Saturday, October 31, 2020

Where do you See Yourself in 5 Years?

I was making small talk with a new acquaintance at a Halloween Party.  The conversation drifted around a variety of topics including work, raising kids, body building and the value of adversity.  It took a serious turn when he asked, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"  I answered that I would like to be in a research based role in transportation 5 years from now.

It has been a really long time since someone has asked me that.  Historically, that was a pretty standard interview question and I would often try to pose it to myself both professionally and personally.

In 2025, I will be 54 years old.  My first born will me be in college, my second born will be driving and my wife and I will have been married for 20 years.  Where do I see myself?

Professionally, I do still see myself at CDOT, but would be OK if I had another career change.

I do see our family as stable, possibly in a bigger house or different neighborhood (or state or country), but together.  I see myself still having an open relationship with my daughters and a better relationship with my wife.  Maybe time to re-read fighting for your marriage.

Physically, I see myself fit and energetic.  Hopefully still willing to learn and play new sports.  I see myself with a normal A1C and blood pressure among other health indicators.

Spiritually, I see myself better versed with Hindu Scripture.  I see myself engaged in AA, getting to a variety of meetings (finding my tribe as it were) and involved in service work.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sand Dunes National Park

The kids had fall break and we decided to make a trip down to southern Colorado.  The timing worked well as I had to be in Walsenburg on Friday around lunchtime anyway.

The drive down was not bad.  We got on the road mid morning and had lunch at the Denver Biscuit Company in Colorado Springs.  While the biscuit sandwiches were good, my favorite was the fries with mushroom gravy.  We then pushed to Walsenburg where I had about 30 minutes of work to do.  Then we pushed to Sand Dunes Recreation.

This is a real gem that was constructed around hot water which was struck in the 1930's.  The result was balmy pools and a great little restaurant.  We swam around in the water which was in the mid 80's and played on the diving boards.  We also got some snacks.  The $2 chicken tacos are not to be missed and rival my top choice of all the dining we did on this trip.

After swimming we headed to Alamosa to check into the Hampton Inn.  For dinner we decided on Locavores which is a locally sourced eatery.  While my wife and daughter were not impressed with their dishes, I enjoyed the Colorado Cuban.  It was a warm pita filled with pulled pork, a thick slice of ham, swiss cheese and pickled vegetables.

It was here that I found a nice set of Charcuterie Spreaders.  I have been into cheeses lately and this cute set struck my eye and the $17.99 price tag be damned.  For reference, cheese spreaders can be found for $10-$30 on Amazon.

We all got a good nights rest and woke to try out the Hampton Inn breakfast which included cheese omelets (not good), maple sausage (meh), cereal, yogurt, muffins, juices and coffee.  The kids played in the pool and we headed to the Sand Dunes, stopping for an early lunch at El Super Taco.

El Super Taco was a locals referral that we chose because Calvillo's Mexican Restaurant was closed.  We ordered a chicken quesadilla, potato egg and cheese breakfast burrito and a chicken burrito.  All were tasty and a good value, but the breakfast burrito was my favorite.

We arrived at the Sand Dunes and picked up a map and headed to the Visitor Center, which was mostly closed and there was a long line to get into what few exhibits there were.  We quickly headed out and sought parking near the dunes.  The sand was tougher to navigate than I remember and none of us wore the proper footwear, whatever that may be.  We did hike in a ways and attempted to sled down on a snow sled.  Now I know why so many places rented sand sleds.  It was still fun.  After a few hours, we left the park for the drive home.

The kids mostly slept, but woke up hungry just south of Colorado Springs.  We opted for Antlers Wyndham Hotel which featured Duca's Neopolitin Pizza.  We ordered a pizza, build your own pasta and a Piadine (Folded Flatbread Sandwich).  It was actually a half Rosemary Ham Piadine and a half Greek Salad.  The atmosphere was good and service was quick.  While in downtown Colorado Springs we also grabbed a half dozen of Amy's Donuts, before getting back on the road.

The rest of the drive was uneventful and we got home around 9:00 PM.  It was a fun little get away weekend.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

2020 First Presidential Debate

I watched the first 45 minutes of the 2020 Presidential Debate.  The first topic was the Supreme Court.  Then the debate kind of shifted to the coronavirus and mask wearing.  It took a brief diversion to college transcripts.  An interesting departure as both men have been out of school for nearly 60 years.  It then kind of drifted to the economy and tax policy.  Around that point, my 11 year old suggested we play rummy and that was wildly more engaging.

From my perspective the playbooks were pretty clear.  President Trump championed his first four years in office (I intentionally state that he was not defending, but actively promoting his accomplishments).  Meanwhile, Vice President Biden attacked the sitting President's record without offering direction for the country.  I think it would be very easy for decided voters to each claim that their candidate won the debate.  I think it would be very easy for undecided voters to be disillusioned with political discourse in the United States.

