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Lefse Time, and a Thank You

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We were living in a snow globe today! Snow began falling in the wee hours of the morning and continued throughout the afternoon. We received about 7" (18 cm) by the time it quit. I was enjoying our mostly snowless winter but there are silver linings in this kind of weather for me as well; namely fat-biking. I was able to get out last night for a walk—my usual loop around Crystal Lake—ahead of the snow. It may be a while before I can do this walk again. It was such a peaceful couple of hours spent in upper 30º temps.  Twitter continues circling the drain under Elon Musk's leadership—I use the word "leadership" loosely. I'm a little bummed because I enjoyed the site. It was the source for a plethora of information of all shapes and sizes as well as an abundant supply of cute and heartwarming animal videos. Musk has opened it up again to the vilest voices that had previously been banned from the platform and also to accounts that spread disinformation, while at the

Election Day Thoughts

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It's like it's a party that's in its final years, trying to remain powerful but offering nothing in the way of compromise or ideas; only fear, sabotage, disinformation, and voter suppression. They're a shrinking party and they know their days are numbered so they will do whatever they have to do to not lose control. Their final act is to attempt to install a strongman in office, an authoritarian who will corrupt institutions and consolidate power—better that they figure than ever conceding to Democrats.  The number of election deniers on the ballot today should tell you something. Most GOP supporters may still believe in democracy but their party leaders have moved on. Democrats aren't perfect but they at least believe in fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power. The same cannot be said for the GOP. I would love to be wrong but I see no other explanation for what's become of the political party I once embraced.  The most important thing on the ballot to

TIME Machine and Are You Being Lied To?

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Tammy continues to make nice progress more than 3 weeks out from hip replacement surgery. She's replaced her "Herschel walker" with her "John Mc-cane". (Sorry, I can't help myself. 🤷🏽‍♂️) It's nice to have these first few weeks of her recovery behind us.  My quest to find a new road bike moved at record pace since my last update here. I stopped by Flanders Bros Cycles in South Minneapolis to chat with Adrian about a new bike build. We put together a package that was a little dizzying in price but long on quality and checked off all of my wants and then some.  I no sooner returned home from meeting with Adrian when a friend texted me about a (blemish-free) demo bike TIME had on their website—a TIME ADH 01 with Campagnolo Record 11-speed EPS (Electronic Power Shift) components and Boyd carbon fiber wheels and hubs (set up tubeless) for a little more than half the price of the package I had just put together with Adrian. I immediately shot Adrian a text:

Hip Hip Hurray and So Long, Good Friend

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Tammy went in for her 2nd hip replacement surgery on Wednesday. She had her left hip done a few years ago and now her right hip was in need of attention. It was past time, actually. She's been in so much pain from a bone spur in her hip which her doctor confirmed was clearly the source of her pain. I'm happy for her that the surgery is over and was successful. She's doing really well, too, aside from the expected toll the procedure has taken on her body. She's still on pain meds but is slowly trying to ween herself off them. She's mostly in bed but she gets up a few times a day to walk with her walker around our main level. The doctor wants her to do 6 minutes of walking with each session. I was talking with a friend last night who knows a few people who have had the surgery and all of them say they wish they hadn't waited so long to have it done. I'm sure Tammy will be echoing that sentiment. Rachel and I were back at Hyland Greens last week for 9 holes of

Rachel and Drew's Wedding Reception (#seislerforthenguyen)

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Rachel and Drew had to wait 363 days for their wedding reception but by all accounts, it was worth it. (Due to the pandemic, they felt it best to wait a year before hosting a large gathering.) It was an outdoor event and the threat of rain had us checking our phones for updates in the days and hours preceding the big event. Thankfully, lingering rain showers exited the area later in the morning and the winds quieted to a whisper, making for a really nice day/night of celebration. (Thanks to Rachel's father for the group photo.) Drew's brother Colton gave a nice speech as did Rachel's BFFL and partner in crime, Camille. I didn't get Colton's words on video but I was able to get Camille's. She did great! I put together a collection of photos from the event— here's a link .  I know I'm biased but this was by far the most fun I've had at a wedding reception. All of the planning and work that went into putting it on paid off nicely. And what a perfect

September 3rd, An Important Day of Remembrance for Me

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Yesterday was the anniversary of an important day for me. September 3rd, 2015 was easily the most significant day of my life . It was the day my mother died, the day the hearing in my left ear returned, and the day I retired.  The past 7 years have flown by at a disturbingly fast pace, leaving me with an anxious feeling about what that means for my remaining years and how they will fly by at an even faster clip. I know it's why I stay as active as I do, trying to get the most from every day given to me. Now more than ever, I cherish my life and its countless blessings and the life lessons I've learned along the way. August 29th, 2022 will be another memorable day for me going forward but for a much lesser reason than those mentioned above. It was the day I carded my first ace while golfing! I was with Steve last year when he scored a hole-in-one on the 173-yard, 6th hole at Bellwood Oaks in Hastings. I recall how I seemed to be more excited for him than he was for what he'd

I'm Still Here

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My blog has fallen victim to a very active summer and also to me not knowing how best to write about some things that are concerning to me—and so I put it off. When I say active, I'm mostly referring to time spent on my bike and to a lesser degree, time spent golfing as well as some walks thrown into the mix. I'll be reducing the amount of time spent riding in favor of more time on the links. My goal from now until the season ends is to try and golf at least 3 rounds each week. That may be a little ambitious but it's only Wednesday and I've already met my weekly goal. I don't want to neglect my riding too much because it's too easy to lose my cycling fitness and to someone in their mid-60s, form goes quickly and is more difficult to get back.  Tammy and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary at the end of July. Tammy made reservations at Jax Cafe in Northeast Minneapolis where we've had super experiences in the past but just a so-so dinner this time. It&