Hazing the Day Away

~~~
Day’?s Verse:
Light is sweet,
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all.

Ecclesiastes 11:7-8
~~~

The weather for today is predicted to be “Definite Haze.” I suppose that’s what the sticky, humid, bluish tint to the air is called. It makes breathing harder and sweating profuse but useless. Water has condensed inside my front headlight, causing it to randomly start flashing of its own accord. The hot weather advisory actually recommends avoiding outside work and staying in air-conditioned buildings. Ian and I sweated uncomfortably through the night and woke sticky and unrefreshed, with the depressing prospect of more such nights on the horizon. This is weather that strikes my Seattle-bred mind as pretty darn unnatural. Continue Reading >>

Zebra Lady: Part II

~~~
Day’?s Verse:
Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to take warning.
Ecclesiastes 4:13
~~~

Remember Zebra Lady? Early in the morning before she got up, I took a picture of the motorcycle/car situation:

Zebra Lady Car & Cycle

You can clearly see her using that crappy old car to hog two spaces.

KF quality

It’?s Twins!

~~~
Day’?s Verse:
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10
~~~

RevelYesterday Ian and I became the proud parents of a pair of Revel Concerta F12 loudspeakers. Wednesday I made an appointment at Natural Sound, and accordingly we presented ourselves there at 4:00 to give the speakers another listen. I felt gratified that Ian’s jaw metaphorically dropped as we listened to the speaker test CD he had compiled. We compared them to a pair of B&W; speakers that performed well but lacked the bass we needed. After some discussion of various merits of the speakers — the salesman got into details about audio filters and all sorts of digital signal processing stuff that made me glad at least Ian knew what he was talking about — we filled out the adoption paperwork, passed our credit card over the counter for a quick swipe, and paraded outside to load up the car with two huge, heavy speaker boxes. Continue Reading >>

Indelible at Last

~~~
Day’?s Verse:
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

Proverbs 1:8-9
~~~

One evening as I sat doing homework my Junior year in high school, my mom came into the room with something in her hand. She set it on my desk, and I saw that it was a fountain pen, still in its packaging, along with a couple ink cartridges. I had commented before in passing that I thought fountain pens were pretty cool, but never expected to actually handle one, let alone own one. Mom explained that she had found it among my Grandma Sullivan’s belongings, but Grandma didn’t have any use for it. Thus was I united with my first-ever fountain pen, a rather ugly thing made in West Germany in the 1980s. At first, I used it as a novelty and scattered drops of ink behind me like bread crumbs. Eventually, though, I came to love the feel of writing with a fountain pen, and it became my primary — and, ultimately, sole — writing instrument type. No more ballpoints or rollerballs for me; pencils have their place, but not very often in my writing world. Throughout college I slowly collected fountain pens, purchasing them to mark special occasions: I received one on my and Ian’?s first anniversary at the Columbia Winery; I bought one in Paris during my MQP; we bought one in Boston on a romantic weekend away around Valentine’?s Day in 2006; I received one for Christmas from my grandmother-in-law; I received one for college graduation; and at least a couple others I bought or found. Now I have about eight fountain pens, including one I leave at work for all work-related writing. Continue Reading >>

Biking Evolution (2,315 Miles by the Odometer)

~~~
Day’?s Verse:
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord!
Philippians 3:1
~~~

This morning I met a lady on the train who was riding the train with her bike for the first time ever. She asked my advice, since I had some experience with train-bike interactions, and I told her, “Bring a bungee cord to keep your bike from tipping over.” I showed her how you could loop a bungee cord to some racks to secure a bike. Which started me thinking about the amazing number of changes that I’ve implemented since I started riding my bike last summer: Continue Reading >>

Weekend of Movement

~~~
Day’?s Verse:
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 12:1
~~~

I had an extremely busy weekend, which I will share as briefly as possible only so you will all be so impressed with my productivity. All week chores built up, but I never quite got up the oomph to actually do any more than absolutely necessary for keeping the house from becoming a pit. Saturday morning, though, I woke up fully and completely at 6:05, feeling motivated to do everything I had put off all that time. So I started easy and worked my way into less-pleasant chores. I: Continue Reading >>

Rant ’?n’? Roll: The Diet Edition

~~~
Day’?s Verse:
So God created man n his own image in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. …God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Genesis 1:27, 31
~~~

This is another routine vent-about-diets blog that is more for my benefit than for any of you readers. Once again, one of my coworkers has decided to go on a diet — “It’s scientific, based in science, not like some ‘don’t eat any carbs’ diet” — and I really have a hard time keeping my mouth shut. How can you get excited about losing two to 10 pounds in one week if all you’ve done is changed the way you ate? She’s intentionally avoiding having to go to the gym because it’s awful having to do that whole working out thing. Controlling weight solely by changing what you eat is not a healthy option! Cutting your carbs isn’t necessary or healthy, either, so long as you maintain at least 30 minutes a day of exercise. It’?s really all about exercising and eating healthy portions of reasonable foods: No magical diets necessary. Just common sense. Continue Reading >>