Blowing & Drifting

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Strep Day

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The Tassava family has not fared well during Northfield’s current epidemic of strep, pneumonia, influenza, and the stomach flu. Today, Vivi is home with strep. Sick Vivi is lethargic, quiet, and bored – pretty much the opposite of Normal Vivi. At least she has a friend who’s supplying some good purring medicine.

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The Real Christmas Workshop

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Forget Santa’s workshop at the North Pole: Julia’s workshop at the kitchen table is where the real magic is happening. She’s made amazing presents here for Shannon and Genevieve. I can’t wait to see what she makes for me!

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Jingle Bell Runners (and Bikers)

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Last year, the Northfield YMCA asked our local bike club if anyone would like to lead out the annual Jingle Bell Run downtown. Several of us fatbikers were interested, and had fun leading racers over the slick, cold course. This year the Y asked us again, so again a bunch of us showed up, though […]

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A Darkness Ride

November 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The gang of gravel cyclists here in Northfield have, under the leadership of the indefatigable Bruce A., made a custom of rides on (or nearly on) nights with full moons. These “Full Moon Howl” rides are pretty great. This month, another of the gang’s leaders, Joe P., proposed the opposite – a “Darkness Ride” on […]

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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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Winter Riding Goals

November 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Halfway through November, and a week or so into an early winter, I’ve settled on five goals for my winter riding. In descending order: 1. Finish the 200k course of Jay P’s Fat Pursuit in Idaho on January 10 within the time limit – about 36 hours. Last year I made it through 100 miles […]

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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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Into the Woods

November 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Though I’ve been living on the plains for ten years now, I still think of the woods as Nature. Like my affinity for winter and snow, my love for the woods is rooted in the experience of growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Some of my earliest memories are of walking with my dad and […]

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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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To Idaho and Back (In Snippets)

March 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Day 1 I35 south to I90 west to the Rocky Mountains. The long flat straights of South Dakota. Gas station stops for fuel, beef jerky, and water. Passing the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Lake Francis Case on the Missouri River. So many Wall Drug signs. Cheap Subway somewhere on the road, made by a sandwich […]

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The girl plays music

March 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Kids surprise parents all the time, in some bad and many good ways. I beamed with surprised delight tonight when Julia’s guitar practicing included a halting but recognizable version of the opening riff to "Smoke on the Water" tonight. Incredible. (Next up: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?)

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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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“Pray for Newtown” (Sun Kil Moon)

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Whether or not you’re okay with gun violence, I think this exceptional tune by Mark Kozelek (recording as Sun Kil Moon) will make you think again about Newtown – and other needless massacres in recent American history. Sadly beautiful, quietly angry. We’ve failed as a society in failing to act after Newtown to prevent more […]

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A Word from the Old Gods and the New

March 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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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