I wanted to believe in human powered lawn clipping.

Sadly we exchanged the Brill RazorCut 38 German wunder machine reel mower for a battery electric model. It was lightweight. It was quiet. But it failed in slicing the dandelions and thicker grasses we have in our motley new yard. Perhaps if we actually wanted a ‘lawn’ and we seeded and planted and watered and manicured – a reel mower would do the trick – but not now, with the patches of weeds and crabgrass and thick lawn. Eventually we’ll return to the push mower when our edible backyard master plans come to fruition (and our budget bounces back after buying the new place…!) – but for now, an EarthWise from Gardner’s Supply will have to do to care for the green stuff that will pass as our ‘lawn’.


We had a tough week last week – the family was dodging colds while packing and prepping for our move. We made it. Closed on the new place last Tuesday, moved on Wednesday, and turned over keys to our old place on Thursday. We are settling in to our new (old) cape in Burlington with 1/3 of an acre blank slate of a backyard for the dog and little one to enjoy. We have trees, grass, a fence, and a small garage. Ball chucking with the pooch and chasing the little one around ensued. Life is good.

Until that cough caught up with me. I went to urgent care Saturday morning after spiking a high fever and I’m being treated for pneumonia. Starting to feel human again after 2 days in bed catching up on some movie rentals. Hopefully my lungs will return in time to enjoy the VT 100k Cafe Cruise. It was going to be slow before I got sick, as I’m in a death spiral of riding form… now I just plan to enjoy a long day on the bike and to finish with some friends.


I have deleted my account on Facebook.
Please contact me using ‘traditional’ electronic means.
Folks who know me, know where and how to find me.

Note that it wasn’t you – it was the service, the framework, the ever changing rules of the game on what is private, and what is not. And something just not quite right about the profitization of people’s lives, with little control by the people involved.

Brevets / Vermont

I’ve teamed up with the New England Randonneurs to run 4 events this coming summer. It has been a long time dream to run brevets locally – offering great northern Vermont riding – right out of our back door here in Burlington.

100k Cafe Cruise
Champlain 200k/300k
Fall Classic 114k – NEW!
Fall Classic 200k

Lots of dirt, great scenery. Vermont goodness on a bike.

Please see the New England Randonneurs website for registration information.