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Wrapping up
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My heel isn't all the way better, but with a bandage on it this morning, a walk was totally fine. I wanted a morning at the tank farm and wasn't going to let some stupid scab stop me. This isn't a great picture of the crane thing down there, but I wanted to compare it to other shots to figure out why it was so much darker. Downtown was fogged in, for one, but there's definitely some lights off as well.

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Yesterday I ran out of Netflix DVDs, as well as stuff on the DVR that only I watch, so I decided to finally start whittling down my ever-expanding "watch later" playlist on YouTube. A while back, I realized I never really liked stopping everything to watch videos longer than a minute or so on the laptop, and started just adding to the list and watching every once in a while. But I inevitably fell behind on regular watching, and have been adding tons of old weird movies I can't find anywhere but YouTube to the list. It's huge now. I took a nice dent out of it yesterday, including the TV movie Death Car on the Freeway. I think that one was from another source of the backlog: YouTube itself. The more stuff you watch on there, the better the suggestions get, so I've added even more weird movies I've never heard of before.

It's just too bad the recordings aren't higher quality. Can't win 'em all.

I thought to mention it because I'm currently on my last item on the DVR, Throwing Shade. It's been one of my favorite podcasts for years and it's such a relief that the TV version is great. I worried a lot that it wouldn't translate well, but they've done a great job.

With our vacation coming up, I'm in the middle of all the normal challenges. Stop buying food and eat up all the fresh stuff. Time laundry just right. Clean the house and hope the cats don't immediately puke. Find the ointment you need that's already packed.

Today's swim was completely unremarkable, but no news is good news.

I noticed in TimeHop that three years ago today was the day we announced that we were moving from Seattle to Everett. There was also a picture of the kitchen at the apartment we had for a while, so I'm pretty sure it was the day we picked up the keys.

My phone's operating system updated this morning. I already noticed one neat change. The "back" icon rotates to point downward when the keyboard's onscreen, to indicate that it'll tuck it away if you press it. That's actually a cool change, because in some stuff like Snapchat, it's easy to worry that you might back out of the screen you're on and lose it forever.

The main problem with Presidents' Day
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This song gets majorly stuck in my head every year. Especially yesterday because I didn't feel like using my mp3 player on the trail.



Don't let the 2013 date on the video fool you, that song was on an album in 1999 and I've had an mp3 since 2002 or so. I was definitely marching to it all morning yesterday. The good news is that with proper socks and a bandage, my heel didn't get any worse, but it's getting a break. I was back at my swim center today and I'll be there tomorrow. Not sure what to do about Thursday since that's not a day I like to go to my pool. Maybe one last visit to the tank farm before vacation.

As nice as the sauna and steam room at the Y are, they keep them both very hot and it was nice to be back in my regular sauna, which is finally fixed.

Got a nice fresh haircut today. No picture right now because I don't feel like putting any pomade in. Sometimes this cut looks good with no products applied, but not when it's as clean as it is right now.

Currently I'm working on my "Watch Later" playlist on YouTube. Now playing is Stone Cold, the 1991 Brian Bosworth movie. It's really something.

Boulder-dash
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I like to take office holidays as opportunities to drive further out from home for a hike. Thankfully the Washington Trails Association has a really great website with an interactive map, and people submit trip reports constantly so you can find out what the current conditions are, within a few days. I wasn't in the mood for anything too difficult, and Boulder River Trail sounded good. It's only four miles long, and people consider it to be a pretty easy hike.

I always forget how annoying the drives out to these places can be. It's not so bad for the first hour on the highways, but the last four miles on the gravel roads felt like another hour because of all the potholes. You just can't go very fast at all. It was still pretty dark when I got to the parking area, so I waited a few minutes before heading out.

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Catchemups
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Friday was surprising. I mainly went to the YMCA because the sauna's been broken at my pool for a while, and they have a sauna and steam room. What I wasn't expecting was for my swim to be such a major workout. The deepest part of their pool is five feet, which didn't allow me to tread water upright, so for the entire hour, I tried various bends and twists to allow me to fit in the limited depth. That lead to my arms and legs often working against each other, which is much harder than my whole body working together to stay upright in the water. My watch recorded double the amount of "steps" during the hour in the pool, which was neat. It became an opportunity to flex and stretch my back, and I'm very happy for that because I haven't really noticed any lower back pain in the two days since.

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I shouldn't second guess myself so much
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More swimming today so my poor heel doesn't hate me. It seemed like there were a lot of cars at the pool, so I thought maybe if that swim team was around, I should go to the Y and buy a day pass. But I looked in the window and just the normal crowd was there. Then I got to the front door and the sign about the sauna being repaired was still up. I thought, since I'm already here, I'll just stay.

