Luna

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We had been browsing the animal shelter lately. Even made a few trips inside to meet a few suspects. However, this one popped up Saturday night and by Sunday afternoon….

Dog

The meet-and-great was pretty exciting for everyone involved. Cuteness overload.

Dog

And with that…we had a new member to the family.

Dog

The big dogs are mine. We run together. We explore trails together. They love the kids but they aren’t lap dogs. Unless you want to be smashed. Now the lap dog is here. And she is pretty much fitting right in.

Welcome home, Luna!

Hawaii 2016

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We got married in Hawaii.  Ever since, it is a favorite destination of mine.  Probably the favorite.  So I was excited to be back in the land of aloha.

Hawaii 2016

While raised near the mountains, my kids realize how to be beach kids too.  Helps when there is a mountain in sight in the distance though.

Hawaii 2016

Pretty nice wearing a bathing suit every day for about 2 weeks.

Hawaii 2016

Went out and swam at the Waimea Falls but the rain had been non-existent so it wasn’t really flowing that hard this week.

Hawaii 2016

Testing out the underwater abilities of the GoPro.  Last time I was in Hawaii, I lost it in the surf.  That was not fun.

Hawaii 2016

Got in some snorkeling with that bride I was telling you about.  This was over on the North Shore.  We have a nice little swimming hole we like there.

Hawaii 2016

After a lot of snorkeling, it was time to head back.

Hawaii 2016

We never seem to take pictures together so we were trying to be more selfie friendly this time.

Hawaii 2016

Kayla and I just lounging in the Pacific Ocean.  Never got old.

Hawaii 2016

Eh, one rain storm.  I tried to wait it out.  Working the phone under the towel.

Hawaii 2016

Photo of us near our future home.  We saw a few houses that we could probably make work near this beach.

Hawaii 2016

They said they would come visit us.  Or move in.

Hawaii 2016

More time on the board.  I am not good.  But I love being out there.

Hawaii 2016

I got a few requests for rides.  I did my best not to kill anyone.

Hawaii 2016

I took Reagan out the furthest.  She was pretty uncomfortable.  But there have been zero shark attacks here on this beach so I said we were good.

Hawaii 2016

On our dinner cruise, we had this Coast Guard leading us out with a big gun on the front.  I was on the lookout for pirates.

Hawaii 2016

I told Kim I liked her hair in Hawaii.  Full of body.  This is now my lock screen background on my phone.

Hawaii 2016

Sunset.  Best I could capture on an iPhone.

Hawaii 2016

Seemed like a postcard.  I have never sailed.  Next time.

Hawaii 2016

We went under the sea again.  106 feet deep they say.

Hawaii 2016

Lots of fish and stuff.  But caught these 2 big sea turtles.  The highlight of the dive!

Hawaii 2016

There is the sub.  Largest commercial sub in the world.  Always a different trip as the conditions change under the water.

Hawaii 2016

Great trip once again to the 50th state! That’s a taste of our trip. Had lots more photos. Posted them over here

Killing Me Slowly

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Soda

Back in June 2013, I kicked diet drinks. It stuck. Haven’t had one since.

Well, there was this random Diet Pepsi in our fridge that a guest left a year ago and I tried it. It was awful. It used to be my favorite. It was funny how my tastes changed back after the purge.

Then last spring, I dieted again. Whole30 style. I wasn’t perfect but it was pretty good. I went somewhere into the 60 day range and then started disengaging. My training for the big races was ramping up and I needed more calories. And I needed my caffeine. My juice. Soda.

I have gotten pickier on my soda choices over the years. It is hard to turn down a “fruity” flavored Mountain Dew. I don’t really need regular Dew. But that Voltage stuff? That is crack in a can. If I could only have that, I would be set. And some Red Bull. It has special powers.

But I figure I am killing myself. I keep reading more and more about Type 2 Diabetes and I just assume I have it. Self diagnosed. Always a slave to the sugar. When I stop exercising, bad stuff happens. I become very inflamed. The random internet stuff I read says that massive exercise merely masks the symptoms of many of these diseases. They lurk under the surface. You aren’t preventing things by running a ton. You are just masking it. When you stop the exercise, the mask goes away and you realize the place you were really at health-wise.

Fuck. I am working too hard for this outcome.

My brain knows all this is true. So it is back to trying to remove the thing I love from my diet. I kicked soda out once again starting Dec 1st. Will it last forever? Maybe. Might be nice to get to a point where you can have the occasional cheat. But I have found that once you go off it enough, you lose the taste for it.

