4/5/11

Greetings from another overcast day in Portland…

The weather is slowly starting to improve. The temps over the past weekend made it into the 70’s for a brief period of time. The temps routinely get into the 50’s and 60’s but it continues to be wet. It’s easier to list the days it did not rain (last Friday afternoon and during the day on Sunday). The constant wet weather is starting to get to me – starting to crave sitting outside in the full sun….

On Sunday we went for a long-ish bike ride on the Spring Water Bike Path. It was in the 50’s with a cool breeze, but it was ‘just fine’. The path was really nice with a nice new smooth asphalt surface. The path was a little rolling – up for awhile, then down, then up…. John has many rules when we ride together – the most important one is that he is “the pack leader” and I’m not allowed to pass him – so I ride at least 20 feel behind him… not allowed to tail-gate…. So much fun….. not really…. but did enjoy being outside…

Last night was the last ice skating class of the semester. Teacher had us go through the various techniques we needed to know for level 2 and level 3. It was determined that I’m at level 2.5. At the end of each class I can look back and see real progress. At the end of this semester I can now say that I can skate backwards. Signed up for another 7 week session that starts next week… Not sure which instructor I will have… they don’t know until next week themselves…..

My work week has been very busy… have several projects that are very active and need lots of attention. The largest project is part of a larger company wide project and needs to be completed sooner then later… been trying to get it ready for testing this week. With some luck will have it all set tomorrow…. unless one of the smaller projects needs a significant amount of attention. Ended up staying an hour later tonight to work on it… will be able to take off hour earlier on Friday…

The cycling clothes I ordered last week arrived today. Everything was as expected – baggy shorts, shirt and gel gloves… Got John cycling bib shorts, but he refuses to wear them… they have built in butt padding… so thought he would like it 🙁 Now all I need is some cycling shoes and prescription wrap around sun glasses and will be all set… but can do without….

Tonight went for another 30 minute bike ride around the park. Was cool out and it started to lightly rain, but I made it through…. practising to be cool in Portland where you need to “ride your bike in the rain shirtless, with a guitar on your back and a tattoo of knife on your arm”…

Not much else going on… watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys, playing Warcraft and studying for the ham radio extra exam.. It just started to rain again…..

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