Friday, December 26, 2008

Day 7 windy surfing

2 words on surfing... it hurts! At least when you suck at it. Also, my apologies on the video, bad sound. Hopefully I will have some quick evolution of better vlogging. I figure if I keep at it I'm bound to get better at it. Take care and I hope you all are well.

Monday, December 22, 2008


Just figured out how to use my webcam. I think I will start doing more of the vlogging... isn't that what it's called? Anyway, do any of you do this already?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"For The World"

This is some of the most beautiful music I know.
Tan Dun is the name of the composer and he created this for the movie "Hero".
I really like the movie as well as all the music within. It really is an artistic masterpiece as far as I'm concerned.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Name this state by provided clues

Try and figure this out. Don't go and look it up first and then post your response.
I will tell you what state it is in a week.

clue #

1)average annual temperature ranges from 37° F in the northern part of the state to 43°F in the south. January is the coldest month. Temperatures average from 2° F in the north to 17° F in the southwest with an average of fifty days below 0 . July is the warmest month with temperatures averaging 67° F in the north and 73° F in the south. Temperatures over 90 are common. Highest temperature was 121° F and the lowest -60° F, were both recorded in 1936.

2)Annual precipitation ranges from 13 to 20 inches a year. The average increases from west to east, with the southeast receiving the highest average precipitation. Winter precipitation is highest in January. June is the wettest month receiving 3 to 4 inches of rain.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Because I like it

This song speaks my soul. Not necessarily of the Colorado rockies, which I do love, but the Rockies in general - especially Montana.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

On a cold winter day

A few years ago, around this time of the year, when I first started, there was a rough and tough looking man with a handle bar moustache who would sit in the first chair in the waiting room.
He would look straight down the hall and watch us as we went in and out of the rooms. He was waiting for his turn I guess.
He would stare at me everytime I came out with a blank stare and because of it I thought he didn't care for me, so I returned the blank, emotionless stare. It was the same everytime.
A few months went by and once or so a week I would see him sitting out there and he would see me walking from room to room.
Then, one morning, with a shocked blank expression someone said to me...
Remember the guy with the moustache? Yes, I said. He jumped off the bridge last night, committed suicide. I guess his pain was too much to handle.

I feel bad for him to this day. I feel bad that I didn't pass a smile on to him, everytime or at least once.
I hope he found peace. I don't know his name, but I'll never forget him.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A dedication

I was thinking about lots of different people tonight and my interactions with them or lack there of.

I was thinking about people I know, people I used to know, people I thought I knew, people I wish I didn't know.

This one goes out to many, but not all.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Bob Dylan....

Friday, November 21, 2008

Old tires? Dangerous...

But hey, there's no scientific evidence that it is dangerous. So, it's still safe...right?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Sat. night I bought a little carton of chocolate milk.

I was reading the ingredients and the last thing it said was "contains milk".

Why would they even have to put that on there?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I'm a sub on a curling team.

Should be fun.

Anyone have any tips for me?

Monday, November 10, 2008

This kind of day

Got Cat Stevens in my head this morning, praticularily "Miles From Nowhere"

Saturday, November 8, 2008

badlands sept 2008

Here are some pics from this years trip, there are a lot more that I would have liked to post, but I couldn't get them to download right for some reason. There were some more of our camp site and some other great scenery, but these are nice.

Don't do it...

take someone for granted:
to not show that you are grateful to someone for helping you or that you are happy they are with you, often because they have helped you or been with you so often.

take something for granted:
to expect something to be available all the time and forget that you are lucky to have it.

take someone for granted:
to fail to appreciate someone.

Generally, it is the people we love most who we take for granted.
Everything could be gone tomorrow, it's easy to forget that.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The badlands

I'm going to focus more on pictures for a while.

Blizzard here today. Cold and nasty. It was crazy wind last night, sleet to snow and thunder.

From my badlands trip last year already. I'm wishing I was in them today. So enjoy.

I will post some pics from this years trip as soon as I get them loaded into Picasa.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Off the map

I only saw this movie once, quite a while ago.

I remember that I liked it a lot and it is one of my favorite movies. If you look up the reviews, you will see it didn't do too well. I disagree with them.

This movie is uniquely different and meaningful. If you watch it, I would enjoy hearing what you think.

See the trailer.

Just a playlist

I'm not trying to say anything here, this is just an easy access playlist.
These songs have been in my head lately, interesting theme I know. I didn't really know the lyrics to a lot of these songs. It's not that I didn't know anything of the lyrics, I just mean that I didn't know them like I know other songs - if that makes sense. Anyway, after I looked the lyrics up to the ones I really didn't know that well... definitely a strange theme of songs in my head these past few days.
Life is great here; its just good music I guess.
Some of the videos aren't that great to watch, but its all about the music anyway.

