Brent Larsen’s home burned down – family safe

Ancestry.com began to interest me more the past couple of years. Genealogy projects seem to appear when at a certain age. My cousin on my mother’s side, Ron Herem, begin getting interested about a year before me. His fancy was caught by the history of our family, and he’s made… Continue reading

Epic car trade-off: BMW M5 vs. Acura NSX

Early in 2000, stories circulated in the automobile universe about an extraordinary new car from BMW called the M5. Journalists and car nuts nicknamed it “the Beast.”  At 400 HP and 398 lbs. of torque, it was a rocket ship. With scary 0-60 times and a top speed of 180… Continue reading

Will the real Steve Larsen please stand?

Earlier this week, on April 23, I got an email from Steve Larsen in Idaho, saying “My momma went to heaven on Sunday. I thought you might like to read about her.”  He gave me a link to her obituary. She was a remarkable woman, and I’ve included the link… Continue reading

So, time to give up?

When hearing my business accomplishments lauded over the years, deep down inside, part of me is saying, “Ha! little do they know! It was all due to one simple trick: a willingness to work just a teeny-weeny bit harder than anyone else.” I’d learned working harder isn’t much more difficult, because most people quit so soon. Persistence does not mean you always win at everything. What it does mean is that failure isn’t seen as an end, but as a step in the process. Let me explain. Continue reading

Finding a Daughter on 23andMe – more of the story

My very first newsletter (9 newsletters ago) was the story of finding a daughter I did not know about.  She found me using 23andMe, reached out and made contact.  If you missed that newsletter, you should read it.  You will find it here:  No doubt several of you have imagined… Continue reading

Best Motorcycle Mishap Ever

One of the most humbling experiences of my motorcycle career was attempting Trials Riding. Trials bikes are purpose-built motorcycles supporting a very precise and particular sort of riding competition. The sport is generally referred to as “mototrials” or “motorcycle trials” and is big in Europe, South America and other parts… Continue reading

Newsletter #6: Marin’s book is out

Late last year I was talking with my friend, Rich Marin.  Rich is recently “sort-of” retired.  Although moving from New York City where he’s spent most of his career, to his new permanent residence near San Diego a few months back, he’s not yet grasped some of the key aspects… Continue reading

The original “Subscribe here” request

Several significant and momentous events in the past couple of years have me wishing I stayed in better touch with my family and friends. I should have maintained my old email newsletter. That newsletter, graciously described as “a horrid, holiday-family summary run amok,” or by others less gracious as “Larsen’s… Continue reading