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  • 01/27/17--09:15: SchadenFriday

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  • 01/28/17--07:10: CATURDAY

  • RIP ninecat, 1999-2017

    BONUS Saturdogs

    Many thanks to:
    Animals Being Dicks
    Señor Gif
    k00l 4 k@+z
    Almost Famous Cats
    Cats, Beavers & Ducks
    Derpy Cats
    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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  • 01/29/17--19:37: Catchemups
  • I was in a hurry to get back to my desk and get stuff done on Friday, so I left really early and went down to the marina. For a change of pace, I parked at the center of my normal route instead of at the South end. Not that it made a huge difference or anything. The major construction down there is well underway, and I never realized how close the water comes to the street I saw it torn up like this.


    The daily special.


    Not much to see during the walk, but the sunrise was nice for a moment.


    Friday"s awesome walk, 5.38 miles in 1:39, 11,246 steps
    5.38 miles in 1:39, 11,246 steps

    When work was done, I hopped in the car to head up to Mt. Vernon to get those giant scissors engraved. Unfortunately, when I got there, they said it'd take a week. They originally said it could be done while I waited, but they were in the middle of a large job when I arrived. And I won't be able to pick it up this Friday because I have a tattoo appointment, so maybe I'll go there the following Monday. There wasn't much to see up there, and I didn't get to have lunch where I wanted due to a lack of parking, but here's the sign at the trophy/engraving shop.


    I went to the casino for lunch and lost $20 on a slot machine. It was fun.

    Saturday at home was pretty relaxing. We watched the documentary For the Love of Spock, and then the first two Star Trek movies. It was very surreal to see the huge protests forming at the major airports over Trump's ridiculous ban of green card-holding residents from primarily-Muslim countries he doesn't have businesses in. This has gotten ridiculously out of hand really fast. Maybe that's for the best. I'm on a donation schedule but I made an exception today and gave to the ACLU, and it was awesome to hear they raised more money in one day this weekend than in all of 2016.

    Today I met my friend Lisa at the Langus Riverfront Park. She hadn't seen the parts I recently discovered, so I told her to meet me at 6am, so it wouldn't be completely dark when we got to it.


    The ground was no longer frozen and even a bit muddy, but it certainly wasn't hard to walk on. Thankfully we took a moment to turn around and catch the sunrise as we were talking away from it.


    Lots of nice clouds today, which reminds me, I need to make a post on the Facebook Cloudspotting group.


    It's not easy to see it, but there was an amazing formation of geese.


    Today"s awesome walk, 8.57 miles in 2:59, 19,207 steps
    8.57 miles in 2:59, 19,207 steps

    We walked a little further than Lisa probably would have liked, and I had a hard time because something kept poking my left foot. I didn't figure out until I got home that it was because there was a sharp rock poking all the way through the sole of my shoe.
    So it'll be interesting to see how much longer that shoe is usable.

    We had a nice lunch out with Bev and Dennis (my in-laws) before playing dominos and Skip-Bo back at their place. We finished the most recent season of Veep once we got home, and I'm glad to hear it's coming back for a 6th season.

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  • 01/30/17--11:05: WaterWeek
  • I didn't think I was going to be able to get out for any exercise today due to a work commitment at 6:30am plus plans with my friend Barbara for lunch and errands this afternoon. But I got a message at 6:15 saying I could proceed with my test, and thankfully the system failure I was trying to recreated happened for me on the first attempt. I was worried about that because after the first time I reported it, I couldn't replicate my results after many attempts when asked to try. So I ran to the pool, getting there just under an hour later than normal. I really liked that, because most of the deep end regulars were nearly finished with their swims and it was a lot emptier for my swim than it normally is.

    The part of my foot where the sharp rock was poking yesterday was a bit sore as I walked around the swim center with bare feet, but I think it'll be fine for a walk tomorrow. So I think since I have a tattoo appointment Friday afternoon and can't swim for two weeks after that, I'll swim Wednesday and Friday this week. Obviously I'll walk at the tank farm on Thursday, but I'm still not sure where to go tomorrow. Not that I have to be so selective with so many extra walks coming up.