Ramble on

Hole Hearted

Greek song

California stars

Could have been one of these things first

Castles in the air

That's the way

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Absolutely beautiful


Eighty years, an old lady now, sitting on the front porch
Watching the clouds roll by
They remind her of her lover, how he left her, and of times long ago.
When she used to color carelessly painted his portrait
A thousand times-or maybe just his smile-
And she and her canvas would follow him wherever he would go

'Cause I'm a painter and i want to paint you a lovely world
A lovely world.

Oil streaked daisies covered the living room wall
He put water-colored roses in her hair
He said, "Love, I love you, I want to give you mountains, the sunshine, the sunset too
I just want to give you a world as beautiful as you are to me

'Cause they were painters and they were painting themselves
A lovely world.

So they sat down and made a drawing of their love, they made it an art to live by
They painted every, passion every home, created every beautiful child
in the winter they were weavers of warmth, in summer they were carpenters of love
They thought blue prints were too sad so they made them yellow

'Cause they were painters and they were painting themselves
A lovely world.

Until one day the rain fell as thick as black oil
And in her heart she knew something was wrong
She went running through the orchard screaming,
'No God, don't take him from me!,'
But buy the time she got there, she feared he already had gone
She got to where he lay, water-colored roses in his hands for her
She threw them down screaming, 'Damn you man, don't leave me
with nothing left behind but these cold paintings, these cold portraits to remind me!
He said, 'Love I leave, but only a little, try to understand
I put my soul in this life we created with these four hands
Love, I leave, but only a little this world holds me still
My body may die now, but these paintings are real.'
So many seasons came and many seasons went
and many times she saw her loves face watering the flowers,
talking to the trees and singing to his children
And when the wind blew, she knew he was listening,
and how he seamed to laugh along, and how he seemed to hold her
when she was crying

'Cause they were painters and they were painting themselves
A lovely world.

Eighty years, an old lady now, sitting on the front porch
Watching the clouds roll by, they remind her of her lover
how he left her and of times long ago, when she used to color carelessly,
Painted his portrait a thousand times, or maybe just his smile,
and she and her canvas would follow him wherever he would go

Yes, she and her canvas still follow
Because they are painters and they are painting themselves
A lovely world

song and lyrics by Jewel

Monday, October 20, 2008

If it were a different time

But then again, there's still Alaska...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"O con noi o contro di noi"

And here we are yet again, a cycle of many years upon us.
Something good for one thing only and not nearly as important
as I wish it was.

Knowingly or unknowingly said, a line directly or indirectly drawn
to me it couldn't be more obvious
the words are loud
You are either with us, or against us.

Passion fades when years go by and what of a line needlessly drawn?
With friends who live like leaves on trees don't forget the fall is inevitable
especially when you don't see I'm neither with you or against you,

What will be will be
and it will be fine with me,
for things like this I have little tolerance.

I wonder if it will have all been worth it
for those who have crossed it
Fathers and mothers no more, brothers and sisters no more,
friends no more
and all over a pointless tradition
of manipulation in which we need no more.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A serious Question, Obama supporters please help

First of all Do Not take this the wrong way, I'm not against Obama and I'm not for McCain. I'm asking a serious question and I know a few of you are pretty passionate about Obama, so that is why I ask.

I also know this is a long post, so if you don't want to read through it all please read the bold questions 1) and 2). That is all that really matters. Thanks.

Lately, the question of Obama's stance on small business taxes has become a big deal to everyone, at least on the right.

I have been trying to figure this out for quite sometime now and haven't gotten much. Sometime in June I tried to find the tax breakdown and what it will all mean if Obama gets elected and really couldn't find anything of exact detail (yes, from his website). Later in the summer I came in contact with someone from the ND office/supporters of Obama and she couldn't tell me anything other than that which I had already seen on his website. She told me that I would be better off as Obama would be giving me a $1,000 credit or something to that effect(which wouldn't mean crap to me in the long run if my taxes went up even 5%).

Personally, my income is low enough that I would assume anything he does will benefit me - I would hope, because I sure as hell couldn't afford to pay more taxes.

One thing that I did see is that he emphasises that he will do a lot for minority business start up etc. I don't understand why it wouldn't be the same across the board, anyone who wants to start up a business should get the same deal, right?

Anyway, I have 3 questions.

1) The $250,000 tax increase issue for small businesses. Is this on Net or Gross?

-I did see somewhere that they mentioned net, but it was used so vaguely that I couldn't tell if that is what the actual tax will be on.

- I know the right is trying to make it sound like gloom and doom - I don't trust anything they say. I have heard the right say that Obama made a statement to the effect of 90 some % of small business don't make more than the $250,000 per year. Unless they are talking about net (which I would still have a hard time believing) it is a blatant lie- that is if Obama even made that statement.

2)The other question is on the taxation of small small businesses, such as myself.

- I know personally as a small business s-corp, I already pay close to 30 some % on my gross when it is all said and done (some of which is taxes you all pay, and the other half is taxes you do not pay - unless you are an s-Corp that employs yourself) and I net less than 30,000 per year. The thought of my taxes going up mortifies me.

