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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

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After having spent somewhat over every week stateside for Interbike and some different conferences, it was time to go again to Amsterdam for an additional week at residence. Right here’s what I was as much as over the previous weekend whereas nonetheless being a wee bit jetlagged.

1) Hopping again throughout the pond

In fact, step one within the weekend was truly getting house. Which just about didn’t occur, and required a number of extra hops than I’d usually choose. The one (and solely) draw back to having Interbike in Reno/Tahoe now’s that it’s more durable to get to. There are merely fewer continuous flights to Reno than there are to Vegas (the place it had beforehand been held). Whether or not it’s worldwide flights or home flights, there’s simply not as many locations that fly nonstop.

In my case with Star Alliance, that meant I needed to two-hop it someplace. So my routing was a 6AM flight from Reno to LAX, then a mid-morning flight to Houston, adopted by a late afternoon flight to Amsterdam. It coulda been worse.

And it virtually was.

The flight from LAX to Houston went fantastic and was even early…till we landed in Houston, at which level a thunderstorm got here via and triggered a floor cease (and evacuation of all staff outdoors on the ramp). That’s regular for lightning, and lasted about 25-30 minutes. My connection was solely 35 minutes lengthy to start with, however my connection flight was delayed as nicely – in order that wasn’t an enormous problem.

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Nevertheless, almost two hours later and have been nonetheless sitting on the tarmac in the midst of nowhere. That’s barely uncommon in that the airport had lengthy opened up, and that we have been truly a 787, so sometimes airways will give larger precedence to giant plane over smaller ones (since extra individuals are impacted). Apparently somebody didn’t get that memo and we watched each different small United aircraft go to their gates. Clearly, there are causes for every thing…often.

In any case, I had the run of my life to make my flight. I’ve by no means run that tough in an airport earlier than – and even throughout most monitor exercises. It was roughly a mile-long run and I was the final individual to board, as they have been working to de-board me and provides away my seat to a standby passenger. Yikes!

He was displeased I made it. I was thrilled.

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The remainder of the flight throughout the pond was uneventful…principally as a result of I fell asleep and keep in mind virtually nothing. Besides, the touchdown, because it was loopy windy. Right here’s a take a look at the seashores as we got here in over the coast:

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Seems like a candy day to fly a kite!

2) Apple Watch Collection four

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Now technically, I didn’t do a lot on this one. Fairly, The Woman did.  She went off and picked up my Apple Watch Collection four on the native Apple Retailer.  She pedaled throughout city shortly after they opened to select one up, however was then given a unique reservation time to return again and truly retrieve it.

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At this level chances are you’ll be questioning why Apple didn’t simply ship one to me. And the reply is barely extra difficult than that.  Sometimes talking, Apple doesn’t “send” assessment merchandise out for giant launches like this.  As an alternative, Apple likes to convey reviewers in and stroll by means of the merchandise in additional element the place they will guarantee all the things goes easily.  Things like making certain there’s an also-new telephone hooked up/paired to that new Apple Watch.

(Observe: There are exceptions to this, reminiscent of when Apple merely mailed to me a Nike+ version final yr to evaluation as properly. However often for big-time launches they wish to hold issues good and shut.)

In precept, I don’t have a lot of a problem with this. There’s good purpose for corporations to make sure reviewers get their questions answered and begin off on the fitting foot.

However in follow, this truly doesn’t make a ton of sense for me personally.  Since I don’t take free journey from corporations I assessment (nor do I hold units), I’m paying for journey to a different place simply to select up a watch. A watch that I’ll inevitably purchase a replica of for long-term use anyway (I’ve purchased each one of many Apple Watch models up to now). Assuming I’d be going to Apple’s London workplaces, meaning I’m paying for round-trip airfare.  By the point I add in taxi/practice prices from the airport on each side (together with what’s often a last-minute ticket), I’m within the ballpark for a brand new watch anyway. And that assumes I don’t find yourself staying over the night time.


So fiscally talking – I’d relatively simply use that very same money to purchase the watch as soon as, slightly than for throw-away journey (no offense to London in fact).

As for why not ordering it to easily arrive on Friday? Oh, I tried that and even stayed up late one night time to do it, however by the point I managed to get by means of the ordering course of, the primary date wasn’t until early October.  In fact, by Friday afternoon a couple of hours after The Woman picked up the unit, it confirmed my on-line order as having shipped. I’ll simply return that unopened one to the shop right here when it is available in…tomorrow.

three) Obtained no baggage, health club time

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Saturday morning I was all set to exit for a run.

