Thursday, July 31, 2008

so bye-bye Manny !

they're sending me to this place called Los Angeles - it's this whole other baseball team...

BOSTON -- It was almost done. Then it was dead. All of a sudden, a new deal with a similar result was back on. Then, in the one of the most dramatic non-waiver Trade Deadline deals in club history, the Red Sox sent superstar slugger Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-way deal that brought Pirates left fielder Jason Bay to Boston on Thursday afternoon. (By Ian Browne /

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

recut movie trailers...

These were too good not to share.

Hope you're all hard at work today like me !

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

recommendation for this Friday night in Seattle...

These guys (In Lake'ch) played for Dan's 40th birthday party and were GREAT. And it's time for their annual Jerry Garcia celebration. They'll be at the Nectar Lounge this Friday, August 1st. If you live in Portland, they'll be at the Goodfoot Lounge on Thursday, July 31st. I promise you'll be happy you went !! Besides, when was the last time you paid just $7 for a nite of good music - 1984 ???

Thursday, July 24, 2008

a peek at what's soon to come....

The majority of my job is fairly uninteresting, but one recent project I'm involved in has peaked my interest greatly. Eventually, a link of Sound Transit's light rail system will be constructed under the UW campus - and directly under some of the College of Engineering's buildings. We are working to insure that our sensitive research labs in those buildings can remain operational during both construction of the tunnel and operation of the trains. What that equated to on Tuesday was a chance to tour the new Operation and Maintenance Facility (OMF) south of downtown. Here's some of what we saw:

Monday, July 21, 2008

NW String Summit 2008

Dan and I just got back from attending the Northwest String Summit in Orgeon. The event is held on a 200 acre farm about a 1/2 hour west of Portland. This is its 7th year. We met up with some friends from Bend and had a fantastic weekend amongst some great bluegrass music. A true break from the daily grind for a couple days.

and a short sample of the weekend:

Sunday, July 13, 2008

tomatoes forthcoming...

All the tomato plants now have small green tomatoes throughout. The past several hot days have really helped move things along. We swore last year that we wouldn't put out as many plants this year, but we ended up with one more than last summer. Tomato frenzy sets in early May and I just can't help myself. Need that variety ! The cucumbers are twice the size of previous years.

Bring on the goodness !

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Dan's 1st hike of the season...

...finally ! He went almost 9 miles round trip on the Summerland Trail on the northeast side of Rainier. He was sore for three days. Old man is 40 now, and all.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tall Ships

Dan and I went to Tacoma today to see the Tall Ships on display in the Foss Waterway.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

look who's 40 !

Happy Birthday Daniel

and Happy Birthday to my Brother too !

On this day, in music history:

1854 - Composer Leos Janacek was born.
1879 - Composer Philippe Gaubert was born.
1941 - Cab Calloway and his orchestra recorded the standard, "St. James Infirmary."
1969 - Brian Jones (formerly of the Rolling Stones) was found dead in his swimming pool at his Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, England, home.
1971 - Jim Morrison (Doors) died in Paris at age 27.
1975 - Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) was arrested for cocaine possession.
1995 - Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) pled innocent to drug charges.
2002 - Sony/ATV Publishing announced it would buy a country music catalog from Gaylord Entertainment for $157 million.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

missing Gabe...

It was one year ago today we that said goodbye to our "first born". We miss him every day.