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Well, I'm still here.  The weather out here has taken a turn for the awesome, and we've had a very snowy fall.  I have a very interesting road ahead of me now.

 

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A substantial portion of my bandwidth is going into getting this house buying thing across the finish line.  The above is the view from the window.  Yes, in Colorado deer are everywhere.  There are issues with the inspection, and I'm hoping the Seller can meet with me near the middle and get us across the finish line.  This will be fairly vague, but I'll keep you updated with the effort.  Pending any luck, I'll be closed before the challenge ends.  

 

Exercise, foam rolling, and diet.  This is just an on going battle.  Getting away from microwaving my food, sitting on my posterior, and not taking care of myself is just a perpetual annoyance.  Good news is I have been taking advantage of the weather and going for walks in the snow.  My goal is simply daily activity, foam rolling, and eating right 2 days a week.  Start easy.

 

Faith.  A touchy topic, but I would be remiss in not listing the biggest struggle I'm in.  While I was in Korea, I ran into a sequence of men who were excellent examples on the faith.  A lot of my questions were answered, and I made the decision to take my faith seriously.  This means altering 20+ year old behaviors.  Fret not, I'm not becoming some holy roller, the more I experience, the more I know that humility is one of the virtues I need to work on.  I don't know what the metric is to measure this by, but this is where the majority of my effort is going for the foreseeable future.  

 

 - Murphy's Roommate

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That’s a beautiful view! Here’s hoping you get to enjoy it daily soon!

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Much appreciated folks.  The inspection objection is in, the die is cast, and we will see what happens.

 

I made it out for a nice walk this evening, low 30's, the snow has melted off mostly, no wind, practically ideal.  Overall this week was a win, I think I only missed one day for the foam rolling/exercise side.  

 

November should be awesome!

 

 - Murphy's Roommate

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Whoo hoo!

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"Cooking" tonight.  It was a rough day at work but I'm working on bouncing back and not letting it get me down.

 

The local supermarket sells pre-set food, like chicken slices wrapped in bacon and covered in bbq sauce.  Place in oven at 425 degrees, flip after 15 minutes, for a total cook time of 30 minutes.  As I'm still in flux, I don't have tongs to flip them, but I do have a multitool!  Adapt and overcome!

 

 - Murphy's Roommate

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On 11/5/2019 at 2:45 AM, Murphy's Roommate said:

The Seller was very reasonable about the inspection objection, so the deal is going forward.  

 

That's great news :D 

 

"The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring."

 

 

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Overall, I agree, with caveats.  I don't let myself fall in love with things, even houses, so I try to stay for even keeled when it comes to home buying.  No deal is so good I can't let it go... That said, I think we're all moving together to a good answer.  Seller gets a good deal, buyer gets a good deal, we both walk away happy.

 

This was a challenging week for work, but I've been more resilient than in the past.  I'll take it.  

 

 - Murphy's Roommate

 

 

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Good news - still here, house is moving forward, may even close on time!

 

Bad news - looks like I got the plague.  This year's flu seems to have a stomach bug component with all the traditional annoyances.  The next week may be a bit rough, but there is only one way through.  

 

I am tentatively allowing myself to dream of HF antennas, home improvement, and cutting down trees (fire mitigation, the area had a bad fire a few years ago).  Not in love, just letting the mind wander.  

 

In other news, I went to a HAM radio club meeting.  They discussed supporting a non-profit doing some endurance sport events in the Colorado Springs area, which is actually pretty fun.  I've done it for the Falcon 50 before up on the Air Force Academy, and while you are practicing for a disaster (accounting for racers is the same as accounting for casualties...) it is good clean fun in the outdoors.   My good deed for the century is volunteering to move some food around this Thanksgiving, mostly because I'll get to play with radios while doing it.  

 

I'll try to be more active, work seems to win pretty hard some days.

 

 - Murphy's Roommate

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The plague well and truly sucks - on this side of the world, we have 2: a lungs-mostly variety and a stomach bug included flavor. Both are crap and coincide with a month in the year a lot of people’s systems are a bit taxed anyways.

