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In the thirty minutes I've known Blue Earth existed, it seems similar to the town I grew up in. As a town, it isn't dead or dying, but nobody spends money there unless they need to. It isn't a destination, just a stop off the highway. Maybe some stop off the highway and drive into town for ice cream. Some might even go further to go to the diner.

If they can be enticed to make one more stop or if a few more can be coaxed off the highway (e.g. "let's go one more exit to Blue Earth because they have (blank)" that will help, but it's hardly something that will make a town prosperous. They're still just getting scraps from highest travelers whose entire reason for being there is to leave and keep going to their destination.

You used "meaningful" in your question. Not "rewarding" or "valued" but "meaningful."

What I find most meaningful is the productive interactions with colleagues and coworkers. Nothing successful at work comes in a vacuum. It takes input and action from a wide range of people with a wide range of backgrounds and wide range of lives outside of work. I'll have to remember this next time I interview for a job. It sounds like a great line, and I mean it.

"Productive interactions" isn't just some specific work thing, either. It's the friendly chat around the water cooler. Working well together is more than just everybody doing their work task.

It's almost certain that you've handled a package that meant something really special to someone, the kind of thing they'll never forget.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 13, 2018

There's probably a really interesting discussion there about identity. I still sort of struggle to identify as a runner. I'm just someone who runs. I don't have a 26.2 sticker on my car, but I do have a 46er sticker.

There's a run-bike-run duathlon here in a couple weeks. While I have no identity with duathlons, I'm intrigued. It's 2-25.3-2. I have a nice but not pro or tri bike, and I've never done a transition.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 13, 2018

Which did you sign up for? Feeling like signing up just a couple days after is impressive. It took me over a month!

What do you mean by "edge?"

Yep, it's a full. It's point-to-point. They bus you north to the start and then you run due south and average downhill to downtown. Weather is usually mild, neither hot or cold, and if there's wind it's usually a cross wind. I picked it as being nearby, a change of scenery, and famously good for PRs.

Thanks for sharing your experience! I'm hoping for personal improvement this fall. I was happy with my finish but think I can do better.

One more nutrition question! Did your Saturday night meal work well? I sometimes eat sort of light the night before, and I think I maybe need to do more pasta.

Your report has me itching to do another, even knowing I'm signed up for Milwaukee just four months away.

Big congratulations! What did you take for food? In mine, I had Gus and Shot Bloks. Shot Bloks didn't work well, and man cannot live on Gus alone.

I was watching via the web, and it live updated great. I'm happy that your slower split late in the run was a porta potty. That's about the point where a lot of runners, including me, start to struggle. You had a great push all the way to the end.

1500' is unreal. I think mine was half that. Fantastic performance on a challenging course.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Death in the Alpine

I haven't! It's worth seeing?

I don't see text messages the same way because I can see the content before replying. With a call, I don't know if its value exceeds my time until I answer, and then decorum doesn't let me hang up.

I feel like the idea of a phone call being rude might come from all the spam calls. They've set the stage for phone calls being a thing to ignore. For me, if someone calls me it better either be important or prearranged. To call out of the blue assumes that their desire for immediate gratification is more important than my time, sort of like the spam calls.

I'm happy to see phone culture die.

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