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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 · 365for40 · 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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · borrowed content · cycling · family · girls · miscellany · narcissism · photos


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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · family · miscellany · parenting · Shannon

Paisley Coincidences

September 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Wednesday night, I entertained myself by watching ABC’s Connie Britton drama, Nashville – the finale of season 1 online, then the season premiere of season 2 on TV. One major plotline of the new episode concerned the possibility that Britton’s character’s sometime boyfriend, Deacon, would go to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. This made me think […]

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Tags: diversions · media · miscellany


September 4th, 2013 · No Comments

I love how Maine’s license plates are so matter-of-fact. None of this "Land of 10,000 Lakes" or "Pure Michigan" bullroar. Just "Lobster." And a picture in case you’re illiterate – as so many Mainers are. #zing

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Tags: 365for40 · miscellany · photos · traveling

Making Hay

September 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Late-summer rides often pass by fields where farmers are haying. I wish I remembered more about haying on my grandpa’s farm in the U.P. I didn’t participate in the haying very often – maybe five times – but I remember driving the big old truck up and down the rows. I was in elementary school, […]

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Tags: 365for40 · family · history · Minnesota · miscellany · nature · photos · summer · Upper Peninsula

Float Off

August 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Today was probably the hottest day of the year – hot enough that Minnesota Public Radio used the word "barbaric" in the morning forecast. To reward myself for cowering almost inside all day, this evening I staged a "float off" – comparing a traditional root beer float with the variant made with a dark beer. […]

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Tags: 365for40 · diversions · miscellany · photos · summer

Happy Borgesday

August 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Today, Jorge Luis Borges would turn 114, if he were still alive. He isn’t, but we can still read his stories, such as “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins,” from which comes this amazing paragraph: These ambiguities, redundancies and deficiencies remind us of those which doctor Franz Kuhn attributes to a certain Chinese encyclopaedia entitled […]

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Tags: 365for40 · art · borrowed content · diversions · miscellany · summer


August 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Shannon’s parents spent a couple days with us this week to celebrate Vivi’s birthday. In the evenings, my father-in-law regaled me with stories of his recent trip in his restored 1952 Studebaker pickup truck to a Studebaker “meet” in Colorado Springs. It took him and his brother three days to get there from his home […]

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Stationary Bikes

August 12th, 2013 · No Comments

This weekend I finished a little project: a stand for my bikes. I fabricated the stand itself a few months ago from 2-inch PVC piping. I had to reconfigure the vertical divider a few times to best accommodate the Beast’s unusually wide tires and Giddyup’s unusually wide handlebars, but I finally got that sorted out […]

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Tags: 365for40 · cycling · diversions · miscellany · photos · sport · summer

TGIF Forever

August 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment

It’s been a hell of a summer, in just about every way. On the cusp of the middle third of August, I’m utterly spent – about as worn out as I’ve ever been when I’ve not been parenting a newborn. Work accounts for a lot of my current spent-ness. The grantwriting “day job” of at […]

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Tags: 365for40 · miscellany · narcissism · summer