Sunday, July 31, 2016

Feeder done

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Readyto build another horse slow feeder

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Finishing #eagleproject

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Uma's favorite spot out front

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Post cycle cross. I think I'm ready for bed now.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Top of Mount Evans

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

When it Rains

Delaney’s been struggling a bit to find a job. That’s natural, and he got a late start, which makes things hard. Lots of teenagers out there looking. Last week at his Eagle project work day, I was talking with another Dad who mentioned Sears is always looking for stockers. It seemed like a tip and I passed it on. Delaney went down there the next day, talked to the manager, got an app and turned it in.

And heard nothing.

This weekend, we’re driving around on a Saturday with the family. We stop at Freddy’s for a bite to eat. Yes, I know it’s bad, but it’s so good.

There’s a sign in the window, we’re hiring. I point it out to Delaney. He thinks it’s a bit far (up in Centennial), but it’s really not more than 5 minutes from Parker. After we order, he asks for an app and fills it out. Has an interview with the manager as we’re eating and watching, and then gets asked to come back for orientation on Sunday. He’s got a job. Tia and I joked that he’d probably get offered two more this week.

We leave, and we’re driving to the movies. It’s like 20 minutes later and Delaney’s phone rings. I quietly guess that it’s another job.

It is. It’s Sears calling him back to come in Monday. He’s there now, talking, trying to see if he can work two jobs, with a uniform and training scheduled this week at Freddy’s.

When it rains, it pours.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


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Watching Tia ride this afternoon

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Handrail up

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Up up and away

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A save from @lostinatangleofwords

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Outdoor play at @lostinatangleofwords camp

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Sticking with the iPhone

For now. I know the rumors about losing the headphone jack are swirling, and appearing more true each week. We’ll find out in September, but I didn’t wait.

Verizon sent a note out this week that noted they were offering tradein deals again. On my way home from dropping off Kendall, I swung by the store and they appraised my phone at $300. Since I only had $240 left to pay, that seemed like a good deal to me.

I decided to just get an iPhone 6S Plus, the larger version, which kept my payment about the same. The phone, however, is larger. As you can see, it exceeds the size of my hand.


With my eyes getting older, I decided to try the larger phone. I borrowed a few at an event from friends and the phone fits in my pocket. At least, it’s not too bad. Of course, the phone is large. As a comparison, here’s my first iPhone 3.


I like the iPhone upgrade, which has been easy. Restore from backup. I had an iCloud backup, which I started when I got home, but I had to run out, so I think it got stuck after I left Wifi. I did a second restore yesterday, but it appeared to stick as well, so I tried one last one last night, running overnight. I wasn’t sure it worked, but I applied the 9.2.3 update this morning and all my pictures, music, etc. is back.

The phone certainly is easier to see, especially with my aging eyes, but it doesn’t feel crazy large. That’s funny as it’s the size of a Galaxy Note, which I thought was huge a couple years ago while comparing phones.

I’m hoping this one gets me through next year and then I’ll see what’s available then.

Monday, July 11, 2016

A New Avatar

I was browsing around the Internet recently, collecting links for Database Weekly when I came to Michael J Swart’s blog. I love Michael’s writing and drawing. On a whim, I asked if he’d do an avatar.

He agreed, and sent me some costs. He’s creating art, and I was happy to pay for a new image. We went back and forth a bit and ended up with this:


I like it. It captures me life in sunny, outdoor Colorado and has a nice Hawaiian shirt in it. Plus, it has my colors. I’m a Virginia grad and Broncos fan, and like the blue/orange look.

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If you want an avatar, I’m sure you can contact Michael. I know it’s not for everyone, but it was fun for me. It might make a great gift for someone in your life as well.

Another week another camp for @lostinatangleofwords

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

End of day two #eagleproject

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The ramp appears

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Starting day 2

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Framing compete

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Ramp complete. Now working on the platform

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Coming along #eagleproject

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Almost one #eagleproject

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First boards #eagleproject

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Getting started #eagleproject

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hot run today

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Top Heavy Politics

I saw a friend post a note from someone on Facebook. This notes that the system is top heavy and politicans are treated differently.



I’ll disagree somewhat here. This isn’t about top heavy politics, but power. And this isn’t just about politics, though politics did, I think, help limit the pressure the FBI or AG would put on Senator Clinton.

Instead, this happens all the time. Far too many Law Enforcement officers (though still a rare minority overall) get away with abuse, poor behavior, even murder, because they have presumptive power, and it is hard for the prosecutors that work with police to prosecute them.

Executives in companies get away with sexual harassment, worker abuse with overwork, and more. Even mid level workers get away with their own abuses, protected from upper management fearing some sort of poor press.

We’ve seen churches hide crimes, the same as a criminal mafia or gang might protect their own. We have mothers and fathers hide the mistakes, or serious crimes, of their children.

Power breeds corruption. It’s a human frailty. We protect our own, we overlook transgressions from our own, often far larger than transgressions those we’d condemn others for committing.

It’s sad, but it’s a part of life.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Off to Camp

This is going to be another quick, compressed week for Kendall with lots of volleyball. We went for a private lesson last night, but had mixed up a schedule with the coach, so no lesson. However, I did spend about 45 minutes tossing balls for Kendall to set. She got some good practice, and the coaches from last year watched, noting she looked good.

I really like the Rocky Select club. I hope Kendall goes back, but we’ll see. She’s at camp today through Friday, then has a tryout Saturday and two more Sunday. Then it’s back to camp on Monday to Wednesday.

Sounds like one of my schedules.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Love has no labels

I didn't watch this yesterday, but should have. John Cena is right: Love has no labels.

We are a country of many, of diversity, of various beliefs. We can disagree with each other on policy or direction, but should do so in a civil manner.

Also remember that love, or tolerance, or acceptance, doesn't mean you agree, but that you respect and allow others to live their way.

Far too many, both on the left and right, don't do this.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sharing the couch this afternoon

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Friday, July 1, 2016


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