I have heard the advertisements say that the country will not survive another four years of President Trump.  I have also heard the advertisements that say Vice President Biden is a socialist who will derail the economy, promote a far left socialist agenda and encourage violence and destruction of the suburbs.

I am not naive enough to think that elections do not have consequences.  The Democrats controlled the Senate from 2007-2015.  During that time health care was pushed through and 2 Supreme Court Justices were seated.  The Republicans have controlled the Senate since 2015 and and have pushed through a tax bill and 2 Supreme Court Justices have been seated.  Americans can still keep and bear arms, Roe v Wade has not been overturned, Brown v Board of Education has not been overturned, ...

There is a divide in the United States with the coasts and densely populated areas trending towards the Democratic party and the central states and rural areas trending towards the Republican party.  Only 2 states, Minnesota and Nebraska could be considered split or non-partisan.

The hot button issues of the day are as old as the country itself.  There is a debate over social equality versus traditional social values.  There is a debate between an economic safety net versus deregulation which allows a rising tide to raise all ships.  There is a debate between the United States being a world superpower or isolating itself from the world's woes.

One doomsday scenario is the breakup of the United States.  This does not seem like the end of the world to me.  The borders in Europe have been evolving over the last 100 years.  The Indian Subcontinent divided into India and Pakistan after the British abandoned the colony.  The U.S.S.R broke up during my lifetime.  The Middle East has been a hot mess and will continue to be so for the near future.  

I could see the US breaking up into the NE United States (roughly the Union States at the time of the Civil War).  The SE United States (roughly the Confederacy).  The Republic of Texas.  The Prairie States.  The western United States could band together, but Utah may form its own Republic.  The Native Americans will likely want a swath of the Prairie States.  Hawaii will likely go back to being a Kingdom.  I am not sure what would become of Alaska.  

All of these areas have natural resources and economic opportunities.  All of these areas have belief systems that are fairly unique in terms of social values and economic concerns.  None of these areas would fail to mount a defense, especially if loosely joined together (like NATO).  None of these areas would cry foul if they did not have to pay Federal taxes and argue about how those taxes were redistributed.  

Coming up with 10-15 new flags, might be tough, but if Mississippi can find a way so could the new countries made up of the former United States.

Yes, the economy would suffer, but it would stabilize much as the European Union has.  Yes, some regions would decline as Pakistan has not had the same economic success as India.  Nor has North Korea had the same economic success as South Korea.  Yes, China would be the lone world superpower and have even more influence in world affairs than it does now.

Abraham Lincoln boldly proclaimed that "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  The United States is divided.  The Electoral College versus the Popular Vote has been a media darling for quite some time.  The two party system is an anathema never conceived by the writers of the Constitution.  The conservative and liberal leanings of the Supreme Court is a constant source of agony for those who realize the court is doing the legislating that the legislature cannot.  The cooling saucer that is the Senate now allows the 26 smallest states with only 18% of the population to have 52 of 100 Senate seats.  The compromises that have created our current system of government were the direct results of 13 fiercely independent colonies that wanted to be left alone to farm.

In the words of Thomas Jefferson, "I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."  If you would prefer a more recent reference, in the words of Clemenza from the 1972 film, The Godfather, "That's all right.  These things gotta happen every five years or so, ten years.  Helps to get rid of the bad blood."

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Digital Library

I did not realize how extensive my digital library was.  30 Non-Fiction; 42 Fiction; 26 title for the wife and kids. At 98 titles, it rivals my print library.  By contrast it heavily leans to fiction.  With a large collection of fantasy novels.  The non-fiction is a good smattering of self help, training, biography, outdoor and adventure and some business books.

It is interesting to note that there is very little overlap between my print and digital acquisitions.  My first digital purchase was in 2011 and my most recent print purchase was in 2015.  I can honestly say that aside from reference books (read as numismatic books), it is unlikely that I will purchase print books in the future.