I wasn't there long before the team showed up, though. Thankfully they've had some attrition and they don't take up the entire width of the pool, so I was able to keep my corner and a couple of other people were able to go back and forth on the other side of the deep end. Even though they never ran into me like last time, it still wasn't great sharing the pool. They make the water much choppier and splash a lot as they go by, so there was lots of water in the eyes and up the nose. Oh well, I got my hour in.

I might go to the Y tomorrow. It's more expensive and the pool isn't as deep, but I'd really like to finally get some sauna time. And, while it was broken when I went last time, they also have a steam room. And they open an hour earlier than my pool. I'm not committed to anything, though. Maybe even a walk? If I wait until Sunday to walk that's more time to heal, and I've got Monday off and would like to do a bigger walk or hike then. A swim tomorrow would be smart.

Good timing, bad timing, forgotten items
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I wanted to give my heel a break today, and thankfully my tattoo is healed pretty well so I could go to the pool this morning. Unfortunately, the sauna was closed for repairs. I was really looking forward to it. I spent a bit of time in the hot tub, but that's just not the same. There was a guy in it with the bubbles off when I got there, and I didn't ask about turning them on because another guy has said that the bubbles cool it down. Makes sense if it's not hot air being blown. Anyway, the water was still and for a second I thought the other dude was naked because wore a light pair of trunks and the reflection of his torso lined up with them. But I figured it out pretty quickly.

I went to Dollar Tree on my way home because I forgot the only thing I was specifically after when I went last time. They sell really nice packs of colored tissue paper, 24 sheets per pack. I use it to wrap up air plants when I ship them and in the top of gift bags. I don't blame myself for forgetting last time. Just as Barbara and I pulled up that day, an older gentleman walking out of Rite-Aid next door fell on the sidewalk. Some women helped him immediately, and by the time I came out of Dollar Tree and Barbara came out of Rite-Aid, there was already a fire truck and ambulance. The fire truck was blocking us in, but we still had to go to Staples, and that took long enough that we only had to wait a couple of minutes to get out.

It took me a while to find the tissue today as my first pack was from another location and the layout was different. I checked crafts, floral, and everything else, then finally found it by the gift wrap and cards. I hoped to find some swim goggles because my cheap pair broke and I don't want to wear out my nicer pair since I'm not even wearing them on my eyes. They're just around my neck for my iPod to clip onto while I tread water. I tried to quickly make a bead chain to use temporarily because I know they get rusty, but I couldn't find my bag of clasps.

But I see that replacements for the ones that broke are $4.99 on Amazon. Ordered.

The recent snow and wind took lots of branches off the biggest tree in our back yard. I was about to clean up the yard myself, but the branches were too big to fit in our yard waste bin. Our yard guy is here now taking care of that as well as cleaning the moss off the driveway and any that might be on the roof, plus adding the annual roof moss treatment to prevent it, and cleaning the skylights. Those have never been cleaned since we moved in, so that will be nice.

Ouch
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I'll just get the "last" part of this post out of the way first so it can be behind its own cut if you don't want to see it. I cut today's walk a bit short because of yesterday's, during which I wore brand new shoes with bootie socks. I normally wear ankle socks and the booties left my achilles tendon area exposed, and on the right side, it got rubbed off. I could have gone a little further than I did because the pain went away, but I figured that was because the nerves were just worn out from trying to get me to stop.

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In spite of the pain today, I was really happy because winter's dark grip is finally letting up. According to the internet, sunrise today was at 7:16, but it was already this bright at 6:33.

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Scoutin'
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There's another guy I run into all the time when I go to the tank farm. He walks the opposite direction, about half as fast as me, so we see each other over and over. I started to wonder if he's there every day or just one day a week like me, so I decided to go down there today instead of waiting until Thursday. It'd also been a while, so it was nice to go there. One of the first things I saw was this public notice for a meeting about the new ferry terminal. Looks like the tank farm's days are numbered.

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Good sunrise in spite of grey
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I had a really easy time picking my car up on Friday. Liz texted me when it was almost ready and I got dressed, walked down to the Swift bus stop, hopped on, got off about a mile from the shop, and walked the rest of the way. 45 minutes from text message to arrival, which was pretty great.

We specifically marked this weekend in the calendar as one to have no plans, so we watched a lot of TV Friday evening and yesterday. This morning I woke up about 90 minutes early, but stayed in bed until almost 4:30. Even though I got a late start on my walk, it was still quite dark when I got to the park.

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Normally I go to the tank farm on Thursdays but lately every time I go, there's exactly one other dude there, and he walks the opposite direction I do, slower, so we walk past each other a lot. This morning, I wondered, does he go every weekday? Just Thursday? Tuesday/Thursday? So I figured I'd try going down there tomorrow and would do Lowell today. It's been a while since I was there, and I wasn't feeling all that great this morning anyway, so it made sense to go somewhere closer.

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Back at it
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Even though our yard still has tons of snow, the roads were nice and clear this morning. It was so nice to get out to the marina for my first walk since Sunday, even though the cloud cover was solid and boring to look at. The lack of good photo opportunities made me finally remember to snap a photo of the yacht club to remind myself to check Facebook to see what the inside looks like. Nothing super special, but it's nice. At some point soon, it'll be torn down to make way for a new hotel.

