Very Sad News
The majority of this post was written before I learned that my wonderful mother - Marlies Holden - passed away unexpectedly yesterday (10-31-2018). I am currently at the airport leaving for Sacramento. Please pray for me, my family, and all those hurting right now.
Again ... the Pilates physical therapy courses I have been taking have been making a big difference in my overall physical health. My core is stronger and it has been almost 5 months since my major back pain incident -- basically everything is going better than expected (no pain, no real negative effects). I am slowly getting back to running, but trying to keep that limited by doing intervals of running for 1 minute and then walking for 30 seconds (repeat 28x times).
I just ordered the new Kindle Paperwhite and I'm looking forward to the upgrade. I really like reading on my Kindle vice phone or iPad.
My work related trips in September were good and productive. I really enjoyed the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio; and highly recommend going if you have 4-6 hours:
And the trip to Omaha, NE was great because the weather was very enjoyable (these are pictures from an afternoon run):
We have some tentative plans to go to the mountains the weekend of Veterans Day, and then a trip to Palm Springs area just before Thanksgiving. The week of Thanksgiving should be fun as we always host Thanksgiving dinner, and the family and some close friends play a friendly game of touch football before eating. And then we can also start decorating for Christmas.
I watched on the plane back from Omaha, NE a very interesting documentary called "Neat." Basically it is well done history of bourbon in the United States. It really captured my attention, and I think I going to be deep diving on the topic of bourbon for a while.
If you are using Google Chrome, then I highly recommend checking out the extension Clipboard History 2. It keeps a running log (as long as you want) of items you have cut-n-pasted. I find it really useful to cut down re-typing links or other material when writing. It also is a handy history of what you have been working on. If you cut-n-paste passwords though, you might want to look at the settings around clearing the history after a certain number of items, and maybe not do a cloud sync of your clips. I haven't looked into the security of the data protection in the tool. Better safe than sorry.
Quote I'm Thinking About
“Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” – Ralph Charell