3) What can you say of this statement from McCain's site?

- "John McCain's opponent wants to increase the marginal income tax rate which applies to the nation's 23 million small business owners who pay their taxes under the individual tax rate system."

Anyway, thanks for your time. I apologize in advance if this info is blatant on Obama's website, but I have looked and couldn't find any specifics - hopefully I have been looking in the wrong place. And for the record I think McCain is a d-bag and I couldn't find much of value on his site either.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Interesting thoughts

In the past few months for some reason I keep finding out about these crazy, yet incredibly interesting thoughts on theories such as the big bang (as it is wrong), string threories (relating to physics and space), and much more abstract ideas such as this one "Nanotech and the Physical Manifestation of a Reality"

I find this incredibly interesting, let me know what you think.

If you like it I will post more of what I have found interesting relating to that which I mentioned above.

Have a great day, evening or whatever it is wherever you are :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

copied and pasted thoughts

Know yourself
Ask for help
Identify your goals
Listen to feedback
Love what you do
Focus on your goals
Believe you can achieve them
Visualize your success,
Take Action and

Monday, September 29, 2008

New Horizon (again with a few edits)

I've had so many changes in the past 6 months with many things it really has been amazing. I really don't know anything about astrology, but I would love to see my chart, not some generalized website bs chart, the real deal for me for this past year.

I don't feel like I have changed as a person with my ideals, values, goals, etc., but I must have to some degree without notice or perhaps I have been recognized for who I always have been and certain people didn't see the real me before (which is a good thing as far as I can tell). It's the only thing I can think of that could have initiated so many changes in the interactions and relationships I have with so many people within such a short amount of time.

Anyway, its more than just interactions with others and even has some to do with getting to know myself again. Something that I have only had the privilege to do a few times in my life. I really feel like I'm getting close to what I have wanted for a long time and that is to be content. There are 2 main things and a few realizations of myself that have just very recently happened that have allowed me this very relaxed state.

I will also say that now I can see a few of the relationships are definitely over and I guess I didn't realise how detremental or worthless they were to me as a person. I have heard the term cancerous used to describe such relationships and I now know exactly what that means, especially one in particular.

Anyway, every day I think about my life as it is now and what I am and have been searching for and my mind has been laying it out like the lyrics to a song or words to poem or something. It is strange and this is the first time I will be writing it out, so here it is.

Things that used to matter just don't matter anymore and I had been searching for a sunset I hadn't seen since I was 8. My memories of some the best things that ever happened, I wonder if they did and I miss the simplicity of life I felt when I was a kid.
For the past 10 years I've been searching for a lot of things I guess, the first time I thought I found it was in it mountain town out west. The sunset right and all was better than I imagined, but like most good things I cut it short I felt something more was waiting. I didn't know then why I left and the prairie was home agian.
Now it's obvious why I left and a lot of things have happened. The best part I'm still living and its only getting better. Things keep changing and I'm looking west while the sun is starting to set in a way I haven't seen since I was a kid.


Anyway, I know that is lame but I'm telling you its like this evolving song in my head at random times when I'm driving.

Anyway, I'm still figuring it out and the story is far from over. Don't be surprised when you find me living in western Montana again someday.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Finished the run

Well, we did it.

Our relay team ended up taking 28th out of 57 teams.

I was able to run the 6.5 miles in 57 minutes. My knee was hurting like hell the last .5 miles, but I made it.

We also won $100 for taking 2nd, I beleive in the all male relay category.

Can't remember what our overall time was, I'm sure KP will have it posted though.

There is talk of 1 or more next year, so we better set some goals and beat our time from this year.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

7.3 miles

Last night I ran/jogged 7.3 miles in 1 hour and 11 minutes. The farthest I had ran at one time before this was slightly more than 4 miles. At no point throughout the run/jog was I even winded, which surprised me.
I ended up having to walk 3 times because of knee pain. The road turned to shit at about mile 4 and earlier in the run I also had to run in the ditch for close to 1 mile. The shitty road really hurts my knees.

Anyway, I'm still relatively happy with that time, dissapointed in my knees. I should be able to run the 6.5 mile this weekend, but I will pay for it after I'm done since my leg of the run is that shitty part of the road for the entire 6.5 miles.

I found this on

Walking, 3.0 mph (20:00/mile)
Walking, 3.5 mph (17:09/mile)
Walking, 4.0 mph (15:00/mile)
Walking, 4.5 mph (13:20/mile)
Jogging, 5.0 mph (12:00/mile)
Jogging, 5.5 mph (10:55/mile)
Running, 6.0 mph (10:00/mile)
Running, 6.5 mph (9:14/mile)
Running, 7.0 mph (8:34/mile)
Running, 7.5 mph (8:00/mile)
Running, 8.0 mph (7:30/mile)
Running, 8.5 mph (7:04/mile)
Running, 9.0 mph (6:40/mile)
Running, 9.5 mph (6:19/mile)
Running, 10.0 mph (6:00/mile)

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Today was opening day of Sharp tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge.

