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Exploring again
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On Thursday I climbed up the East side of the gulch for the first time in ages. It was nice to climb again as I've been spending most of my time in flat spots and it's good to keep the strength up. I need to do it at least once a week, I think. It was unusually foggy that day.

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In the scramble when my account at work was locked my boss invited me via an alternate email address to tons of meetings this week and last. A bunch this week were canceled on my original account and I hadn't really given it a lot of thought until I looked at the calendar this morning and saw this week was almost completely empty. That didn't seem right, so I went to the alternate account and--whoops--found a whole week of meetings that I needed to forward to my main account. I think I missed one meeting today, and I got into the next one ten minutes late.

Not really a big deal, these are planning meetings with various stakeholders and I'm really just there so I have a little context later on when the time comes for me to test each item out.

We had a meeting this afternoon, but the attendees noted that they weren't really the right people to be on the call, so we wrapped it up. I decided to use the time to finally watch the final episode of Travelers, which was really great. I'm bummed that it's canceled but glad it got a nice finale. Now that I'm finished with that and caught up on The OA, it's back to The Magicians.

Had a good walk at the marina this morning. I was about to set up a time lapse facing West looking out into the sound, but there were more boats at the dock than I expected, and I noticed the sky to the East looked really neat. So I walked out onto the dock and set it up facing East. No clue why I'd never tried this spot before, it's really great.

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Wild week
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The blog post about Banh Meetup 2 finally published so I printed it out to take to the winners along with their trophy. I just wanted something for them to read in case they hadn't already heard about it. They had, though, and they were stoked.

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I had two trophies made this year, one for them and one for Bluewater who provided the cocktails. Theirs was for MVP.

Funnily enough, I had lunch at a different Vietnamese restaurant for lunch.

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Mosquito season begins
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It was very nice to get back to Langus today, but I think I should do Japanese Gulch the next couple of Sundays. There are just too many mosquitoes right now, and they're still unpleasant to be around even if you've sprayed yourself with repellent beforehand. It was beautiful, though.

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Some ink and a kludge
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I mentioned to Jimmy a while back that I'd like to add to my feet each time I'm there for the big back project. That's all he and I ended up doing yesterday, though, probably because he wasn't feeling great. My original plan was to add more bottles alongside the Zima one but he wanted to be able to do more detail, so we went with logos instead.

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The Abbath kewpie on the right is from Madi's new sheet of kewpies and she posted it specifically on her Instagram story saying she really wanted to do it, so I volunteered.



She's still doing almost-free tattoos at $20 a pop and it made me laugh, so I said I'd take it. Threw a $100 her way so she'd have a nice tip. I imagine apprenticing means you don't have a ton of money for a while.

Another type of artist I'm hoping to throw some money at is a woodworker/furniture builder. Sam really annoys me by using my end table as his path to join me on the love seat. He could just as easily jump straight up on the foot rest or the arm, but no, he has to come via the spot where my food and drinks go. So annoying. For years now I've wanted a custom end table to stop him. My perfect end table would have a glass wall on three sides, and a second surface higher up so my laptop would be safe from any spilled drinks. for now, I'm accomplishing the same thing with some cardboard and a TV tray.

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Why did I finally build this monstrosity? Because Sam was on the end table and all I wanted was to put my dinner and water down and he wouldn't move. When I tried to nudge him, he flopped instead of moving, sending remote controls and other items crashing down. I can't remember the last time I was quite so mad, so the next day I finally reached out to a furniture builder and did a little building of my own in the meantime.

It's been several days and I haven't heard back. I got several referrals on Facebook and that was only the first one, so I guess I'll just work my way down the list until I get a bite.

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This year I decided to do a blog post on Live in Everett to go along with the video for Banh Meetup 2, and hoped it'd be up by the time we got back so I could post them together. It's not up yet, so I'll just share the video for now.



The party was really great, and I can now share that we had an exciting partnership with Bluewater Organic Distilling, who provided cocktails! This was a really big win for me and I was so thrilled they said they'd do it, I was emboldened to approach lots of other people and businesses about this party and the gay bingo event we did.

After all that, I took a very necessary break and vacation. We had a great time in Los Angeles, which I liked a lot more than I thought I would.

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No SchadenFriday/Caturday next week
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We usually take a vacation late February/early March and due to various circumstances, it’s two months late this year. Plus these last couple of months have been my busiest in a long time. I’m starting my vacation Wednesday with an afternoon at the Korean spa and am releasing myself from all obligations that aren’t directly related to vacation for a full week after that.

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It's been an extremely busy couple of weeks for me, both at work and because last night was Banh Meetup 2, the second installment of my banh mi tasting party for Live in Everett. We had maybe twice as many people over as last year, so I'm really glad I was able to recruit a lot of volunteer help. All of the sandwiches were picked up for me and Bluewater Organic Distilling was here serving up two craft cocktails they created just for us! There will be a Live in Everett TV episode and I'll write a post for the blog, but for now I'll share this great time lapse of the kitchen and dining room. I love how it shows the entire party including a little bit of teardown.


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Took my second trip out to Ebey Waterfront Trail on Sunday after my Live in Everett blog post about it published Thursday. I said last fall that I'd be back with Happy Trails to You in the spring, and that piece marks the spring return. So now I need to write some more of those.

I decided the previous week after barely making it to Langus in time to catch the sunrise that I'd get up at 4:30 instead of 5:00 for now on Sundays, but I woke up at 4:00 without an alarm. Ebey isn't as remote as Langus and I'm not comfortable showing up there when it's pitch black out, so I drove around for a bit on the way there. It was weird to see Marysville in the dark for the first time.

The titular first was my first time lapse there. This one's pretty subdued but I think that spot will be nice.

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Tattoo plan
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I got a second Starheadboy tattoo on my foot I'll share when it's healed. We got a pretty decent picture of Q-bert and Coily before it got too bloody. The red area is shiny because we touched that up.

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I was also in the shop Friday to get a tattoo from Madi, the shop apprentice. I don't know if this is customary for all shops, but they had her draw up some flash designs and let people get them for free. I really like her and was super excited to be among her first clients, but we decided to wait a bit so I'd have my appointments close together and not miss out on extra time in the pool. By the time yesterday came around, she had to start charging $20 per tattoo just to cover the supplies since so many people got tattoos from her. She'd lost track but I was number 40-something in less than a month! I was more than happy to pay it and also tipped her $60.

There was really only one tattoo in these sheets that I wanted. Can you guess it without scrolling down?

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It's also the first tattoo she ever did, on Jimmy, the shop owner and my main artist. Pretty awesome that we have matching tattoos now.

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Kinda wish I'd asked to keep this but at least I got a good photo.

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I've got the rest of my tattoos planned out. Subject to change, of course:

Right arm: great blue heron sleeve, might try to incorporate water or something on the lower part since the seahorse is there.
Right leg: TRON sleeve
Right foot: Possibly more Starheadboy pals
Left foot: Nostalgia bottles (Clearly Canadian, Orbitz, Crystal Pepsi)
Left leg: No theme, just a place to put everything else.

I wish fingers took tattoos better. My ideal tribute tattoo for my dad would be a ring if they did. Is it considered a tribute if they're still alive? He's still alive.

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Double exposure part deux
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My alarm is set for 4am on weekdays and I don't set one on Saturday. All winter, I had my Sunday alarm at 5am, and it's now time to get up earlier. There was little time to spare when I set my cameras up yesterday, so now that alarm is set for 4:30.

The subject matter for my second camera comparison was pretty great! Too bad I screwed up. Here's the Podo.



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