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Chris Brooks

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What I’m Contemplating One Year of Early Retirement, Part 1: Biggest Lessons – I like reading these narratives, if only to compare notes and see if others’ “early retirement” feels as non-retirement as mine does (in a good way!). Am I financially independent? (And does it matter?) – I

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Playing scenario 44 — The Gauntlet — with Larry today. Norwegians vs Germans. The post Advanced Squad Leader At Guardian Games appeared first on

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We are out at the Oregon Coast doing some work to get our house sold (finally… we hope). There are been some king tides this winter and it is having a devastating effect. Several coastal homes have had serious damage, like logs and water coming up over their decks. We can’t even walk down to …

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What I’m Contemplating An Explorer Confronts His Last Canyon – Julie and I are deep into planning for our next southwest USA adventure, and another backpacking trip in Cedar Mesa is booked. The Great NFL Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever – Jacob sent this over to me. Great read. The O

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We did a 6 mile roundtrip hike in Palo Duro canyon, about 20 miles southeast of Amarillo. I first (and last) visited this canyon when I was in college, about 1986. I remembered how striking the contrast is as you leave the panhandle plains for the dramatic stratified canyon with hoodoos. It is less than …

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We are taking three days for some Route 66 adventuring and hiking in Texas. First landmark stop in El Reno, OK. The post Route 66 – Oklahoma City To Amarillo appeared first on

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We’ve had an amazing few weeks in Oklahoma City for Christmas, birthdays, and soon-to-be new year. We managed a group photo during “peak occupancy”, only Kaitlin (photographer) is missing from this one. The post Holida

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Teaching various family members how to play this light but very engaging tactical wargame. The post Band Of Brothers Teaching Session appeared first on Chris Broo

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Playing the “18xx card game” with Jacob and Geoff and it is a big hit. So much scarcity of actions makes the game seem very tight – not enough time to do what you want to do. The post 18Lilliput appeared first on

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Fun six mile ride today with Andy. Bike issues (gear kept disengaging) made things challenging but weather was perfect and trail well maintained. The post Arcadia Lake Take 2 – Mountain Biking appeared f

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Julie and I are exploring good trails to run here in Oklahoma City and picked a great one today. Started at the Arcadia Lake project office and went west on the multi use trail. Our cousin Andy joined us. The post Arcadia Lake

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Pull up a chair and hang with me a while. This is a long one. Where I’m Traveling Right now I’m living and working in Oklahoma City, but over Thanksgiving break Julie and I took a short trip down to the Florida Keys. This guide was generally helpful – we enjoyed kayaking through mangroves, walking ̷

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Played a just-released cooperative party game last night called Just One. It is in the “more of an activity than a game category” but everyone had a blast. There are some house rules that you’ll need to decide on to make this game work for you. I think we were a bit too lax at …

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Matthew and his company just started on. The post Army March On For Army Navy 2018 appeared first on Chris Brooks.

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Day before Patriot Games activities as we get ready for Army Navy. The post USS New Jersey appeared first on Chris Brooks.

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Doing our annual walk around the wetlands here in Brevard County. Many Gators and of course birds. Took this shot through my monocular. The post Gators At Viera Wetlands appeared first on

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Julie and I spent a sundrenched day kayaking around Sombrero Beach on Marathon Key. Tons of bird sightings: multiple heron and egret species, kingfisher, osprey, pelican, cormorant. Barracuda and… Big ass shark offshore! The post

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Our first stop exploring the keys today is to the Turtle Hospital. Great mission and stories about their rescues and subsequent releases. A few permanent residents have lived here nearly 30 years. They’ve released over 2,000 turtles back to the sea. Only 3 of the released have ever had to return. The post

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I’m a regular listener to the Celebration Rock podcast, and a big fan of Steven Hyden’s writing. Their latest episode presented a fun what-if exercise: what if you were the A&R person responsible for cutting the Beatles’ white album down to just 12 tracks for popular consumption? Steven Hyden invited Rob Mitchu

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What I’m Coaching Wrapped up what might be my final season coaching a football team. I stepped in as an assistant (offensive coordinator) for a team after being head coach or co-head coach for over 10 years. I loved it and enjoyed playing a more minor role while still having so many great interactions with …

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I’m settled near Vancouver BC for a wargaming connection. Hosted by Rob Bottos, hence the name. The post Bottoscon appeared first on Chris Brooks.

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These are so cool — built by volunteers and will last 2-4 years. The post Natural Sculptures at Orenco Woods Nature Park appeared first on Chri

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At least that’s what I think it’s called. We saw a wide range of implements, including tiny foil-style boards that stayed out of water (think previous America’s Cup) with a rudder-like stabilizer in water. Julie and I were hiking in the Rooster Rock area. The post

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Enjoying some quality time around Bend. The post Paulina Lake From Paulina Peak appeared first on Chris Brooks.

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What I’m Reading I listened to The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War and found it to be educational and entertaining. Very much an indictment of MacArthur and Almond, with heaping praise for Ridgway. I also listened to Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission which is presumably about three k

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Been a while since I visited here. Maybe 21 years? Dry but still beautiful. The post Shoshone Falls Idaho appeared first on Chris Brooks.

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Julie and I were at West Point last weekend to join Matthew for Ring Weekend – where the class of 2019 gets their class rings. Did you know the concept of class rings started at West Point? Matthew and I ran in the Ring Run 5k on Saturday morning with about 500 cadets and family …

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What I’m Contemplating The 4 questions you should stop asking during your one-on-one meetings – I like this list! I was always looking for ways to improve my one-on-ones and take things off script. Oral history of David Bote’s epic walk-off grand slam – My Cubs are having another solid season, wit

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I’m very impressed with the spirits coming from Krooked Tusker – mostly clear but their unaged whiskeys are not bad. I’m here with Mom and Julie now, bought supplies for “old fashioned mules”. Recipe to come. The post

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What I’m Contemplating No single birthplace of mankind, say scientists – Sounds like we still have a lot to learn and uncover around the origin of our species. Remote versus Co-located Work – Martin Fowler gives a good breakdown of the continuum of working modes for organizations. Lennon or McCartney? Can statistic

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