Blowing & Drifting

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Shooting Around

April 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Sometime this winter, Vivi got hooked on shooting baskets at the Carleton gym. With spring slowly on the way, Shannon and I decided we would get a hoop that we could roll in and out of the garage. (Our townhouse association’s rules prohibit putting up a permanent hoop, either on the townhouse itself or in […]

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Spring Riding

March 30th, 2014 · No Comments

I went out for my first real springtime ride this afternoon. I chose an easy route over some of my favorite roads south of town, and true to the season, I wound up fighting a headwind for the first half of the outing. But after I turned around, the tailwind blasted me home, letting me […]

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Entertaining Facebook Spam

March 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Today I got spammed through Facebook’s chat feature by someone who hacked a former colleague’s account. A few choice excerpts from my conversation with the hacker, which ended abruptly when I said I’d be reporting the exchange as spam to FB. "Have you heard the good news,about Mark Zuckerberg facebook founder who help deafs,Hearing,and retired […]

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To Idaho and Back (In Snippets)

March 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Day 1 I35 south to I90 west to the Rocky Mountains. The long flat straights of South Dakota. Gas station stops for fuel, beef jerky, and water. Passing the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Lake Francis Case on the Missouri River. So many Wall Drug signs. Cheap Subway somewhere on the road, made by a sandwich […]

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The girl plays music

March 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Kids surprise parents all the time, in some bad and many good ways. I beamed with surprised delight tonight when Julia’s guitar practicing included a halting but recognizable version of the opening riff to "Smoke on the Water" tonight. Incredible. (Next up: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?)

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Fire at the Fat Pursuit

March 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Last weekend’s Backyard Fat Pursuit bike race in Idaho was far harder, more fun, and more amazing than I expected. The race ended for me at five on Sunday afternoon, when the race director intercepted me on the course and asked me to stop, as I was hours off any decent pace. I am still […]

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Following the Fat Pursuit

March 1st, 2014 · No Comments

In about seven hours, I’ll roll out of this bed at Pond’s Lodge in Island Park, Idaho, to start what promises to be a long, hard, exhilarating day of racing bikes in a new ultradistance fatbike race, Jay P’s Fat Pursuit. The event has two distances, a 60 kilometer short course (about 37 miles) and […]

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Mars-Curious

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve kept my Lego lust in check for decades now, but I could not resist the lure of the amazing Curiosity rover model. In rationalizing my order, I figured that I could keep it in my office as a nice conversation piece slash distraction and that the girls would enjoy assembling the kit with me. […]

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The Next Bike Adventure – Idaho!

February 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Arrowhead experience is just going on and on, in the most amazing ways. At the race, I got to talk briefly with the two winners, Jay and Tracey Petervary, who were inviting everyone to come out for a new race they’re staging in Idaho – Jay P’s Fat Pursuit. I immediately wrote it off […]

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Three Chords and the Truth

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

A couple weeks ago, the girls starting taking guitar lessons. I can’t believe how pleasing it is to sit and listen to them.

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Ain’t No Party Like an Arrowhead Party

February 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Thanks to amazing friends and family, Saturday night was as good a Saturday night as I’ve ever had: I spent most of the evening at a party thrown for me and the Beast to celebrate our ride at the Arrowhead 135. The organizers – Myrna and Trish – went all out. I mean, lookit! I […]

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Snapshots of Life in the Icebox of the Nation

February 6th, 2014 · No Comments

A couple photos that I think capture some of the flavor of life in International Falls… Citizens appear to disrespect signage. Snowblowers can be parked anywhere.

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Didn’t Get Froze: After the Arrowhead 135

February 5th, 2014 · 8 Comments

I’ve been immensely pleased that others have enjoyed Part I and Part II of my race story. Partly for the sake of my own memory, partly to complete the story, and partly to answer some questions that others have asked, I am adding this third part. There’s only a little crying in it. (I’m lying: […]

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Don’t Get Froze, part II: The Arrowhead 135 (Miles 110-135)

February 4th, 2014 · 13 Comments

Skipulk came at a funny place on the course: I could have pedaled, or at least walked, for quite a bit further to reach the checkpoint, but once I had reached it, I couldn’t move except to hand the Beast to the volunteer who came rushing up and then to climb into the nearer tent […]

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Don’t Get Froze, part I: The Arrowhead 135 (Miles 0-110)

February 2nd, 2014 · 9 Comments

When I checked into my motel in International Falls around three in the afternoon on Sunday, January 26, the night before this year’s Arrowhead 135, the old lady at the counter gave me two things I needed: a huge pink shower curtain to lay on the floor under my bike (“those bikes are so messy, […]

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