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Last night, we unfortunately had to say goodbye to our sweet pup Ronny.

As it turns out, what we’ve been dealing with since March was lymphoma. While he had a great rebound and near-total recovery, it was in fact remission and this week he declined very rapidly and had a whole host of complications hit him at once. We headed into the ER yesterday afternoon and made the decision to put him to sleep after the vets were able to get a handle and prognosis on what was going on.

While I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t a dog person before, and that, a lot of the time, Ronny was a giant pain in my ass (in the best possible way), he was such a loving, smart, eager companion, up for any adventure, and he totally won me over.

He’d been to the tops of many mountains, van trips to California, showshoeing in Oregon and all the way in Montana, he spent an hour in Canada once, and was even in the ICU at Michelle’s side when she passed. Ronny was, from the start, “Michelle’s dog”, and even the last activity she did while healthy was a local run with him at her side. But life moved on and I, and later Jessica, adjusted to giving him the life and adventures that he deserved.

Everyone probably feels like their pets were the best, the most unique, the smartest, the most loving, the most interesting. I certainly felt that way about Ronny.

This is the first time for me since 2001 without a pet at home, so it’ll take a while to get used to no door greets, no mail delivery or potential yard intruder alerts, no 24/7 squirrel surveillance.

So long, friend. 💜

Surplus Gizmos is a national, but certainly Portland, treasure. I went recently to pick up some random doodads and browse around, and I was asked if I mind being charged only $0.03 for the last two of my (small) items so that the checkout total would be $66.66.

👌🏻

Not a big surprise given the FOR LEASE sign that’s been up, but I’m really gonna miss these folks. A big part of my daily routine for a long time, most memorably last summer.

I feel like all of this is painfully obvious to even the most ignorant now, but lest it not be clear where I stand:

  1. Wear a damn mask. It’s proven effective and it costs you nothing.
  2. A national-level response to the pandemic is required, but has been missing from the start. This is unprecedented and idiotic. This is why the country is lurching and jerking towards and away from successes, and why overall, things are worse now than they have ever been.
  3. We officially are not allowed to travel to 27 countries whose populations, combined, larger than our country, still have fewer cases than we do. Think about that.
  4. The worst is still ahead of us.
  5. Black lives matter.

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Still having a good time with the nephews building on LEGO themes and sharing over video chat. This week’s was “something water”, so I kept things Apple-y and went with a Big Sur-inspired build. 🤙🏻

I finally got another blog post in about that old 386 computer, actually getting it to work, going through all sorts of retro fun, and learning a bit about our modern-day relationship with computers and the internet.

Project 386 #4: Against all odds, success

I’d love to know if anyone would be interested in seeing a video series of this thing in action, too.

Portland friends! This guy is great; I’ve seen him two years running at a van campout event I go to in Bend. Take him up on his offer! #BlackLivesMatter