Monthly Archives: April 2016

Attending Jith & Anthony’s Wedding

My 2nd cousin Jith recently got married to her fiancé Anthony this past weekend. My parents, my sister and her family, and the four of us all drove up to Sparkill NY for the wedding fairly close to where I … Continue reading

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I’m buying a new road bike — the Bianchi Intenso 105

It’s been almost 14 years now with my trusty Fuij aluminum road bike by my side, mile after mile, hill after bloody hill. I bought my Fuji Finest-Al back in 2002 from my then local bike shop in Bloomfield, NJ. It … Continue reading

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Update on my life AKA Joel’s Unplanned Extended Vacation

It’s been a few weeks of….. vacation now. It’s feeling less alien strange time in some ways, and more relaxing at other times.  I have to say that I’m enjoying the down time, especially hanging out with my family. I’ve been home … Continue reading

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I am 40

Yes, I turned 40 this year. Egads, 40? Really? How did I spend my 40th birthday anyway? I had hoped to sleep in, maybe go biking, maybe be employed, but didn’t get to do those kinds of things. I relaxed … Continue reading

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I purchased and installed the Rachio Iro (Gen 1), and it’s pretty darn cool

When we moved into the house in the summer of 2014, the one process that I could not figure out was the Rainbird sprinkler controller. Look at the picture at the right — this is the controller that we had in our … Continue reading

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CMB Karate Demo Team performance at the Wells Fargo Center

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, the kids joined the CMB Karate demonstration team earlier this year. For the past few months, they’ve been practicing their routine with the intent to perform in front of large crowds at various sporting … Continue reading

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Dinner and drinks with two dear old friends

You know what’s sad? We work, we work, and we work. We can get caught up with  all that — all the work stuff, all the family stuff, other commitments, etc. Before you know it, years have gone by, and you … Continue reading

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Lily’s 8th Birthday Party

It was two weeks after Lily’s actual 8th birthday, but we had her birthday party this weekend. After much discussion on what to do for her birthday party, we settled on Young Chef’s Academy nearby in Morganville, NJ. They run cooking … Continue reading

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Purchased a Mio heart rate monitor

I’ve been a member of Orangetheory Fitness for over two years now. Normally, you check in before class and use one of their Polar chest monitors with your previously purchased chest strap.  This year they’re moving to a model — … Continue reading

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Bought a Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad and it’s kinda handy

One of the key features of the Galaxy S7 is built-in Qi wireless charging. Using one of the $30 gift cards we recently earned through a recent Samsung Pay promotion, I went out to buy a Samsung Fast Charge Wireless … Continue reading

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