Unexpected Changes

It’s a pretty common thing to say life throws events you could never expect your way. The last half year or so that has absolutely rung true for me.

I’ve had to make so many big changes. Not all of them have been great but life goes on.

The latest change is that I’m moving again. I’m currently in Beaverton with a friend of mine and her boyfriend. She was amazing enough to give me a place to crash while I got back on my feet. We were going to be roommates because we all got along pretty well. An added bonus is that it’s only 9 miles from my new job.

Chard ruined it. Well, I ruined it depending on how you look at it.

It all happened on Monday, April 23rd. My first training day at Oracle Hillsboro where I’m on the assembly team. We build Oracle’s servers and cloud machines. Some of these machines sell for over 3 million dollars. It’s an interesting facility and the coworkers are interesting. The weather this week was pretty warm with temps in the high 80s for a few days. I decided I could most likely leave Chard at home without an issue. I was oh so wrong.

I had training from 3:30 pm to 11:30 pm Monday and I left around 2:45. I don’t get very good reception, or really any at all, in Oracle’s building so I didn’t get any of my roommate’s texts or phone calls. Two neighbors called in noise complaints by 3:30 because of Chard’s ridiculous retriever cry. Chard busted out of my bedroom window and ran almost 2 miles down Murray Boulevard trying to find me. He ran all the way back to the apartment and started harassing folks, barking and acting aggressively. My roommate came home to a neighbor cornering him with the window screen that he busted through. She got him back inside. She couldn’t leave him alone again and she had a soccer game. She had to bring him along, leaving him in her car.

So here’s the thing, my roommate’s are only allowed 2 pets and they already have 3(2 dogs 1 cat). Chard and I aren’t on the lease and management didn’t know we were staying here. Now management is aware and they weren’t happy about it. I have to be out by the end of the month.

This means I had to take Chard to work with me the rest of the week. The temperature was 85f+ for 3 straight days. Leaving him in my truck was not only horrible for him but it was embarrassing for me. All my coworkers were aware of it and while they were understanding I could tell I was being judged. My boss was especially great about it. He assured me it was okay and gave me special permission to go check on Chard every half hour. This is another reason Oracle is great. My coworkers really are amazing folks. Thursday was the hottest day of the year so far but my friend Anna rose above and beyond to help out. She took Chard from 3 pm to 7 pm,  taking him to a lake so he could swim around. I can’t thank her enough.

Having to move because management knowing about Chard sucks for a few reasons. My current location is great because it’s only 9 miles from work. It’s a solid running distance so I could run to/from work because they have showers there. The rent was going to be in the $500-$600 range which is very cheap for Beaverton. I also get along great with Maleah and Rowdy, my roommates.

Luckily my brother lives just across the river in Vancouver, Washington and I can crash with him in his house. The downside to this is the much longer commute, 30 miles vs 9 miles. Oddly enough the actual travel time isn’t much different, 30 minutes vs 40 minutes. The extra miles are very annoying. It will wind up costing me a lot more in gas. I can’t really run 30 miles to work either. If I were to take public transit it would be nearly two and a half hours. I can, however, leave Chard at my brother’s while I’m at work.

I’m a bit worried that my truck won’t withstand this commute for all that long. I need new tires. I need to fix the timing and idle. I have to replace a few odds and ends. I need to replace the entire exhaust system but luckily there’s no catalytic converter to replace. I can do all this work myself but the truck is still somewhat a piece of shit.

That’s basically where I stand. The money at Oracle is good so it’s worth the commute. It’s a solid 2-year contract as well. I can take days off easily which will allow Chard and I to go on fun adventures together. I can work towards improving my life for the future.

As for running I really need to step my game up. I haven’t been registering for races. I haven’t been meeting my weekly goals. I have been focusing more on speed though and it’s been paying off. Chard and I are both much faster. I need new shoes though. My current pair of Zealots has over 550 miles on them so they’re well past their expiry date.

I’m aware I missed my Sunday goal of posting an update by a pretty big margin. Oh well.

Have a great weekend everyone. Thank you for reading.

Rogue River Trail

So I’ve been living in Beaverton with my friend and her boyfriend. I’m lucky enough to have her as a pal. I found a job with Oracle doing some decent work and it will allow me to take running vacations. I start on the 23rd, 11 days away.

So next up is the Rogue River Trail. I’ll be using a few of my tax refund dollars to fund this trip; outside of fuel, it shouldn’t be expensive. Food is cheap and I already have the backpack I’ll be using.

So what is the Rogue River trail like? It’s a 40-mile trail that follows the Rogue River in southwest Oregon. The forest service offers a nice little guide, available here. Below is an image of just the trail map that I pulled out of the PDF guide. Also here is the Oregonhikers.org page.

Why is the Rogue River Trail special? It’s a trail that offers incredible riverside views along with minimal elevation gain. That means I can run all 40 miles of it relatively easily with Chard. If I depart early in the morning then time shouldn’t really be an issue. I have a variety of camping options if need be. Depending on the weather swimming is an option just about anywhere.


Wildwood Done

Fun time. I had almost no issues, just some mild lower calf cramping. That’s to be expected though. I found a bit of boost at the end which was nice. Chard was Chard which means he had tons of energy left at the end.

I still have the Rogue River Trail to do. I think I’ll be adding the Timberline Trail that goes around Mt. Hood. There are a lot of different routes available for that one.

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