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Beautiful sunny winter day in Minneapolis, time to head out and see what the PT has to say about my knee.

I guess my Feb 2009 purchase of Mars Edit 2.0 does not qualify for an upgrade to 5.0 πŸ€ͺ But happy to support your work @danielpunkass ! My first Micro Post using the global shortcut.

Last night, Leo Kottke at the Guthrie Theater!

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Even nicer that we could just walk there from our condo! No parking, no hassle.

Morocco… through to the quarter finals ⚽️ πŸ‡²πŸ‡¦ With the USA eliminated I’m definitely pulling for this group.

It’s the return of the condo Christmas pole!! Flurries just outside the window!

Back in Minneapolis for the Holidays. Got a new little tree for the condo! Lights are already included so no patience required. Happy to be near family for the month.

Crazy surprise in the mail today! I wasn’t even aware that this was in the works.

Last night’s project. I think this is a candidate for the sweet setup.

In March 2015 we had the great joy of visiting Morocco for a week. It is great to see them doing so well in the world cup! ⚽️ ✈️

Sharing the wealth...

This topic has always been tough for us, as parents. But I love our financial adivisors, and I think this recent post really nails it. Key quote:

Talk to your kids about what you are doing or not doing for them, explain what your motives are, and re-evaluate your choices based on how things play out. You are not entitled to a certain response, so don’t hold out for it. Be grateful for what you can do.

Read the full article here: www.startribune.com/levin-how…

Anyone have experience with plotly + dash? I’m working on a new dashboard for teachers that use runestone.academy and I really like what I am seeing. Just wondering if there are any gotchas or if I’m missing anything I should look out for?

PSA: You cannot score a safety in ⚽️ ! Looking forward to watching team USA in the knockouts! I loved attacking football in the first half and the determination they showed in the second. Anything is possible now! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Just a shout out to @manton – I’ve been looking for an inexpensive site monitoring service. updown.io looks like it will work great for me.

Wow!!! What an ending ⚽️ way to go team USA! I can breathe again.

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a day… There are so many interesting and bizarre conclusions to that quote if you google a bit… Enjoy.

I just got off the course, and I’m happy to report that my golf score is trending downward.

This micro.blogvember experience is great motivation for returning to other open web systems I’ve used in the past. Glueing together RSS feeds and pinboard and checking out Read Kit. Looking for a plugin for Strava - or maybe I will write one if necessary!

I have made a commitment to be committed to my commitments, whatever they may be. Especially if one of them is completing the microblogvember challenge.

Our family has developed a nice ritual for Black Friday. Inspired by #OptOutside we don’t do any shopping, but take a nice hike instead. Going to be hard to keep that alive this year with a torn meniscus, but we will see.

Happy Thanksgiving! What is your favored turkey cooking method? I spatchcock it and put it on my kamado joe. It retains all the moisture and comes out very juicy. I’ve dubbed this “Yoga Turkey”

All the Things I am Thankful for

I thought it would be fun to share a text and picture blog post of all of the things I am thankful for! So here goes, the list is pretty long.

My Grandkids!

Although I am still relatively new to the grandpa game, I love Hannes and Maren a ton! If this isn’t the coolest picture of a brand new big brother I really don’t know what is.

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My family!

This was taken before number 2 grandkid was conceived, at our lake house in wisconsin. I think the comma after conceived is important…

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My Wife

My adventure partner, my companion, my everything! I don’t know who else would put up with me after all of these years. COVID times may have curtailed our ability to see the rest of the world, but it definitely increased our desire to see the amazing country we live in. Get yourself a camper and see the USA! This particular picture was taken at Zion National Park. I could post hundreds of other selfies of us from the USA to Morocco to Istanbul to Vietnam, to every other continent (except Antarctica)!

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I am thankful that wherever we are we are happy to be there. We have the amazing fortune to have three homes. I know, it’s kind of embarassing, and soon enough we will not want to maintain three residences.

Indio, California

IMG 6624 We have made so many good friends here in Indio! From the golf course to the pickleball court to the stage! We are so happy here, and look forward to many more years of “retirement” here at HP. Even though we were not with our kids this year we were lucky enough to invite another couple from pickleball to join us for dinner. We often joke that Heritage Palms is “summer camp” for adults over 55, but it is pretty true, there are so many activities and small groups to get to know.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

IMG 2022 When we downsized from our house in Decorah to an 1800 square foot condo in Minneapolis we wer over the moon. Theaters, restaurants, sports venues, mass transit, were all within blocks of us. And when we want to be somewhere else we lock the door, leave the car in the secure, heated garage, and are on our way! COVID made us question the ownership of this particular property, but we love every night we are there.

Luck, Wisconsin

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we built our cabin in Luck in 1999 as a place for our family to gather, and I’m happy it has worked out as a place where we gather with our kids and grandkids when we are around. I’m also really happy that this is a place where our kids and their spouses and children gather without us when we are avoiding the cold and enjoying California.

My Career

I’m thankful that I love what I do, and that I control my own schedule. How many people get to do what they love, and get paid for it? How many can do it on their own time schedule? I am the main person behind Runestone Academy, and every day I am helping more than 60,000 students learn math and computer science. But I can still play golf in the mornings with my friends, or ride bike, or play pickleball, or just have a cup of coffee and read the news or watch soccer or do the crossword puzzle.

Our Friends

I am thankful for our friends! Oh! I am so thankful for our friends! I do not even want to start this! But this guy and his wife are our oldest and dearest friends. College roommates, God parents to our kids, travel companions, you name it. This picture was taken on our 30th anniversary trip together. We take a trip every 5 years (sometimes every 4 AND 5 years) to celebrate our anniversaries. I feel like this is such a wonderful and unique tradition.

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I am sorry that I have not named everyone that is important to me. That list and post would be much longer. I just started this post on a lark, and have only now realized the gravity of (not) naming everyone. I hope you know who you are and how important you are to me.

The danger of a post like this is that ten minutes from now I will think of something or someone that I missed. I am so sorry!

an update on microblogvember progress, I have made 23/23 days now! This has been fun and has introduced me to a lot of new people. I like this platform.

just for fun, I made today’s microblogvember word “graze” my first guess on today’s wordle. It worked out just fine.

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This morning we have a frost delay. My tee time is now 9:30 instead of 8:30. A frost delay… you would think that I see ice out my window or at least tiny little crystals on the grass. In the desert a relatively balmy 46 degrees is enough to create a frost delay, but not ice.