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  • 02/08/17--15:19: Back at it
  • Even though our yard still has tons of snow, the roads were nice and clear this morning. It was so nice to get out to the marina for my first walk since Sunday, even though the cloud cover was solid and boring to look at. The lack of good photo opportunities made me finally remember to snap a photo of the yacht club to remind myself to check Facebook to see what the inside looks like. Nothing super special, but it's nice. At some point soon, it'll be torn down to make way for a new hotel.

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    This special sounds pretty good and the price isn't bad! I probably should have gone over to try it, but once my appointment to take my car to the shop today was moved to tomorrow, I figured I'd better have one of the salads I had at home.

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    Today"s awesome walk, 5.64 miles in 1:46, 11,933 steps
    5.64 miles in 1:46, 11,933 steps

    The aforementioned salad, a Safeway chef salad that I added some tomatoes and half an avocado to, plus fries. I think salad and fries are great together and should be one of the standard options alongside soup and sandwich, soup and salad, sandwich and salad, and sandwich and fries.

    Lunch

    It's been snowing most of the day today, but it's very wet out and the ground looks the same now as it did this morning, which is fine by me. Snow is pretty and all, but it cramps my style too much.


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  • 02/09/17--21:10: Creeptastic/Exhausted
  • Normally I go to the tank farm on Thursdays but lately every time I go, there's exactly one other dude there, and he walks the opposite direction I do, slower, so we walk past each other a lot. This morning, I wondered, does he go every weekday? Just Thursday? Tuesday/Thursday? So I figured I'd try going down there tomorrow and would do Lowell today. It's been a while since I was there, and I wasn't feeling all that great this morning anyway, so it made sense to go somewhere closer.

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    I swear, this morning was one of the creepiest walks I've had in ages. All my walks lately have been dark, and it's always darkest down there, but that wasn't the issue. There was a light rain and the noise it made in the trees surrounded me and made me realize that normally in the dark I depend on the ability to hear if someone's approaching, and that was taken away. Next, some workers at the residential construction site were looking around inside one of the houses with a flashlight. Even though I knew what was going on, it was super creepy. Then, toward the North end of the route, I was pretty sure I could see a campsite off in the distance, and that was confirmed when I smelled, then saw, their campfire.

    Just to be clear, I never felt unsafe, but there's something about the occasional creepy walk that makes me happy when it's over.

    The obligatory new neighborhood photo:

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    I only recently realized I can go to the parking lot by the boat launch and do some laps to get some extra miles in, and wanted to do that today, but the path was flooded and I wasn't in the mood to get my feet wet. That led to a little bit of time on the non-paved trails there, which I rarely do. In the summer, there are too many bugs, and in the winter, they're too dark. But they were fine today.

    Today"s awesome walk, 4.92 miles in 1:34, 10,501 steps
    4.92 miles in 1:34, 10,501 steps

    After I got home, I managed to go to WinCo and spend a decent amount of money without buying anything on my list. At noon, I took my car back to the shop for the repairs we discovered it needed when I was there for an oil change last week. I took Jerimiah to lunch since he wasn't able to join me and Liz during the oil change, and it was delicious.

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    Unfortunately, the technician had a hell of a time getting the new power steering fluid pump in. And after four hours, it was in, and he realized it was defective, because it wasn't fitting right. So not only was the car not ready, but I was there with it, without a way home. Garrett came to pick me up. Coincidentally, jameth texted saying he'd be at a bar in our neighborhood for a bit, so we went there to meet him, which was great. That kind of stuff doesn't happen often once you move to the 'burbs.

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    We didn't get home until almost 7:00. I thought I'd be gone for three hours max, but it was more than double that. It was nice, though. I used to chat with Liz all day when we worked together and it was nice to hang out in her shop today, and also really nice to see James. But I also am pretty sure I'm getting a cold, so since I have no car, I'm turning off my alarm and sleeping in.


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  • 02/10/17--08:07: SchadenFriday













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  • 02/11/17--06:47: CATURDAY


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    I had a really easy time picking my car up on Friday. Liz texted me when it was almost ready and I got dressed, walked down to the Swift bus stop, hopped on, got off about a mile from the shop, and walked the rest of the way. 45 minutes from text message to arrival, which was pretty great.

