I believe in God

I Believe in God. And It Makes a Difference!

I believe that God is real and that he has a purpose for his creation and for me. Can I prove that to you? No I can’t, although I can demonstrate that belief in God is reasonable, more so than any of the alternatives. While I cannot prove to you that God exists, I am convinced in my own mind that he does and that belief is an integral part of who I am and how I live my life here.

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Retired

Today is kind of a bittersweet day. After 31 plus years at Keyport I will not be getting up and going to work any more. I had actually retired from government service a bit more than 3 years ago and returned to the same place to experience the life of a contractor. I enjoyed the chance to be a computer programmer again, but last week I experienced the big downside of being a contractor. The budget was tight and the workforce needed to be trimmed, resulting in 3 of us being laid off, effective today for me. Walking away from the job had been in the back of my mind for some time, but I had not yet reached the point of pulling the trigger. Now that it has been done for me I can go ahead and begin to enjoy ‘retired life’.

The Great PCT Hike of 2011

A trip report for my journey along the PCT in northern Oregon, about 160 miles in 8 days. This was easily my longest backpacking trip, and, while very rewarding, was also very challenging.

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Rock & Roll Seattle

Yesterday was the 2011 version of the Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon / Half-Marathon. This was my third running of this event and Sue’s first ever half marathon. This race is quite a production and started for us the day prior to the actual run.

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North to Alaska

Sue and I took a cruise on the Golden Princess with friends (Randy & Tina), enjoying the opportunity to catch up, eat and see some of the sights of southern Alaska.

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And Life Goes On

Well it’s been four weeks now since surgery; and not a four weeks I would hope to repeat. I have never spent so much time laying around doing little or nothing. And if I never see a catheter again, it will be too soon.

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Surgery: A Big Adventure

I must admit that surgery was quite an adventure, but one that I do not look forward to ever having to experience again. I have heard from lots of people who have had surgery, and read about it some, but nothing quite prepares one for the actual experience.

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Surgery Pre-Op

Surgery is now six days away and today was the day scheduled to get all of the pre-op stuff done. Spent time with my surgeon as well as the admitting process at St. Joseph’s. My surgeon gave me a rundown on all of the things that would be taking place on the day of surgery as well as the following couple of weeks.

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On Cars and Runners

I am a runner, and am soft and squishy. And I share the road with cars and trucks, and they are hard, fast and scary. And sometimes it’s quite an adventure.