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I went back to Colorado to see my friends and family this summer. It was a great vacation and it really gave me a lot of things to thing about. So much in fact, that every time I’ve started going over my diary I’ve gotten lost in thoughts before transferring any of them online. This has to go up today, though.

My dear friend and former roommate Matt Ball is running up a mountain. This is the same guy who helped get me interested in both poker computer science over a decade ago, the same guy who used to wake me up at 5:30 am and ask if I felt like riding over to the pool for a swim before work or if I was a wuss, the guy who used to do easy 15 mile runs with me on the weekends and split a 3 pound Beau Jo’s pizza with me afterwords.

He ran a marathon a few years back, but this task is much, much more ambitious. This run is up a mountain called Pike’s Peak, one of Colorado’s 50-some “fourteeners”. For those not used to measuring mountains in feet, that’s an elevation of about 4,300 meters. I’m not sure exactly how much the altitude gain is during the run, but it’s a lot.

Pike's Peak from Colorado Springs, by David Shankbone

Be safe buddy and enjoy the clean air!

Sometimes I really miss Boulder…

When I was growing up, I loved the rain. Maybe it has something to do with growing up in Colorado, which has more days of sunshine than any other state in the US. In other words, I loved the rain because I didn’t get enough of it. Add in the fact that I used to regularly spend hours a day sweating away outside, wishing for a way to cool down, and it makes even more sense.

Now, I can’t even remember a single good thing about those supposedly wonderful “April Showers” of my childhood. I just have this vague idea that I used to have some idiotic fondness for it. It’s rained here every day for a week, and it’s nasty acidic rain. Worse still, I’m not a runner anymore. I don’t need to keep cool while exercising outside. I drive a scooter now. On a clear day, zipping around, weaving past stopped cars, and fleeing the bigger, more dominant vehicles on the road (with cockroach-like reflexes, I might add), is pretty fun! Doing the same while soaking wet, freezing one’s #@# off, and struggling to keep traction on the road isn’t. I could really go for an arid climate right about now…

One thing I’ve really missed about Colorado is the weather. Because of living so close to the mountains, it’s really, really erratic. Yesterday was warm enough to wear shorts, but there was still snow on the ground from last week. It will probably be cold again next week, but for now it’s sunny and warm. Did I mention I’ve missed the snow? If only my old dog were still here to play in it, too…