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  • 05/04/17--16:06: 12 hours in 20 seconds
  • I left the Podo out in the yard yesterday in the morning, and let it go all day. I didn't originally set it up to go that long, but it's pretty easy to stop it and start again without missing a beat. And that works out well because there's really no way to process that much time lapse all at once with my setup, so having two folders to start out with is just fine. For those who are interested, I've got my routine down to a science. No matter the time between photos in the lapse, I add them to my movie, edit so each lasts half a second, save the video, start a new project, then open that video and speed it up however much I feel like. And in the case of yesterdays, I repeat all but the last step, then make a new project out of both videos. I'm pretty quick at it now.



    I really like how yesterday's long video came out. First it's overcast, then you see the sun, then it mostly clears, and finally the moon goes by at the end. So fun.


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    It was really foggy out this morning, which made for a fun walk, but the video was boring. Couldn't even tell it was a time lapse! Of course, I kept the selfie.

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    That was after the walk, though. Here's the first photo of the day, during the only few minutes when it was dark. It got bright out surprisingly fast.

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    The walking trail along the water, which is off to the right. See the bunny?

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    Heading back the other way, the road to the beach. This will remain when the ferry terminal comes, but the path above won't. I think.

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    Today's pretty squares.

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    Over at Mukilteo Beach, I stumbled upon this very Hitchcockian scene.

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    Today's awesome walk, 5.4 miles in 1:54, 12,215 steps
    5.4 miles in 1:54, 12,215 steps

    It was still foggy well into the morning and I decided to set the camera up in the back yard again to see what would happen. Turns out the sun going by is pretty interesting. Glad I was in the basement with the curtains drawn as it went by.


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    My first check for my blogging efforts came today! That's a fun milestone. I kinda want to get it framed.


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  • 05/07/17--14:50: A first time for everything
  • In New Mexico, you can take driver's ed classes at age 14 and get your license at 15, and I did. I've had a license for 27 years and was never pulled over by the police until this morning. The headlight I had fixed on Tuesday was out again, and I hadn't noticed yet. Because of the stop, I got a late start to the walk, but it didn't matter too much because it was really cloudy. No sunset, but it still looked neat out.

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    The low water and light levels played well off each other.

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    It was quite the day for birds! I saw an eagle.

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    Two goose families, here's one.



    A noisy hawk.



    And this guy.

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    Plus a hot air balloon!

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    Squares of the day.

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    The time lapse spot selfie and the time lapse. I really like the train.

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    Today's awesome walk, 7.18 miles in 2:30, 16,158 steps
    7.18 miles in 2:30, 16,158 steps

    The sky was clearing up as I left, so this is the best drive video I've gotten in a while.



    And here's yesterday's video, the camera was on the railing of our front steps all day. I love the strange blue beam that shoots down from the sun for a bit.



    Today's Garrett's birthday! We had a nice brunch with his parents and then went back to their place for cake.

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    I figured out that the embeds I do here will work on dreamwidth as long as I copy the entry html before I save it and paste it into DW. The issue with the imports is that LJ wraps embeds in their own "lj embed" tag and that breaks them on DW. You'd think they'd have figured that one out, since "lj-cut" works just fine over there. Oh well. It's easy enough to copy and paste.


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  • 05/08/17--17:17: Details to come
  • Mondays at the pool sure are nice. I'd swim just about every day if I had my own pool, but since I don't, it's nice to have a good one in the neighborhood to visit a couple of times a week. I thought about hanging the camera off the back fence of the swim center but the sunrise coming through the trees looked nice from where I parked, so I put it on my steering wheel. You can barely see me in the photo because the sun's so bright.

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    I forgot to switch out the music on my swimming iPod, so I listened to Lip Locked 311 again. That was fine, because I got a shoutout in that episode, and forgot to mention it on last Wednesday's post. I listened to her show while I was decorating my room at the condo, and mentioned it to her on Facebook or Twitter, so she said hi on the next episode. It was her first one of 2014, so it's funny to remember that just after I finally decorated, we decided to list and move to Everett. Meanwhile, in TimeHop and Facebook memories, we're a few months later in the year, and I see the stuff from when we first moved up. Nostalgia in different directions, from every direction.

    The time lapse is interesting but not as beautiful as the ones with a more open sky.



    Whenever there's a squirrel in the yard, we call it Bobby. I wonder how many different squirrels we've pretended are the same one. I love his little arms in this.