Self Help (8)
  • AA World Services. The Big Book of Alcoholic Anonymous. 8/1/2020
  • Carnegie, Dale. How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age 12/12/2017
  • Clear, James. Atomic Habits 12/7/2018 
  • Gladwell, Malcolm. Talking to Strangers 9/13/2019
  • Halpern, Justin. Sh*t My Dad Says. 8/13/2012
  • Halpern, Justin. I Suck at Girls. 5/16/2012
  • Keltner, Kim Wong. Tiger Babies Strike Back 12/3/2013
  • Markman, Howard J. Fighting for Your Marriage 3/7/2014
Training (5)
  • Canaday, Sage. Running for the Hansons 4/13/2012
  • Draper, Dave. Brother Iron, Sister Steel. 6/23/2020
  • Fitzgerald, Matt. Iron War 12/30/2011
  • Koskella, Kevin. The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming and Training 9/25/2012
  • McCormack, Chris. I'm Here to Win 5/28/2011
Biography/Memoir (3)
  • Clements, Jonathan. 48 and Counting 8/29/2014
  • Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle. A Memoir. 3/6/2020
  • Westover, Tara. Educated: A Memoir 11/19/2019
Coins (1)
  • Plant, Richard. Arabic Coins and How to Read Them 4/18/2016
Outdoor and Adventure (3)
  • Eichar, Donnie. Dead Mountain: The Untold Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident 11/26/2014
  • Kurson, Robert. Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship 6/30/2015
  • Stone, William. Beyond the Deep: The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave 11/21/2013
Other/Business (10)
  • Carter, Paul. Don't Tell Mom I Work the Rigs 10/13/2017 
  • Epstein, Alex. The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 10/18/2017
  • Ridley, Matt. The Rational Optimist 11/3/2017
  • Yergin, Daniel. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power 5/16/2017
  • Zuckerman, Gregory. The Frackers. 12/12/2017
  • Collins, Jim. Great by Choice. 2/22/2012
  • Gawande, Atul. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End 3/24/2015
  • Ritholtz, Barry. Bailout Nation. 11/10/2011
  • Shubaly, Mishka. The Long Run 2/7/2012 
  • Sinek, Simon. Leaders Eat Last 5/1/2018 
Fiction (42)
  • Connelly, Michael. The Brass Verdict (book 2) 7/2/2011
  • Connelly, Michael. A Reversal (book 3) 9/13/2011
  • Connelly, Michael. The Fifth Witness (book 4) 11/10/2011
  • Clavell, James. Shogun (Asian Saga Book 1) 10/18/2014
  • Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl: A Novel 11/15/2013
  • Grossart, Chuck. The Gemini Effect 3/10/2015
  • Hall, Elizabeth. Miramont's Ghost 1/6/2015
  • Harbach, Chad. The Art of Fielding: A Novel 1/12/2012
  • Hawkins, Paul. The Girl on the Train: A Novel 3/24/2015
  • Martin, George R.R. A Song of Fire and Ice (book 1) 2/14/2014
  • Martin, George R.R. A Clash of Kings (book 2) 3/4/2014
  • Martin, George R.R. A Storm of Swords (book 3) 3/29/2014
  • Martin, George R.R. A Feast for Crows (book 4) 5/6/2014
  • Martin, George R.R. A Dance with Dragons (book 5) 6/29/2014
  • Martin, George R.R. Rogues 9/1/2016
  • McGuire, Paul. Jack Tripper Stole My Dog. 12/17/2014
  • Michaelides, Alex. The Silent Patient 12/10/2019
  • Moriarty, Liane. The Husband's Secrete 9/24/2014
  • Palahniuk, Chuck. Adjustment Day: A Novel 9/27/2018
  • Reed, Deborah. Things We Set on Fire 11/14/2013
  • Roth, Veronica. Divergent 8/19/2014
  • Rothfuss, Patrick. The Name of the Wind (book 1) 1/27/2014
  • Rothfuss, Patrick. A Wise Man's Fear (book 2) 2/6/2014
  • Rothfuss, Patrick. The Slow Regard of Silent Things 1/3/2015
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1) 7/14/2015
  • Sanderson, Brandon. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2) 9/3/2015
  • Sanderson, Brandon. Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive 11/27/2017
  • Sanderson, Brandon. Mistborn: The Final Empire 11/25/2015
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Well of Ascension: Book Two of Mistborn 12/12/2015
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn 12/27/2015 
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel 2/21/2016 
  • Sanderson, Brandon. Shadows of Self: A Mistborn Novel 3/10/2016
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Bands of Mourning: A Mistborn Novel 4/27/2016
  • Sanderson, Brandon. Mistborn: Secret History 5/24/2016
  • Stephenson, Neal. Fall: or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel 7/7/2019
  • Stephenson, Neal. Seveneves: A Novel 5/26/2016
  • Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give 11/24/2019
  • Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina 2/6/2013
  • Tripathi, Amish. The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy Book 1) 12/17/2014
  • Verghese, Abraham. Cutting for Stone. 5/19/2011 First Kindle book
  • Wood, Simon. The One That Got Away. 2/5/2015
  • Zandri, Vincent. Everything Burns 1/6/2015
Ratna/Diya/Nisha (26)
  • Bartlett, L.L. Murder on the Mind (?) 2/6/2013
  • Brown, Dan. Inferno: A Novel (Ratna) 11/15/2013
  • Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Nisha) 4/23/2018
  • Dadey, Debbie. The Crook and the Crown (Mermaid Tales Book 13) (Diya) 11/28/2016
  • Eberly, Chelsea. Surf Princess Barbie (Nisha) 11/5/2014
  • Hankins, James. The Prettiest One: A Thriller (?) 9/3/2015
  • Hickman, Martha. Healing After Loss (Ratna) 12/28/2016
  • Hill, Jessica. Weight Watchers Vegetarian Recipes. (Ratna) 4/16/2012
  • McDermott, Alan. Gray Justice. (?) 4/16/2012
  • Meadows, Daisy. Rainbow Magic Special Edition (Nisha) 6/1/2016
  • Meadows, Daisy. Rainbow Magic Special Edition: Selena the Sleepover Fairy (Diya) 12/19/2015
  • Meadows, Daisy. Rainbow Magic Special Edition: Keira the Movie Star Fairy (Nisha) 12/19/2015
  • Meyer, Stephanie. Eclipse (?) 12/30/2012
  • Munshower, Suzanne. Younger (?) 3/10/2015
  • Patterson, James. Now You See Her (Ratna) 7/9/2013
  • Pulley, D.M. The Dead Key (?) 2/5/2015
  • Pyne, Erin. The Secret Garden of Zombies (Diya) 4/18/2018 
  • Riddle, A.G., The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) (?) 3/12/2020
  • Scott, Kameron. Arctic Heat (?) 2/6/2013
  • Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope (Diya) 12/22/2018
  • Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl (Nisha) 6/19/2020
  • Stilton, Geronimo. Creepella von Cackefur (Diya) 6/1/2016
  • Taylor, Melissa. Pinterest Savvy (Ratna) 4/2/2013
  • Taye, Kiru. Keeping Secrets (The Essien Trilogy Book 1) (?) 6/9/2019
  • Vernon, Ursula. Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble (Nisha) 4/18/2018 
  • Webster, Christy. Barbie: A Fairy Secret (Diya) 11/5/2014

