15 May 2013

alternate title: Lookout! A Weekend Getaway to Cape Lookout

good day for a ride!

good day for a ride!

This past weekend I passed a milestone of training for the Big Adventure: I rode approximately 100 miles from my home in Portland, OR to the Pacific coast on Cape Lookout. The route I took went through some really beautiful country, including an Oregon Scenic byway along the Nestucca River and the Oregon Coastal Highway (101). This trip offered me the chance to test various aspects of myself and my gear that need to be in working order for me to bike halfway across the country in three weeks…

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20 March 2012

Ok more updates:

  1. Vacation time approacheth (mid-April, but still)
  2. My bike is totaled. It showed troubling signs of a damaged frame. I will investigate purchasing a new bike soon.
  3. I have purchased the new iPad. I tell myself that it’s because I want to write iPad apps and get my foot in the door of developing for yet another “platform”, but secretly I did it because I wanted an iPad. Still, I have many ideas for tablet-shaped apps.
  4. My new gaming computer is finally up and running (after BSOD complications and a random shutdown issue I thought was due to overheating but really turned out to be because I never activated Windows). It performs beautifully and I’m immensely happy with it.

I’m sorry for the short post but I’m tired and my life is consumed by work so I don’t have anything more interesting to say (though that’s not a complaint. I really really like my job).

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24 February 2012

and it’s largely unscathed. Apart from some cosmetic stuff and a bent front fork, there doesn’t seem to be any major damage. Of course there’s probably a small crack in the frame somewhere that renders it unrideable, but for now at least there’s hope. I plan to go over it this weekend and send it in to a shop if it is salvageable.

Today also marks the beginning of my career as an iOS developer. I started putting together the storyboards for an app we’re building. If this goes well there will be plenty more jobs I can do, so I really hope I like it and get the hang of it quickly.

And I also racked the porter Curtis and I made last week (racking is the second step of four in brewing). I’ve been thinking more seriously about where I want to take this hobby, and all signs lead Up. I recently found a link to a really nice-looking German brewpot. I think it would be the perfect way to start a nanobrewery. It’s the next step up in size from where I am now, and would allow me to brew a keg’s-worth at once. Depending on the paperwork involved, I might be selling kegs to local bars by the end of the year! So the next step is finding a space to put all this. It could probably fit in my house, but I don’t necessarily want it so close all the time (plus I doubt we have 220V power available). Curtis mentioned that some space at his shop is still available, and that intrigues me. We would need to plumb it and wire it, but it might work. He wants to put in an outdoor kitchen anyway, so the plumbing will get done one way or another. I’m really excited at the prospect of turning this hobby into something bigger, but I’m also pretty scared about being a small-business owner and all the growing-up that involves.

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