Mellow fellow

Sep. 21st, 2017 05:44 pm
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I was reminded of old standup comedy from Caroline Rhea today. She used to joke about the way her mom would go swimming without ever getting her hair wet, which is what I need to do now that I've got bright purple hair and want it to stay that way. Totally easy to do, since I just tread water for an hour when I go. But I normally like to go under a few times so I can slick my hair back, and had to make sure I didn't accidentally do that today. To help with that, I put gel in my hair yesterday, restyled it when I woke up this morning, and washed everything but my hair when I showered before and after swimming. I took another shower later on here at home so I could use my purple shampoo and conditioner. A three-shower day with no haircut involved!

After years of seeing this image on tumblr, I decided it was finally time to see the TV episode it came from.



That was my first time ever seeing an episode of The Hills, and it was pretty boring. But at least I've seen it now.

Excellent timing

Sep. 20th, 2017 05:22 pm
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I'm curious about how the ferry terminal project will play out week-by-week, so I wanted to go down today even though there was a big detour due to emergency road repair. And since we got a locking mailbox and can no longer leave outgoing mail in it, I brought along a DVD for Netflix with a plan to take an even longer route home and drop it off at the Mukilteo post office. A lot can change in a week!

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Swimmingly

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:58 pm
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It was so nice to be able to go to the pool again today! The main road that runs past the park is down to one lane for repairs, so I just avoided it completely. There's a back way in if you park in the neighborhood behind the park, which is handy, but it's a longer walk. Not a big deal at all, unless you get most of the way to the building and realize you didn't bring a lock from the car. So, a little extra walking. And time. It was nice, though.

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As good a time as any

Sep. 18th, 2017 03:56 pm
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We're entering the time of year when there's not so much to see during the first part of any walk, because it's just too dark. And there are fewer flowers so there won't be as much close-up photography, either. Judging by all the leaves that seemed to fall practically overnight, I'm also curious if there will be much of autumn. Guess we'll see. The point being, if my Podo had to go missing, now's not the worst time. Even if there was a way to delay the start of a time lapse, that doesn't make up for the shorter amount of daylight once the sun comes up. With that in mind, I'm not going to rush to replace the Podo. I've got LASIK payments to make and a very long tattoo backlog, so my money's always spoken for before I even have it.

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70%

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:09 pm
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There was a nice piece in the paper recently about hikes and walks in the area, and it's pretty cool that I've been to seven of the ten listed, in italics below.

Paradise Valley
Lund’s Gulch
Big Gulch
Jetty Island

Scriber Lake
North Creek
Lord Hill

Portage Creek
Japanese Gulch
Spencer Island


Of the remaining three, Paradise Valley's the one I definitely need to see next. 13 miles of trails! I should really take my time and plan two separate walks there to see it all. The list also makes me want to visit Lord Hill again soon.

Snatched again

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:42 pm
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My weekly routine got all shuffled around so I ended up at the tank farm on Friday, with a plan to leave the Podo there all morning, go out for lunch, and pick it up in the afternoon.

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CATURDAY

Sep. 16th, 2017 04:54 am
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RIP Nutmeg 1985-2017

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Tide interrupted

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:59 pm
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On Wednesday I had a brilliant idea for a time lapse but it involved leaving the camera somewhere vulnerable for at least 13 hours, and since I didn't want to have to drive back over in the evening, the plan was to leave it for 24.

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Ambitious

Sep. 13th, 2017 04:21 pm
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The time lapse I thought of yesterday and wanted to create today may still be in process almost 12 hours later. It feels very weird to be home while the Podo is several miles away, but that's the only way to get what I want. I could go get it tonight because there's no way the battery will last longer than 13 hours, but by that time, it'll be dark out, so if nobody's spotted it by nightfall, it's probably fine until I head out tomorrow. Or it could be long gone! No risk, no reward. After dropping it off, I was about halfway to Langus, so I kept going and walked there.

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Start in the dark and be surprised

Sep. 12th, 2017 02:27 pm
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It's important to be easygoing if you want to get into making time lapses. You have to learn to set it and let it happen, and come to terms with the fact that you may or may not have chosen the best angle, or the battery could die too soon, or any number of other things. Tomorrow's another day. Just try again. Today's is a perfect example.

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Fog and yelling

Sep. 11th, 2017 04:33 pm
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The river is one of my closest regular walking destinations, but also one of the ones I go to the least. It can just be a little creepy is all. Today might have been my most stressful visit, as a dude was down there pissed off and yelling. I said good morning to him as I passed and he said it back, but the yelling resumed. And was still going (or going again after a break?) an hour later. I wish it was possible to feel like calling the police would be the right thing to do, but in the US they oftentimes escalate situations like that. Instead I figured I'd just mention it to anyone I saw who I thought would really benefit from a warning. As if the yelling isn't enough of a warning. I told an older couple about him and they said, "We'll just walk past him." It's Lowell, they're probably used to it.

I was there much later than I typically have been because of the later sunrise and saw way more people than I'm used to. Maybe I'm the only thing that was unusual there today.

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