Category Archives: Commuting in the burbs

Dead and often deflated

I moved from the suburbs into downtown Seattle a couple years ago. I love living in the city core, but there is one thing I really miss about the suburbs — having a private garage. You never realize how important … Continue reading

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Scenes from a surprise party

I’m departing from my usual topic today. You see I just started a new job. It feels good, but it’s also overwhelming. In fact, it feels like the thrilling 1996 launch days of msnbc.com. We’re literally building a newsroom and … Continue reading

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Getting back together with Connie

I took Connie in for service last Wednesday, and I’ve been getting around in my old pickup ever since. I could have paid for one of my new motorcycle tires with what I’ve spent putting gasoline in the truck. The … Continue reading

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Self-doubt and confidence go to war on the fear-soaked battlefield of hard times

At a time when America was hurting, at a time when our country needed moral courage as well as military might, at a time when we needed something other than uncertainty and fear — we got this from our leaders. … Continue reading

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Cleaning out the girl’s car (something to drive on rainy days)

Almost four years ago we bought a new Ford Focus so our soon-to-be-driving daughter would have a dependable car that got reasonably good gas mileage and wasn’t too expensive to insure. I drove it for the first year, and then … Continue reading

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Sadness flies away in the wind

It took five days to get out of the awful sadness that enveloped me after we dropped Carly off at college, but it finally happened this morning. I’d just left the YMCA after running a treadmill 5K and was riding south … Continue reading

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Breaking bad in July

My 2002 Concours broke down in July. It happened in the parking garage after a long day at work. I started her up, and immediately heard a deep knocking noise right behind the front tire. I shut down and called … Continue reading

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