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Wild week

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.



Had to do a little work on the car and that always means lunch at White Lotus. Normally I get the banh hoi, my favorite dish, but I knew ahead of time that we'd have a big dinner, early, so I just ordered the small seafood pho with less noodles.

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The server at White Lotus knows that I always want banh hoi and was shocked when I said I'd have something else, but I told her we'd be eating Olive Garden takeout for dinner and she understood immediately.

Yesterday was a nice cap to a very long week. Someone let my credentials at work lapse which kept me off the corporate network for almost a week. The support alias I monitor was looked after in my absence but the very first email I got from it when I gained access again was someone following up on something that was missed.

Thursday was quite the day because I had to run training sessions at 6am, 10am, and 6:30pm. That's one of the big drawbacks of working at a global company and supporting tools everyone uses. I was pretty exhausted by the last call and didn't do nearly as well on that one, and my throat's still a little raw two days later from all the talking.

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I still managed to get out for a few nice walks. On Tuesday I wanted to see if the winter weekday closure period at Pigeon Creek Beach was done. At first I thought it was still going because the gate was locked when I got there, but the guard yelled for me as I was walking away; he just hadn't opened it for the day yet. He said the gate at the other end of the path to the beach itself would still be locked, but I did the path anyway for the distance. It's a neat walk along the port. The pictures are hard to get through the chain link fence, but I got a few.

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Steve being cute later on.

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I said previously that I was unlikely to go to Edgewater Beach much now that the path from there to Mukilteo Beach is closed for ferry terminal construction, but I was in the mood for it the next day. The loop trail there is now almost exactly half a mile, which is kinda cool for getting in the exact amount of miles you want. Strangely I don't want to go as far when it's repetitive and only did three miles.

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I really love that day's time lapse, especially the boat leaving at the end.

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Garrett's birthday was Tuesday and unfortunately I was in Redmond for meetings as well as a meet and greet with coworkers, so I didn't get home until 7:00. Knowing I'd be pretty late, I had a big steak cooking sous vide all day as well as potatoes baking in the crock pot. I picked up the present I commissioned for him on my way out of town and framed it in the garage when I got home.

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Another lovely piece by Elizabeth Person, this time of Jex, Garrett's beloved Rav4 that he drove for 21 years. I'm glad I commissioned it when I did, as Jex was gone when I got home. Garrett got himself a new car for his birthday!

I water the vertical garden on Thursdays and got some photos this week. It'd been a while and there are some new plants.

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Sam wanted in on the action.

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Yesterday I had a fairly typical walk at the marina. The sky was super clear so I didn't bother setting up a time lapse. This is one of the more impressive pieces of graffiti I've seen in a long time.

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I'm working on a piece for Live in Everett about the various boat launches around town, so I got photos of that one.

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Looks like there's some party or something happening where people dress their boats up.

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Rotary Park at the end of the Lowell Riverfront Trail has another boat launch so I stopped by on the way home.

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The third boat launch is at Langus, where I go every week. Shockingly, out of the nearly 2,300 photos I've taken there, none are of the boat launch. So I'll probably end up there tomorrow even though I said I wasn't going to.

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