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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

Spring Sunday

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Sunday was a true early-spring day: sunny, breezy, and about forty degrees F. Beautiful, in other words. Finally weather that lets me wear the same clothes all day! No need for a jacket; a fleece sweater is fine! The sun motivated me to do a few "spring cleaning" tasks around the house – sweeping leaves […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · Carleton · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos · sport · spring · winter

Vivi Quotes

March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

A few of Genevieve’s choice quotes today: "I’m getting on my nerves." (After she herself passes gas) "No offense, Daddy, but you’re kind of the farter of the house." (Of my handwriting) "This looks like it was written by a gorilla using his non-dominant hand." (In Bloomington) "I don’t like big cities. They always smell […]

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Little Geochemist

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Vivi, my little scientist, today received her Scholastic book order: eight rocks and a little book of experiments to do with them. She’s fascinated. We did a few of the experiments, and will do more after getting some supplies (do people really keep Epsom salts on hand?), but the best thing we did tonight was […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · diversions · girls · Northfield · parenting · photos · winter

Iditarod Dreaming

February 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tomorrow, the biggest, baddest fatbike race of them all starts: the Iditarod Trail Invitational, run on the dogsled route from Anchorage, Alaska, north and west to McGrath, the end of the "short" 350 mile race, and Nome, the end of the "long" 1,000 mile race. This year, a bunch of my fatbike-racing friends are doing […]

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

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

Fun with Deafness

February 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

As I walked into the Muni tonight to get some beer (it’s Monday! we can buy beer again!), I distinctly heard a customer at the counter tell the clerk, “So went out there and there like five hundred vanities there!” I wondered “WTF?” and went about my business, trying at the same time to eavesdrop […]

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Interview with Tracey Petervary, Fatbike Monster

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the great things about the fatbike community is how back-of-the-pack guys like me can talk to and learn from racers who are way up front – people like Tracey Petervary, an accomplished long-distance cyclist, a really cool person, and a pretty dominant champion. T-Race has enjoyed particularly remarkable success in fatbike racing, which […]

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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

Puzzled No More!

February 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Huzzah! After weeks of work, all 1,000 pieces of “Confection Street” are in their proper places! Vivi did the last thirty or forty pieces all by herself! The finished puzzle looks great.

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · borrowed content · diversions · family · girls · Northfield · parenting · photos · winter

950 pieces down…

February 5th, 2015 · No Comments

We need a term – possibly a German loanword – for the feeling one has when he looks for weeks at an unfinished puzzle which his youngest daughter has prohibited him from completing.

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Imbolc and Cailleach

February 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

A tardy note on the Gaelic holiday of Imbolc, traditionally held on February 1 and associated with the onset of spring – or a prolonged winter. From Wikipedia: Imbolc was believed to be when the Cailleach—the divine hag of Gaelic tradition—gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · history · miscellany · spring · thing I learned today · winter

Canis lupus

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Says Julia: "I drew this amazing wolf pic based on a picture from the Internet!"

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Open Gym

February 1st, 2015 · No Comments

The girls and their BFFs were the only kids at open gym today, so they took advantage and played full-court 2-on-2. They ran themselves ragged.

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