Friday, October 31, 2008

Pure 80s genuis

2 of the best songs to come out of the 80s for sure, with a twist.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Those great fall weekends

The last 2 weekends have been awesome, both in terms of weather and activity. Last weekend I hit Madrone on Saturday with Moira and Carver on Sunday with Gary and Chamisa. Gary and I talked about Carver this week, and determined it's not worth bouldering there anymore. It's a shame really, but sitting down in mud to put my feet above my hands for a super hard move to get off the ground is not fun.

The week went by quickly, and next thing I know it's Friday night and Nathan lets me know REI's garage sale is at 8am the next morning. Now I'm always up for a deal, but waking up at 6am to stand in line for 3.5 hours to buy used gear doesn't quite do it for me. But, I did get a wicked nice $200 Osprey backpack for $65. We made it back out to Madrone yesterday and I did an extension to a warmup route, 10a, which was really fun. Gotta love jugs, and the weather was perfect.

Today, I woke up pretty late and got crackin' on some yardwork. When I was done, I drove out to Beacon to solo the SE Corner. Most days it's a super chill climb, but today it was windy, VERY windy. Any time I was climbing on the east face of the route, the wind could gust up to 60 or 70 mph. It was crazy, but exhilarating. At no point was I worried, as it's such a secure route. Keeping a cool head is key.

I spent almost 2 hours on the phone with my high school friend Burt. We chat every month or so. Today we talked about politics (surprise!) and the old days. Being reminded of my time in the martial arts always brings a smile to my face. Some day maybe I'll start training again. Someday.

The financial crisis has something to do with champagne

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dear Red States

We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us.  In case you aren't aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. It may even include Florida and Ohio, they are seriously considering it. We've given them until Nov. 4th to decide. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country. Since we're dropping the middle states we're calling it United America, or simply the U.A.

To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood. You can take Ted Nugent. We're keeping Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. You get WorldCom. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get Ole' Miss.  We get Harvard and 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms, and the highest concentration of pregnant unwed teenagers. Please be aware that the U.A. will be pro-choice and anti-war.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95 percent of America's quality wines, 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT. With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the war, the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy Redies believe you are people with higher morals then we Bluies.

Finally, we're taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.

Peace out,
Blue States

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I know the solution

Divorce her and run for your life.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Vintage Elvis, er Johnny

Check out this funny footage of Cash doing Elvis.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The best part about Obama winning in Nov

is that I won't have to hear McCain say "my friends" anymore.

My dad's last day in town

The last week has flown by. My dad came out last Wednesday for his first visit to Portland. Short story: he likes it. Though I had to work a half day each day, we managed to hit the Ozone benefit, watch the VP debate, go to the Greek festival (twice,) go to the seafood place he's been talking about (twice,) go check out Vista House and the waterfalls, plus the fish hatchery, and he's fixed pretty much everything wrong with my house and car, AND cleaned the house. I have a great dad.