Some Halloween Fun

Kick ass ideas for carving pumpkins:

Maybe I’ll do a Puking Pumpkin this year.

Low Flying French Fighters

My dad sent me this link:

Low Flying Frogs (12MB Download)

Not the greatest video quality, but damn fun to watch. I can’t imagine hauling ass in a jet just above the water like that. Must be a hell of a rush.

Beer, Wine, Vodka, Sake, Pig, Cake, and Friends

The past five days here in the northwest have been awesome. I have made many new wonderful friends and stronger friendships with existing friends. The FarmBoyz party was amazing. Sean and Chris really know how to have fun.

Here’s a quick rundown on the various things that I ingested over the weekend:


Picked up a keg of Full Sail Amber Ale from the Full Sail brewery in Hood River, Oregon. Sean and Chris managed to get a refrigerator, CO2 tank and tap for it…easy access to good cold beer. Bought various Widmer brews in bottles to try. Hefeweizen is my favorite, but the Blonde Ale and Okto were a close second.


The wine tasting trip on Saturday caused me to find a couple of wines that I actually like. I have never really cared for wine much…until this past weekend. I probably consumed two bottles myself. Somehow the 5 bottles that I have left need to make it home with me.


Sean had Ioan pick up a big bottle of Belvedere Vodka. It’s damn good when served ice cold.


I had never tasted Sake before. It’s really good. I had one shot and decided that it would not be a good idea to drink any more of it. The G was good shit.


Sean managed to get a whole pig brought up to the farm. The cook, Happy, did an excellent job barbecuing the pork in various forms. Also damn good shit.

Cake – Monday night, Court mentioned that she was going to the Cake concert. Chris and I decided that we would like to go and Sean said that if we could find tickets (show was sold out), he would go as well. We found a guy on Craigslist that happened to be selling three tickets…at more than double face value. We figured that at least we would have tickets and deided to buy them. This was the first concert that I have been to as a spectator/fan. It rocked. Cake sounds excellent in person.

Photos can be seen here:

Everyone Combined

Other people’s recaps of the past weekend:


Labor Day with BootsnAll at The Farm

I’m going to The Farm this weekend. It’s going to kick ass.

New Motherboard, CPU

I have been waiting for a good time to do an overhaul on my desktop computer. The current setup was almost 2.5 years old and started to become unreliable. I made a trip to PC Club today and picked up a new MSI K8N Neo 4 motherboard, AMD Athlon 64 3200+ CPU, GeForce 6200 video card, and 1GB of Kingston RAM. Overall, it ran about $500 and I can already see a huge difference in speed…especially with Photoshop. It used to take a good 20 – 30 seconds for PS to load, but now it take about 5. Gotta love the extra speed. I initially set this desktop up in such a way that I could easily swap components and keep it up to date. It looks like that worked and thanks to a useful Microsoft support page, I didn’t have any problems getting everything back up and running (I know…”useful Microsoft” is probably an oxymoron, but it really worked…flawlessly).

Stumbling Drunk

Jeff sent this to me this morning. I’ve only been able to make it 76 meters. He claims to have stumbled 93 meters.

Vacation Recap

I’m sitting here in the BootsnAll offices trying to get caught back up with the real world after running around Oregon, Washington, and Idaho for the past week. Here’s a rundown on what went on:

Tuesday, April 19th ::

Called mom to tell her that I decided to drive up and meet them in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. She checked to see if there were any tickets available for using frequent flyer miles so that I wouldn’t take Christie’s car for the week. There was a ticket available for flying into Portland, Oregon which was perfect because I wanted to meet up with the guys at BootsnAll in Portland anyway.

Wednesday, April 20th ::

Christie dropped me off at the airport in the morning and I flew from PHX to LAX…then LAX to PDX. I picked up a Chevy Trailblazer at PDX and proceeded to pick mom and dad up from PSC. We spent the night in Pasco, Washington.

Thurdsay, April 21st ::

Mom, dad, and I drove to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Dad and I spent part of the day helping a friend of his to get ready for people who were coming in for Kjelsty’s wedding. Kjelsty is a friend of mine from when I was a kid. Her parents and my parents are really good friends. Levi, her father, passed away recently and we all wanted to be there for her big day. That night, we went to O’Shay’s Irish Pub in Coeur d’ Alene for a party with a bunch of Kjelsty and Glenn’s (the groom) friends. Many of them played music and everyone had fun. I hung out for part of the night with Kjelsty’s sister Tansy. She was stressed out about leaving her kids at home with her husband, so I tried to keep her entertained.

