My dad died 17 days ago


I don’t think I’ve sufficiently processed this. Maybe because I probably spoke with him every other week, on average, so this is…you know…not an entirely outsize gap in our communication throughput. But today I had lunch with a good listener 


Water + gravity + time

Several times in my fifth or sixth or seventh summers my dad would take me to work. Not at his office — which was at the state extension research station a mile or so up the irrigation access road from 


You’re a Good Man


About twelve years ago, in the middle of my divorce, my father paid me the greatest compliment I have ever been given. I was at my life’s probable nadir and as an article of comfort he offered: “You’re a good 


End of summer blues


Yesterday we got the annual email that our neighborhood pool was closing for the winter. I realized Orion and I were probably the last people to swim in it — we caught it just at sunset on the last full 


Three tiny stories about Robin Williams

A tweet just reminded me I had rainbow suspenders. Totally forgot the rainbow suspenders. EVERY 9 YEAR OLD IN AMERICA IN 1980 had rainbow suspenders. Oh geez I had those too. “@third_brain: Fondly remembering my rainbow suspenders. #RobinWilliamsWillLiveOnForever”— PJ Souders 



Our next-door neighbor Langton was found dead in his home this week. He was a quiet and kind of prickly guy a few years older than me with sort of hermitic habits. We'd noticed that we hadn't seen him for 




So yesterday I'm having lunch at the Daily cafe at ohsu after my orthopedic appt & kinda feeling sorry for myself bc my recovery plan makes racing cx unlikely this year & then a mom comes into the cafe w 




report: this happened yesterday on on sw moody by the waterfront ohsu, on my homebound commute. young fella opened his car door right into me. i was moving pretty fast i might have gone OVER the door! luckily my laptop 


So many privileges


Some while ago I enumerated my privileges elsewhere. There are all the usual obvious ones: White Heterosexual Cisgender Male Able-bodied Neuronormative Within the range of medically-healthy body weight and height Of comfortable material means I realize I have other privileges 


Dude, not cool


So you’re a person with privileges who wants to be an ally. We can also assume you’ve read your 101 — but OK for now if you haven’t. You’ve read and pondered Shanley’s excellent HOWTO. You want to help. But 


Etiquette for stranded cyclists


Scenario: a bike is broken down. Probably a flat tire. Bike and cyclist are on the roadside and might need a little help. You either own this bike and are sitting forlornly beside it, or you are riding at a 


Nunivak archaeology


Every great once in a while — like every 3 - 4 years — someone will contact me about my archaeological work. This week, a PhD student in Scotland needed some information related to my thesis. I just spent like