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Over a year has passed since I first posted about the Art of Video Games. Yesterday, we decided to have brunch in DC and happened to be nearby, so we attempted to check it out. More »

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I’m filing this one under photography even though it’s a terrible shot. Maybe next time a lunar eclipse rolls around I’ll be more prepared. More »

If you ever make a stop at Chicago’s Midway Airport, known to many as MDW, then you’ll probably enjoy this little tip. More »

It’s funny how quickly information moves around. I swear this first started with an article on the New York Times, but I can’t seem to find it now. Regardless, the article I read, whatever the source, led me to YouTube to find the video of Conan interviewed at Google HQ. More »

I got the opportunity to go for a quick walk around Sabino Canyon. Here’s a few pics More »

Bored with running the usual 2-point-something miles around the lake, I decided to leave the paved path and run on one of the many trails that branch off the main loop. I prefer sprinting over jogging any day, so this was a fun diversion; finding solid footing and avoiding branches is much more exciting than timing your breathing to your footsteps. So when the trail looped back onto the main paved loop, I quickly ran off onto the next trail I could find. This one, however, wasn’t so well beaten, and so before I ended up in the middle of no-where, I slowed, spotted some walkers on the trail, and dashed off towards them, bursting through the branches and back onto the path. A hill rose up to my right, at the top of which was a pavilion with a faintly discernible line of roots and dirt leading up to it — and so I ran to the top as fast as my legs could take me. Now, I had been running for a little less than 2 miles at this point, so when I made it up to the pavilion, winded, I decided to just walk back to my car, all the while searching for other bifurcations that wouldn’t put me too far from my destination. Imagining what I thought was a trail, I rushed off into the wooded area, crashing through branches and brush. Once or twice, I got caught on something, but kept moving forwards. Emerging, I took note of my surroundings and check my arms and legs; a thorn in each hand, a scrape on my arm, and a droplet of blood on my knee; a small price to pay for a whole lot of excitement.

Two blizzards hit the east coast, days apart. I’ve only been into work once this week; it was closed on Monday from the weekend snow. On Tuesday, I went in, but they sent out an email saying they’re preemptively closing for Wednesday. And today, Thursday, they’re closed and assessing the aftermath.

Myself? Car shoveled anew, I’ll be trekking down to North Carolina in an hour or two to spend Valentine’s weekend with Linda. Hopefully the roads are in some state of sanity, but I doubt it. A co-worker told me that Maryland’s already over it’s snow-budget, which, according to this article, happened back before the New Year — explaining the terrible conditions the roads were in on Tuesday as I drove into work: three-lane highways were reduced to one, lanes would suddenly disappear, and random patches of uncleared snow would suddenly appear (How’s that for a run-on sentence?).

Speaking of snow, I’d just like to say that people who live in apartments ought to learn some manners. If someone spent a lot of time clearing off a spot for themselves, don’t just take it. That being said, since I’ll be gone, I’m sure someone will take my spot. I just hope it’s not whichever neighbor that’s been smoking in their apartment, wafting carcinogens to my own.

Ah, snow. So pretty to look at, yet so tiresome to move. I worked pretty hard clearing off that spot, too. Unlike some people, I clear my parking spot down to the blacktop, so that the snow doesn’t freeze into ice.

The roads were about as clear as I expected them to be. Drivable, but there was really only one lane clear at all times.

I think the worst part about my little excursion onto the wintry roads was that someone had taken my spot when I came back, so I had to clear myself a new one. C’est la vie, I suppose.

The vid above is of Ellie battling the winter elements just to go to the bathroom. According to my office mate, the winter storm that’s currently battering Maryland is called a Nor’easter. It’s basically when two air masses from Canada and Mexico converge and a storm results. Apparently these storms can just sit on the coast for a few days, but this one is only supposed to be here for the rest of today.

The funny part is that I’ve been getting emails from Roundtop telling me to go skiing because of all the snow. While it would be a lot of fun to do in all this light puffy snow, I don’t think I’m going to be leaving the apartment today.

Oh, and here’s a squirrel braving the snow for whatever reason.

To fulfill this month’s “uncomfortable thing”, I took Linda skiing this weekend. Neither of us have been skiing before, so it was definitely a learning experience. While I haven’t been skiing, I went snowboarding once. Having tried both now as a first timer, I have to say that skiing > snowboarding.

I went snowboarding for the first time last year. I flew out to Los Angeles for work, where my sister lives, and she and her husband took me snowboarding. They were by no means experts, they learned how earlier that winter, but they had been going frequently enough that they had their own gear. So they took me along and taught me how to get around, how to get on the chair lift, etc etc. I had a great time. I also fell. A lot.

Skiing, on the other hand, came to me so much easier than snowboarding. One of the hardest parts about snowboarding is getting around on level ground. Having the board strapped to you, and stepping around is incredibly awkward. On skis, while side stepping up a hill is awkward when you first learn it, it’s exponentially easier than walking with a snow board. I fell a total of one time while learning to ski; I was standing still, and started to move, but didn’t realize that my skis were on top of each other. So I stumbled and fell. Regardless, I fell a total of one time while learning how to ski as opposed to falling many many times learning to snowboard. The only advantage of snowboarding, imo, is that snowboarding boots are easier to walk around in.

I bought a beginners package from work for Roundtop, which included rental, lift tickets, and a one hour lesson. The lesson was very worth it. The instructors were very friendly and helpful. By the end of it, we were weaving (slowly) around people on the slopes. We both had a really good time, and hopefully we’ll be going again sometime soon.

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