cynthia blair

cynthia blair
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
May 15
Welcome to cindigodotcom (version Salon). I like to write and my most bestest stuff goes here. ______________________________________ Andy, is my husband, he’s a pretty constant character that you’ll hear about often. Andy is a professional gambler….yes, just like on tv…he’s cool like that. Except not on tv like a big, fat, sloppy poker player wearing a stupid visor and smoking a cigar. He’s cool like a rock star, and uber smart. ______________________________________ We moved to Vegas to test out some magical voodoo software that Andy wrote to win millions upon millions of dollars betting baseball. ______________________________________ We grew up together. It’s a cute story that I'm sure I'll get around to sometime. ______________________________________ Sometimes we live in Vegas, other times we travel around the country like hobos. But wherever we are in the real word you can be sure you can always find me here (or more likely at Seriously, I think the domain is paid up for something like 20 years. ______________________________________ In April 2009 we’re planning on hiking The Pacific Crest Trail. I’ll be writing about it here. ______________________________________ Pacific Crest Trail facts: ______________________________________ - Averaging 20 or more miles a day, it takes five to six months to hike the trail (including one day of rest a week) in its entirety ______________________________________ - Begins in Campo, Mexico, passes through California, Oregon and Washington and ends in Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. ______________________________________ - Climbs nearly 60 major mountain passes ______________________________________ - Descends into 19 major canyons ______________________________________ - Passes more than 1,000 lakes ______________________________________ - Traverses three national monuments, seven national parks, 24 national forests and 33 federally mandated wildernesses. ______________________________________


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Sorry this isn't going to be eloquent and thoughtful.  Two things I strive for when I post on OS. But I'm rushing out the door to get back on the trail. Sweet jesus, I don't even have time to spell check.

 We've been hiking for a month and have about 370… Read full post »

Day 1, Monday Feb. 9th.

You hear horror stories of people trying to pack their packs he night before they leave on a long trek and then having a nightmare time trying to fit it all. We scoffed at these people. Come on, it’s only 17 pounds. The pack is huge.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2009 5:20PM

To Hawaii



We're leaving for Hawaii tomorrow morning at 6 am. This is supposed to be training for the PCT so we've included a hike to the summit of Mauna loa in our itinerary. Although it's purposely at the end of our itinerary. Something tells me that hiking in the… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 5, 2009 1:07PM

Andrew: International Man of Mystery & Professional Gambler

I can't really take credit for this because Andy my husband wrote it. It's an amazing story about the beginnings of his professional gambling career.

He went to University of Illinois for college and got a Engineering degree. He then promptly went to Denver with a few friends… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2009 5:30PM

I Love Jesus, But I Drink a Little

I'm leaving San Diego today but not before making a basic granola recipe that will the base from which we will eat about 180 breakfasts. Andy doesn't tolerate oats well so I made it with quinoa flakes. Before I bought a 25 lb. bag, I thought I should do a test… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2009 7:45PM

Thanks OS for letting me bitch

I'm in San Diego. I used to love San Diego. Then, my mom moved here. She's seventy. She lived in the nortwest suburbs of Chicago for nearly fifty years. Last year after my step dad died, she decided that she was moving to San Diego. She did. She's here. My San… Read full post »

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JANUARY 28, 2009 3:43AM

When good people do bad things (with produce)

We were starving. Usually our eating out food agenda is a trip to the raw food cafe for some bizarre concoction for me, and then through the Taco Bell drive through for Andy.  After all food arrangements are arranged, we eat together in the front of the Honda Element, listening to… Read full post »

1.  I was at the airport waiting in line at Panda Express. The lady in front of me was ordering. She got one of the combination plates and added,  "can you put a shit load of broccoli on that?" My head turned. The counter guy visibly started and said, "what?" as

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JANUARY 27, 2009 4:04PM

Open Letter from an OS newbie.

Hi. I'm new here. It's been awhile since I've felt like a newbie....especially on the internet. So, uh, hi.

I guess I just wanted to say that I am absolutely blown away by the quality of writing on this site. It makes me intensely happy to open my RSS feeds...though somewhat… Read full post »

JANUARY 25, 2009 6:37PM

Bulk Purchaces, Minimal Lifestyle.

