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Tom Week – Ride Weather
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Ride Again

The weather let up a bit today and it managed to see the high side of 60. Only just. So I bundled up and went for a ride. The wind was light and I managed to do my usual 12.5 miles. Today’s ride put me at 100 miles for the month. This is the earliest in a month I’ve hit 100. I’ve got an outside chance of doubling that.

Car Smogged

I needed to get the car smogged. I looked online and found that the 19th Ave Shell station does smog checks and they even list how many people are waiting. I looked this morning and there were zero cars in line so I rushed over there. Only problem was, the Shell station at 19th and Lincoln doesn’t do smog checks.

I also found out that that Shell station is not called 19th Ave Shell, but the Shell station at 19th and Taraval is. A mere two miles away. There was no line there.

The car passed but the process was amazing. In the past they would wheel out this huge machine and hook up all kinds of probes and sensors. This time a guy came out with a laptop. One connection to the car’s data port and one sensor stuck up the tail pipe. It took five minutes and I was on my way.

Winter Is Here

I take back all my talk of guilt when the weather was warm.

Random Thoughts

Internet radio just explained to me all the cow bell jokes. Am I cool now?

Am I the only one who thinks Blutengel is way creepier when he’s not trying to be creepy?

I’ve been told that my flowcharts are like totally zen.

What kind of bird torments shopping centers? A mall-tease falcon.

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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: February 20, 2018

100 words – Dogs Years
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The drums are drumming, the crows are crowing, but the dogs are silent. They stand in silent pride for they know the year is theirs. United in the universal admiration from human-kind.

Then too soon the drums go silent. The red and yellow dragons dance no more. Even the crows finally shut the hell up. Then the year passes with nary a mention of the noble dog. Next year some other animal will be honored for a few hours and forgotten. Waiting twelve years for the dog’s return.

Tonight I will drink a toast to caninity. Hail to the dogdom.

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Tags: ,,, | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: February 17, 2018

Tom Week- Weather Guilt
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Weather Guilt

Today was in the 70’s. Nearly the whole week has been in the 70’s. I’ve ridden many miles over the last few days. All while family and friends in other parts of the country suffer through bad weather. I feel guilty. First because I know others are suffering. Second because I know a warm February is probably the result of global warming.

Finished School

Well, the first part. The second part doesn’t start till April and I won’t find out if I’m in the second part till April 17. That’s a long time. I have to decide what I’m going to do in the meantime. Probably work on the house. I’m also hoping to get some writing done. I keep coming up with ideas, and for the first time in a long time the ideas are all fitting together.

As Expected

Very restless today and no direction to run. I did a bunch of searches for online classes to fill the gap till April but found nothing of interest. I think the problem is that I’m looking for outside sources to fulfill inside needs.

An unfortunate side-affect is that my social anxiety is acting up and I was unable to go to a meetup of people from the class. I’m feeling old and stupid and smart all at once.

Spoiled Rotten

All this 70 degree weather has totally spoiled me. It was 58 degrees today and most years would be considered lovely weather for the middle of February. But it was too cold for me to ride. I am such a weather wimp.

 

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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: February 13, 2018

Tom Week – Passport Adventure
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The Passport Adventure

Turned out to me not much of an adventure. We got there early, just in case. Turns out that none of the previous appointments had shown, so we got in half an hour early. Pat had everything prepared and it was just a matter of going through the paperwork. The woman was even prepared for dealing with Tonya being deaf and blind. I love a good bureaucrat.

So in four to six weeks I’ll be able to go anywhere in the world.

A great ride

Twelve miles, 70 degrees, what could be better? I could have ridden another twelve miles. It was just one of those days.

Random Thoughts

Random memory: Christmas shopping at Building 19.

I thought I wrote a funny joke. Turns out I was just remembering an old Bob Newhart bit.

Some days I’m too tired to write even this.

Pretty soon I’ll be able to say, “The girl is eating an apple.” in just about every language.

Writers can go wherever they want because they’re authorized.

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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: February 6, 2018

100 words – No Spark
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Simon was the kind of man that women loved to not love. He was an amazing physical specimen and quite a nice guy as well. All he wanted from life was to find love. The problem was that Simon had no spark. There was nothing that excited him. He had no ambition. He had no unusual or interesting vices. His job paid well but had no opportunity for advancement.

None of this bothered him, except the women. Some liked him, but wouldn’t date him. Others would have sex with him, but didn’t like him. No middle ground to be found.

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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: February 3, 2018

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