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funny shirt interaction [Jul. 20th, 2016|11:26 pm]
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So I went to my regular square dance group tonight. I wore one of my square dance nerd shirts, which has a square formation diagram and the text "Do a funny interlocked three-by-one tandem-based triangle chain thru and the ends squeeze". Turned out a couple newer dancers hadn't seen the shirt before, so there was chatting about it at dancing.

Then I stopped at the convenience store on the way home, completely forgetting I'm wearing this shirt. The checkout guy says, "I have to ask you about your shirt. Do you teach geometry or something?" I tried to explain, I think I succeeded, and he's going to google "challenge square dancing". I was amused.
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dietary confusion [Jul. 16th, 2016|08:18 pm]
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So I'd been dairy-free for three or four days when I had a really lousy evening after dinner. Well, bummer, maybe it's not milk? The things in the dinner that were "new foods" since the dairy-free experiment were broccoli and black beans. So, hm. I stayed off both of those (and still off dairy) for another three days, and today I had a big plate of steamed broccoli with lunch. No significant reaction. So, I guess it's not broccoli. Some day soon I'll try milk again in case that's not it, and then I'll try beans in isolation. I had beano with that dinner "just in case" -- maybe I have an idiosyncratic reaction to beano. Seems somewhat unlikely. It could just be completely random and unrelated to diet -- but I kind of doubt that because other than that one lousy evening my intestines have been behaving themselves.
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First long bike ride on the new wheels [Jul. 11th, 2016|11:34 pm]
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The front wheel pounds a bit when braking. I can't see anything wrong when I spin the wheel and look at it. Maybe on the truing stand it will show. A little trouble getting into highest gear. So, I think I gotta email the guy who fixed my bike.

There was road work on the way to Waltham, and the cop made me take the detour. So it wasn't the usual 23.45 miles. Instead,
24.79 in 2:18 for an average of 10.7
Total year-to-date 1201.5. Woulda been 1200.0 were it not for the detour...
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Lactose intolerance [Jul. 11th, 2016|11:09 pm]
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I started having some mild intestinal distress a couple months ago. I finally got around to going to the doctor about it. He thought that the first thing we should do is experiment with my diet and gave me some suggestions. I started with extra fiber and laying off the dairy. Maybe I got it in one; I seem to be somewhat improved. I'm going to try really laying off the dairy; I used lactaid with dairy, and was somewhat hit-and-miss with small amounts in cookies or whatever, but now I'll try being more strict about it and see if I get much better. If so I'll add some back in and see if it causes problems, and then I'll drink a tall glass of milk and see if it makes me sick... I'm not sure the extra fiber will matter; my usual diet is pretty high in fiber. Gotta take calcium supplements, though, because I normally drink a lot of milk.

I looked it up online; apparently you can lose your lactase all of a sudden as an adult.
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Offspring adventuring [Jul. 9th, 2016|10:57 pm]
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Jocelyn is going to Spanish immersion camp at Concordia in Minnesota. She's flying unaccompanied for the first time. We didn't pay the Unaccompanied Minor fees, so she's flying as an adult. It's an adventure. She's flown dozens of times, but always with someone else doing all the logistics and airport navigation. It won't be too bad, because I'll take her all the way to security (but they won't let me through), it's a non-stop, and Concordia staff will meet her at baggage claim at the other end.

I'll make Perry practice his Spanish and write her a letter. Anyone else speak Spanish and want to write her a letter? I'll furnish her camp address...
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back on the road! [Jul. 8th, 2016|05:20 pm]
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Brand new wheels and brake pads!

Maybe next week I'll get to ride to or from work.
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short ride today, partial credit [Jul. 4th, 2016|03:19 pm]
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I was underwhelmed by the lake today -- it's too windy to waterski but not windy enough to windsurf. (Saturday it was awesome for windsurfing, but I've kind of forgotten how so there was a lot of wallowing when there should have been speeding.) Normally under these circumstances, I take a bike ride. However, looking at my rims again, really, I'm lucky I'm alive after last Tuesday's ride. So, no biking til the new wheels come in.

Another option is that Valerie has a recumbent trike she bought ages ago, and mostly is used by guests, though occasionally she rides it. It will take a while to adjust because the rack has to come off to move the seat back further.

So Ken offered that I could try his bike. Well, in actuality, it took about as long to adjust it as it would be to adjust the trike, and now he has to put it back before he rides to the train station tomorrow morning. So, really it wasn't an efficient plan. However, it was fun. Now I know that an above-seat steering recumbent would be OK, though I definitely prefer my under-seat steering.

He and I have the same brand of bike computer, so I stuck mine in his holder, and off I went. But wait! His wheel is larger than mine! So, the computer thought I went 147cm for each wheel revolution, when I actually went 205! So, the 3.5 that it recorded is really more like 5...
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Bicycle prowess, problems [Jun. 29th, 2016|02:00 pm]
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Weds 25.84 miles from work in 2:24 for an average of 10.7
Thurs 7.8
Fri 13.13
Sun 7.6
Mon 24.64 to Alewife in 2:06:32 for an average of 11.6.
Tues 23.45 to Waltham in 2:08:13 for an average of 10.9

Total for the week 102.46

Having a net negative elevation gain is helpful. I think I had a tailwind, too, on the trip to Alewife.

In the "problems" arena, though, I've been having pounding while braking. It's been getting worse. I looked at the rear wheel. Hm, not just simple out of true, but a huge bulge in the side of the rim. So much now that the bead of the tire isn't really well seated, and probably it isn't actually safe to ride because I could have a blowout any time. Bummer. I rode yesterday anyway, but tried to take it easy on the downhills, and mostly use the front brake.

So, I have some wheels on order and a guy we know will spiff up my bike. Hopefully all this will take place next week, when I won't have any bicycling opportunities because Jocelyn's going to circus camp in Waltham and I'll be driving her on my way to and from work. Good thing I got my 100 in this week! I suppose there will be swimming instead. This morning I drove to yoga because the roads were wet.
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My work life, captured by XKCD [Jun. 29th, 2016|12:03 pm]
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Really, just panel 2.

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photo ops [Jun. 25th, 2016|08:17 am]
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What's worse than texting while driving?

Taking pictures while driving! OK, I was at a red light in a huge traffic jam so it wasn't (very) unsafe. But these geese were too cute for words.



And, why are there speedbumps on this sidewalk? This is a non-customer door at the Westwood Station Target. Best we can figure out, it's to keep delivery people with handtrucks from smacking into each other in and out of the door.

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