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Web-log entries from 2020

2020-08-13

No cyclocross

Paul in costume as the Purple People Eater at the Halloween race at Deschutes Brewery

This is really trivial in the scale of things right now but I am really we won’t be racing cyclocross this fall. Since 2011, every weekend from Labor Day to Thanksgiving has been cyclocross-centric. I ...cont’d

2020-08-08

Eagle Cap Wilderness

As a Nebraskan I am a cheap date, scenery-wise. Oregonians come to the Wallowas for the beauty not the solitude. It’s the backpacking equivalent of the brunch place with the 2 hour wait list, where ...cont’d

2020-08-06

Skies outside cities

I grew up with skies outside of cities which are the skies most people in most of history grew up with. At the cabin there is an old spotter scope and an even older tripod ...cont’d

2020-08-01

August 2020

I’m taking a break from social media. Check my web-log for occasional updates.  ...cont’d

2020-07-19

Wy’easting

For OBRA’s Wy’easting Challenge, today I rode 13 repeats of Montgomery street from the old PFD No. 1 Station to Council Crest. Each repeat was 5.38mi long and gained 875ft in the first 2.7mi. This ...cont’d

2020-07-18

What Portland feels like right now

Portland is in the national news right now and if you didn’t live here you might be forgiven for thinking our city is a hellscape of crime and chaos. That is not my experience. Excepting ...cont’d

2020-06-23

Aspects of backpacking, rated

For much of my 20s many of my jobs looked suspiciously like backpacking and I lived for weeks or months at a time in tents. So the glamour of all this was kind of lost ...cont’d

2020-06-13

All my interactions with cops

When I was probably 7 or 8 years old, a dog attacked me and bit me in the ass. A sheriff’s deputy took pictures of my ass. The dog was current on its rabies shots. ...cont’d

2020-05-12

Covid-19 diary: Quarantine fatigue

Crowns of mature Oregon white oaks, shot from underneath; the crowns are not touching, despite the trees growing very close together

Been a while since I’ve done this. Straightforward: we are busy, and we are tired. Less straightforward: it is obvious our federal government has not used the last two months for anything productive. Very bendy: ...cont’d

2020-05-11

Covid-19 Diary: Quarantine books

A stack of books, as described in the main text of this post

I have made three or four Powell’s orders since March 16. Here’s what has arrived thus far: Selected Writings — Hildegard of Bingen. I only knew her as a composer but recently learned she was ...cont’d

2020-04-21

Covid-19 Diary: sleep and dreams

With hundreds of millions of people sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic, some dream experts believe that withdrawal from our usual environments and daily stimuli has left dreamers with a dearth of “inspiration,” forcing ...cont’d

2020-04-15

Covid-19 diary: Inside

Today was the first day of the quarantine that I spent entirely inside. It was a beautiful day and I got up early for my bike ride. I was groggy from Benadryl (terrible allergies) and ...cont’d

2020-04-12

Covid-19 Diary: Timmy Failure

This post was written 2020-04-15 Last night as a family we watched the new Timmy Failure movie, set and filmed in North Portland. It was funny! Genuinely funny! And not animated! Today the kids and ...cont’d

2020-04-08

Covid-19 diary: Resources / fraying

I need to stop and count the resources our household has for coping with the coronavirus crisis: Two grownups with secure jobs those jobs require a lot of meetings & phone calls etc. which keeps ...cont’d

2020-04-05

Covid-19 diary: Council Crest

This weekend on our family bike ride everyone rode to the top of Council Crest. We were kind of focused on the youngest, I mean this is pretty epic ride for a grownup but how ...cont’d

2020-04-03

Covid-19 diary: a bad day

I had a bad day yesterday. Maybe the first day I would characterize as such in the past three weeks. I was up early to work (I did get a lot of work done). I ...cont’d

2020-04-02

Covid-19 diary: cozy catastrophe

From my Twitter: so half my friends have time to learn to bake bread, the other half barely have time to shower guess which half has kids (Our schedule is above. Today I had to ...cont’d

2020-03-31

Covid-19 Diary: Wild

It’s wild that the Developed world more or less intentionally went into a medically induced coma to shut down this virus with “only” a 1–3% fatality rate. I would not have predicted this as recently ...cont’d

2020-03-30

Covid-19 Diary: third week, second weekend

Adjusting to the surreality of Social Distance Commutes. Traffic every day is like Christmas or quieter. Weird though that people are not driving any better, or more accurately any less rage-y and entitled. If anything ...cont’d

2020-03-26

Covid-19 diary: social distance

I worry that Portlanders, already prone to anxieties about personal space and body purity, are going to be psychically damaged by “social distancing.” Already I’m noticing people have stopped making eye contact, saying hello, etc. ...cont’d

2020-03-25

Covid-19 diary: bodega

So far this week I’ve made three trips to grocery stores. The first two stores were mostly well stocked except each store was missing some key item. Trader Joes had no coffee or canned tomatoes ...cont’d

2020-03-21

Covid-19 diary: outside

This post was authored on 2020-03-25 We took a family bike ride today to Powell Butte, and then up it and over it. I have ridden bikes at PB dozens of times and on the ...cont’d

2020-03-20

COVID-19 Diary: habits

@11:27 I have done 4 things that made this week much less stressful than it might have been: get up at 6:30 am & ride my bike 20mi every day scaled way back on alcohol ...cont’d

2020-03-19

COVID-19 Diary: Fortunate

@10:05 I (and my family) have been extremely fortunate so far in this crisis: I have a relatively secure contract through at least early summer my wife is home full time but doesn’t have to ...cont’d

2020-03-18

COVID-19 Diaries

Occurs to me — occurred to me a week ago? — that I should be keeping a diary of my experience during COVID-19. Daily. Consider this blog post a placeholder. I will try to update ...cont’d

2020-02-21

Freedom Machine

For the nth time in a year now I have an internal infection that’s keeping me, very specifically, off the bike. I can do most of the other things I normally do but it’s nearly ...cont’d

2020-02-05

Five percent more chill

Every morning I wrestle with this feeling that maybe people driving cars are just lazy. I’m thinking this as I ride with my kids five miles in the rain and cold to school. Depending on ...cont’d

2020-01-16

Human spaces reconceptualized for machines

Almost every day I ride through Riverplace, a lovely wide car-free path, lined with shops & apartments, opening onto the Marina, just south of downtown. But I keep encountering signs that read: PEDESTRIAN PRIORITY ZONE ...cont’d

2020-01-02

Energy → Technology → Culture

What if humanity didn’t have access to eons of solar energy stored in the form of fossil fuels? What if our technological progress were constrained entirely by the energy falling on its surface, and not ...cont’d