    I had a fun lunch today, but since it was for Live in Everett, I'll save those details for when it's published. Probably two weeks from Wednesday if they keep up the same pace.

    At the grocery store on the way back from the pool, I decided today was a perfect day for a roast. It's been in the slow cooker and the house smells amazing, and I'm starving.


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  • 05/09/17--12:48: The moon also sets
  • With my headlight still out, I decided I'd still go to the marina as I often do on Tuesdays, but keep off the main roads. That only added a few minutes to the drive, and I got there in plenty of time to set the Podo up. The original plan was to get the sunrise, but when I saw the moon, I had to point the camera at it.

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    Very lucky shot, here. They were walking toward the shadows and bobbing their heads a lot.

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    The moon hiding in plain sight.

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    If I owned a boat.

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    Today's pretty squares.

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    No Podo selfie today since it faced the water, but I found a nice spot for one.

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    Yesterday's special.

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    I'm so happy I figured out how to quickly flip photos on my phone. Sometimes they're just much cooler that way.

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    It's great when a new frame presents itself.

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    Today's awesome walk, 5.75 miles in 1:53, 12,464 steps
    5.75 miles in 1:53, 12,464 steps

    That moon! So glad I went out there today.



    And here's another time lapse from yesterday. I left the camera on our water meter next to the house and let it go all day.




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  • 05/09/17--18:56: Icon origins
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  • 05/10/17--09:24: It's your time, use it
  • I stopped writing about yesterday when I came to lunch time because swim days can be pretty uneventful, so why not save some of the events to write about today? I went downtown to grab a couple of lunches for a Live in Everett post, because it's silly not to double up when the two restaurants I want to visit are on the same block. And there was enough left over for dinner. Perfect! But one thing I'll recommend for this particular dish that I'm writing about is calling ahead or ordering online, because it can be a bit of a wait. Not a big deal if you're hanging out there, but a bummer if you're doing takeout.



    Downtown Everett's a great place to walk around, so after I ordered and paid, I let each place know I'd be back. Nearby, I found a little space between two buildings leading to a back entrance of a parking garage, which had some nice art. And thanks to the wide angle lens, I was able to get a picture of this one even though it's a narrow space.

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    This one's off to the side. I mostly liked the shadow.

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    It's likely you've heard of Funko, but you may not know they're based right here in Everett! Their factory is over in the big industrial area near Boeing and Paine Field, and they've just opened a new office HQ in downtown Everett, in an old department store building. It wouldn't be that interesting if it were just their offices, but they'll also have a retail store and an event space. Pretty neat! They have a really cool light-up sign that's a bit too tall for Instagram, so you can see that on my tumblr.

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    Vertical video is here to stay because of phones. Snapchat and Tumblr handle it properly, and Instagram does in their stories, but their regular post size is a bit too short sometimes. Every site and app that hosts video needs to just get with the times and display any dimensions that a phone can make. Without stupid black bars on the sides.

    I put the Podo at the very end of the fence behind the swim center. Perfect spot, because it's really far from the footpath. But that also means you have to walk on a lot of grass to get there, so my sandals and feet got really wet. Yuck. But I wear sandals to the swim center specifically so I don't have to worry about wet socks and shoes, so I guess it's the best possible choice. It was a nice swim and I got a great video. I'll definitely use that spot frequently.




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  • 05/11/17--15:41: Overlap
  • Yesterday I met Kristen for a belated birthday lunch. She turned 40 a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to finally try Moontree Asian Tapas, a place I happen to love. It's at the marina, so I went a little early to set the Podo up for a lunchtime lapse.



    I'm always really early, so I took the extra time after the lapse started to walk around the buildings a few times. That particular part of the marina always has really nice flower baskets, and the sun was bright, which made for perfect pretty squares.

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    Lunch was great, the visit was nice, and the time lapse turned out neat. I think the people in the first part had a close encounter with a seal or something, because just after they walked out of frame, I heard a big splash and saw them looking very startled.



    I thought pointing the Podo at the ferries again this morning, maybe even from a spot much closer, but I noticed there was a barge with a huge crane up North, and couldn't pass that up.

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    It was too overcast for a real sunrise, though it broke through for a bit.

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    Today's pretty squares.

