When I'm out hiking people often comment on my dog's backpack and say something like "look at him carrying his own weight." But that's not what he's doing! His backpack starts every hike empty. As the day goes on it fills with dog bags containing his poop, any trash that I generate -- like food wrappers -- plus any other trash that I find on the trail.
In 2020, follow my dog's lead and consider a resolution to leave trails cleaner than you found them. https://www.wta.org/news/signpost/i-picked-up-80-pounds-of-trail-trash-in-2019-heres-what-i-learned
A few other random photos from Oregon... we saw Mount Hood from the Portland Japanese Garden which is an unusual sight in December and we went out to Cape Disappointment and saw both the Cape Disappointment Light House and the newly redone North Head Light House. Definitely an area to return to in the summer for the Discovery Trail.
Been getting a lot (~10) of garbage account requests every day. The verification email that gets sent with each one was impacting my "reputation" with my email service because they were bouncing. This is unfortunate. If only there were a way to not send those emails until I've moderated the pending account request. @Gargron
I earned my hat. #WTA
I also took a course on welding and a course on blacksmithing and forging at Pratt over the years. I can't recommend it enough if you're looking to do some hands on hobby work and to learn things that you can't really learn on your own. It's been one of the more rewarding experiences that I've undertaken in Seattle.
I signed up for a Glass Fusing class starting in January 2020 at the Pratt Fine Arts center in Seattle using their 2019 Cyber Sale coupon code: https://www.pratt.org/cyber-sale
Here are some of the things that I made in their glass blowing class that I took at the beginning of 2019.
I develop software. I take photographs. I spend time in nature. I endure the judgement of my dog. I run this server.
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