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  • The Green Knight: Merry Christmas from Arizona
    olive oil What a cool excursion Dinner was at 5th and Wine which featured good wine and great food I had a delicious bison burger and mac cheese hey just because I was carb loading for Sunday s 5k didn t mean I couldn t enjoy some protein and fat too It was a delectable finish to a great day Saturday began with a real treat Kelly is receiving her certification as an instructor of Ashtanga Yoga which I used to practice regularly when I was in Switzerland Kelly took Katie and me through the entire primary series 90 minutes of stretching breathing flowing and meditating I ve really really missed this and I clearly need to add it back into my routine Kelly was the perfect yogi for us as I was just the right amount of sore after our session What do we do after a workout Recovery nutrition This began at the Scottsdale Farmer s Market where we also shopped for Christmas Dinner ingredients and concluded at Orange Table The Farmer s Market was fantastic big but not too huge and with plenty of variety I had a vegetarian pumpkin tamale Delicious which I promptly doused in guava lava hot sauce from the vendor next door There were many dogs along with their owners which made the experience even more pleasurable Orange Table was something else for breakfast Not only did they offer delicious omelets The Greek omelet was the consensus 1 they also had something else on the menu that I would have been remiss not to try jalapeno pecan pancakes I love spicy sweet flavor combinations and this one hit it on the head I m actually getting hungry as I type just thinking about it again With our bellies full we spent the afternoon and evening prepping for Christmas Dinner More accurately everyone else was prepping for Christmas Dinner While they were slaving away Mike Kelly s boyfriend and I were staying out of the way by occupying ourselves with some early Christmas presents remote control cars Once the novelty of racing them around the floor in a makeshift demolition derby wore off we constructed our own track using the couches chairs coffee table cardboard boxes and magazines to create ramps between sections of different heights The end result wasn t beautiful but it served its purpose Whether its purpose was to provide a path for the cars or rather to occupy the two of us such that we weren t crowding the kitchen and offering to quality test each of the dishes in process is still up for debate Dinner turned out to be delicious as expected Wild caught Alaskan salmon from the farmer s market along with many many vegetarian friendly accouterments ensured that we would all be well nourished for the race the next day Instead of going to bed early to rest up though we opened presents played games and laughed a lot late into the night I ll save

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  • The Green Knight: Sonoma Day 3
    fired pizzas We blame the misreading on the previous day s wine consumption and B they were all out of pizza Doh Not to worry though their wines were great and they had some great dogs a great pyranees puppy and a 200 lb saint bernard Our final stop of the day was to Christopher Creek Winery where we tasted all of their award winning wines There was a kindly old man telling funny stories and pouring wine which really enhanced the experience My favorite there was their port Having missed out on our grilled oysters by this point we were raring for dinner The restaurant we intended to frequent turned out to be closed Monday so we picked up a late reservation at Cyrus which was highly acclaimed To kill time before Cyrus we stopped into Willi s oyster bar which had great seafood and good local wines to pair with it This place was a real pleasure and we were almost sad to leave it for Cyrus Our table wasn t quite ready yet at Cyrus so we had a cocktail in the bar Their cocktail menu was very innovative and the drinks were great You can read our full review of Cyrus at Yelp but the short version is that we were horribly disappointed by our experience there The food was generally good but not great and some dishes were very over salted The wine pairings selected for us were mediocre didn t pair well with our dishes and were ostentatiously presented by a wine steward who knew very little about wine outside of his rehearsed speeches Perhaps they didn t have the A team going because it was Monday night but a Michelin two star restaurant should not have off nights especially at the prices they

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  • The Green Knight: Sonoma Day 2
    wines an 09 sauvignon blanc a 10 rose an 09 ALL BOYS cabernet sauvignon with grapes from each of their vineyards named after their boys an 09 Rebecca cabernet sauvignon with grapes from the one vineyard named after their girl and an 09 syrah The Rebecca cab was very nice but the real winner was the rose As we sat around the cellar s tasting table munching on homemade spicy cheese bread between wines we learned a lot about the winemakers their philosophy and the unique characteristics of their offerings What really set this winery apart though was their canine staff A golden retriever accompanied us everywhere and there were two huge great pyranees 170 lbs and 130 lbs in the vineyards protecting the sheep that keep the grass low and organically fertilize After playing with the dogs a bit we hopped back in our car for the next destination Garden Creek Winery in Alexander Valley was up next As we crossed the eponymous creek to enter the estate I was surprised by how this looked more like a farm than a winery a big barn a the entrance chickens off to the left an old well in the center And sure enough that s how this land began when the current proprietors father bought it back in the 60s Today though the barn is a winery and almost all the land is planted with vines While most of their grapes are sold to other wineries they hold enough back to produce a few hundred cases of their own chardonnay and Bordeaux blend We were met at the estate by Justin Miller who owns and runs the operation alongside his wife We stayed outside to taste their 2009 chardonnay which was minerally and crisp really nice and not at all what I d expect from a California chard Then we went into the barn for a candlelight vertical tasting of the red called Tesserae The 2005 of this cab sauv merlot cab franc blend was nice but the 2003 was really coming into its own great balance between the fruit and oak derivative properties Interestingly they are the only winery I have known in the US to use carbonic maceration After plowing through several bottles at Garden Creek we really needed some food So our last stop of the tour was at nearby Diavola Pizzeria I m not sure if this helped or hurt our sobriety because we had plenty more wine there while feasting on hand made brick oven pizzas Opting for a day of wine tour instead of just driving ourselves around was a great idea Not only did we have a designated driver we found some wonderful tiny wineries that we never would have heard of otherwise In both cases we could have tasted these wines anonymously but the real pleasure was spending a couple of hours with the owners and really getting a feel for what makes them and their wines tick Day 2 another success