I have been hunting them since I was 13 years old. Hunting in general, but birds in particular has been a big part of my life. For the past 7 years though it has created a very undeniable feeling of regret every time I kill an animal (fish, bird or mammal).

For those of you who don't know I have a decent education in animal biology including behavioral and ornithology and my background is in natural resources management so I fully recognize the benefit of proper management of anything, including animals. That is not my problem. In fact if it wasn't for the wildlife management programs that have been funded by hunters, the populations in the lower 48 of almost every animal we all take for granted in the "wild" would be minimal in most cases at best.

Anyway, I shot 2 grouse today. I don't really want to get into the details of it, but as I was cleaning them and again later when I was putting the meat away I couldn't help but think that I would rather know of them out in a field somewhere tonight alive than in my fridge soon to be a meal for me, my wife and daughter.

I could have shot several partridge today as well. I quit shooting them about 14 years ago though because I haven't felt that the population is stable enough to support hunting. Oddly enough the game and fish hasn't lowered the limit which is ridiculously high even in good times (5 birds per day). Prime example how following a "science based" system isn't always the right way to do things. Ask any bird hunter in ND and they will tell you that the population is way down from what it used to be.

Unfortunately for the partridge the hunting partner I was with today doesn't see things the same way I do and they will be dinner soon as well. It really doesn't matter though, because if he wouldn't have shot them someone else would have. I know that based on the location where we were hunting when we shot them. They would have been in the same place and someone would have walked the trees they were in. Same for the grouse I shot.

Anyway, I continually think of this passage out of Walden by Thoreau concerning my internal conflict. He describes it so well. I have in the past and continue to put more time into the hunting than almost any other "hobby". I can't understand it, but when I think of other things I could do or buy with the money I spend on it I can think of very very few. Like only 1 and I should focus on that, but every year when hunting season comes around I find myself in the field hunting.

I'm pretty sure that I will always be a hunter, but I can tell my role as a hunter is slowly evolving.

Anyway, here is parts of the passage:

"I have found repeatedly, of late years, that I cannot fish without falling a little in self-respect. I have tried it again and again. I have skill at it, and, like many of my fellows, a certain instinct for it, which revives from time to time, but always when I have done I feel that it would have been better if I had not fished. ... There is unquestionably this instinct in me which belongs to the lower orders of creation; yet with every year I am less a fisherman, though without more humanity or even wisdom; at present I am no fisherman at all. But I see that if I were to live in a wilderness I should again be tempted to become a fisher and hunter in earnest."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Wow, now thats refreshing

I just found a new band tonight that I really like. Most of you are pretty up on the music scene so I can only imagine what your initial thoughts will be when I tell you who I'm talking about and how I'm about to describe them.

I have only heard 2 of their songs now and I'm listening to a thirdas I write.

My initial thoughts when I heard them for the first time tonight, actually I got to watch them sing and play the song on tv. I got that great indescribable feeling that you get when you get to see something that is true talent.

I haven't had that feeling (well almost that feeling, not quite) about a song or group since I was introduced to "The Bends" by Radiohead - the song the bends or high and dry and many other songs off that album (of course) and some of the songs by Keane and Coldplay.

Anyway, I'm taking about OneRepublic the song Apologize.

So here are some songs for your viewing and listening pleasure.

"It's like my pleasure in other peoples leisure"


The bends. Goddamn this is AWESOME!!

and I couldn't post the above and not post this one
High and Dry

Friday, September 5, 2008

Open call - The best MP3 and video player combo

Ok, I have a question for anyone reading this. I don't care if you know me or not.

Here is the scenario.

1)You have a budget of $200 to $300 dollars to spend on a MP3/movie (not video recording capability, I don't care about that).

2)Also you have a budget of up to $200 for accessory speaker system.

What would you get?

I have considered Zune,Creative, Samsung PS2, Ipod to name a few. I'm open to considering anything though.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A good weekend

Had a really good weekend. Spent it in Colorado, Denver mostly.
I did get to take a 10 mile kayak trip down the Arkansas R. on an inflatable 2 person Kayak with my brother-in-law and his fiance and her friend. They called the kayak a duck boat, but it looked like this. The start point was Salida, CO and we floated to a boat landing called Rincon. For the most part it was class 2 with a few spots that were small class 3 rapids. Class 2 and 3 really isn't that big of a deal, but this late in the year it can be challenging because of the rocks, since the water level is lower. It was a lot of fun and I will be doing a float again earlier next summer down in CO, with mostly class 3's. I will post a pic. of this past trip if my brother-in-law sends me one.
Everytime I visit Denver I'm tempted to move to Colorado. Not necessarily Denver, but somewhere in CO.

