I dub this the Year of the Bunny.

We have so many bunnies, a person can’t look into the back yard without seeing some sanguine rabbit placidly munching away. They find our back yard, with its dearth of predators and rain garden full of sedges, a perfect habitat.

I took a picture of the bunnies:

Right now we have bunnies of three different sizes — let’s call ’em small, medium, and large — which I take to indicate we have at least three bunny generations happily reproducing and inhabiting our yard. By the end of the summer, I can’t even guess how many bunnies we’ll have. Continue Reading >>

Meditation Song: I Shall Not Want

I’ve been thinking of this song a great deal lately. These are the lyrics.

From the love of my own comfort
From the fear of having nothing
From a life of worldly passions
Deliver me O God

From the need to be understood
From the need to be accepted
From the fear of being lonely
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God

And I shall not want, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want

From the fear of serving others
From the fear of death or trial
From the fear of humility
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God
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Bike Commuting Lessons

I’ve bike commuted regularly, with greater and lesser frequency, since 2006. Sometimes I’ve commuted on pleasant, lightly trafficked country roads; other times along a busy highway. Sometimes I’ve had a kid in tow; other times I’ve navigated through complex city infrastructure. And, of course, I’ve been a certified biking instructor and taught classes on cycling safely.

In this time, I’ve learned a few things.

Who to Trust

Don’t trust:

  • Teenagers.
  • Old people.
  • Squirrels, rabbits, and other wildlife, including off-leash dogs.
  • Tech bro shuttle buses, especially between South Lake Union (Amazon) and Fremont (Google, Facebook).
  • Priuses in downtown Seattle – 99% are ride-share drivers likely to swerve toward the sidewalk unpredictably. The other 1% are taxi drivers.
  • Pickup trucks with big supplementary smoke stacks, or any pickup truck in rural areas.
  • People riding e-bikes, electric scooters, electric skateboards, or any other battery-powered person people mover.
  • Anyone driving on Dexter.
  • Anyone walking/cycling near the UW.
  • Community Transit double-decker bus drivers.
  • MAMILS focused on getting in a workout or maintaining a certain pace even on crowded multi-use trails.
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    Keeping Humble

    Today I recounted to a coworker the story of how, early in my time at Tamarac, I inadvertently sent out release notes containing “personal identifying information” — in regular words, a picture of a feature containing real client data. Needless to say, when the firm whose data I’d inadvertently revealed noticed, they blew their tops. It was ugly. I cried. A lot.

    So I was recounting that happy memory to my coworker. He joined our team from “upstairs,” our way of saying he worked in support before joining User Education. The point being he’d been here when my faux pas went down. Continue Reading >>

    Spring Break 2019

    Sunday: Played Stuffed Fables at Zulu’s for the first time. Benji enjoyed deep-fried mac ‘n’ cheese — truly a match made in heaven. All of us liked Stuffed Fables, and we brought a copy home to keep playing ourselves.

    Stuffed Fables at Zulu's

    Monday: I made a dentist appointment for Benji, but the day got better as we went to Grammy and Papa’s and played superheroes in the park nearby.

    Tuesday: Benji spent the morning with my mom while I went for a bike ride. I made it home in time to join them on the drive to the airport to pick up Colleen, who came up for only one night. Continue Reading >>