Next steps in the blog

It’s that time of year again to look back at 2020 and start reflecting on things. In the coming days I’ll be posting my traditional […]

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Waiting

Tomorrow is the last day of November. It feels like the month flew by, and dragged on, both at the same time. Just about every […]

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2020 and thankfulness

Each year I try to do a Thanksgiving post, and talk about what I’m thankful for. As I stare back on the train wreck that […]

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Blowing electric snow

For years I’ve had a big, heavy, gas powered, 2-stage snowblower. It’s a beast of a machine, and I really don’t like it that much. […]

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The postmortem will have to wait

I’ve been thinking over and over again about everything I want to say, could say, should or shouldn’t say, about the election. Honestly, I think […]

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The Fall Doldrums

The past few days I’ve felt mentally ‘meh’. The days have gotten shorter, and true to form for 2020, we ended up with one of […]

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The first flakes

I decided I wanted to go for a bit of a longer walk for coffee the other day, and so I set out early, wearing […]

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Some diet updates

It’s been quite a few months now doing the whole plant-free diet. My weight has stabilized around 152 lbs. which puts me well within the […]

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Some video game time

I’ve been getting out of the habit of writing more here, but it’s not for lack of things to write about. Therefore, I’m taking a […]

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Garmin woes

So for folks wondering about the Garmin outage, here’s my two decades of Enterprise IT experience “guess” at what’s going on. Just my speculation, but […]

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Sleeping platform for the car

Recently we’ve been talking more and more about our future camping setup. Our Coachmen Clipper 9.0 is a decent tool for camping, but we sometimes […]

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The privilege of my whiteness

I grew up poor, living with just my mother. My early childhood involved her working various teaching assistant jobs, before ending up on welfare, and […]

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Let’s not pretend this is new

The current situation of inflamed racial tensions in Minneapolis is distressing and frustrating. The video of George Floyd being held down with a knee to […]

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The Potato Guardian… a reading

Yesterday I came across an opinion piece in the Washington Post written by Alexandra Petri, about Trump’s comment to farmers regarding the need for strong […]

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A quick blog check-in

One may think that because of the pandemic and working from home full time, that you end up with all kinds of extra time to […]

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Interviewing Wes Allen

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m doing some more experimenting with content creation in the audio/visual realm. I’m doing some interviews in the […]

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Doing more video and audio stuff

I’ve always enjoyed making videos and recording things, and with the current lockdown there’s a lot more opportunity to use video and audio to communicate […]

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Missing “spaces”

I’m a person who derives energy from being around energy. Despite being an extrovert, I do NOT require constant interaction with people. Sure, I enjoy […]

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So how’s it going?

This is the week where everything changed. At least for a while. Both my wife and I started full-time teleworking. My oldest son was already […]

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Thinking about “stuff”

Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about material things. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but I think a lot of it has to […]

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An unexpected weekend

For those that follow along with me on social media, this will be a re-hashing, but I wanted to put everything out there in one […]

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Starting the year off… busy

2020 is here, and with it comes winter ultramarathon season, as well as our typical Vegas trip. Plus, with the holidays behind us, work has […]

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2019 Year in Review

As tradition dictates, it’s time for my annual New Year’s Eve Year in Review. I’ve been doing this since 2005, and there’s no reason to […]

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Thanksgiving 2019

The house is quiet. The only sounds are of the cats quietly stirring and the low hum of their water fountain pump. As I look […]

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The wisdom of crows

A poem As I hiked through the woods on a winter day I asked a crow to walk alongside me To share with me the […]

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The One Thing

My wife’s employer gave her a book for Christmas, written by the owner of the company, Gary Keller. It’s called The One Thing, and since […]

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Some time with the wife

One of my favorite things that has happened this year is that I’ve gotten to spend a lot more time running with my wife. Part […]

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Some things never change

Today on Facebook it kindly reminded me of memories from years gone by (as it does every day). Sometimes I’ll click past the first one […]

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More musings on life and career

Regular readers of my blog are no stranger to my semi-regular musings about my vocation and purpose in life. It’s a pretty regular theme, but […]

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What I learned this week

This week I attended a conference for work. Even though I just do IT work, it’s nice to spend time with the people I’m working […]

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Some peaceful camping

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take the camper out by myself. My wife was attending a choir retreat in Decorah, IA, and […]

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Craziness of life

It’s been a crazy week with the new job, and getting adjusted. Schedules are different, I’m back to learning, and I’m back to being the […]

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First Day of Spring

Officially, today is the beginning of Spring. So in Minnesota that means that it’s cold and we’re experiencing snow. That’s just how we roll here. […]

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The lessons of winter

There are many things that winter teaches you in Minnesota. How to dress appropriately, the difference between types of snow, and often, how to simply […]

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The death of Liberal Arts?

The other day I started thinking about my career path, and contrasted it with the career path that my children will most likely take. When […]

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The beauty of winter

Last week the historic Grain Belt sign was due to be relit. I’ve been wanting to get down to take some pics of it, but […]

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