Running again…


“on the road again…”

3 mile Saturday. 3 miles this morning. Not

Signed up for the Grand Rapids River Bank run 10k and the Chicago 1/2 Marathon in September. Also participating in the ‘Warrior Dash’ in July. Probably do some 5k’s as well.

Hoping to dump 30 lbs. Not using the Nike tracking stuff since I’m running inside. Instead using the FitBit One for now. 

Now I just need to figure out how to get the FitBit stats on the web site! They do have an API…Hmmmm…

New York Subways in the early 1980’s

See this article.

The subways that I’ve known in New York since the early 1990’s are nothing like this. New York has done a great job of cleaning up the subway system. 

They are my favorite way of getting around New York…other than walking!


Ran across a post about IFTTT (If This Then That) over at TidBITS. See here for the full article.

Really interesting given the focus on the ‘Internet of Things’.

See here for the web site.

New feline member of the family

Say hello to Emmett.

Emmet the cat

The inspiration for his name comes from ‘Dr. Emmett Brown’ in the ‘Back to the Future’ movies. Check out his whiskers and eyebrows and you just might agree. 

Runnin’ in Salt Lake City

So yesterday I did a ‘5 mile’ run that took 7 miles to complete. The run also included a 800 foot increase in elevation. So a bit tough for me. 

Below is a portion of the route from Nike Plus. I managed to complete the first part of the run accidentally as I was checking to see where the heck I was. The first part of the run was from end of this run through Memory Grove. 

Slc run part 2

The deck is done…

Well, 98% done. Just have to touch up the black rails a bit.

Took my wife and I 18 hours over the weekend to apply Rustoleum’s Deck Restore product…that’s 2 coats.

We applied it with 4″ rollers and applied it slowly. That avoided wasting a lot of the material and splattering it all over. Going slow also makes the material ‘spike’ less. That means that the natural ridging of the material is rounded off and you don’t have to follow along with a brush to smooth it out. My advice to you is to read and then follow the instructions and go slow.

If you’re curious why 4″ rollers…the deck was built in the early 1990’s and the decking is 2″ x 4″ boards rather than the 1″ x 6″ boards which became the standard later on. If we had a 1″ x  6″ boards I would have used a 4″ roller, cut down the 6″ rollers to fit and capped the end of the roller.

Hoping that we’ll get about 5 more year of use out of the deck before I have to tear it apart.

All in all pretty happy with the result.