Anyway, thats all that is new here. Deer and Antelope hunting with the bow started this past weekend, so I will be in the hills and badlands a lot over the next month, with the highlight being a camping tirp to the badlands for 4 to 5 days at the end of Sept.

Have a great day.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

My favorite group, music or whatever...

The Grateful Dead. Maybe it is that I used to listen to them a lot and when everything in my life seemed so much easier (Now there are many more bills to worry about, but life is still good). Anyway, here are just a few that bring back some great memories or just flat out give me a great feeling.

Box of Rain
I love listening to this song in the early morning glow driving into town from my parents house.

Sugar Magnolia
Reminds me a lot of my time in Montana.

Cumberland Blues
Weird video, I never pictured this before when I listen to the song, but also reminds me of Montana.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A new world

Today I have been exposed to a whole new world.
I was reading about the alleged Obama assassination plotters in the Mirror UK and came across an article that said something to the effect of "Fry-ups can increase the likliehood of bowel cancer by 63%".
What the hell is a Fry-up? So, my dear wikipedia, thank you.
I now know that a Fry-up is the slang for a Full Traditional English Breakfast.
As to the constituents of the Fry-up there was one in there that looked heinous and I couldn't figure out what it could possibly be. It is called Black Pudding. The main ingredient of this delicatessen is blood. I can't imagine eating it, I'm almost positive I would puke.
Inturn, the reading about Black Pudding led me to reading about white pudding which is the fat based version instead of blood. Which inturn led me to reading about mince and tatties.
The last revelation I had through this experience and possibly the most gratifying for some odd reason is learning of the existence of weasel words.
Images of a little elusive critter come to mind and I will forever be searching for weasel words, sentence stuffing and convoluted syntax.

Monday, August 11, 2008

another 4 mile 8/9/08

I forgot to write in that I did another 4 mile on Sat.

I ran this one in 32:42.

My shoe lace even came untied during the run which I had to stop for probably 15 seconds to retie, I didn't time it.

Also, my stop watch didn't start immediately when I took off from start point so everything about that time is F'd up.

What can safely be said about that run though is that it was my best time, whatever it really was. I would assume somewhere in the 32:30 range.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

8/6/08 2 miles

Ran 2 miles today in 15:50.

I had already been in the gym for an hour and got in a pretty good work out shoulders/chest/tris. Legs were a bit sore in the beginning but felt fine after the 1st mile.

The past couple times after running I have been left wondering how the hell I broke the 15 minute mark at all let alone by more than 5 seconds on the 2 mile. I have yet to break it since then and I always look when I hit the 2 mile mark even on the 4 mile runs.

Anyway, got softball yet tonight. So it will have been quite a workout day when it is all over.

Monday, August 4, 2008

another 4

Just got done with another 4 miles tonight.

This was a mess, I think I have to take a day off in between each 4 mile until I build up some endurance, or I should say until my legs get strong enough to handle consecutive 4 mile runs. My lungs were great, didn't even phase me - but my legs - S.O.B

Tonight from the start I could tell it was going to be a bitch. My legs were sore from the first stride and before mile 2 my knee was already hinting at giving up on me. I pushed through it though. Other than my legs I felt great.

Then, literally as I looked down at the last 1/4 mile mark, I started to feel a burning sensation on my L. achilles area - blister - my F'ing sock was just low enough to allow my shoe to burn a hole through my skin. I'm positive the sock didn't fall down until seconds before I noticed it, because it isn't very bad (bad enough to leave a little blood stain on my shoe), but I pushed through that as well.

Then as I go to open my car, I dropped the goddamn electric key opener thing under my car 1/2 way between both sides, just far enough that I couldn't reach it without a ridiculous stretch that almost caused a pain that felt like a tear in my L. trap. Somehow I managed to restrain myself from absolutely destroying that goddamn thing, but tossed it against the opposite door and somehow it landed back at my feet - You gotta be fricken kidding me, so I gave up and tried to gently toss it into the cup holder - I missed and it fell between the seat and the council. I give up. For those of you who don't know I'm not above breaking inatimate objects as I firmly believe in resistentialism
And before I even new about this theory I had already lived by my own saying of "if it doesn't work by the third try, break it", with few exceptions, but that is another story.

Anyway, I still managed to pull the run off in 33:59, which I believe is exactly 1 minute slower than I ran it last night.

Tomorrow I will hit the gym and take a day off from running.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A good run

I have been running with more frequency this past week.
Thanks to some good advice from my buddy Andy, I managed to relatively crush my last 4 mile time. It was also quite a bit cooler out this morning than when I usually run.

I ran the 4 miles today in 32:52. This is after running a 2 mile 14 hours before which was a time of 16:15 with the first mile being 7 mins. I have done quite a bit better on the 2 mile in the past, but I'm not worried about it.

