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Adventures and Reflections

Update June 2013

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As noted previously, I could continue to post photos of bike trips, but… boring! Photos of my Ireland & UK trips I have not yet made time to post.  Ok, here is one of rugged awesomeness.  The cliffs are pretty too.

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Now there’s a pleasing panorama.  For interior views, I have been contributing little reminisces and essays for the Surge Community Church blog.

  1. The Beginning, Continued
  2. On Time
  3. Hope Versus Testosterone
  4. Holy Here
  5. Namaste
  6. Unorganized
  7. Planning is Easy
  8. Remember
  9. Deferred Judgment
  10. Road Trip
  11. What Does This Tell Me About God?
  12. Quadriga
  13. Sheep Jokes
  14. A Good Day
  15. The Detective
  16. Rascal
  17. Naked in Herndon
  18. Memorial Day with Sol & John
  19. Cut and Paste Bible

More to come. Check the Surge Community Church blog.

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2013/06/22 at 10:08

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Alive and smiling

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I continue to update my photo albums–mostly bicycling, to be sure. Check ’em out:

Most recent photos

More photo links are in the sidebar at right.

Life has been too busy. Work is engrossing. I am out two to three evenings most weeks helping with church matters. I’m catching up on reading I have wanted to do for several years. This doesn’t leave quite enough time for making music. Blogging takes the hindmost.

Several rants essays wait in the wings, already drafted. I’ve not yet been able to articulate the constructive points to my satisfaction. So these sit in a folder I’ve labeled “whine cellar”.

I check twice a day to truncate my talkin’. I think I have much good to say. But I easily lapse into nerd-talk. People roll their eyes and zone out. Or worse, in a way, I engage listeners in minor concerns, yielding paralysis-by-analysis. So at lunch and dinner, if I recall being concise in the preceding hours, I quietly smile.

Written by Uncool Greg

2010/08/23 at 18:04

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DC Blossoms 2010

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I ventured a couple of trips to the tidal basin, one on a brilliant day a week before the blossoms peaked, and one on a rainy day when the blossoms were full. And I’d do it again. So there. Click for more pix.

Cherry Blossoms 2010

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2010/03/24 at 21:48

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Snowmageddon

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There are many fine photos and videos of the last week of record-setting snows in the Washington DC area. Since people have asked, I will add my photographic report.

Friday Feb 5, heavy wet snow started before noon, and just kept falling, bringing down trees and power lines. That evening my neighborhood lost power for five hours. Other blocks lost power for five days. My next-door neighbors had been having a quiet party. In the dark they turned to laughing and singing–I suppose–Indian popular songs. Travel had become impossible. Peering from my 12th floor lair, I was impressed by how the great and rich city was humbled. I settled in for a long winter’s nap.

Saturday, heavy snow inexorably piled up until nightfall, reaching around 20 sticky inches. A few miles to the north got to 28 fluffy inches. I spent much of the morning restoring cranky computers.

Sunday dawned bright and clear.  People started digging out. Down the street I found a row of seven trees filled with angry robins.

I started for groceries. But in clambering over a snow ridge I found my hiking shoe had fallen apart. What does it profit a man if he gains some eggs but loses his sole? I tied the laces under the shoe and limped back home like some Charlie Chaplin character. After donning other shoes, I checked out a shovel from the front desk, and started uncovering my car and others. Compared to the December Snowpocalypse, the apartment management was more prepared. They used front loaders to clear parking spaces, then phoned people to come rotate their car into the cleared spaces. I joined a team with shovels and brooms. We cleared snow on and between cars and often drove the car to its new spot. “Be kind to the old person you are becoming.”


One lady with a delightful British accent told me, “Thank you! May I bring you some biscuits?” That evening I received a package of proper English biscuits (cookies) and this provocative note typed on an elegant, engraved card.


Monday also was bright and clear, but the wind was up. That would be the time a communications laser on the top of a tall building needed a reset. I got to see a nice sunrise with the building engineer.

Tuesday brought another 9″ of snow, this time with relentless strong winds.

Just before the first storm struck, on my usual grocery run I found long lines. A phone-cam caught a woman beating on the closed doors of a grocery, yelling, “Let me in! I don’t have any cofffeeeee!” When finally on the subsequent Tuesday I walked through the stinging snow to the nearby grocery, I found no long lines, but also not much left.

I may add more photos and observations. I hear we may have four inches of snow on Monday the 15th.

Last year that forecast would have triggered panic. Now people shrug, “Four inches? At least it’s not a big snow!”

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2010/02/12 at 00:02

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The Sayings of Gregediah

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Gregediah admonishes the people of MolandThese are words of Gregediah, son of Flatiah, son of Donttouchthatdiah.
Dwainadab, servant of Moland, summoned Gregediah to utter pithy sayings that were not in Proverbs.

