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Sun(rise)day
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I don't know what the deal was yesterday, but the park was overrun with hunters. This isn't an exaggeration. The parking area they use was full except for one spot, plus there were seven vehicles parked illegally by the bridge to the island. I was also pretty sure that the boats I saw when I started out were heading out toward where I recently found a boat just before I heard gunshots coming from where they shouldn't. Because of that, I didn't take the route all the way around the perimeter that I was thinking of doing, but I still got in a good walk. And there was an amazing sunrise on the way back.

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Recharge
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Japanese Gulch is a very special place for me, and I foolishly stayed away from it for most of the summer. Not actively avoiding it, but in pursuit of time lapses at other locations with better views of the sky. Now we've reached the time of year where it's really dark when I get there, but thankfully I have a route where the light from the Boeing plant bouncing off the clouds is plenty: Up the tracks, back and forth on the access road, back down via the center. And if I feel like it, there's plenty of light on the way out to bop over to one of the side trails.

My timing yesterday couldn't have been better. The runway lights at Paine Field start at the end of the access road, and they came on just as I approached to head back down.

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Copper
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Our seventh wedding anniversary was last week, and I jumped on the Copper Anniversary as an excuse to commission some art that I've wanted for a while now. Elizabeth Person is an amazing local artist who is a fellow contributor for Live in Everett, and I knew our house would look great drawn by her. Add a frame with a copper feature, and voila!

Rendering of our house by Elizabeth Person

Check out her Etsy for lots of great stuff.

A shot in the dark
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Several, actually. This morning at the marina was one where the fall colors and the parking lot lights played together nicely. I also liked that the big train across the street was on the closer set of tracks.

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Good thinking
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Lately we've gotten into a pretty good routine where we eat twice on weekends instead of three times. That helps make up for those large portions that come at brunch and any cocktails that may appear. We went to Harvey's on Saturday and were talking about what we should have for dinner while we ate brunch, and based on what was available at home, chose burgers with macaroni and cheese. I was a little bummed because we had buns, patties, and cheese, but no lettuce, tomato, or onion. And I definitely didn't want to go to the store. Any time I go any later than 8am, I always get quite annoyed by the crowds.

But then I realized, hey, we're in a restaurant! They have those things! So I asked the bartender if it was possible to get lettuce, tomatoes, and onion to go, and she was more than happy to do that for us.

Burger fixings to go

So later on, I made burgers two ways. One had mayo, sri racha, and provolone, and the other had mustard, pickles, and extra sharp cheddar. If you're making two burgers and cutting them in half anyway, it's just silly not to make two kinds to enjoy.

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That's more like it
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In spite of all the gunshots from the hunters, it was a really nice morning over at Langus. Glad I stayed in bed almost an hour later than normal and got to enjoy more light.

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My kind of morning
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Melissa wanted to do a walk at the marina this week, and I'm usually there Tuesdays anyway, so today was perfect. It was quite dark at first, but then we were treated to a really nice sunrise.

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Frosty
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It took a while to get out of the neighborhood today because the car was iced over. After parking in the garage for almost three and a half years, I didn't even have an ice scraper. That I know of. Maybe there was one hiding under a seat. The vents in front and the defroster in back took care of the front and back windshields, and I drove to the swim center with the windows rolled partway down.

I had to get gas before my meeting on campus Wednesday, so I did that after swimming and bought an ice scraper there. It was still quite frosty in the back yard when I went to retrieve the Podo.

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That came out pretty good considering I couldn't see anything on the screen when I set it up.

Exploring
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This is definitely not the time of year to explore a new spot during my normal walking hours, but I had an opportunity to go later yesterday while Garrett had a meeting.

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Happy to report
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I'm happy to report that the area at Langus that was closed off for a while for salmon habitat construction is open again. I had an interesting time walking around there in the dark recently, because so much has changed in the lower-elevation part. I had to look at my path in MapMyRun to find my way out! Next time I go, I'll check the path that's sometimes amazing and sometimes overgrown.

I'm happy to report that we got trick-or-treaters last night! A group of six came to the door, two adults and four kids. They all got candy, except the poor guy with the peanut allergy. Turns out it's pretty easy to have three kinds all with peanuts. We only ever had one trick-or-treater before, so that was cool.

I'm happy to report that there's a hidden trail I haven't explored in Everett! Someone shared a photo from it with Live in Everett's hashtag on Instagram, and it ended up in the blog's monthly photo roundup post. After examining the map, I had an idea of where to get on it, but I wanted to hear from the person who posted it so I didn't waste any time lurking around. I sent her a message but she didn't seem to notice it, so I commented on the post itself, and she answered right away. I'm almost positive I've been right by the upper entrance. Will probably go explore on Saturday while Garrett has a meeting.

And I'm happy to report that we had clouds today after quite a few clear days.


Are you ready for Halloween?
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It's time to get spoopy. I put up a few decorations and will leave the grow lights on in my room so it glows purple. That's it. We had exactly one trick-or-treater in the first two years here and didn't even try last year, but we're hoping to at least get a visit from our next-door neighbors tonight. Our contractor said he'd like to work late today, maybe he'll cut tiles and make it sound like a scary evil dentist.

The Three D's
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Drag queens, Dinner, and Duvall!

I can't remember exactly how the subject originally came up, but my friend Georgia had mentioned that she'd like to see the drag show at Flavour Bistro in Duvall. I wanted to go as well, not just because drag shows are fun, but also because the chef and owner of the restaurant used to own one of our old favorite restaurants in Seattle. We even had our wedding reception there. Flavour Bistro is relatively new, and Georgia had seen the show at Chef Sean's last restaurant in Fall City, which we'd never made it to. Our friend Christina was down for a drag show, so a couple of months ago, I made a reservation. It happens once a month and sells out every time, so planning ahead is required.

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A nap sounds nice (schmupdate)
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After a few unsuccessful attempts recently, I finally got a new time lapse of the cats napping. It's a heated floor, so you'd think they'd be there every day, but one of their favorite spots is on the dining room chairs, just out of frame.



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"We'll take it."
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I wish commercials were on IMDb. I hate when I can't place someone from a commercial. Thankfully while typing this I realized that the guy who finds the hidden man cave next to the kitchen in the VW commercial is either Wes Bentley or a dude who looks enough like him that the glow from the man cave in his eyes is reminding me of the light from the TV when Ricky Fitts shows the video of the most beautiful thing he ever saw, which was a plastic bag swirling around in the wind.
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If a tree falls in the forest
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Lately I really like to find a cabin and walk or hike somewhere new when Garrett has other plans. He and Claire went to the Depeche Mode concert on Saturday in Seattle, and I decided to get a place to stay on Whidbey Island. From the ferry as I left Mukilteo, I got a nice view of the tank farm and Edgewater Beach.

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