Twas the Night Before Christmas 2009

Twas the night before Christmas as we pedaled along
The wind and the rain were frightfully strong
The wind was no problem for it was blowing due east
It help us to cruise at 18 mph at least
The rain however was not quite as nice
Despite the warm weather the drops felt like ice
The trip to this point has been almost a breeze
We earn every mile but stop when we please
We take in the sights for to me it's all new
I walk on the beaches and take in the views
But now the sky grows darker and threatened still more
We see an oasis just down the shore
The casinos of Biloxi with their neon light
Might be our savior on this dreary night
We duck in the first one for a big bite to eat
Those epic buffets are a real treat
It's still raining so I try my luck
At the gaming tables, I win 15 bucks
So now stuffed to the gills with shrimp and ice cream
Our thoughts turn to sleeping for our sugar plum dreams
We could sleep in a field or a barn brought to ruin
But tonight is not last night so a hotel we'll be pursuing
In the lobby of the Hard Rock we work internet and phone
To find some cheap beds before we're soaked to the bone
Now as all my clothes hang o'er the sink just to dry
My thoughts turn from practical to friends far and nigh
For tonight is a night that goes beyond chimneys and toys
It's more about sharing life's little joys
So I offer this wish to my friends near and dear
Have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thursday December 24 2009File under: holidays, poetry

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Travel Self Portraits

I've been criticized in the past for taking (or at least posting) too many self portrait style photos. I see the issue and how it can seem very egotistical. But I would like to make a defense.

Traveling alone means you are the only one taking pictures (unless you are the type to flag down a passer-by to take the shot, which I try to avoid but occasionally succumb to). So that means any photo of yourself is going to be self portrait style. I personally like photos with people in them more than just landscape shots or whatever. For example, I like this better than this, and this better than this. Furthermore, I feel the need less to explain a photo if I'm standing in it, as in the photo at the right: you can tell that I'm stoked to be getting fresh orange juice, eh? Just a picture of an orange pile wouldn't be the same.

Anyhoo, this was meant to be a dumping ground for a few of the self portraits I've taken recently, so here they are (with a mini-defense about their purpose): "hey look, I bought a bike" and "since sunset pics rarely turn out with my camera, maybe if I reflect it off my sunglasses".

I could go on about my defense of self portrait pictures, but I won't. Instead, I'll just concede; yep, I'm just that egotistical.*
Tuesday December 22 2009File under: travel, USA

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Epic Wrong Turn

Just so you don't have to learn the hard way, like I did, when the National Parks Service calls a route "scenic", it actually means "you are goin' to see all there is to see because you will be lucky if you actually make it out alive." Just keep that in mind*.

So, through a series of unfortunate events, I find myself back in a rental car. The downside is that I'm burning through the old travel budget much faster than I had hoped*. The positive side is that I get to explore the non-greater Miami part of Florida.

Once such leg of this "exploration" came in the form of an epic wrong turn. It took about 1.5 hours to get through 10-15 miles of this. Luckily, the scenery was beautiful. The wildlife wasn't so bad either. Now that I've survived the gators, the only thing I have to worry about is what the rental company is going to say. Perhaps it is time to look into a new form of transportation*...
Sunday December 20 2009File under: travel, USA

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Southernmost Post in the USA

It has been 13 years since I was last in Key West, FL, and from that last time, I don't remember anything except which Key Club girl(s)* I was chasing and who we dressed in drag and sent out on the town*. Fast forward 13 years and I've got a whole new impression.

Key West has a ton of lore associated with it in my life. First, there is all the Jimmy Buffett lore: Margaritaville, Duval Street, Capt. Tony's, A1A, conch fritters*, etc. Then there is the street preformer lore of Mallory Square. I went to two sunset celebrations down there and watched quite a number of shows. Nothing totally blew my socks off, but it was fun nonetheless. Finally, there is fiction lore. My favorite genre of book is the South Florida action/mystery*. A number of the books have parts set in Key West. Roaming around the streets gave me a better feel for the setting for those books.

I have a bunch I feel like I could say about Key West and how much I enjoyed spending a few days here. Instead, I'll just post these two totally cliched pictures: #1 and #2.
Friday December 18 2009File under: travel, USA

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Bellingham Circus Guild Calendar

I've just finished work on a project that I've had a good time with. It is a calendar to be sold for a fund raiser for the Bellingham Circus Guild. I think the finished product will turn out nice (although I'm not on the printing/assembly team). So if you are interested, be sure to get yourself one. Either talk to a member of the guild, or e-mail me and I'll act as middle man.

