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A tourist trolley stops to pick up a passenger along Main Street. Deadwood, South Dakota. August 2019. 🇺🇲

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The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception stands atop the grotto at Lourdes, France, just before dusk. This was the destination of an unscheduled road trip from Montpellier earlier this year when @kathryn and I learned an American cardinal would be celebrating Mass there. Photo taken in April 2019. 🇫🇷

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My hometown, on the shore of the Merrimack River. Salisbury, Massachusetts, March 2018. 🇺🇲

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Looking out over the Cape of Good Hope, in Cape Town, South Africa, December 2015. 🇿🇦

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The making of a bacon, cheese, and egg white omelet. This is the first YouTube video I've put together with OpenShot Video Editor. I wanted to start with a mundane topic, just in case I was disappointed with the end result. It's a little over six minutes long.

youtube.com/watch?v=SULHoxP0rQ

Car is in the shop today, so I took the bus and light rail to work. Latest blog post. af7kq.blog/2019/09/24/public-t

A short video of getting caught in a dust storm while walking along the Las Vegas Strip. My wife and I were in front of Bally's at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo when the weather turned nasty. And then, a few minutes later, it was all over. From August last year.

youtu.be/pmDwwuZm__Y

I admit it's been a while since I wrote a new blog post. Today's is just a photo of Devils Tower and a few words to go with it.

af7kq.blog/2019/09/18/devils-t

100% compostable? It should read 100% combustible. Only 30 seconds in a microwave before I could smell something burning. I'm lucky I don't have a lap full of lukewarm coffee.

The amount of time I spend replacing the bottles on my office's water cooler is becoming wildly disproportionate to the amount of water I consume.

Some mornings I have trouble finding the motivation to get through the last 15-20 minutes of my cardio workout.

When it happened today, I suddenly had a vision of myself lying in a hospital bed, with my beautiful wife clutching her rosary over my fat body, wiping away her tears while a machine was breathing for me.

After that, I was able to dig a little deeper and finish the full hour.

@kathryn

A tourist trolley stops to pick up a passenger along Main Street. Deadwood, South Dakota. August 2019. 🇺🇲

The boardwalk at Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, several days after a Nor'easter blew through. The boardwalk didn't exist when I was a youngster growing up in Salisbury. In its place was a row of rundown seasonal businesses that had their heyday decades earlier, when Salisbury was considered more of a resort destination. April 2018. 🇺🇲

Well, it's official, my "summer light" morning commutes are over for the year. The commute to work has slowly been getting more congested each morning since early August, when many of the Valley school districts start going back to class, but today brought back the normal hell.

I had planned to spend most of my Labor Day weekend getting my new computer build put together, but the reality is I was up and running by about 10 am yesterday. This was my first time, and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I had made a bootable USB stick for the operating system a few weeks ago, and the BIOS found it at startup with no additional configuration.

I saw a lot of these signs when I drove around the Florida Keys several weeks after Hurricane Irma. Key West, October 2017. 🇺🇲

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The summit of Pic St. Loup, in the Hérault department of France. We hiked here one overcast morning while staying in nearby Montpellier. If you look closely, you'll see the top of the head of @kathryn. May 2019. 🇫🇷

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Oops, I meant to tag you, since you were there too. 😀

The famous Estadio Azteca after a soccer game. Cruz Azul had just defeated Puebla 3-0, and the fans were chanting joyfully. Mexico City, Mexico, July 2018. 🇲🇽

Fifteen years ago this month, I moved from Richmond, Virginia, to Phoenix, Arizona. A few weeks later, Hurricane Gaston hit Richmond hard, particularly my former neighborhood near Shockoe Bottom. The Richmond Times-Dispatch website has some photos of the aftermath.
richmond.com/weather/photos-re

I was the altar server at Mass this morning, as I often am on Mondays. Check out today's intentions! Our parish has a backlog of over six months for intentions, so it's not too hard to imagine what event triggered this.

New computer build underway. I haven't yet decided for sure what I'm putting under the hood, but since this is my first-ever build, I'm going to keep it modest with room to grow. However, I did know I wanted an old-school optical drive, and since it was cheap, I installed it first. I'm hoping to be done by Labor Day.

Why go out for lunch when you have a fridge full of leftovers? I saw rice, so my mind immediately went to stir fry. There was also some Spam, a can of which I opened for breakfast earlier this week. And there were green onions, although not technically leftovers since I bought them for next week's breakfasts. Add a little oil and soy sauce and voilà!

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