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Barrons article

It’s not every day one gets cited in the financial press (even if it’s only obliquely).

I have a long history as a data geek. As a high school kid, I spent hours researching and creating lists of physical and mental diseases as reference material for roleplaying games.

In college, I pored over lists and dictionaries en route to creating a 45,000-item database of words and phrases for a natural language insult generator I wrote.

And in my first professional job, I read through 13,000 medical diagnosis codes to find the oddest, such as “adverse effects of plague vaccine”, “atypical face pain”, “fall into hole”, “fall into other hole”, and dozens more you can read about here.

Fast forward to last week, when I was reading the daily market summary email from Barron’s financial newspaper.

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Four Rivers

Forward on the Mon

So your home internet service is gonna be down for 48 hours, whaddaya do? If you’re Ornoth, you might as well bang out another century ride, right?

I didn’t have much of a plan when I set out, but began with the GAP trail along the Monongahela River to McKeesport, then down Bunola Road to Mon city. I love that stretch of road; where else (around here, at least) can you ride for ten miles right along the banks of a river and be passed by just two cars?

Forward on the Mon

Monongahela City

Back to McKeesport via the same roads before taking the loop trail down to Boston (PA) and back, following the Yuck (Youghiogheny River) branch. By this point we were in the heat of a very warm day, about 1pm.

Followed the Mon all the way back downtown to the Point, where I hoped to catch a lit »more

Mon Again

Summer morning near Glyde, PA

Sunday saw the return of the Mon Valley Century, which I rode once in 2016, but which was not held for the past two years due to landslides: a fact of life in Western PA.

After driving down to Monongahela city and getting kitted up, I set out at 6:35am in foggy and chilly weather, the route following wooded (and mostly flat) creek beds. The first segment was a long 40 miles: 2.5h in the saddle without a break. The sun slowly burned through the fog, leaving yet another near-perfect day for riding.

Summer morning near Glyde, PA

Although I’d been told at the start that about ten riders started before me, I was the first to arrive at the eventual rest stop, despite only passing one other rider; three others arrived a few minutes later.

The middle part of the ride followed the (mostly fla »more

Boulder Dash

Boulder Flatirons

If brevity is the soul of wit, I’m surely both soulless and witless, because I find it impossible to write a travelogue of anything less than “War and Peace” proportions. Let’s see if I can tighten up the tale of our recent week in Boulder and Denver...

Boulder Flatirons

Orny & Inna @ Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek

Zenko Kyudojo

Liberty Puzzle

Red Rocks

Denver From Red Rocks

Red Rocks Amphiteater

DIA 4am Monkey Dance


Wed 17 July

Travel day. First time flying Southwest.

Having just gotten approved for the TSA’s Global Entry, this was my first time using the TSA Pre✓ benefit. But even with Pre✓, I was delayed for a wipe-down search of my laptop and cell phone.

Inna and I arrived in the evening to find Denver in the middle of a heat wave.

Got our rental SU »more

Buttle Aboot

Brilliant Physical Health!

The calendar said: ride the Pittsburgh Randonneurs’ First Sunday 100k. But their plan was to ride the PMTCC 3-State loop, which includes a number of roads I’d rather not ride more than once a year, if at all.

So I punted and decided on a solo century, extending my favored Days Run / Sun Mine / Deer Creek / Guys Run / Old Mill / Squaw Run route up through Saxonburg to Butler.

I’m in Brilliant Physical Health!

Another absolutely perfect day. On my way up to Freeport I stopped for a selfie at “Brilliant Physical Health”. Got up the Sun Mine climb—despite the road being closed—by riding underneath the arch made by a bucket-loader’s arm across the road.

The extension through Saxonburg provided endless steep rollers through typical Pennsylvania farmland, which meant endless wind sprints a »more