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

Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 874

Aches & pains: right foot (outer edge), shoulders, cold (4 days)

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: This American Life, JESUS IS KING, Dolly Parton’s America, Pink Floyd

Recent viewing: Conspiracy, Taylor Swift’s Tiny Desk Concert, Saturday Night Live, In the Shadow of the Moon, The Great Hack, Explained (Season 2), Living With Yourself, Travels with My Father

Recent playing: Mini Motorways

Recent events: Mother’s 90th Birthday Party and trip to Iowa, Tina’s 50th Birthday Party (impending), my 53rd birthday

Recently accomplished: Party planning, solution to disallow cat printing, finished deck, dosed cats, resolved dental bills,

Imperative To Do: Read more, clean roof and gutters, clean carpets, call insurance, mop, clean fridge, put away the luggage

Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 828

Aches & pains: shoulders, ankles, lower left arm

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: Hidden Brain, The David Pakman Show, Coverville

Recent viewing: Dark, Boy Erased, Rolling Thunder Revue, Mindhunter (Season 2), Queer Eye (Season 4), Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones, Another Life, The Boys

Recent playing: Bloons 6, Dr. Mario World

Recent events: Bridge Pedal with Tina, fall grass overseeding cycle, Graham & Kate returned to college

Recently accomplished: Made fall travel arrangements, flora trimming, organized and stored video game stuff,

Imperative To Do: Read more, clean roof and gutters, finish deck, dose cats, resolve dental billing issues, pay bills, clean roof and gutters

Vital Statistics

Bike miles this year: 579

Aches & pains: shoulders, lower back, ankles

Current reading: Getting Things Done

Recent listening: WTF with Marc Maron, Bruce Springsteen, Hidden Brain, Making Sense, Lawns Across America, Radiolab

Recent viewing: The Corner, Good Omens, Blood, Frets and Tears, Captain Beefheart: Under Review, John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky, Murder Mystery, The Bill Murray Stories, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

Recent playing: Bloons 6

Recent events: Independence Day party, iPhone cracked screen fixed, lowest A1C since diagnosed, spring HVAC inspection, eye doctor appointment

Recently accomplished: Rebuilt a bike for Graham, end of fiscal quarter, dosed cats, replaced outdoor faucet, pressure washing, hauled away junk

Imperative To Do: Ride 75 miles in a week, read more, clean roof and gutters, organize video game stuff, finalize Iowa vacation plans, finish pressure washing, seal driveway cracks. Take a look to ProClean Pressure Washing take pride in their work and have provided commercial and residential power washing Bradenton.