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So my brother came  over for a few weeks for a dentist appointment from Arizona (yes, it is as weird as it sounds).  Since I know he is the hiking god, I forced him to go on a few hiking trips with me before he left.  We actually ended up going on a hike each weekend while he was here,  a total of 3 weeks.  He was also here for the eclipse which he got some really good pictures of.  I took the wife and 2 kids over to the Stanley, ID area to see it also.  It is worth seeing for sure and anybody who hasn't seen one and says it's no big deal is an idiot.  Anybody who has seen one and says it's no big deal is an even bigger idiot.  Anyway we went up Mount Leatherman the first weekend which is the second highest peak in Idaho.  That turned out being more difficult than Borah which we did the following two weekends (yes we hiked up Mount Borah two times over two weekends).  The second time was mainly to get pictures from the top that we hadn't gotten the first time around.  Since then I have also hiked the Pioneer Cabin loop and almost made it up Hyndman Peak, another 12k mountain over in the Sun Valley area.  Bad weather and starting late kept me from making it all the way up.  There is snow now pretty much everywhere above 9000ish feet, so doing anything like Hyndman, Borah, or Leatherman is pretty much out until next summer.  I'm looking around though for stuff like Pioneer Cabin that is lower but still a fun hike for the next few months until the snow comes all the way down, then I'll have to figure something else out.

A word of advice for all you people out there..run regular backups! You would think after losing data multiple times in the past I would actually do this well. I don't. CentOS decided to bomb out and luckily I had 1 old vhdx from the end of 2016 otherwise I'd be recreating the entire site from scratch, which would not be fun at all. I now have a backup of the current vhdx as well as an akeeba backup and I'll be trying to remember to make regular backups of both.

I don't have the willpower to try and remember everything that has happened since the last post or what I typed before. Probably not much and what was there was probably not important anyway. I did update some photos that I know I had put there of a few trips I have gone on this year.

For notable events, I got a Citrix CCA-V certification and am working on the CCP-V. Things are still going great at work and am still working on VDI. In July we took a trip to see my sister in southern California and stayed there for a week. We went to March Air Museum and looked at some planes. There was also an air show in Idaho Falls with the Blue Angels which was fun to watch even though it was pretty hot outside. I also attempted to hike up Mount Borah which is the tallest peak in Idaho. Didn't make it all the way up but was a fun trip anyway and will probably try it again.

That's about it.

My daughter has had to write some poems for school.  One of them was about pets. I thought of one nice short one for the Chinese and Filipino community out there...

I love my dog...

with barbecue sauce.

 

Thank you!