March for Our Lives

We exercised our civic voice and joined the rally at the state capital to support the marching students. It was awesome to see such a motivated generation! We all tear’d up and chanted “enough!” despite the cold.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some #truth reading.

Super-interesting Article on “Political Correctness”

My thing about “political correctness” is that it’s not a constraint on free speech at all.  It’s simply acting civilized.  When somebody who is a particular thing asks you to refer to them a certain way, that’s just being civilized to accommodate them.  When people say “I hate all this political correctness”, I like to replace “political correct” with “being respectful”.  And then people just sound like dicks for saying “I hate all this being respectful”.

Read the article here.

(Late) Spring Break Trip

So, we’re taking Hill’s spring break to go to the South West. The plan was to fly in to Denver, rent a car, and drive to Las Vegas, from whence we would fly home. Along the way, we’d see Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, and Grand Canyon. 

And then Denver got a giant spring snow that dumped a lot in the mountains. So much for driving thru them. 

So, went south to Santa Fe and will go the southern route. So far, we’ve stayed with friends, ate a lot of good food, and driven a lot of miles from Denver to Santa Fe. 

Here’s some pics. 

   
   

Civilized commuting again?

Ever since I moved to St Paul, I’ve missed a key part of my routine – stopping at Canteen coffee on the way in to work on the bike. The new route is almost all trail, which is nice for the ride, but there’s basically no coffee along the way. So after a lot of google map searching, I decided to change the route to try Precision Grind Coffee

I’m sitting there now. And it’s not as good as CG. :-(. The latte is just frothed and dumped in a paper cup. No feather. The coffee is scalding hot, and oddly flavorless.  The scone was moist and doughy. Not what a scone should be. 

So, no, not civilized. Simply barbaric. 

And, yes, I know I’m being a HUGE snob. Canteen was just that good. 

Some Bike Updates

As I mentioned, I swapped the Soma for a Velo Orange Piolet. It’s been doing some winter duty with the riser bars and studded tires. But, climate change is happening, and it’s basically Spring here now. So, I swapped out the bars for drops and the suds for some Schwalbe Super Moto tires. Those tires are OMFG sweet. I LOVE the look of fat tires and drop bars. There’s probably a hashtag in there somewhere, but really, it could just be a Queen reference. Also, I have the Axiom 29-er rack on. Nice rack, slim profile, and burly rails. Just wish it was silver. The fork is set up for something like the Salsa Anything Cage, and I think I’m going that route.1456531948_thumb.jpeg

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Pot Rack

I found an old copper grounding rod being used as a clothes rod in the basement.  I cleaned it up, cut it to length, drilled and tapped the ends, and mounted it under the hood over the stove. I made a jig and shaped a bunch of hooks out of 6ga copper grounding wire. Looks pretty good, if I may say so myself!