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    Today's awesome walk, 5.6 miles in 1:56, 12, 527 steps
    5.6 miles in 1:56, 12, 527 steps

    The cloud action was too good today to not also do a hyperlapse from the car. I especially like the part where I park for a few minutes for a bathroom break and to pick up the Podo.



    Normally I use the phone to stop the time lapse when I retrieve the Podo, but I didn't want to interrupt the Hyperlapse. Since I left the phone in the car working on that, I just had to go stand in front of the Podo for a while to get this shot, and wouldn't know until much later how it looked.

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    One of the times I passed by, I noticed that I either didn't wrap the tripod around the signpost I used very well, or someone loosened it a bit, perhaps before reading the sticker explaining that a time lapse was occurring. That's why you see it shift a bit partway through.



    Here's a video I made yesterday while working so hard to update my computer's operating system. Sam's timing was perfect.



    Unfortunately, the USB ports would no longer work after the updates, and I spent about two hours trying to fix that before I gave up and reverted to the previous version. USB is far too important in my daily routine. By the time all that was sorted out, the morning had flown by and it was time for chores and lunch.

    I've decided I really want LASIK. It's not wearing glasses that I mind, but rather having to clean them several times a day. Plus I spend a lot of time outside and in the pool, and it'd be so nice to be able to see better during all that. Most of the year is not glasses weather around these parts. I think I might get a consultation soon, and then do the procedure after the tattoos on my left arm are finished. A little break between tattoo projects when I can direct my money elsewhere.


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  • 05/13/17--11:50: Progress
  • It was tempting to get another time lapse with the moon yesterday because it was so bright and dramatic. The clouds over the valley were better, though.

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    See? Much more interesting.

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    A previously-overgrown area that was cleared out to get rid of encampments near the new houses is now even clearer, cleaned completely out pretty much. I walked all the way to water's edge that way, and found some clothing and garbage, plus this strange setup.

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    I could see these clouds the entire time I was there, and had to walk right up to the edge of the water to be able to get this.

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    A lot of phone wires go through that area, and it's cool that you can walk right up to this tower.

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    The housing development's gotta be close to done. I wasn't sure if anyone lived there yet, but I could smell bacon and eggs cooking as I passed.

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    Check out the fairy rings in their rain garden!

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    Pretty squares of the day.

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    Yesterday's awesome walk, 5.68 miles in 1:57, 12,681 steps
    5.68 miles in 1:57, 12,681 steps

    I left the Podo on the overpass near the 4-mile mark, then drove on to where I started the walk from. I like doing that because the time lapse lasts even longer.



    We had a nice evening. Our friend Lisa invited us for dinner, which was our first time at her place. More pretty squares from my walk to kill time since I was about 35 minutes early getting there.

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    Very tasty and lots of fun. After that, we spent the night at a hotel at Paine Field.

    Our view for the night

    That was an experiment to see if, now that we both have CPAPs, we can sleep in the same room. Same bed will always be out of the question, but we always also used separate rooms because of snoring. But neither of us do that any more, and aside from the very firm beds, last night was totally fine. This is great news, because a lot of options open up for us now when we travel. We've always had to get a suite, but it's so much easier to find a room with two beds.


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  • 05/14/17--13:09: Video day
  • It wasn't much of a day for photos, so I only got a couple. More videos today, that might be a first!

    One thing I saw when I was out today was a few of these new benches. Really annoying design, since there's not only the bar in the middle to stop people from laying down, but there's also no back, so you can't really relax.

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    There's just no need for the bar down the middle. In cities, it's to prevent people from laying down, but this place is so far out of town. I've seen people sleeping in their cars there, but there's no way anyone's walking out there to stay the night.



    The smaller birds that are usually over on the island were hanging around near the biosolids holding area todayl, which was weird. And frustrating, because they move so fast, it's hard to get a good video. At least I caught this hawk. Later on, I saw an eagle leave its nest nearby and fly toward where the hawks hang out, and one drove it off.



    Lots of goose action today.




    Today's pretty square.

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    And today's time lapse. If you look closely, you can see the white car that belongs to the dude with the dogs, along with another car, both annoyingly parked much further in than they're supposed to be.



    Today's awesome walk, 7.47 miles in 2:35, 16,721 steps
    7.47 miles in 2:35, 16,721 steps

    We're leaving soon for a prime rib Mother's Day dinner with Bev and Dennis. We saw them a week ago for Garrett's birthday, and I keep joking she should have waited a little longer to have him, but he was a month late.


