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Wednesday, 24 September 2003

My uncle died yesterday. He'd been sick for a long time, but had been briefly somewhat better back in May, well enough to attend the family reunion. It was good to have had that chance to get together.

His funeral is Friday.

In addition to being sad about my uncle's passing, I'm also somewhat stressed about various day-job things. If you keep up with the financial news, you know the CEO has resigned. That doesn't affect me directly, but it does portend changes ahead. There's another matter that doesn't affect me directly, but does affect people I work with, that has raised the stress level some. Less serious, but affecting me directly this time, there are some changes in the medical insurance that they've announced without providing enough information for us to know exactly how it affects us.

Yet another day-job thing is that I'll be going to another UnPlugFest, this one in Frankfurt, in the second half of October. That's not bad, but it is yet another source of stress.

With all this we're trying to do some stress-reducing activities. Jackie made pizza for supper. We watched an episode of Angel. I've started reading Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver.

I've been running, 1.5 miles today, 2.5 miles yesterday, 1.5 miles the day before. I'd like to move my milage up just a little between now and the race next month, and running 1.5 miles on some of the day that I'd otherwise have taken as rest days may be a good way to do it. If it seems to be wearing me out, I'll try to think of something else. So far, so good.

I haven't done any writing for two or three days. I'm still excited about my story, though.

My dad's new book Conservancy: The Land Trust Movement in America is almost out. They're taking pre-orders on


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