December 29th, 2017: This was the bling collection that I wore at my festivus party. People asked what my feat of strength was and I said "Carrying around these medals all evening." In the case of the eclipse medal, the real feat was getting to Tennessee on the Greyhound bus to participate in the run. Loving the fact the "San Francisco Berkeley Challenge" covers two cities that elected Green Party members. Forgot to refer to the guy on the Summit Rock medal as "Han Spotted Owl" too many times. Did all those runs with Virginia, plus many others. Looking forward to more of that in 2018!

November 9th: The chair that I sat on in my home office starting back in 1996 finally died. The pillar with the shock absorber in it broke. This area is so rich that I've already got a chair to replace it taking up space. That was a very comfortable chair, and I'm sorry to see it go. Torn between thinking "That's just corporate america's planned obsolescence striking again." and "That shock absorber was part of what made it so comfortable. There is a price to be paid for such moving parts." Got it during my AOL days, and was very aware it was as nice as the chair I sat in at work. Didn't sit in it much until I left that world behind. Probably I got seventeen good years of sitting out of it.