Progress 2021.02.28 :: Deadline Fall 2022

I’m working toward the goal of selling my house and moving to Maryland so that Teri and I can finish what was always meant to be. Before I can do that, I want to make my house as finished as I can do that I can get top dollar for it. The house actually owes me nothing – though I won’t profit from the sale, I should get out of it what I paid for it. I’ve basically lived here rent free for 23 years – ignoring the thousands of dollars in interest I’ve paid and the other thousands I’ve put into upgrades and maintenance.

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Workout with the barn kids

Still recovering from covid and having some breathing issues lately, but I still showed up and did my best.

For the first part, I did fine. That was 10 rounds of 2:00 EMOM with…

8-10 bench press
8-10 toes to bar/medicine ball sit ups

The second workout was cardio and I only made it 2 round before calling it because I was out of breath. It took 4 minutes to recover to normal breathing…. So weird. So annoying.

Pandemic Post 11 :: An Epic Weekend

The weekend started early with Kantar (my employer) adding recognition for Juneteenth as a company holiday this year for the first time.  I was able to clear my calendar after 10am and I spent the rest of the day learning about the different experiences of People Of Color (POC) and Whites. I read about it. I listened to a podcast about it. I watched 2 videos about it. That theme continued through the weekend with additional reading and listening.

While I listened to the podcasts, I worked on the screen room sewing. I finished the sewing just in time to head out to MBSP for an hour kite-foiling session. After the session, we just chilled out in the trailer for the rest of the day. I put the bed down for a while and Endo and I laid there watching the world go ’round. Endo went for a swim and we did a couple of laps of the park with the longboard.

I’d have stayed for the sunset, but I was getting hungry.

Sunday started with a workout.  WOD 2 didn’t happen because it took me 40+ minutes to do WOD 1. George Floyd will have to wait until another day to get his.  I did this workout outside because it was only about 80 degrees and there’s just something super gratifying about dropping the bar when you’re done with a set.  Endo guarded the barbell between sets.

Then, we hooked up the trailer and towed it out to MBSP for another afternoon of fun. This time, we mostly played with the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). I had worked with Endo in the living room to get him to stand on the board. I had worked with him in the yard. I had even rocked it side to side to get him used to the motion of the waves.

When the rubber hit the road (so to speak) and I asked him to get on the board in the water, he didn’t hesitate. He trusted it and trusted me completely. He dug his nails in a bit at first, but he was quickly distracted by a stick floating nearby and an irrepressible need to retrieve said stick.  I used that distraction as an opportunity to use the paddle to propel us toward the object of his desire. He didn’t mind it one bit.

After some floating around in the little inlet, we paddled out to the other side of the rocks and over to the next inlet. He was fine the entire trip. In fact, we did it a couple of times and he was ready and eager to jump back onto the paddle board each time I asked him to.



We capped off the awesome day with some frisbee and made some new friends. Everybody loves Endo. I’m pretty sure that only 5 people still love Raymond.

Pandemic Post 7 :: Laying Floor

The trailer floor is in! It took me the better part of one whole day, but I’m over the moon about how it looks.  I don’t have all of the floor captured in pictures, but I did do 100% of the floor – including both ramps. There are, of course, a couple of things that I wish had turned out better and a couple of things that I can improve later.  But, overall, it’s flippin’ awesome.

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Pandemic Post 6 :: Slacker

I bought a slackline. If you’re not familiar, a slackline is like a tight-rope, but it’s 2″ wide. In the most simple terms, it’s a 2″ ratchet strap. You can string it up between 2 trees or any other objects that are capable of handling 600 pounds of side-pull. It takes a while to learn, but as you do learn, you get a good core workout. After you’ve learned, then you can start learning tricks. Not like backflips or anything, but things like turning around, squatting, squatting on one leg, sitting and standing back up, etc.

You suspend it about 3 feet above the ground so there’s not a lot of penalty for failure. That means it fits in my wheelhouse.

Pandemic Post 5 :: Gratitude Redux

I have mentioned this before. So, forgive me that this is a duplicate of sorts.  Every day, my postal carrier, Tim puts a Milk Bone dog treat in the mailbox for Endo.  This is a tradition that has gone on for almost a year.

Because Endo associates the letter carrier with the treat, he gets SUPER excited every time he sees Tim. …or any other postal carrier. Every couple of months I supply Tim with a bag of treats for Endo and any other dog on his route.

Recently, Tim has gone the extra mile and brought a treat to the mailbox even on days when he doesn’t have any mail for my address.

Yesterday, I included a thank you note with the bag of treat and a $20 tip for Tim.

Today, I got a thank you note back.

Pandemic Post 4 :: Three on the Water

It wasn’t a great day. It wasn’t a warm day. It wasn’t a day when all of the locals showed up to kite. It wasn’t even a good wave day. But, it was a bonus session on a day that was supposed to be saturated with rain from early morning until… well, until Wednesday.

Ryan, Jay and I rolled in to MBSP parking lot shortly after 10 am and debated for far too long about which kite/board to employ. Eventually, Continue reading