Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2,109

Aches & pains: skin tag on right cheek, shoulders

Current reading: Getting Things Done

Recent listening: Dissect podcast, Frank Ocean, Prozac for Lovers, Westworld S2 OST, Making Sense, This American Life

Recent viewing: QI, The Goldbergs, WWDC sessions, Antman & the Wasp, Safe, Asperger’s Are Us, Labyrinth, The Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency

Recent playing: Bloons 6

Recent events: TQ’s 92nd birthday in Seattle, spring break week with Graham & Kate including adventure in Oregon City, meditating with Tina

Recently accomplished: resumed bike riding, FSA documentation, taught Graham how to spreadsheet, brainstorming for financial planning app, office reorganization

Imperative To Do: Ride 25 miles in a week, ride to work, read more, file 2018 taxes, find wedding rings, resolve pharmacy issues, finish foundation grade adjustments, file health insurance claim,

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: n/a

Aches & pains: right shoulder

Current reading: Getting Things Done

Recent listening: Kendrick Lamar, NWA, Childish Gambino, Reel Big Fish, Bill Frisell, Oasis, Greta Van Fleet, Led Zeppelin, Genesis

Recent viewing: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Safe, The Pixar Story, Cooked, White Right: Meeting the Enemy, The Ritual, Disenchantment, BoJack Horseman, SNL, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Goldbergs

Recent playing: Bloons 6

Recent events: Presidents weekend in San Francisco with Thomas, PDX Jazz festival, snow in Portland

Recently accomplished: House cleaning, bought robot vacuum, filing reorganization, turned compost, bought dress shirt

Imperative To Do: Ride bike again, read more, exercise, file 2018 taxes, find wedding rings, FSA documentation

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 1262

Aches & pains: Shoulders, lower back

Current reading: The Swift Programming Language

Recent listening: Very Bad Wizards, This American Life, Radiolab, Childish Gambino

Recent viewing: Barry, Westworld, SNL, The Handmaids Tale, NBA Playoffs

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: Hired permanently, Thomas graduated college, new iPad mini 4 (128Gb)

Recently accomplished: Traveled to Indiana in April and May, 59 miles/week riding, compost harvest, new Marathon Plus tires on bike, cooked steaks with cast iron, treated lawn for weeds and moss

Imperative To Do: 100 miles/week riding, plant grass in bare spots, clean roof, manual insurance claims, pay bills, install AC

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Aches & pains: Constipation, mouth infection

Current reading: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Recent listening: Hard rock dive

Recent viewing: Game of Thrones (S4), The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Last Man on Earth, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Falling Skies

Recent playing: ZAGA

Recently accomplished: Fox wedding plans, Indiana, backpack replacement, sold van, Scion maintenance appointment, gutter inquiries

Imperative To Do: Mow lawn, laundry, Xmas air fare, bring in yard sale stuff, pay bills, deck

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2557
Aches & pains: sore back and sciatic nerve
Current reading: My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk, Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
Recent listening: Warren Zevon, The Beatles, Bright Eyes
Recent viewing: Iowa vs. Wisconsin, Wartburg vs. Coe, miles of Iowa corn & beans
Recent playing: Doodle Jump
Recently accomplished: Iowa trip planning, visited Sunleafs in Dubuque, met J. Kelly Poole in Cedar Falls, Wartburg Homecoming 2009
People I was lucky enough to see while in Iowa: Troy Munn, Mindy Eastmann, Kalen “Bubby” Eastmann, Taran Eastmann, Mark & Kathi Ring, Logan Ring, Kent Ring, Berdean Ring, Kathryn Warburton, Lorell & Myrtle Christensen, Michelle Cummings, Frank Fox, Jeff Mitchell, Annette Adams, Carl & Kristy Borchardt, Randy Maravetz, Jeff Fox, Art & Amy Sunleaf, Maja Sunleaf, “Belle” Sunleaf, Lizzie Sunleaf, Kelly Poole, Terry Letsche, Rob Marquardt, Caroline & Jim Druschke, Dave Marx, Lynn Olsen, Bob Dahlke, Terrell Hale, Al Vandenbergh, Tim Lieder, Jim & Sharon Parcel, Arnie and Louise Duryee, Sue Barnes, Judy Christensen
People I wanted to see but ran out of time: Mariah Mindy Ring, Oren P. Phipps
Imperative To Do: Return cans, put antenna in the attic, clean office, finish Best of 2008, rebates, replace rusted grill parts, clean roof

View from Johnny’s Spamarama


View from Johnny’s Spamarama
Originally uploaded by rynosoft

My cousin Sue has wanted to take me to the Spam Museum in Austin, MN for several years. Yesterday our dream came true when we made the 1-hour trek with my mom from my hometown of Riceville, IA. Unfortunately, when we arrived, we found that the museum is closed on Monday. Even so, the gift shop was open and I picked up a few things. Afterwards we drove across the street to Johnny’s Spamarama for a spam-themed lunch. I had a delicious Spam Reuben and Sue had the Spam Western Melt. My mom declined to have a Spam dish.

Vital Statistics

Relatives seen: 30 (approximate)
Weight lost (in pounds): 0
Aches & pains: sciatic
Current reading: My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk, Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
Recent listening: “Grandma music”
Recent viewing: CBS Morning News, The Fugitive, Presidential debate
Recent playing: Chain Factor, Spaceward Ho!
Recently accomplished: Travel to Iowa, birthday celebrations with my birthday uncle, Spam Museum (outside only)
Imperative To Do: Return home, cancel gym membership, get rid of office junk, freecycle, activate new Tivo, oil change for van, clean garage, office organization, get rid of MacRenewal Macs

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We made it to San Francisco, but I’m not really enjoying the trip very much. I’m reminded of how much I hate living in cubeland (i.e. cubicles). It’s very, very quiet here almost to the point of distraction.

I had to pass through security twice in Portland because of my money clip. If you heard that knifes less than 4 inches long were allowed, you heard wrong evidently. As I discovered a few years ago at a security checkpoint in Cincinatti, my money clip has a knife in it. I hadn’t planned on checking my bag, so at least I could put the money clip in the bag and check the bag. Back in Cincy, I had to steal a box from the checkout counter because I had already checked all my bags.

Before I went through security, I realized I had forgotten to detach my Leatherman micra from my keychain. I stashed it in the seat cover dispenser in the nearest bathroom. That worked for me once before about 15 years ago at MSP when I was afraid to carry a joint on board and was returning a few days later.

Current reading: n/a (forgot my book in the bag I checked)
Recent listening: n/a (remembered my iPod, forgot the headphones)
Recent viewing: Olympics: freestyle skiing
Imperative To Do: Get out of San Francisco, take out the trash

Here’s me bored in San Francisco:

Update 2/18: My Leatherman micra was waiting for me in the seat cover dispenser when I got back on Thursday.

Vital Statistics

My Tivo is still getting a new hard drive. Tomorrow I’m traveling to San Francisco for a couple of days to visit Macromedia/Adobe.

Current reading: Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now by Barry Miles
Recent listening: Coverville, Mexican Standoff/Michelle Shocked, Get Behind Me Satan/White Stripes
Recent viewing: Olympics: men’s downhill, men’s and women’s curling, snowboarding, pair skating, ski jumping (long), speed skating (long and short track)
Recent playing: Halo
Imperative To Do: Pack, Pinewood Derby: Sand and repaint