    We specifically marked this weekend in the calendar as one to have no plans, so we watched a lot of TV Friday evening and yesterday. This morning I woke up about 90 minutes early, but stayed in bed until almost 4:30. Even though I got a late start on my walk, it was still quite dark when I got to the park.

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    I could tell almost immediately that there would be a pretty good sunrise. The first one in a while.

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    I'm really looking forward to Spring.

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    There are several more sunrise photos if you click through to flickr, including some bad selfies and these amazing Fibonacci doodles Louie (former lj user ltorosf) made from one of the photos. It was super fun to see them on Facebook while I was still walking.

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    There was a nice bank of fog off in the distance that almost made me walk longer than I felt like today, but I could see that I was on the wrong side of the river to get to it.

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    It was quite the bird-riffic day. So many ducks and geese, redtail hawks, and even an eagle! I almost missed this heron because it stayed perfectly still, which is unusual. They typically fly away whenever I walk by.

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    Today's awesome walk, 8 miles in 2:45, 17,835 steps
    8 miles in 2:45, 17,835 steps

    Garrett was already dressed and ready for brunch when I got home. We went to Harvey's and I finally tried the Loco Moco. It was ok, but they shouldn't use Minute Rice. Garrett got the chicken fried steak, and I wish I had, too.

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    Recently we saw the commercial for Fifty Shades Darker and decided it'd be funny to rent Fifty Shades of Grey. We're watching it now. It's bad. Thankfully I enjoy bad movies. Garrett's having a nice nap.


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  • 02/13/17--17:47: Scoutin'
  • There's another guy I run into all the time when I go to the tank farm. He walks the opposite direction, about half as fast as me, so we see each other over and over. I started to wonder if he's there every day or just one day a week like me, so I decided to go down there today instead of waiting until Thursday. It'd also been a while, so it was nice to go there. One of the first things I saw was this public notice for a meeting about the new ferry terminal. Looks like the tank farm's days are numbered.

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    The moon was so bright, I could see everything quite well. The photo doesn't really show it, but it was neat.

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    Before I even completed the first lap, I ran into that dude. My guess is that he's there weekdays. No biggie, but it was worth it to me to figure out if I could have the whole place to myself if I just switched days.

    The big crane thing at the beach looked cool today.

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    This gate was open for the first time that I've seen and it was really tempting to go have a look at that little building, but I didn't want to get in trouble. That's right across from the train station with its guard, and who there are probably several cameras in the area.

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    Gorgeous morning, but no spectacular sunrise. It was really bright when I pulled back into my neighborhood, though.

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    Today's awesome walk, 6.04 miles in 1:57, 12,960 steps
    6.04 miles in 1:57, 12,960 steps



    Started a new pair of shoes today because rocks were poking through a hole that a sharp rock made in the left shoe of the last pair. I mainly take a photo each time so I can search flickr and see how long each pair lasts. I thought I could get away with these short socks, but the backs of the shoes rubbed up against my Achilles tendons a bit. Ouch.

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    At lunch time, my friend Kristen joined me for the trip up to Mount Vernon to pick up the giant scissors I had engraved for our friend who's a mayor. But first, we ate. This burger was ridiculously big, but also very tasty, with jalapeño ground into the meat, horseradish slaw, fried jalapeño, and cheese. The fries were tasty as well. And I had a tasty peach sour beer.

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    We stopped in the co-op and talked to a friend of hers she used to work with and I found these awesome cat mermaid and butterfly stickers for my laptop.

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    Downtown Mount Vernon is very cute and has a lot of awesome shops. It's pretty busy with cars, but they smartly turned a lot of the side streets into pedestrian plazas recently. Definitely a great place for a meal and some shopping.


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  • 02/14/17--13:50: Ouch
  • I'll just get the "last" part of this post out of the way first so it can be behind its own cut if you don't want to see it. I cut today's walk a bit short because of yesterday's, during which I wore brand new shoes with bootie socks. I normally wear ankle socks and the booties left my achilles tendon area exposed, and on the right side, it got rubbed off. I could have gone a little further than I did because the pain went away, but I figured that was because the nerves were just worn out from trying to get me to stop.


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    In spite of the pain today, I was really happy because winter's dark grip is finally letting up. According to the internet, sunrise today was at 7:16, but it was already this bright at 6:33.

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    The daily special. This one sounds really good. I need to try this place sometime. And a lot of other weird places I haven't been to yet.

