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This weekend I picked up a nice piece of Chinook Salmon from Newman’s Fish Company here in Eugene. It’s a solid place to get the best seafood in town (in my humble opinion). It’s been a go to for us since we moved here in 2009. Apparently this fish shop got its start in 1890! The full history is an interesting read, I think . . . 

This weekend I used a recipe that I’ve adapted over the years and is not uncommon at all. The salmon is placed in a dish on a little olive oil, with onion rings and lemon slices placed on top. I prefer sweet onions but any onion will work. Then I put on the sauce, which is a variation of a sauce I remembered from my time as a cook when I worked my way up from dishwasher to prep-cook to line-cook at a place called Mad Anthony’s in Bellevue, Washington. Mad Anthony’s eventually became Anthony’s Seafood Grill, which is where this comes from and is part of the Anthony’s chain of restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.

We used to take a one gallon bottle of wine and pour half of it into another empty one gallon bottle. Then we’d pour in one quart of lemon juice and then fill the bottle with water. So the ration is 2 parts white wine, to 1 part lemon juice and 1 part water. Then we’d pour this over the fish and bake it in the oven at about 350 degrees. Simple and tasty.

Basically this is what is done in the image below. It cooks for about 20 minutes and is oh-so-tasty . . . .


So our water heater has been showing signs of failure lately: changing water temperatures, water not getting as warm as it used to, etc. I did some digging and found that (at least this brand) the serial number can be decoded to determine the age of the water heater. Who knew? Not me, anyways. The decoder was found on the website, complete with an example (which is always helpful for decoders):

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Here is the label that is on our heater, which puts ours as being manufactured in October of 2006 (which is kinda old, apparently – again, who knew? Not me!): 

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Reasons To Be Cheerful

Sunrises from Mt. Pisgah
College students
Empathy from instructors
Masking up
Road trips to places off-the-grid
The end of Summer

Reasons To Be Cheerful #2

My father’s life
My father’s death
A vaccine
Warm rain
Light lengthening in the evenings
My kids learning programming

Well, this year has been quite a year for me in terms of my running. I started 2018 coming off of rehabbing a broken ankle, setting a goal of running 1000 miles and competing in a few races. In many ways I far exceeded my modest goals and in other ways I didn’t. All in all it was a positive year for me. The breakdown:

  • 901 miles run. My goal was 1000 miles, but a broken elbow late this year slowed me down a bit. 
  • Completed my 12th Half Marathon
  • Ran an under 2 hour half marathon
  • Ran my first 30k Trail Run
  • Ran an 18 Mile Trail Run
  • Found a running group (or rather they found me?). Either way this has been the singular most positive aspect of this year in terms of running. The folks in this group are people I now call friends as we have connected on much more than our mile splits and tight hamstrings.

Goals for 2019 so far include:

  • Run 1000 miles
  • Run a 50k Trail Run
  • Possibly (finally) run a marathon
  • Begin more cross-training activities (Yoga and modest weight training)
  • Volunteer to officiate at local & state track and field events (I’m currently on the Oregon Track Club’s discus crew)
  • Learn more about what makes me be a successful distance runner honing my nutrition and hydration needs along with other aspects.

Books on running that I read this past year:

Onwards into 2019!