November 19th, 2017: Did the
Berkeley half marathon with Virginia, coming in at a personal best
3:34:08. Pretty good considering all the hills and the fact my
shoe wore a hole in my heel. Every finisher got the same medal,
regardless of distance run. That seemed like a really Berkeley
touch. There was plenty of good food cheap. The weather was
perfect. Too tired afterwards to be a tourist or anything like
that. Came straight home and took a nap.
December 9th, 2017: Did the Summit Rock half marathon with
Virginia. It was a very hilly course, with 2,800 feet of elevation
gain and loss. Looking at the paperwork before the event, I didn't
realize what that meant. It was up, up, up, and then down, down,
down. Finished in 4:17:27. NOT the kind of flatlander course I'm
used to. Two days later my legs are still sore.
August 21st, 2017: Virginia and I
did this virtual 10K in the morning. Actually, we did 7.77 miles
and finished around 12:30. That was still long before the eclipse,
so both of us had these medals around our necks during the event
and even for the rest of the day. It was quite something to
experience mother nature playing with the dimmer switch on the big
light in the sky. Glad I did it once, but not planning to go out
of my way to see it again.
September 25th, 2017: This afternoon
I went through my corn crop and separated the ears from the straw.
Turns out I harvested 25 oz., including the cobs but none of the
husks. I'd started by planting kernels from the best looking ear
from last year. My harvest is much bigger than last years because
this time I planted about five times as much of my plot in corn.
Probably not going to do as much of that next year.
Update on the corn, Nov. 2017: I
must have put it in a jar before it was completely dry. Not long
ago I opened the jar and a bunch of little black flies darted out.
Going to leave it drying for a lot longer next year. Either that
or eat it a lot fresher, which is probably the right idea.
16th, 2017: Got my new drivers license in the mail. I'd renewed by
mail for more than a decade, so yeah, I've changed a bit since
then. Probably this is going to be my last license that says "Hair
color: brown." That's the future though, I'm hoping I can renew by
mail for another decade before that.
June 3rd, 2017: Last evening I took
Virginia to Sub-Zero, an arts and crafts fair on South First St.
in San Jose. It was a lot like many such events I'd been to around
here before. Rather than take pictures I just enjoyed the event
for the most part. When I found another participatory art project
I'd squirt another rendition of "California trumps Trump". works
(They spell their name with all lower case letters for some
reason.) had a booth where everybody was invited to make a button
of their own design. I put the one I made on my camera case strap,
where it still was when photographed just now. Hoping it stays
there a while.
July 9th, 2017: Virginia and I did
the Across the Bay footrace. It was the first time I'd tried to go
fast for a significant distance since falling off my bike.
Afterwards my shoulder that had been getting a lot better started
bothering me again. Hoping it gets better quick.
July 23rd, 2017: Virginia and I did
the San Francisco Marathon's second half. Getting to the start was
kind of nerve wracking because the bus driver decided to get
creative on the directions. Then we got plugged up in traffic. The
drivers route intersected the first half of the marathon route,
and the street was so thick with people it seemed unlikely that
we'd ever move forward. The people on the bus had to decide what
to do. Some of us abandoned ship and decided to hoof it to the
start (another two miles away). The rest of us talked the driver
into going back to the suggested route. We got to the start about
the time wave seven was hitting the course. It was chilly so
Virginia and I left with the next wave instead of waiting our
turn. It was a well organized run through a beautiful city. We had
a great time. Mile 7 was slow because I stopped at a portapotty.
Mile 11 was slow because I was getting tired. After that I picked
up my pace because I wanted to get another personal record. As you
can see from the finish time of 3 hours 37 minutes and 46 seconds,
I did that.
The second medal was a this year
only special challenge. Virginia talked me into doing this race by
saying "They have a special medal for everybody that did 40 miles
of marathons with them." Turns out, back when I was trying
different things fresh out of college I did the 1984 run. I did
the whole thing in 3 hours 56 minutes and 56 seconds. It's funny
that I'm struggling to do half what I could then, but that's what
two decades plus of being a political activist did to my race
times. Yeah, 26.2 plus 13.1 isn't quite 40 miles, but we did the
trip from the hotel to the shuttle bus pickup on foot, and that
was plenty more than just seven tenths of a mile.
March 2017: I did the Go Green race
in Vasona Park, Los Gatos. We were the last finishers in the half
marathon race, still finishing in under four hours.
May 18th, 2017: A few days ago I
covered up the corporate logo of a cheating German car company
with this rainbow patch on my favorite visibility vest. I'm not in
favor of autos in general, and raising a rainbow fist at them
strikes me as a good idea. Makes the vest way better in a
political kind of way.
May 20, 2017: For her birthday I
took Virginia to the San Jose Terrain run. It was a 10K race with
lots of obstacles along the way. We started by having to climb out
of a huge bucket of water. Then we had to do things like flip a
huge tire four times, use a sledge hammer to dribble a car sized
tire about fifty yards, climb over a variety of walls of various
heights, and brachiate over water. By the time it was over we were
muddy and tired. So much fun! Ended up with a fun gorilla medal
and a shirt that's too small.
March 26th, 2017: Another race with
Virginia. This time I set a new record for speed, doing the whole
half marathon in 3 hours, 41 minutes, and 12 seconds.
March 5th, 2017: Another race with
Virginia. This time I set a new record for speed, averaging 14
minutes 44 seconds per mile over the entire 5 plus mile course.
After the finish there was a booth for TAJI 100, where they gave
me this dog tag for walking 154.32 miles during February.
Nov. 17th, 2016: They gave out these
buttons at the GPSCC meeting. The message was "We're switching
from candidate activism to movement activism."