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Cycle for the King

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments

My boss just came home from a long trip to England, and brought me this reproduction of a World War I recruiting poster. Bloody brilliant.

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · cycling · history · miscellany · Northfield · photos · traveling · work

Fortunes

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Like you do, Vivi spent a good half hour the other night writing fortunes for fortune cookies. Her cursive script is excellent, and her sense of cookie fortune absurdity is top notch. Be an advertiser that constantly says, “50% Fewer calories.” Salt and/or pepper will invade your life. Grow up to be like Aunt Jemima. […]

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Magick

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments

Vivi’s latest passion is magic tricks. I blame the library, as usual – all those books, full of interesting ideas and projects. A couple of the tricks in the first book she checked out were pretty easy to see through. Surprisingly, she wasn’t disappointed when I could tell how she did them. One trick flabbergasted […]

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Fatbiking Lessons

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments

On the Trail (photo by Chris Gibbs – C5 Adventure Photography) As someone with a middling level of experience in long-distance fatbike riding and racing, I’ve learned a lot from more experienced racers like Danielle Musto, who posted a great list of tips for better fat biking and Jay Petervary, who gave a great presentation […]

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Sick Kids, Bad Words

March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Julia threw up all night Friday, after being up till 12:30 on Thursday night. Understandably, she lay on the sofa all day Saturday, tossing and turning, reading books, sipping some water, nibbling some crackers, and generally looking and feeling awful. After dinner, Shannon went out for a walk – her first chance to leave the house all day. Julia propped […]

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Vivi Quotes

March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

A few of Genevieve’s choice quotes today: "I’m getting on my nerves." (After she herself passes gas) "No offense, Daddy, but you’re kind of the farter of the house." (Of my handwriting) "This looks like it was written by a gorilla using his non-dominant hand." (In Bloomington) "I don’t like big cities. They always smell […]

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People in Cars Are Stupid

March 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Video proof that people in cars are stupid: 1. A buffalo headbutts a car in Yellowstone NP: 2. A lioness opens a car door in South Africa:

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Busy, Busy

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Parenting involves a lot of getting blindsided by things good and bad. Vivi’s fascination with the solar system and Julia’s amazing drawing abilities are two good surprises in the last year; their adoption of the rhetoric of being “too busy” is a bad one. Partially because of that, I’ve been thinking a lot about “being busy” […]

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Iditarod Dreaming

February 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tomorrow, the biggest, baddest fatbike race of them all starts: the Iditarod Trail Invitational, run on the dogsled route from Anchorage, Alaska, north and west to McGrath, the end of the "short" 350 mile race, and Nome, the end of the "long" 1,000 mile race. This year, a bunch of my fatbike-racing friends are doing […]

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Fun with Deafness

February 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

As I walked into the Muni tonight to get some beer (it’s Monday! we can buy beer again!), I distinctly heard a customer at the counter tell the clerk, “So went out there and there like five hundred vanities there!” I wondered “WTF?” and went about my business, trying at the same time to eavesdrop […]

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Characters

February 15th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vivi loves loves loves to write and draw little vignettes of various odd characters. She’s currently making a PowerPoint of individual “imaginary friends,” each of whom is distinct and crazy. Until that’s ready to be shared, this illo of made-up people is good:

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · borrowed content · girls · parenting · photos

Interview with Tracey Petervary, Fatbike Monster

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the great things about the fatbike community is how back-of-the-pack guys like me can talk to and learn from racers who are way up front – people like Tracey Petervary, an accomplished long-distance cyclist, a really cool person, and a pretty dominant champion. T-Race has enjoyed particularly remarkable success in fatbike racing, which […]

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Julia Draws Stravinsky

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Julia’s excellent art teacher had the kids try to do a drawing of Igor Stravinsky, riffing on Picasso’s famous piece from 1920. I like Julia’s a lot.  

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Puzzled No More!

February 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Huzzah! After weeks of work, all 1,000 pieces of “Confection Street” are in their proper places! Vivi did the last thirty or forty pieces all by herself! The finished puzzle looks great.

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Imbolc and Cailleach

February 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

A tardy note on the Gaelic holiday of Imbolc, traditionally held on February 1 and associated with the onset of spring – or a prolonged winter. From Wikipedia: Imbolc was believed to be when the Cailleach—the divine hag of Gaelic tradition—gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she […]

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