Anyway, my legs were pretty tired by mile 3 today, but I can tell this is going to make the 6.5 miles in 52 mins. goal very realistic by Sept. 20.

Thanks Thork!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

not too good

Fell back - 2 miles in 15:14:59.

Ran this immediately after 1 hour of Aiki-Kempo training.

Still shouldn't have been that slow. I don't know what to say.

I even felt pretty good. First mile was 7:33, I guess that probably had a lot to do with it.

Anyway, overall I felt a lot better running. I think my endurance is definitely going up.

Monday, July 21, 2008

a decent 2 mile

I just knocked out 2 miles in 14 minutes and 50 seconds (and 32 hundreths if you must know).

Anyway, it is a muggy bitch out there right now, so I sweat as much or more tonight than I do on the 4 miles. Wow, it just struck me as to how strange of a thing that is to write - I'm sure you all wanted to know that (all 3 of you who occasionally read this that is).

I was definitely beat after that run, really feeling it in my legs. I will probably give myself until Thursday before I run again. In the mean time...
1)tomorrow lifting arms, shoulders and back
2)Wed. softball
3)Thursday running, lifting chest and shoulders

Have a good one.

4 in 35.1

Yesterday I pushed myself pretty good. I crossed the 4 mile mark just as the 1 second was passing the 35 minute mark.

It seems that progression is going to slow a bit now, becuase this is probably the same time as what I did on my last post - before I was running farther than 4 miles which explains the extra 2 minutes.

A few things that I realized after yesterday's run:
1)I can push myself harder and actually handle it. So, that is the goal for next time.
2)Do Not drink the night before the run. I had about 48 ounces of beer, I'm going to blame that for slowing me down. - I really don't know if that was a factor, but it seems reasonable.
3)Do Not eat sooner than 2 hours before running. I had to push through a side ache for close to a mile (mile #2), it was a late breakfast.
4)When it is hot, milk is a bad choice.No personal experience with this in the past 20 years, but I'll take Ron Burgundy's word for it.

On a side note, I did time my first mile and I hit 7:45. I thought I was running faster than that, but I wasn't trying to set a 1 mile presonal record either. I was keeping the distance in mind.

Goal for my next run: 4 miles in 34 minutes - or better.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

4 in 37

Today my knees held out and gave me 4 miles.

I was pretty surprised that I made this full 4 miles, regardless that it was at a slow jog towards the middle/end.

In the last 3/4 of a mile I think I hit a delirious, euphoric semi-dehydrated state that actually felt pretty good and determined that this must be the "runners high".

Anyway, I'm actually starting to enjoy the running.

I'm setting my goal at 6.5 miles in 52 minutes. Seems reasonable if I stick to the training.

Great song - John Denver

This is how I felt when I lived in Montana.

He was born in the summer of his twenty-seventh year
Comin' home to a place he'd never been before
He left yesterday behind him you might say he was born again
You might say he'd found a key to every door

When he first came to the mountains his life was far away
On the road and hangin' by a song
But the string's already broken and he doesn't really care
It keeps changin' fast and it don't last for long

The Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullaby
Rocky Mountain high (Colorado)
Rocky Mountain high (Colorado)

He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see
And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but kept the memory

Now he walks in quiet solitude the forests and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake

But the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
Talk to God and listen to the casual reply
Rocky Mountain high (Colorado)
Rocky Mountain high (Colorado)

Now his life is full of wonder but his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend
Why they try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more
More people, more scars upon the land

And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
You know he'd be a poorer man if he'd never saw an eagle fly
Rocky Mountain high (Colorado)
The Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire and everybody's high
Rocky Mountain high (Colorado)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

3 in 25

Yesterday I ran 3 miles in a little over 25 minutes. I'm relatively happy with this, considering it is only the second time this year that I have "ran" outside, and probably the fifth time I have "ran" at all this year.

For those of you who are actual runners you would probably consider what I did as jogging, since the time is so slow. Anyway, for the rest of us who don't have the ambition, anything that is not walking is essentially running ;)

At this point running 6.5 miles seems like a physical impossibility since I could tell if I would have kept going my knees would have been in some serious pain.

I plan on running every other day until the race on Sept. 20.

I should probably mention that my entire trip was slightly over 4 miles and it took me approx 42 mins. Since I walked the entire last mile.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Some of my favorite quotes

Here is a few of my own, I will post some others when I get the chance.

"Most things aren't a problem until they effect you directly"

"If it doesn't work by the third try, break it"

"Fuck this tax system and everyone who thinks that there should be higher taxes on small business"

"Anyone who thinks taxes are too low either makes too much money, doesn't own a small business or really doesn't know what the fuck is going on"

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Antony Garrett Lisi

There's not much I can say about this guy other than I'm amazed.

How can someone so intelligent be so... normal?

I think the things that impress me most is obviously his intelligence, but also the places he chooses to live.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Off of

Apparently this was a post on (like an ebay i think).