 

glad to hear the house stuff is moving forward - and HAM radio sounds fun! I remember my dad always flirting with the idea of getting involved - but in a place where that would be a less useful skill (suburban central Ohio in the 80s). 

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darkfoxx - 

 

The funny thing is El Paso county has about 5000 HAMs here in Colorado.  HAM radio is just a hobby right up until it isn't, and suddenly it is the only game in town.  I was always interested but not really motivated until we had some bad fires out here.  I evacuated when I couldn't see the sky anymore, at 1 p.m., in the summer.  The official notification came via cell phone 30 min later, but if I had been listening to the radio, I would have been much more aware.   Now, it is a really fun capability for going off roading, traveling across the mid-west, and general geekery, but the real point remains the motto of HAM radio "When all else fails."   

 

If your father is still around, or anyone else reading this, it is a wide open hobby, good for everyone from the most sedentary of couch potatoes to ultralight hikers going after 14'ners in the back country.  We've got folks on oxygen whose bodies can't get around well, but they reach out to foreign countries every night over HF.  On the flip side, some really fit folks hike some big mountains to come up and chat with folks just because.  There are satellites on orbit carrying HAM radio repeaters, people bouncing signals off the moon to talk with people on the other side of the world, hand built microwave frequency experimenters and off roaders running cheap factory radios to keep in touch.  There are global networks of transmitters and receivers monitoring the state of the ionosphere to help us figure out which frequencies are open, and regional networks of repeaters so we can rag chew about silly stuff, or communicate in an emergency.  

 

Well, that is probably more than anyone ever wanted to hear about HAM radio.  Good news is, maybe I planted a seed that gets someone into an awesome hobby later.  

 

73's

 

 - Murphy's Roommate

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On 11/16/2019 at 9:03 AM, Murphy's Roommate said:

darkfoxx - 

 

The funny thing is El Paso county has about 5000 HAMs here in Colorado.  HAM radio is just a hobby right up until it isn't, and suddenly it is the only game in town.  I was always interested but not really motivated until we had some bad fires out here.  I evacuated when I couldn't see the sky anymore, at 1 p.m., in the summer.  The official notification came via cell phone 30 min later, but if I had been listening to the radio, I would have been much more aware.   Now, it is a really fun capability for going off roading, traveling across the mid-west, and general geekery, but the real point remains the motto of HAM radio "When all else fails."   

 

If your father is still around, or anyone else reading this, it is a wide open hobby, good for everyone from the most sedentary of couch potatoes to ultralight hikers going after 14'ners in the back country.  We've got folks on oxygen whose bodies can't get around well, but they reach out to foreign countries every night over HF.  On the flip side, some really fit folks hike some big mountains to come up and chat with folks just because.  There are satellites on orbit carrying HAM radio repeaters, people bouncing signals off the moon to talk with people on the other side of the world, hand built microwave frequency experimenters and off roaders running cheap factory radios to keep in touch.  There are global networks of transmitters and receivers monitoring the state of the ionosphere to help us figure out which frequencies are open, and regional networks of repeaters so we can rag chew about silly stuff, or communicate in an emergency.  

 

Well, that is probably more than anyone ever wanted to hear about HAM radio.  Good news is, maybe I planted a seed that gets someone into an awesome hobby later.  

 

73's

 

 - Murphy's Roommate

I’ll have to remind him of that - he’s stuck on wanting to experiment with resin pouring at the moment, but I wonder if I could entice my brother into being a second carrot ... 

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Yaaaaayyyy!!! Congrats!!!

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8 hours ago, Murphy's Roommate said:

Well, this is odd.  I actually succeeded at a challenge item.  We successfully got the house to closing, and the ink is dry on the paper.  Naturally, we closed during a small blizzard, because Colorado.

 

That's great news, congrats! 

 

"The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring."

 

 

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Well, i think I'll mark this challenge as a win.  I'll finish moving in the first wave of stuff today, then I fly cross country to my parents, to pick up a car and a dog, and drive back to Colorado.  After that, and visiting family for Christmas, I'll finally get the rest of my stuff from storage and finish moving in in January.  

 

I wonder what my next challenge will be?

 

 - Murphy's Roommate

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That sounds like the start of a fantastic road trip! 

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