winery: Embrace your inner tree hugger while sipping biodynamic wines under a majestic walnut tree.
  1. Korbel Champagne Cellars: Pop some Korbel bubbles among the redwoods and learn about their history, or just keep drinking.
  1. Equality Vines: Support equality with every sip in the heart of Guerneville.

Dining Delights

  • Guerneville: Boon Eat + Drink for farm-to-table fare, Betty Spaghetti for a twist on Italian, and Main Street Station for pizza and jazz. Also the nearby Rio Nido Roadhouse is kind of an institution. Guerneville has a thriving LGBTQI+ community and so it’s kind of like this much more colorful and diverse place compared to a lot of the other towns up that way.
  • Fort Bragg: Dive into fresh seafood at Silver’s at the Wharf, take a licking in Cowlicks Hand Made Ice Cream, and chill with a brew at North Coast Brewing Company Taproom & Grill.


  • Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary: Take a Zen break in Freestone with a Cedar Enzyme Bath (your skin will feel amazing for weeks afterwards).
  • 🌐 Osmosis Spa
  • πŸ“ž (707) 823-8231
  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Google Maps
  • Hitchcock’s “The Birds”: If you detour through Bodega Bay on Highway 1, spot the filming locations along the way . . . or just kind of freal yourselves out thinking “what if the birds really were coming after us?” LOL

Epic Experiences

  • Sonoma Canopy Tours: Zip through the redwood canopy in Occidental for an adrenaline rush among the ancient giants.
  • 🌐 Sonoma Canopy Tours
  • πŸ“ž (888) 494-7868
  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Google Maps

Happy trails!!!

Have an awesome trip,

20210119 – Computers, in the beginning

I’m really not sure when was the very first time I put my hands on a computer. There were of course computers in the form of games from the time I was a tot . . . I have fond memories of seeing Telstar Pong games displayed like they were space-aged technology, in really cool darkened furniture and TV stores and malls in Central Minnesota. We’re talking the mid-70s through the 80’s for reference.

For me, I remember getting super-stoked in middle school when I heard they were going to be incorporating computers, specifically Apple II (original) into math instruction. So my friends and I started hanging-out after school at the Junior High building playing text games like The Oregon Trail and of course getting our hands on some programming in BASIC.

My friend David O. had gotten his hands on a Sinclair ZX-81 kit and was in the midst of soldering it together. I had been reading about programming and computers in general in the issues of Boys Life magazine (I was a very active Boy Scout). This must have been around 8th grade or so and I remember that’s when my family moved to southern New Jersey.

So we get to New Jersey in the middle of the Fall and school was already in-session. Fast-forward through all the new things I got into, there was already the spark of ham radio that was taking up a lot of my hobby time, and computers were a perfect fit since there are so many applications (and at that time, hardly any had been written) where radio and computers have been a perfect fit (your Wifi connection for example, your cell phone, so many things for that matter). It was that Christmas (1983) my parents bought me a Timex/Sinclair TS1000. From that point forward I was always more than just a computer ‘user’.

Learning BASIC, machine language, and then instead of there being the Internet for being a sandbox for interconnecting computers, we had dial-up BBSs (Bullet Board Services) and if you were also a ham radio operator, there was the burgeoning packet radio scene, complete with its Packet BBSs and RTTY MSOs.

It was a very interesting time to grow up. We were essentially going from analog to digital and didn’t even realize the implications. Do we we realize it even now?

20201230 – At the Dog Park

Mister Baby, Mister Shaggy, and Max Muppy wish you and everyone a happy-whatever’s-left-of-2020 and hopefully a happy and healthy and free-range 2021!

20201225 – Hello again world!

I’m back from a bit of a hiatus. Posted dated before this one are from previous websites/blogs/blurbs/events/etc.

Merry Christmas, happy Holidays!


and the Pack