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Trapped in D.C.

February 21st, 2015 · No Comments

My conference trip to Washington went well until this morning. I made it to D.C. without any problems, found the conference itself very useful and interesting, and enjoyed hanging out with friends and colleagues. With a forecast of snow for Saturday, though, I expected delays in getting home, even though the snow wasn’t really very […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · diversions · nature · photos · stupidities · traveling · winter · work

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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Arrowheadcase

January 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment

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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Finished!

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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Sick-mas

December 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Like pretty much every aspect of and moment I’m adulthood, Christmas 2014 had been a mix of good and bad. Time with family, gifts, a couple fun outings, and holiday food have been good. No time for Scrabble and poor weather has been bad, but nothing’s been worse than Vivi getting sick again – this […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · borrowed content · family · girls · Minnesota · parenting · photos · stupidities · traveling · winter

Not a Great Ride

November 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Today’s ride did not live up to expectations, and yet the magic of bike riding ensured that it still didn’t suck. I fell short on both saddle time and total distance, crashed twice on the ice, experienced no lovely falling-snow moments, fought a heavy headwind, damaged various bits and pieces, and had to call for […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · cycling · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · stupidities · winter

Four Eyes

November 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

As the girls get older, it’s getting more fun to pass along important knowledge, like the skill of making circled-finger spectacles. Both girls needed quite a bit of practice to do this properly – and apparently few of their classmates knew how to do it. How do kids mock kids with glasses these days?

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · girls · photos · stupidities

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

Throwback Thursday

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi and I spent quite a bit of the second half of July working on this 500-piece puzzle. She was a good partner. Working on this monster took me back to working on giant puzzles with my great aunts Mayme Leppanen and Selma Palojarvi in Ironwood Township, Michigan, when I was about Julia’s age.

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · borrowed content · diversions · family · girls · parenting · photos · stupidities

The Barkley Marathons

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

“The Immortal Horizon,” a gorgeous article in The Believer by Leslie Jamison about the fabled, almost impossible Barkley Marathons trail race. That the hardship facilitates a shared solitude, an utter isolation that has been experienced before by others and will be experienced again, that these others are present in spirit even if the wilds have tamed […]

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Tri-County Fatbike Tour and Eating Contest

June 11th, 2014 · No Comments

With the Lutsen 99er mountain bike race just over two weeks away, I needed to get in one more big ride before the window for “training effects” closed. Home and work calendars lined up to make today the best option, and though I would have gone out even if it was 40 and raining, I […]

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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

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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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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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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