Friday, September 18, 2020


I have some idea of how I accumulated so much non-fiction.  I tend to get hyper-focused on an activity and it becomes all consuming.  If I stick with a hobby or interest for a long enough period of time, I will accumulate a good number of books.  My numismatic library currently includes (70) references.

I have often gravitated to self help books to get out of a rut.  I am not sure if these are keepers or not.

I believe in Hinduism, but have only read (1) of the (8) books in my library.  All keepers.

The cookbooks were fun, but my interest quickly passed.  

I have often read business books, but have not owned very many.  (2) of the (3) I am keeping were inscribed to me.

I was not surprised that I had (21) poker books considering my peak playing years spanned over a decade from 1999-2012.  I have read most of them and a couple of them are collectible.  I would like to sell most of these.

The Outdoors and Adventure section has turned into a hodgepodge with adventure racing, bicycling, mountaineering, reloading, running, scuba diving, triathlon and a smattering of random selections that total (30) works.  I have read all but (7) of them.  I could definitely thin this section out.

My (4) training books are primarily reference.  Definite keepers.

The last (10) books according to Dewey are pretty random and mostly biographies that do not fit anywhere else.  The only one I am ready to part with is the Grateful Dead book.

I was very pleased that all of the books I am keeping can now live on two bookshelves.

Non-Fiction (88)

