Oh to live in interesting times…


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Great conversation with a friend yesterday – end game “being a parent changes you.” What in the end it does is decrease your tolerance for BS at home and increase your tolerance for BS elsewhere. It also changes why you work. Certainly if you love what you are doing (I do, again finally) it makes things easier but you don’t just go to work for yourself now. You go to take care of the little freeloaders that live with you now.

For those following the floor saga at home, the floor is now done. The deck is painted IU colors, to advertise to space that we are in fact IU supporters. I refuse however, to decorate my mini with an IU decal. You’d have to ask my father as to why I don’t put bumper stickers on cars.

I’ve been talking a lot about my ideas around a law of innovation on my architecture blog. Its something that has intrigued me for a long time. That brings me to another topic I love inspiration. I am inspired by people, art in any form and sometimes simply by the wonder of nature. Seeing a hawk or an Osprey soaring over 270 (while I sit in traffic) is inspiring. Sometimes it is the simple things that cause us to wonder.

The biggest inspiration for me is the people I work around, with and interact with on-line. People that I haven’t seen in years, or people I see everyday. I find wonder in humans. Not wonder in the broad nasty sense of why are they here taking up space. Simply in how people think, talk and act. Actions show the type of person you are. I find that over the years I have collected friends whose actions are honorable in all cases. That when reflecting makes me happy. I find myself around people that I may question an action but never their intent for that action. I may wonder why they have chosen to complete the task the way they have done. I do not question however their integrity in doing the task.

Its inspiring for me to be around great people. Its why every time I’ve been around a layoff, and every future layoff I am a part of, I will always make sure my friends are ok before worrying about myself. That collected mass of people inspire me and from that in my world springs loyalty.

Time to get rolling!

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Time to think–and the thoughts that produces…


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The wonder and joy of Facebook. I connected with an old friend this week. Someone I haven’t thought about or had a chance to connect with in more than 25 years. That is the joy and wonder of Facebook.

We are heading for a weekend of 80 degree weather. I am not sure I want to shake off the wonderful 70 degree days. I guess in the end it is inevitable that we march ever onward towards summer.

I have time to think now, which according to those around me isn’t always the best thing while commuting now. There are some fairly large stretches of time where the car moves two inches in 12 minutes. So like I said time to disengage the rear of the brain and wander the universe.

Yesterday I was considering a lesson about reliance on our senses versus feeling the world around us. So for a moment I ignored what my eyes were blasting at me (car bumpers) and tried tor each beyond the bumpers and stalled traffic to the wonder. Beyond the edges of what and how lies a world of amazing things. My ears caught the sound of the cars motor almost purring. Its power harnessed at least for a time by the yoke around me. I felt the radio penetrate my ear and flowing into my brain evoke the wonder of music. I heard the sound of the wind blowing gently on the side of the car. I watched the trees ahead of me swaying.

Then traffic moved again.

Focus on the moments of infinite beauty around you. Locked in each of those is a memory to carry the rest of your life. Dylan’s namesake Dylan Thomas said “Do not go gentle into that good night.” I would add to the masters work by saying do not forget the journey that led you to the night. Remember the what and why of the light as well as raging against its passing.

Remember the wonder of the world.

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Long day…short night…


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Yesterday evening 2.5 hours to drive 31 miles. DC Traffic sucks. This weekend I am going to research other options to get across the river (that is the choke point on the capital beltway). When I moved to DC I had a dear friend tell me never take a DC job where you have to cross a bridge. I took the right job so that isn’t the issue. Just need to figure a way around the traffic.

According to the NetAtmo rain gauge we got 3 + inches of rain yesterday. It averaged from (and I only checked personally three times but the software gives you this information –way cool) .1 inches of rain per hour to a high of just over .75 inches of rain.

The dogs freaked out when the kids left last night. The 10 minutes the house was empty and they freaked. So out the door and through the dog fence they went. A nice neighbor found them, called and returned them. They were none the worse for the wear but they don’t like big storms when they are alone. The fence is going in in 2 weeks so I can’t wait.

All-in-all an eventful day. If anyone is interested my new Safegov post went up. Its at http://safegov.org when you get to the home page search for Scott Andersen – you will see all my posts. The most current is at the top of the list.

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Hump Day–whoo hooo….


