Once again I am hesitant to write this post.  If you are following the news from Washington State, you have heard about the Oso Mudslide.  Which is about 40 miles north of me.

We have had record-breaking rains this month, over 9 inches.  About a week ago, the side of a hill just let go.  A mile wide wave of mud and debris came down, went across the Stilaguamish river and smashed into a rural neighborhood.  The recovery process is ongoing, 20 people have died and 30 are still missing, somewhere in 40 feet of mud.

I was hesitant to write this post for one reason.  Even though the loss of life is tragic, not to mention the houses themselves won’t be covered by insurance, nature has once again amazed me.  I honestly wish the houses were NOT there, but I was on top of a safe hill somewhere watching it go! Continue reading “Nature”

Going WAY old school

Well today was a different day in Seattle.  It rained ALL day, getting us closer to 10 inches of rain for the month of March (Yep we have already set a record as the wettest March ever).  Just in the last hour lightning hit a local church (no one hurt but sure blew a whole in it (as a heathen I could do a post on ONLY this, but I will refrain))

It was also our first weekend with the Manchild after his 16th birthday.  Originally, I planned that he’d be able to go to the Emerald City Comicon.  But I didn’t get tickets in time.  This meant I had to come up with something else fun.  To do so I reached back to MY past. Continue reading “Going WAY old school”

Well there’s good and bad

I’ve told y’all many times I am an avid reader.  I honestly can’t remember a time since the 4th grade that I wasn’t in the middle of at least one book.  It relaxes me, fills time when I am waiting for something or standing in line, and pure and simple, its enjoyable.  I always had a book in my back pack when I was climbing, and one came with me when biking the Oregon coast.

Long about 3 years ago, Michelle got me a Kindle for Christmas.  I loved it!  When I got it though, I wondered just how many books I’d read in electronic form and how many would be paper.  I kinda thought it would be 50/50 or maybe 60/40 (electronic vs paper). Yeah I wasn’t even close.

Since I got the Kindle, and since upgraded to an iPad.  I may have read 4 (not percent, just 4) paper books. Continue reading “Well there’s good and bad”

A dad challenge

For some reason lately, I’ve been thinking about all the stuff the kids did when they were younger. Both the Manchild and the Mathmajor did a LOT more things than I ever did. Of course, the main reason for this is I never really wanted to do anything but read or ride my bike as a kid. I did have one year of little league (played right field never got a hit) and did Cub Scouts for a while, but that was it.

The boys, Manchild played, baseball for a couple years, even got to pitch once or twice, and tried wrestling (hated it!) . His “nice weather” activity now is longboarding and he loves it.

Mathmajor tired both gymnastics and Irish Step dancing for a bit, as well as one year of Cub Scouts (the people in our troop were weird!) But the thing they both did the most was Inline speed skating.

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A tale of two commutes

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

OK, I admit it, I have never read “A Tale of Two Cities.” I only know this line because its used time and time again on different TV shows, including Star Trek.  However, if you compare Monday night’s commute with Tuesday night’s, it fits perfectly!

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When its time…

Folks, I need to tell anyone and everyone who is reading this that I debated for quite a while before posting it.  Those of you who follow me regularly hopefully know that I mean no disrespect at all to anyone.  Those who read this for the first time, let me assure you of the same.

It could also very well be that this post is being written too soon.  But, the way I blog, when a post hits me, I get it down or I forget it. So here we go, and my apologies so anyone who may take offense.

This post came to be due to two tragedies, one small and one big in the Seattle area in the  last week.

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Gotta love a good ride

I don’t know about where you are, but here in the Pacific Northwest, particularly around Seattle, we have had the 3rd wettest March of all time.  Let me tell you for us that’s saying something.  If we get .69″ more before the 31st it will officially be the wettest!  Yay, nothing makes cycling more fun, than record-breaking rainfall.

Ahh, but today, today was forecast to be sunny.  Maybe not particularly warm, but dry and bright!  I decided it was the perfect day for a long ride, I was aiming for 60 miles.  But to do this takes some prep! Continue reading “Gotta love a good ride”