Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Things Done and Things Yet to Do

I've always had a mental list of things I'd like to do in life. Over the past ten years or so I've managed to get quite a few things done, though I also keep adding to the things to do list. I don't expect the additions to ever stop. The more I live and learn, the more activities and adventures I'd like to try.

Things Done: be interviewed on a radio show, be on the front page of the newspaper,be published, finish a marathon, travel the world, live in a foreign country, work at a national lab, work in a service job, work at a racetrack, pet a Kentucky Derby winner, be awarded a patent, win a contest, start/run a business, write/influence federal policy, eat beignets in New Orleans, go to a pro football game, go to a pro baseball game, watch a shuttle launch in person, knit socks, knit a sweater, drive the Pacific Coast Highway, make pasta and croissants from scratch, change the world, live with integrity and not compromise my standards to make others happy.

Things Yet to Do (as of 12 October 2015): learn welding, write a book, visit all 50 U.S. states and all 7 continents, master sourdough baking, weave fabric with which to sew a cloak, sew a well-fitting suit, spin the yarn for a sweater, shear a sheep, rebuild a carburetor, have a wood burning stove, own a horse, live in the woods, complete a triathlon (possibly even an Ironman distance tri), bench press my body weight, leg press 2x my body weight, complete the RunDisney Dopey Challenge, see Machu Picchu, see the Great Wall of China, ride the Orient Express, hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, see the Great Pyramids at Giza, be listed in the credits of a movie, work for Disney, work for NASA, work with Sir Richard Branson and Bill Gates, be named a distinguished alumni at my alma mater, and grow the vast majority of the food I eat for at least a year.

What is on your lifetime to-do list?

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Urban Living

I've spent about a month living in a major metropolitan area after decades living in communities with fewer than 200,000 residents. I briefly looked at a couple high rise apartment complexes but in the end chose a smaller building. My building adjoins a walkable neighborhood with modest single family homes and a small park.  There is a grocery store, coffee shop, bank and dry cleaners located across the street and I have a 20 minute commute to work.  All in all, I think I picked a good spot.

While I'm convinced there are other residents in my building, based on the vehicles parked in the garage, I rarely hear or see anybody else.  The folks that live upstairs sometimes take showers in the evening and in the morning I can hear them walking around about the time I'm getting ready for work. Last weekend I heard someone up there shouting at the football game (perfectly reasonable reaction).  My one complaint, which may or may not apply to a fellow resident, is that the driver's side door of my car has picked up a couple red paint transfers since I've lived here. There is a red car that parks near me. I may choose a different area of the parking lot in the future.

My stuff arrived a couple weeks ago, but I immediately went on a business trip so am still unpacking. The packers (Katie and Sandy) did a fantastic job packing my belongings. They certainly didn't stint on the packing paper!

This past weekend, Mitch was able to extend a business trip to the DC area by a couple days. We went on a Segway tour of some of the monuments on the National Mall, visited the Air and Space Museum and saw the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The weather was perfect--warm, but not hot and neither windy nor rainy.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Pictures of the week

One of the lounge area in my apartment building. The site was formerly an airfield so there is an aviation theme throughout the building. This particular room features big windows and a coffee machine.

This very large green and brown moth was hanging out in the garage.

The US Department of Agriculture. They have a farmet's market every Friday and also have a veggie garden that is tended by employee volunteers.

Sunflowers at the Old Town farmer's market. I passed on the flowers but did get tomatoes, peaches and kale. This is reportedly one of the oldest farmer's markets in the country and it is said that Mt. Vernon would send goods to sell.