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Day 2
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As I suspected, a branch came down off that tree yesterday.

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Snow
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No walk for me today.

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One spot, two walks
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I wanted to hit the tank farm on Friday, but there was a light dusting of snow overnight and I figured it'd be better to walk the gravel roads at Langus than go anywhere paved.

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Went to the pool again today because I wanted to go to WinCo this morning and it's so easy to go straight there from the swim center. No need to go home, shower, get dressed, and head out again.



Today's the second time I did something really dumb there, but I'm glad I did, because I figured out what went wrong. They only take cash, debit, and checks, so their self-check stations are a good place to get some cash. I really only need $5 at a time for lottery tickets, and ATMs only give out $20 bills, but the self-check has all denominations. I accidentally hit "enter" instead of zero, though, so I got a nickel in cash back instead of $5. But last time I had no idea why the machine jumped to finish the transaction two numbers early and I see now that it was my fault. :)

A request to test and retest something came in at around 11:00, which was just about as late as it could be because I had an appointment to take my car in for an oil change, and had to leave at noon. But everything worked out perfectly and I was out the door right on time. Of course I drove right by the shop the first time and had to go another mile or so out of my way, but that was fine because they were running behind a bit. My former coworker bought the shop about eight months ago, and gave me a free Car Care Club membership, so today's oil change was free, so when we went out to lunch, I paid.

She got a text from her crew saying I need new brake pads, which I figured, and a new power steering fluid pump, which I had no clue about. They were almost able to do that for me today, but they had to wait on a part and I didn't want to hang out until 4pm, so I'll be back on Wednesday. Her husband wasn't able to join us for lunch today, so he and I will go that day while she watches the shop.

It's not going to be terribly expensive, and I certainly can't complain because we got the car for free and haven't had to put too much money into it, but of course I wish I didn't have the expense right now. Not that there's ever a right time.

Tomorrow's my next tattoo appointment, and the shop posted on Facebook today that they're set up for piercing now as well. Tomorrow's not the right time for that, though, so it'll wait until my next tattoo appointment. Too bad, since they're having a 20% off sale, but I'd rather not be healing that when we head off on vacation.

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For a few years in college, I went dancing every Friday and Saturday night. At the time, there really wasn't much else for a young single gay man to do in order to meet people. The first few months, I went to Albuquerque Mining Company with my friend Jennifer, but that place suddenly became a ghost town when the new club, Pulse, opened. So we went there. Eventually, Shannon (cattycritic) started coming along, and Jennifer stopped, and Shannon and I settled into a very regular routine. She lived closer to the club than I did, so I drove up to her place, used a lint brush to get the hair from her very white cat off her very dark outfits, and then we were off. We'd get to the club right when it opened at 9:00 and enjoy two discounted drinks each in the hour before the music started, then dance straight through drinking water until they closed at 2:00. We probably only missed a handful of Saturdays and Sundays during a two-year period.

The music was great, aside from the weird TV show theme remixes and the seemingly-endless supply of different remixes of "Missing" by Everything but the Girl. In the years since then, I managed to get most of the songs I liked that we used to hear all the time, but today I heard one I'd forgotten all about. I'm working my way backward through the Lip Locked podcasts by Anna Kiss, and in episode 330 she played this one.



What a treat. I can't hear it without a very vivid image of the Pulse dance floor and Shannon and I yelling along. Ever get nostalgia-related goosebumps while swimming? It's a neat feeling.

Later on in the show, there was a short bit of heavily distorted vocal samples from this track, which is a favorite from my rave days. Funnily enough, I associate it mostly with a party where my friend Nancy and I just heard a few seconds of it as we passed through a tent on our way to find somewhere to sit since she wasn't feeling well. She kept apologizing for being a party pooper but I was having just as much fun sitting around talking as I would have if we were down in the crowd.



It's been a busy and productive day, and I'm pretty tired because I fell asleep without my CPAP on for the first few hours. It's amazing how much of a difference that makes. I'd lay down for a nap, but I looked at the calendar this morning and realized I should get a haircut today and another one right before our vacation, so I texted Brenda and got today's 3pm appointment.

Foiled again
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This morning I drove out to a spot where I sometimes park near the Boeing Recreation Center. It's near the Northeast entrance to Japanese Gulch, and parking there's a nice way to walk around at the top of the East side without having to actually climb up. Another option is to walk the long, steep streets that lead there for a really challenging climb. You start at a high point and go down, then back up, so there are two huge climbs if you go really far, or just one if you turn back at the bottom. My plan was to go quite far so I could see the spot where a car recently jumped a curb and killed a pedestrian. I already know from driving by that there's nothing particularly challenging about that spot, so it'll be interesting to hear the excuse given.

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