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    A really awesome formation, I've only ever seen one other that was about this big.

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    There was some very nice color by the time I left.

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    Today's awesome walk, 4.47 miles in 1:25, 9,520 steps
    4.47 miles in 1:25, 9,520 steps

    One nice thing about the marina is that it's easy to take shortcuts if necessary. You can get a lot of miles done in a relatively small amount of square miles.

    This is the best driving video I've gotten in a while thanks to the sunrise. I even did a loop around the roundabout by my parking spot to get every angle.



    It's been a nice day so far. Something I ordered for Garrett for Valentine's Day arrived today, so it's not late, and I was home for a signature-required delivery as well. That package was some currency for our upcoming vacation. I also got some nice stuff on sale at the grocery store. QFC has these little deli meals that I won't buy at their full price, but they get marked way down as the sell-by date approaches and I snatch them up and put them in the chest freezer in the garage. There are pasta bowls, which are perfect for sending as Garrett's lunch, Mexican rice bowls which I can make use to fill two burritos, and vegetable risotto, which makes a handy side if I'm trying to turn out an easy dinner. I bought quite a few today and had to stop myself from clearing them out.


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    I wanted to give my heel a break today, and thankfully my tattoo is healed pretty well so I could go to the pool this morning. Unfortunately, the sauna was closed for repairs. I was really looking forward to it. I spent a bit of time in the hot tub, but that's just not the same. There was a guy in it with the bubbles off when I got there, and I didn't ask about turning them on because another guy has said that the bubbles cool it down. Makes sense if it's not hot air being blown. Anyway, the water was still and for a second I thought the other dude was naked because wore a light pair of trunks and the reflection of his torso lined up with them. But I figured it out pretty quickly.

    I went to Dollar Tree on my way home because I forgot the only thing I was specifically after when I went last time. They sell really nice packs of colored tissue paper, 24 sheets per pack. I use it to wrap up air plants when I ship them and in the top of gift bags. I don't blame myself for forgetting last time. Just as Barbara and I pulled up that day, an older gentleman walking out of Rite-Aid next door fell on the sidewalk. Some women helped him immediately, and by the time I came out of Dollar Tree and Barbara came out of Rite-Aid, there was already a fire truck and ambulance. The fire truck was blocking us in, but we still had to go to Staples, and that took long enough that we only had to wait a couple of minutes to get out.

    It took me a while to find the tissue today as my first pack was from another location and the layout was different. I checked crafts, floral, and everything else, then finally found it by the gift wrap and cards. I hoped to find some swim goggles because my cheap pair broke and I don't want to wear out my nicer pair since I'm not even wearing them on my eyes. They're just around my neck for my iPod to clip onto while I tread water. I tried to quickly make a bead chain to use temporarily because I know they get rusty, but I couldn't find my bag of clasps.

    But I see that replacements for the ones that broke are $4.99 on Amazon. Ordered.

    The recent snow and wind took lots of branches off the biggest tree in our back yard. I was about to clean up the yard myself, but the branches were too big to fit in our yard waste bin. Our yard guy is here now taking care of that as well as cleaning the moss off the driveway and any that might be on the roof, plus adding the annual roof moss treatment to prevent it, and cleaning the skylights. Those have never been cleaned since we moved in, so that will be nice.

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    More swimming today so my poor heel doesn't hate me. It seemed like there were a lot of cars at the pool, so I thought maybe if that swim team was around, I should go to the Y and buy a day pass. But I looked in the window and just the normal crowd was there. Then I got to the front door and the sign about the sauna being repaired was still up. I thought, since I'm already here, I'll just stay.

    I wasn't there long before the team showed up, though. Thankfully they've had some attrition and they don't take up the entire width of the pool, so I was able to keep my corner and a couple of other people were able to go back and forth on the other side of the deep end. Even though they never ran into me like last time, it still wasn't great sharing the pool. They make the water much choppier and splash a lot as they go by, so there was lots of water in the eyes and up the nose. Oh well, I got my hour in.

    I might go to the Y tomorrow. It's more expensive and the pool isn't as deep, but I'd really like to finally get some sauna time. And, while it was broken when I went last time, they also have a steam room. And they open an hour earlier than my pool. I'm not committed to anything, though. Maybe even a walk? If I wait until Sunday to walk that's more time to heal, and I've got Monday off and would like to do a bigger walk or hike then. A swim tomorrow would be smart.

