Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 93

Aches & pains: right foot and ankle, right pinky toe, right elbow

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: The Chicks, Station to Station by David Bowie

Recent viewing: Umbrella Academy, Lovecraft Country, Westworld (season 3), Ted Lasso, Away, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: kitchen cabinets installed, Oregon wildfire smoke with AQI over 500

Recently accomplished: lawn care, composting, step count increased to 6000, installed new switches and outlets in the kitchen, boxed up unread books, financial aid modifications

Imperative To Do: Clean roof and gutters, finish lingering projects, finish unpacking, replant back yard grass, turn compost

Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 93

Aches & pains: right foot and ankle, right pinky toe

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: Hank Williams, Sweetheart of the Rodeo by the Byrds, Ugly Is Beautiful by Oliver Tree, Doggystyle by Snoop Dogg

Recent viewing: Halt and Catch Fire (season 1), Perry Mason, Westworld (season 3), Worlds Most Wanted, Connected

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: nearly 8 weeks with no kitchen but floors are done, Graham and Kate moved out, new glasses

Recently accomplished: lawn care, packed and moved five rooms, replaced utility sink plumbing, mortgage loss draft, put all my compact discs into storage, composting, increased daily step count to 5500

Imperative To Do: Clean roof and gutters, finish lingering projects, finish unpacking, box up books, replant back yard grass

That time my mom had scarlet fever

Before the advent of antibiotics like penicillin, a strep throat infection could lead to scarlet fever. When my mother was a girl, she came down with scarlet fever when she was at school. They made her go home and quarantine until she got better. But then her older brother got it and her younger sister after that. The whole household had to be under quarantine until the infections stopped.

The family was in quarantine for about two weeks. During this time they were not allowed to leave their farm and my mother’s grandfather brought them groceries. My grandfather kept dairy cows and would usually sell the cream they separated from the milk. They were not allowed to sell their cream while under quarantine so my mother told me they gave it to the hogs. When she returned to school she found red spots on her school books from some treatment that had been done to them.

Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 74

Aches & pains: right foot, right pinky toe

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: n/a

Recent viewing: Arrow (season 3&4), Supergirl (season 1), How To Get Away With Murder (season 6)

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: kitchen restoration for water damage, first night terror in a long time

Recently accomplished: lawn care, shed reorganization, facilitating kitchen work, trimmed arbor vita

Imperative To Do: Clean roof and gutters, finish lingering projects

Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 74

Aches & pains: right foot

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Radiolab

Recent viewing: Workin’ Moms, Arrow (season 2), Space Force, Last Week Tonight, Amazing Stories

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: COVID-19 test, colonoscopy, discovered poa trivialis in the back yard, workplace promotion

Recently accomplished: lawn care, filed insurance claim for kitchen

Imperative To Do: Clean roof and gutters, finish lingering projects, health insurance negotiations, trim arbor vita

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing

Because I have a minor medical procedure at the end of this week, I had to get tested for COVID-19 today. I was tested at a drive-thru location near the Providence Portland Medical Center. It’s right across the Banfield in a parking lot that is probably a shuttle parking location for the hospital. My instructions during a phone call the night before were “Bring your ID and a tissue.”

The parking lot has three stations, each manned by several people under a canopy. At the entrance to the the parking lot is a security guard who waved me towards the first station. A lady at the first station held up a sign that told me to roll up my window (which I had rolled down as I pulled in). After I did that, she held up another sign instructing me to place my driver’s license against the window. I did so.

She consulted a clipboard and then waved me on to the next station. At the next station, the first sign asked for me to hold my license against the window again. After they confirmed who I was, the next sign instructed me to blow my nose. After I did so, they waved me on to the final station where a woman wearing a mask and face guard waited.

Again, I placed my driver’s license against the window and she confirmed my identity matched the test kit she held in her hands. She then asked me to roll down my window and then told me to place my hands on the steering wheel and  lean back in my seat. She briefly described the procedure which involves swabbing your nasal passage. She said it would be uncomfortable but it would be over in 10 seconds. I nodded and closed my eyes.

What followed was the most intensely uncomfortable 10 seconds of my life. It was astounding just how… intense it was. “Wow” I said when I opened my eyes. I then thanked her, rolled up my window and drove off. “Wow”, I repeated to myself several times. I could feel the effects in my nostril acutely for at least 5 minutes after and can still feel it slightly two hours later. Wow.

Results take 3-4 days which will be just in time for my procedure on Friday.

Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 74

Aches & pains: right foot

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: Hidden Brain, This American Life, Abbey Road, Electric Ladyland, Reply All

Recent viewing: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ozark, Servant, Dead to Me, Trial By Media, The Flash (season 6), Magic for Humans, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: stimulus check

Recently accomplished: lawn care, fun with the YNAB API, homeowners insurance coverage investigation, fixed compost pile, shelf mount for BluRay player, fixed dishwasher

Imperative To Do: Clean roof and gutters, finish lingering projects, health insurance negotiations

Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 53

Aches & pains: right foot

Current reading: 100 Days of SwiftUI

Recent listening: This American Life, Beastie Boys, Reply All, Robot or Not

Recent viewing: Bosch (Season 6), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, After Life (Season 2), Ozark, Outlander, The Crown, Devs, SNL at Home, McMillions

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: fruit company interview, Graham out of quarantine, virtual happy hours

Recently accomplished: Replaced Scion battery, solved mystery carpet wet spot, shed cleanup, tree trimming, lawn mowing, bike to shop for tune-up

Imperative To Do: Clean roof and gutters, fix dishwasher, kitchen floor replacement planning, finish lingering projects

Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 37

Aches & pains: right foot

Current reading: 100 Days of SwiftUI

Recent listening: R.E.M., John Prine, Hidden Brain, This American Life

Recent viewing: Tiger King, The Crown, How to Fix a Drug Scandal, How To Get Away with Murder, Ozark, Lost In Space, Dirty Money, Outbreak, Altered Carbon

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: COVID-19 including getting Graham home to 14 day quarantine, found a compost spreader for $50

Recently accomplished: Daily Swift tutorial, spring lawn activities, taxes complete but not paid, caught up on medical bills

Imperative To Do: Clean roof and gutters, more biking, read books, update resumé

Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 0

Aches & pains: right foot (intermittent)

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: This American Life, Making Sense (podcast), Hidden Brain, Reply-All, Sleep, Tool, Neil Young

Recent viewing: You, The Flash, The Irishman, The Mandelorian, The Morning Show, Don’t F**k With Cats, The Confession Killer, The Devil Next Door, The End of the Fucking World

Recent playing: Borderlands, Patterned

Recent events: Lewis & Clark concerts, Christmas and New Year with the boys and girlfriends, bought a new TV

Recently accomplished: Started YNAB, wall mounted the TV, Xmas shopping, vet trip

Imperative To Do: Read more, clean roof and gutters, resolve medical bills, help Graham prepare for London, start biking again