    Last time I was there for a tattoo, I saw that they were remodeling a space to make into a piercing studio. If it's ready, I'd like to get my right nipple pierced. I had them both done back in 2007, but the right one migrated and had to be taken out. It's not particularly intuitive to get it done the same day as a tattoo, but if I have to stay away from the pool because of the new tattoo, I may as well do another thing that would also keep me from swimming.

    Since I didn't include her in yesterday's post, here's Bella looking sinister, then cute, when we saw her yesterday.

    Hi Bella
    Hi Bella

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  • 01/30/17--18:54: I forgot to mention
  • After lunch with Bev and Dennis yesterday, they wanted to see where Garrett's office was, and our route took us by the spot where that pedestrian was killed. I was looking out the window to try to figure out where it was and spotted a pile of flowers. I may go there tomorrow.

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  • 01/31/17--17:00: Foiled again
  • This morning I drove out to a spot where I sometimes park near the Boeing Recreation Center. It's near the Northeast entrance to Japanese Gulch, and parking there's a nice way to walk around at the top of the East side without having to actually climb up. Another option is to walk the long, steep streets that lead there for a really challenging climb. You start at a high point and go down, then back up, so there are two huge climbs if you go really far, or just one if you turn back at the bottom. My plan was to go quite far so I could see the spot where a car recently jumped a curb and killed a pedestrian. I already know from driving by that there's nothing particularly challenging about that spot, so it'll be interesting to hear the excuse given.

    But I didn't even get to park. Suddenly in the area where I've always left my car, there are tons of No Parking signs. I know there was at least one, but it was in the curved part and I would leave the car just beyond that. I was never worried either way, because the office building at the very end of the road after it turns was recently vacated and renovated, but now that it's being used again, there's lots of traffic in the area, and probably more enforcement. Which is a shame, because there isn't any other legal parking for miles. My original plan was to park at point A on this map, and point B is where the accident was.

    Friday"s awesome walk, 6.08 miles in 2:08, 13,695 steps, 464ft gain
    6.08 miles in 2:08, 13,695 steps, 464ft gain

    Since I couldn't do that, I drove to the business park near the South end of Japanese Gulch, walked in the dark down to the bottom and back up, and did the access road a couple of times.


    Sometimes I accidentally get a photo while putting the phone away, and once in a while, I like it enough to keep it.


    Once it got bright enough, I walked back down a bit and then climbed up to the East side via the Rusty Car trail. It was so nice to see it again after so long, and there was really only mud in the one spot I knew there would be. Up at the top on the West side, the usual spots that are most likely to be muddy barely were, and I didn't even have to use the side paths to get by. Unless we get more rain, the only reason not to spend a lot more time up there now is that it's still dark way too late.

    I liked these little bushes in a yard near the business park.


    And the clouds were cool, too. I really wish the camera I'm waiting on that I plan to use for time lapses was here, I bet this morning from this parking lot would have been nice.


    I was very productive this afternoon. I finally took the downstairs Christmas tree down and put it in a brand new plastic storage bin I got a few weeks ago. It just barely fits, which I guess is perfect since there's no extra space taken up in storage. And I did dishes. Maybe that's not a lot, but it felt like it, and I very nearly forgot my afternoon conference call. Thankfully I remembered with eight minutes to spare.

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  • 02/01/17--14:06: Everybody! Be somebody!
  • For a few years in college, I went dancing every Friday and Saturday night. At the time, there really wasn't much else for a young single gay man to do in order to meet people. The first few months, I went to Albuquerque Mining Company with my friend Jennifer, but that place suddenly became a ghost town when the new club, Pulse, opened. So we went there. Eventually, Shannon (cattycritic) started coming along, and Jennifer stopped, and Shannon and I settled into a very regular routine. She lived closer to the club than I did, so I drove up to her place, used a lint brush to get the hair from her very white cat off her very dark outfits, and then we were off. We'd get to the club right when it opened at 9:00 and enjoy two discounted drinks each in the hour before the music started, then dance straight through drinking water until they closed at 2:00. We probably only missed a handful of Saturdays and Sundays during a two-year period.

    The music was great, aside from the weird TV show theme remixes and the seemingly-endless supply of different remixes of "Missing" by Everything but the Girl. In the years since then, I managed to get most of the songs I liked that we used to hear all the time, but today I heard one I'd forgotten all about. I'm working my way backward through the Lip Locked podcasts by Anna Kiss, and in episode 330 she played this one.

