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Election Day is Coming

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Last week, I took a job doing canvassing for the Washington State Democrats in the Eighth Legislative District for candidate Dr. Kim Schrier. On paper, Dr. Schrier looks like a great candidate. She has experience in our broken healthcare system, claims to be a problem solver and was able to raise millions of dollars during the primary season.

I’ve only been out canvassing four times, but I’m already feeling pretty despondent about Dr. Schrier’s odds of flipping the 8th. The campaign has millions of dollars at its disposal, and is working furiously at the one technique that research has shown to be effective, canvassing door to door and asking people over and over and over again for their vote. The most common reaction that I get when I knock on a door is that someone was just there last week or event the day before and that they are sick of the invasion of their privacy and they just want to get away from politics.
Meanwhile, our opponent, a career politician, Dino Rossi is targeting…

Getting my balloons together

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Two things that I need to be the "Balloon Biker" are balloons and my bicycle. These past years since I rode my bike everywhere have also meant that my balloon kit has become more and more elaborate. As my balloon skills increased, I found a great need to have almost every balloon imaginable in a score of colors and shapes. It's a long cry from the single bag that I carried cross-country.

Back when I was traveling, I didn't just carry around my balloons, I also carried all of my most important possessions as well as the balloons, which meant that I was carrying about 100 pounds of gear at any given time.

Since coming back to Washington State, I haven't biked like I used to. I went through some dark times and felt like a different person. But in the past few months, I've been getting back into bicycling. While I don't want to just jump back into fully-loaded bike touring again again right away, I do want to bicycle with balloons some more.

Yesterday I took …