The weird thing is that I'm consuming FAR fewer daily calories than I did twenty years ago, yet I have to work TWICE as hard to keep the meager portions I do consume from turning into flab. I'm trying to keep my bodyfat percentage in the 14% range...not easy.
A few times each week I'm at L.A. Fitness, either playing basketball or lifting weights. A few years ago a player during a 5-on-5 basketball game called me "O.G." which I realized stood for "old guy." I'm fine with that nickname. Now, at age fifty-something, I'm quite happy to still be able to play competitive sports alongside guys less than half my age.
Lately I've been riding my two bicycles more often for an additional cardio workout. My road bike is a 2011 Giant TCR Composite, a lightweight (18lb.), carbon-fiber bicycle. My mountain bike is a dual-suspension Diamondback Sortie. Road bicycling along the smooth, concrete Santa Ana River Trail is fairly safe. Mountain bicycling is more dangerous, especially when riding up and down the single-track trails of Chino Hills State Park, which is mountain lion (cougar) country. They say the only defense when confronted by a hungry mountain lion is to pick your bicycle up above your head and scream, making the animal think you're the bad-ass. Yeah, right. Bicycling photos are here.
Put a motor on a bike and you get a motorbike! Most recently in the garage was my all-time favorite touring motorcycle, a 2007 Honda Gold Wing ABS with a stiffened, aftermarket Traxxion Dynamics suspension tuned for canyon carving. The 6-cylinder 1800cc engine had tremendous torque. Long-distance riding comfort was helped by a 6-speaker, iPod-driven sound system, heated seat/grips, a built-in GPS and an espresso maker. (Just kidding on that last one). I was blessed to enjoy 38 years of safe motorcycling. Motorcycling photos here.
Daughter Alison (see photo at right -->) knows her dad is a car nut. In 2008 she and I participated in a 50-car BMW 5-Series (E60) rally from L.A. to San Luis Obispo. Over the past 36 years I've owned 36 cars and motorcycles. Many cars were amazing vehicles. A few (especially those I bought when I was young) were disappointing. Click here to see some cars I've driven over the years.
Every now and then...a vacation! During "Euro 11" Simone and I visited her sister in France and my brother and nephew in England. In 2010 we took Simone's mom and sister on a cruise to/from Hawaii. Some cool vacation photos (and videos) here.
Two- or three-day local get-away trips are fun too. San Diego, Big Bear and even Las Vegas are just a few hours drive from here. Visits from our children, friends and families are always welcome occasions.
Sometimes the best form of recreation is simply to laugh out loud. I do that a lot, watching funny movie or stand-up comic, or simply coming across something funny on the Internet. Here are some examples of what my odd sense of humor considers witty.
above: Navigating through class five rapids in the Lower Kern Rover, 1991.
above: In 2011, after 16 years as a semi-pro soccer official, I hung up the whistle (and the yellow and red cards).
above: Full rupture of my Achilles tendon during a basketball game in 1994. One year recovery...
above: My current inline skates are SpeedMachine 10s with 104mm wheels and carbon fiber shell. Fast!