    What a treat. I can't hear it without a very vivid image of the Pulse dance floor and Shannon and I yelling along. Ever get nostalgia-related goosebumps while swimming? It's a neat feeling.

    Later on in the show, there was a short bit of heavily distorted vocal samples from this track, which is a favorite from my rave days. Funnily enough, I associate it mostly with a party where my friend Nancy and I just heard a few seconds of it as we passed through a tent on our way to find somewhere to sit since she wasn't feeling well. She kept apologizing for being a party pooper but I was having just as much fun sitting around talking as I would have if we were down in the crowd.

    It's been a busy and productive day, and I'm pretty tired because I fell asleep without my CPAP on for the first few hours. It's amazing how much of a difference that makes. I'd lay down for a nap, but I looked at the calendar this morning and realized I should get a haircut today and another one right before our vacation, so I texted Brenda and got today's 3pm appointment.

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  • 02/02/17--17:23: Article 1
  • Went to the pool again today because I wanted to go to WinCo this morning and it's so easy to go straight there from the swim center. No need to go home, shower, get dressed, and head out again.

    Today's the second time I did something really dumb there, but I'm glad I did, because I figured out what went wrong. They only take cash, debit, and checks, so their self-check stations are a good place to get some cash. I really only need $5 at a time for lottery tickets, and ATMs only give out $20 bills, but the self-check has all denominations. I accidentally hit "enter" instead of zero, though, so I got a nickel in cash back instead of $5. But last time I had no idea why the machine jumped to finish the transaction two numbers early and I see now that it was my fault. :)

    A request to test and retest something came in at around 11:00, which was just about as late as it could be because I had an appointment to take my car in for an oil change, and had to leave at noon. But everything worked out perfectly and I was out the door right on time. Of course I drove right by the shop the first time and had to go another mile or so out of my way, but that was fine because they were running behind a bit. My former coworker bought the shop about eight months ago, and gave me a free Car Care Club membership, so today's oil change was free, so when we went out to lunch, I paid.

    She got a text from her crew saying I need new brake pads, which I figured, and a new power steering fluid pump, which I had no clue about. They were almost able to do that for me today, but they had to wait on a part and I didn't want to hang out until 4pm, so I'll be back on Wednesday. Her husband wasn't able to join us for lunch today, so he and I will go that day while she watches the shop.

    It's not going to be terribly expensive, and I certainly can't complain because we got the car for free and haven't had to put too much money into it, but of course I wish I didn't have the expense right now. Not that there's ever a right time.

    Tomorrow's my next tattoo appointment, and the shop posted on Facebook today that they're set up for piercing now as well. Tomorrow's not the right time for that, though, so it'll wait until my next tattoo appointment. Too bad, since they're having a 20% off sale, but I'd rather not be healing that when we head off on vacation.

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  • 02/03/17--09:43: SchadenFriday

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  • 02/04/17--07:34: CATURDAY

  • BONUS Saturdogs

    Many thanks to:
    Animals Being Dicks
    Señor Gif
    k00l 4 k@+z
    Almost Famous Cats
    Cats, Beavers & Ducks
    Derpy Cats
    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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  • 02/05/17--17:34: One spot, two walks
  • I wanted to hit the tank farm on Friday, but there was a light dusting of snow overnight and I figured it'd be better to walk the gravel roads at Langus than go anywhere paved.


    It was pretty dark most of the time, and freezing rain started when I was at the point furthest from the car. That eventually became fluffy snowflakes that were so big, they looked like slow-motion bird poop.


    Friday"s awesome walk, 6.16 miles in 2:01, 13,378 steps
    6.16 miles in 2:01, 13,378 steps

    You can't tell in the video, but tons of snow came down the entire drive home.

    Thankfully the snow didn't last or stick, because I had a very important appointment. Session 4 with Jimmy! We're now nearly done with the peacock, and once that's done, we can get to work on the rest of the sleeve.


