Shoes, Shoes and more Shoes

How many pairs of shoes do you have in your closet? Seems like just a few years ago I would have answered that question with no more than 5 or 6. After all, how many pairs of shoes does a guy need, especially one with no fashion sense. A pair of ‘nice’ shoes for special occasions, a comfortable pair of shoes for everyday use, an old ratty pair for yard work and a pair of boots for hiking. So how come I have 30 pair?

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Profound Thoughts of a Long Distance Runner

Running gives a person lots of time to think since it is pretty challenging to watch TV or read a book while dodging cars in the early morning fog. There is not really much else to do besides think and devise solutions to the problems that plague our world today. So here, in no particular order, are the things I can remember thinking about during this mornings 2 hour run.


Origins: Where Did We All Come from?

We live in a big complex universe. Where did it come from? How did I come to be? These are questions I have frequently asked myself and I suspect I am not alone in doing so. The response you have for these questions will have a big impact on how you view the world around you and how you respond to much of what happens to you.

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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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.