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RVing – Merry Christmas

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! Last night we were visited by the Christmas Caroling Golf Cart Parade. This is a great park. Today we took Abigail to the dog park. She actually played a little with some of the big dogs. Later I went for a bike ride. Christmas in Florida!


Boxing day without the boxes. Today was our monthly vet visit. Abbie did very well with the other dogs. We went shopping for a dehumidifier but found nothing but humidifiers. You wouldn’t think that central Florida would a big market for humidifiers.


Relaundry today. We discovered mold in the closets and I had to wash every shirt and pants I own. Last night Abigail had a bad digestive reaction to her new ear meds and we had to clean up after her a couple times. Such fun.


My sister Ann and her wife Jenn are visiting. Our first guests in the RV.


Zoom zoom! My sister Ann and I went to Andretti Karting in Orlando. Much fun. We raced on track #2 which has big hills and tight corners. I spent most of the session trying to get around one guy. I wound up with the 4th fastest time, just .095 seconds behind third place.

Ann was a few seconds slower but she kept getting caught behind a VERY slow racer.


Had a great lunch at a place I found on Google Maps. My favorite part of looking for new places is reading the reviews. Not the good ones, the one-star ones. If all the other reviews are positive, you can be pretty sure the bad reviewers are assholes.




New Year’s Day. 80 degrees. Yee-Haw! Finally got a to see a real live alligator.


bicycle statue

This very funky bike sculpture is in downtown Oakland FL.


One does not usually expect to see zebras in Florida.


The current campsite is overloaded with this cute little lizards. Abigail is watching them.


A family of peacocks crossed the road by the bike path. That’s dad bring up the rear.


This mighty warrior just chased off two other squirrels to claim the winner’s share of the acorns.


Finally, an actual alligator. He was only about four feet long.

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Happy New Years


I enter 2016 unemployed, which is a good thing as I had grown to dislike my job very much. I’ve spent the last few months bumping up my knowledge of WordPress, Node.js and its related technologies. Fascinating stuff.

WordPress has been a bit of a challenge, learning all the hooks and objects took longer than expected, but a few days ago I had a light bulb moment and seem to have gotten the hang of it.

Node on the other hand has been a piece of cake. It’s all Javascript and mostly just a case of figuring out what you want to do, finding the pieces to do it and writing some code to tie it all together. Though like most technologies like this, you learn 80% up front then spend the rest of your career trying to perfect that last 20%.

Enough about work. Currently I’m suffering from a combination of symptoms; high blood sugar, high blood acid levels, high temperature and a very sore foot. This is a duplicate from earlier in the year except that involved a sore knee. The cause of all this is aging and poor diet. Can’t do anything about aging so I guess it’s time to improve the diet.

Related to my health is my exercise. Because of the issues above I once again missed my goal of riding my bike 1000 miles. I did just over 800. I did however do a 40 mile ride which is my longest ever. For this year I’m again planning on 1000 miles total, with a single ride goal of 100K(62 mi.)

My main goal for the year is to write more. This year was a good one. While I didn’t output as much fiction as I thought I would, I did write more non-fiction than expected, especially for my bike site.

Well, that’s mostly it. I should get back to the Twilight Zone marathon.

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