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  • 05/15/17--16:14: Shuffle about
  • The rest of yesterday was lovely. All four of us ordered prime rib and it was very tasty. And there was enough that we'll have French dips from the leftovers. Unfortunately, Garrett had to work the rest of the evening, but before we headed home, he helped set up the new computer we picked up on the way to dinner for his dad.


    I left the Podo running in our back yard all day while we were gone. I really like the single rain drop that shows up and then evaporates.



    And I got a pretty decent one by mounting the Podo on some playground equipment while I swam this morning.



    Work ended up scheduling a very late meeting today, so I went out for lunch and to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2. That was a lot of fun, though perhaps a bit long. If this entry seems rushed, it's because that late meeting is in less than 20 minutes.

    Before I go, here's the obligatory Bella photo.

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    And one of the shop kitty who lives at Wild Birds Unlimited in our neighborhood. We stopped there to grab a gift for Bev on the way over to see them yesterday.

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  • 05/16/17--13:50: Suckerpunch!
  • This time of year is funny. Garrett calls it the "May Suckerpunch" because, every May, the sun comes out for a few days and everyone thinks the rain is over, and it comes back for six weeks or more. You can't really count on Summer to start until July 4th, and we still have fireworks in the clouds once every few years.



    The rain makes for much less dramatic time lapses, though they're still interesting. This is the parking lot next to the movie theater yesterday, and I like how the rain starts to evaporate, then comes back, after which you can see the clouds it's coming from.



    I'll still walk in the pouring rain, but the marina didn't sound fun, so I went out to my normal Sunday spot. One thing I noticed Sunday that's still happening is that a lot of little birds that I'd normally only see over on the island are now hanging around by the biosolids storage facility.

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    I'm also curious how the goslings got on that side of the fence. Can they fly already? Did they walk through when the gate was open?



    It was really wet out, so, one pretty square.

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    Today's awesome walk, 6.41 miles in 2:05, 13,800 steps
    6.41 miles in 2:05, 13,800 steps

    I noticed during the walk that the large gravel was very uncomfortable to walk on, always a sign that my shoes need to be replaced. Here's the wear that came from 311 miles in three months.

    Old vs new shoes

    Unfortunately, this style of shoe seems to be discontinued, not too long after having to switch to it because my last ones were. I like to find a style that goes on sale for about $25 and whenever that happens, buy all the store has in my size. Hopefully there's a new style I can get a similar deal on. Either way, I've got one more pair left after this new one.


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  • 05/17/17--11:56: Halfway there
  • I giggled at my own turn of phrase this morning during my swim when I thought, time lapses are a good pastime. Literally! But it's fun to make them even if I end up deleting them, so this morning when it was very overcast in a uniform way, I set the Podo up on the fence behind the swim center.





    The timing was good, I like that little flash of blue sky at the end. I keep thinking on days I go to the grocery store on the way home from the pool, I should leave the camera running while I shop and come back for it, for the extra time. Maybe next week.

    Today's soundtrack was Lip Locked 308. As a reminder, I'm working my way backward through the episodes and started at 398. This has been fun because, while I like all the episodes, she used to play electro and I really liked that era. So the further back I go, the more I like the music. Here's a nice track from that episode.



    I've been tagging my local photos with the hashtag that the blog I write for uses on Instagram and one of my photos ended up in the top ten for the month that they just posted. Though I'm curious why they do those posts in the middle of the month.


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  • 05/18/17--18:08: Several successes
  • I thought about putting the Podo on the viewing pier right next to the ferry terminal, but when I got there, decided it was pretty risky. I'd have to put it over the edge of the fence, then reach through and wrap the tripod arms around. One of my biggest fears is dropping expensive stuff where it can't be reached. It's why I've been mad that smartphone cases no longer have the little loop so you can put a wrist strap on. But I thought of another good spot nearby, and was even smart enough to check the tide tables to make sure the water wouldn't come up while I was gone, forcing me to get my feet wet. Speaking of which, today was the first day in my new pair of shoes, and they felt great.



    Over at the beach, the crane's still there. This is a different spot from where I saw it last week, and it even moved while I was walking. I'm so curious what it's for.

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    Today's pretty squares.

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    A little mindbender that reminded me of New Mexico. We used to joke that these orange barrels were the state bird, because there was always so much construction.

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    Another IRL emoji.

