The books that stay with you

Finally, after using every trick I know, I got “Larry” Michelle’s MacBook to connect to Starbucks WiFi. I swear if I was 7 years old this would be much simpler!

OK, on to the post. I am here today blogging away, while Michelle is out walk/running 8 miles to get ready for the Seattle Halfmarathon coming up Sunday after Thanksgiving. I hang here at the end, tracking her progress and ready for rapid response, or with an Ice Tea at the end. It’s a hard job!

While coming back from dropping her off, I was listening to NPR. YES there was political news (NO FAIR I ALREADY VOTED) but being NPR it also had real news! Today was a story that reminded me of my, hands down, favorite book ever… Continue reading “The books that stay with you”

Two vastly different nights, with one similarity!

The last two nights have been, hands down, great! Last night (Thursday) Michelle and I had date night. We went out to eat at one of our favorite places, Arnies. It is right on the water in Edmonds, near the ferry dock.

We go for happy hour in the bar and try hard to get a window seat.

I won’t lie, last night, a group went in the front door ahead of us, but stopped at the elevator. Michelle and I RAN up the stairs! We got a window!! (ok they did too, but we got to choose the best seats! )

Today, I took off after work to take advantage of the gorgeous weather in late October

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and do a long bike ride. Both nights were fun, but both had that extra piece: nature was out and showing off! Continue reading “Two vastly different nights, with one similarity!”

Nature Surprise

I have quite a few different routes that I travel when I ride. I have the Lake Washington Loop, The Half lake loop, my regular 40 (a 40 mile loop through Everett and over to Woodinville) and the Seattle loop. (Some of these are my names, so you won’t find them on Google. The Lake Washington loop is real though!)

All of these routes listed have one thing in common: At some point I am on the Burke-Gilman/Sammamish River trail. Continue reading “Nature Surprise”

Candy Corn Mystery

There are many mysteries in the Pacific Northwest. There is the whereabouts of D B Cooper. Whether or not Sasquatch (Bigfoot to the non northwestern folks) is real. And what did the pilot see around Mt Rainier back in the 40s that lead to the first use of the term Flying Saucers?

All these are questions that we ponder on a regular basis. But there is one, more mysterious than all of these put together. One that has stumped me for years, and yet continues to happen: Who the HELL keeps sending me candy corn stuff!?! Continue reading “Candy Corn Mystery”

Tired of this election cycle!

The Mountainstroh blog is almost 4 years old. In that time, I have done only 2 posts that I consider political. Both of them involved a representative from my state (Washington) who believed that cyclists pollute the environment due to the CO2 they exhale when they ride. The harder we ride, the harder we breathe and the more we pollute…  (Dumbass!)

I made the decision NOT to use the power of my blog (Yes you may giggle) for this election. Rest easy, I am sticking to that plan…. Continue reading “Tired of this election cycle!”

The Storm that wasn’t!

For most of the last 25 years I have worked at the Mighty P. It is a personal lines insurance (meaning we have car, house and boat  insurance for people) company that writes policies in Washington and Oregon.

I am also a science geek, I think anything mother nature can do is simply amazing. So, when you combine science geek and insurance nerd, the news that a potentially historic storm was bearing down on us peaks my interest! Continue reading “The Storm that wasn’t!”