Learning to surf in my 50s

Learning to surf was always on my bucket list. I grew up in the Santa Cruz area, with ample opportunity to try it — but I never quite fit in with the Santa Cruz vibe. I couldn’t tan, I hadn’t been blonde since 7th…

Part 3 — excerpts from my former commute

Jan 2019: incredibly crowded train out of San Francisco. It’s one of those new ones that feels like a downgrade, like I took Muni by mistake. This large brick-shaped man boards at 19th in Oakland, and doesn’t remove his backpack. His really…

Diary entries from rides I’ve actually come to miss

An open-air BART platform with a few passengers walking on a gray day.

I never thought I’d feel this way, but after nearly nine Bart-free months due to the pandemic, I find myself missing my old commute into San Francisco. Among the mystery smells, strange spilled liquids, and overheard awkward conversations, there were also the occasional day-brightening exchanges with perfect and far-from-perfect strangers.

This is a story about learning to play guitar during quarantine.

In the summer of 1988, home after freshman year of college, I signed up for a group guitar class through the local parks and rec. I was crazy about music and musicians, and thought it would be a fun…

It started early. I drafted a legal document for the president of a company I was interning at in the summer of 1995. I brought it into his office and asked how it looked (proudly, I admit — I’m no lawyer but this doc was solid). “It looks great,” he…

A collection of random things I’ve learned from a half century of spinning around on this planet.

  1. Pictures show the words and not the poetry. Something to keep in mind when viewing unflattering photos of yourself.
  2. A true friend is the person you want to call when you discover your…

An experiment on buying the very best quality someone else’s budget can afford.

I’ve always been a bit weird about my wardrobe. I have a certain look I’m aiming for, best described as “aging rock chick turned suburban mom with professional job trying to avoid looking like she’s trying too…

The first in a series in which we poke gentle fun at job descriptions as a means of uncovering what looks a lot like bias in our industry.

Today’s job description came across a friend’s desk. It’s for a head of finance and strategy via a recruiting firm called Michael…

Blurbs I’ve compiled over the years.

Woman loudly and enthusiastically providing birthday gift advice by phone. “It rhymes with six! Give her that on her birthday. Six! What rhymes with six? Why aren’t you getting this … take out the “i” and put in an “e” — that’s right, that’s what you should give her for…

Cindy Lundin Mesaros

Tech marketer, storyteller, mobile pioneer. Used to be really cool, but then I had kids. Funny when stressed.

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