A Fire Ant Gazette mask? Why not? 2020 is a disaster anyway.

As you can see below, in an obvious act of shameless self-promotion, I have commissioned a limited edition run of Fire Ant Gazette masks guaranteed* to absolutely prevent the transmission of COVID-19 cooties. I’m told that the more of my face that’s covered, the better for everyone. COVID or no. OK, so when I say… Continue reading A Fire Ant Gazette mask? Why not? 2020 is a disaster anyway.

Apple Watch Fall Detection: Annoying…but effective

The golf cart/pedestrian path next to the low water crossing over Slick Rock Creek, just south of Highway 2147, hasn’t had water running over it since the October floods. Still, much of it stays wet thanks to the splashes from cars driving through the creek. Over time, if those puddles don’t dry out, moss and… Continue reading Apple Watch Fall Detection: Annoying…but effective

30 Years of Persistence

In 1985, I began keeping a spreadsheet-based log of workouts, possibly as a way of ensuring that my accounting degree wasn’t an aberration but an actual affirmation of my personality. For the next thirty years, I maintained a daily log in varying levels of detail, but I’ve never actually gone back and analyzed the results.… Continue reading 30 Years of Persistence

Getting the Old Shoulder

So, the good news is that the tumor is benign. The bad news is that my right arm will perpetually hang limply by my side like a giant knackwurst. But, I could theoretically still win the Super Bowl. *rewind* Some of the above is true. *rewind* The pain in my shoulder began last October or… Continue reading Getting the Old Shoulder

Running Thoughts

Some random observations arising from yesterday’s run… It’s amazing what a 10° difference in temperature makes. A week ago, with temps in the low 90s, I was struggling after only a couple of miles. Yesterday, I made almost five miles (I stop at 45 minutes regardless of distance) and felt good. OK, “good” is a… Continue reading Running Thoughts

First trail run of the season…or “Death in the Desert”

Most of Texas was blessed last week with some of the best rainfall we’ve had in months, and lake levels across the state reflected the results of that bounteous precipitation. However, one lake that didn’t get much benefit was Lake Travis, outside of Austin, as you can tell in the photo below. Sad, isn’t it?… Continue reading First trail run of the season…or “Death in the Desert”

My Experience as a Pawn in the Health Insurance Game

Hardly a day passes that I don’t hear a news report or see a post on social media or talk to someone who complains about the high cost of insurance and/or medical treatment. I guess I’ve been somewhat naive about the reasons, but something happened to me today that brings it into crystal clear focus. … Continue reading My Experience as a Pawn in the Health Insurance Game