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Dramatic skies
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There used to be a sign for a snack bar at the marina that you pass on your way to Langus Riverfront Park and Spencer Island. I wanted to eat there yesterday as part of my research for a post I'm planning to submit to a local blog, but when I got there, I couldn't find one. I distinctly remember hot dogs being listed on that sign, and that was the bare minimum I was looking for. You can buy cold drinks and a few things like chips and beef jerky at one of the marine shops, and the marina office has some vending machines, but those don't really fit the bill. On the way out, I confirmed, the sign's gone. Oh well. The sky was pretty amazing.

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Fantastic Followups
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Years ago I noticed that a few of my favorite songs were singles released next after that band's signature hit. Songs I prefer to those hits. But of course I never sat down to compile a list. I decided to today after susandennis mentioned the show/idiom The Life of Riley, which happens to be one of the examples I thought of. But I'm surprised I could only think of four when I set out to try. Maybe you can think of some? It's a matter of taste, of course, otherwise the ones in column three would have been even bigger hits.




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Better Followup
Urge Overkill Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon   Positive Bleeding
Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer Big Time
Fastball The Way Fire Escape
Lightening Seeds   Pure The Life of Riley

Early and dark
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I was wide awake at 2:00 today but that's far too early to give up and get out of bed. Lots of people stay up that late! I watched a little TV and maybe got another hour of sleep, tops. I felt pretty refreshed at 4:00 when the alarm went off, though so I was up and out nice and early after I had my first cup of coffee. Even though it was raining quite a bit, I was still in the mood for the marina.

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Just a little too late
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When I was in the pool this morning, the sky to the South was really purple, or at least looked that way. I'm curious if those windows are tinted. The bright orange sunlight broke shined through a gap between the mountains and the clouds, and lit woods next to the building brilliantly. Zoey, the swim center cat, sat tall and proud on one of the lifeguard chairs, keeping an eye on everything.

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In the thick of it
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I noticed before leaving the house that there was a very thick fog enveloping the neighborhood, and I briefly thought about going to Lowell just in case it was more foggy than Langus, but I wanted to get my distance in, so I headed North, as usual. It was a shockingly thick fog, making it impossible to see more than a block or two. That stresses a lot of people out, but it's never bothered me. If there's no danger of sliding around on the road, I'm fine with having to focus and slow down a bit. A couple of blocks before the end of Broadway, I was suddenly out of it. There was no transition at all, it was like driving through a curtain. It bummed me out a bit, because I worried it wouldn't be foggy during the walk, but I always forget that to get there, I have to go really far North and then double back. There was plenty of fog the entire walk.

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Fri(end)day
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Yesterday was just lovely. Since I skipped the Thursday walk, I went to my normal spot yesterday because it just doesn't seem like a complete week if I don't go down to the tank farm. I always love this accidental plaid pattern caused by the shadows on the fence between the train station parking lot and the tracks.

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CATURDAY
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Wednesday Night Fever
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Sometimes I wonder if working from home is bad for immunity. I'm rarely in any sort of crowd. Even regular crowded places like grocery stores, I try to hit in the morning when they're empty.

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Owning a body is so much work
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I found two-layer socks years ago and have mostly avoided getting blisters during my walks, and am thankful for that. My feet are still a bit worse for the wear, though. The callouses haven't bothered me until recently, but I got a crack on the side of my foot that just wouldn't heal up. It never hurt while walking, but being barefoot at home wasn't very comfortable.

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Dramatic
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I wasn't in the mood for the marina this morning, and didn't even have a reason why when I got in the car. But it was raining as I pulled out of the garage, and that's reason enough. It's not a place where you have to worry about flooding like Lowell, but it can get really blustery and miserable. I also knew that I'd have a lot of testing to do today, and that it wouldn't be ready for me to start right away, so I figured I'd stay out longer than normal. Tomorrow will be another long day with meetings at the office and lots of traffic, so I certainly wasn't in a hurry to get back home today.

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Swimming along
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Had another nice Monday morning swim. I really love that our neighborhood has such a great swim center and that I can swim so cheaply. And it's also the cheapest swim available for me. Adults pay $4.25, but I buy a punch card, which is ten for the price of nine, $38.25. Not sure why I never thought to post the video about it that I checked out before going the first time.