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Raven doesn’t like thunderstorms. She woke Nick, then Luke then me up last night to let us know at 3:30 am that the thunder we were hearing in fact was disturbing her. Dylan didn’t like thunder when he first got to the house, but now he doesn’t care as much. He ended up going into the room where Raven was and I think that helped her feel better. Nick ended up with Raven as the end. She has decided that the boys belong to her now.

I think I need to start getting up even earlier to get everything done in the day. I’ve got a lot of moving pieces that in the end will drive me nuts. I didn’t walk at all Monday and had an abbreviated walk yesterday. Somehow I need to get on a walking schedule that works with my new schedule.

Someone called in a threat against the boys school yesterday so the school evacuated the building.  The poor boys had to stand in the cold/damp conditions for an hour and a half. Luke said “I wasn’t scared, just bored.” Nick said “I was hoping it wasn’t a bomb. I left Jaki’s copy of “A princess bride” in the building. If that blew up she would kill me.”

In the end the school communicated with us, and all was well. I did think about having Jaki go to the school and get them (she even offered) but decided that wasn’t the best course of action. In the end the boys were fine. Although they mentioned that more than a 1/3 of the school was gone their parents came and picked them up.

I am over allergies. If anyone would like mine email you address and I will send them post haste.

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Rainy Day, Monday and a long commute…


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Rain and DC = long commute.

Day 1 done.

Easier day one than July 11, 2011.

I guess we all mature at different rates.

Got home late, fried in fact so we didn’t go on a walk. That is the first day we’ve missed walking Raven since she joined us more than 4 weeks ago. She and Dylan glared at me for awhile when I got home.

I installed the new Netatmo rain gauge on our weather station over the weekend. Now that system is only missing wind speed and wind direction. At least it is for me. The new PC and iOS software is very cool for the system. It looks like one of the fancy systems used by the televisions stations. You can see the trends and actuals from your own house as to what the weather is doing.

Posts for the other blogs I do are in progress. I am putting finishing touches on one draft and the other should be on paper for May publication. It seems strange to me that its nearly May.

Both Dylan and my mother have upcoming birthdays. Since we don’t know Dylan’s actual (or Raven’s) we’ve chosen the Boys (and my father’s birthday) for Raven and my mother’s birthday for Dylan. Since my mom adores Dylan we figured that was only fair. He will be either 3 or 4 this year. In June he will have been with us for 2 years. I can honestly say I have never had a better dog.

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The return of Monday…


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Way to many projects this weekend. We had the play yard removed as I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Sunday included cleaning up the play yard area and having the old couches removed.

July 11, 2011 and August 12, 1996, and now today April 28, 2014 are all first days. I am very excited for my new path and direction. I do miss all of the wonderful people I worked with previously. I made some great friends there. Actually I’ve made great life long friends everywhere I’ve worked. I don’t see the folks from Cincinnati as often as I would like but when we touch base it is wonderful.

Lots of projects to get going in the next few days.

This is a transition week for walking. Hopefully timing will work out and we will be able to walk in the evenings. If not I may have to start getting up early in the am to walk before work. Dylan and Raven are both walk fanatics now. They don’t like day’s without walks. In fact I don’t think we have gone a single day since Raven joined us without a walk.

Time to get rolling! Monday has returned.

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My nose is leaking –


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We had the play yard removed from the backyard of the house. There was a huge pile of dirt under the play yard (unexpected) that we have to deal with now.

Its spring project time. We have a number of indoor and outdoor projects going on. You buy the perfect house and then of course you spend the next 10 years modifying it. This time however, I will not be adding a pool. We have a neighborhood pool that is quite nice. Our last three hours that we’ve owned haven’t had fences. The one we leased in Gaithersburg had a fence. Dylan loved the fence so we are adding on to this house for the dogs.

The other part of course of spring is the reality of allergies. I hate allergies. My throat has been sore for 3 days. Not red infected you have strep sore but annoying sore. Its not like I spend the winter indoors and moving to the outdoors I am suddenly struggling. Rather it’s the pollen in the air that gets me.

What I need is a vacation (which I just had). Actually what I need is to get back to work.

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Picture is from the amazing gardens at Mount Vernon. Simply an amazing place to go in the spring. As long as you can breath through your feet so the pollen can’t get you.

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