    I want to do skyscrapers on the underside of my arm, but I don't want them to be real buildings because there isn't any particular city I feel that strongly about. Obviously Seattle's a big part of my life, but I'm just not into the idea of a Seattle tattoo. It'd be much cooler to do something retro-future, and I have a poster somewhere that shows that sort of view of Seattle. I need to find that and see if anything in it is usable.

    This morning was another dark one over at Langus and I had a very nice time, though I turned back sooner than I normally would have because we had plans to go to a drag queen brunch at 10am and I didn't want to have to rush to get my coffee down and get ready when I got home.


    Today"s awesome walk, 6.21 miles in 2:02, 13,464 steps
    6.21 miles in 2:02, 13,464 steps

    Brunch was fun, but we had the first Uber ride I felt compelled to give a bad review for. I summoned the car and it went and sat in a nearby neighborhood. I figured maybe he got lost and was looking at the map, but he didn't move, so I finally called and asked if everything was ok. "Should I come pick you up?" he asked. Um, yes please. That's...what I asked for with the app. Very strange. Plus there was a bunch of junk in the back seat and he didn't even get it all when he reached for it, so I had to hand his hat and gloves over to him. And the car smelled weird. Thankfully we didn't get him again when it was time to go home.

    The Super Bowl's on and we just saw Lady Gaga's half time show. I like that she had a keytar.

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  • 02/06/17--10:55: Snow
  • No walk for me today.



    I don't leave when there's a lot of snow on the ground. Even if the main roads are pretty clear, our driveway is very steep and our neighbor keeps his boat parked across the street, and I don't really feel like sliding into it. Garrett anticipated it, and left his car parked on the street, so while he didn't have to worry about the driveway, there was a lot of snow for him to clean off it.


    They're not that big, but I think this is the first time I've seen icicles on our house.


    Poor garden birds.


    This particular tree should be ok, but I worry the bigger one in the left side of the background might lose a big branch today. Previously it's lost them to high winds, but one branch that isn't in the photo is bending way down right now.


    Here's a nice view from the camera pointed at Garrett's weather station.


    I don't post many food pictures here, but today's breakfast was really good. Jalapeño bagel, half with cream cheese and basil pesto, half with Vegemite and Swiss. Pickle spear and yellow tomatoes.


    I got tired of waiting for MTV Classic to do another Real World marathon, so I started the 2010 New Orleans season on Hulu today. Of course I already self-spoiled some of the plot points by looking stuff up, oops. Sad to find out that Knight, who was addicted to pain pills, died a few years after filming, just like Joey from the Hollywood season.

    That season's house happens to be on the market right now.

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  • 02/07/17--14:00: Day 2
  • As I suspected, a branch came down off that tree yesterday.


    It's also weird to see those bushes looking so small under the snow's weight.

    I probably could have gone out for a walk this morning, but I stayed up about 90 minutes late last night. This morning I woke up at 3:59, one minute before my alarm, and decided to turn it off, after which I slept another 90 minutes or so. Everything evened out. And today's a good day for that since I'm waiting around for a conference call we have each Tuesday at 3:30. Of four people on the call, one's on vacation and one's at an annual meeting lasting several days. I suspect the other guy and I will dial in, wait five minutes, and be done.

    The tattoo's at that gross stage where it's peeling and there are chunks of black skin everywhere when I'm done showering. If you've never had a tattoo, large areas of inked skin behave quite a bit like a sunburn. It doesn't hurt quite as much as one, though.

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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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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:



    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.


    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.


    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

  • RIP Miles

    BONUS Saturdogs

    Many thanks to:
    Animals Being Dicks
    Señor Gif
    k00l 4 k@+z
    Almost Famous Cats
    Cats, Beavers & Ducks
    Derpy Cats
    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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    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.


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


    I'm really looking forward to Spring.


    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.

    Fibbonaci doodle by Louie

    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.


    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.


    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.

    Loco Moco from Harvey's

    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.


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


    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.


    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.


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

    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.

    New shoes

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


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


    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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  • 02/17/17--04:34: SchadenFriday

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  • 02/18/17--08:41: CATURDAY

  • BONUS Saturdogs

    Many thanks to:
    Animals Being Dicks
    Señor Gif
    k00l 4 k@+z
    Almost Famous Cats
    Cats, Beavers & Ducks
    Derpy Cats
    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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  • 02/19/17--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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


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


    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.