January 27, 2023

I’ve been preparing for the state employees’ bowling tournament for this year, taking place tomorrow. I feel pretty confident that I won’t embarrass myself, but my overall game is mediocre at best. Fortunately, bowling, at least at my level, is nothing to get too worked up about. I’ll just go and enjoy it as usual!… Continue reading January 27, 2023

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January 26, 2023

The shooting of Will Keeps is a story that generates tremendous frustration for me, and I wish it did for more people, too. If you didn’t hear, Will Keeps is a man who works in Des Moines in an educational program designed to help prevent kids from entering a life of violence, and, from what… Continue reading January 26, 2023

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January 25, 2023

Learned about a website called Carsized which compares the relative sizes of vehicles in a side-by-side (or front and back) image. Not a good website to visit when you own one of the smallest production cars today. Miatas have always been small, but compared to the hulking behemoths that roam our streets today that are… Continue reading January 25, 2023

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January 23, 2023

This was a nicely balanced weekend, though the cabin fever is stronger the colder it is outside. I found myself looking at small tropical islands on Google Maps and fantasizing about buying a vacation home with my wife on an island with 500 people and a bunch of donkeys. Nice thought for a time. I… Continue reading January 23, 2023

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January 20, 2023

We live in a winter wonderland again. That’s where I was spending my time yesterday, shoveling my aunt’s house out in the morning before work. Hell. It’s pretty. I bought two books to support my continued adulting – one on how to write your will, and the other on buying a house. Funny how hitting… Continue reading January 20, 2023

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January 18, 2023

Have to think about the consequences of what I drink beforehand. Ha! You all think you know me. I’m talking about tea. Green tea, specifically. I had some Monday afternoon — hey, it was a holiday, and I was indulging — and everything went fine until I went to bed. Then I was awake in… Continue reading January 18, 2023

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January 17, 2023

The holiday was nice, and I took it slowly. I read a fair amount, bowled, and reflected on the world. The weather was also perfect, at least by January standards. I spent some more time interacting with family, too, which was good. I’ll admit to being at my laziest on three-day holidays, and that I… Continue reading January 17, 2023

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January 13, 2023

Lisa Marie Presley died, I learned today. I don’t really follow the Presleys (in fact, I confused Lisa Marie with her mother, Priscilla, briefly when I heard this news), but I am always surprised when someone “young” passes away. Lisa Marie was 54, which, increasingly, is getting uncomfortably on the horizon for me-if still a… Continue reading January 13, 2023

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January 12, 2023

Did an after-work gathering with my coworkers last night, the first one in a long time. I’m generally an introvert, so social functions like this have been hard for me in the past. I think, though, that I’ve been changing my attitude – slightly – about that over the last few months, however, and gaining… Continue reading January 12, 2023

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January 11, 2023

I’ve been digging in deep at work the last couple of days. We had lost some staff in the middle of last year, and we’ve replaced those open spots, but it’s crazy how the effects of an open position continue to reverberate for months afterward. So I’m trying to get us back to “normal”. Things… Continue reading January 11, 2023

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