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FunDay
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Walking for me is mainly a solitary activity, but if someone wants to come along, I always say yes. It doesn't happen very often because I go out so early. My friend Melissa asked if she could come along today and we had a great time. I didn't stop for many pictures or videos, though, because I think it's a little rude to be constantly stopping. I got this one while she was in a portapotty. :)

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CATURDAY
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Gimme dat CA$H
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I was one number off from the jackpot in Lotto this week. I’ve never been so close to being a millionaire before, that I know of.

I’ve chosen to believe it wasn’t my time, and that if I ever win, it’ll be way more than the current prize, which is $2.9 million, or $1.4 million if you take the cash option.

The prize for five out of six numbers is $1,000 and I just made a nice big credit card payment with that. I’ve been carrying more of a balance than I care to since I started my current tattoo, and this money’s getting me very close to debt free again.

Except for that pesky mortgage.

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Silence and surprises
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Went down for my typical Thursday at the tank farm and was surprised after I made my first lap to find a bus sitting at the train station.

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Lights out
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I've mentioned before how much it annoys me that there are burnt-out letters on the hotel signs down at the waterfront and decided yesterday to finally document the sorry state of things. Before I even started that, I noticed that the little fake lighthouse wasn't even on. Strange morning.

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Addendum
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One thing I forgot to mention in the post about Saturday's walk was that the day had a theme: people in the street. One couple walked in the road on the way to the beach.

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I took a loop down to Howarth Park so I could see the progress over at the Lion House and found these joggers going the opposite way. I wouldn't have minded so much if they were all on the same side, but it felt weird to go through the middle. Like a field goal.

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Don't worry, that's a screen grab from my dash cam footage. One thing it didn't catch was a cool surprise over at the Lion House. They've got the lions from the driveway! At least, I assume it's the same lions because their paws are all smashed up. The property is nowhere near as big so the lions are slightly out of scale, but they still look nice.

Monday Mud-Day
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Nothing really jumped out at me on the map when I looked at Edmonds last night, so I got on the WTA map to look around. Check that map out and you'll see why Washington is such a great place for hiking. I noticed a few icons on Camano Island and decided to give it a shot. I'd only ever been there once, on a pretty bad date back in early 2008. Thankfully I met Garrett ten months later and never had to go on any more stupid first dates. The plan was to check out two state parks, Camano Island State Park and Cama Beach State Park, perhaps even walking from one to the other. But while I was buying my parking pass online, I checked the hours, and supposedly in the winter, they open at 8am. So I started out on the other side of the island, at the Iverson Trail Reserve. I have no idea why the name sometimes includes the word Spit and sometimes doesn't.

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Weekendin'
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I don't normally walk on Saturdays as it's my one designated day off from exercise each week. This started back when Fashion Police was on every week and we watched it Saturday morning. Since we had been on vacation all week, Garrett suggested I should take a walk yesterday if I wanted to, and that sounded like a good idea. Since it was Saturday and there were no commuters or commuter trains, I decided to finally take a closer look at the train station. It was a bit surprising to find the elevators were unlocked.

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CATURDAY
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Back to reality
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Yesterday was mostly a travel day. It'd be hard to describe it as "brutal" because I've flown to India and back, but it was hard. They couldn't seem to get a gate for our plane leaving Mexico, and we left an hour or so late after being shuffled all the way across the terminal. That hour was a big chunk out of our layover in LAX, which had a huge impact because we flew into a terminal with no international arrivals area, so they bussed us across the airport, then we had to walk back across (outside, due to construction) to get to the gate for the Seattle flight. We got there with plenty of time to spare, but we arrived sweaty and exhausted, and much of the plane's functions weren't working while it was on the ground, so we were warm and sweaty, with no bathrooms, until we got to 10,000 feet.

Otherwise, the flights were nice. We flew first class every leg this trip, so I got to watch Bridget Jones' Baby, which I might have taken a while to get around to otherwise, and Nerve, which I really wanted to see. The meals were good, and so was the tequila, though they never seem to bring enough of that.

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