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first bike to work [Jan. 14th, 2017|05:08 pm]
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Thursday the stars aligned and I rode to work. I got to ride on a NEW ROAD! They put in a road from my office park to a new shopping center that's still somewhat under construction (though several stores are open already). The crazy thing is that the road is closed during commute hours--they know we would love to drive on it to get out of the mess that is our everyday lives. So there's a gate that closes it exactly when we need it most. Of course this is to reduce traffic in another place that would be totally overwhelmed if they let us through... Anyway, the gate does not keep out bikes!

It wasn't as much of a shortcut as I had expected. 25.56 in 2:27 for an average of 10.4. I had a tailwind so I should have done better, but I had to carry all my gear because the car was arriving after me.
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arisia [Jan. 14th, 2017|04:39 pm]
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Hey, I'm at Arisia. I volunteered to help run the game room; I figure since Perry spends 24/7 here, I should help out. In theory I have a partner, but he is playing a game somewhere so I'm at the table alone. I get an interruption about every 30 seconds, so it's not too boring, but I have time to write this post. I will be here again tomorrow morning and then my volunteering will be done.

Otherwise I went to a demo of swordfighting, sang some songs, chased children, bought junk, went to a intro to belly dance, and saw about half the art show.
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The year in beds [Jan. 1st, 2017|11:10 pm]
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Sleeping meme. Where I slept, 2016:

All: Sharon, MA
January: Boston, MA (Arisia)
February: Washington, DC (AC/DC square dance weekend)
March: Troy, NH (Tech Squares square dance weekend)
March: Las Vegas, NV
April: Fairlee, VT (gaming weekend)
August: Calgary, AB; Saskatchewan River Crossing, AB; Banff, AB
October: Lenox, MA (Berkshires square dance weekend)
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The year in books [Jan. 1st, 2017|10:58 pm]
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According to goodreads I averaged about 30 pages a day; mostly it's more pages on fewer days, I think.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016/10758541
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The year in bicycling [Dec. 31st, 2016|06:50 pm]
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Had an 11 mile ride this morning. Tally for the year: 2566.0 on the odometer, plus a few unrecorded miles. This is a record; the last two years I have blog posts saying 2100+. I thought I had a 2400 year sometime but I can't find the blog posts for previous years. Maybe I didn't blog it, or I blogged it sometime other than Dec 31 or the first few days of Jan...

Got back from an afternoon party a bit ago, had dinner, then off to more parties. Getting ready to celebrate GMT in 11 minutes...
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comcast beckons [Dec. 23rd, 2016|01:42 pm]
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Comcast came this morning, ran wires, and installed hardware. Ken's configuring the server so we have the new static IP going to the right place, but meantime I've connected to the wifi it's providing. DSL was sucking so badly this morning, and we have a late release I was trying to get built, it was a headache. The comcast guy said I could just connect to the wifi he was busily installing, so I did, and it was faster! Except when he took it down to reconfigure. But, no worse than DSL croaking every 30 minutes and being really slow in between... I've been alternating between frantically working and putting together new Ikea chairs while I wait for the build to finish...
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Happy Solstice: help save the world! [Dec. 21st, 2016|10:38 am]
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We started our Solstice celebration with pancakes in the shape of the sun. (Actually, I never make them round, they're always oblong. But I claim it's like at sunset when things get refracted interestingly, sometimes the sun looks oblong.) This time some of them got sunspots (blueberries).

The weather looks good for starting a fire from the sun; we're waiting for one more person to join us before we release our inner pyromaniacs.

Meanwhile, last night, Ken got involved in a plan to save the world from Donald Trump: get Obama to take the US Nuclear Arsenal off of high alert so it'll take more than the push of one button to destroy the planet. You can join the effort: http://bit.ly/endhairtrigger
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Happy DEC-20 day! [Dec. 20th, 2016|03:30 pm]
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For those who knew and loved the old orange behemoth. Was it the first O/S that gave us command completion? Possibly...
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shoe oddity [Dec. 19th, 2016|09:31 pm]
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28 years ago, the first summer we were here, we bought a huge number of flipflops from the local "crap that didn't sell" resale shop (Building 19, now defunct). We think the reason they didn't sell is that they were all labelled with football teams. Um, who cares about football at the beach? Anyway, they are a pretty good style, comfortable, and they were $2/pair.

Since then, we've lent them, broken them, lost them, trashed them, etc. Rarely were they worn in matched pairs. I was cleaning out the area that we store them in, and sorting out various broken things and garbage, and I sorted the remaining flipflops into lefts and rights.

Apparently our flipflops are politically aligned. We have are 4 blueish left shoes and 5 reddish right shoes!

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Coronation and new throne! [Dec. 16th, 2016|03:18 pm]
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Coronation: my new dentist found decay under yet another of my old dentist's crowns. Sigh. So, temporary in now, new crown shortly.

New throne: I finally got around to getting a new toilet for the 3rd floor bathroom, which has been in need for a while. I got one of those dual flush things so it really uses very little water.

And I also got new glasses (which didn't go nicely in the subject line). I kind of need tri-focals; the new reading prescription is lovely for reading but if I'm cooking I can't see the food with either lens.  So I'm keeping the old glasses for "around the house" and using the new ones for reading and going places.  I briefly discussed tri-focals with the eye doctor but she was pretty sure I'd hate them and I'm pretty sure she's right.

Went for a walk partway around the lake this morning in the frigid temps. Near our shore there were waves all night so there's a ridges of splatter-created ice rime, but halfway around the lake it was calmer, and there's smooth ice. Looks to me like it's actually been frozen for a while now, not just from last night's single digits, which isn't surprising because it's a very shallow protected cove. I walked on it. If I'd brought my skates I might have skated, but maybe I would have been nervous out there where there weren't any people around. "Life is too short to skate on scary ice."
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