Rick Glos Life in Portland, Oregon.

The fire dance

17. June 2010 15:42 by Rick Glos in

After finding out that we are having a boy, I was very happy.  I know that healthy baby > baby gender, and we certainly went through all the genetic counseling and screening to ensure that our child is healthy.  I also understand that all that is based on percentages, nothing is guaranteed and something can still go wrong and that I am doing little to nothing as far a ‘work’ is concerned.  Heidi is doing all the ‘work’ at this point and her body is going through some amazing changes in such a short time period.

But I can’t help but feel like Tom Hanks in Cast Away when he built his fire.

Its not often I get the chance to pound my chest and act like a caveman.

Its going to be a boy

15. June 2010 17:54 by Rick Glos in

Heidi is now 19 weeks pregnant, or 5 months, or half-way, depending on how you look at it.  Today was the ultrasound to determine sex.  I’ve looked at other people’s pictures of these in the past and wondered, “what am I looking at here… it looks like old static television.”  I like this shot though because there is no doubt about the arrow pointing at the penis.

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Fishes

11. June 2010 13:33 by Rick Glos in

My scheduled day at Loaves & Fishes for Meals on Two Wheels has shifted from Monday to Friday.  In transition, I did two routes this week.  I’ve been at this for 1 year now.  I still very much enjoy meeting new people and having conversations with folks that have been on my route from the start and checking in on them.

Although the organization title has ‘fishes’ in it, I had yet to delivery any until now.  Makes me think about the midwest and how fish friday is common.  Not so much here in PDX.

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This guy does great work

2. April 2010 06:36 by Rick Glos in

Just saw a cool video on the new cycle tracks near PCC downtown.  I ride these every Wednesday and it never fails that usually someone is standing in the bike lane.  When they first came out, I even saw a car parked in it.  Just this week, I had to navigate (read human single track) some dudes standing in the lane waiting to cross the street instead of standing on the sidewalk.

On the Right Track from Mayor Sam Adams on Vimeo.

He also made a video a year ago when Oregon was looking to vote on making stop signs a yield sign for bicycles.  No matter which side you end up on the debate, this video is a good explanation of why cyclists were advocating it.

Bicycles, Rolling Stops, and the Idaho Stop from Spencer Boomhower on Vimeo.

Biking directions added to Google Maps

12. March 2010 10:02 by Rick Glos in

They just added biking directions to google maps this week.  Very cool.

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I was looking at directions on how to get to Chris King when I stumbled across this (there’s a Portland Trail Fest thing coming up in April I thought might be cool to check out).

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Previously, I’d been using another service, ByCycle Trip Planner, whenever I wanted to go somewhere and wasn’t sure where there would be decent bike lanes or paths.  They only had it Portland… and Milwaukee, Wisconsin ironically – my previous residence.

The service was great but what google has done is even better.  The different suggested routes, help to avoid steep hills, etc.  It’s all very thorough.

They even have a nice YouTube video explaining it:

Maybe next time you need milk and eggs you can ride your bike?

Family visit

24. February 2010 11:08 by Rick Glos in

My Dad and his wife Mary flew out this past weekend to visit for a couple of days.  We went out to the airport to pick them up.  Here’s a dark picture.

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And here’s one with a flash.

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Wow.  White-out.  This leads me to believe I have a shitty camera (PowerShot SD1000).  I thought it was great at the time I bought it but perhaps it is time for a new one.  Heidi and I were trying to play with it while waiting for them to get off the plane.

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Self portraits are hard when you are trying to hold the camera and not look like it’s too close or see your arm holding the camera.  Every shot to me looks like I have double chin because of trying to hold my head up.  Maybe I do.

We spent time just hanging out.  Since they only had a couple days, we didn’t want to drive all over showing them sites like we did back when they first visited Portland for our wedding in September 2007.  So we watched movies (good ones like Open Range and bad ones like Pandorum), had fires in the fireplace, watched the winter Olympics and just hung out.  I did a bunch of cooking too (Cinnamon French Toast and Bacon, Sausages and Eggs, Steaks and Dungeness Crab).  The old man got a kick out of New Seasons, especially the butcher shop/meat counter and almost fell over when someone approached us twice and asked us if we needed help since that’s not common in stores back east.  We also went to HUB for beer and pizza – well root beer since the old man doesn’t drink beer.

It was great to see my Dad again and have a room in the house for them to stay.  I took them back to the airport using the bus and train.  A good way to see Portland in just a couple days I think.

Riding with no pants

19. February 2010 08:34 by Rick Glos in

It’s springtime in the Pacific Northwest in February apparently.  Sunny and 60s.  I feel guilty looking at the weather temperatures back in Chicago/Milwaukee where it’s below freezing and/or snowing every day.

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The first day this season I’ve been able to ride without rain pants or tights on.

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My trusty steed has been getting me back and forth to work, running errands, and keeping rain off me all ‘winter’ long.  I guess it’s time to give her a bath and lube her chain.

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Comcast Data Usage Meter

17. February 2010 08:57 by Rick Glos in

Comcast announced back in December that it was launching a data usage meter and mentioned it on their blog.

While I’m thankful that they created the tool, I think the entire download cap is a little dubious.  More and more content is being made available over the web, movies, streaming live TV, downloading and installing games etc. and suddenly we are capped at 250GB per month.  We could wax and wane about how 250GB lets you download x number of movies but like anything, over time, setting that maximum has set a precedent from which we will always be measured. As more content gets converted to higher definition, larger file sizes are created and suddenly 250GB will not be enough.  Then Comcast can say, “well we will increase it to 500GB, that’s a 100% increase!”, and so there’s that precedent coming up.

If I use my bandwidth test from November, and I was to download something at my max bandwidth of 16 Mb/s, then in just 36 hours, I would use up all my bandwidth for the month.  [Math: 16 megabits per second = 0.001953125 gigabytes per second; 250 GB / 0.001953125 gigabytes per second = 128,000 seconds which translates to 35.55 hours].

Anyway, the tool is available from your users and settings tab.

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And my current data usage meter.

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Note that I’m already up to 45GB and I have yet to even stream a movie through Netflix or Amazon.  I think a majority of bits came from buying a few games off of Steam, some of which have large (5-8GB) installs.

Breakfast - 2

16. February 2010 14:18 by Rick Glos in

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The lazy man, I’m-too-groggy-to-do-anything breakfast.  Pour granola in bowl, pour milk, commence eating.

(Yes Dad, this is very much like the ‘stick & twigs’ breakfast you commented on yesterday. Further, note that the Granola is bought in bulk, I’m using organic milk, and I’m weighing it on a scale to make sure I don’t eat more than 4 ounces.)

Lest you think that’s healthy granola, it’s not.  Over the past few years I’ve found I’m constantly looking at the ingredients label on things and buying less and less processed food.  Portland does have a great selection of grocers and local organic food.  That’s another storey.  One of the helpful things about our grocer, New Seasons Market, is you can shop online and get nutritional and ingredient information.

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Breakfast

15. February 2010 11:45 by Rick Glos in

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This has become one of our staple breakfasts, oatmeal, chopped toasted almonds and brown sugar.

Bob’s Red Mill makes some damn fine oatmeal.