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Tuesday, September 30, 2003
The Lesson of Kerala – Read a good article in Shambhala Sun entitled The Lesson of Kerala about a new book by Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature. In the book Hope, Human and Wild, McKibben "focuses on three places that offer both inspiration and practical steps in repairing the damage being done to the planet." One such places is Kerala in India, where the needs of the residents are provided for in a low budget, low impact way.

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Monday, September 29, 2003
Palm is about to announce three new PDAs on Wednesday. The price/feature ratio is getting better and better, and the differences between Palm and Pocket PC are fewer. Dell recently announced their latest PDA, the Axim X3, and then there's the Treo 600 with all the bells and whistles, including email, web access, and a low res camera.

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Going through my old journals to create a timeline of the past few years. It's a little odd that I have a very clear memory of events that occurred for the first 25 or so years of my life, but in later years I don't have a feel for when specific events occurred. I think having moved so often early in life (every 3 or 4 years) provided clear boundaries for life events, which wasn't true later on.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Back from a great trip to Washington and Oregon to ride the Volcanoes of Washington bike tour sponsored by Bicycle Adventures. I'll try to write up a trip report over the next few weeks.

Spent some time in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR and enjoyed the ease with which one can ride a bike in the city. In Seattle we could watch the steady stream of bicycle commuters arrive in the morning and leave in the evening. Our motel, the Seattle Days Inn on 7th Ave, a block or so from downtown and the Belltown district, was located on one of the mapped bike routes. Every time I looked out the window I would see not one but several cyclists pass. A little rain did not seem to affect the number of cyclists, and they seemed to be equally divided between men and women.

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Monday, September 08, 2003
PDA Search - Still haven't decided on which PDA to purchase. I have a feeling, from reading some of the PDA news sites, that there will be another flurry of new devices released in the next month or so, so I will probably wait until then to purchase either a new, new device, or get a good deal on an older one. There are several things I like about the Sharp Zaurus; that it is not a Microsoft product, it has a keyboard, and there is a command line capability. It is a little expensive at $800. Maybe eventually it will be sold in the U.S. Now it is only available in Japan. The Japanese unit can be purchased from Dynamism.

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Going through old journals that I've been keeping for many years, since about 1978. It's a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, remembering some of the more traumatic events in my life. I wanted to put together a timeline of major events in my life. For some reason I have a very good mental timeline from birth to college, but it gets fuzzy after that.

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Monday, September 01, 2003
Back from a week-long trip to Vermont to visit the parents. Did some bike riding, including the trip from the cabin to White River Junction on Saturday to catch the Amtrak train back to DC. Cycling in Vermont is usually a pleasant experience, as many of the major state highways have good shoulders. I rode mostly on Route 5 and there was a 3-5 foot shoulder for most of the trip, except from Norwich to White River Junction.

The trip was a good time to get caught up on some reading (especially on the 11 hour train ride), breathe some fresh air, and help out the parents as they moved south for the winter. Was able to complete one so-so watercolor of the cabin and barn.

The return train trip was interesting, especially when the jerk sitting nearby kept telling people to shut off their cell phones right now! It worked the first two times, but when he repeated his demand to the rather large African American dude, it wasn't long before he was apologizing. It was either that or have his little pinhead ripped off. He was rather quite for the rest of his trip to New York City.

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