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How did he cause the meltdown? There wasn't any nuclear material on the truck!

Biker hell
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I really like riding my bike to work along the waterfront. Other than freight trains and cargo container hauling lorries, I’m pretty safe. And I often wonder about the agitation between bicyclists and car drivers, and obviously, I tend to lean towards the bike side. Here’s me with my Fuji Police patrol bike.
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This week however, I drove into downtown Seattle to get to the Russell Investment building (with the amazing rooftop park)
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It was hell.

Driving takes a lot of concentration. Couple that with trying to find out where you are and where you are going. Throw in a convoluted one way system, and a bunch of buses, and other cars, and add a swarm of tourists and pedestrians not paying that much attention to where they’re going, and then add cyclists whizzing along at your side.

These poor bastards don’t stand a chance.

As someone who has to deal with drivers, I now see just how hard it is to spot bikes. I was a nervous wreck by the time I reached the building.

They seriously need to add bike lanes, and if there ain’t any, bikes need to endure the inconvenience of going down a few blocks to the waterfront lanes, go along, and then head up to their destination.

I don’t want to waste a fellow biker, but seriously, in downtown, it’s not going to be my fault. There’s just no way to process that amount of visual info.

Still, the office had a great view.
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Birthday clamber
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A trip back to North Bend for my birthday


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Leavenworth
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After being cooked once already, time for a repeat roast
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A trip to Leavenworth
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Leavenworth is way into the Cascades, and in 1962 they decided that the whole place would become a mock Bavarian village. It's pretty weird, everything, even Safeway, Starbucks, all have to use the standard germanic fonts for their logos.
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Anyhoo, we were there not for the tourist stuff, but for the great climbing that can be found in the mountains around it.
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Return to Deception Crags
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Went back to Exit 38 in North Bend with the group and this time, made my very first lead climbs outdoors.
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Playing with Adobe Premiere
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Because everything is better when it has a soundtrack, I started taking tutorials in Premiere and began generating some montages from recent climbing trips.

First go

Then I decided to play with some older photos

And my latest effort

Mount Si, Part 2
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Mount Si, Part 1
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After the exploits at Exit 38, we went down the road to Exit 32 and Mount Si, to try the areas therein…
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Off to Exit 38
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Which is just down the road from where we snowboard during the winter months and now clamber here when it’s toasty out. Washington is awesome.
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Crawdaddy time
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Some pictures from the crawfish food, booze, and sun fest at Leif’s wilderness compound
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