This is Jon Soliday's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Jon Soliday's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Jon Soliday
Recent Activity
Image
Life can move at a pretty fast pace out here in the Bay Area. It can also creep along slowly, especially up in the Santa Cruz Mountains ... and if you’re a Banana Slug. Purisma Creek Open Preserve-Santa Cruz Mountains Vince Vega Representing the Slugs! The first time a Banana... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
Ten years ago I nearly died from a blood clot. In February 2003, three weeks after a minor spill on my bicycle, I was rushed into the ICU with a massive Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) the length of my right thigh that was moving toward my lungs. Earlier that morning,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2013 at Adventures in Anterolisthesis
Image
My wife Chris is a voracious reader with a huge intellectual appetite for myriad subjects, including science. The other day we received the latest edition of The Atlantic, which features an article she thought I might find interesting given my upcoming surgery. The article—Awakening by Joshua Lang—delves into the subjects... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2013 at Adventures in Anterolisthesis
Image
In the couple million years since hominids arose from all fours and became exclusively bipedal, our species has suffered from low back pain. More recently, with the advent of anesthesia and antiseptics, surgical procedures became safer and more reliable remedies to chronic spinal ailments. And, in 1911 the first spinal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2013 at Adventures in Anterolisthesis
Image
One thing you quickly notice upon living in the Bay Area is the prevalence of motorcycles. I guess it makes sense given the region’s milder climate, higher fuel prices, the dearth of available parking, and the notorious traffic congestion. But what doesn’t make sense to me is how all these... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
It seems you can’t pick up a newspaper or your smart phone these days without constant reminders that we’re in the middle of yet another techno-bubble. After all, Facebook leapt out of the IPO gates to the tune of $100 billion in value, and the company also snatched up Instagram... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
I like to ride my bike out Cañada Road. It’s a scenic, two-lane, 7.5-mile stretch that winds its way from Woodside Road on the south to Highway 92 on the north. It parallels the Peninsula Ridge, which rises 2,000 feet to the west and serves as a spectacular backdrop (and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
It’s been fun getting a taste of Northern California traditions since I moved out here. One particularly tasty tradition is the feeding frenzy known as Dungeness Crab Season. Typically running from the beginning of December until June, the Dungeness Crab season is as quintessentially “Bay Area” as it gets. As... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
As I wrote in my last post, most restaurants out here in the Bay Area seem to take the dining experience much more seriously than do most places I’ve been. Here, you’re not served gargantuan portions big enough for multiple meals. The menus are typically far more interesting and artistic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
I get pretty jazzed about cooking. There’s just something satisfying about creating something tasty to share with others and, of course, to eat myself. This trait goes back a long way for me; I actually took a home economics class in high school and on “free cook day” I tried... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
In my opinion, one of the more intriguing ways of tapping into the undercurrent of any city or town is by bellying up to one of the neighborhood watering holes. From the observation deck of a bar stool, you can get a sense of what the “locals” are talking about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
Chris recently went back to work after a long-overdue (in my opinion) break from the high-stress, high-BS world of corporate top management. But, before she re-upped for a regular gig, she wanted to enjoy one last weekend of leisurely bliss. So, we drove up the coast to one of her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
Most of my friends know I like to barbeque. Which is not to say the barbeque that most people are familiar with—ribs or chicken sopping with store-bought tomato-based sauces. In my opinion, barbeque involves dry rubs (I'd give you my recipe, but then would have to kill you), low heat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
If you’re like me, there’s a special place in your heart—and your belly—for a good breakfast. And, I’m not talking about quantity. Sure, when we were kids, few things were better than a huge, teetering, syrup-smothered stack of flapjacks to carry us over through a Saturday morning’s cartoon fest. Nowadays... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
This is a great time of year to be up in the Sierra Nevadas. Not that it’s ever BAD being in them—Donner Party misfortunes aside—but with the summer heat comes snow melt, opened trails, great camping and amazing views. A couple weeks ago, Chris and I decided to take our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
As you might expect, the Bay Area hums to a different vibe. It’s especially the case in San Francisco, where people seem not only to embrace the strange, they encourage it. I discovered this first-hand when I convinced Chris to take me to see the Bay To Breakers race. Okay,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
The neighborhood we live in—Sharon Heights—is a quiet, picturesque enclave overlooking the virtually pancake-flat communities of Menlo Park, Atherton and Palo Alto, California. When you approach the neighborhood, two things are immediately apparent: it’s really hilly and the residents seem pretty anal about their landscaping. What’s not so apparent is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
Everyone knows the higher up you travel in the mountains, the thinner the air gets in terms of oxygen content. At the highest altitudes, oxygen deficiency can cause disorientation, impaired judgment, cerebral edema, even death. During a recent trip to a grocery store in Sonora, California, nestled barely 2,000 feet... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Image
After spending all but three months of my entire life living in Iowa--yet dreaming of being near water, mountains and culture--I decided to relocate to the San Francisco Bay area this past May 1. What would compel someone at my age to quit a job, sell off belongings and say... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at Sourpuss Meets Sourdough
Jon Soliday is now following The Typepad Team
May 14, 2011