AIDS Lifecycle Team ALCAholics

It’s my 3rd time riding AIDS Lifecycle and I’m once again riding with TEAM ALCAholics. 2018-01-27-08-35-50-e1518715193267.jpg
In case you didn’t know: it probably looks like we’ve misspelled Alcoholics, but the team is actually named after the the commonly used acronym for AIDS Life Cycle. Our slogan is “we keep coming back” and I think now that I’m in my 3rd year, I do definitely consider myself an ALCAholic. I’m proud to be in an all-inclusive team with such a diverse group of people. AIDS Lifecycle calls its community the “love bubble” and this team is my personal love bubble in the ALC love bubble.


I’m especially excited that, this year, there are more women that have already joined our team. Their strength and stamina inspire me and makes me want to get even stronger to be able to keep up with them! Here’s a photo of the first team ride I’ve joined where the women outnumbered the men. It was beautiful day to climb Hawk Hill.



My, how time flies! The last time I posted to this blog was just over 2 years ago when I started training for my FIRST AIDS LifeCycle. The last couple of years have been extremely busy and I’ve been largely absent to so many. So, as I work to resurrect this blog, I thought you might want a quick recap of what I’ve been up to:

Halfway done riding my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles on ALC 2017

Halfway done riding my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles on ALC 2017

Speaking of AIDS Lifecycle, I’ve just started training for my 3rd one happening in June! AIDS Lifecycle is a 7-Day, 545-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles whose mission is to support the life-saving work provided by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.  While most of my weekends between now and June will be dedicated to building up my strength and endurance for that week, I am also asking for your support in raising funds for these 2 incredible organizations. It’s probably a lot of what I’ll be writing most about between now and June so I’ll keep this blurb about it short and for now just leave the links to my fundraising page here 🙂

Off the bike, I’ve been working on building Champaign, the app that’s helping marketers grow their audiences through social. This past year this meant serving clients, building a team to focus on app development and working through all of the small details around getting the app launched – things like planning, resourcing, workflow, interfaces, logic, interactions, data, analytics, legal, testing, marketing, and funding. WHEW! It’s a ton of work with a bunch of long days and nights and I’m excited about how far we’ve come and where we’ll be by the end of this year. In fact, I’ll be using the app to broadcast this blog post, so if you’ve landed here a few months after this blog post was written, congratulations! you’ve already experienced the results of Champaign!

The rest of my time is spent catching up on errands, occasionally sharing a meal with a few friends and doing my best to stay awake when I can finally spend a little bit of time with McKay… but his shoulder is soooo cozy and by then I am also already soooo sleepy.

For the most part, my craft space (physical and mental) has been dormant – a few storage boxes and the walking space is currently hosting my drying rack where I hang bike clothing (their delicate fabrics last longer when they hang dry), but I have really been enjoying putting my creativity to work in other areas so I’m excited to start sharing some of that here, too.


I’m riding my bike from SF to LA as part of AIDS/LifeCycle!


From Jun 5 – Jun 11, I will be participating in AIDS/Lifecycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. 

You may already know that I have always loved riding my bike. In recent years, I’ve also discovered the rewarding feeling of riding long distances and thanks to many new friends, I have learned how to climb hills (go slow and stop as often as needed to enjoy the scenery), go on camping trips (the only gear you really need is food) and how to ride in the city (ride in big groups preferrably with music and in costume)! As an asthmatic, I used to think many of these things were out of my reach, but thanks to so much love and enouragement, everytime I reach a new milestone my confidence grows and I continue to stretch and surprise myself every day. So, it seems a fitting celebration to take my longest ride yet, camping out for 6 nights with  ~2000+ new friends as I wrap up my first 40 years on Earth (this ride ends just before I turn 41 so it is also kind of like an early week-long moving birthday party!)

This ride is not going to be easy: it will require countless hours of training and preparation. I have committed myself to doing this the first half of 2016 to make sure that I’m ready for this experience. To ride, I must also raise a minimum of $3000, but I want to try to do a little better so I’ve set my goal to $5000. So, this is where I NEED YOUR HELP and I’M ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT by donating as generously as you possibly can. Your contributions will help provide life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. To the people who rely on these services to survive, every dollar counts; every dollar also brings me closer to being able to participate in this amazing experience. 

THANK YOU for making this event possible for me and for being the support I need to cross the finish line on June 12. Let’s make a difference together!

When you’re ready, feel free to visit my rider page and support my ride: http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/karizmatic


2012-?: It Won’t Keep Me From Riding For Too Long

(I’ve skipped many days secretly plotting with you)

yesterday, I road my bike on Market street (SF)

feeling fairly confident navigating my way through the bustle

but my bicycle hesitated to cross the rail line

so I jumped it


2010-05: The End Of What Feels Like A Long Journey


while it is good to know
i can carry on
irregardless i resist
to embrace the lone venture
your enduring hospitable warmth
is sort of familiar
enough. that
breaks my melancholy
still not quite a spoonful
makes a cold bed
i gladly wind up
chasing sunlight
although it will not be
until it is dark
i will eventually be
worn and ready
to greet my own face

-writing on my flight back home(SF). Trips in the last 2.5 months:

1 week in LA for Thanksgiving
3 weeks in NC for Christmas
1 week in LA for my baby’s 21st
3 weeks in NC for work

So ready to be home in SF with my bed, my things and my person.


2012-03: Imporsistinent Q&A

A. Might I have lamented Posterous in haste? B. Has WordPress changed the way its group postings work?
C. Is anyone else trying to post to two blogs by email and having problems getting it to post to Thing A Day?
D. How can a Thing A Day author mark a featured image when you post by email?
E. If you can follow a Thing A Day author when they like your post, how can you follow them BEFORE they like you post(s)?
F. How’s it going?
G. Any San Franciscans want to meet up for things on days after Sunday?
H. What do you feel when your thing is done?
I. Do you prefer running out of time or running out of things?
J. What keeps you awake?

Answers to other questions, in case you can use them
11. I don’t know
12. Fuschia
13. No, the other one
14. 15 (but not like in crosswords)
15. plastic, but can you try to fit it in one bag? (bonus points for counter-questions?)
16. <repeat the question in the form of a question> (degrading extra bonus points for each recursion; degrading extra bonus points; degrading)
18. <repeat the question in the form of an answer, like this: "Really.">
18. Yes, this one
19. I really hope so

and answers I gave today:



Met up with some cousins for dinner in Durham (pic is my meal from Dame’s Chicken and waffles) so today lists foods often or recently on my mind (for eating, making and experimenting)

1. eat
1.1 soondubu+brown/purple rice+panchan
1.2 sour fish head soup (sinigang bangus)
1.3 roast duck egg noodle soup
1.4 pork (any kind, really)
1.5 whole fried fish (I really like it with refried beans and rice)

2. made in the last week
2.1 bread
2.2 salmon
2.3 tzaziki
2.4 cucumber salad
2.5 pizza

3. Ingredients I like playing with/need to play with more:
3.1 nopales
3.2 flour
3.3 chiles
3.4 cabbage
3.5 potatoes




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