Blog

Cool Kid Achievement Unlocked

Confession time: I didn’t ride my bike to work today.

Instead, I rode my new long board.1 Haha!2 :-D

Cool kid achievement unlocked!3


  1. I bet Jamison is jealous. ;-) 
  2. Is this where I also confess that I worked at a different campus today? Instead of my 4.5 mile commute, it was just less than a mile. 
  3. Or maybe, it’s the Bob Goff achievement. That’s even better. :-) 

Kindergarten get well cards

Before the spring of my kindergarten year, my tonsils were removed. I don’t remember much about it other than being offered ice cream when I had no desire to eat and being given four blocks of clay.

My kindergarten class made get well cards for me.1 The teacher handed out yellow construction paper, told them how and where to fold it, and turned them loose with crayons. One by one, my classmates went to her desk and told her what to write inside. Judging by their contents,2 she didn’t filter what they said very much. I can only imagine what she must have told them about my tonsillectomy before they made the cards. :-D

I hope you enjoy these cards as much as I do.3 :-)


  1. My mother saved the cards in a little manila envelope and gave them to me later. 
  2. Click the card faces to see what’s inside. 
  3. I love the cards from Todd, Larry, and Shelley. I hope they were good friends of mine. If not, I missed out on some pretty cool kids. 

Kudos to Daddies Board Shop

Jamison and I have been looking at making or buying longboards. Yesterday we headed to Daddies Board Shop. We found a couple of awesome boards and a really cool store.

Good job, Daddies! :-)

Gray gutter goo

Today’s morning commute went less well than planned.

Rounding a gentle bend, I detected a squishy wiggle from the rear tire. After biking a short, hopeful1 distance I stopped. Squeezing the rear tire confirmed my suspicions — I had a flat.

And it was covered in gray gutter goo. Ugh!

After fixing the flat2 I had plenty of time to think of alliterative adjectives for that gross, greasy, grimy, gritty, gray gutter goo.

Looks like it’s time to do some pre-winter bike maintenance, replacing my tires and brake pads, and cleaning my running gear. And time to refresh the wipes in my seat bag. Sunday is coming…


  1. Denial isn’t only a river in Egypt. 
  2. With only a patch, thank you very much. 

Be a voter

Election day is nearly here. In fact, I would bet most of us in Oregon have already voted.

People give a few reasons why we should vote:

  • Vote now or shut up later
  • Voting is your best chance to change the government
  • Voting is your civic duty

I’m not convinced I agree with any of them.

  • You don’t give up your right to participate in democracy when you don’t vote. You only give up one avenue.
  • Voting might not be your best opportunity to effect change. Depending on where you live, your vote is unlikely to have any impact. A better way to make a change might be to work to change how campaigns are financed. Another good idea is to email your representatives. Because so few do so, you have a disproportionate voice.
  • I’m not sure I buy into the duty idea. Maybe if the those elected acted like they had any duty, this would be more convincing.

Use election season as an opportunity to educate yourself on the issues.1 Spend some time with your voters’ pamphlet. From there, it’s only a little more effort to vote.

Might as well… ;-)


  1. Or, don’t educate yourself. Just be sure to vote this coming Wednesday. :-p