Just another day at the home office

Alan Ahlstrand, editorial director, powersports for Haynes Manuals, has always worked at a home office. He began writing (over 100) automobile, truck and powersports repair manuals in college and then was a project editor for four Ortho home improvement books and coauthor / editor of six Harper Collins / Chek-Chart automotive series textbooks.

Below: his home office after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake

and circa 1972 working on his 1959 Bugeye Sprite.

home office right after the 1989 Loma Prieta quake: Alan Ahlstrand works on his 1959 Bugeye Sprite:

The fourth and fifth grade regional spelling bee winner (owner of nine spelling ribbons, yet his wife only has one blue ribbon from Girl Scouts in Morse Code and a ribbon from a Junior High science fair project)

and magna cum laude graduate of De Anza College hard at work (really) at his 60’s vintage Remington manual typewriter he bought used while copy editor at the San Jose State University newspaper:

author Alan Ahlstrand at work at home office:

All Haynes books are based on a complete teardown and rebuild. In the picture below writers Alan Ahlstrand and Kal Lahue examine archeological engine oil from a Chevy truck.

Alan Ahlstrand and Kal Lahue examine archeological engine oil:

If you search at Amazon.com for Alan Ahlstrand as author you will usually find at least 100 current titles in print. At the Library of Congress you will find over 350 he wrote, edited or collaborated on.

The fame, the glory, the greasy, grimeeeey gears of a Pinto countershaft:

greasy grimey gears (Pinto countershaft):

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By 2005, (this photo is February 2006 at a trade show in Indianapolis), he had moved up to using a lap top for some of his writing.

Alan Ahlstrand hard at work 260 pxls:

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Alan works at various offices away from home, (wherever he can find free Wi-Fi),

multi-tasking in a laundromat in Grand Teton National park, (as a volunteer with the De Anza College Outdoor Club yearly trip)

working at a laptop in the foreground, washers and dryers in the background

or in the lobby of Jackson Lake Lodge (with his administrative assistant standing by at the left).

man working at a laptop with a grizzly bear standing nearby in a glass case

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Alan is a Red Cross lifeguard and lifeguard instructor. He has been a lifeguard at 52 triathlons or open water swims and volunteer of record helping with De Anza College classes since 1988.

Below a photo from the San Jose Bud Light U.S. Triathlon Series at Calero reservoir, June 10, 1990.

patrol boat Calero reservoir Bud Light Triathlon June 1990:

and Alan is in the back row, third from the left in this group photo of De Anza College lifeguard training graduates, other volunteers and a couple of De Anza students and staff ready to swim at the 2005 Escape from Alcatraz Sharkfest swim race:

Alcatraz group photo 2005:

Alcatraz group photos has all the group pictures of De Anza College volunteers at this swim race.

Golden Gate Sharkfest July 22, 2018, has pictures of volunteers kayaking under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay, another race Alan Ahlstrand volunteered as a lifeguard at.

a very big Golden Gate bridge and very small looking kayakers

And here, at a Silicon Valley Kid’s Triathlon, one child needed closer watching. (If a race allows such devices, any child holding a kickboard or trying to use a noodle for support is probably not a great swimmer.)

volunteertrilifeguardAlanAhlst.rand: lifeguard leaning towards swimmer supported by a noodle

(tips for guarding kids’ triathlons)

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CERT logo:

After completing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in 2002 he worked as a volunteer at Campbell / Cupertino / Saratoga / Los Gatos / Monte Sereno (CERT) training exercises.

In 2003 he became a volunteer trainer (instructor) for Campbell CERT, primarily in Disaster Medicine.

He was given a “2004 Volunteer of the Year” award for CERT work in Campbell from the Santa Clara County Emergency Managers’ Association.

In 2005 he earned a FCC element 2 technician class radio license.

He is currently a volunteer with Cupertino CERT and Cupertino Medical Reserve Corps. (At a first aid station he volunteered at for a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser walk / run the team gave out more chocolate chip cookies than band-aids.)

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National Park Service Volunteer:

Alan has been a volunteer with Yosemite National Park on and off for 15+ years, including five years with Preventative Search and Rescue when it was funded in the park.

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Alan Ahlstrand docked under sail and didn’t crash the dock . . .

sailing 2009 tetons trip pointing: sailing, 2009 tetons trip, commanding a wayward crewsmall sailboat coming into dock

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and see the Ultimate Fixer-upper Alan Ahlstrand works on, (scroll down to June 2004)

“A couple of hours after Alan finished getting the new water heater in, the clothes dryer made an awful sound and seized up. Photo below of Alan taking it apart. He found the remains of a ballpoint pen in the fan and about $9 in change on the floor that had snuck through the drum. The new part cost $11.”

dryer repair:

How to tile a kitchen floor.

close up peeling up floor: taking up flooring: