Monthly Archives: August 2008


I can’t say more than this picture does. I was in North Plains, Oregon today, helping my friend construct part of his base for a 70′ ham radio antenna. I left before dinner which was venison sausage and sauerkraut. They were calling it a “Sausagefest” which really describes every ham radio event I can think of. I did want to make it to a barbecue this weekend but it ended up being a pizza party. Not quite the same thing, but more suited to the current weather conditions. Seems like it’s time for rain again.

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Something I might be good at.

One thing I’m not that great at is this stupid iPhone game that I’m addicted to, Aurora Feint. There are timed puzzles where you’re supposed to clear away blocks at a rapid rate and I’m ALMOST getting there under the time limit. ALMOST. So, of course, I keep playing. Phooey. I might be good at inviting myself to barbecues. Not the real Southern US kind that require wood-fired smokers, but the kind that mean grilling. I’ve successfully invited myself to one in the Bay Area two years running, and I may have invited myself to one in SE Portland tomorrow. We’ll see. It may actually rain us out tomorrow. Also, … Continue reading

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Plans for the future.

I think I’m supposed to have a series of plans at this point. A plan for my career. A fitness plan. A plan for my further education. A plan for my lackluster romantic life. A plan to make these plans. But this is America and if it’s not worth doing half-assed, it’s not worth doing at all. The problem is that bumbling through life you bump up against these people with plans and they’re kind of annoying. Not only that, but they’re probably from the East Coast and went to some Ivy League school and haven’t figured out just why we don’t drive that fast here in Oregon. You only … Continue reading

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Geniuses attract genius friends.

I was looking at my work email last night because I am an idiot. Well, one of my co-workers was online as well and he told me that he had flown his radio-controlled airplane into a tree. If you click on the link for the tree, you’ll see a nice google maps picture. A nice big field with two trees at the very edge and the genius flew his plane straight into it. I consider the genius a friend, so when he asked me to help him extricate the plane from the tree, I knew I’d end up helping him. We were lucky, no one had stolen the plane and … Continue reading

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My sister, QOANJ.

I went to get a massage earlier this week and I found out that my sister has a list of nutjobs. #1 is the TMJ specialist she goes to. #2 is the massage guy. #3 is me. Well, the massage guy told my sister that she’s the Queen Of All Nut Jobs. A promotion, like how the Head Honcho at the gym is now the HMFIC. I wasn’t really feeling all that peppy at the gym today and even at the start of the workout I was feeling a little lethargic. It was “Jackie” which meant, row a bunch, more thrusters than you want, and then a bunch of pull … Continue reading

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You’d think drawing would be easy.

I’m trying to find some software so I can draw my bathroom. You’d think it would be easy, but I can’t seem to find anything cheap and easy. Real architects use software that’s hard and expensive, but I’m just going to make some cheesy drawings for myself. Like I said, you’d think it would be easy. Oh, how I long for the days of MacDraw. I also wish there wasn’t so much going on at work. There has to be some sort of happy medium between being bored and being so slammed that I use lunch to hide from my email. I suppose it might be easier if I were … Continue reading

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Guy Fieri is my hero.

Just wanted to say, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives is not something I should be watching before dinner. I saw some people talking trash about his cooking show, but I’ve never seen it. Triple-D is the shiznit and that’s all I need to know. Watching the barbecue show gave me serious cravings for the brisket at the Willamette General Store in West Linn and I finally made it back there today. I think the brisket could use some more smoke, but I really shouldn’t try to improve on something so tasty. They’re a Trager dealer and they also run the grills and sell smoked meats and sandwiches. Funny thing to sell … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the HMFIC!

It’s the Head Honcho’s birthday today. He’s catching up and in two more years he’ll be my age. (But then I’ll be two years older. My plan is not really working.) In any case, getting older sure beats the alternative. I may be the silliest person at the gym, but I’m not the most talented. I can stand around looking pale with the best of them. But to get serious madness, I have to get help from the animator Nick Childs of Muledick fame. That’s right. I’ll be the guy at the gym with the medals around his neck.

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Lazy enough day.

I wasn’t feeling all that peppy this morning. I woke up several times during the night, and then my neighbor started watching the final Olympic basketball game at 7AM. Or at least he opened his window and started hooting and hollering at 7AM. I didn’t feel all that great. I did sort out a couple more boxes of junk and cut some of the neighbors bushes that were hitting our garage. There was also weeding and pulling of ivy involved, which is a lot more than I thought I’d do when I got up. My mom wanted to go to the Thai restaurant and we risked walking in the rain … Continue reading

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Everything happens at once.

Today I was invited to two things going on at the same time, a wedding reception and a 25th Wedding Anniversary. I made it to both, fortunately. I think there was a lot of stuff going on this weekend, as it’s one of the last weekends of the summer and the weather was great. I went to the reception first (fashionably late due to conversations about my bathroom remodel) but didn’t leave right away because there were fewer people there than most of us expected. I can’t abandon a guy in the middle of all that. Besides, the place the reception was being held was the same place that one … Continue reading

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I’m a sucker for surveys.

Somehow I get sucked into all sorts of surveys. Phone surveys, intarweb surveys, and sometimes even focus groups. I’m stupid about it because I’ve been paid money to attend focus groups so I guess that’s one of the reasons I answer the questions. I’ve watched several TV shows for surveyors and usually they’re awful. I kind of liked Hawaii but they never got ahold of me for my comments, which would have been, “It’s frigging Hawaii. Where are all the damn Asians?” Tonight I watched a new show called Captain Cook’s Extraordinary Atlas. The main protagonist was an 11-year-old girl and so I thought it was a kid’s show. But … Continue reading

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More New, Improved, but this time at work.

My work email is being upgraded tonight. If this goes as well as any IT operation at every company I’ve worked for, it could very well be a disaster. It’s probably going to be a good day to go to work and make sure things are working, and not a good day to hide like I was planning, darn it. It was pointed out to me that the yoots at the gym might not have ever been exposed to such wonderful bands such as, “Oingo Boingo,” and they might be worried about the songs I was singing along to. I believe this because I was eating a very unhealthy lunch … Continue reading

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