Category Archives: Random Observations

Thankful for the Rain

All morning I’ve listened to the pattering of my keyboard caused by  my fingers furiously pounding out a proposal.  I’m at 23 pages and still going.  This is why the company pays me; writing proposals, creating miracles on Excel spreadsheets, and magically predicting … Continue reading

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Christmas, Coffee, and Experience

Yesterday, I was reminded of something I always heard, but never heeded.  When brewing coffee in a French Press, there are temperature and timing requirements. My first true exposure to coffee brewing was watching a friend carefully grind his beans, lovingly … Continue reading

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The Alternative to Working Out

Yesterday’s run was horrible.  After two miles, my legs felt weak and I began to dream of food.  I bonked.  So today, I’m taking it easy with a new kind of workout.  Only this workout evolved into the most painful thing I’ve … Continue reading

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Watching The Heavens Speak

When my work project scheduled a trip to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in February, I had mixed feelings.  Isn’t this place so cold that people die?  What is it, -100 degrees in the winter?  My client assured me that people do live … Continue reading

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Racing Jonas

Every race begins with a sleepless night, an early morning alarm, and rising anxiety about how it will finish.   I’m usually confident that I’ll cross the finish line — it’s really a matter of when. I didn’t know I … Continue reading

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Turning Around in Roseville

Every business trip creates an opportunity for a new scenic run. Unfortunately, an early sunset and a mild chest cold mean I plan on staying indoors on this trip to Roseville (that’s near Sacramento, California). Now, I’m back at the hotel just before 4PM because … Continue reading

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Better Than Running

Most people think business travel is glamorous — exotic places, fine dining, and airline status.  On these points, I agree.  I’ve been to Sydney, Amsterdam, and Orlando (if you’re a Disney fan, this too is exotic), eaten amazing meals, and taken … Continue reading

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