Sunday, January 20, 2008

Cycling plans for 2008 and beyond

2008 looks like it will be a great year. I managed to not have a major biking accident on registration day for Sierra to the Sea, so I am registered for this and looking forward to it. While I love biking on its own, it's even easier to train and get [back] in shape if you have a goal like this in mind. The web site has a media library for past years, but there is a wonderful video from 2006 (minus the squirrel) that captures the spirit of the week well.

My other major event for 2008 will be my sixth year of Waves to Wine, a two day charity ride for Multiple Sclerosis on September 13 and 14. More details on this when I sign up and start fundraising.

Finally, one has to dream about the next big trip. Mine will be my next three week sabbatical from Adobe, which I'll extend to 5 weeks. The bulk of the time will be spent cycling through Alaska on the Great Alaska Highway Ride. I'll determine something fun to do with Ann before or after, as I am sure that she won't be doing the ride with me. I have another three years to plan it all out.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Peter Myers entering politics

As Peter got his degree in Journalism at Boston University and worked as a fundraiser for Kerry, he developed a greater desire for action instead of just the reporting that comes with journalism. He channeled this energy into personal contributions with activities such as Big Brothers in Boston, and finally in a tour in Moldova with the Peace Corps.

He became even more politically conscious in Moldova. His desire, now that he is back in the US, is to run for Congress with the Green party in the 15th district of California. You can find more information on his campaign website and information about the district on Wikipedia.

The Myers family mausoleum in Atlantic City

I went to a family wedding in Ocean City, New Jersey in November. It was a delightful wedding, and the first time in at least ten years that all of six of my cousins were together at the same time.

But Atlantic City has a special place in my family history. Back before the Depression, the Myers (in fact, Charles Rudolph Myers I, whose name has been passed down for multiple generations; that is why I am Myers IV) owned a number of the hotels on the boardwalk. One of remaining artifacts of this time is the family grave site in the Atlantic City cemetery. It is on Black Horse Pike on the mainland, just across the bay from Atlantic City.

The mausoleum can be found very close to the main office for the graveyard (my Uncle Dan is standing next to the sign). The site itself is quite large, capable of holding 16 caskets, and it appears that less than half are occupied.

I have a few other images of the grave. The next three pictures show the site, first from a distance, and then up close.

Finally, we have the three living Myers males in from of the mausoleum. From left to right, it is Charles Rudolph Myers III, Charles Rudolph Myers IV, and then my uncle Daniel Myers.