After which I remembered I had no operating stuff.  All my baggage was nonetheless someplace over the Atlantic, following alongside at some point behind me because it didn’t make the connection in Houston in addition to I did. Someway I don’t have an additional pair of trainers proper now. Which jogs my memory, it’s time to order one other alternative pair of footwear – they’ve acquired an excessive amount of mileage on them.

So as an alternative I simply hit up the fitness center for a core/circuit exercise.  It’s humorous, I didn’t even put on a flowery GPS watch. I simply had on the Vivosmart four, as I’m working to wrap-up that evaluation. All different present GPS watches have been in my suitcase.  Not that I’d want a GPS watch indoors, however relatively, I simply discover the show a bit simpler/easier than the exercise bands that don’t have always-on shows.

As a technical apart, I didn’t hassle to start out an precise exercise on the look ahead to the session (which is an instructor-led group session and lasts about an hour).  I was curious afterward to take a look at the guts charges and observed simply how a lot decrease/much less it tracks the guts price when not in exercise mode.  I have carried out a few my current periods on it in precise exercise mode and the guts charges have been ‘proper’ (e.g. upwards of 140bpm or so when applicable and matching different models I was sporting).  Nevertheless, on this case it not often reported my HR that prime, regardless of undoubtedly being very excessive in some instances.

I suspect there could also be some smoothing that’s achieved when not in exercise mode, because it in all probability assumes that something in that larger HR vary is an incorrect spike. Anyway, figured I’d share that tiny tidbit.

four) A couple of YouTube movies

Seems my GoPro Hero 7 Black ‘16 things to know’ video was pretty well-liked. As of this writing, its acquired about 220,000 views on YouTube since Thursday morning.  Although, I suppose in some methods it’s considerably humorous as a result of as widespread as that video is on YouTube for me, views on the location for well-liked content material/units are likely to go even greater for the primary few days. I suppose it’s all relative.

In any case, a bunch of parents needed extra audio comparability footage. So I took a second to get that revealed first on Friday night. I had truly completed all of it the best way again in LAX on Thursday morning, however neither airplane WiFi or thunderstorms in Houston would permit me to add it until I landed again in Amsterdam.  So, should you missed that video – right here ya go:

It’s all the time humorous what movies do nicely or not. That one has accomplished properly for me, it’s over 21Okay views within the final two days and has an abnormally excessive like/dislike ratio (in favor of likes). However personally I truly don’t prefer it. It feels disjointed to me – in all probability as a result of the ‘storyline’ of it’s shot in a bunch of locations/occasions. I virtually didn’t publish it in any respect. However I did as a result of I knew individuals have been ready on it, and it looks like people prefer it.

The second video I put collectively over the weekend was an enormous compilation of check/pattern clips. Most of those are comparative in nature (displaying aspect by aspect between a Hero 7 and a Hero 6), however a few of them are simply plain enjoyable.  For instance, in case you’re into biking I’ve acquired a few 90-second clip displaying the beginning of one of many Cross Reno races at Interbike. I suckered Jonathan from TrainerRoad into mounting the digital camera on the again of his bike.  After which he suckered himself into deciding to lead-out the primary jiffy. So it’s an superior little bit of footage (begins at 10:19 within the under video). Additionally, don’t miss the beer-hand-off in that part too!

Humorous tidbit for Ultimate Reduce Professional people on the market: That GoPro Hero 7 library is coming in at 550GB in measurement. Thoughts you, that’s simply the footage I truly used – that doesn’t embrace the overwhelming majority of the 120GB of Hero 7 video clips I recorded, which didn’t make it into the library itself.  Anyway, thought I’d share.

5) Whats up Ravioli

After the kiddos went to mattress on Sunday night time, The Woman and I pumped out some recent ravioli. The Woman had made the pasta dough, filling, and sauce earlier within the day, and now it was time to stay the elements all collectively.

For the submitting, it was a slow-roasted pulled pork, and apples, with a contact of rosemary and wine. Then, with extra apples, she sautéed and diced them up tremendous small (additionally from our apple-picking journey). These apples would then be used inside the sauce/broth, which she comprised of inventory and white wine, a number of the jus after which a contact of rosemary from the backyard.

Right here’s us placing them collectively.  We used the KitchenAide pasta maker attachment to make the sheets of pasta (significantly, I’ve used the crap out of this factor during the last 15 years), after which simply merely handmade the ravioli.


As all the time, something to do with making meals fairly, The Woman’s comes out higher than mine:


And afterward, we ate all of them:


Worry not, we had greater than 4 ravioli every. It’s simply that 4 seemed prettiest within the bowl. After that, issues obtained out of hand from a ravioli photograph standpoint.  And thus, our night time was full.

With that – thanks for studying, and have a superb week forward!