We are saving paper by putting our message online this year. It
seems paperless is the operative word now-a-days for everything.
The family at Homewood on Christmas day 2018. Lake Tahoe in the
I am currently in my fourth and final year at UCSB, still studying
Aquatic Biology and loving my classes (except organic chemistry, but
phew I'm done with that now!). In addition to classes, I spend time
working on local Channel
Islands biodiversity research, and assist in a lab studying fish and
lobster metabolism. I still work at the REEF, a touch tank aquarium
facility located at UCSB's campus point. This Summer, I got my AAUS dive
certification, which allows me to SCUBA dive for lab research.
When I'm not in school or at work, I enjoy spending time with my
friends exploring Santa Barbara, tide-pooling, and relaxing in hammocks
strung on trees along the beach cliffs. I'm doing my best to enjoy my
last few months in Isla Vista, but am struggling with the idea that I
will have to move away from a such an idyllic, unique area so soon.
After graduation (June 15th, 2019!), I hope to work as a research
aide in a new lab, in a new place. Why waste an opportunity to try
living somewhere different?
also: the blue hair is temporary! I'm chopping it off soon!
Wurster hall, the infamous architecture studio building at Cal, has
become a secondary apartment for me up in Berkeley. On major studio
projects in 2018, I've received class distinctions and award
scholarships for building designs. I'm currently leading a group in a SF design competition,
and I'm hoping to continue discovering my limits in my remaining
Outside of school, I've been working with two professors on house
remodels and sculptures, teaching groups of high-schoolers from Tokyo,
discovering a guilty pleasure in D&D, and continuing to travel
(Barcelona, Rome, Florence) and backpack (Desolation, Point Reyes, El
Dorado) with old and new friends.
I'm into my 9th year teaching
5th grade at Huff Elementary in Mountain View
with a pirate theme. I have a super group of kids this year, including several interesting personalities!
So far I have biked the 4 miles to work with the exception of two days,
rain or shite. I've taken to bicycle commuting to just about everywhere I can go. Some people ask if I'm not scared of the traffic. Personally, I think we should be more worried about global warming. This is also why I follow a vegetarian diet.
Another highlight of the summer was attending
Jazz Camp West. This camp, set in the nearby redwoods, boasts amazing talent and super instructors. One of my goals this year was to play my violin in a regular group, and I'm now part of a Jazz Combo class. We'll perform in January and then I'll start a new session. I'm finding this sensational fun. I also continue to join a weekly old time group, and do nightly Cape Breton fiddle practice.
Joe also came up to Port Townsend to enjoy biking around WA while I went to
Fiddle Tunes camp of there and took classes from Cape Breton Fiddling to Swing to Irish.
"Isn't it our job as humans to be collecting great moments?"
(wall art in Iceland) Life just keeps getting better, doesn't it?
I'm into the fourth year of wood turning on the lathe and the second in
retirement from HP. It was this
year that my family finally describes my
wood turnings as
Together with members of my local woodturning club (Silicon
Valley Woodturners), I volunteer extensively at a local high school with
an well-equipped woodshop. This fall, I led a team to teach 132
teenagers to turn their first pen on mini-lathes we had donated. I find satisfaction working with the young people on the unique skills
needed at a lathe.
This year was marked by several trips. The
Life Is Grand (LIG) Sailing group
sailed its 16th trip in April 2018 to
St. Lucia and the Grenadine/St Vincent islands in the Caribbean.
It was an "sailor's sail" with the open ocean crossings on a brandy new 41
foot sloop. Next July, we take 10 people including my graduating
daughter to the
Seychelles in July on a big catamaran which promises some great reefs,
snorkeling and diving. One goal: to see
sharks. We plan to do some
bicycling afterwards, the route including the Serengeti national park.
With Dorian, we went cruising to the midnight sun using
Viking Sea Cruises to the fjords of Norway, including the most northern
tip of Europe. We started from London, and included Scotland, Faroe
Islands. We stopped in Iceland for 5 days on the way back.
Viking cruises, river or sea, is highly recommended.
local bike club, I bicycled over 2000 miles, climbing 180 thousand feet
in 2018. Prompted by my daughter, I was Scuba certified with PADI's Advanced Open Ocean this
fall, and started regular swimming at a nearby
facility in Sunnyvale. Getting to that age where congress wants me
to report in to Medicare, I am trying to stay out of trouble by avoiding
some dumb things I've tripped into previous years. 2018 was an
unusual year. I avoided surgery ;-).
We hope to get to see more of you as the years go by before it is too
late (damn...the fact that life is finite is now really beginning to sink
in). Maybe plan to relax with us at our
Lake Tahoe cabin on the
Past Holiday Letter Archives
(Get a "gratitude" gift card if you have kept any past letter between
2011 and 2014
and send it. We would appreciate a copy of it. )