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2017 Highlights and Prancers

We began and ended 2017 in a similar fashion: on a hiking/biking trip on the California coast. Are we in a rut? Maybe—but it’s cold in Minnesota at the beginning and ending of the year, and in California, it’s… Not.

 

Granted, the two trips were a bit different. 2017 started in Montecito, with more hiking and hills than biking and ocean. And, of course, the tiny prancing dogs that populate the streets of Montecito (with accompanying owners) are a bit more pretentious, with a tad more Botox.

 

2017 ended in Carmel, with more biking and ocean than hiking. The Carmel dogs are more laid back, relaxed, friendly and comfortable in their skin—eschewing the Botox and the covering of grays.

(Yes, it’s true that dogs do look like their owners.)

 

And then there was everything in between the prancer parades bookending the year:

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Thimphu Buddha

Bhutan

I give my life a 10.

During a recent round of physicals (to make sure I don’t fall over dead on work property), one of the doctors asked how I would rank my life.

A 10.

“Really,” he said, “are you sure? It’s not often I hear that from people.”

“I’m sure,” I said. “A 10.”

To which he responded, “Maybe you should go to Bhutan. Aren’t they all happy there, too?”

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