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    The time lapse vantage selfie. I really like this spot and will definitely use it again on a day when it's not as overcast.

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    Today's awesome walk, 6.51 miles in 2:22, 14,981 steps, 285ft gain
    6.51 miles in 2:22, 14,981 steps, 285ft gain

    Several of these are growing next to our driveway! And I'm happy to report the irises are coming back, too.

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    I went out for lunch, for a future Live in Everett post, and the sky was so great the whole time. I even took a slow street on the way out just to make the video better.

    Speaking of the blog, one of the locations I wrote about for a piece that should be out next week was closed down today due to mudslides. Hopefully that doesn't last long, as this spot was already closed for a year and a half recently. I sent a note to the blog to let them know they should either do an editor's note about the closure, or we can delay the piece a bit. I'd rather do the former, but we'll see.


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    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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  • 05/20/17--11:27: Phew
  • I took a rare Saturday walk today, and yesterday's was also gorgeous, so I definitely need to post now or else tomorrow's post will be very unwieldy. Here's where it all started yesterday, at Legion Memorial Park.

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    I walked the marina yesterday and was originally planning to drop the Podo off up above at Legion Memorial, but pointing West so I might catch a big plume of steam coming up from the Cemex plant. The sunrise was already underway, though, and too stunning to ignore, so it faced East instead. Planning to do something close to my regular route but parking up North, I got in the car and headed down. The colors were absolutely stunning and I took tons of photos. Click on any of these to explore around over at flickr.

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    Thursday's special.

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    Lots of good cloud action.

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    Yesterday's pretty squares.

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    A+ boat name.

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    I turned one of my normal corners and discovered I couldn't follow my normal path!

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    Because of that, I decided to go past the car and finally go get a good look at the site of last June's recycling center fire. On the way, I noticed these old gross mini blinds that are in such bad shape, they look like zebra hides or something.

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    And a cute message.

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    Here's what's left of that recycling center. It's strange that it's still such a mess, you'd think they'd have cleaned up the site by now.

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    Yesterday's awesome walk, 5.91 miles in 2:03, 13,255 steps, 244ft gain
    5.91 miles in 2:03, 13,255 steps, 244ft gain

    Similarly today, I left my Podo behind at a high spot and kept going, but much further this time. It stayed at Harborview Park, and I kept going all the way down to the tank farm. The clouds above Mukilteo were gorgeous today.

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    Today's pretty squares.

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    Todays's awesome walk, 4.52 miles in 1:38, 10,419 steps
    4.52 miles in 1:38, 10,419 steps

    My favorite thing about an early morning walk is having the whole rest of the day free after that. We're doing a good job of cleaning out the DVR.


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  • 05/21/17--14:29: Square Sunday
  • The sky was really clear when I drove to the island so I parked the car right near the entrance and walked around looking for somewhere interesting to put the Podo, settling on a sign warning boaters that there are vertical pipes in the water. Of course, about halfway back to the car, I noticed that there was this wispy stripe of clouds over by the mountains and the rising sun made everything look really neat. So I turned around to get the Podo and found a spot by the overpass to leave it, hoping to see some of this in time lapse form later on.

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    All of that was probably about a mile of distance not applied toward the actual walk.



    Since it was so clear out, most of the photos I got today were of something rather than a whole view, and I ended up making more Instagram squares than ever. Glad I stared to recently embrace the square format, it's useful sometimes.

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    A couple broke out into rectangles, though.

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    Pretty squares.

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    I saw two hot air balloons! I've ridden in them twice, but it's been about 20 years since the last time, back in New Mexico. I'd really like to do it again.

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    I really don't like being out in the bright sun, and this wall of fog off in the distance looked so nice. I hoped it'd be foggy at home when I got back, but it wasn't.

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    Todays's awesome walk, 6.47 miles in 2:13, 14,401 steps
    6.47 miles in 2:13, 14,401 steps

    Unfortunately, no clouds rolled in, but I like the mist at the bottom.



    We had a nice little outing after I got back. Garrett needed to meet with our friend who's a mayor for the event they work on together, so the three of us had breakfast. Months ago, I got her a giant pair of scissors because every mayor needs one, and today was the day we could finally give them to her. She loved them.

    It's farmers market season, and I'll check it out soon, but wasn't really in the mood to today.

