Although El Nino has just dumped another couple of feet of snow on the Sierras (hurray!), this past weekend was warm and sunny with classic spring conditions. My friend and fellow patroller insisted that I stop on our way down the mountain for our final checks at the end of the day so that he could snap this picture, and I have to say it captures the essence of why I love patrolling. I can't wait to get back up there!
Wake Up Call
I'm a pale person with a family history of skin cancer, so I get an annual skin check at my dermatologist. If you're looking for someone in SF, I can't recommend Dr. Diana Camarillo at Presidio Dermatology more highly. She's thorough, efficient, thoughtful, and kind - I always feel reassured after leaving her office! However, at my last check, Dr. Camarillo was concerned about a mole on my arm and told me to keep an eye on it. It seemed to be doing some growing, so I went in last week to have it biopsied. Good thing I did - there was melanoma on the surface! I was able to get in this week for quick outpatient surgery to remove everything. Please get regular skin checks, especially if you are like me and have several risk factors! They could save your life.
Puppies and Kitties, Oh My!
Last week, I had the opportunity to take a behind the scenes tour at the San Francisco SPCA. In addition to getting to ooh and ahh over the adorable animals available for adoption, I was amazed to find out the huge breadth and depth of work the SPCA undertakes in San Francisco. From educational outreach in schools to a TNR (trap, neuter, release) program that has drastically reduced the number of feral cats in San Francisco to mobile vet services in underserved neighborhoods (there is not a single vet in Bayview/Hunger's Point), the SPCA is on the ground improving animal welfare. Check out the SFSPCA's gorgeous new adoption facility (no scary kennels, just airy and bright condos) if you're on the lookout for a furry new family member!
I'm a proud alumna of Princeton University - it was an incredible experience, and I'm so grateful to have been able to attend. One of my best friends from college also lives in SF, and she suggested we go see Christopher L. Eisgruber, the relatively new university president, who is currently on a listening tour around the US. Having worked at a university before and being used to the well intentioned awkwardness of many in academia, I wasn't expecting much. However, I was completely blown away by President Eisgruber, his presence, his thoughtfulness in addressing the challenges Princeton is facing today, and his enthusiasm for the school. The university is lucky to have him, and I'll be watching more closely to see what he's able to do during his tenure.