Monday, August 31, 2009

How was your weekend?

How was mine you ask? Busy. My youngest son played his first (exhibition) football game. That was pretty cool. He is in 5th grade and most of the kids have already played multiple years so he has some ramping up to do. But I think he did well. Could not make it to the Rose Garden for UFC 102 but managed to get about 5 or 6 people over to watch it on PPV. Most of us were Bachelors due to the Portland to Coast so we also have about 10 kids running around the yard. If anyone watched the event would of seen a knock out in 7 seconds. Dang! Fastest knockout in UFC history. Later in the evening, only 3 of my 4 chickens made it home. All the kids were concerned and they all got flashlights and started the search through the woods and in the neighbor's yards but with no luck. After an hour or so of looking we assumed that Popcorn (Seen here) is most likely in a tree roosting or in a briar patch hiding out. Sure enough, the next morning, Popcorn was waiting to get into the coop with the other ladies. Glad she was OK. Coyotes are roaming nearby lately.

Friday, August 28, 2009


To me, truth is not some vague, foggy notion. Truth is real. And, at the same time, unreal. Fiction and fact and everything in between, plus some things I can't remember, all rolled into one big "thing". This is truth, to me.

-Jack Handey

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Praying for the Mantis

Look what I found on a concrete wall this morning. I am pretty darn sure that this is a praying Mantis. I have lived in Oregon most of my life and have NEVER seen one of these around here. Did a little search on the web and it appears that they do make an appearance up in these parts. I thought these things live in the more tropical, warmer climates. Which brings me to Global warming. It is predicted that the Praying Mantis will be calling Alaska and Greenland their home by November. The prediction is coming from me and can be considered highly accurate and reliable.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Free Money

Hey, I am sure all of you have had the pleasant moment when you put on a jacket and find a 5 dollar bill or putting on a pair of jeans and finding a 10 spot in the pocket. Well, How about looking through our mini camera bag and finding a 100 dollar bill in one of the pockets?!! Yup. That is exactly what happened to me last night! Patty is trying to take it from me but NO WAY. This baby is mine. We have no Idea how it got in there. Perhaps, emergency money when we went to Costa Rica? Don't know and Don't Care. Bad news is that I owe my Pops 140 bucks so this elated feeling of wealth is soon to be diminished. Thanks for nothing, Dad!!

Rumble in the Garden...

Well, I am not too sure how many of you like UFC. I am guessing not many but if you like it and you are not aware... A serious bout is 'bout to go down in the Rose Garden this Saturday. Couture, Silva, Nogueira, Jardine are not chumps you can pass off as some exhibition show that happened to pass by PDX. This is the big time and they don't come around often. So, if you are into this, it is worth heading to the Rose Garden this Saturday for the show. Should warn you though that the cheap seats are around 100 smacks and go up to about $1500 per seat. Don't worry though, the 1500 dollar seats are sold out. Pay per view will also have this for around $70 bucks but there is nothing like being there to watch the 'Interesting' people and not to mention the 5 or 10 fights that will happen in the crowd. Primal Entertainment at its best!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Say Cheese!

Monday, August 24, 2009

I am getting close

Well, Looking that the pictures, I am not at the level of Chihuly with his amazing Glass works like the flower you see here. But, you have to admit, I am pretty darn close! I took two Corona Bottles and using the Campfire at Beverly Beach (With Ken, Patty, and Sungwha) I made a make shift kiln. I managed to get one bottle twisted and warped while the blob you see is an entire Corona bottle folded into a rock looking thing. You have to admit.... I am definitely on my way to glass works stardom. Please no order requests at this point in time.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Gotta get one....

Everytime I visit India, I fall in love with these things. The Auto Rickshaw. Basic Taxi transportation that is suprisingly effective in the traffic congestion cities like Bangalore deal with daily. The real heros are the drivers of these wonderous vehicles. They manage to squeeze the units in places thought completely un-passable.
Anyway, these 2 stroke beauties complete with everything run around 78,000 Rupees or about $1500 US. However, you cannot get them in the US because they do not meet Street Legal requirements. If ANYONE knows how to get one in the US at that price, please let me know.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Do the Dew....