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  • 05/22/17--15:56: Uneventful
  • Not a lot going on today, as is often the case on a Monday since that's a swim day. The next two will be different, though. I have a tattoo appointment Friday and don't swim for two weeks after those, plus a week from today is Memorial Day.

    Strangely, I ran into a gentleman I chat with in the sauna sometimes, after the swim at Safeway. Not that it's weird for either of us to be there, as it's close, but he was still in the hot tub when I left, and I saw him pretty quickly after I got to the store. Lightning-fast showerer, I guess?

    It was a cloudless morning so instead of bringing my Podo to the park, I left it on our back deck pointing at the yard for a little "day in the life" video. It's interesting to watch the light and shadows, too bad it ran out of battery power at about 1pm.



    I consider it interesting, but not interesting enough for Instagram, so it's just on YouTube.

    Did I mention we've got the AC set up downstairs? It's nice down here.

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  • 05/23/17--15:22: Unplanned excellence
  • There's a Cemex plant on the Everett waterfront and every so often, a big plume of steam goes shooting up from it for a while. I've thought for a while it'd be fun to get that in a time lapse, so that's direction I drove this morning. Seemed like the best plan since the sky's been so clear. I was originally going to leave the Podo at the park on the next street over, up above, but at the last second I parked at the Northernmost viewpoint on the waterfront. At first I thought it would be a bust due to lack of objects to wrap the tripod on, but I found a tree with a perfect branch. It was thick enough so it wouldn't sway in the breeze, and the surrounding branches were far enough away that they wouldn't show in the sides.



    Turns out I was wrong about how clear the sky was. There were some neat clouds off to the West, though they were few and far between.

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    Pretty squares.

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    I walked down to this pier for the first time for a shot that didn't really work out, but the view of the pier itself is pretty cool.

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    The heron finally figured out it can hide below the pier instead of just hanging out on the rocks and getting mad whenever someone walks by.

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    Todays's awesome walk, 6.22 miles in 2:12, 14,118 steps
    6.22 miles in 2:12, 14,118 steps

    The walk was nice, though a bit sunnier than I care for. And a plume erupted at the plant toward the end of the video, but it's so small you can barely see it. The video's really great, though. I love seeing the tide go out.



    And since I haven't mentioned him in a while, here's Sam bringing down an offering a few minutes ago.




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  • 05/24/17--15:27: A nice break
  • After a few really warm, overly sunny days, we get a break today. It's almost 3:30 and it's only 50 degrees. So nice. And there were gorgeous clouds out while I was swimming.




    I've been wanting to set up more time lapses of things like ice melting, and decided to practice today with a toy I froze into a cup of water. The freezing was in two stages, the first in half an inch or so of water so it'd stand up straight, then the rest of the cup. I learned a couple of things with this exercise. First, one frame per minute isn't enough for something like this. Looks way too choppy. And second, things don't melt evenly, so something that looks stable at first might topple pretty quickly. Good to know!



    Funnily enough, just as I copied the embed code for that, the doorbell rang. I could see in the Ring app that it was the mail carrier, who had left a box on the porch. I don't trust Sam not to pull my glass of water over when I'm away, so I brought it to the kitchen, and decided to get more ice for it. It's been a while since the bin was emptied, and a bunch of ice was frozen into a big hunk, so I took that outside and the Podo's pointing at it now.


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  • 05/25/17--14:51: Ice where we left off
  • This time lapse of ice melting turned out just delightful.



    It's disappointing that Movie Maker doesn't offer reverse video. I found software that does, but the watermark on the free version is huge, and the license is $40 a year. Thankfully, one of the gif tools websites that's been around for years has a free reversing tool.





    Not that this particular one is so interesting, but it certainly gives me ideas.

    This morning I went to my usual Thursday destination and set up the Podo at a nice spot near the lighthouse. It was a beautiful, cloudy morning, and my only complaint is that the earlier sunrise is bringing a lot more people out.

    Keep this scene in mind when you watch the time lapse later, the lower right portion of the video is very dramatic due to the sun breaking through here.

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    Not a lot of clouds in the forecast for a while so I'm really happy I was out today.

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    Pretty squares.

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    Today's awesome walk, 5.63 miles in 2:07, 13,232 steps
    5.63 miles in 2:07, 13,232 steps



    This is one of my favorites so far. I'd like to find a spot at the ferry terminal for a really close view where the ships dominate the field of vision, but I should probably talk to a ferry worker about it before leaving a device behind.