About

I retired from being a full-time Big Law partner / professional do-gooder (and, no, that’s not an oxymoron) in order to pursue graduate studies in the field of neuroscience/ occupational therapy in the hopes of developing better rehabilitation options for people who suffer brain injuries. Because I pulled off a certifiably miraculous recovery following my own brain-bashing, I figured I ought to help others attain similar outcomes. Sure, why not, right? To tell the truth, life is ridiculously short, so ya might as well try to expand it as much as possible by living fully, deeply, and passionately, right?

When I’m not trying to save the world, I spend a lot of time on the road — generally on my bike(s), but during the first-half of 2015 I’ll log several thousand miles in my car (with my dog, Zolie, and my main bike Avengelyne), as we embark upon our Epic Homeless Vagabond Couch-Surfing Across the USA road trip.

We love having your virtual company during our adventures — thanks for following!

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Here’s my official “blog launch” posting from June 2012 to provide context for what’s going on here:

Dear Reader: I’m hoping this blog will help us resolve the whole “You really should write a book” phenomenon that’s plagued me for 10+ years.

I first got assaulted with this entreaty in 2002. A small crew of weekly readers followed my Word file “dispatches” to learn what happened after I chucked a lucrative legal career to join the Peace Corps-Ukraine. And, yeah, I admit — there were some pretty good tales in there; but I don’t think they rise to the “book worthy” level.

The “write a book” chorus got a little louder when I rejoined the legal world in 2005 and started Tweeting as ProBonoChick. And while my pro bono clients (which include Holocaust survivors, U.S. Veterans, asylum seekers, struggling artists, nascent nonprofits, disaster victims, low-income children, and other awesome individuals and organizations) definitely have amazing stories, I’m not comfortable collecting those in book format either.

And in 2011 y’all really got aggressive about the book writing thing when I shared a 14-page story with ~500 of you about how I became a certified ass-kicking medical miracle after I suffered that “little” life threatening skull smashing on my bicycle.

Since I actually do like writing and y’all keep insisting that you like reading it, let’s make a pact: when this blog has over 5,000 subscribers, I will write the damn book.

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER

This blog offers unfounded opinions and occasional satire only.

As the author of all the content found here, I can assure you that the opinions expressed herein are my own. These opinions are the unique products of how my somewhat dysfunctional mind interprets situations and concepts.

Nothing in here should be construed as “advice.” If you do anything mentioned in this blog –or refrain from doing things because of this blog– and you get injured, sick, or killed, or experience any sort of emotional, financial, or other incidental loss, you cannot blame me or my family or anyone else who happens to be directly or indirectly involved in this blog.

I would like to expressly convey to you (the reader) that if I somehow accidentally defame, humiliate, and/or hurt any person or their feelings as a result of what is written here, such result is entirely unintentional and I ask that you bring any sort of disparagement to my attention via direct message or email.

Likewise, please be advised that any comments found on the pages of JustAdventures are the express opinions and property of their individual authors. I, as the owner/author of this site cannot be held responsible for the fact that the minds of the respective comment authors may be just as –or even more– dysfunctional than my own. Further, I do not edit any comments left here by others. That said, however, if you (the reader) should happen to identify a comment that you feel is harmful, malicious, insensitive, or unnecessary, please notify me and I will address the situation directly.

By reading anything on this blog (including this message) you are saying that you are a person who makes their own choices in life and you do not hold the writer of this blog, the writer’s family, or any one else that may be directly or indirectly involved in the production or writing of this blog, responsible for your stupid and irresponsible behaviors, injuries, sicknesses, deaths or losses.

With that said, please enjoy my blog.

6 Responses to “About”

  1. bicicletaloca May 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Were you riding on Latigo Canyon today? In a Manatt shirt?

    • justadventures May 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      I was, indeed, doing Latigo repeats today! But I was wearing my coach’s kit (Peterson Training). The Manatt jersey-ed rider is one of my Haleakala training partners. 🙂

      • bicicletaloca May 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

        My friend Lenore who used to work at Manatt turned me on to your blog– I love it. I’m training for a touring ride this summer– my husband and I are the ones going up Latigo with the yellow panniers. I saw a woman with the Manatt shirt and thought it might be you… Maybe we’ll run into each other sometime. My blog site is: bicicletaloca.wordpress.com 🙂

        • justadventures May 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

          Ah, Lenore! Such a sweet peach! I definitely remember seeing you on Latigo, and I tossed (what I hope was) a cheery, “Impressive!” at you as I rode by. Hopefully that word does incite a fit of rage in you as “Good job” does to me! (Maybe you read my “Antonym of Magic” post a few weeks ago?)

  2. bicicletaloca May 30, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    LOL! Yes, I remember you. “Impressive” was perfect. I enjoyed your post about “good job”–the antonym of magic. I don’t have the history with that phrase that you do but it does always come off as vaguely condescending. Especially from cyclists who are passing me by… I often get asked “Are you ok?” by (always male) cyclists as they pass me. I suppose its b/c I’m at a snail’s pace carrying 20 lbs of weight in my panniers. That one annoys me. (I mean, define “okay”. Obviously this s$%^ is heavy!) I want to say “If I weren’t okay, I’d ask for help, I’m not an imbecile.” But I don’t say that cos I know they mean well…;) Anyway, I’ll say hi to Lenore for you!

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