An epic road trip in the rearview

Jena and I have just returned from a pretty epic road trip across the western and central parts of the U.S. We were afforded such an opportunity as we just so happen to have ended our employment engagements and are dead set on taking advantage of that reality. Never in our careers have we felt able to take more than two weeks off at a time. We are super excited to see what we can do.

For this trip we had a few goals: get back to Minnesota to see family and attend the Minnesota State Fair, Spend a good amount of time camping—especially in Glacier National Park, Get our Global Entry interview out-of-the-way to pave the way for easier international travel, and basically just relaxing a bit and not thinking about work for the first time in 20 years.

Here are a few stats from this past month:

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Late night ramblings

Tonight was the 2nd meeting of what some* are terming the Twin Cities Social Capital Collective (SCC) and I want to give props to Jake Saba for getting this ball rolling. Between minnebar, SCC, and minnedemo, in September my little web and business communities in Minneapolis and Saint Paul are alive and brimming with excitement.

*Ok I was brainstorming ideas, and this was one of the ideas that came out of my brain but it was one of many :)

I have a feeling many good things are going to be coming out of these events and opportunities and am glad to see them growing. If you are interested in any of these events let me know in the comments and I will post more and/or write privately.

A couple housekeeping notes to clear up:

1) I temporarily launched a new version of Alt Text but then rolled it back when there was some bad mojo with IE. Stupid IE!

2) Some colleagues and I have put up refactr.com – a site devoted to the discussion and encouragement of the Agile method. That’s a good little Agile method. Yes you are! I hope to start actively promoting the site soon, as soon, that is, as we fux some broke ass shit that’s still there.

3) We have our fence up now at the house and are looking to get a 2nd dog any day now. Just trying to find the right pup on PetFinder.com. My preference would be a dog that is mid-to-large sized, scruffy and doesn’t shed much.

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Adios amigos

I am heading south of the border on Thursday and no I don’t mean going to Taco Bell for a chalupa.

My wife and I, and her parents and 2 brothers are traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico for the wedding of Tanya, my wife’s sister.

The town is not on the coast but I am still looking forward to going. I will let you all know more about it on Sunday or Monday when I return.

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I almost forgot to post the photos of my puppy. Here they are.