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If there's one thing a cat owner can count on, it's someone getting in the way when they try to pack for a trip.

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Garrett goes to the Abbotsford Airshow every year and a few years ago I realized I should also do stuff that same weekend. Two years ago, I rented a tiny house and attempted to hike the Chain Lakes Loop trail at Mt. Baker.

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I wanted to draw some attention to Fuego Cocktail Lounge because it's a nice little bar in downtown Everett and as far as I know is currently the only place to dance at all now that the gay bar is gone. They posted about this hot wing challenge on their Facebook and I thought that'd make a great episode of Live in Everett TV.



We did it a few weeks ago, but they're a couple of weeks ahead in their production schedule, so it came out Monday.



That was quite an experience. Thankfully it wasn't a crying-while-nose-runs kind of hot, but I certainly felt as though time was speeding up and that I might not make it. One of those scary "am I about to have a coughing fit?" moments made a nice new profile picture.

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And of course I had to get a screenshot of this.

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For the last few years, our July 4th party has been pretty stressful because the Arlington Fly-in is always the weekend after the 4th of July. Garrett's always very busy with that, so devoting a few days to a party has a huge impact. And it really does take a few days. The day before is cooking and cleaning, the day of is the setup and the party itself, and the day after is cleanup and recovery. I've been asking to move our party ever since the first one. Almost everyone has July 4th plans anyway, so in addition to it being less stressful for us, it made it possible for more people to come.

August 4th happened to be a Saturday this year, and a perfect theme fell into my lap.

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Of course, I took a few liberties. It basically became a Jeff Goldblum party with a few aliens. Here's this year's prize table. I added a small fondue set that wasn't taken last year after I took this, but nobody took it this year either!

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Detail of the bigger framed art, the first prizes to be snatched up. My coworker who lives about a mile from here has two daughters who are obsessed with Jeff Goldblum right now.

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I originally planned to completely cover our spinning lawn decor with Jeff and alien heads, but decided one row of flower petals on one was enough, mainly because I couldn't find the box of paper clips I bought to attach them with. That left a lot of extra heads, which came in handy when I noticed a bunch of cat claw marks on the wall below the bathroom window. You know how cats push away from the wall as they come down to make some room for their back legs? Yeah.

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The lighting above the mirror got the same treatment.

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Strangely enough, one of the Fly-in volunteers who came to the party knows a friend of mine from high school and college! I of course had to take a photo to send to her.

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The inspirational message I left on both bathroom mirrors.

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A poster I made with The Rasterbator for outside.

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And finally, my outfit. I love putting together a terrible outfit to wear exactly once for a party. This year's was pretty expensive, so I'm sending this and a few other things to a friend who's a cosplayer and can make good use of it.

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The heat wave is over. For now.
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What a treat it was to get to the marina yesterday and find a fully cloudy sky. Can't beat it.

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I also love that it's dark out when I arrive again. Time lapses are a little better when they start that way. Especially when boats with lights go by.

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I cut today's swim at the Y a little short because a very obnoxious couple joined me in the pool. It's not a water park, and even at a water park, that much splashing and yelling would have gotten on my nerves. In a basement pool first thing in the morning? Absolutely awful. And I had earbuds in. Admission was free on Fridays in July, so I'm sure they were taking advantage of that and will never be back again.

At least the sunrise is good
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I didn't spend a lot of time at Edgewater yesterday because I had to be back for a 7am call. I always have to remind myself that a walk like 3.7 miles is actually pretty good by most people's standards even if it seems short for me. And at least that dude from Friday wasn't around.

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The little glitch in this video is maddening. I really need to get a regular Brinno again. I'll definitely do it when I don't have any credit card debt.

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It almost never happens, but I could tell watching that video that it would be good much faster, so I saved it that way, too.

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This made my day. Look closely, it landed on his head before rolling down to his back.

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Yesterday I did over 5 miles at the island and am feeling no pain at all today. I don't take this as a sign that I can stop physical therapy, though. It means that I should keep at it. I can feel new definition in my thighs and glutes, too, which is awesome.

Too bad it was such a clear morning. I left the Brinno in a spot I've never tried before, but there really wasn't anything to see. This was my first time on the island in a while since lately I've preferred to head North toward the slough, and it was lovely to see it again. Too bad I couldn't do a complete loop thanks to the overgrown trail. Same thing with the hunting trail, I didn't get very far because it wasn't worth fighting the vines.

