Trick or Treat

Some running blog huh?  Not much going on lately.  Largely because, quite frankly, I don’t have the motivation to go run when it’s raining and 40-45 degrees.  Also, I’ve been sick for about 2 weeks which hasn’t helped.

I was in Southern California for a job interview recently but my trip there was too short to get any running in. Hopefully I can when I go back down for another (the last?) round of interviews.  The job seems like it could be a great opportunity and challenge.  Both good things :)

So… A few days before Halloween, Christina and I noticed a rapist van (picture not actual van but close).  We were trying to figure out whose it was.  It just appeared there one day and seemed to sit in one spot.

Then, the day before Halloween, our roommate was leaving with her sleeping bag, pillow and other stuff.  She said she was going on a Halloween camping trip.  Interesting.  But not as interesting as the masquerade cuddle party she once attended, so we thought nothing of it.

On Halloween our neighbor asked if our roommate moved out.  I said “no”.  She said “Oh, I thought I saw her loading up that van.”  Hmmm… I thought… “Maybe her friend picked her up to go camping in that van.”  That story didn’t quite work, or course, since the van had been there several days…

The day after Halloween, she was still MIA.  I peeked at her window from outside and saw the stuff she had put in her window (like a headless Barbie doll) were no longer there.  I mentioned this to Christina and we were both getting suspicious.  After I saw her rice cooker was conspicuously absent in the kitchen I decided to look in her bedroom.

She was gone.

The room was clean (rather spotless) and she left her apartment key just sitting there.  Her bathroom was likewise very clean (the shower was a bit dirty).  She even left a large garbage bag full of bottles with a note that said “recycle me for cash.”

She was never much on the people skills and we never interacted all that much.  She seemed nice though and mostly just stayed in her room.  I’d like to think that she is driving that van (with her scooter inside) back down to California.  She never really liked it here and despite how much she didn’t like LA, it was better than Portland.  Either that or she’s parked somewhere on the Oregon Coast, living out of her van and using her Scooter to drive into town for supplies.

Let that be a lesson to you the next time your roommate says he or she is going away on a Halloween camp out.

Happy belated Halloween!


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End of an Era

The end of several…

First, my employer has finally relaxed it’s dress code from business casual to casual!  Yay!  Shortly before I started here two years ago it had just been relaxed from business to business casual.  They’ve now take pretty must the last step which spells the end of an era that started when our old-school, formal founder stepped down a few years ago.  It’s funny to see many around her still wearing dressy clothes.  I guess it’s a hard habit to break for some.

Second, my doc gave me the all clear on my knee!  I need to do a jump training program for ACL injury prevention since I may be prone to re-injury (or more prone to re-injury than others).  I figure when I’m done with that I’ll be LESS prone to re-injury than others even though I have a previous injury.   My doc told me everything is looking great and he’s actually a little bit surprised at how well I healed.  Awesome!

Third, our softball team played our last game of the fall season yesterday.  We were killed by the same team last week and this week we WON over that previously undefeated team!  A sweet end to a wonderful fall softball season (we finished 2nd of 7 teams).  I’ve been hitting the last few games but not playing in the field.  Last night’s game was even sweeter since I played in the field the whole game and went 3-4 (and batted .714 in 3 games!).

Fourth, I haven’t posted here in weeks have I?  I suppose it’s the end of my dry era here on my blog as well.  I have a lot going on and will be posting about some of that soon!

Happy Running & Dirty Feet,

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No Discharge

Sometimes discharge is good – that is when you are talking about Physical Therapy.  My PT said she was hoping to discharge me today but I’m not quite ready it seems.  She did some measurements and put me through some news tests.  Some of the jumping stuff was causing a bit of MCL pain.  Had there been no pain there – she would have discharged me since the other stuff is all good.  I need to work on some drills, including some light jumping stuff until I see her again in 2 weeks.  My knee flexion is looking real good but still not quite where it should be.  I tweaked something near the calf muscle insertion point just below the knee.  I did this about 6 weeks ago somehow and it’s still preventing full flexion.  I AM at 140 degrees.  My last measurement was 130 and before surgery 6 weeks ago it was 120.  My non injured knee is around 150, so while my knee flexion is considered “normal”, it’s not quite normal for me  yet.  So close!

Not much else to report.  I’m running 3 days a week, slowing ramping up miles, and starting to bike outside – just in time for crappy weather to blanket Portland for the next 9 months.  If all goes well, perhaps I won’t be here to “experience” all that :)

Happy Running & Dirty Feet,

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