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Crazy Drivers, part zillion

April 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Riding my bike, I see a lot of drivers doing a lot of crazy stuff. People driving with both hands occupied are a dime a dozen (the usual combination: talking on the cell phone and eating food; another common combo: talking on the cell phone and picking a nose), and I’ve see a lot of the […]

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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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The Beast, Capsule of Memories

March 17th, 2014 · No Comments

I love how this picture of the Beast includes so much great bike-life history. I drilled out the rims with instructions from Scott and Derek, the organizers of the Inspiration 100 gravel race up near Alexandria. Derek gave me one of the fork-mounted Anything Cages as a good-luck gift before the Arrowhead 135. The other, […]

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Why “Uranus” Is Funny

March 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Genevieve is deep into astronomy – "space" – right now. She’s devouring book after book on topics astronomical, and will walk up to me at random times to disgorge some new fact, like how Saturn’s moon Titan is the likeliest spot in the solar system to host life), or how one asteroid has its own […]

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A Word from the Old Gods and the New

March 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Old Gods and the New gathered in the woods at the north edge of town, and they considered the sore denizens of Northfield, and they said with one voice, "Hear us now and believe us later, ye Northfielders. Yea, you have had a long winter, and you have failed, almost to a person, to […]

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Can’t Spell CRAZY without C-A-R

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Monday’s afternoon commute was interesting, in the Minnesotan sense of that word. I ended the workday with a meeting at St. Olaf, so my ride back home was about twice as long as usual, and – thanks to the terrible roads – at least four times as entertaining. First, as I inched down St. Olaf […]

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Snow Day!

February 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Minnesota got a good old-fashioned blizzard yesterday and into the night, the kind that’s equally beautiful and incapacitating. The streets I took to campus were very bad, and – amazingly – the sidewalks on campus were in less than their usual impeccable shape. It’s a huge storm that the college’s grounds crew can’t handle. A […]

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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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Coffee Junkie

February 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment

My dear father in law is a huge coffee junkie. I’m sure it’s because he’s 100% Norwegian and 110% Lutheran, but I’m still astounded by how much coffee he can drink in a day – morning, noon, or night. When he and my mother in law visited last weekend, he finished multiple pots of coffee […]

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Vivi’s Urgent Poem

February 9th, 2014 · No Comments

Today, Shannon was doing early-morning stuff in the kitchen when she was surprised by Vivi, who came rushing downstairs, exclaiming, “I have a poem!” This is what she wrote down even before giving S a kiss and a hug, much less eating breakfast. Winter by Genevieve Tassava All bundled up all snug and furry everything […]

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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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · Carleton · cycling · diversions · family · Minnesota · narcissism · nature · Northfield · photos · Shannon · sport · winter

Arrowhead 135: Follow over the web

January 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

A few links in case anyone wants to “watch” the Arrowhead 135 from afar: This Spot map that will update to show my position every five minutes, thanks to the GPS tracker loaned to me by my fatbiking and airplane-piloting friend Michael L. (The updating will start when the race kicks off at 7 a.m. on Monday, […]

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It Takes a Village to Try the Arrowhead

January 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

One of the best things about my attempt to race the Arrowhead 135 this week is the way so many people have helped me out. It’s really amazing and heart-warming. And, I hope, hand- and foot-warming. First of course is Shannon, who’s letting me try my body and mind in this crazy race (and spend […]

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Frozen Dawn

January 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Northfield is locked in another deep freeze: minus twenty degrees F air temperature, minus thirty-five windchill. It’s so amazingly bright today that I had afterimages of the sun flickering in my eyes for minutes after glancing east to check for traffic. And yet: no heat!

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