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Since I Haven't been there in a while, I forgot the mosquito repellent. While being attacked by mosquitoes is one of the only times I'll pull my hood up, because I think I look a bit too much like something you may have seen in Zardoz if you also love bad movies.

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On the way back to the car, I realized the gate that stops people from driving North along the route I like to walk most of the time was open. This was my first time seeing it open and I really wished I'd gone that way because I bet there's a new phase of construction or something.

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Most of the year, there's not much of an overlap between night people and morning people. But in the summer, there's a little bit of one, and that's why I don't like summer. Among other reasons of course.

In fact my dislike for night people who make it all the way to morning is so strong today that I'm dictating this post while I walk. I drove down to Edgewater to walk the loop down there and there was a weird car parked where I wanted to park. So I figured I'd see if the gates at the beach were open. They were, but I think they were opened by the group of four dudes having a little party down there. I didn't really want to have anything to do with them, so I turned around and left.

I thought about parking in my old spot and walking the other beach, but changed my mind and decided to head up to the upper entrance of Japanese Gulch. It wasn't too long, though, before I realized that the weird car from the first spot was following me. I confirmed this by driving a random route through the neighborhoods.

He finally honked his horn and pulled up beside me to let me know that he was indeed following me because he thought that I was suspicious. He didn't provide much detail other than that last year there was something going on with a political campaign and he wanted to make sure nobody was up to anything.

I'm almost positive that I know which candidate he was talking about. Someone who was running for a position down there had these really stupid signs about how he had a family and his opponent didn't as though that somehow makes him more qualified for public office. Of course it wasn't too long before it came out in the news that his company was in trouble for discriminatory hiring practices, and he was the person in charge of the efforts to stop a mosque from being built there.

So yeah, when I saw that guy's signs, it was certainly tempting to kick them over. I never did though, because it seems like when a candidate is that bad it's actually better for people to get constant reminders about him.

Anyway, the guy in the weird car told me that as soon as I rolled down my window, he could see that I was trustworthy. Read into that what you will. I've chosen to read into it that he's a racist and that I look trustworthy because I'm white. This would makes sense if it's the same candidate's signs from last year that he's worried about.

So now I'm walking and talking and keeping an eye on the clock because I lost a pretty big chunk of time to all that foolishness.

On Wednesday I walked farther than I have since the plantar fasciitis set in, and it would have been a pretty great walk, but one of my shoes was defective. The back of it was digging into my heel the whole time, and I ended up with a blister which thankfully is most of the way better already. At least nothing weird happened during that walk.

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I was very much looking forward to a Sunday walk at Langus, but decided to turn my alarm off when I went to bed Saturday night and stay in. This was due to very sharp pains in very specific spots in my right shin and foot. Those lasted all day Saturday and since I had a Monday PT appointment, I figured it'd be best to wait until at least Monday to walk.

Thankfully that pain stopped after Saturday, and Sunday was a lovely time at Garrett's parents' place. Bev and I are the July birthdays and her actual birthday was yesterday.

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I didn't have a lot of time for a walk yesterday, but that was fine, because I need to be very careful about slowly increasing my distances. In fact, yesterday turned out to be only 3.8 miles, but I really felt it for the rest of the day. This impact is making it pretty easy to do my physical therapy every day. I should really be doing a lot of the exercises three times daily, but I've never managed to. Sometimes on days I go to the PT office, I get one session in at home and one there.

Maybe when we've gotten past the crisis management period at work and things are a little more normal. Twice daily plus exercise would be nice. I asked the physical therapist if I should expect to do these for the rest of my life instead and she said I should plan for that and would benefit greatly. And I believe that. My lower back hasn't been bothering me nearly as much lately even though that's not what we're focusing on. And I can't imagine what shape my feet would be in if I wasn't in PT.

Speaking of which, the podiatrist wrote a referral for therapeutic massage and said to try that after my PT sessions run out. I'm being smart about it for once and contacted my insurance company to get an idea what I'd pay. Of course they were very vague about it and said they'd cover 100% of approved visits after I meet my deductible. I'm quite a way from meeting it, though, so I replied asking them what I'd pay now.

