March 2, 2017: These credit cards
have recently died. I was expecting them to last another year or
two, but they don't have that chip the newfangled readers insist
on. They quit working. Unfortunately, I seem to have misplaced the
replacements, so I'm wandering around with much less ability to
spend money than I'm used to. Grrrr.... In other news, Virginia
and I participated in Taji 100, an exercise challenge she is super
pumped about. I ended up walking 154.32 miles in February. She did
250, an amazing feat. In other other news, how about that Fort
Moultrie quarter I found in my change?
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 speak out 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.
Happy New Year! California's weed
decriminalizing trumps all!
January 22nd, 2018: Found this coin
on my way home from my first legal marijuana purchase. It was
laying on the ground in the bike lane. Saw it while riding along.
Obviously it was laying on the street for a while. The weed itself
came in a jar, but they gave me this nifty bag (background
plastic) with a good seal. Told me if I brought it back next time
they'd take fifty cents off my bill for reusing it.
February 2nd, 2018: Found this
report from the power company in my mailbox. Proud that not only
am I pulling down on the average for local power bills, but I'm
also pulling down on the average for "efficient homes". I think
this is partly because I've been putting LED bulbs and fixtures in
the parts of my home I light most. Another reason is that I often
spend time at the girlfriends nowadays, when the only things
running here are the fridge, a few clocks, and a night light in
March 13th, 2018: Got this beer at
Costco when Virginia and I went there with her daughter two days
ago. Found the coin after it had been hiding under the back burner
of my stove for a long time. I think being reheated there a few
times is what gave that its blue tint.
March 26th, 2018: San Francisco style means "delicious" in the
case of these beers. A tasty and satisfying beverage.