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Monday, April 18th, 2011
9:06 am - Annual Report
Since moving on to different e-pastures, I think my "permanent" account here deserves some occasional updating. It was just over a year ago that I last posted here.

Life is a bit different. Brindle and I moved into a duplex for 6 months while remodeling our home and have since moved back into our wonderful new old home. We still have the same 3 greyhounds and 3 cats, but our foster dog is now a pit bull.

Still happy with the STi wagon, but I must concede that for the money, I don't really drive it as hard as I should. In the 1.5 years that I've owned it, I still haven't taken it to the racetrack. That, and I ride my bike almost as many miles as I drive the car. We sold our '64 Impala, as we could not justify the garage space for a car that we never drove. Now we need to get the '66 Chevy truck running.

Late last year, I got a Vassago Fisticuff bike frame/fork and over the following few months collected parts for it until I finally got it rideable. This bike stands somewhere between a heavy duty road bike and a lightweight 29er mountain bike. Once I have 2 sets of wheels so that I don't have to swap road (35c) and offroad (42c) tires every time I switch modes, I'll be happier with selling off more of my bike herd. It also sports gears or single speed just fine, has front and rear racks and dirt drop handle bars. This is The One for me (for now). Just very recently, Brindle and I have started riding our two tandem bikes. They are always fun.

Not much has changed at work in the past year. I still have minions doing my bidding. I still travel occasionally for projects. Deadlines still get met. The only thing I'm about to face is a return to coding in Java. I've been using mostly PHP since leaving the J2EE world in 2002. 9 years is a decent hiatus.

Brindle and I have been through a long home remodeling process among other things and, though we've had trials and tribulations, are much closer right now than we were a year ago.

New and Continued Interests from the past year:
* Brindle
* Robin
* Friends in general
* Barefoot running shoes
* Stair climbing
* Flipside theme camp (The Queen's Mushroom)
* Flipside
* Myschevia
* Art (I've made a large vibrating mushroom chair and made plans for giant LOLerskates)
* Cooking (in my nice new kitchen)
* Making things in general. Waiting to clear my garage before going big on any projects.
* Going out to shows
* Drinking booze and occasionally smoking my "Jr Bob Dobbs" style pipe
* Social bike rides
* Santa Rampage (and flash mobs/themed bar crawls in general)
* Finding things I've always wanted to do and doing them
* Finding things I've never considered doing before and doing them

I'm currently in East Texas hanging out with relatives. About to workout or eat breakfast. Not sure which.

current mood: historical

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Saturday, April 10th, 2010
11:16 am - The Next Big Thing
Ok, the title is a bit presumptive. This is just another "I never post here" post. I suppose I've had fewer and fewer private things to say that I don't want family/coworkers to know about (who are included in my facebook audience). I have merged my multiple lives more into one for simplicity.

Quick update:

I bike 50-80 miles a week, still. About to go on a bikepacking camp trip next weekend.

Brindle and I have 3 greyhounds and 3 cats (plus one very large foster greyhound). We are at our house's limit on pets.

We are much closer to actually remodeling our house.

Know anyone who wants a '64 Impala? Charlotte is for sale. We need the room.

A tree branch fell on my WRX last year and I now have a Subaru STi wagon. WHEEEE!

Brandi and I will be going to Burning Flipside this year.

In the first 3 months of this year, I've travelled to Chicago (work), New Mexico (snowboarding), New York (work), and Austin for SXSW Interactive. I've been everywhere, man. Oh, and it snowed heavily in every city I visited except for Austin (and snowed in Dallas usually upon my return). I began to think that making it snow was my superpower until Austin.

Work has been busy as hell. I have many minions now and seldom do "actual" work but instead spend time in meetings and/or delegating.

If you feel the need to keep up with me and you're willing to tolerate the dark side, find me on facebook. Otherwise, you will be stuck with annual/biannual updates here.

current mood: awake

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Sunday, June 14th, 2009
11:54 am - Everybody loves a Zombie Car Wash

I've been neglecting my LJ so here's a little zombie love. I should probably say less on facebook, since it's half full of my Monday morning crowd (coworkers).

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Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
11:05 pm - What to do with the poo
Does anyone here with dogs do something other than throw the poop in the trash? I've been researching options, and there are really only 2 other than trashing it.

Connect directly to the sewage line:
(I might just hit the plumbing section and see what I can come up with on my own)

Compost it:

The only thing specifically suggested we NOT do is to throw away the poop in plastic bags, as they take some 200 years to biodegrade.

