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Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

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On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

Whoa...time warp

I've been sucked into the holiday time-warp. But all in all the fun stuff is just getting started. Going to Milwaukee for New Years and to hang out with the family! Then time to come back to Iowa in 2010 ready to hit the ground running. Updated my Amazon.com storefront with some more geeky goodies! I'm thinking that SendOutCards is going to be good a year, and I want to make sure things take flight.

Amazon hoo!

So maybe its the upcoming New Year or maybe its because I feel crammed into my bedroom, but I decided to clear out my closet of a bunch of my favorite video game and geek must-have items. Amazon is my new favorite venue for sales. Here check out my Amazon store! Buy some cool stuff or let me know what you'd like to see and I might just have it. Some of the stuff I'll be sad to see go but I'm at the point where I don't want to get rid of it. Nor do I want to play it either, so time to get it out of here and make a little scratch in the meantime. Speaking of New Year tidings... I am super happy with my girlfriend Kate. This New Year is the first time in awhile where I'm excited and happy to see what will happen next. I don't fear the unknown with her, I embrace it. I want to explore it with her. Because I know she likes adventures and I always want to experience new things with her.

Boiler based heating sucks.

So I thought that we had our heating problem for the winter last week, but I was mistaken. The downstairs tenant called earlier this evening saying that now the radiators get hot but getting the thermostat to kick on is the new problem. SIGH I think this is why man moved forward with bigger, better, and more effective heating methods. Though from an economical standpoint boiler based heating systems seem to do the trick as they need yearly repair or maintenance or they don't work. There are a number of things that can go wrong and it ensures that there is a qualified labor force employed at all times as its a specialization of plumbing. The sun will rise again tomorrow but hopefully without a long to-do list attached to it.

Wintery Weekend Wackiness

Ahh! Our first blizzard hit this week and was not nearly as bad as it was made out to be by the local forecasters. I think they get bored with the lack thereof exciting weather and news in the Midwest sometimes. But man with this new weather shock has brought on some issues with house repair. Luckily, it wasn't the upstairs that was the problem but I feel bad for the downstairs tenant. First we had to call a plumber to come out and unclog a blocked drain line because every time I washed my clothes...it drained into his tub before exiting the house. That was a Friday morning event. And then I wake up today to mulitple people trying to call to come unlock the door for another workman. Apparently, the downstairs boiler heating wasn't working either so during our high of -5 degrees earlier this week...he had no heat. He has much better patience than I. But the workman checked it out and said everything mechanically was fine. So that means there is a frozen line blocking water f

New gaming rig

Almost the end of 2009 and that means all the holiday deals have my tech guy eyes lit up in awe. What's the best for the buck now? Where to get it? So I've been diggin through online deals here and there coming up with a new gaming rig. I don't know when I'm gonna through down the cash to get this ball rolling, but these links are what I've been looking at: Antec Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811129058 Antec Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817371015 ASRock Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813157163 Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819115202 Seagate 1TB HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822148433 Mushkin 6GB RAM Kit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820226040 Sapphire ATI HD 4890: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102841 Blu-ray Combo