While in San Francisco last week we paid a visit to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Last time we were there it was undergoing renovations, so this was our first visit. I got some very nice photos both of the flowers and the butterfly exhibit, here are a few highlights.

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Today is Blog Action Day (October 15, 2008) and I’m going to finally start something I’d been planning to do for awhile. Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. The goal is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion and the issue for 2008 is poverty.

Kiva is an organization that arranges for microlenders (like you and me) to provide loans for small business owners throughout the world with the goal of reducing poverty. The payback rate is extremely high, and in the event of a default, which rarely happens, your loan is treated as a donation.

I like Kiva because it’s not like writing a blank check to an enormous charitable organization; I’m directly helping a real person or small group of people take responsibility for improving their own lives and increase their economic independence. I’m banding together with dozens of other like-minded people who also want to help the same individual or small group get ahead. You can choose any from among hundreds of loan opportunities; the number is low right now due to the good influence of Blog Action Day.

Red Kite, my web design and development company, pledges to loan to a Kiva project for each new contract that comes in.

Want to participate directly? Visit Kiva.

I can’t believe how busy I am – since the first of September I’ve gotten a number of new clients, lots of maintenance work from old clients, and am this very moment writing up two quotes for work that can’t even begin until mid-November. Where is all this business coming from? I have more than I can handle and this is teaching me how to let go of some things and delegate – I’ve had to hire some part-time assistance.

scooter viewsI found out yesterday there’s a scooter club in Fort Collins with over 50 members.  I joined yesterday and am going on one of their 2x-per-month club rides tomorrow. So now I’m officially in a biker gang.

I am a Killer Bee.