Friday, August 22, 2014

Skin, Fish, Dogs, Bikes and More Carmageddon

Greetings Earthlings.  We haven't fallen off the edge of the earth, there just hasn't been much to write about.  But now I have a few things to report.
Yesterday I went with Jim to see his dermatologist.  Jim has extensive sun damage from years spent water skiing, sailing and flying airplanes.  Just that morning I found a little crusty thing at my hairline and asked Dr. Master if it was something I needed to see him about.  Why yes, yes it was.  It was a squamous cell carcinoma, also brought about by exposure to sun.  I'm really good about putting a lot of sun screen on lower part of my face and neck, but I wasn't using much on my forehead because when I bike I always wear a helmet with a visor, and I figured the helmet was stopping the sun.  Nope.  Put your helmet on, look through the vents in the front of your helmet.  If you can see skin, you should be putting sun screen there.  I sort of feel like an idiot, but I will share my dumbness so that you can protect your skin.  Anyway, he numbed up the site and scooped it out with a grapefruit spoon.  Kidding, just kidding, it only sounded like a grapefruit spoon.
We had dinner with Justin and Brit a couple of days ago.  While we were there, they made these for dinner for the kids.  They are really good and you can buy them at Costco.  There's not a lot of breading, and they're good.  I will probably eat more fish now.

Today we rode around Lake Sammamish.  It's been about a week since we've ridden, due to one thing or the other.  It was a busy day at Marymoor.  The velodrome is hosting the National Masters' competitions.  Right next door is the Seattle Kennel Club competition.  This is the dog washing stand.

Dog transportation.  People use these carts to transport the dogs and their kit.  Dogs need a lot of stuff, apparently.

Dog show people.

Tonight starts Carmageddon Part Deux.  WSDOT is closing both directions of highway 99 north of the West Seattle Freeway for four days.  When the Nisqually earthquake closed the viaduct while we lived there, we could not get out of West Seattle.  It will be interesting to see if enough people leave the area or telecommute to mitigate the loss of carrying capacity for 100,000 cars.
My back remains better.  Jim has been a little tender, hopefully we'll both get back on even keel so we can get back on our bikes.  I need to ride more.


  1. Good to hear from you. I agree that sometimes there just isn't anything to say.

  2. Ugh...sorry about the skin cancer. You're the second friend to have been diagnosed with that this summer. Hope they got it all and no recurrences. I figure it's only a matter of time before I get one kind or another. So far my mole checks have all been clean, but I spend a lot of time in the sun too. I'm much more diligent about sunscreen than I used to be, but I understand that a lot of the damage is done many long years ago. On a completely different topic, I think I'd like that beer-battered cod. Too bad you didn't post about it before my trip to Costco in Kennewick last week. I don't think I'll get there again before we leave the area, and then we'll be traveling, so not buying that kind of thing. Thanks for the tip, though!

  3. That's a good tip, as I tend to omit putting cream on my forehead. Even though we don't get as much sun as you the UV still get through.