Self Help (10) Dewey 158 Applied Psychology
  • Carlson, Richard. DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF... 1997. Paperback.
  • Chopra, Deepak. THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS. 1994. Hardback
  • Gray, John. MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS. 1992. Hardback.
  • Hart, William. THE ART OF LIVING VIPASSANA MEDITATION. 1987. Paperback
  • Johnson, Spencer. WHO MOVED MY CHEESE. 1998. Hardback.
  • Lakein, Alan. HOW TO GET CONTROL OF YOUR TIME AND YOUR LIFE. 1973. Paperback
  • Markman, Stanley and Blumberg. FIGHTING FOR YOUR MARRIAGE. 1994. Paperback (two copies, donate one)
  • Robbins, Anthony. AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN. 1991. Paperback.
  • Tzu, Sun. THE ART OF WAR. 1993. Paperback.
Hinduism (8) - Dewey 200-299 Religion
  • Chinmayananda, Swami. THE HOLY GEETA. Hardback. (Kewal Gupta personal copy)
  • Howley, John. A SIMPLE INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM. 1998. Paperback.
  • Parathasarathy, A. VEDANTA TREATISE. 1997. Hardback (from library of Kewal Gupta)
  • Prabhupada, A.C.B. Swami. BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS. 1983. Hardback. (from library of Mukesh Contractor)
  • Prabhupada, A.C.B. Swami. KRSNA THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD VOLUME I. 1972. Hardback.
Cooking (2) Dewey 641 Food & Drink
  • Thomas and Lim. THE FEED ZONE COOKBOOK. 2011. Hardback
  • Thomas and LIm. THE FEED ZONE PORTABLES. 2013. Hardback.
Business (Keep 3 of 6) Dewey 658 General Management
  • Birla, Madan. FEDEX DELIVERS. 2005. Hardback.
  • Birla, Madan. UNLEASHING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION. 2014. Hardback (inscribed by author to Sanjiv and Priya November 9, 2013).
  • Bradbury and Greaves. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE 2.0. 2009. Hardback. (donate)
  • Collins and Porras. BUILT TO LAST. 1994. Hardback (donate)
  • Collins, Jim. GOOD TO GREAT. 2001. Hardback (inscribed to Sanjiv)
  • Rath and Conchie. STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP. 2008. Hardback. (donate)
Poker and Gambling (21) - Dewey 794 Indoor Games of Skill
  • Cappelletti, Mike. HOW TO WIN AT OMAHA HIGH-LOW POKER. 2003. Paperback. (donate?)
  • Deppen, Dan. POT LIMIT OMAHA 8 REVEALED. 2010. Paperback
  • Dittmar, Pat. PRACTICAL POKER MATH. 2008. Paperback. (sell on Ebay?)
  • Dowling, Allen. THE GREAT AMERICAN PASTIME. 1970. Hardback
  • Dowling, Allen. THE RAW, ROWDY WORLD OF POKER. 1973. Hardback
  • Foster, R.F. FOSTER'S PRACTICAL POKER. 1905. Hardback
  • Jones, Lee. WINNING LOW LIMIT HOLD'EM 2ND EDITION. 2000. Paperback.
  • Goodman and Goodman. YOUR BEST BET. 1975. Paperback.
  • Gordon, Phil. LITTLE BLUE BOOK. 2006. Hardback.
  • Gordon, Phil. LITTLE GREEN BOOK. 2005. Hardback.
  • Harrington, David. HARRINGTON ON HOLD'EM. VOLUME 1 STRATEGIC PLAY. 2004. Paperback.
  • Hayano, David. POKER FACES. 1982. Hardback. Ex Library. (sell on Ebay?)
  • King, Jack. CONFESSIONS OF A POKER PLAYER. 1940. Hardback
  • King, Jack. UNDER THE ROUND TABLE. 1960. Hardback
  • Krieger, Lou. HOLD'EM EXCELLENCE. 1995. Paperback.
  • Othmer, Konstantin. SEVEN CARD STUD POKER. 1996. Paperback
  • Thorp, Edward O. BEAT THE DEALER. 1962. Paperback
  • Slanskey and Malmuth. HOLD'EM POKER FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS. 1994. Signed by Robert Larabee.
  • Slanskey. THE THEORY OF POKER. 1994. Paperback. Signed by Troy Wilson.
  • Yardley, Herbert O. THE EDUCATION OF A POKER PLAYER. 1957. Hardback. (donate?)
  • Zee, Ray. HIGH-LOW-SPLIT POKER. 1994. Paperback.
Outdoors and Adventure (30) - Dewey 796 Athletic & Outdoor Sports & Games
  • Ament and McCarty. HIGH OVER BOULDER 5TH EDITION. 1995. Paperback
  • Anker and Roberts. THE LOST EXPLORER FINDING MALLORY ON MOUNT EVEREST. 1999. Hardback (inscribed by author to Sanjiv)
  • Breashears, David. HIGH EXPOSURE. 1999. Paperback.
  • Butcher, Pat. THE PERFECT DISTANCE. 2004. Hardback.
  • Caldwell and Siff. ADVENTURE RACING. THE ULTIMATE GUIDE. 2001. Paperback (signed by authors)
  • Cavendish, Mark. BOY RACER. 2010. Paperback
  • Coleman, Stuart Holmes. EDDIE WOULD GO. 2001 Hardback.
  • Emery, Neal (editor). HORNADY HANDBOOK OF CARTRIDGE RELOADING 9TH EDITION. 2012. Hardback.
  • Graydon and Hanson editors. MOUNTAINEERING THE FREEDOM OF THE HILLS 6TH EDITION. 1997. Paperback
  • Harding and Snalam. GET OUT OF TOWN. 1994. Paperback.
  • Herzog, Maurice. ANNAPURNA. 1997. Paperback.
  • Hinault, Bernard. MEMORIES OF THE PELETON. 1989. Paperback
  • Hlawaty, Stephen. MOUNTAIN BIKE AMERICA COLORADO. 2000. Paperback. (donate)
  • Hoad and Moore. THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST ENDURANCE CHALLENGES. 2012. Hardback.
  • Jordan, Jennifer. SAVAGE SUMMIT THE STORIES OF THE FIRST FIVE WOMEN WHO CLIMBED K2. 2005. Hardback. (inscribed to Anne?)
  • Krakauer, John. INTO THIN AIR. 1997. Paperback.
  • Krakauer, John. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY. 2010. Paperback.
  • Kurson, Robert. SHADOW DIVERS. 2004. Paperback.
  • Lear, Chris. SUB 4:00 ALAN WEBB AND THE QUEST FOR THE FASTEST MILE. 2003. Hardback.
  • Mallett, Jef. TRIZOPHRENIA. 2009. Paperback
  • Moller, Lorraine Mary. ON THE WINGS OF MERCURY. 2007. Paperback (signed by author).
  • Murakami, Haruki. WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING. 2008. Hardback.
  • Murphy and Mackenzie. UNBREAKABLE RUNNER. 2014. Paperback. 
  • Parker, Scott F. RUNNING AFTER PREFONTAINE. 2011. Paperback.
  • Vordenburg, Pete. MOMENTUM: CHASING THE OLYMPIC DREAM. 2002. Paperback.
  • Webster, Ed. SNOW IN THE KINGDOM. 2000. Hardback (inscribed to Sanjiv)
Training (4) - Dewey 796 Athletics & Outdoor Sports & Games
  • King, Ernest J. Aviation Training Division United States Navy. GYMNASTICS AND TUMBLING. 1944. Hardback. Purchased via 9/14/2016.
  • Paoli and Sherbondy. FREE+STYLE. 2014. Hardback
  • Rippetoe, Mark. STARTING STRENGTH 3RD EDITION. 2013. Paperback.
  • Starrett, Kelly. BECOMING A SUPPLE LEOPARD. 2015. Hardback.
Other (10) - Dewey 920 Biography
  • Buffett, Jimmy. WHERE IS JOE MERCHANT. 1992. Hardback. - ?
  • Gans and Simon. GRATEFUL DEAD PLAYING IN THE BAND. 1985. Paperback (donate) - Biography/History
  • Germantown High School. THE SIGN OF A RED DEVIL FOOTPRINTS. 1989. Hardback. Yearbook
  • Gleick, James. CHAOS MAKING A NEW SCIENCE. 1987. Paperback. - Science
  • McDonald, Hamish. MAHABHARATA IN POLYESTER. 2010. Paperback (sell on Ebay) - Biography/History
  • Poundstone, William. FORTUNE'S FORMULA. 2005. Hardback. (sell on Ebay?) - ?
  • Reinfeld, Fred. THE COMPLETE CHESSPLAYER. 1953. Paperback - Chess
  • Solotaroff, Paul. THE BODY SHOP. 2010. Hardback (?) - Biography
  • Whitehead, John C. A LIFE IN LEADERSHIP. 2005. Hardback - Biography


