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First, before expeditions, here are the pieces of that small wooden table I mentioned:

Pieces I

Sanding the legs is going to be a chore. Every time I sand a piece of wood furniture, I think of my mom and how she taught me to refinish furniture when I was a kid. I've put those skills to good use over the years.

Next, today's two expeditions. This morning, I got up at 4:45, donned my bicycling layers, and finally biked out to the high school where our rowing winter practices are happening, 14 miles from home. It was cold and dark, and parts of the ride were bumpy, but I felt fortunate to be out in the right place at the right time to hear a Gathering of the Crows. I don't think I've ever heard one anywhere outside of the Seattle area before. The crows did not have a New York accent, so far as I could tell. I also scared a bunch of deer in the park along the Hudson River.

I forgot to pack along my bike lock, so I didn't get to stop by the Troy Farmer's Market on my way back home, and didn't get to stop at a coffeeshop for breakfast, either. That was about 2.5 hours of bicycling for an hour-long erg session, which will probably explain to you why I haven't attempted to make it out there until now. The facilities were really nice, and it was good to see a couple of my teammates again.

My second expedition was on foot, over to our local coffeeshop, which I've decided I like. It is utterly unpretentious, and today's latte was tasty. Someone behind the counter knows what they are doing. The place is full of eclectica, including an old jukebox and some arcade games. Oh, and this sculpture hanging up:
Pieces II

Yes, that's wired together from a bunch of old bike parts. It's only slightly claustrophobic in this coffeeshop.

With my parents' recent experiences with bedbugs, I am a bit nervous about places with that much upholstered furniture, though.

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