- clean kitchen
- prep gear for cold-weather bike commute
- fix door on entertainment center
- move some stuff from garage into refurb’ed basement
- text Josh re: beers next week
- start composing final email for Pallas Athena
- probably some other stuff
What happens when I start riding seriously again? My bucket list comes back, and begins to grow. And I start thinking about all the races/rides/fondos I want to undertake before I’m in the grave. This list will likely be updated regularly as I add new challenges (or complete ones on the list):
A Battle Plan for Suffering
The Almanzo 100
Paris-Roubaix Amateur Edition
An Ironman Triathlon (ideally Hawaii)
Multiple 24-Hour MTB Events
Tour Divide (Banff to Mexico Border)
The Transcontinental (London to Istanbul)
What’s missing from this list? Is there anything that I’m overlooking? What’s on your list?Read More »
About the time I upgraded my iPhone 5 to iOS 8, I was already starting to have concerns about Apple‘s ability to continue to “surprise and delight” its users, especially without a tyrant like Jobs at the helm. My recent experiences in light of that upgrade, and the discovery that my phone is among those affected by the Home/Power button bug, were mildly annoying. It’s when I’ve attempted to get the issues dealt with that things have kind of gone to shit.
What’s Happened to Me
Without delving too deeply into the shit, I’ve gone to two Apple stores locally re: the button issue. The first Genius Bar was helpful but had no Verizon loaner phones and encouraged me to call around. The second I encountered a massive queue (both pre-scheduled and walk-in) that it didn’t fit with my schedule, which is fine, but when I inquired as to whether or not they had Verizon loaner phones, I was met with an interesting mix of indifference and condescencion that left me cold. I walked away and decided to just “deal with a shitty phone.” Continue ReadingRead More »
TV: blah blah blah Jacob Wetterling 25 years blah blah blahRead More »
Me: Dude, also 25th anniversary of SimCity! Can we get a little positivity around here?
Kate: Maybe that’s where he went?
So I’ve been pretty heads-down and quiet lately on the social media — mostly just retweeting and sharing stuff on Facebook. There’s a reason for that, and I’m finally at a point where I can talk about it at-length and in detail. The reason I am doing this now is that Kate feels comfortable with me discussing it online and I feel that I’ve wrapped my head enough where I can have something meaningful to say about it.
For three weeks in late September and early October, Kate was part of an intense partial-hospitalization for treatment of pretty severe post-partum depression. Continue ReadingRead More »
1. The Big Lebowski
2. The entire Back to the Future trilogy
3. The Goonies
4. The Empire Strikes Back
5. Anything by Pixar. Except maybe the Cars movies. Those sucked.Read More »
Kate and I had a pretty amazing conversation a little while back. The part of the discussion that really stuck with me was when she told me about one of her mentors who said something to effect of, “Use one word to define how you want to live your life.”
Her mentor chose the word ‘peace.’ When she was young, she laid in a bed in a room with the shades drawn and listened to German bombs falling on London. And when she chose her word, she decided that it would define her actions, her goals, everything.
Kate chose the word ‘love’ — and she uses it to define how she wants to live her life. Does what she’s doing at that moment improve a love? Inspire love? Do her actions stem from love?
It seems like such a simple concept, and like most simple concepts, it has a certain power to it. She challenged me to find a single word that I could use to define my life…and I’m daunted by the task, maybe even a little afraid of the idea.
How do you encapsulate everything you want to do and be and the kind of impact you’d like to have into a single word?Read More »
Kicking off October, we’re coming out of a difficult month. September, to put it bluntly, sucked. We fell off our budget pretty badly, due to a couple of bigger celebrations (Kate’s 35th birthday and our 4th wedding anniversary). We spent money we should have been throwing at bills, but we did issue some refunds as part of the closing down of my framebuilding business, and we still got a big chunk of the Citi card paid down. We were also met with some challenges on the health front that are forcing us to spend time/money, so that’s going to slow things down a bit, too.
Starting in the hole: $74,000. (Includes the fancy new minivan.)
Current debt load: $69,000. (Roughly.)
Step 2: Debt Snowball
Amazon— done, August 2014 Macy’s— done, August 2014 Chase— done, August 2014
- Citi — projected complete payoff in October or November 2014
- Wells Fargo — projected complete payoff in February 2015
- Bank of America — projected complete payoff in June of 2015
5/10. I’m not despairing or anything — September was a hard month. October had a bit of a rough start, but we’re still on-budget and going to kick some ass.Read More »