Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Mental health day

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Sunday, March 26, 2023

4-0 again, including coming back from a 1-0 start in the last match to win. 3rd pin in a row. Proud of these athletes and their effort today.

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Last local tournament of the year.

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Friday, March 24, 2023

Watched these two lose $600 over an hour. But they had fun

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

A good way to end the conference

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Always neat to see my name on a marquee

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Went with the dragons for the shirt du jour. This might be my new favorite shirt

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First stop. The most important part of the conference.

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Made it

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Today's office

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

The end of another trip

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Saturday, March 18, 2023

Final shirt du jour for this trip

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Hanging out with the big dragon at #sqlbits

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Friday, March 17, 2023

Geek party

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There be dragons here

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Shirt du jour

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

A very cool idea. Empty plastic water bottles and a fill station.

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Lego Steve found a dragon at #sqlbits

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Going with the official shirt for day 1

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Definitely not in Kansas anymore

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Sunrise on the plane and seeing land again

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Sunday, March 12, 2023

Calm before the storm

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Saturday, March 11, 2023

More drilling and tapping. I think this was the 5th one I've had to replace this winter

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Ranch Life

 I don't do a lot on the ranch anymore. With Tia's success, she has a few people she's hired, and the boys are pitching in since they live with us. That's great, and it reduces my stress. The boys have replaced trailer tires and the UTV throttle cable this year, which were a big help for me.

However, there are some things I still do. And some things that the boys don't know how to do. Today was a mixed chore day for me. Early morning yoga, then coming back and helping. An employee is out of town, so I had hay yesterday and today. A good hour of work there, and I noticed a few things, so that motivated me to fix a couple things today.

First was replacing a few of the threaded rods in the arena. These hold the fabric down by bracing a metal pole neat the bottom. Sometimes they get loose and the wind will wiggle them and snap one off. Learning to do this was an interesting chore, as I had to drill out the part of the screw that's in the base and then tap out new threads. Youtube to the rescue, and now I know to grab the drill, some oil, and the tapper.

I've replaced 5 this winter, 2 today. One was just loose and I could screw it back down. The other was quite a ways in there when it snapped, and I had to work to drill it out. Managed to make a nice blister on my palm, even with gloves.

Then it was off to replace a couple of the fence posts that were broken. We've started to fill them with wood rather than dig out and replace vinyl where possible. Two to fix today, dropping in wood and using some duct tape to brace the broken vinyl.

The last thing was resetting up my driveway markers. The ground is relatively soft now, but I do expect more snow before summer, so I picked up a few fallen ones and pushed the others deeper into the ground.

Not a huge day, but semi productive and I'm tired. Ranch work wears me out as I rarely do it and I'm not used to all the walking, bending, etc.

Saturday afternoon

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Friday, March 10, 2023

Working job #3 today

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Sunday, March 5, 2023

Great second day. Lost a close one and then 2-1 to go to the gold bracket tomorrow

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Getting ready for day 2

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Warming up

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Wellness day

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