As I was going through my books, I was surprised at how few fiction books I had.  I do enjoy reading fiction, but I guess it is easier to find fiction and novels at the library.  I pared a few as I have not read them or have no interest in re-reading them.  I kept (1) that I want to read and (7) that I would either read again or have some meaning to me.

Fiction (Keep 8 of 13)
  • Crichton, Michael. A CASE OF NEED. 1968. Paperback (not read, donate)
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. THE IDIOT. 1969 Paperback (donate)
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. THE POSSESSED. 1962 Paperback (donate)
  • Follett, Ken. THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH. 1989. Paperback (not read)
  • Hughes, Johnny. TEXAS POKER WISDOM. 2007. Paperback (read, donate)
  • Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE. 1967. Paperback (read, donate)
  • McGuire, Paul. LOST  VEGAS. 2010. Paperback (read)
  • Parker Jr., John L. ONCE A RUNNER. 2009. Hardcover.
  • Pirsig, Robert M. ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE. 1999. Paperback. (read)
  • Rand, Ayn. ATLAS SHRUGGED. 1957 Paperback (read)
  • Tripathi, Amish. SHIVA TRILOGY 2 THE SECRET OF THE NAGAS. 2012 Paperback (read)
  • Tripathi, Amish. SHIVA TRILOGY 3 THE OATH OF THE VAYAPUTRAS. 2013 Paperback (read)
  • Verghese, Abraham. THE TENNIS PARTNER. 1998. Paperback (read)


Over the course of my lifetime, I have studied Mechanical Engineering, Biotechnology, Medicine and Business.  I have worked as an Engineer for three different companies and have accumulated a tremendous amount of books that I have thinned periodically over the years.  This is my next big push to clear the clutter.  For now I am still going to hold onto Ambulatory Medicine, Northwestern's Graduate School Bulletin and Riley and Zachary's Mechanics of Materials.  Everything else will be donated or sold on Ebay.

