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What’s in a name?

Starting a new leaf should not hinge on old things. mikka.is was my SARS-CoV-2 exposure data site, maybe not the best place to document my "adventures." So here's 106 Trails.

When deciding to blog my time, I made a commitment: travels would be blogged, downtime would be used to improve the blogging experience. Both for me and for you, the readers. And, damn, despite me not having much to offer, you did come and read.

So that second part became more and more important. Offering value (your “payment,” if you so will, is your time and attention I receive) is important to me. And part of this is the domain name.

I hadn’t much thought about it, to be honest. mikka.is has been in my possession since time eternal, so it only made sense to use it. But it neither conveys the purpose of this site nor does it continue the legacy of what mikka.is had been used for, SARS-CoV-2 data tables.

Which brings us to the new name: 106 trails. 106, because I wanted a number but it not be arbitrary. One of my favorite movies, Blues Brothers, has this iconic scene, we all (unless you’re much younger than me, then you really should watch it) know:

Elwood to Jake:

It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.


Hit it.

106 miles scene.

I have no idea, how many trails I will be walking, bussing, and riding trains. But I know that 106 is close enough, while the purpose of those trails is about as irreverent and unthinkable as Jake and Elwood’s quest.

Moving the site would have gone smoothly, had I not screwed up file system permissions, but other than that… we’re back baby, and some font weirdness aside I am not unhappy. 106 trails… time to get used to the new name, planning for next week is almost done (I’ll do a post on Wanderlog in a bit, which I really like), and my new backpack is on its way.

It’s 107 trails until next year. I have a new backpack, a used water bottle, it’s getting summer, and I forgot to buy sunscreen. Let’s hit it.

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