Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunny dog


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Dinner is coming along


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Such Little Effort

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights...it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”
Harvey Milk

I saw this quote retweeted today by LZ Granderson, a writer I enjoy. It got me thinking, especially as I see so much divisiveness and complaining these days, especially in the political arena.

I do try to avoid it, but many people I don’t want to lose touch with are affected and caught up in politics, so some of it rubs off.

I get many of you have opinions, beliefs, and ideas on how the world should work. You want to have a world that is closer to the ideal in your head. Good for you, go out and try to make change.

The thing that bothers me often, more with conservative GOP people than Dems, but certainly on both sides, is that many maybe the majority, of our controversies could be avoided with a simple principle.

Don’t be a dick.

Or jerk, or whatever word you want to use, but just let others live their lives. Their choices don’t reflect on you. Don’t attend church, or say Merry Christmas, or marry someone of your sex, or cross dress, or join the military, or anything else that bothers you. But let others do those things and stop trying to press your beliefs onto them.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Afternoon break


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Serious young men at attention


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Working with Azure this morning


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Delaney Jones, Eagle Scout


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Companions while I work on prairie dogs


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Getting close to home


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Travel lottery win


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Post interview walk


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Not the job I want


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Signed the sign


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On set


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Backstage before the interview with channel 9


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Looking to the water


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Trying hololens


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Hotel room view


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Flying in


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Monday, May 8, 2017

Ugly looking clouds


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Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Long Volleyball Day

Long day at volleyball today, without my daughter. I've been helping coach a couple teams this year, learning the ropes and hoping getting prepped for more coaching in the future.

Today I want to cheer and support the 14s team, and was proud to see them play hard, keep composure, and come back in the 2nd set of all three matches to win the RMR JNQ and earn a bid to the national tournament.

It was exciting and reminded me of the same situation in Kendall's 13s year when her team won a bid at JNQ.

Exciting times and looking forward to helping these ladies prep in June.

Saturday, May 6, 2017


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Standoff


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Friday, May 5, 2017

Cool kid going to work


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Monday, May 1, 2017

Another @kendallaj26 block


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The block by @kendallaj26


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Warming up @whale_antlers


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Prepping for snow


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Loading up


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Moving more than bits, but certainly bytes


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Lunch chores


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What can I do at the border?

I’m on the Quora list, for some reason, and I haven’t unsubscribed. Today I saw this question in my list: what can I do when treated in a rude manner by US immigration officers? I almost wrote an answer, but stopped. There are some good ones and no reason for me to respond.

However.

I have had some experience here, both in the US and other countries. The worse experience was going to Ireland in the late 80s, with IRA troubles and me stupidly arriving half drunk, early in the morning, with a full, scraggly beard.

The second worst was February of this year, coming home to the US. I’ve related the story to a few close friends, and it was incredibly frustrating, humiliating, and shocking.

I had one friend apologize on behalf of the US. As a citizen, this person was appalled and saddened that I would get searched and asked if I was a US citizen by an officer that had my US passport in his hand.

There was no win for me at that time. Nothing I could do. Even asking for a supervisor or registering a complaint wouldn’t help. They have valid reasons to be concerned of anyone, no one directly said anything about the color of my skin, and they were polite. Even if they’d been less than polite, I had a tight connection and had to just remain calm and obedient through the experience to speed things along.

In many situations like this, there’s little you can do. If a law enforcement officer stops me, I have to live with the situation, obey, and keep calm. I also have to hope he/she doesn’t attack or physically abuse me. Again, I can’t win that battle. I might be able to record, and I am ready to turn on my cell phone video if I ever see a police officer. I won’t hold it or point it, but I’ll have it on.

At the border, that’s illegal. I can’t record, and in fact, I try to keep my phone out of my hand at any border.

It’s hard, I’m seething inside and I’m frustrated. In addition to all of the nonsense the US has experienced in the last year with our election, this was really one of the experiences that has me thinking about retiring outside the US.

I can’t believe that’s the case, and it’s the first time I’ve even considered that in my life. But I am. If the US continues to turn towards the direction quite a few of President Trump’s supporters want it to, I’ll really have to consider leaving.

Sad smile

Big dog enjoying spring


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Post recording, at the airport, ready to go home


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The plant and I are tired of recording


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Low low rider


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My view inside the studio


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Ready for work


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Assistant exterminator


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New job today: prarie dog exterminator


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Hanging with Ross at the Microsoft tech center


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Using my hands for this explanation


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Watching the keynote in silicon valley before my first talk


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Walking around Mountain View


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Slightly happy, slightly sad face


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Afternoon ride


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday at the ranch


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A Working Weekend

I’m not sure where the days have gone. A few big projects at work, so I ended up sitting down yesterday around 11 and didn’t get up until 5. Crazy. At least I managed to get some things off my plate and one project done.

Today, more work, though some fence fixing in the middle to get outside and do at least 5000 steps.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stole the kids bike


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

beautiful Colorado day


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Saturday, April 8, 2017

London train stations are beautiful


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Friday, April 7, 2017

My Scottish soda gift


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Relatively full house


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