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

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 1385

Aches & pains: Right shoulder (last week)

Current reading: The Swift Programming Language

Recent listening: WTF with Marc Maron, Accidental Tech Podcast, This American Life, Radiolab

Recent viewing: Westworld, NBA Finals, Billions, My Next Guest…, The Break with Michelle Wolf, Evil Genius

Recent playing: Picture Cross

Recent events: Thomas moved home

Recently accomplished: 36 miles/week riding, planted grass, new rear wheel, paid bills, installed AC, doctor’s appointment, vacuuming

Imperative To Do: 100 miles/week riding, plant grass in bare spots, clean roof, manual insurance claims, lawn border, buy tickets for August wedding, bariatric surgery

Blowing through the jasmine in my mind

With only two weeks of summer remaining it’s high time I updated you about what’s been happening in the Ring household.

For the second year Troop 820 (Thomas’ Boy Scout troop) held an unofficial “family camp” in June. If you recall, last year we went to Idaho for three days of biking. This year we drove to La Pine, OR, where we camped in the “high desert” at 4100 feet. I was huffing and puffing there for two days before I realized that the altitude was the problem. During a bike ride to the shower I figured out that deep breaths counteract the lack of oxygen. Once I knew that, I no longer dreaded getting off my ass and walking to the next campsite. While we were there, the boys enjoyed a long bike ride and floating down the Deschutes River. It wasn’t really that warm but I think the altitude made it feel warm.
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