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Spring Thursday

April 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Today was just one of those days that went right. Perfect weather. Lots, but not too much, to do at work – including doing off a few to-dos that had been to for too long. A hard workout at noon. Some Carleton silliness: free root-beer floats at the library. A task at the end of the day that […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · Carleton · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · miscellany · Northfield · parenting · photos · reading · spring · stupidities · work

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


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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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · diversions · girls · miscellany · parenting · photos · spring · stupidities

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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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · miscellany · nature · stupidities · video

Old Cat’s New Tricks

February 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

This is what I see whenever I sit down to eat something from a bowl. Grandma Cat can tell the difference between the clinking sounds made in bowls or on plates. If she detects food being consumed from a bowl, she comes begging, hoping that it’s cereal, so she can have the leftover milk, or […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · family · miscellany · photos

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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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · history · miscellany · spring · thing I learned today · winter

Will Time Travel 4 Clothes

November 11th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve been thinking a little bit about time travel since I read William Gibson’s superb new science fiction novel The Peripheral, which offers a very cool take on the idea of moving back and forth through time. If I could travel through time, though, I wouldn’t bother with bullshit like hunting dinosaurs or assassinating Hitler […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · miscellany · narcissism · photos

November Bloggery

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve been horribly remiss in keeping up with this blog all summer long, making only 19 posts since May, even though I and we have had a very busy, eventful summer and fall! Riffing on the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo and Academic Writing Month or AcWriMo, I’m going kick off my own Blog Writing Month or […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · diversions · miscellany

Firewood 4 Sale

July 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Even though our vacation came at the start of summer, we saw lots of firewood for sale in the UP. Every other rural house or small-town gas station seemed to be selling camp wood for sale, always on the honor system. $4 a bundle was the normal rate, but I did see some priced to […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · borrowed content · miscellany · nature · photos · summer · traveling · Upper Peninsula · winter

All the Bikes at the Rec Center, 1:30 p.m., 6/6/14

June 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Model names only… Mt. Fury All Terrain (2) 7.2FX 7500 Glacierpoint 3500 Cafe 7 Mukluk Hoo Koo E Koo MontrealExpress 300 Frontier Actra

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · Carleton · cycling · Minnesota · miscellany · Northfield · photos · spring

Kwik Trip Cover Bands

May 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

I took a break during Wednesday’s ride to stuff my face at a Kwik Trip convenience store near downtown Red Wing, Minnesota. I kinda like mid-ride breaks at gas stations, which are functional, cheap, and usually peaceful. I sat at the short counter near the door, listening to a toothless but cheerful associate offer samples […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · diversions · Minnesota · miscellany · spring · stupidities

A Rough Start to Year 42

April 25th, 2014 · No Comments

The twelve days since my birthday have rough. I caught strep on that happy day, and needed pretty much a full week to recover – even after taking two sick days (my first in almost a decade). I fell way behind on some urgent work while out of the office, and needed a solid week […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · miscellany · narcissism · spring

Somehow Older

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

My year of being forty is almost over. Maybe because forty is such a milestone, I’ve been more and more aware of the ways that my age – or at least the appearance of my age – is working to my unearned advantage. People call me "sir" more often, even on the phone. In crowds, […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365 for 2015 · miscellany · narcissism

Me = Spartacus

January 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Last time they visited my office, my girls both asked if this was a picture of me. I was flattered, but only in my cycling dreams am I anything like Spartacus.

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January 10th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m pretty lucky in that Shannon makes a from-scratch dinner almost every day – even on pizza nights. Today, I came home ravenous to find a veritable feast: almond-crusted salmon, a barley-feta dish she improvised, a spinach salad (on which I put one of her great salad dressings), and roasted potatoes (left over from last […]

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