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Winter Hiking
We've seen some deaths recently in the SGV mountains. This article is full of great advice including this last paragraph:

When you have the tools, skills, and experience, you can have an absolute blast exploring the mountains during the winter. However, if you’re feeling unprepared or uneasy in the terrain, turn back. If you forgot a crucial piece of equipment at home, turn back. If you are hiking in difficult terrain with someone who is not prepared, turn back. If you are comfortable with the ascent, but worry that you will not be able to descend, turn back. If your gut tells you to turn back, turn back. The trails and mountains will always be there – and you want to make sure you’ll be here to enjoy them the next time around.
With a string of recent winter rescues and even deaths in the mountains of Southern California, perhaps it's time to brush up on some of our winter safety tips.
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My sister +Erin Avedissian​ will understand why I shared this. #footballcon2016
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Azusa Canyon starting to see some love
 
It’s no secret that the East Fork of the San Gabriel River is both one of the most popular areas in the San Gabriel Mountains as well as one most in need of some TLC. The perennially overused and under-maintained region along East Fork Road and the Oaks…
New plans may drastically improve the recreation along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, and decrease environmental impact.
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Oh Hai P-46 and P-47
Baby mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains
The adorable P-46 and P-47 don’t have an easy road ahead of them.
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don't try to breakup them take both.lol
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I'm trying to wrap a string around this feeling I have today
Please be patient with me as I'm not very fluent in emotion. 

I feel like I'm drowning in cancer. 
I'm followed by ghosts of friends and family. 
I'm talking with lifelong friends fighting for their lives.
I'm following dear friends as they say a long goodbye to loved ones.
But that's the triggering emotion.
The bundle is for this next feeling. 

I have a complicated relationship with "People". 
Most of the time I just want to be left alone, 
but today in my car, 
inhaling the cancer all around me
and feeling all the suffering, 
I felt love and sadness
for everyone.

I had a teacher tell me once to imagine a container.
He told me to put in that container all the people you love, 
for whom you feel true compassion.
Imagine them there and fill it with love. Bathe them in it.
"Your work", he said, "as a human, is to
keep adding people to that container
until it holds everyone. Friend and enemy, family and stranger."

There is more to it, but I think I will leave it there.
Today I felt more people in my container and 
I'm sorry your hurting,
I'm hurting with you 
and beside you,
and I love you.
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You are amazing.
Your teacher would nod and smile.
Doing it mindful.
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Celebrating a win at work today and just Friday in general with +*****​. Have a great weekend...
Smith and Hook cab, bacon wrapped dates, meatball special incoming
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The House on the Rock
+Nicole Johnson here are some of the pictures I took at The House on the Rock back in 2010. It's hard to put some of them into context, like the large automaton orchestra, or the room with all the wooden angels hanging from the ceiling. It's a deeply weird place.
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+Nicole Johnson seriously. Strangest collection of strange things.
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Brief, our time Texas. My next birdy leaves promptly. Kansas City bound.
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I'd love to. I just may take you up on that. 
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your legs are like SUPER LONG, dude.
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I asked my daily chat group to make a list of things to help me here and this is what they came up with. I think it's pretty good:

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question. I want to flesh out my G+ profile with a list of words that describe me. What would you use to describe me?

· Enthusiastic Lego Aficionado – I have a plethora that I store in my son’s room

· Desert Sherpa of the West – I’m more comfy in the desert 2 miles from car in August than in Downtown LA

· Hermit in training – see above

· Zen Fatherhood Trainee – emphasis on trainee

· Hopeful explorer – this surprised me, but it is true

· River Tramp – no not that river, the other one.

· Most Likely to Fall Down a Mountainside....trying to save his GPS - <nodding>

· Reluctant urbanite...because it's where the WiFis are – ugh, rite!

· Jeep Whore – cause what a Jeep really is…is freedom.

· Nerdasaurus – that’s where all the action is

· !!! yes that :) – yup, it’s twoo

· Bird feeder filler – I have four. I sit on the porch and watch them instead of tv.

· Parakeet wrangler – he did whistle the storm trooper death march for a couple days.

· Cat serf - pwned (I have a hamster too. Don't tell them)

· Future Owner of an Awesomely Obedient and playful border collie – yes please

· Denier of Caffeine (though he keeps coming back for more) – the black cat next to the black dog in the corner

· Fake Ass Green Tea Drinker (see above) – Fake ass Chai drinker lately.
Bragging rights
By some weird twist in the fabric of reality I am father to the world's most perfect son.
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