Oct 25, 2006, 9:15am
Something strange just happened.
For some reason, my cell phone, which I sync'ed a few days ago with long neglected (for good reason) Outlook, popped up a calendar item.
"Flight to Ottawa, 11:55"
It took me a second to realise what that was about. It was third last flight I took to Ottawa to see my Mom while she was still alive. Something screwed up, showing a reminder from 3 years ago.
That late fall visit - one that made me miss several coffee shows (something I didn't consider important then or now) was the one I made after spending some of the summer with my Mom. By this time, she was in a hospice, and was on a slow decline.
Watching someone fade away with terminal cancer is not a pretty thing. In fact, it's one of the most horrible experiences of my life. But you know what? During that time, I saw this amazing strength and resolve in my Mom. She had decided some time before to end chemo, and she had a relatively decent summer, because the ravages of radiation poisoning had ended... but the cancer had come back in full force. She had given up on chemo, and was resigned to what was in store for her. But she was the strongest of all of us - her sons, her husband, her family. I know she had her sad moments - I spent a lot of time with her before and after she went into the hospice and I saw the briefest moments of dispair - but almost all the time, I saw a defiant, "this is my fate, I'm accepting it, and I will make the most of my time" attitude within her. I saw the strongest person I had ever seen in that fall visit, 3 years ago.
I have lots of stumbles in life. I do my share of petty bickering. I have my weak moments. But I promised myself in the past that I'd remember my Mother from that fall season, 3 years ago - and the inner strength she had, and the absolutely selfless way she carried herself. I've forgotten that promise at times... but somehow, today, a glitch and a bug in my cell phone sync with my computer made me remember all over again.
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Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
The tools I use to build websites and lead a tech life.
iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
In the News
Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D