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  • 02/19/17--13:33: Catchemups
  • Friday was surprising. I mainly went to the YMCA because the sauna's been broken at my pool for a while, and they have a sauna and steam room. What I wasn't expecting was for my swim to be such a major workout. The deepest part of their pool is five feet, which didn't allow me to tread water upright, so for the entire hour, I tried various bends and twists to allow me to fit in the limited depth. That lead to my arms and legs often working against each other, which is much harder than my whole body working together to stay upright in the water. My watch recorded double the amount of "steps" during the hour in the pool, which was neat. It became an opportunity to flex and stretch my back, and I'm very happy for that because I haven't really noticed any lower back pain in the two days since.



    If the pool was just a little deeper, it'd be so tempting to get a YMCA membership. The sauna is smaller than the one at my pool, but there's no steam room at my pool, and I really enjoyed it. Even though I slipped climbing down from the upper seat, nude, with three other dudes in there to see it happen. One of them admitted it happened to him, too, and I guess if you're going to fall down and break your ass, it's good if other people are around.

    One of the strange things about the building is that there's no elevator, and a couple of floors are currently unused. The rooftop jogging track is referred to as the fifth floor, but there are two extra flights of stairs between there and the 4th floor. They Y is building a new location just a few blocks from our house soon, it'll be interesting to see what they do there. Anyway, I had to go up to the jogging track to see the views. Too bad there are filthy windows all around.

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    This cracks me up. I doubt it gets used much at all, and surely there's never   enough of a crowd that it matters which way they go.

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    For perspective, I got a shot of those windows on the jogging track from the street down below.

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    On Friday, I also finally got around to listing this item in my shop. I've had the little pots for a while, but I just recently got a bunch of tiny plants that work well in them.

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    Since several years before we moved up here, Everett has has just one gay bar, Bar Myx. A couple of weeks ago, they closed their basement space and moved to a building near Xfinity Arena. It's three floors, and they're going to run it as three separate venues. The ground floor is a sports bar, and we went to its grand opening Friday evening. They really should have called it a soft opening. Upstairs is the new dance club, and they're working on a lounge downstairs where all the drag shows will be. I'm mostly excited because at their old location, they didn't open until 5pm, but the sports bar will open at 11am daily. Good news for early risers like us.

    After that, we had a very nice Thai dinner at a restaurant nearby which we discovered the night of the Duran Duran concert, then went to the Arena for the national curling championships. That's not an event we would have ended up at on our own, but some friends of ours were organizers. It was very nice to see them, and my friend Erika also happened to be there because her husband is super into curling.

    This morning was really lovely over at Langus/Spencer Island, even though the sunrise only lasted a few minutes. I made the most of it by taking a time lapse of the best part of the sunrise and fooling around with Facebook Live for a while. My heel isn't fully healed, and was bloody when I got home in spite of the precautionary bandage I put on it this morning, but I'm not letting it stop me from hiking tomorrow.

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    I normally never use any filters on my photos, but this needed the black and white Ansel Adams treatment.

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    Today's awesome walk, 8.1 miles in 2:40, 17,642 steps
    8.1 miles in 2:40, 17,642 steps

    Here's that time lapse I tried to do of the sunrise. It's really hard to film in place for three minutes straight. Can't wait until my Podo camera finally arrives and I can leave it behind while I walk.




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  • 02/20/17--17:32: Boulder-dash
  • I like to take office holidays as opportunities to drive further out from home for a hike. Thankfully the Washington Trails Association has a really great website with an interactive map, and people submit trip reports constantly so you can find out what the current conditions are, within a few days. I wasn't in the mood for anything too difficult, and Boulder River Trail sounded good. It's only four miles long, and people consider it to be a pretty easy hike.

    I always forget how annoying the drives out to these places can be. It's not so bad for the first hour on the highways, but the last four miles on the gravel roads felt like another hour because of all the potholes. You just can't go very fast at all. It was still pretty dark when I got to the parking area, so I waited a few minutes before heading out.

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    It's a pretty nice trail starting out. Nice and wide, very little mud, neat views looking down to the river.

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    And waterfalls!

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    I took Snapchats of the waterfalls, intending to export the videos to Instagram, but I always forget IG can't process a video that's too short. Which is unfortunate, because it's easy to make videos of waterfalls short. You don't need to see a waterfall for very long. Oh well.

