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On +GovLoop's +DorobekINSIDER: On @GovLoop’s @DorobekINSIDER: Spending Data: Boring Or A Bureaucracy No-Brainer? +Phineas Baxandall , Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group on the group's latest assessment of state fiscal transparency -- and what USASpending can learn from the work the states have already done http://goo.gl/fIaWvA #opengov   #OpenData   #Gov20  
Why government transparency? We talk a lot about transparency, but what do citizens really want to know about all of the extraneous government information they’ve got floating around? The most obvious answer is that people want to know that the hard-earned money they fork over each year on taxes is put to good use. Like... Read more »
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So, there is no easy way to say it... I found out one week ago today that I have prostate cancer.
They believe it is treatable -- I'm young and healthy. Unfortunately there is a lot on my plate right now. (The person who said, 'God only gives you what you can handle' is full of it.)
While this is a more virulent form of prostate cancer -- prostate cancer is all over the maps... some forms are easy to deal with, like skin cancer... others are quite severe... mine is more on the virulent side -- a 7 on what they call the Gleason score.
The initial diagnosis is that is treatable. We are going to do more tests, but, again, the initial guess is that it will be surgery. But there are a few steps to go before we reach a final decision.
While this news really... well, sucks... and it is remarkably difficult to hear that you have cancer... That being said, I feel healthier than I've been in my entire life -- holistically healthier, so if ever I was prepared, that time is now.
AND... even amid what has been a difficult period of my life... I have SO much to live for... my amazing son... I am blessed to do work that I LOVE and that truly energizes me each and every day... I get to talk to smart people doing amazing, remarkable work every day... and I get to 'help government do it's job better.'
Not to mention my ongoing life quest to get healthier.
Friday was a tough day. I'm not going to lie to you. But... I have more work to do. I'm not going anywhere. You are all stuck with me for time to come -- sorry about that!
AND... I have the most amazing friends anybody could ever ask for... people who have been there... during good and bad... And for that, I can't thank you enough... I'd say from the bottom of my heart, but at this point, it is really coming from the heart of my bottom wink emoticon 
(TRYING to find some humor here! The prostate just ain't that funny!)
So... I'm got on my bike yesterday -- again, party of my ongoing quest to get healthier... particularly at this point in time, I want to keep the connection between mind and body. (Of course, when the doctor is talking about surgery, I'm thinking, "DAMN IT -- this is going to F-up another biking season.')
Meanwhile... I will continue to work to live in the present, which is all I can control.
Thanks for your thoughts. MUCH appreciated.
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Best wishes for a successful outcome!
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On +GovLoop +DorobekINSIDER: What lessons can be learned from more than 10,000 GAO reports? Really remarkable analysis from Deloitte's +William Eggers and   Daniel Byler  http://goo.gl/JGp0aE ‪#‎Gov20‬
There’s a lot of power in being able to say exactly and numerically just how smart and successful you are. For instance, certain job applications have minimum college GPA requirements. Alternately, who hasn’t been amongst friends when the loaded discussion of SAT scores surfaces? Contentious or not, it’s important tool for professional development (and bragging... Read more »
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On +GovLoop's +DorobekINSIDER: GSA administrator Dan Tangherlini to leave the agency - read his note to employees  http://goo.gl/0Lt9K6
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Dan Tangherlini, who has led the General Services Administration since April 2012, will leave that post in February, he told GSA employees in a agency-wide e-mail. He did not say where he was going. Tangherlini came to GSA after a tenure at the Treasury Department and joined the agency following the resignation of Martha Johnson... Read more »
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I marked a milestone this week -- biking more than 2,000 miles in 2014 -- and that includes no biking for 7-weeks starting Aug. 21.

On a spectacular December DC day - it was an amazing day Monday --  I did my 23-mile Arlington loop which brings me to 2,010.44 miles for 2014. That represents roughly 150 hours of biking in about 240 workouts ... more than 170,000 calories burned... 

Just for a bit of a comparison... it is 2,077 miles to drive from DC to Salt Lake City, UT ... and last year, I biked 334.34 miles. I don't do math, but I think that is a pretty big increase.

My bike has been amazingly therapeutic for me -- a key part in rebalancing my life... and getting focused on good health.

There have been many adventures -- one stolen bike; one totaled bike following a car dooring that resulted in the always pleasant radial head fracture (broken arm)... and I've done some great rides with some great people. By and large, I have loved each and every mile. 