Textbooks (Keep 3 of 36)
  • Bodie, Kane and Marcus. INVESTMENTS 6TH EDITION. 2005. University of Colorado MBA Program. (donate)
  • Brigham and Ehrhardt. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT THEORY AND PRACTICE 11TH EDITION. 2005. University of Colorado MBA Program. (donate)
  • Cohen, Lou. QUALITY FUNCTION DEPLOYMENT. 1995. StorageTek. (donate).
  • Cotran, Kumar and Robbins. ROBBINS PATHOLOGICAL BASIS OF DISEASE 5TH EDITION. 1994. Indiana University School of Medicine. (donate)
  • Creveling, Slutsky and Antis. DESIGN FOR SIX SIGMA. 2003. (sell on Ebay)
  • Dovich & Wortman. CRE PRIMER 4TH EDITION. 2009. Oracle. (sell on Ebay)
  • Electro-Craft Corp. DC MOTORS SPEED CONTROLS SERVO SYSTEMS. 1978. Paperback. StorageTek (donate).
  • EMJ. MATERIALS RESOURCE. Binder. StorageTek (donate)
  • EMJ. TECHNICAL RESOURCE. Binder. StorageTek (donate)
  • Fox and McDonald. INTRODUCTION TO FLUID MECHANICS 3RD EDITION. 1985. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering. (donate)
  • Higgins, Robert C. ANALYSIS FOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 7TH EDITION. 2004. Paperback. University of Colorado MBA Program (donate)
  • Hull, John C. OPTIONS, FUTURES AND OTHER DERIVATIVES 6TH EDITION. 2006. University of Colorado MBA Program. (donate)
  • Incropera and DeWitt. FUNDAMENTALS OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER 3RD EDITION. 1990. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering. (donate)
  • International Correspondence Schools. THE MECHANICS HANDBOOK 7TH EDITION. 1904. Pocket Edition. (donate)
  • Lind, Marchal and Wathen. BASIC STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS & ECONOMICS 4TH EDITION. 2003. University of Colorado MBA Program (donate)
  • Meinders, Mijiritskii, Peterson and Wuttig. OPTICAL DATA STORAGE PHASE-CHANGING MEDIA AND RECORDING. 2006. Hardback. Oracle (sell on Ebay).
  • Mengel and Schwiebert. AMBULATORY MEDICINE 2ND EDITION. 1996. Indiana University School of Medicine. (keep)
  • Moses and Cape. BIOTECHNOLOGY. 1991. Northwestern University M.S. Biotechnology (donate)
  • Myers, Allen R. MEDICINE 2ND EDITION. 1994. Indian University School of Medicine. (donate)
  • Northwestern University. THE GRADUATE SCHOOL BULLETIN 1993/95. 1993. Paperback. Northwestern University M.S. Biotechnology (keep)
  • Ono, R. Dana. THE BUSINESS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY. 1991. Hardback. Northwestern University M.S. Biotechnology. (donate)
  • Park and Lakes. BIOMATERIALS AN INTRODUCTION 2ND EDITION. 1992. Northwestern University M.S. Biotechnology. (donate)
  • Patton, Fuchs, Hille, Scher, Steiner. TEXTBOOK OF PHYSIOLOGY 21ST EDITION VOLUME I. 1989. Indiana University School of Medicine. (donate)
  • Patton, Fuchs, Hille, Scher, Steiner. TEXTBOOK OF PHYSIOLOGY 21ST EDITION VOLUME II. 1989. Indiana University School of Medicine. (donate)
  • Precision Steel Warehouse, Inc. A TECHNICAL HANDBOOK OF FLAT ROLLED STEEL. 1998. Ring Bound. StorageTek (donate)
  • Rabenstein, Albert. ELEMENTARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3RD EDITION. 1982. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering (donate)
  • Reliance Steel & Aluminum Company. STOCK REFERENCE BOOK METALS. Ring bound. StorageTek (donate)
  • Riley and Zachary. INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICS OF MATERIALS. 1989. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering (keep)
  • Ryerson Tull. STOCK LIST. 2003. Ring Bound. StorageTek (donate)
  • Shigley and Uicker. THEORY OF MACHINES AND MECHANISMS. 1980. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering (donate)
  • Stickney and Weil. FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 10TH EDITION. 2003. University of Colorado MBA Program. (donate)
  • Wark, Kenneth. THERMODYNAMICS 5TH EDITION. 1988. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering. (donate)
  • Wark, Kenneth. TABLES AND FIGURES TO ACCOMPANY THERMODYNAMICS. 1988. Paperback. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering. (donate)
  • Werth, Barry. THE BILLION DOLLAR MOLECULE. 1994. Hardback. Northwestern University M.S. Biotechnology. (donate)
  • Woodburne and Burkel. ESSENTIALS OF HUMAN ANATOMY 9TH EDITION. 1994. Indiana University School of Medicine. (donate)

