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January 25, 2008

Meredith skating (déjà vu)

The last few days have been pretty cold around here, enough that the park pond is once again solid enough to walk out on, or in Meredith's athletically gifted case, to ice skate upon. There are more thinner sections than last year but no mishaps occurred. Sam got out there as well. Just after we all got off the ice the Portland Police did a megaphone drive-by ending the fun of some newcomers. Must be tough growing up a kid in the city...

Posted by Dave at 05:44 PM |

January 22, 2008

Paragon's first flight

I've always thought that mountain biking feels like personal flight on the right section of swoopy singletrack. On Saturday I got a new mountain bike (thanks Mom and Dad!) at the Hollywood Bike Gallery, a Gary Fisher Paragon. Reviewed by one as the "working man's 29er." Today was the first chance I had to take her out for a break-in ride. I was mostly on pavement but hit many dedicated bike paths, sidewalks, and 9 1/4 miles of Leif Erikson in Forest Park. The 29er does feel like a big rig, kind of a big truck like feeling as you imagine just rolling over anything in front of you. Usually riding thirty-five miles on a mountain bike would get me in the back or shoulders but so far I feel pretty good. It was real cold though...

Posted by Dave at 07:12 PM

January 20, 2008

Snowshoe Sunday

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Pocket Creek snowshoe

Posted by Dave at 04:49 PM

January 13, 2008

Composting

Sunnyside residents breathed a sigh of relief as a local organics trasher reformed his ways. So I have been throwing all my CSA scraps, coffee grounds, cracker crumbs and other organic materials straight into the trash all these long months and in my town and among my group of friends this is a definite no-no. I mean geez Meredith makes sure even a PDX traveler can send his half-eaten Wendy's burger into composting heaven. So I am sure tensions will ease now that I have my very own worm bin in my backyard. Meredith brought over some worms, I made a top for a planter that's in my backyard and I just buried my first bucket of organic material which includes a desiccated brussels sprout stalk, coffee grounds, potato and celeriac cut-offs from my soup last night and more. Hopefully the worms will like all of that and their new home and start creating some luscious compost. At least I've diverted some of my waste stream from the landfill, right?

Posted by Dave at 05:26 PM |

January 11, 2008

Swimming at Buckman Pool


Meredith and I filmed each other at Buckman Pool yesterday to help improve our stroke technique. Problem is I'm not sure what to look for, any comments from the peanut gallery? I used my camera's underwater capabilities which was pretty cool.

Posted by Dave at 10:14 AM |

January 06, 2008

Powder Day

Got up to SkiBowl today with Scott and Meredith. Conditions were great and consequently the mountain was the most crowded I've ever seen it. Still not much of a line for the Upper Bowl but the Warming Hut was packed. Strangely I became nauseous riding the lift today, that has never happened to me before. A few other folks including Meredith experienced similar symptoms. Something was swaying funny out there. After about two and a half hours I went to the warming hut and didn't emerge for a while. I swear that's half the reason I drive up to the mountain anyway...

Posted by Dave at 07:35 PM |

January 03, 2008

Good dog

Sam started barking like nobody's business early this evening and I went out and discovered that he had treed this poor racoon in the backyard. My backyard is pretty small but there are four small trees. I believe the racoon has since moved on, but at least I don't think anybody is sneaking up unexpected around here.







Posted by Dave at 11:32 PM