March 10, 2017: This is the kind of
change that I really don't like. I open my mail and find out that
the money I had in the AOL savings plan went up someone's nose.
Yuck. Six hundred million plus dollars disappeared while we
weren't watching. I'm starting to understand why those assholes
flew jets into the World Trade Center. To say I feel pissed is an
Sunday March 12, 2017: Yup. Finished
the Go Green Half Marathon in 3 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds.
Proud of that, even though I was the last finisher before they
closed down the finish line apparatus. I got the Nixon and Kennedy
dollars from a NO DAPL event in San Francisco the previous
evening. There was a guy vending buttons from a cart. He had a
green mustache. Sold them for cash value, but I was so grateful I
paid full price for a Janice Joplin pin. I'm a bit sad, because
that means the presidential dollar series is (almost?) over.
Wondering what's coming next.
Sunday March 26th, 2017: Finished
the San Francisco Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon in 3 hours, 41 minutes
and 12 seconds. Proud of that. The day before I'd picked up my
shirt and race bib at the expo at Pier 35. One of the things in
the packet they gave me was a bag of Pop Corners chips. The
morning of the race, headed for the starting line, I was hungry.
Found the chips and ate them. Sweet and salty, with overtones of
popcorn flavor. Quite delicious. I was in a good mood when I
noticed the above across the top of the bag. I looked at the
address on the back, and it was nothing familiar to me. Ended with
"Liberty NY 12754". Whatever, they gave my new personal record a
Friday May 12th, 2017: At the SVBC
Bike Away From Work Bash Rich gave me the above coin, just because
I wanted to buy it from him for cash value. Probably it's the
"oldest picture of a bird" on my website by a lot.
Tuesday July 25th, 2017: I'm feeling
like both of these stories tell of people that represent unfunded
mandates for local governments. A mandate to provide good water,
sewer, and roads for those honorably discharged veterans with
physical lives and UPS delivery addresses. Okay, so the robot cars
just need roads, WIFI, and gas stations. I'm hoping the veterans
do it all by bicycle. That way they're a force multiplier for good
citizenship. The revolution will not be motorized!
October 4th 2017: Virginia and I
went to the Tour de Cure volunteer appreciation party at BJ's in
Cupertino. Buying beers for both of us I got this coin in my
change. First Missouri State Park quarter I've seen. The other
notable thing that happened was that I had an idea while I watched
the guy explaining what the Diabetes Association does with the
money. Stuff like educating people about the dangers of consuming
too much sugar. I thought "With the possible exception of oil,
sugar is corporate america's favorite drug." Only later did I
remind myself that electricity is a quick hit drug I'm still very
October 26th 2017:
Found all the stamps above in my mailbox. Liking that Sustainable
New Zealand is urging us to grow our own broccoli! In honor of
their "Save The Kiwi!" campaign, I've paired that stamp with a
coin whose bird in the picture looks kinda like a kiwi.
November 8th, 2017: Reality Winner
is a vegan that was born in Texas and is in jail in Georgia for
releasing evidence of government wrongdoing. That sentence is such
a microcosm of what's wrong with the USA that I had to honor her
with an appearance here. The sticker came from a
StandWithReality.org speakout at the Community Media Center in
Palo Alto. The lawyer said "It's hard to discuss the case without
bringing up 'reality' puns and 'winner' puns." I'd like to be able
to comment on the website, but the link didn't work when I tried
it. Bad connection or obsolete software or whatever. Planning to
try it again soon.