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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

Best of April Fools Day 2015

April 1st, 2015 · No Comments

No matter what John Oliver says, April Fools Day is great, especially in the Age of the Internet and especially, I think, in Northfield, which is full of people who enjoy staging pranks and who enjoy hearing about them. Here are a few of my favorite AF jokes from 2015. I’m not sure which I enjoyed […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · borrowed content · Carleton · cycling · Minnesota · Northfield · sport · spring · stupidities

Fortunes

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

Fatbike Aftermath

March 14th, 2015 · No Comments

I took advantage of the perfect weather today and the girls being busy with a friend to clean up the garage. I took down and packed away the Christmas lights on the front tree, passed on to new owners two unneeded kids’ bikes, reorganized the crazy miscellany on the shelves, stowed the snow-removal tools again […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · cycling · Northfield · photos · sport · stupidities · winter

Fatbiking Lessons

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments

On the Trail (photo by Chris Gibbs – C5 Adventure Photography) As someone with a middling level of experience in long-distance fatbike riding and racing, I’ve learned a lot from more experienced racers like Danielle Musto, who posted a great list of tips for better fat biking and Jay Petervary, who gave a great presentation […]

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

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

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

Arrowheadcase

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

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

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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