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serendipitous reflections

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Cycling

I wish I had discovered cycling earlier. When Jeni and I moved from Bluefield, Va. to Davenport, Ia. we bought some mountain bikes from Sears. They weren't great bikes -- they weren't junk, just not great. Mountain bikes were the thing to buy back then, too. There was a great bike trail in Davenport not far from our apartment where we first lived. Unfortunately, I think we only rode our bikes twice there. They were new, but probably needed tuning from day one, and I know that spoiled some of the experience.

Now, 18 years later, we have a true love for cycling. We are constantly seeking exciting places to ride our road bikes. We like the road bikes, going fast and far, like a kid again. I wish Columbia, SC was more bike friendly. We are always looking for good places to go ride, and while we ride at Fort Jackson, regulations are making that more difficult. We found a few routes in York County about an hour up the road, and are looking forward to exploring.

In October we will be participating in the Bike MS Breakaway to the Beach for the second year in a row. Last year we biked 100 miles over two days (50 miles each day). This year our goal is to do 100 miles the first day and 25 the next. I hope we can do it. We'll start training for it soon. As much as I always liked being active, I never considered myself an athlete. But that's starting to change.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Interesting diagrams

These diagrams are a great source of information. I found 5, 6 and 8 particularly useful. I think Jeni had pinned most of these on Pinterest at some point, but I stumbled on this collection and didn't want to lose it.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Nessie ladle

I saw this ladle that looks like Nessie, and being a huge Lock Ness Monster fan, I just have to have it. This is my reminder! Don't forget, Dean...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tardis door

I just saw an Instructable article on an easy way to make a Tardis door and I had to post the link here so I didn't lose it. They did a great job on theirs and even if I don't actually make one, I'd like to come back and look at this for ideas.

Admittedly I have neglected this poor little blog. It has turned into a sounding board for myself more than anything, and I've had the desire to blog but not the time or the opportunity lately. Jeni has been very busy keeping things running at the theatre, and I join in to ease her burden when I can. It truly is a labor of love -- I just wish more people involved realized and acknowledged how much she puts in and sacrifices for the theatre.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A film to watch

I need to watch this short film when I have an extra 16 minutes.

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Mrs Beans blog

I need to remember to add Mrs Beans blog to my list on the side...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gratitude matters

Some people like to do things for others. They do it out of the goodness of their heart, or they see a need, or they just like doing the task. The fact that they made you look good, or lifted you up, or made life easier for you does not, by default, make them your bitch. Show some appreciation.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The math of juggling

I have juggled for most of my life, learning how to juggle when I was eight years old. It has been a very important part of my life. I have my stock of tricks that I do. I have been working on getting better at juggling five balls, and trying to learn a few new tricks that have eluded me. 

One concept I have always struggled with is Swap Site notation -- basically breaking a juggling pattern down into numbers to denote the throws. I have read multiple articles, but it just won't click for me. So I'm posting yet another link to another article (this one with video) so that one day I may dedicate the time and brain power to making this make sense.