Archive for August, 2015

Twenty Years Ago Today

I was in about my second week at Microsoft when Windows 95 officially launched.  It was a big deal on the corporate campus with Jay Leno MCing the event. It seems like just a few days ago and then again it seems like eons in the past.  Our two decades in Washington have passed ever so quickly.



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Bear Persistence

We had bear incursions Monday andTuesday nights and again around 4:00 a.m. this morning. What a shock, however, to see this largish black bear on our patio just a few minutes ago.  Worse, he seems totally fearless. First, I pounded on the windows… to no effect. In fact, he approached the sliding door and looked right at me through the glass. I had fortunately closed the screen portion only thirty minutes ago. He backed off, snatched one of the bird feeders and started to chow down. I banged pots together and shouted at him. No effect.  I threw my shoes at him. Unimpressed. Finally, I beaned him with a rock and he ambled away, through the portion of our fence that he tore down to get in.


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Mt. Si Club Championship. Ooof!

After a ho-hum 86 on Saturday I wasn’t very inspired to play a second round today. And after pulling each of my first two tee shots well left, my enthusiasm wavered even more.  Still, I scrambled like crazy for a 41 over the front nine and realized I was just two shots from the lead in my division. However, the dreaded left-pull hit me again and again on the back nine and I suffered through five penalty strokes, limping in with a back nine of 55: the worst nine-hole score on Mt. Si since the very first round I ever played.

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It seems like I’ve see an increased number of bees this year; I hope so. There were lots of them on the copious flowers in Whistler and this one was an unusually cooperative subject.


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Anniversary – 31 Years

We spent our anniversary in Whistler, BC, riding up and down Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, enjoying the spa and having a terrific dinner and dessert. A pretty decadent day. Here we are 1400 feet up on the Peak-to-Peak Gondola.


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Pre-Anniversary Treat

It’s only the day before our anniversary but Trisha can’t resist at least a modest dessert at the Wildflower restaurant at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler:

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