Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Birdhouse?

On my Saturday run, I hit a couple of loops of the Elm Creek horse trails. I’ve been on these trails many times, but for some reason don’t recall ever seeing the structure in the picture below. It’s not big enough to be a deer stand, it’s only about 3-4 feet long, and barely 3 […]

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Quick Review: Moon

Pretty much ever since we’ve been together, my wife has suggested I watch the movie Moon. It’s the story of a solitary astronaut who works on the moon harvesting clean energy for Earth. He’s a couple weeks away from the end of his three year contract, and excited to get going home. However, things take […]

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Early icy run

I wanted to get my run in before work on Thursday, and so I set my alarm for 4:30am. As my body is wont to do, I woke up earlier than my alarm, at 3:30. I huddled in bed until 4 and then gave up and went out for my run. The temps this morning […]

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Internet Friends

The other day MPR posted a story about some new research out of the UK that states what many of us would say is obvious. Most of our online “friends” aren’t really friends in the grand scheme of things. The study found that even when people have hundreds or thousands of online “friends”, they still […]

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Putting stones in the hearth

I’ve been a long time fan of Blizzard games. In particular I was a huge fan of World of Warcaft, having played for many, many years. I’ve also played through all of the Starcraft campaigns,and dabbled in Diablo. However, a few years ago when Blizzard announced Hearthstone I knew I would have to give it […]

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The other

Warning: some political musing below…. Today is one of those days when I didn’t think I had anything to really write about, but then I recalled reading a heart-wrenching article over lunch. A city near where I live is struggling with the influx of Somali immigrants into their central Minnesota town, and lifestyle. It’s been […]

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Building and building

My 50 mile training plan is kicking into high gear, and this weekend saw my longest run since my 50K last October. My goal for my training plan is to do all of my mid-week runs on regular roads and pavement, but do all of my long runs on trails. My trail of choice is […]

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Another adult night at the zoo

The Minnesota Zoo occasionally hosts “adult nights” where everyone in the buildings needs to be over 18, and there is beer and wine for sale. My wife and I have attended one of these before, so when the opportunity arrived on Saturday we jumped at going again. It’s fun to get to walk around the […]

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Running prep

When getting up before dawn to go for a run, how you prep can be key, both mentally and physically. The key to┬áboth, for me, is prepping the night before. Because I’m usually not very awake in the morning, it’s important that I lay out my clothes the night before. There’s nothing more frustrating than […]

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Speaking

Despite having been trained as a pastor, I don’t get as many opportunities to speak in front of people, that I would have if I were, in fact, serving as a pastor. As a pastor I would be speaking to a crowd of people every week. As a person in my position in the IT […]

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Return of Agent Carter

I am a fan of the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, the Marvel TV show that spun off the Avengers movies. However, my wife has never been that into it, and so I usually watch it alone. But when Agent Carter came out last year, both my wife and I were hooked. Set in the time […]

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Running along the river

On Tuesday I decided to do my 9 mile long run along the river in Saint Paul. For many years I was a part of a lunchtime group that would run 4 miles or so every day along the river paths, but since changing jobs a couple of times since then I haven’t gotten back […]

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