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 understatement.

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.

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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 rebellious quality.

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 addicted to.

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 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.