Monday, September 07, 2020

YMCA Camp Jackson

This past weekend, our family had the wonderful opportunity to attend family camp at YMCA Camp Jackson near Rye, Colorado.  The came is tucked away in San Isabel National Forest and was surprisingly lush at 8200 feet in elevation.  There is a nearby Boy Scouts camp and Lake Isabel recreation area.

While the camp was founded in 1916, it is surprisingly modern with a gorgeous main lodge, sturdy cabins and functional bath houses.  Each family was assigned a cabin that is designed to sleep up to 14 campers, so it was very spacious.

We checked in on Friday night and were assigned a cabin and allowed to sign up for activities.  They offered canoeing, archery, riflery, high ropes and rock climbing.  A family could sign up for 45 minute time slots.

Saturday morning breakfast was at 8:00 sharp and our camp counselors set up table and families would typically sit together.  They served pancakes and sausage, but offered vegan options as well.  Our first activity was canoeing at nearby Beckwith Reservoir.  It was a very scenic lake and a very calm day.  We paddled around for about 30 minutes and then spent some time skipping stones.

Lunch was served at 12:00 sharp and consisted of chili (again a vegetarian option was available).  We enjoyed lunch and then headed to Archery.  For archery we used 54" recurve bows with a draw weight of 16#.  We were shooting at targets about 10 yards away.  The draw weight was light enough that both my kids could enjoy it.  We never got really good, but by the end, we could all hit the target.

Our next activity was riflery.  We were shooting in the prone position with 0.22 caliber rifles at targets about 25 yards away.  As with archery, the primary objective was safety with a taste for how to operate the implement.  The rifles were configured as bolt action loading one round at a time.  It took everybody a little time to get familiar with how to load a shell, but eventually we all got shots off.  The kids could not hit the target, but explaining how to aim was tricky.

Our final activity for the day was the high ropes course.  In the interest of time, they only had one section open which consisted of scrambling up a 45 foot telephone pole (7' of which was buried underground) to a platform and then taking a "leap of faith" to a trapeze style bar about 5-6' away.   Only me and my first born participated, but it was fun.  For high ropes, we were in climbing harnesses with a chest harness as well.

Dinner that night was served at 5:30 sharp and consisted of burgers.  They had black bean burgers and veggie burgers for the non-meat eaters.  After dinner they had a propane "campfire" with sing-a-longs and skits.  I was very impressed with how animated and enthusiastic the camp counselors were.

Sunday morning breakfast was again served at 8:00 sharp and consisted of ham and eggs.  Our only scheduled activity for the day was rock climbing.  We were introduced to how to tie in and climbing safety and then took turns on a 40-50 foot rock wall.  Both of my daughters and I participated and we all made it up the first wall.  Only my first born took a shot at the second wall and she was not able to finish it.  As we had some extra time, we took another stab at archery and enjoyed it even more the second time.

We finally cleared out our cabin and packed up the car to hit the road and head home.  We were fortunate enough to meet up with friends in Colorado Springs to break up the drive.

I would definitely go to a YMCA camp again.  YMCA is founded in Christian values and the development of spirit, mind and body is universal.  When we go again, I would pack a little differently.  I would bring a sheet, 2 pillows and a blanket instead of 1 pillow and a sleeping bag.  I would also pack snacks, my favorite tea and better hiking shoes.  I would also not bother packing cards or outdoor games, there is already so much to enjoy in the outdoors.

All in all it was super fun and an opportunity to spend time together without the hustle and bustle of life or the constant distraction of electronics.

Another fun perk was that it was organized by parents from our elementary school so we knew nearly everyone there.  That was a real benefit in that the kids could play together and I could enjoy some of the peace and quiet by reading a book.

In the future, we may even find ourselves going to the local rifle range, picking up an archery set to take to Bear Creek Lake or find some some top roping routes nearby.

Thursday, August 13, 2020


 I can finally eat on the left side of my mouth again!

Halsa dental placed my implant yesterday and it feels pretty good.  Unfortunately, my dental health still is not tip top and I have some cavities that need to be filled.  Given the cost of the implant, this means that I will probably push the flap surgeries on the left side of my mouth to the 2021-2022 billing year.