Blowing & Drifting

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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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Spring Sunday

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Sunday was a true early-spring day: sunny, breezy, and about forty degrees F. Beautiful, in other words. Finally weather that lets me wear the same clothes all day! No need for a jacket; a fleece sweater is fine! The sun motivated me to do a few "spring cleaning" tasks around the house – sweeping leaves […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · Carleton · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos · sport · spring · winter

Little Geochemist

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Vivi, my little scientist, today received her Scholastic book order: eight rocks and a little book of experiments to do with them. She’s fascinated. We did a few of the experiments, and will do more after getting some supplies (do people really keep Epsom salts on hand?), but the best thing we did tonight was […]

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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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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · photos · sport · winter

Trapped in D.C.

February 21st, 2015 · No Comments

My conference trip to Washington went well until this morning. I made it to D.C. without any problems, found the conference itself very useful and interesting, and enjoyed hanging out with friends and colleagues. With a forecast of snow for Saturday, though, I expected delays in getting home, even though the snow wasn’t really very […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · diversions · nature · photos · stupidities · traveling · winter · work

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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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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Fat Pursued – Fat Pursuit Race Report

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments

In January, I made a second attempt at finishing JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit in Idaho. I hope this race report for Salsa Cycles conveys my excitement and satisfaction with the race: I was shivering at the predawn start line of JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit on January 10th – not from cold, since it was already […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · cycling · diversions · narcissism · nature · photos · sport · stupidities · traveling · winter

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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950 pieces down…

February 5th, 2015 · No Comments

We need a term – possibly a German loanword – for the feeling one has when he looks for weeks at an unfinished puzzle which his youngest daughter has prohibited him from completing.

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · parenting · photos · winter

Millennium Falconry

February 4th, 2015 · No Comments

This is probably my oldest surviving toy. I remember buying it at the K-Mart in Menominee, Michigan, so I must have been in third grade or younger. I loved it then and still do. I’m glad my girls have it now, though they don’t know or care much about Star Wars.

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Open Gym

February 1st, 2015 · No Comments

The girls and their BFFs were the only kids at open gym today, so they took advantage and played full-court 2-on-2. They ran themselves ragged.

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The Pleasing Routine

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

As much as I like being away riding bikes, it’s awfully nice to come home again. Not that the homecomings are always joyous, but rather the opposite: the girls (and Shannon) have a very no-nonsense attitude. “Oh, you’re home! Good. Help me with my homework.” Tonight, for instance, I got home around 7 from a […]

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Arrowheadcase

January 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Standing with the Buffalo on the start line of the Arrowhead 135 on Monday morning in International Falls, I was bubbling with excitement – eager to get going. I had not been on my bike for more than about 20 minutes since the end of the Fat Pursuit, exactly 14 days before. Everything had gone […]

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