    This was the only bridge I saw today with handrails, but it managed to be the scariest one. Super narrow, very wet, and high up.

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    Trail bagel! I had most of this at this spot next to the trail, but saved a few bites for when I got back to the car.

    Trail bagel!

    One of my least favorite things on a trail is a stream crossing, where your choices are to get your feet really wet, or step on wobbly rocks. Using my trekking poles, I managed to cross this spot twice without getting wet!

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    I ended up only going halfway up the trail because I got tired of the terrain. I don't have anything to prove, so there's no reason not to turn back if I'm not having fun, especially on a trail like that one where there's not some spectacular lake or something at the end.

    Here was a nice spot to compare the results between the regular and wide angle lenses.

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    I was never really in it, but there was lots of neat fog nearby on my way down.

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    I couldn't believe I didn't see anyone else the entire time I was there and my car was the only one parked at the bottom when I got back. That's ideal, but it rarely happens at places like that.

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    Today's awesome walk, 3.9 miles in 1:59, 11,186 steps, 554ft gain
    3.9 miles in 1:59, 11,186 steps, 554ft gain

    The maps are always interesting in places like this because the GPS isn't as accurate. I followed the exact same trail both ways but it looks like I wandered around a lot. You really can't do that, because it's so steep.

    The rest of the day was really nice. I came home and showered, had a cup of coffee, went out for Asian buffet, then relaxed for a while in the hot tub, sauna, and steam room at the YMCA. Some of the guys in the hot tub were talking about the new facility that'll be built pretty close to our house in the next couple of years, and the lifeguard mentioned that the sauna and steam room will be part of the pool area instead of in the locker rooms, so no more nude sauna and steam. Too bad. They haven't even started construction, though, so it'll be a while.

    One of the guys said he lived at the YMCA for a year when he was in his 20s, and that it cost a dollar a day. By my estimate, that was 1970 or so, and the dollar amount translates to about $200/mo in today's dollars. That money got him a private room with a bed, desk, and closet, and everything else was shared. Now I'm curious if any YMCAs around the country still have boarding rooms, and how much they go for.

    I wasn't feeling super hot when I got home, but after a nap with Sam, I feel great. And I love the way my skin feels after a steam.


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    This song gets majorly stuck in my head every year. Especially yesterday because I didn't feel like using my mp3 player on the trail.



    Don't let the 2013 date on the video fool you, that song was on an album in 1999 and I've had an mp3 since 2002 or so. I was definitely marching to it all morning yesterday. The good news is that with proper socks and a bandage, my heel didn't get any worse, but it's getting a break. I was back at my swim center today and I'll be there tomorrow. Not sure what to do about Thursday since that's not a day I like to go to my pool. Maybe one last visit to the tank farm before vacation.

    As nice as the sauna and steam room at the Y are, they keep them both very hot and it was nice to be back in my regular sauna, which is finally fixed.

    Got a nice fresh haircut today. No picture right now because I don't feel like putting any pomade in. Sometimes this cut looks good with no products applied, but not when it's as clean as it is right now.

    Currently I'm working on my "Watch Later" playlist on YouTube. Now playing is Stone Cold, the 1991 Brian Bosworth movie. It's really something.

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  • 02/22/17--11:29: Schmupdates
  • Yesterday I ran out of Netflix DVDs, as well as stuff on the DVR that only I watch, so I decided to finally start whittling down my ever-expanding "watch later" playlist on YouTube. A while back, I realized I never really liked stopping everything to watch videos longer than a minute or so on the laptop, and started just adding to the list and watching every once in a while. But I inevitably fell behind on regular watching, and have been adding tons of old weird movies I can't find anywhere but YouTube to the list. It's huge now. I took a nice dent out of it yesterday, including the TV movie Death Car on the Freeway. I think that one was from another source of the backlog: YouTube itself. The more stuff you watch on there, the better the suggestions get, so I've added even more weird movies I've never heard of before.

    It's just too bad the recordings aren't higher quality. Can't win 'em all.

    I thought to mention it because I'm currently on my last item on the DVR, Throwing Shade. It's been one of my favorite podcasts for years and it's such a relief that the TV version is great. I worried a lot that it wouldn't translate well, but they've done a great job.