Oh, and life is great and happy new year, etc..

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Monday, December 1st, 2008
9:38 pm - Who knew George Takei was a Breeder?
We are adopting two new dogs: Mo and Lillie.

In looking at the pedigree of our new dog Mo, I looked at his father Dodgem by Design and noticed that his breeder was George Takei (Sulu from Star Trek for you people living in caves with no TV for the past 40 years).

I'm not completely sure if that is the same George Takei, but how common could that name be? Anways, we're very excited to have these two new members of our family.

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
12:08 pm - I leave work in an hour
So, here's a video of a SF morning to keep you entertained.

Twin Peaks San Francisco Sunrise (HDR time-lapse) from Chad Richard on Vimeo.

current mood: holidazed

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
10:56 pm - Swedish Dance Bands
Kom Loss Me' Oss
Swedish Dance Bands

Starring Andreas, the father of Cornelius from Planet of the Apes on lead vocals.

(update: I forgot to put the link in there)

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
9:51 am - If you want to feel big and important...
...don't click this link.


current mood: scientific

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Friday, November 21st, 2008
10:04 pm - SF trip last weekend
We went to San Francisco last week for a few days. Here's the brief overview:

Went there on a morning flight Thursday the 13th. We dumped our luggage off at the MonteCristo B and B to go eat at a late lunch / early dinner at Cafe Gratitude. From there, we went to Lush to load up on bath bombs. Walked around Cow Hollow (babies and doggies area) for a while mostly window shopping. Hills. Steep ones. Returned to Monte Cristo and Brindle took a bath.

Friday: We ate breakfast, then the rode bus standing (it was packed) and train out to Oakland to visit our friend Elsie. At some point, I sneezed or coughed and re-injured a recent rib injury, so certain movements or positions hurt like hell as well as taking a normal deep breath. Ate lunch at Golden Lotus downtown. Hung out with Elsie and had tea with her back at her place. We acquired a persimmon from the tree right outside her door. After getting back, we ordered take out from Khoon Chang's Thai. We went to the Legendary Pink Dots show at Cafe Du Nord. We went back to the B+B after the show.

Saturday: Slept like hell with seriously painful rib. Every sneeze cripples me with pain and my allergies were going and it hurt to breathe. We ate breakfast (including the yummy persimmon), rode the bus West to eat lunch at Patpong Thai on Clement near 24th. We walked about 8 blocks down to China Beach and had a very relaxing time playing in the cold surf. We ate dinner at Herbivore on Divisadero at Fell. Bath may have followed.

Sunday: Slept like hell again moreso than before. I got up at 6am in pain and couldn't sleep. I waited in bed trying to sleep a while, but eventually walked up to the store at 8:30 sneezing, coughing and hurting looking for the good drugs. I found some Tylenol and that magically fixed everything. No more pain problems. I ate breakfast and was later joined by Brindle, then rode a bus to Chinatown. We at at Lucky Creation vegetarian restaurant. We ate WAY too much food. Afterwards, shopped and bought various kitsch. We stopped before the heavy bellies started cramping too badly. We had dinner reservations at Millennium for their aphrodesiac dinner. By the end of that meal, we were both about to pop. Srsly. I sat in a chair holding my painfully full belly not wanting to enter a cab until I had to. We finally made back to the B+B and I crashed hard.

Monday, breakfast, then rented a car from City Rent A Car to drive down the coast line to Santa Cruz to visit friends. We ate near the campus there at Saturn Cafe. Burgers sucked but the sweet potato fries were good. We spent the afternoon hanging out with friends on the beach there. I rode a skateboard with sandals on and realized that skateboards are not the same as they used to be, nor am I. The ride back was after dark along the coast line (highway 1). We stopped off on the way back to walk on the beach at Half Moon Bay in the pitch blackness. My 120 lumen flashlight came in handy. After dropping off the rental car, we took a cab back to Lucky Creation in Chinatown for dinner. We ate much more conservatively that time. Later, while Brindle took a bath, I went on a walk around town. I like to walk around the city at night. It's cool to see what's still up and moving around midnight on a Monday night. Surprisingly, SF is quite active at that time.