Anyway, pretty much sums it up.

Of course I'm blogging, but anyway.

The post:

I don't care what colour you are. I don't care where you're from. I don't care what you do for a living. I don't care what class you are, how you dress, what you smoke or drink or who you know or whom you've fucked.

I hate you all. I hate every last living, breathing, snot and feces producing, promiscuously copulating, celebrity obsessed, opinionated one of you. From right here in Toronto right around the planet and back, coast to coast, nationwide and internationally. Every. Single. Last. One. Of. You.

Fuck love. Fuck your insipid grasping at some abstract concept of chemical imbalances and reasonless actions, fumbling around in the crowd trying to find some cinematic supposition for real human interaction. Fuck lust, too. Fuck you all, from the lowlife dirtbags that think dropping trou and waving the little soldier in a sloppy arc is a pick-up line to the sniveling of the desperate 'nice guys' who never get the girl due to a total lack of testosterone grown stones. Fuck you all, from the crazy, under dressed sluts that judge a persons character by the price of their shirt, right down to the fat, flabby chicks that think personality is enough.

Fuck you drivers, for thinking that a yellow light is a sign that says 'step on the gas'. Fuck you wheelmen and women that think it's okay to sit in a left hand turn in the middle of morning traffic, even though there is a protected left in the intersections before and after where you need to make your turn. Fuck you too cyclists - you're not exempt from the traffic laws just because your peddling, you miserable spandex covered neon reflective fucks. Fuck you too, pedestrians. Use the fucking crosswalk if you don't want to get hit, and use it before the little countdown clock says '3'. You don't have enough goddamn time to lope across four lanes of traffic.

Fuck you chick on your cellphone. Fuck you attitude packed minimum-wager that makes my coffee. Fuck you cops that spend all their time handing out speeding tickets. Fuck you douche bag doing ten over the limit in the passing lane on the highway. Fuck you lady using exact change at the counter at the grocery store. Fuck you kids having a conversation in the doorway. And fuck you also for not getting the fuck out of your designated handicapped seat when a pregnant or elderly person gets on the fucking bus.

Fuck taxes. Fuck welfare. Fuck the whole selfish, over politicized and party driven government system. I'm sick and fucking tired of policies and new laws with seven hundred bylaws that nobody but you and your cabinet reads. Fuck you councilors and your stupid 'district improvement' plans. Fuck you unions, for asking for so much and giving nothing more that what you already give. Fuck the whole process that allows people who are supposed to be working for us work for interests that only benefit the next campaign. Fuck your short-sightedness, your rush to the bandwagons, and your incessant arguing over fuck all. Fuck the parties, fuck the conventions, and fuck your campaigns. Do some real fucking work for a change.

Fuck you bottles of water. You're water. You're not worth two fucking dollars.
Fuck you trendsetters, fuck you fashionistas. Fuck your little dogs and and your idiotic outfits. Fuck your high heels in the snow. Fuck your five dollar coffees and your fifteen dollar veggie burgers. Fuck your health kick, your diet or your fucking new interest in kickboxing or sushi.

Fuck your culture. Fuck your race. Fuck your sense of entitlement. Fuck your sense of uniqueness. Fuck you all for the belief that you have something unique and interesting to contribute. Fuck you for filling the internet with your useless garbage. Fuck your blogs, your wikis, your forums. Fuck your name calling. And most of all, fuck whatever you believe. It's all wrong. Fuck it.

Fuck your complaints. Fuck your addictions. Fuck your dependencies. Fuck your pain. Fuck your tears. Fuck selling whatever it is you sell. Fuck your manipulation of others. Fuck movies. Fuck fucking. Fuck everything you own. Fuck your allergies. Fuck your stupid commons sense. Fuck your spelling and fuck your lack of education, or your ignorance, whatever is applicable.

I don't give a fuck. Shut the fuck up and just get on with it.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Lots to say

There are a lot of things I have thought about writing on here over the past few weeks, but they seem to draining and pointless to put on here as I'm not sure anyone really reads this blog anyway.

Where to start... hmm.

I was on vacation for about a week to Minneapolis. Family reunion on A's side. We went to Winona, the Como zoo, and Stillwater, MN. That ended on Sun. and I stayed 1 more day to observe my buddy who is employed with a hospital down there as an acupuncturist - really neat set up and I enjoyed being there. After that we and another buddy went to eat chinese food, not american chinese food - the real chinese food. I talking about the kind of food you can only get in 3 places that I know of...
1) China 2)this restaurant 3) the tv show Fear Factor.

I have eaten at this place twice and I have now named it fear factor (I use that endearingly). The food is actually fantastic and the majority of it is nothing unusual such as shredded lamb and pork various ways, bamboo tips with chili sauce, dan dan noodles, etc., BUT the unusual things that I have had there (most of which are rather tasty) are: Pork intestines and tofu, beef tripe thinly sliced, and a few other dishes which I don't really know what they were.