Yesterday I bought around 250 nutrition bars off of Ebay. You know, those bar things that taste like chocolate covered cardboard and are supposed to be good for you (at least better than something with high fructose corn syrup). Most through hikers eat them. They eat alot of them. Like ten… Read full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2009 2:03PM

Confessions of a Thirtysomething With a Blankey

Greeny was my security blanket. I had this blanket until I was twelve. On my birthday, I took three or four girls to my grandparents’ cottage for a weekend sleep over. I brought Greeny. By that time, Greeny had dwindled from it’s once full

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There are two responses that I usually get when I tell people we're attempting to hike the PCT. One is "oh my god....why?" accompanied by a look off horror. The other is "oh my!" accompanied by a look of enthusiasm.  I never quite know how to answer the "why" question.… Read full post »

There are two responses that I usually get when I tell people we’re attempting to hike the PCT. One is “oh my god….why?” accompanied by a look off horror. The other is “oh my good…cool!” accompanied by a look of enthusiasm. I never quite know how to answer t…

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JANUARY 18, 2009 7:11PM

Repost: Journal Entries from 1983

originally posted January 2003:

Little C v.4

I am tired. I am trying to think of some clever and funny things to tell you about

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JANUARY 18, 2009 7:00PM

Repost: Journal Entries from 1984

Journal Entry From1984

journal entry 51, 1984-This was a group entry written by me, Jenni and Amy.

Indiana Jones, Mel Gibson, Billy Idol, Steve,

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Eccentric America

When we were in LA (Pasadena) we had dinner with my old junior high / high school friend Hollie. There were a few stories that I had forgotten.

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JANUARY 18, 2009 11:13AM

Brought to you by the letter "ebay"

I’m just about done listing our lives on Ebay. I’m not sure if “done” means finished in the sense of “no more stuff” or “done” in the sense of “over it”. It’s hard to see the reality of the situation when you’re so close to the

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JANUARY 17, 2009 11:50PM

Brought to you by the letter “ebay”

I’m just about done listing our lives on Ebay. I’m not sure if “done” means finished in the sense of “no more stuff” or “done” in the sense of “over it”. It’s hard to see the reality of the situation when you’re so close to the s…

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kayaks, originally uploaded by cindigodotcom. What do you do when you have a bunch of stuff to organize, a five month trip into the wilderness to plan and the more math oriented half of this duo has some very important computer programming to do? Why, go on a kayak…

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We hiked most of the way to the summit of Bridge Mountain yesterday. We didn’t go all the way because the ice was making it too dangerous and it was getting dark. It was a momentous day because at the coldest it was 28 degrees and at the worst spots…

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DECEMBER 27, 2008 3:40PM

crazy town

I can’t quite decide if I’m hiding or relaxing right now. There are six rambunctious kids downstairs between the ages of one and twelve. I can almost feel the quiet, puffy shelter of this bed shake with every dropped Tonka truck, shriek of excitement or screaming outraged wail from a sibl…

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DECEMBER 19, 2008 2:47PM

Snowing in Vegas!?!

Rochester Minnesota is still cold but not as bad as the first two days. The weather report today is twenty degrees but without much wind. I know writing about the weather is boring, but it’s just so crippling in person, I feel like I have to let the frost shock out…

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DECEMBER 14, 2008 5:18PM

Currently 14 degrees

I’m in Minnesota. I’ll be here for a week hanging out and going to doctors appointments with my very puffy and closer to being diagnosed sister. I’ve been assured that Mayo Clinic is the the most interesting place to see in this town besides Mall of America, and we’re going th…

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We’re in San Diego spending Thanksgiving with Celine. We’re as sick as mildly sick dogs. I’m just now getting my voice back and Andy is looking a little less bedraggled than this morning even. We spent last week in Green Bay visiting Andy’s parents. I’m sure I could teas…

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NOVEMBER 16, 2008 5:12PM

Typing and Sleeping at the Same Time

We hiked fifteen somewhat flat although rocky miles at Red Rock Canyon yesterday. I could have used another day of recuperation, but I don’t think I was any worse for it. Although the last three miles, thankfully the flattest and easiest, my legs just didn’t want to go anymore. I was…

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