Month: June 2019

June 18, 2019


1:1 macro of a caterpillar


June 17, 2019


Almost 16 months ago I decided to start doing a video blog – vlog – as a way to stay fresh with video skills, editing and learning new equipment I am checking out students on. Other priorities came up and I never started, but I did shoot a couple of things. I couldn’t sleep tonight, so I started a landing page for the concept, branding, all that stuff…. 10 hours of work later I might be over the idea, but still plan to do a monthly video and just put it here.

This was the video that made me want to do it – Sam and my backpack trip around Black Balsam –

This was teh video that made it obvious I needed the practice – frozen waterfalls at Hanging Rock State Park –

June 15, 2019


Back to the track


I love riding the steep banks and this was a racing workshop for new track racers


There were several college riders in the group and so much strategy to think about


It is a blast going all out on a fixed gear bike, I just have to remember I have to keep pedaling as I crossed the line.




Then time to bar hop/eat. We passed a place called The Pump House on the way to the velodrome, so we started there, drinks and wings while sitting on the roof top bar watching tubers on the Catawba River.


Then following a recommendation, it was a seafood dinner at the Rock Salt in Charlotte (this is a wall on a bike shop)


a night at my favorite camp spot in Uwharrie National Forest

June 13, 2019


Today’s match (continuation from last night’s rain out) was one of those that make me realize why I love competition. I was playing #1 singles, and as I warmed up, I thought, this guy is a lot better than me, but I have seen that in warm ups before, but something about his consistency had me worried. Part of my warm up is hitting shots to see what he does with them, and he liked everything, deep, short, pace, off pace….

Last night we started under heavy clouds, and I dropped my first serve, he held and I was down 0-2 – all I could do was move him side to side and try to tire him out, that worked as the rain started, I served at 3-3 and my balls were throwing rooster tails all the way across the net – it was wet!

Today is my third week of being in a bad mental place and I was having trouble focusing. I wanted to finish the first set from last night – I was up 4-3 – his serve, I got lucky, broke his serve and held after being down Love -40. First set was mine.

Again like last night, I fell behind 0-2 in teh second set and had to find something. My serve finally came back, I got some easy games with hard serves and broke him to win 6-4.

A good match for me.

June 12, 2019


An awesome morning ride – Wild Turkey, Sunny Side and Owls Roost


Keto snack, homemade cucumber chips


They turned up great!


Lettuce wrapped burgers and chicken from BurgerIM in Greensboro


New tennis shoes – more orange than the red I wanted, but they work!

June 10, 2019


I had not planned to post another crappy food picture, but I didn’t shoot anything else today. This was my meal prep #2 yesterday, Keto taco soup. I had it for lunch, so far dinner it was grill chicken breast topped with pepper jack cheese and steamed broccoli and cauliflower.


I was supposed to play tennis, but a rain shower wiped out the court, so after visiting the gym for weights, I started fixing Sam’s wall paper removal.


June 9, 2019


a crappy weather day, so I did some meal prep.

This is a Keto friendly and gluten free pasta dinner.


Almond flour, sweet rice flour, egg, Tapioca flour and xanthan gun noodles, this was teh toughest dough I have ever tried to make into noodles, as you run it through teh pasta maker, the oils in the almond flour keep coming out.


Low carb sauce. In the end I am happy, good texture and flavor. I also made taco soup for tomorrow. But will try a different noodle recipe for the rest of the sauce!