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I met a heckin' good blind fluffer today.

A couple was hiking with their little dog, and when I put my hand down to let her smell it, they said she was blind. She did find me, and her owners told her she did a good job. They seemed so excited and happy for their dog.

Geese, in contrast to ducks, are such little shits. Last night I ran past a duck perched on a little retaining wall. I was so close I probably could have elbowed him. He looked at me, I looked at him, we gave each other knowing looks that neither of us is going to start anything, and I went on my way.

Had it been a goose, that knowing look would have been "I'm going to fuck you up, and you know I could do it."

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Did I miss the Rapture?

I once hiked for eleven hours without seeing a soul. It's likely I was the only person in that area that day. I may have been the only person in any direction for miles.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 12, 2017

My plan is Colvin and Blake on Friday. If it looks like rain is moving in early Saturday afternoon, I may head down to Lake George to hike some of the little peaks around the lake.

I've never really had hiking partners. Maybe this summer I can work on finding them. The local MeetUp seems pretty good. It's a very broad group of people, and among them there must be one or two more who'd be eager to fly just to hike some specific trails.

    It is very easy to earn the reputation of a mooch. It’s very hard to get rid of it.

One can be a mooch with time, too. Be the person that occasionally is at their desk until 5:15 or 5:30, not the person who starts packing their stuff up at 4:58 to absolutely, every day, be gone at 5:00. Be flexible giving time and nobody will care when you take some. Never, ever give time and get a reputation as the person who never does anything extra, even if everyone is working the same number of hours.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 12, 2017

Allergies: I used to never have them. Saturday I did a bike ride + run. Park the car, bike 7.8 miles up the road, lock the bike to a park gate, run 7.8 miles back to the car, drive and pick up the bike. It was a tough run into the wind and more uphill than down. I walked some. But so far so good.

The park is a local marsh. Leaving I drive through the marsh, and for the next 36 hours I can't stop blowing my nose and sneezing.

Last night my cat had a dizzy spell. 2:30 AM she gets up and is wobbling. She almost fell off the bed until I got up and put her on the floor. She was wobbly for maybe half an hour before sleeping on the floor. She's fine now and purring peacefully on my lap. We'll get a checkup.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 12, 2017

I have a 2016 Impreza five door. So far so good. The AWD is everything I'd dreamed it would be.

Banff is somewhere I dream of going. I hope you'll share some pictures and experiences here, because I'd love to see them. I'm heading east tomorrow myself for some day hikes. Friday weather is fantastic, but that might be it for the weekend. Rain is moving in Saturday afternoon, and while it's clearing up Sunday morning, soaked trails have some challenges. I'm at 31 of the 46 High Peaks.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 12, 2017

    Audiophiles are dicks.

True! Audiophiles seem to be unique among enthusiasts of subjective things in their insistence on assigning them what they insist are objective ratings.

And anyone who says "You should maybe look up who I am" isn't as important as they wish they were.

You seem totally in control of all things video you do, but if there's anything vinyl or vintage vacuum tube (which some will call audiophile but being realistic isn't) I might be able to help with, let me know. My vinyl expertise is mostly limited to "these are the records I have and this is the turntable I have."

I bought a mid-2012 MacBook Pro on eBay last year. It works really well.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: #BoycottUnited

I'm ok defending the employees. Each of them did as they were told and trained to respond. I know that was a defense rejected at Nuremberg, but I think it's fair here.

But I have no defense for United. They failed to see that the steps they trained their employees to take could be seen by passengers and the public as hostile to customers under some circumstances. And when faced with a negative public response, they're still failing to see any blame rests with them.

I took root cause analysis training last summer. The CEO's letter suggests the root cause is the passenger's belligerence. But that isn't the root cause.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: #BoycottUnited

I've reread the CEO's employee letter three times now and it just pisses me off more and more. He's just saying "I too am upset at the unfair bad press we're getting over a paying customer we chose to eject from his seat." The lesson he and United are going to take from this won't be "we need to find better ways of scheduling planes and crew and finding volunteer bumps" but rather "we need to find ways to stick with our status quo but not have videos of passengers dragged down the aisle."

I agree with his declared support for employees but am frustrated at his lack of humility. This is a leadership failure, and I don't think he knows it.

I think I do the opposite of what you do. I mostly run after work, and some of my more stressful days aren't known until it happens (e.g. something going wrong and needing a solution ASAP). For me running becomes the decompression. It's a tough day at work, but I had a run planned. My run schedule is pretty disciplined these days, so a tough day doesn't mean skipping a run. Three to six miles at a comfortable (not fast but not easy) pace before I even get home and I feel content.

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