    With our vacation coming up, I'm in the middle of all the normal challenges. Stop buying food and eat up all the fresh stuff. Time laundry just right. Clean the house and hope the cats don't immediately puke. Find the ointment you need that's already packed.

    Today's swim was completely unremarkable, but no news is good news.

    I noticed in TimeHop that three years ago today was the day we announced that we were moving from Seattle to Everett. There was also a picture of the kitchen at the apartment we had for a while, so I'm pretty sure it was the day we picked up the keys.

    My phone's operating system updated this morning. I already noticed one neat change. The "back" icon rotates to point downward when the keyboard's onscreen, to indicate that it'll tuck it away if you press it. That's actually a cool change, because in some stuff like Snapchat, it's easy to worry that you might back out of the screen you're on and lose it forever.

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  • 02/23/17--15:03: Wrapping up
  • My heel isn't all the way better, but with a bandage on it this morning, a walk was totally fine. I wanted a morning at the tank farm and wasn't going to let some stupid scab stop me. This isn't a great picture of the crane thing down there, but I wanted to compare it to other shots to figure out why it was so much darker. Downtown was fogged in, for one, but there's definitely some lights off as well.

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    I was in a trees sort of mood.

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    It's getting bright earlier every day, which is great, though it was weird to see a couple of women on their way in as I left to head to the other beach. I assumed they were heading for the commuter train and didn't say "good morning" because those people are always jerks, but one of them said it to me, so obviously they were just there to walk. This might seem sarcastic, but I'm not even kidding. The people walking from the ferry to the train are always very inconsiderate to rude, and I go out of my way to avoid them. Like today, I was about to make a video of the ferry unloading, and saw they were walking off. I left, hoping to beat them to the station, but they were arriving all around me, so I did an extra lap around the hotel to give them time to clear out.

    It was nice to get to the Mukilteo Beach side during low tide for the first time in a while.

    Today's awesome walk, 4.3 miles in 1:32, 9,790 steps
    4.3 miles in 1:32, 9,790 steps

    Garrett came home feeling tired and didn't want anything when I headed out to lunch. I wasn't originally planning to do that, but one of my lottery tickets I checked today was a $30 winner, bringing my total unclaimed winnings up to $35. I was going to go cash that in, then go to My Vietnam, which is owned by an older couple who I always figured would retire soon. I discovered it was not only closed for a vacation, but that the space had been taken over by Pho So 1. If it's the same people who run Pho So 1 in Seattle, I'm very excited. It was always a favorite because their pho is great anyway, and it's the only pho place I've ever been to that has vinegar as one of the table condiments. And I've been to a lot of pho places.

    So I went to Janbo instead, and while I was waiting, I noticed they have nuoc cham on their tables. I've never seen bottles of nuoc cham at the tables, probably because it doesn't last very long.

    Those last two paragraphs are mostly copied from a Facebook post, apologies to anyone who read it twice. I know condiments and shop ownership are boring. Certainly there was no reason to completely retype the story in a new way.

    Speaking of Pho So 1, some of my earliest LJ entries were Vietnamese restaurant reviews, and that was one of them. They used to be tagged, but I figured there was no reason to display that tag in my sidebar any more since I'm not actively doing that. Off the top of my head, I can think of two restaurants that I went to a lot back then that are closed now, plus another that will soon.


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  • 02/25/17--07:00: CATURDAY





















































  • BONUS Saturdogs







    Many thanks to:
    Animals Being Dicks
    Señor Gif
    k00l 4 k@+z
    Almost Famous Cats
    Cats, Beavers & Ducks
    Derpy Cats
    FAT CATS
    FUCKYEAHFELINES!
    CHEEZburger
    Every Day is Caturday
    Cats and Dogs
    The Cat Reviewer
    And everyone else who happened to put a cat or dog where I ended up seeing it this week!

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  • 02/26/17--05:25: Good morning
  • Today's our first full day in Mexico, and the only day we made any plans.
    Just seeing an old co-worker for lunch. I'm just using my phone while here,
    and only on wifi, so I'll just do brief updates until we get back.
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  • 02/27/17--06:05: Reunion
  • My old co-worker David has been living in Cabo for a while and we met him
    yesterday for lunch and drinks. That's the only plan we made for the entire
    trip, so there are no more obligations. It was cool to see him and be shown
    around by a local.
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