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  • The Green Knight: Sonoma Day 1
    who had been there several times He put together a basic program which still allowed for significant improvization and Leslie helped us with a few more suggestions and hookups Saturday morning we woke up all went for a run and then had a great breakfast to prepare us for the day Our first tasting was at J which was pretty commercialized There were many others tasting there and some of the staff weren t terribly knowledgeable But some of the staff were knowledgeable and personable and that made all the difference Wine tasting like most things is really made or broken by the people involved We tasted some so so white wines some better red wines and some much better bubbly which is what I really associate with J anyway Afterward we made our way to Kosta Browne the winery behind 2011 s top wine of the year according to Wine Spectator There we tasted a good chardonnay and lots of pinot Our favorite by far was the 2009 Amber Ridge Pinot Noir We wrapped up the day at Arista where we had a GREAT pourer behind the counter She was a grape grower herself so was intensely knowledgeable about the wines the region the climate and everything else We tasted so many wines that I can t remember them to post them here and we spent so much time tasting and talking with her that we shut the place down After a brief nap we rallied and headed into downtown Healdsburg for dinner We began at Spoon for really innovative cocktails that compete with those from Anvil Afterward we had a long intense and excellent dinner and Dry Creek Kitchen Once again we shut the place down and the practically had to roll us out of there Katie s

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  • The Green Knight: CleanTech Open Finals
    there supporting me lifted my spirits and really gave me a boost going into Wednesday Wednesday morning I was joined by another team member an investor of ours also named Jon who lives in the Bay area Having two Jons cheering me on from the audience I knew I couldn t be beaten Add to that my SHOP undershirt and cuff links from my wife as additional talismans and I was ready to go armored up and ready for battle I gave my full presentation and it went very well I nailed the presentation portion and I believe I had good previously anticipated answers to the Q A portion I received many compliments on the presentation including one piece of feedback that it was as good as a presentation could get Additionally I didn t receive a single question from the judges about product differentiation or competitive barriers Goal 3 check Unfortunately I didn t not achieve Goal 2 which meant that Goal 1 was out of the question A company called Indow Windows won the energy efficiency category with a cool drop in product to turn single pane windows into double pane windows Clearly I was disappointed in the result and I will hope to get some good feedback from the judges I m told it was very close and I am still honored to have been chosen among the top energy efficiency startups in the country The Jons and I stayed to watch the final five presentations attend the award ceremony and then the gala dinner afterward Throughout the evening it became abundantly clear that we were achieving our primary goal I was able to line up meeting after meeting after meeting with potential investors for Thursday and Friday while I would still be in town This certainly softened the blow of the competition loss Looking back on the CleanTech Open experience I m really glad we participated It took a very non trivial amount of time and money but it really helped us connect throughout the cleantech ecosystem which is not very present in Houston We received some great exposure met some great people and of course had a great time I would recommend it for other early stage cleantech startups and I ll hope to give back a little next year as a mentor Posted by Bryan Hassin at 20 36 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Cleantech Open 3 comments spirofloblog said I was happy to see some other posts on the Cleantech Open My experience in 2012 was less positive For more on that see here http spirofloblog wordpress com 2012 11 14 cleantech open mega post top five summaries and every post on the cto What do you think of the Cleantech Open now that you re a year removed Anything new come along in 2012 as a result of the CTO Friday November 16 2012 at 3 56 00 PM EST Bryan Hassin said I