Tuesday, breakfast, then we packed up to check out. After breakfast, my stomach didn't feel right. I thought it was something I ate or drank and didn't think much of it. It persisted, so I walked to a drug store a few blocks away for some pepto stuff. After chewing on a few pink pills, I got even more sick. I managed to pack stuff up and found myself too ill to go get lunch. While Brindle went to Herbivore for take out, I went back up to the room and managed to puke. That made me feel 100% better by the time she returned with food. I ate said food and felt fine for about 10 minutes. Our ride to the air port arrived and I wasn't doing so well. The ride to the airport sucked and I just about hurled in the car. As soon as we got there, I found a bathroom and tried but failed to hurl. After checking luggage but before making it through security, I succeeded in hurling again. This made me feel a little better, but left us with no time to spare making it onto the plane. We were the last people on. The flight back sucked with much heaving mid air. Thankfully, I slept through most of it. The loudest chatty cunts were in the seat behind us chatting it up at full volume the entire trip. I slept very fitfully in between bathroom sessions. I eventually just laid down across multiple seats with my head in Brindle's lap. Brindle's stomach started to hurt while on the plane. I had the spins the whole way home but at that point was done puking. Not so for Brindle.

We slept all day Wednesday, eating pretty much no food. I did light unpacking yesterday (Thursday) and laundry while Brindle continued to be sick. I had planned to work Thursday then go camping/biking today and tomorrow with my friend Chris at Tyler State Park. That wasn't about to happen with me doing anything active, so we cancelled and I just went to work today. I still don't have much of an appetite. At this point, I'm going to use my juicer and protein shakes to get enough nutrients to recover properly without completely nauseating me.

Doing a quick scan of this summary, I seem to focus on the pain and gloss over the fun parts. I will return to this post with more details about the fun parts. I think the best day was the trip to China beach. The simple joy of having feet in the sand with the ocean right there is much harder to put into words than puking and aching is. I'll tell more later.

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7:28 pm - Funny Sentiment
This was actually at the end of Bush street in San Francisco.

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Sunday, November 16th, 2008
11:05 am - in san francisco...
...i don't feel like a tourist. i don't feel the need to take many pictures. i just walk without noticing the time, taking it all in. i don't feel this way in dallas nor have i ever.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
10:53 am - Goodbye old friend

Tristan passed away this morning. He brought us 13 years of joy.

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He will be missed.

current mood: sad

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
7:48 pm - I couldn't help myself
Obama Pictures and McCain Pictures


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Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
10:07 pm - Recent Events
We went to Austin 2 weekends ago for the Maker Faire. I saw lots of awesome.

The first thing I built when I got home was a scaled up version of a balloon organ:

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Next, I made the creepiest costume that I've ever made before as The Halloween Bunny:

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I wore it to the Oak Lawn block party and exuded nightmares through my long fuzzy ears and demented gaze. The look ended up somewhere in between the rabbit from Donnie Darko and Arthur from The Tick. I had more fun that night than I've had in a long time. I never knew that being creepy could be so fun.

For Halloween, we scared the shit out of all of the children who rang our doorbell. The noise maker had the presence of a Mac Truck blowing through our driveway. Most kids JUMPED off of our porch when it sounded off, only to return, hearts pounding, expecting sugar treats from us and completely forgetting protocol (most forgot to say "trick or treat"), just laughing and out of breath. Unfortunately, I handed out candy too quickly (or didn't buy enough) and had to shut it down early. It was ok, since we went out to the Zombie Prom out in Ft. Worth around 8ish.

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Saturday, October 11th, 2008
1:24 pm - Maker Faire Austin 10/18-10/19
I ask again: Anybody going to to this?


current mood: geeky

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Saturday, August 30th, 2008
7:58 pm - My new lover

I believe it's a 1970's Campagnolo "Prodotti Speciali" frame with Reynolds 531c tubing. I'm not sure exactly what model it is, but hope to figure it out eventually. I took it around the block a few times and am really in lurve with this one. Classic Italian steel here, which I had never previously experienced. In the back of my mind, I still suspect that the seller just put some stickers on a random old frame to pump more cash out of me, but it does ride very well and has pretty good geometry. That crusty old Selle Italia seat came with the frame. I'm not sure what I think about it yet and I suspect that it's leather. I'll probably sell it on craigslist once I've replaced it.

The current weight is just over 21 lbs. If I really cared, I'm sure I could trim another pound or so off of that figure with some smaller tires and a lightweight front wheel. I'm sure the Deep V back wheel adds more weight than it needs to. I'm going to use my Schwinn Tempo as my geared frame replacing the Yokota. The Yokota will, with the acquisition of a new front wheel, become a singlespeed/fixed gear bike that I'll probably sell. Last night I had one of those moments where you realize that you're about to have enough parts to create yet another bike. I see these fixed gear setups going for like $300. I realize that you could easily spend that much money on a good setup, but still, you could get a new bike for about that much. I guess fixies are fashionable now. Know any tall people interested in one?