Friday, April 22nd ::

We spent the morning in Coeur d’ Alene. Breakfast was great at Rustler’s Roost. After breakfast and helping out at Levi and Diane’s house in the morning, we drove up to Athol. Mom stayed in Athol and visited with friends while Dad and I went up to cut some trees at another of his friends’ houses. That night we hung around the American Legion and Pastime in Athol. Went to bed in Coeur d Alene at 2:00 AM.

Saturday, April 23rd ::

Breakfast at Rustler’s Roost again. Spent more time north of Athol helping some friends. Kjelsty’s wedding was scheduled for 3:00 PM. It started late, but was really cool. Kjelsty, her friends, and her family are very creative people. The wedding was at Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’ Alene. After the wedding I met up with an old friend of mine and went bar hopping until 2:00 AM in Post Falls, Idaho. From there, we went to Denny’s for food. Went to bed around 4:00 AM in Coeur d’ Alene.

Sunday, April 24th ::

After 4 hours of sleep, we left for Hermiston, Oregon. Spent the afternoon at a barbecue with family and stayed with my grandparents in Hermiston.

Monday, April 25th ::

Met up with some of my parents’ friends in Pendleton, Oregon. Drove over to Walla Walla, Washington and sampled some wine that is made there. I’ve decided that I just don’t like wine…can’t figure out what’s so great about it. I’d much rather have a good beer at a fraction of the cost.

Tuesday, April 26th (Today) ::

Dropped mom and dad off at PSC this morning and drove to Portland. Have had the pleasure of meeting Court, Donovan, Matt, and Dave here at BootsnAll. Hopefully a couple of us will go out tonight or something. Chris has to leave early tomorrow morning for New York, so I may spend part of the day touring the area if I don’t hang around the office here.


This has been an amazing week. I feel like nothing has been accomplished yet we’ve managed to buy a house and prepare, file, and pay our taxes.

The biggest reason it was so amazing was that we shouldn’t have been able to get a lot for a house. There are people waiting for months to get one and we managed to get one only a week into searching. The house will be built by Beazer Homes and will be in the Morning Sun Farms development. It should take around 9 months for the house to be completed and I will be adding updates and photos of the progress as often as I can. We found out this morning that the model we purchased (Richland) has already gone up $8,000 in value, so we’re already ahead only a week into it. Yesterday we finalized the structural and electrical upgrades. May 4th we will be selecting interior design elements (cabinets, doors, etc.). Christie is actually getting excited about the new house, which surprises me because she didn’t want to move out there before. I’m pretty sure that she realizes that we’ll be getting twice the house for just a little more than we can sell our current house for.

Taxes were not too bad. We owed less than $3,000 this year…which is an improvement over the past few years. Next year we’re getting an accountant. Turbo Tax was tripping out on me for a while and I didn’t feel like I could trust it very much. Eventually the problems were sorted out and everything appeared to be okay.

One of the other highlights of my week was the delivery of my new license plate. I decided to get a personalized plate that had something to do with websites. When I was ordering the plate through Service Arizona I was trying to be creative and come up with something cool…most of those ideas were taken. I jokingly plugged “BLOG” into the search box and it was available. Being a person that likes to act quickly on cool opportunities, I ordered it. It showed up in the mail earlier this week and looks damn cool. I’ll get it put on the truck tomorrow after I wash it and I’ll post a pic of it.

So now that the week is officially over (12:37 on Sunday morning right now…assuming a Sunday – Saturday week), it’s time to get back working on the redesign for Travel Gear Blog and Bianchi Design…but first, I need some sleep.

Riding Giants

I finally got around to watching Riding Giants tonight. It gives a pretty good history of big wave surfing. I have always been intrigued by big wave surfing, especially Mavericks. There was some cool historical footage of surfing and newer footage of Laird Hamilton and his friends surfing huge waves. I think I prefer the video quality of Step Into Liquid, but the overall information covered seemed better in Riding Giants. Both are good films to check out if you have not already seen them.

Evidence From Last Weekend

Sean put some photos up from last weekend. Good times with good friends.

Check them out here