My New Bike

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Day’?s Verse:
Many plans are in a man’s heart,
But the counsel of the LORD will stand.

Proverbs 19:21
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After a few weeks of considering, and with some internet research bolstering my knowledge, I went this morning to Spoke ’n’ Wheel to talk to the experts. I left two hours later having been educated, measured, and committed to buy this bike:

It will be a sweet, sweet ride when they get it in stock and get it all adjusted for me. I am so excited.

How Far I Have Ridden

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Day’?s Verse:
Like apples of gold and an ornament of fine gold
Is a word spoken in right circumstances.

Proverbs 25:11
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For you visual types, here is a Google Earth picture with a straight line in showing the distance I have ridden total (about 1,585 miles; I measured 1,560 on the map, the distance on my odometer).
Biking DistanceFor other reference, this gets you almost to the Yucatan Peninsula, Puerto Rico, past Cuba, and well on the way to England.

Strange Thoughts, Lame Jokes

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Day’?s Verse:
Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of the unfortunate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

Proverbs 31:8-9
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I recovered from the donut holes, thankfully, but that whole day involved too many sweet bread-products and the rest of the week I have taken it easy on that. Although I admit that I never had the opportunity to eat more donuts, so that resolution never found

I just noticed that the brand of English muffin I buy has this ridiculous statement on the packaging: Continue Reading >>

If Wishes Were Donut Holes

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Day’?s Verse:
For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.

Proverbs 23:21
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I just learned a painful lesson:

When you come to work and feel like eating a donut but don’t have one and so eat your normal enormous bowl of oatmeal instead, don’t then get all excited and eat four donut holes when you encounter a box of them downstairs.

The Skinny on Teeth

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Day’?s Verse:
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1
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Passed 1,500 miles on my odometer today, although that lacks about 25 miles I rode on Ian’s bike.

You know what I like? Flossing. Probably that seems a little strange to most of you — who likes flossing, after all? Yuck. Takes forever, leaves your gums bleeding and painful — but lately I have taken a shine to flossing. Every time I get in there and pull out some gunk from between my teeth, stuff my vigorous brushing missed, I feel a small glow of triumph. That’?s some bacteria that won’?t be bothering me anymore! Ha! Continue Reading >>

Pretend Accuracy

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Day’?s Verse:
Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace,
According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
A light of revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.

Luke 2:29-32
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People love decimal places in measurement, even when said decimals have no actual meaning. It makes numbers appear to have more meaning than they actually do. Two places I’ve noticed meaningless decimals:

  • A scale: Your weight will vary by more than 0.2 lbs based whether you drank a couple glasses of water first or not; it’s like fake weight gain/loss.
  • A thermometer: Its outside temperature varies from that reported by our car and by online sources by ±five degrees. What does 0.1 degree mean when you can’t be sure it’s accurate within one degree, or even five degrees?

I’m sure there are other places you find this pretend accuracy (maybe cars that tell you the exact number of miles an hour you’re driving?), but I can’t think of them. Continue Reading >>

Wheels: A Short History of Car Domestication

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Day’?s Verse:
“I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Luke 3:16
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For almost a century now, humans and automobiles have interacted amiably, with cars becoming a mainstay of human society, much like dogs in their prevalence and belovedness. Cars, unlike their ice cream truck brethren, exhibit curiosity and friendliness towards humans; the car’s relatively recent popularization stems more from the humans’ commitment to animal-powered transport than any resistance on the cars’ part. Continue Reading >>