Legs and Wings!

Folks, to fully understand the impact of today, I first need to take you back to 1991.  That was the year I first started working at the Mighty P, which, at the time, was a Washington State only insurance company.  This made is a very conservative employer in all ways, including dress code.  So much so, that legend has it our CEO was heard to have said “Denim is the devil’s fabric!”  Therefore, even on the snowiest of snow days, jeans were NOT worn in the office.

This is what most of us looked like in the office back then (I edited out one person who HATES this picture)


Men had ties and jackets, women could wear slacks but if they had dresses the needed hosiery, and one manager required women to have extra nylons in case of runs.  Yeah, times were different back then Continue reading

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Just like old times

For the last 5+ years, since the ex and I have split up, I have had the same schedule almost every week.  In addition to the Manchild (now that Mathmajor is in college this doesn’t apply to him) being up with Michelle and I every other weekend, I also go down to Federal Way, and take the kid out for dinner every Tuesday.  Today was one of those dinners tha was  even more fun than usual. Continue reading

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It’s been over a year…

As I took my lunch tine walk today, I looked, as I always do, at the cycles that passed me.  I do this anywhere I am, but I look even closer when I am in Seattle.  Why, you ask?  Well let me tell you, because yesterday was the anniversary of the reason behind my curiosity Continue reading

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There are some places you can only get to on foot.

As planned, today, instead of saddling up and going for a bike ride, I went hiking in the Cascades for the first time in a VERY long time,  The Alarm went off at 5, but it was 5:30 before I got out of bed (Curse you Snooze button!)  Thanks to having everything gathered the night before, I was out the door a little after 6.

At 7:30, after one wrong turn in Granite Falls, I was passing this sign.



It was feeling good to be back in the mountains. Continue reading

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Should I change my name?

With Michelle down in Oregon with her roommate from college, I am on my own this weekend.  (I am going to try to get her to do a guest blog for her adventures on the Rogue River yesterday, they even considered “Pulling a Panama”)

I have decided that tomorrow morning will be the first hike of 2014, but I also wanted to get a good bike ride in today.  This meant starting relatively early (OK after 8, I was a serious slacker today, and slept in) to get the errands done, and then jumping on the bike about 11:30.  It was during the ride that I came to a realization about myself…. Continue reading

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Read First and Watch Second

Aside from riding the bike, hiking mountains and spending time here sharing stories with you, I am also an avid reader.  If I am sitting, I am reading.  If I am standing in line I am reading. It’s been that way since the 4th grade will be so forever.  Shoot, if by some off chance I end up at the pearly gates someday, I’ll probably be reading the Kindle waiting for St. Pete to call my name.  (Somehow I think it will be a LONG wait, better sit by a power outlet….)

Today though, I was reminded why I like to read the books before I watch the movie (or the series… Continue reading

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Dripping along…

Seattle can be very strange and unique place when it comes to weather.  Last week, while riding the STP we were in the 90s.  It hadn’t rained in over a month, and I was hating life.


This week is completely different. Continue reading

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