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It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys. --- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“End Breed Bans” – a bumper sticker I saw today with a stylized puppy logo. There are certain breeds of dogs that have been historically engineered (bred) for aggression and winning-in-a-fight. They’re quick to anger, their jaws lock on when they bite, requiring some real effort to separate them. Kid

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I read today that Barnes and Noble is closing stores after a “terrible” Christmas season – store sales have declined almost 11% and NOOK sales have dropped 12.6%. This article partially blames Barnes and Noble itself, but specifically calls out “Showrooming” where people look at a book in the b

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The last few months have been very rough. I’ve been fighting the worst case of depression I’ve had in a number of years. It’s tempting to keep a journal of my outlook; hard to call it a “mood” when I just want to be left alone to sit and stare …

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It’s funny to consider my run today of about 4 miles a failure. On the one hand, I’ve been running for over a year- actually almost a year and a half now. I’m still slow and can’t run for longer than 40 minutes without stopping. By “slow” I mean, I …

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I read with glee this reddit post: ..just received this letter…. What a great idea! I thought. And I started thinking about all the previous employers and friends I could randomly send unmarked cards to, with just that message on the inside. I was getting pretty dang excited about it. …

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I drive to work down Naito. It’s quick to get downtown – down highway 30, over to Naito, into downtown along the river. Driving this morning, someone flashed his lights at me a few times Puzzled, I checked my lights, then my speed. Nothing out of the ordinary. No flashing lights from police ahead. So [...]

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Took Mr Akamaru to the dog park tonight. It was our first time at the off-leash park, and this one’s practically within walking distance. He was running around the house driving everyone crazy. Sniffing the cats, barking at the door, just being underfoot and crazy. I was going to take him for a walk but [...]

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Ms B ran over what she describes as an exhaust pipe along I-5 and cracked the transmission. State Farm has totaled the vehicle. First, replacing the transmission is expensive! Luckily, since she hit the pipe, it’s covered under insurance. We took the car to Steve’s Imports to have the transmission repaired or re

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I have a few friends and a family member getting married this summer. In all three cases, they’ve been living together or there’s two of them combining their houses and they have a lot of stuff. When Ms B and I got married, we registered at Meier and Frank and they (M&F) gave us a [...]

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Miss K is delighted that it’s soccer time again! She says she prefers spring soccer because there’s less mud. I think she’ll be learning about spring mud On the plus side, there’s only games, no practices, and it’s a short season. So in a few months, we’ll have played about eight games, a

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If your circle stays unbroken, then you’re a lucky man. ‘Cause it never never never has for me. Ronnie James Dio High School was lit by Dio and Led Zeppelin in some personal ways. But Dio’s words at the beginning of ‘Invisible’ were a special touchstone. I had a small circle of friends, and one

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Today is Saturday of Spring Break, the last weekend. And today, we escaped to Newport for the day. We got into town about noon and had lunch at Mo’s in the historic waterfront. Then, off to the aquarium. Yeah, kind of expensive this time of year, with taxes right here right now. But listening to [...]

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I think I hate March. March is the tail end of winter, and it is usually cold and wet. It’s the end of the dark days and you’d think with the equinox, that we’d be happier about the days being longer than the nights. But it’s cold, wet and Eugene had six inches of snow. [...]

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I’ll have to post a picture of this great shirt I got for my birthday. My moms know that I enjoy bright Hawaiian shirts and went out of their way when they were in Hawaii to get me one. They bought it from someone who sells “used” shirts, collector’s items. I have no problem with [...]

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Miss B is enjoying the Pirates of Penzance. That is to say, with her foray into High School, she’s taken the stage with their production team and she’s playing in the theater. I’m beside myself with glee, and pride. But mostly, happy she’s doing something she enjoys. I figure that the more extracurri

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Being a good parent for Miss K is challenging. She likes to talk to people, she likes to play with people. She loves being outside and playing. She does not like being left alone, entertaining herself, or solo pursuits like coloring in her room. I, on the other hand, as well as Ms B, want [...]

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I’ve recently decided that it’s ok to talk about myself as a “Runner.” I mean, really- I’m running three times most weeks, I have a goal of 500 miles in 2012 (which is totally doable if I can keep my average above 10 miles a week or 3.5 miles a run). And one of the [...]

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Well, that was a mistake. I’m pretty lax on “card security.” I order a lot of things online and I use my debit card in lots of places. I suppose that’s going to have to change; I went to balance my checkbook today and found $250 in fraudulent charges originating in Canada. I’ve never even [...]

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Miss K had a tough question this morning for me. As we’re getting ready for school, she came into the bedroom with the hairbrush. “Dad,” she asked, “am I a geek, or a nerd, or what?” Wow. My first thought was kind of flippant; “tell her she’s seven, and that’s all she needs to

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So, I’m standing here, at Bipartisan Cafe at SE 79th and Stark. Miss B is reading from her comic book here; it’s an open mike with a program called “writers in the schools.” there are a lot of people to read here and a lot of supporters. At Cleveland High, I was a writer, I [...]

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Well, you knew it was going to have to happen; we got a puppy. About three weeks ago, in fact. The Humane Society got several shipments at once of what they thought were Border Collie (mix) puppies, so we went over to take a look. We brought home “Thurston,” who they figured was a border [...]

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Miss B’s first high school quarter is coming to a close, and I can say – EdBox is great, but it’d be greater if the teachers would update it more regularly. It’s a whole lot better than just guessing as to whether her work is done or not, though. Overall, I’m pleased with her grades. [...]

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It’s no secret that the economy here in the US is pretty damn pathetic. Being out of work for 2 years is “the new normal.” That’s not right. So Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, is working on something intriguing. They call it “community investing in America” – but it’s not in

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So, anything new this week? I’m still running. About 3.5 miles three times a week. Right now, I’ve changed from doing one monolithic run for 36 minutes to four ten minute runs. That’s helping me stay mostly on track and keep my speed up. I think I wasn’t pushing myself hard enough for the leisurely [

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This weekend will be my last run for the Couch to 5K program. In short, I’ll be done. It’s been nine weeks (ten weeks) of running. I can run about 2.5 miles in about 30 minutes. Next Sunday is my first ever 5K run, it’s the Komen “run for the cure.” And next month is [...]

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I was talking to Pat yesterday and we were talking about the C25K program (which he’s finished and is working on the B210K). I told him that sometimes at the end of a week’s set of workouts, it was difficult to decide whether to move on to the next week or do the week over [...]

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It’s the eighth time that Miss B has been sent to summer camp. Well, overnight camp at this particular camp- she had a few years of Zoo Camp and the like, day camps. And it’s Miss K’s first year sleeping at camp. We’ve gone and made them go the same week. And in my opinion, [...]

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Miss B is up to her eyeballs in Algebra One. She’s having a hard time getting good teaching from her teacher. Our friend Mr I is also having troubles, in Trig. I have to admit, I’ve always enjoyed math, and enjoy being asked to help them. I hated my senior year math teacher, though, Mr [...]

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I love going to my in-laws. I can almost understand why some people don’t like their mothers- or fathers-in-law, but that’s not the case in my home. So when we left for their house this weekend, I was in high spirits. Traveling over Willamette Pass, however, took its toll. It was dark, and foggy, and [...]

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We are a dog free family. For now. Honor, our Aussie, passed away pretty gently yesterday in the sun-lit freshly mowed grass. She’s been resting on the mossy patio lately, when she’s been put outside. We got Honor from a mall pet store (the one in Lloyd Center, now closed), before Miss B was born. [...]

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