Thursday Things

What I’m Playing

  • Doug and I continue our learning of vehicles, guns, and how they interact with infantry in Advanced Squad Leader. We played The Puma Prowls and The Meat Grinder in the past week
  • Played more Band of Brothers with Peter. I introduced some guns and off-board artillery in this scenario (Scenario 6 – Eindhoven), and we will get into vehicles next.
  • Allen and I started our delve into Vietnam 1965–1975. This is deep, complex strategic level game that looks to have captured the asymmetries well. We are starting with some small scenarios to get the hang of the rules, and this wil take quite some time. Playing some more this afternoon.

What I’m Eating and Drinking

I’ve managed to stay fairly disciplined during my bachelor stint here in Oregon, sticking to a glass of red wine most nights and only eating between noon and about 9pm each day. Diet has been mostly of the slow carb variety, mixing up chicken, pork, and steak with veggies and beans. Snacking is usually mixed nuts or celery with no-sugar-added peanut butter.

I did have an awesome cheat day on Saturday after running 12 miles with friends. We had a blowout breakfast at Pine State Biscuits then later in the day I went to the Boise Fry Company downtown and had their Burger Week $5 burger, fries, and a Westward Amber beer. They were out of the IPA.

What I’m Contemplating

  • Two Ways to Break Work Down – Helpful, brief discussion about ad-hoc project planning. Meshes well with David Allen’s natural planning model.
  • You Still Get Paid – Bold post from the wealthy accountant but he said things that needed to be said. I’m still coming to grips with how to charge for my services, given that was something I never had to explicitly define throughout my career. I think I’m charging enough for my training, but I need to escalate my leadership coaching pricing schedule.

Thursday Things

I decided I need a title for when I post it not on Wednesday as planned but on Thursday. Sorry.

What I’m Reading

What I’m Watching

  • Ozark – This is so much fun. Breaking Bad with Jason Bateman.
  • The Defiant Ones – Jacob suggested this and fun to watch and educational.

What I’m Playing

  • Band of Brothers – This is my favorite easy-to-teach tactical WWII wargame. In fact my young friend (and future Army officer) Peter is coming over this afternoon for another session. That will be three plays in one week.
  • Mansions of Madness – Geoff and Lisa came over Sunday night and we played this semi-cooperative game. Technically “we won” but I went insane at the end and was forced to try to stop us from winning, and failed. Fun ride and a good successor to Betrayal at House on the Hill (but more complex).

What I’m Contemplating

How I’m Playing

  • Because I’m engaging in a frugal month, playing golf doesn’t fit in the picture. So that means… disc golf! I’ve played a couple of new courses in my area over the past week and I’ll be heading to another tomorrow.

How I’m Hacking my Life

  • Priority Pass Adds Capers Cafe Le Bar & Capers Market To PDX – Holy cow what a great deal. When I flew to Dallas last week, I took advantage of my Priority Pass on both ends. I got $28 credit at Capers (Cobb salad and a glass of wine) and $28 at House Spirits Distillery on the way out. On the way back, I stopped by Capers again and got another salad, which lasted me for two meals when I got home. PDX might be the best airport on the planet for using the Priority Pass (also get Alaska Airlines lounge access).
  • Intermittent Fasting Versus Long-term Fasting – I’m doing the 16/8 fasting model right now and it is easy for me to do. The problem is I’m also training for a half marathon and fasting before I do long (6+ mile) runs appears to be a terrible thing to do. At least my body is telling me that. So no more fasting before my runs the rest of the month, but I plan to resume this after the half marathon when I transition back into strength training combined with shorter runs.

You Should Get to Know Your Library Again

Julie and I have become dedicated library patrons. I think it was a mix of downsizing and getting rid of a ton of books (and not wanting to build back up again) and wanting to be smarter about spending money on entertainment and reading. We have a pretty amazing library system here in Washington County (metro west side of Portland) that serves up a great mix of digital and physical content. Here’s my current request and hold list for physical checkouts:

When we left Oregon for our summer in NY, I went to the request page and pushed out a number of holds and spaced them out for after I return. So nice to come back and have a backlog of materials that will show up at our local branch which is less than a half mile away.

I also have a queue of about 80 movies in IMDB to watch, so from time to time I go in and look for matches in the library and put in a request (ideally for an enhanced Blue-ray edition).

I used a mix of the IMDB watchlist and Amazon wishlist to remind myself what I should be looking for, then have a monthly reminder the pops up to go make requests.

The digital side of their offering is even more impressive. Above you can see my current checkout list. With my twice-weekly commute to Monmouth, OR during the school year I consume a healthy dose of audiobooks and the library keeps my queue full.