What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one too.)

Last updated Saturday June 11, 2022

Work

I’m a staff writer at the East Bay Times, usually covering breaking news and public safety. Here’s my Authory archive

Books

I’m listening to the audiobook of Suzanne Simard’s “Finding The Mother Tree.”

Drink

After enjoying a “dry January” this year and trying out things like an Athletic Upside-Dawn Golden Ale, a Greenbar Distillery Earl Grey Bitters + Soda, or a Hoplark Sparkling HopTea with Chamomile and Citra Hops, warmer weather has meant enjoying the Bravus IPA and Blonde, Hairless Dog Black Ale and Citra Lager, Two Roots Helles, Barrel Brothers’ Dark Sarcasm Porter, and the Heineken, Bitburger or Guinness non-alcoholic beers, as well as the Greenbar Distillery UnRum & Cola and the Hoplark Hibiscus Tea.

Language

I’m working on French in Duolingo (after dabbling the last year and a half with Portuguese, German, Hebrew, Yiddish and Arabic). It feels pleasant after intermittent Romance-language exposure, and some of the lyrics to a few years-loved songs are slowly starting to make more sense. I didn’t think I was at it a lot, but the app seemed to think I was in its top 0.1 percent of worldwide learners for 2021. Bonus: one of my phone’s breaking-news apps (possibly noticing my use of certain keyboard letters) began offering notifications in it. Tudo bem!

Location

Last July, A. and I moved from where we were in Oakland, a few blocks east of Lake Merritt, about a dozen miles north. Our new place is in the middle of San Pablo: one room smaller, but there’s more light and a little less noise. There are still a dozen or so boxes that need unpacking and a couple of big projects that want doing, but we’ve gotten the hang of getting around. It feels like home.

Music

When not buying Bandcamp releases, I’m still using Last.fm to track streaming songs. You can usually find my most recent songs on my own SoundCloud. After some curating, most of those will end up on my own Bandcamp). And I promised a friend we’d turn some songs we’ve written over the last decade or so into a streamable project: let’s see if it happens …