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Friday, August 15th, 2008
1:03 pm - Teh Hottness
A rare post from work. I just had to share this lovely athlete with others.

Vintage early 80's mountain biker Cindy Whitehead:

In other news, I get to work this weekend.

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
10:20 pm - 3 Hooker Morning - The First 300 Miles
I've been riding my Yokota road bike ($50 Craigslist score) for a little while now. I ride it to work once or twice a week lately. I've put over 300 miles on it since I got a computer for it to track my miles. It's still in pretty much the original condition that I bought it in. I have replaced the tubes, tires, brake lines and levers, replaced the bar tape, added a rack and lubed up most of the bearings and chain. I had to scuff up the brake pads to get them to grip well, and I have had to true the wheels about 5 times in those 300 miles. I've had to lube the chain 3 times. I rode with new lube over the old lube for the first 100 miles before soaking it in degreaser and starting over with fresh lube.

The Yokota has been ridden many more times than the Schwinn fixed gear bike, mainly because I've gotten really used to having a bike rack with pannier bag. The fixie doesn't yet have a rack, but I've ordered one for it. The pannier bag I've been using is starting to show signs of wear and is falling apart after only 15o miles or so. My route to work is filled with rough roads. about 1/3 of it is on cracked up asphalt with glass and gravel in my path. I'm glad I paid the extra few $$ for the kevlar tires, as I have had only 1 flat tire. The strong CrMo steel frame has held it's own pretty well.

All of this brings me to Today:

In all my time of riding this year, I've never seen a prostitute while riding to or from work until this past week. Last Wednesday, I saw my first. She was standing outside of a closed blue collar office bldg down the street from Baby Dolls with a car in the lot in front of her. This was on the way home. Friday, I saw one in the morning on the way to work. She caught me at a slow crossing and even asked if I had change for a $20. I declined and went on my way, not really disturbed or anything. I just thought it was odd that a hooker would be talking to a guy on a bike...at 8am, no less. These first two were black women.

Today was a very odd experience. Also near N.W. Highway but much further West, I came across 3 caucasian hookers, all within a block or two of each other. The first looked like she might be homeless, the second was wearing a bright red prom dress with 4" pumps and hair worn up while the third one looked like white trash from the mid cities with those ugly bright colored gardening sandal things and the sluttiest thing she could find at Wal-Mart, which didn't really flatter her much. If I continue to see morning hookers, I'm going to become a hooker fashion critic. After passing by the one in the prom dress on the side walk, a tow truck stopped in the middle of NW Highway to talk to her. He stopped all traffic to do this, allowing me to safely make it across the otherwise constant stream of traffic.

I really enjoy my days when I ride to work. If I didn't do other things some evenings, I'd ride more often. The only thing that sucks is having to get up at 6:30am to make it to work safely by 9. If I completely haul ass and don't really shower at work, I can make it in an hour, but if I'm not just about ready to leave by 7:30, I usually don't even try. The actual ride to work takes 40 minutes most days. It takes 50-55 minutes to come home (uphill, tired, South winds, etc). I can cool down, shower and change in no less than 15 minutes. If I rush it, I end up putting clothing on a body that's still pumping out sweat and I soak my clothes. All in all, I just about have the process down.

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
10:32 pm - Double Trouble
If I were to date me, I would find myself interesting, but would forget to call me and would end up losing interest in myself.

What if you were to date you?

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Saturday, July 19th, 2008
8:44 pm - Kayaking, crafting and biking
Ok, well, today's kayak trip down the Trinity river was really cool. I had a great time. Going downstream in relatively clean water is really nice. We even went swimming in the river at one point. I never thought that I would have been swimming in the Trinity river. The water was nice and cool. Half of the ride, I had my feet out of the boat and dangling in the water. Very peaceful. However, it was much longer than anticipated, and I was left with no time to visit the Maker's Fair. I think I'm going to have to go down to Austin for the next Maker's fair. Since we got up early to kayak, I'm beat and will crash soon enough. I'm becoming a morning person of late. Tomorrow morning, I'm meeting my friend Xina for a 30mi bike ride. Here's my tentative route:

http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/tx/dallas/457210802 (updated version with more stuff)
(starting point obscured to keep stalkers at bay)

We will be hitting West Dallas, South Irving, Grand Prairie, Arcadia Park and Oak Cliff before stopping by Spiral Diner for brunch. It should be an interesting ride.

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