Author Archives: Ian Stock

A Hike in the High Sierra

I did reach the top of Mount Tallac, the craggy mountain that dominates the Southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. But only just. The last few hundred vertical feet had been very hard, because my thighs were in that pre-cramp phase … Continue reading

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Nick’s 30th Birthday

Nick came home for his 30th birthday. At least, I feel like it’s his home here in Santa Cruz, although his mother makes her home in Paris, and he spent half his childhood there, so he could easily feel that … Continue reading

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2015: ch- ch- ch- changes!

It’s Christmas Day, an incredibly beautiful day here in Santa Cruz after the wind and rain of the last few days. As we drove home, the air was clearer and brighter than the movie screen that we’d been glued to. … Continue reading

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Suzanne and the Jolly Schlepper on Holiday

The AirBnB listing for the apartment said that it was a fourth floor walk-up, but the comments on AirBnB warned us that it was more like five floors. It was five, and it sometimes felt like six because the stairs were … Continue reading

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2014: a great vacation in Europe, and then some!

Another year done, as Charlie delicately reminded me recently. I was trying to help him recognize a girl he knew whom I had met, and told him that her hair color was similar to mine. “What, grey and receding?” he … Continue reading

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2013: me and the boys

Happy Holidays, everyone!! It’s been a solitary year here. I don’t say lonely, because with the possible exception of holidays built around families, I’m having a fine time – so many little hobbies to keep me busy – writing, trains, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday NextSpace!

Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty is a chocoholic, as am I. We both work at NextSpace Santa Cruz, Ryan for PredPol, an interesting start-up that uses technology to help police forces do their work more effectively, and me under my … Continue reading

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