It’ll be 2 years this month since my ridiculously beautiful service dog, Shadow, slipped her mortal coil and chased the proverbial kibble filled tennis ball into the ether, and into her new role as my goofy spiritual shadow (yes, I couldn’t resist the play on words). Why did it take me so long to spread… Read More


Change is in the air (in so many ways) and I figure what better way to celebrate it then to… well… change. So in the spirit of this celebratory state, instead of writing blogs I’m going to video them for a while. Now I know if anything has been consistent here on Fasterbarnacle, its been… Read More


Having one’s head buried in sticky, Sierra cement snow, unable to breathe, after a heavy wipeout, isn’t generally what one would call a good ski moment. But here’s the thing, without that wipeout in the spring of 2010, my skiing trajectory wouldn’t have been the same, and my pursuit of the more extreme side of… Read More


“Wouldn’t it be ironic if you got this new ski and there wasn’t any snow in Tahoe this year?” Travis joked, well aware of the journey behind the ski in my living room and how stoked I was to get it on the mountain. Well, that was the beginning of December and as unlikely as… Read More


A year ago today I said goodbye to a very radiant being; my eternally brilliant, beautiful, goofy, transcendent service dog Shadow. Sigh. I’ve written at length about her on this blog, but I believe this particular slideshow says everything so much better. Even still, it seems slight. She was without a doubt one of the… Read More


It’s begun… sort of. After an exceptionally clingy indian summer (which, for those keeping meteorological score at home, will mean another 60° plus sunny week ahead; a very odd, shorts wearing start to December), a couple of diminutive, fast-moving storms managed to sneak in, drop a little snow and the lifts of Tahoe began firing… Read More


  Since my accident, I’ve had this unshakable desire to get vert again, to recapture that weightless feeling I got from surfing or skating ramps and pools. And while I’ve done the requisite imaginary off-the-top carve on slight banks in my wheelchair, all great imagination aside, it’s not quite the same thing, and certainly not… Read More


  September is here and with it comes the symbolic end to summer and the arrival of shorter, cooler days. And while for us here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the summer of 2011 was all about the cooler days, and probably won’t be lodged in anyone’s memory as being particularly summer-like, we do… Read More


“Are you OCD?”, My friend D asked, as she pushed my remote 2 cm more to the left. “What?”, I said. “No.” “Well, you’re kind of particular, aren’t you?” “Dude, I can’t believe you’re asking me that. Seriously. You’ve known me, what, 10 years? Have you always thought this?” “I don’t know, I guess. You’re… Read More