Wisdom that never made it into Proverbs! Week One (Jan 10, 2010)

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and maybe he’ll find a porpoise in life.

Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes.
That way, if he gets mad, he will be a mile away and won’t have no shoes.

Practice makes perfect. Nobody is perfect. So don’t practice.

My son: You wanna look younger? Be born later.

My words didn’t make it into Proverbs.  But I keep tryin’. Here’s what I say:

If at first you don’t succeed,
blame your parents.

Wisdom that never made it into Proverbs! Week Two (Jan 17, 2010)

Haste makes waste. My waist is already way big. So I’m not gonna haste.

The man who runs behind a car gets exhausted.
The man who runs in front of a car gets tired.

Don’t worry about me. My words didn’t make it into Proverbs, but I been selling ’em to a fortune cookie factory over to Reston and to the e-co-nom-ic forecast office ‘crost the river.

You can’t tell which way the train went by lookin’ at the tracks.

That’s perfectly true, and perfectly useless.  The guys ‘crost the river liked it.

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and his wife won’t see him all weekend.

The early bird gets the worm. So all you worms, sleep in!

Gabby and Gregediah: Twins separated at birth?

Gabby and Gregediah: Twins separated at birth?

Wisdom that never made it into Proverbs! Week Three (Jan 24, 2010)

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.

Even as a young’un, I was a deep thinker. My parents often said, “son, you were a mystic, a big mystic.”

Laugh and the world laughs with you.
Cry and you blow your nose.

He who laughs last,
is kinda slow.

Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and then he’ll hafta pay $18 for a license, or a $250 fine, or 15 days in jail. And he still might not have a fish. Virginia is for lovers.

Lots of sayins aren’t in the Bible. “God helps them who help themselves.” Not in the Bible. “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Momma wrote that one.

If all the people who went t’ sleep in church were laid end-to-end,
they’da been a lot more comfortable.

Wisdom that never made it into Proverbs! Week Four (Jan 31, 2010)

Hoo ya!  It’s colder’n the shady side of an Eskimo’s ankle.

These are the words of Gregediah.  These sayin’s did not make it into the Bible. But I keep tryin’. I’m thinkin’ of branchin’ into poetry.  Here’s one I wrote down while waitin’ for the local public transportation.

The Metro is like a nose.
Sometimes it runs.
Sometimes it blows.

Wisdom is somethin’ you get
about one minute after you need it.

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and he might shark his duties.
I don’t feel at all gill-ty about that.

By the time you can make ends meet,
they move the ends.

He who slings mud looses ground.

If your enemy offends you, give his kid a drum.

Wisdom that never made it into Proverbs: Week Five (Feb 14, 2010)

My words did not get into the Bible. But I got work in other places. There’s the fortune cookie factory and the offices ‘crost the river. For Valentine’s Day I have been writin’ down romantical sayin’s, like this:

It is better to have loved and lost,
than to be beaten with a rusty garden rake.

Matrimony is great.
It’s wonderful to find that one special person
you can annoy for the rest of your life.

Marriage means commitment.
So does insanity.

You can never be happily married
until you get separated from yourself.

(Believe me, it’s not easy writin’ on those little candy hearts.)

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and that’s just bass-ic training.
Ok, I’m fin-ished.

I’ll leave you with this thought:

Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves!
They will never cease to be amused!

Gregediah’s Leftovers

Eagles may soar,
but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

If you does what you always did,
you gets what you always got.

Hate is like swallowin’ poison
and waitin’ for the other person to die.

There comes a time when a man comes to believe his daddy was right.
That is the same time his son comes to believe his daddy is wrong.

The squeaky wheel gets the shaft.

Don’t take a job at a factory where they make fire hydrants.
You won’t be able to park nowhere near the place.

A cat always lands on its feet.
A buttered pancake lands on the butter.
So what would happen if you tied a buttered pancake to the back of a cat?

By the time you can make ends meet,
they move the ends.

I’m thinking of branching out into prophecy.
Prediction is easy,
except when it’s ’bout the future.

Nothin’s wasted.
Is what you do not a good example for little kids?
Then at least their mommas can point to you as a reprehensible warning.

Don’t have a solution?
At least admire the problem.

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2010/01/23 at 23:38

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More Photos

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My canal biking extended up to West Virginia…

And snow came to McLean…

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Written by Uncool Greg

2009/12/06 at 09:58

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Biking Through Georgetown

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20091103 SunriseVietnam Veterans MemorialWhich would you rather have, a picture, or a thousand words?

I thought so.

Here are four autumn photos from my apartment perch.

And here are photos of late autumn on the Potomac River mostly within DC.

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Written by Uncool Greg

2009/11/07 at 22:17

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