Despite residing in the Mountain timezone now, all of my clocks are still set to EST, because my job, friends, and family all keep those hours. There are certainly perks to doing that, like getting to work at 9:00 and still seeing the sunrise hitting the mountains as I settle into the day.

Yeah, this is what I get to look at all day as I work. Beats any corner office I'll get anywhere else :) Yeah, this is what I get to look at all day as I work. Beats any corner office I'll get anywhere else :)

Spending the week in Calhan means a 40-minute drive to Starbucks every morning for work, through some very middle-of-nowhere countryside. At least it's scenic! Seeing thunderstorms miles away was an important thing I wanted so see on my trip, and I'm delighted to check that off the list!

See all that blueish-grey below the clouds? That's rain miles away. See all that blueish-grey below the clouds? That's rain miles away.

For years I've held the outdoors in disdain. The more time I spend in the Southwest, the more I realize I only hold North Carolina-style outdoors in distain. I'm realizing I just don't like the chaos of forests and whatnot. Out here everything takes clean, neat, distinctive shapes, and the landscape is separated into sections of different colors, not just one big blur pretty much indistinguishable from a child smashing paint on a canvas. The scenery out here is just so pretty...

After work I walked by a Chinese restaurant on my way back to my truck, and noticed it smelled good. I checked online and found it was one of the better-rated places in Colorado Springs, so I grabbed some dinner there. The food was good enough, even after letting it sit for the 40-minute drive back home (the place was too desolate and plain for me to want to eat there).

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