Anyone make it to the Dew Tour in Portland last weekend? The Portland Stop is the Wendy's Invitational. The top BMX, Skateboarding, and Freestyle Motocrossers compete for $$ and sponsorships. They hold the events in the Rose Garden, Memorial Coliseum, and an additional Stadium they set up for outdoor events. Funny thing is that the kids are almost more interested in the exhibit booths that are held on the complex. Wendys had Free Burgers and Frosties, Unlimited Mt Dew, All the Playstation3 playing you can handle. Mini Skateboard Park, Place to ride Yamaha Motorcycles, Nerf Gun competition arena complete with refs and scorekeepers, All the slim Jims one could eat, and a ton of freebies from Toyota, Verizon, Radio Stations, Dickies, Sony, etc. etc. 5 bucks for the kids and 15 for adults. Even if you don't care about the sporting events, the Exhibits are worth a day with the kids. It is definitely safe and kid friendly. The Tour makes pretty darn sure of it. Get to it next year.

Oh Deer!

7 of them. Side of the house. Note the fear in them as they saunter off at their own leisurely pace.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Happy Hump day! (snicker, snicker) Sort of lines up with a previous posting today, eh?

Engine what?

Train set with "Engine Recognition Technology"? This sounds pretty important. Hurry to today before they sell out!
(Remember to click the picture if it is hard to read)

Why not, it's Free!

Taken by Julie's Mom on the way to a Mariner's game.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Petting Zoo

Look at my boy enjoying the petting Zoo. Awww, isn't that sweet? Wait a minute, this is not a petting zoo, this is Nehalem Bay Campground! Turns out that Mama lost her baby. And this little thing would follow and snuggle up to anything it saw. We contacted Fish and Wildlife and they told us there is nothing they could do. BUT, they also said that the deer are very tame in the State park and Mama will eventually find this fella. Well, this little guy eventually took off but came back again at night. Sad. But it took off again later calling into the woods and it never came back. Seeing that predators are non-existent in the park, I am going to assume he found Mama.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Phallic protection

Something just ain't right here.

Friday, August 14, 2009


The Pooper is full.

Sayonora Sparks

Sparks is out. Like I said in a previous post, Miller brewing decided to pull out the caffeine and the other energy drink components from their Sparks drink beverage.

Enter 'Four Loko'. 24 oz, 11.5%, packed with Caffeine, Taurine, Guarana, and other energy items. This is like 4 beers and 2 energy drinks in one. They managed to do it all without sacrificing anything except for taste. This stuff comes in four flavors including watermelon and grape but it takes some serious getting used to.

So, if you need to have a heart attack fast and taste is not a concern, Four Loko is for you!

Happy Friday

Yup.... It is Friday.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Beijing McD's. Why is the lady waving at me? Does she want to take my order? Does she want to welcome me to China? Nope. "No Pictures Please".

WT Camping...

Here is an interesting sight.... Ken and Pete chillin' at our camp site in Bend. What are they doing you ask? Look closely. Ken is holding a string that is attached to a stick in the BBQ. If you look below the grill you will see a chipmunk climbing up to the BBQ. Yup, they are Chipmunk hunting. And Yup again, we caught em. We caught a bunch of them to be honest. Now, the big question.... Did we eat them? Nope. We opened up the grill and let them go. We did this for a few hours and the chipmunks soon realized we were not a threat so when we caught one and opened up the BBQ, they would stay there and continue to eat the bait. WT Camping at its best.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

No Idea...

This was taken in Scappoose. Ken actually noticed this and said "Hey Idiot, here is something for your blog". So I took it and here it is. Absolutely no Idea what it is about but let your mind wander. The fact that someone actually went to a banner store and said "We need a large sign that says "WE BEND"" tells me that there is something of critical importance here.

Happy Tuesday...

Happy Tuesday Everyone!