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15 April 2020 08:28
 

Since the coronavirus has placed most of us under house arrest, some of us have the time to turn our energy to leisure activities, and speaking for myself, I have returned to a couple former distractions to keep me out of trouble.

1. I have returned to building flying model rockets.  It was a hobby in my pre-adolescent years, and since I have a couple sons, their existence has renewed my interest in the silly things, but the boys are rocket atheists.  A childhood friend who got me started on the hobby has returned to the area, and he and I geek out on the rockets.

2. An erstwhile mountain biking buddy and I have tried to dust off the glory days and we have been on a couple local rides.  He has a computer on his bike to track our activity, and the last two rides have beaten me up, although they are somewhat feeble compared to what we used to do, but I am also 15 years older.

Oakland 10.76 miles, 1351’, ave. speed 7.08, time 1:30.
Pleasanton Ridge 8.21 miles, 1354’, ave. speed 6.84, time 1:11.

My friend also led me on a burly hike in the local hills.  We walked from a staging area in the town of Moraga up to Rocky Ridge.  A round trip rough estimate is 10 miles, 2200’ elevation gain, 5 hours.  Great views of the region, wildflowers everywhere, the sun was out, and temps were in the low 60’s.

And I am tired, but it is worth it.

 
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15 April 2020 10:38
 

Marvel at your ambition. I take daily walks. Otherwise, my wife and I have replaced our twice weekly bridge tournaments with thrice a week online tournaments through a site called Bridge Base Online.

Oh yes,

I’ve also written the great American novel, united general relativity and quantum mechanics, and solved the mysteries of consciousness. Had hoped that these projects would last through the isolation—now will have to find something more difficult.

 
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15 April 2020 12:30
 

Lucky you… I’ve been working extra since the beginning of the lockdown. Still, I manage regularily to stuff in some model making and I’m working on the rules for a tabletop wargame, so there’s that.

 
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burt - 15 April 2020 10:38 AM

Otherwise, my wife and I have replaced our twice weekly bridge tournaments with thrice a week online tournaments through a site called Bridge Base Online.

My mom has also moved to on line bridge, but she misses the social aspect of going to tournaments and local game nights.

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I’ve also written the great American novel, united general relativity and quantum mechanics, and solved the mysteries of consciousness. Had hoped that these projects would last through the isolation—now will have to find something more difficult.

Child’s play compared to finding the answer to the greatest unsolved mystery of all time - What do women want?

 
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Child’s play compared to finding the answer to the greatest unsolved mystery of all time - What do women want?

It depends on the woman.  In the moments you find yerself asking that question…whatever you’re doing…try doing the opposite.  It may just lead to figuring out the second greatest unsolved mystery of all time.

 
 
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LadyJane - 16 April 2020 07:41 AM
Skipshot - 16 April 2020 01:37 AM

Child’s play compared to finding the answer to the greatest unsolved mystery of all time - What do women want?

It depends on the woman.  In the moments you find yerself asking that question…whatever you’re doing…try doing the opposite.  It may just lead to figuring out the second greatest unsolved mystery of all time.

If it works for George. . .  https://youtu.be/SclV-UWM4Gw

 
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16 April 2020 12:45
 

more farm chores, less golf.

but i’m building a few, very crude golf holes so that a bit of pasture-golf can be had.

 
 
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28 April 2020 07:53
 

jogging

 
 
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Skipshot - 16 April 2020 01:37 AM
burt - 15 April 2020 10:38 AM

Otherwise, my wife and I have replaced our twice weekly bridge tournaments with thrice a week online tournaments through a site called Bridge Base Online.

My mom has also moved to on line bridge, but she misses the social aspect of going to tournaments and local game nights.

burt - 15 April 2020 10:38 AM

I’ve also written the great American novel, united general relativity and quantum mechanics, and solved the mysteries of consciousness. Had hoped that these projects would last through the isolation—now will have to find something more difficult.

Child’s play compared to finding the answer to the greatest unsolved mystery of all time - What do women want?

What do women want? Don’t worry about that one, my wife just tells me.

 
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15 May 2020 18:43
 

Hike/walk in the hills between Oakland and Moraga on Wednesday - 7.75 miles, 1400’ elevation gain.  We nearly had the place to ourselves.  My friend takes fantastic photos.

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15 May 2020 20:02
 

Thanks to special photo editing services, here are a few more shots of California in the springtime.

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15 May 2020 20:03
 

The state flower, the California Poppy.

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15 May 2020 20:04
 

This green and gold lasts only a couple weeks before the heat turns it brown.

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15 May 2020 20:07
 

In the right light, the color of the poppies is brighter than the photo shows.

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03 June 2020 12:15
 

On Sunday I went to the ridge pictured above full of flowers and they were gone and the grass turned brown, which is normal.  We took a different route and the hike took a lot out of me,  it worth it:  12 miles, 3,100 feet elevation gain, 6 hours.

 
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03 June 2020 12:18
 
Skipshot - 03 June 2020 12:15 PM

On Sunday I went to the ridge pictured above full of flowers and they were gone and the grass turned brown, which is normal.  We took a different route and the hike took a lot out of me,  it worth it:  12 miles, 3,100 feet elevation gain, 6 hours.

Gorgeous! Are you comfortable telling us roughly where that is?

 
 
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