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Robert’s eclectic past activities include ordination into the Roman Catholic priesthood, a cable car operator and driving for the city of San Francisco Transit. (Drive through the city with him and he will point out old characters he befriended and regale you with sensitive stories about their quiet and eccentric lives). In between those careers he describes his life as an itinerant pilgrim based in his Mecca, San Francisco. Robert states: “San Francisco will always be my spiritual home because it was there I found the place I should be. ”Teachers and guides along the dharma and overlanding around the world along the old international hippie trail shaped his life in a gentle but profound manner and continue to influence his world perspective to this day. These days Robert can be found during cooler weather engaged in activities such as videotaping, recording and writing in Bob’s Garage with Frida Dawg (who, we are reminded, has procured a manager due to her recent YouTube fame).
Mike creates spaces where people can feel safe, have fun, and reflect on the value of our majestic, fragile world. Physical places Mike has helped construct include playgrounds for inner-city kids and refugee camps for those displaced by war. But he’s also made spaces for arm-chair travelers—books and videos through which they can experience the planet and its people. And he’s created a place for the voices of the disenfranchised about California’s homeless population.