I didn't start the search for a provider off smartly. It took me until day 2 to realize I should look in the provider directory on the insurance website instead of searching for providers around town and trying to figure out if they accept my insurance. Once I figured that out, it was nice to find lots of them in my area. We live close to all kinds of healthcare-related stuff.

Anyway, yesterday's walk. The last time I was down at Edgewater Beach I saw a new hole in the fence, presumably made by people who fish down there and lost their previous spot with a hole in the fence to ferry terminal construction. I knew it'd be a good spot for a time lapse even though it was highly visible, as long as I stayed nearby. What I worried about was people being able to walk right up and take the camera, but since it was at a dead end, I'd see them with it as they came out. And if you watch the video, you'll see I was right to worry!

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According to Snapchat, it was in the low 70s during my walk yesterday morning. Didn't seem that high since it was nice and cloudy.

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They're making great progress on this pedestrian bridge.

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I was pretty nervous all day because I made plans to meet Garret and Tyler from Live in Everett for this challenge.



Shortly after we chose when to meet there, I looked at the post on Facebook again and saw in the comment thread that they were using a sauce with a million Scoville units! And here I was on my way to eat it. On camera.

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It wasn't nearly as bad as I worried it'd be, though. Yes, my nose ran and my eyes watered, but I wasn't in a huge amount of pain or anything. There were a few times when I took a breath and almost coughed a lot, but it was never out of control. Of course I'll share the video when it's posted.

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Last summer when I went with Lisa to Jetty Island, I was surprised to learn that Garrett had never been! He's from here! So a couple of months ago, I decided that's what I wanted to do for my birthday this year. If you don't have your own boat, the free public one is only available from July 5th through Labor Day, so my birthday's right at the start of the season.

I also wanted dinner at Lombardi's, which is nearby, so I reserved passage out at 6:30 with a return trip at 9:00, the final sailing. Part of why I chose that time to come back was to see as much of the sunset from there as possible, and also to try to glimpse a cheesy water lantern launching event taking place at the next park over from the ferry dock. We were too early to see the actual launch, but we could hear the silly "inspiring" music and recorded speech snippets. That event was surprisingly crowded as far as we could tell from the boat.

My brother called on Thursday to ask what was up for my birthday. He and my sister-in-law ended up joining us for dinner so they could get out of their neighborhood, lest they be trapped in it once it was barricaded off for a huge neighborhood picnic. They hate all their neighbors and wanted nothing to do with it.

I hoped they'd try to get standby tickets for the boat and join us on the island (reservations have to be made two days in advance) but since it wasn't a sure thing, they decided to just join us for dinner. I'm glad we went as a group, that way we were able to split two appetizers and two desserts, and everyone got their own entree.

2.5 hours at the island sounded like a lot at the time I booked it, but it was nice and seemed even a little short when it came to an end. One family nearby was really quite annoying, but rather than let them ruin my time there, I just let them be a reminder that I've got a pretty great family and life.

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My physical therapist wants me to walk as much as every other day now, increasing distance over time. My last walk was 3.2 miles and I did 4 this morning! I chose Edgewater Beach because it's easy to do as little or as much as you want to there. And since I didn't do the Mukilteo side first, I parked across from the road leading to the beach. That was nice because it was shady, and since it was close, I didn't have to plan for the long walk to the car at the end.

The herons down there were very brave or maybe just tired. I've never walked so close to them so many times in a day.

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My physical therapist encouraged me to try more walks when I said I hadn't since the last one I told her about, so I decided I'd go to the marina this morning. The trip there may also be slightly related to my annoyance at not getting to swim yesterday at the Y. Nobody mentioned anything on the way in, but after I showered got my swimsuit on, I found the door to the pool locked. Guess the lifeguard was running late? I relaxed in the steam room and checked occasionally before giving up 40 minutes into his shift.

Funnily enough, the front desk dude had two chances to let me know about the situation, because the sunrise distracted me and I forgot my lock. On my second trip in, he even said, "How am I supposed to get out to see this sunrise if people keep coming in?"

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This came just after my last personal post. Nice addition to the collection, but it'll be a challenge to keep it safe from cat claws. It'll either have to be on a ceiling, or horizontal high up on a wall.

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