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I met a guy named Terry (remember earth, turf, terra, Terry) tonight on my dog walk. He asked for money on the street to buy a radio. I didn’t have my wallet. But we talked for a while. He talked about Jesus and the bible and where we go after we die. I assume (not presume) that this was an attempt to guilt me into giving him money so I won’t go to hell. But I didn’t have my wallet (so to hell with me?). We talked for about 10 minutes. He had a lot of “now listen to this” stuff that really wasn’t memorable, but something at the end may be interesting.

There are two ways to hurt someone:
1) Tell them who they truly are.
2) Pretend that they don’t exist.

Ziplining in North Georgia

Early in the morning on one of the few below freezing days in Georgia, we drove up north to do some ziplining through the treetops at North Georgia Canopy Tours. We were the only ones dressed appropriately for the cold weather. Being from Michigan sometimes has its advantages. Pictures are here:

Hiking at Allatoona Pass

Kim and I and the boys and a friend from work went about 45 minutes north of Atlanta to Allatoona Pass. This weekend was the anniversary of the Battle of Allatoona. We didn’t know that when we planned to head up and inadvertently walked through somewhat of a reenactment. Guns, tents and people in Civil War uniforms. Pictures are here:


So… we moved to Atlanta. Farewell Colorado (for now). We didn’t get to know you well enough. But all good things end. We’ll miss you.

Beer Log

I’ve lately been thinking about the best way to keep track of the beers I drink. It wasn’t as much of a problem a couple of years ago because I drank the same dozen beers or so and didn’t have as much selection in Michigan. However, since coming to Colorado, I’m confronted with a daunting selection of beer. With dozens of options in just the IPA category, it gets tough to decide which to get and remember if I like them or not.

My plan was to get a few selections from a certain category of beer and just write down what I thought of each and which I like the best. Then I could compare the winners of each round with each other to get my favorites from each category. Then when I’m in the mood for a certain type of beer, I just get my favorite selections of that type. I think I’m going to do that still, but I’m going to use instead of just writing something down.

I don’t have a lot of confidence in my ability to follow through, but we’ll see!

All’s Quiet

Two months plus and counting. I apparently prefer 140 character tweets to blog posts.

Hiking on Chief Mountain

My cousin swung back through Denver at the end of his two week trip. We went for a hike on Chief Mountain. The hike starts around 10.7k feet and ends around 11.7k feet. The fact that we were higher than nearly everything around us combined with scattered thunderstorms all around us made for some fantastic views. A chubby chipmunk at the top of the hike made for some fun as well. The hike was short and the drive relatively far, but it was gorgeous.

The rest of the pictures are here.

Two months

Hard to believe it’s been that long. Time FLIES. It’s amazing how the inspiration for things ebbs and flows. Hopefully this one will come back soon. I have some pictures and stories burning a hole in my hard drive.

Drafts Revealed

I have eight posts that have been saved as drafts with half ideas written. Some of them have been sitting there for years. I’m sick of seeing them listed there, so I’m going to clean them all out in one post. Here they are in brief.

In January of 2007, we bought a new car, I planned, purchased supplies for and installed a dog kennel in our back yard (in MI obviously), we started getting heavily into wedding plans and I think I self diagnosed myself as bipolar or something. Also, Kuma was turning into a very good puller of me on a bike. This post was all over the place.

In March of 2007, I was inspired by a co-worker’s attempt at waking up at 5 AM (see here). I was proving to be fairly successful at getting up at 5 AM for a while. Some things that helped me were to disallow the snooze button entirely and to move the alarm into the bathroom. Also, preparing my clothes the night before helped me avoid that period of time where you figure out what to where which was also when I was dangerously tempted to just lie back down. I was fine as long as I was out of the bedroom area by the time my post-wake up adrenaline wore off.

In June of 2007, I decided that one of the best motivators to get me to work out was to limit my work out session to 30 minutes, regardless. So, I get in what I get in in 30 minutes instead. I’m boxed to a time limit instead of completing a certain set of exercises. That was liberating for me for some reason. I still do the time limit thing today.

In spring of 2007, I started counting the nutrition of EVERYTHING I ate. I counted calories, fat, protein, carbs, fiber and sugar. It was tedious but very fun. I stopped around mid-summer because wedding planning was hectic. I haven’t started again, but I still adhere to 4-5 meals a day and sticking to roughly the correct proportions of carbs, protein and fat in each meal.

In June of 2007, I also decided that the best way to get anything done that you really wanted to get done was to do the first preparation steps for the task at the time you’re thinking about how important it is for you to get it done.

In January of 2008, with the housing crisis hitting full steam and many of the brokerage firms losing money, I questioned how someone could let a brokerage that is losing so much money convince them that they’ll do any better with that person’s money.

In January of 2008, I also encountered my third canceled flight IN A ROW. I’ve been luckier since.

There you have it.