Great First Bike For A Kid - Specialized Hotrock 16

** Editor's Update 2018: Specialized now only makes the "Riprock" in the 16" size. We are fans of this company's bicycles and while our experieince was with the "Hotrock", we trust that the 16" Riprock is equally good ($240).

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San Diego Airport was a Pioneer in offering Free WiFi

We read earlier this summer about a number of airports moving to free WiFi access for travelers, and it made us proud to remember that our hometown San Diego Airport was one of the first to "see the light" and make available wireless internet access in all terminals -- Commuter, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 -- FREE...GRATIS...COMPED...PRO BONO (pick your adjective). This was 7 years ago! 

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Maple Water vs. Gatorade, Bai5 and other Recovery Options

Nothing is more satisfying after a hard workout, especially in the hotter summer months, than grabbing an ice cold drink. Most often our team reaches for water, but sometimes we crave more.

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Breaking up is hard to do...with Whole Foods

We try to show discipline. We avoid going. We wish we could stop. But alas, we can't resist what others just don't have. 

Whole Foods Market is smart. Its 365 Brand's reasonable pricing lures cost conscious shoppers into the store. And once they are "in", they buy MORE, whole-paycheck style. We do. It's how our small basket adds up to 3 figures in a shopping nano second. 

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BoxCycles Cargo Bike for the Family

During several recent trips to Europe—Amsterdam in particular—we have returned home with bike envy.  While American mountain and road cycling interest and participation are now comparable to the Europeans, commuter bikes are far more popular overseas.  In particular, the family-friendly “cargo bike” caught our eye as a practical and fun way to pedal around our hometown.  Only one problem:  cargo bikes were not yet being sold in the U.S.  And, purchasing one in Amsterdam and shipping it to San Diego wo

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Thank you Steve Jobs

So many of us tech-entrepreneurs have Steve to thank for our jobs--pun intended.  Without him and other tech visionaries, our careers would be much different--probably a lot more conventional and less inspiring.  This cartoon by Steve Breen really sums up Steve's legacy:

 

And if you have never listened to Steve's Commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, you should.  It's riveting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

 

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Here is how restaurants can improve upon entree salads

 

Let's get something straight. If someone orders an entree salad, they are looking for something sensible to eat. The presumption is that the salad is not a calorie bomb. And they don't want to be left hungry.  It's called an "entree" for a reason.

So why do so many restaurants offer such "weak" options? Weak being defined as a salad that is:

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Tired of the Energy "Bar Scene" ?

Are you like me?  Do you often tire of the "bar scene"?  I'm not referring to the hops-serving pickup joints nor bass-thumping danceclubs...no, burned out on those a LONG time ago.  It's the Clif Bars, Power Bars, Fiber One Bars, Luna Bars, etc. that I'm now bemoaning.  

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How to Find the Next Great NFL QB

The NFL Quarterback is the most important and most difficult job in sports.  A "rifle" arm hardly guarantees success, nor does a 4.0 GPA nor Heisman trophy.  Countless quarterbacks have been drafted in the NFL's first round with the hopes and Superbowl dreams of fans riding along, only to be disappointed by interceptions, injuries and football follies.  The following quarterback busts were drafted #1, #2 or #3 overall:  JaMarcus Russell (1), Alex Smith (1), David Carr (1), Tim Couch (1), Jeff Geo

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The healthy vending machine challenge. Try for a happy medium.

This morning I read a WSJ article about getting healthy snacks from a vending machine.  The article was interesting and offered solutions for getting fruits and veggies into the hands of hungry workers, but I was frustrated.

After highlighting the technology that can make offering healthy fare via a vending machine a reality, the article continues to point out:

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