My Strava 'heat map' of my rides: Check out the ground I've covered on my #Strava Cycling Heatmap http://www.strava.com/athletes/1630737/heatmaps/214e601a#11/38.89103/-77.08008

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A traumatic bike ride yesterday -- nearly as awful as the video below... I was biking yesterday on Rock Creek near the Massachusetts Avenue bridge when I came across a pit bull locked on to the face of a deer -- both fighting violently. This was a pretty damn big deer -- horns and everything, but the dog was not letting go. A growing group of people tried to come up with ways of separating the two. Eventually the deer went into deeper water and used its antlers to hold the dog under water. It eventually let go. The dog came up near the Rock Creek trail and a group of us tried to keep the dog away from the deer -- and runners and bikers. I kept my bike between myself and the dog -- I understand how powerful these dogs are. 

I guess it is all nature, but you don't see it -- and it is a memory that is difficult to get out of your head. And ot what you expect to see in NW DC.

There was no apparent owner of the dog.

I was happy to quickly got out of there when the police arrived.
http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/631469234
And then I see a clip of this on +CBS This Morning  -- ugh! (Apparently the baby elephant is OK.)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/12/elephant-14-lions-attack-video_n_6143390.html

And now I'm off to take care of Nick's ongoing double ear infections.
One day at a time.
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What a story!  You are correct, we don't expect to see such 'raw nature' in action on Rock Creek trail.  Having ear infections to focus on will help with the images...Thanks for sharing.
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March 2015 bike report: 150.27 miles (compared to 135.83 miles in 2014)... The weather kept milage down a bit -- and I had Nick for the weekends, which kept longer rides down...
Total milage for 2015 so far: 357.11 miles
And we head into April... last year I did 239.45 miles.

Check out the ground I've covered in March 2015 on my #Strava Cycling Heatmap https://www.strava.com/athletes/1630737/heatmaps/3750188a#12/38.90185/-77.06326
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February biking report:
83.25 miles in February 2015 (That is compared to 66.39 miles last year.) Milage has been hindered by the weather, of course... not the cold as much as the ice, which makes biking very complex.
The February milage brings the total for 2015 to date: 216.28

We will see how it goes in March... last year, I did 135.83 miles in March. The weather for coming week is looking cooperative. 

Check out the ground I've covered on my #Strava Cycling Heatmap https://www.strava.com/athletes/1630737/heatmaps/b7a4d94#13/38.92523/-77.03613 
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January biking report: 123.59 miles biked... that compared to 48 miles last year. Good start to 2015.
In February 2014, I biked 66.39 miles. We'll see how it goes in 2015.
#DCbiking   #bicycling   #Healthy2015   #Health  
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Finish my last bike ride of 2014 today -- on a cold New Year's Eve, I 11.06 miles bringing my grand total for 2014 to 2,052.93... just less that it would have been to go from DC to the Gran Canyon https://goo.gl/maps/1IFfM

The numbers include 7-weeks of no biking because of the broken arm starting Aug. 21, right in the peek of bike season. It is also a significant increase from 2013's milage of 334.34.
A few other data points:
* 161:21:19 hours of biking
* 258 workouts completed
* 181,215 calories burned

Check out the ground I've covered on my #Strava Cycling Heatmap http://www.strava.com/athletes/1630737/heatmaps/214e601a#11/38.89103/-77.08008

Looking forward to more good health in 2015.
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Amen! 
via +Vox  The biggest loser in the CRomnibus: the rights of DC residents http://www.vox.com/2014/12/13/7384639/cromnibus-marijuana-dc-veto #DCrights   
President Obama and Harry Reid could have protected our vote. They didn't.
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It is the holiday season and most of us worry about putting on those extra pounds. Some "food" for thought:

We are terrible at knowing how much we eat via +Washington Post People literally have no idea how many calories are in their food http://wpo.st/dMpv [The FDA has just issued rules requiring posting of calories via +The New York Times F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies http://nyti.ms/1xPD8Vm ]

This is also an amazing resource -- how many steps it would take to work off that dinner:
via +Retrofit How Many Steps to Walk it off During the Holidays: http://wiki.retrofitme.com/x/IZxc 

#maintaindontgain    #Health   #Thanksgiving   #Holidays2014   #HealthyHolidays  
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    Journalism, Political Science, 1985 - 1989
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Journalist covering the business of government; Focus: Helping government do its job better
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I've been covering the operations of government for decades. I focus on six words: Helping government do its job better. Also a husband, a very proud father, a boater, a biker, a reader.
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    Anchor, DorobekINSIDER, 2008 - 2011
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    Editor in chief, 2005 - 2008
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