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  • The Green Knight: Is There an Afterlife?
    Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels death philosophy 2 comments Anonymous said I vote no if there were a conscious afterlife and if everyone effected those who live in on in the way you describe the human race would have a collect knowledge that would prevent the hatred bigotry general retardation of populations that we see today Human knowledge of our own death knowing that it will occur freaks us out and we try our best to think that we will each be immortal in some way The burden of proof lies with those who claim there is an afterlife and no proof as in irrefutable FACTS of that exists And once you understand the true nature fragility and value of life you ll take more take not to loose yours or take anyone else s Thursday November 10 2011 at 11 18 00 AM EST Anonymous said Dear Anonymous I think you are wrong We are dealing with spiritual issues here It is very possible that Bryan can hear his dear ones because he is listening It is possible that the hatred bigotry etc only happens from people who are not listening Thursday July 26 2012 at 9 54 00 PM EDT Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1

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  • The Green Knight: Houston Great Pumpkin Run 5k Race Report
    myself speeding along always trying to flow with the downhill grade rather than resist it a bit more than anticipated early on I finished the first km in 3 51 with an average heart rate of 171 higher than anticipated especially given the low temperature By comparison my first km in my previous three PR 5ks were June 3 58 166 BPM April 3 53 167 BPM and February 4 01 165 BPM This didn t worry me much though I was feeling good The second km breezed along too finishing in 4 06 at 175 BPM I was then 14 seconds ahead of my target I was still feeling pretty good but it was starting to feel clear that I wasn t going to keep this speed up forever I was hoping though to stick to my 4 12 target for the remaining kms The third km is where things got funky It turns out that the race organizers had not marked the turnaround point The runners in front of me turned around at the near side of Montrose which is where the course map had specified but there was nothing to indicate whether this was right or wrong If I had been paying close attention to my GPS I would have noticed it telling me that I was still 70 m short of 2 5 km but I wasn t And even if I had been I wouldn t have trusted it since lord knows it has made errors before It turns out that the correct turnaround point was just beyond Montrose Some people turned early as I did and some kept going all the way to Waugh which was way too far Epic fail race organizers I finished the third km in 4 15 with an average heart rate of 177 and the fourth km in 4 23 still at 177 BPM At this point I was still 2 seconds ahead of target but clearly I was losing steam I m not sure if this reflects my fitness level simply not supporting such a fast burn up front or if this is a result of the sickness I had been battling and possibly still was maybe a combination of both The next 650 m went by in 2 48 a 4 18 pace As I began the final ascent I kicked it up a bit but owing to the shortened turnaround all of a sudden I could see the finish line rushing toward me I sprinted the final 100 m passing a couple of tapped out runners along the way My official time was 20 02 which would have been a PR by a long shot if it had been for a full 5k My GPS showed that I had run 4 86 km by the time I crossed the finish line I estimate that at this rate I would have finished around 20 40 which would still have been a PR but I guess we ll

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  • The Green Knight: Magical Weekend in Florida
    would surely help alleviate the burden of the line The ride itself was really cool a combination of cool chair arm technology and cooler multisensory A V effects Unfortunately it was over after just five minutes which would be hard to swallow if we had waited much longer By the time we exited the ride the line for The Flight of the Hippogriff was already 60 minutes long Given that it looked like a kiddie coaster we opted to skip it Thank goodness for the digital displays at each ride that estimated the wait time bravo Universal for that We moved on directly to the Dragon Challenge which appeared to be a more serious roller coaster The wait for this one was only 10 minutes and it did not disappoint Jam packed with loops rolls and drops it was a 2 5 minute adrenaline rush lots of fun If we did one roller coaster over and over as my brother and I used to do at King s Dominion this would have been the one Having exhausted the Harry Potter rides we made our way to the re creation of Hogsmeade Village Most of this comprised touristy shops that didn t interest us but the effect of snow covered roofs was well done even in the Florida heat We stopped by The Three Broomsticks pub for an early lunch The food was predictably meh but the butterbeer was a very worthwhile bucket list item So as expected the Harry Potter section of the park was pretty cheesy but I m glad we visited it at least once For my money and time though I d just as soon play Harry Potter video games if I want to wander around Hogwarts Castle Or better yet re read the books As we didn t need to be back for another few hours we dallied a bit and checked out some other rides on Marvel Super Hero Island This began with the Spider Man ride which was similar to the Forbidden Journey ride we did earlier and ended with The Incredible Hulk which was fun but not so much as the Dragon Challenge Having then satisfied our roller coaster fix we headed back home Friday night we had another great dinner with more great wine Italian on both accounts As the girls got sleepy and headed off to bed my brother and I devoted ourselves to a much worthier cause EPIC PING PONG The last time we played ping pong together was probably sometime in high school so this was a fun trip down memory lane Saturday began with a morning jog followed by breakfast at the farmers market what a way to start The rest of the day was taken up by my nephew s birthday party It was super hero themed which meant that the house was decorated with super hero paraphernalia the kids customized their own super hero capes and many super hero games were played including red light green

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