The project was very interesting on two fronts. For one, the layout of a calendar isn't so straight forward, at least with the way we decided to lay it out: the back of this page is the front of that page but upside down, etc. I had to make a mini-calendar to figure out the layout of it all. Working out the captions that go across pages was a task on its own. After working with it now for almost a month, I feel pretty confident that to do it again would be no problem whatsoever.

The second front that made the project interesting was one that has popped up in a few different projects of my recently. It goes like this: I pour quite a bit of effort into something, both technical and design effort. When I present the results of said effort to the "client" proudly, the criticisms I receive really affect me more than they should. Part of it is feeling that the suggester doesn't have a firm grasp of the technical implications of their changes (which means they have don't have an appreciation for my input). Part of it is a frustration that if the client had such strong opinions about the details of the thing, it would have been much more efficient use that from the get go instead of me putting in so much time making something that is just going to be deconstructed anyway.

I recognize that this is a symptom of collaboration and that this frustration is of my own creation. It is something that, now that I'm conscious of it, I can mitigate. All that said, however, being involved in projects like this bring me more joy and pride than frustration, so it's all good.
Thursday December 17 2009File under: jugging, misc

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Yogic Quote(s) for Monday

Here in southern Florida, I've been staying with a friend who also happens to be a yogini*. Throughout the apartment are post-it notes with little reaffirming quotes. Most are formatted in the first person, which isn't quite the way I prefer my quotes, but the contents of them is just as inspiring. A few of my that I've caught myself thinking about: "I trust the process of life to bring me to my highest good", "The wisest follow their own direction", "New thought patterns can heal and relax your body", and my ultimate favorite, "I am here!" (although I would amend it to read "I am here now!").

Yep, there really couldn't be a better place to have to find a Monday Quote.
Monday December 14 2009File under: quote

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Cold vs Hot


COLD*
VS
HOT*

On my drive from Pueblo, CO to the airport at Colorado Springs, it was -5°F. That's crazy cold. The night before, biking back from pub trivia, it was about the same. Riding a bike in that kind of cold is really cold. I quite literally had ice chunks in my beard when we got home, but I was still wearing a smile. (In fact, I was still game for a little experiment in alternative alternative transportation. Check out Ryan's blog for a write-up soon.)

When I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, it was 85°F with about 135% humidity. Quite a change. This means that activities (such as geocaching) have to be planned at off peak hours to avoid the heat and time for an afternoon swim has to be taken into account everyday.

Life's tough...but fair. See:
85°+(-5°)
2
=45° (an average December
day in Anacortes)

Saturday December 12 2009File under: travel, USA

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Rambling Transportation Anecdote

Blog posts while I'm traveling are supposed to be interesting. That's half the reason I travel. But, with no offense intended to the wonderful visits I've had so far, "interesting" might not be the best word to describe what's I've been up to. While movies, food, puzzles, pub trivia, walking, and lots of chatting is always a recipe for good fun (esp. with such great people), it's not the same as, say, a corrupt border crossing agent shake down or a visit to a million year old temple. In fact, the most interesting part of this trip so far (or at least that which I end up talking the most about because people seem the most interested) is the transportation itself.

Instead of subjecting you to a rambling tale of less than smooth transportation (with no pictures), I thought I would instead give you the option of reading my account of one leg of this trip, with all its ins and outs, ups and downs, etc. I wouldn't take the time to write it all out if I didn't find it pretty interesting, but I know I'm slightly skewed towards alternative transportation.

Anyway, if you are intrigued, read on. If not, at least go check on your bingo card, as some unexpected squares might be marked off.


Thursday December 10 2009File under: travel, transportation

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Snow in Fort Collins

It's not really supposed to snow on a vacation unless you are skiing or something of the sort. Luckily this is neither a vacation nor am I looking for what is supposed to happen because it's pretty much been snowing non-stop since I've arrived in Fort Collins. Not only is there snow, but it is COLD*!

But we've not been deterred. Courtesy of my wonderful hosts, we've been having a great time. There's been playing in the snow, checking out the local garden's light show, and even a little productivity. Luckily we got the fireplace going so we've had some nice warmth and atmosphere to come home to.

But with all this cold weather and snow, I could really go for a little warmth. Hmmm...maybe I'll look into that*.
Monday December 7 2009File under: travel, USA

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Colorado Is Pretty


Not that I ever had any doubt, but I was struck today with the realization that a mountain vista with snow, sun, and water is a dang pretty sight (even if it is below freezing at midday). A couple of inches of snow are predicted for tonight which will give everything an even prettier glow. Yeah for scenicness!
Saturday December 5 2009File under: travel

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