i tied the course record for this one steep hill on Strava after a while of trying. it's a pretty short one, like, 42ft of elevation gain in less than a block and the record is like 17s. the other day I went up in like 19 and realized I had a shot if I got a running start. the thing is, because it's so short, it's not immediately clear what the beginning or end of the segment is, and this also means the granularity of the record keeping is not so good. it's also kind of directly perpendicular to a main road so you can't get much of a straight running start unless there's no traffic. anyway, drat, I only tied it rather than getting king of the mountain here.
A good friend of mine in the department won as well, which is nice. They give out four awards in two categories in this competition, I got one in the one category, she got one in the other, I don't know what the deal with the other two awards is (they can split however they want). They presumably were won by people elsewhere (gosh, my department doesn't win everything?).
So I did my taxes over the weekend. If I did them right, I owe an additional $22 to the feds and $241 to the state. I'll double-check those figures to make sure I don't go to jail, but those look right. The state one I haven't done rigorously yet, there might be some credits I'm missing.
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