Backyard Flowers

Backyard Flowers

This spring we scattered a couple bags of wildflowers all over a part of our yard we knew we couldn't/weren't going to actively garden this year. In previous years, that part of our yard has been mostly weeds and some native grasses. We think that it looks better covered in wildflowers, and so do our local pollinators.

My New MTB

My New MTB

Earlier this year I bought a 2018 Santa Cruz Tallboy C. This is my first full squish mountain bike, and it is awesome. The thing just floats over rocks and is much more forgiving than my old hard tail. It has 29" wheels, a 12 speed cogset, disc brakes, and a dropper post, all of which make the bike completely different from what I'm used to. Comparing times on Strava, I am faster on descents and any reasonably bumpy sections with this bike, which isn't exactly the point of getting a bike like this, but it is nice. There are trails I had stopped riding with my old hard tail because they were not fun that this bike makes fun. And that's the point.

Fast Home Internet

Fast Home Internet

Out of nowhere, earlier this year Centurylink started installing 1 gig symmetric fiber internet infrastructure in our neighborhood. By out of nowhere, I mean that previously they were offering 20 MB DSL service as the best option here, which is horribly uncompetitive with Comcast cable internet that we used to have. But with the 1 gig fiber, Centurylink has a product that I couldn't pass up.

And here is the wonderful result. I've never run a test where both the upload and download are close to 1 gig, but I have seen both get that high separately.

The future is now!