The loss of caffeine has always been another issue with this decision. I don’t drink coffee. I don’t want to start. However, I have been trying to find something else and I am starting to replace with unsweetened ice tea. Seems to be working. At least it is giving me something else to drink through the day and there is a meaningful amount of caffeine in the various tea selections. Having some amount of fun trying this new beverage everywhere I go. Even thinking about brewing some.

So why am I telling you? I don’t know. Some sort of public version of “calling my shot”. Trying to make myself stick to it this time.

I am not sure if I am going to try and purge sugar all together again yet. I figure this is my single largest input of the white devil to my diet. So maybe I can get enough out of this gesture to allow myself to go get some Rocky Road here and there.

Gone Solar

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Living in one of the sunniest states in America has its advantages as far as outdoor activities. But it also means there is power coming down from the sky every day. I read recently that enough sun shines on the earth in one hour to power the entire globe for a year. Folks like Elon Musk are working to make that a consumer viable option these days with things like Tesla and their Powerwall. I was intrigued by the Powerwall announcement and decided it was time to see what our solar options were.

Solar

We got a hold of SolarCity (Elon is the chairman) after seeing many of our neighbors go through the process with them. One meeting and I was on board. The trick seems to be you have to get your utility company to play ball. The City of Longmont, which we are just outside of, does not at this time allow private solar interconnectivity. However, we have United Power and they recently approved so there is a big spike in activity for this area.

Solar

The panels as pictured above are in two different spots on our roof. A larger array facing almost due west on the back of the house. And a smaller array on a south facing spot up front. The more the better. More power! The panels themselves are nothing like those ones you saw years ago. My daughter can pick one up. It is a big metal frame with a very thin solar cell on top. The solar cell is literally as think as aluminum foil.

Solar

That’s the back of the house during install. Let me tell you that SolarCity has this down. They are a dream general contractor. You sign the papers and they handle everything from building permits, inspections, utility coordination. It is a breeze. They keep you in the loop with their web site and mobile app. Everything is done online. I have been supremely impressed so far with their execution.

Solar

Now, the last part is the utitily company coming out to inspect and install a new meter. This meter apparently is able to track the electricity flowing in both directions. So when we produce excess power, it will go back into the grid and give us credits. Then when the sun goes down and we start pulling power, we start burning those off. It is nothing for us to have a $400 electric bill in a summer month. Pretty exciting to see a large portion of that being cut out by the sun.

Solar

We aren’t connected yet and that is the final step. But with the actual photos I figured it was worthy of a blog post. SolarCity gives a referral bonus to me and you if you sign up. So let me know if you want to be contacted. You can do it yourself but if you do it through an existing customer, they gives us both money & credit. What a deal.

If you are curious about the cost, it varies. SolarCity has different programs depending on your area and what your utility company allows. In our area, you have to own your own system to interconnect. So you can buy it outright or you can finance through SolarCity. If you finance, you basically pay SolarCity for the power you produce (not consume). That payment is effectively your loan payment for the month with a portion going towards interest and the rest to principal. So really, instead of paying the electric company the whole bill each month, we expect to pay SolarCity a large portion of that bill, which we retain as we own the asset. SolarCity charges a bit less per kWh than our utility company. So with a 12 kW system, we might see as much as 70% to 100% of our power bill reduced each month depending on our own consumption and the time of year.

Should be a fun experiment. Maybe this offsets the aging Hummer H2 emissions a tad. But I am intrigued now. What if I got a Tesla car and charged it off my freaking roof? That seems pretty sweet. To be continued…

Pop Evil @ Fillmore / Denver, CO / 2015

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Denver still has a legit rock radio station, KBPI. They put on concerts and this one tonight is their annual Christmas show. Headlining was a Fuller family favorite, Pop Evil. But it was on a school night and 16 and older required. So I had to go alone. But I took a video for Sydney and got her a shirt. Where can a Dad get a fake ID for his kid around here?

Concert - Pop Evil 2015

I have seen this band many times and they usually open for other folks in these bigger venues. But tonight they headlined the Fillmore and were excited to share the achievement with the crowd.

Concert - Pop Evil 2015

They focused on newer stuff which I liked. Really good set list.

Concert - Pop Evil 2015

It has been fun seeing this band mature over the years. I am a fan.

Concert - Pop Evil 2015

Setlist

  • Deal with the Devil
  • Last Man Standing
  • Goodbye My Friend
  • Dead in the Water
  • Torn to Pieces
  • Ways to Get High
  • Take It All
  • I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty cover)
  • Boss’s Daughter
  • Ghost of Muskegon
  • Hero
  • Monster You Made
  • Footsteps
  • In Disarray
  • Trenches
  • 100 in a 55

Shot some video for Sydney. Thought it looked pretty good. I want to try the 4K resolution sometime on the iPhone at one of these shows.

I think I see me in there!

Pop Evil @ Denver 2015