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Vivi Poetry

April 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Genevieve made a whole bunch of birthday presents for me, and probably enjoyed watching me open them as much as she had enjoyed making them. What a kid. Though they were all good (and though getting a $5 bill from your daughter is a little weird…), the best one by far was a book of […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · borrowed content · family · girls · narcissism · parenting · spring

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


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

Rebecca Rusch and Me

January 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Friday night, I finished the pro cyclist Rebecca Rusch’s great memoir of her athletic career, Rusch to Glory. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in pro cycling or endurance sport. I’ve followed the career of the “Queen of Pain” since she won her first Leadville 100 mountain-bike race in 2009  – the year that Lance […]

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

The Day the Tic-Tacs Screamed

January 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Belatedly, here is the book that Julia wrote for me as a Christmas present: The Day the Tic-Tacs Screamed (click for a PDF). It’s freaky and good.

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

Vivi’s Joke Book

January 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Vivi loves reading, telling, and creating jokes. She recently collected some of her jokes in an illustrated book (pdf). Here are some sample pages. Enjoy?    

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


January 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Finished! Two minutes after crossing the finish line in 26:25, thirty seconds after drinking a can of celebratory beer in about fifteen seconds. Exhausted elation.

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

I’m Such a Yankee

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m such a Yankee. Sadly, the countries-I’ve-visited map would have just two spots of color.

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · borrowed content · diversions · narcissism · recollections

Taste Recall

November 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Twice this evening, I’ve encountered tastes and smells that have taken me back to childhood. For dinner, Shannon made some ridiculously good Italian-style meatball sandwiches. The tomato sauce soaked into the crusty bread and created a taste-smell that sent me right back to the dim dining room at the Bell Chalet in Hurley, Wisconsin – […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · narcissism · recollections · 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

Goodbye, Beast!

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

My attempt to sell the Beast was successful. Within a couple days of putting it up for sale, several people wrote to ask me about the bike, and one guy checked it out on Monday. I figured Dave was serious, since he was willing to come down from Minneapolis to ride the machine, and he […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · Minnesota · narcissism · Northfield · photos · sport · stupidities · summer


August 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Friday, August 1, turned out to be unusually athletic. I set a deadlift PR at the gym at noon, learned how to dive at the pool in the afternoon (thanks to the girls, who enjoyed teaching me, and who laffed and laffed when I belly-flopped off the diving board), and then went on a long […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · Carleton · Minnesota · narcissism · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · summer


May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

What a week: Recovering from Saturday’s race. Dealing with more bizarro situations at work than usual. Eating everything in sight but losing weight. Accidentally returning an LL Bean shirt to Eddie Bauer. Hanging out with the guys (and a gal) at the pub, talking about the races. Troubleshooting the home computer network. Setting PRs at […]

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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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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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