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Zach Dean
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Zach Dean is a health and wellness enthusiast who enjoys a donut now and again. As a yoga teacher, he believes in balance, and his life is rooted in this philosophy. In 2014, Zach founded Ch'i, an organization dedicated to helping patrons discover and solve their own balance equation. Their mission is to create friendly, healthy spaces and make it easy for people to prioritize their mind, body, and spirit. He dreams of changing the way the world thinks about healthcare and playfully hints at CHI standing for "Cheap Health Insurance".

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Entries by Zach Dean

Smartphone Etiquette: 10 Tips for Mindful Use

(11) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 8:42 AM

Neilsen research reports 65 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, a number that continues to grow. How we communicate with each other is evolving rapidly, and the experience of simply being with someone and being around each other is changing. How these changes are affecting our world...

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Your Friends Are Dying

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Large clouds obstruct what would be a forgettable sunset and grey ocean slushes along the slimy wall of the embarcadero. The water moves rather calmly but occasionally gets agitated and during these moments splashes aggressively into the man-made barrier. The sporadic splashing sends a cool mist into the air, and...

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Are You Bored?

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 3:59 PM

On our morning commute to work, a colleague and I play a game called "Train Face." The rules are simple: We board the train at the same time and the first person to see someone smiling wins. Not surprisingly, we often go miles with no smiles, the winner usually spotting...

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Intuition vs. Impulse

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Sometimes a breakfast conversation goes deep. One minute you're smiling, enjoying your doughnut, and the next you're trying not to let coffee sputter out of your open mouth because your jaw is on the table. In a surprisingly intense discussion with my friend the other morning, I listened to him...

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Exercise vs. Play

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 10:23 AM

A sound I know well: A furry head thumping against wood. My 11-and-change-year-old yellow lab, Willow, crashes through the seemingly closed office door. She's learned over time by driving her head into the wood the pesky barrier between hallway and human is no big deal. I don't have to ask...

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This Holiday Season, Give the Benefit of the Doubt

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 4:13 PM

A month ago, I rolled up behind a Corolla at a red light with a lot on my mind. It had been a long day of awful customer calls, and personal matters were weighing heavily on my subconscious. When the light turned green, and the idiotic driver sat motionless until...

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Honor Flight Submitted for Academy Award Consideration

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:58 PM

Months after breaking the Guinness World Record for world's largest movie premiere at Miller Park, Honor Flight prepares for an even bigger stage: big screens across America.

The film, Honor Flight -- One Last Mission, has gained amazing attention following the initial screening and has been...

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Biking the Bay: "Pedicabs Will Be a Part of SF Culture"

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 6:14 PM

Five past bar time in the Mission, I left Revolution Café with a friend and was ready for my bed. Shortly after beginning our walk home, a bell chimed and a friendly voice called out, "Hey, do you guys want a ride?" Looking over my shoulder I was surprised to...

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Biking the Bay: Alpine Dam (Climbing Mount Epic-est)

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 2:09 PM

Fresh off my Alcatraz swim and keen on pursuing life in my un-comfort zone, I agreed to push my limits and ride along with veteran Bay Area cycling enthusiasts on the Alpine Dam Loop. When we departed, I was told that "this ride is going to be epic."

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Biking the Bay: Mount Tam to Pelican Inn

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 11:16 AM

Standing tall in the Marin Hills lies Mount Tamalpais. Peaking at nearly 2,600 feet, it pokes the sky like no other mountain in the Bay Area.

There is confusion over the etymology of the name Tamalpais, but many believe that the meaning is derived from the Coast Miwok Native...

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Swimming the Bay: Escape From Alcatraz

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 5:11 PM

It has long been toted in my blogger bio that my athletic challenge on the horizon was the Escape from Alcatraz swim. I do not fancy myself a swimmer... especially outside of the pool. I have done plenty of runs, bike rides, and occasionally spend time in the lap lane,...

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Take the Pledge: Texting and Driving, It Can Wait

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 6:46 PM

I was driving through San Francisco when I heard my phone chirp in my pocket. As I approached a stop sign, I slowed, reached for the phone, and averted my eyes from the road. I looked up just in time... as I completed my stop, a skateboarder went flying through...

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Biking the Bay: The Paradise Loop

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Yo, wanna take a ride through Marin? Lets take it nice and easy... Real nice and precise like... No hills, no problems, lots of fun. Welcome to the intersection of Tea Berry Lane and Paradise.

The Paradise Loop

Distance: 40 Miles
The Challenge: Not getting spoiled
The...

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Fall Aboard! Riding the Lagunitas Skunk-Beer-Train (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 6:46 PM

Never heard of the Skunk-Beer-Train?!

Imagine you're a kid again... Christmas is approaching ever so slowly and days are feeling like weeeeeeeeks. Maybe you even created one of those paper chains to count down the days remaining, and you look at it daily in disbelief that it is still so...

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Gentlemen of the Road: The Most Hipster Festival Ever?

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 2:29 PM

I caught the final United States stopover on the inter continental Gentlemen of the Road tour last Saturday in Monterey.

What's a stopover, you may be wondering?

"We come into town Friday, stop over for the night, start early on Saturday, play music all day with...

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6 Reasons Los Angeles Is the Worst Awesome City

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 5:04 PM

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Photo courtesy of Ben Amstutz via Flickr

I recently had the displeasure of reading about some guy who decided to rant about the 5 reasons why San Francisco is the worst awesome city. Ugggghhhh. Why did you have to go there?...

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Honor Flight Hits Home Run at Miller Park; Breaks Guinness World Record (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 7:05 PM

A world record breaking crowd of 28,422 people filled Miller Park honoring United States veterans with their presence at the premiere of the Honor Flight documentary: Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation.

The film, directed and produced by Freethink Media, featured the...

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Biking the Bay: Lucas Valley to Tomales Bay Oyster Co.

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 12:27 PM

Have some friends that don't like to bike? That's great news for you! If they have a car, utilize their biking ineptitude to your advantage. Have them pack a cooler of beer, a picnic, and a bike rack and meet you just north of Point Reyes at Tomales Bay Oyster...

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California Climbing With Maria Morales

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 11:52 AM

Maria Morales is an awesome climber and a kick ass climbing instructor. She has been climbing all over the US since 2001 and helping noobs like me get into the sport since 2007.

We met up in Pac Heights with her rescue dog Nathan, drank some bougie tea, and she...

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Chicago, Miller Park Welcomes You! (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 12:51 PM

No need to adjust your glasses because you are reading the headline correctly! On August 11th, 2012 head up to Miller Park for the world premiere of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight documentary: Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation. Heck, feel free to even...

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