Anyway, you would be surprised how good some of that stuff actually tastes, incredibly strog flavor (usually good) - and then how some of it tastes like nothing at all - chewy and tasteless.

Tuesday I ended up in Fargo and got to meet up with some friends. Sat outside, ate and drank at Granite City which has very surprisingly cheap beer - if you find yourself there I highly recommend the "two pull" beer. I liked this beer as much as New Castle - and that is saying a lot. After that we got to play some Disc golf which was a lot of fun and the first time I had played in about 5 years. Then poker in which we all lost to KP, the usual.

Anyway, I was intending to vent some of my personal aggravations in here today but this is already long enough. I will probably just put them on
and piss people off there instead.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

lost a toe

I stubbed my pinky toe on my left foot Monday night. So, running is put on hold for only a week I hope.
Almost tore the nail off, lots of blood, decent ammount of pain. Now it is purple and really only hurts minorly when I have a shoe on.
Figures, I have to miss softball tonight if it isn't rained out that is.

Friday, June 6, 2008

the update

So yesterday I lifted legs and then ran on the treadmill.
I felt really good, but it made me realise that I probably didn't run the distance that I originally thought I had the other day. It was probably more like a mile and a half at most.

I based this on my the time it took me to run that distance on the treadmill - even though it was after doing squats, extensions, curls, and calf raises.

Anyway, I didn't so much tire out as I 1)ran out of time and had to get back to work 2) figured I better ease into this and not destroy my legs (in a good way) from the running - since I have just begun.

Anyway, thoughts and opinions from those who know are much appreciated.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

So what have I done

Well, nothing.

I haven't done anything for running since that last post. Lifting yes, upper body only, which puts me on par with 90% of all other guys who lift weights.

I had hurt my left leg (hamstring - vastus medius - I think) in softball and there was no hope of doing any kind of exercise that involved the legs.

So, tonight I have a softball game and we shall see if the rest paid off.
Speaking of that I have to start stretching right now off and on until 6:30.

I will let you all know how it goes.

Also, Thork, do you have any recomendations as to brands for a heart rate monitor, shoes and anything else I should consider for the running.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Run Forest

So, I will be a member on KP's relay team for the Bismarck Marathon in Sept.!
This will be interesting since I've never ran more than 2 miles at one time.
I did go running the other day though. I think it was close to 2 miles and I did it in about 14 mins.
I was really surprised by this time since I only do about 5 to 10 mins. of cardio 3 to 4 times per week. I also lift 3 days a week and play softball one night per week so that must have conditioned me more than I thought.
Anyway, I'm on a mission to get in the best shape of my life.
Maybe I will give some before and after pics. Before as in now and after as in after the race.
Looking forward to this... supposedly Dietrich is going to be on our team as well and maybe Wolf. Sounds like it is going to be a good time.

Oh yeah, my goal by race day is to be able to run 5 miles in 35 minutes or less.

I will be establishing a running schedule starting Monday.

I hope this insane frickn wind stops soon, that will make it much more enjoyable.

Any tips from those of you who are runners or have been in these types of events would be very appreciated.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Acupuncture Portland!

This is a very neat idea, not that I'm saying we should go plant 23 ft needles all over town - maybe 18 footers would be just fine. I wonder what effect the wind would have on one of those needles here in the prairie region.

Anyway, interesting way to promote awareness and change.

Oh yeah, there would probably be some serious "what the hell" flying around in this part of the country.

I can just here it already...
"That's voodoo", or "I can't believe in acupuncture because it is against my religion" - seriously, I have had people say that or similar things to me about it.

For example, I had one person say that they liked the concept of the medicine, but they don't agree with the religious aspect of it. OK, IT'S NOT VOODOO. You will not go to hell for trying to promote your health, using acupuncture is not a sin... I promise.

If that were the case, you would be going to hell for using western medicine for sure. In fact, there would probably be a higher chance of you going to hell for using western medicine than acupunture. That would be based on the evasiveness of the medicine (specifically surgery) and the fact that it is based on a science that says if you can't touch, feel or reproduce it in a lab (Trust me - I'm not saying that this method is a bad thing, but keep in mind not everything used in western medicine is proven by science, even though most think it is). What I'm getting at is that since God, Heaven or Hell cannot be proven to exist by science - well...

Speaking of hell, I had someone who had been through complete hell with western medicine from improperly prescribed antibiotics and surgeries gone wrong. After we got through the consult, the person said they had to check with their priest first to see if it went against their religion. She never came back, so I don't know what he told her.

I'm not sure why I'm going off on this, but it leads me to something that just happened this morning.

I started treating a guy last week for leg and knee pain. He had surgery on his knee 2.5 months ago and he has been in a reasonable amount of pain since. Shortly after the surgery his legs started hurting in both sides. He has not had a day since the surgery where the pain has been down. He has even been back to his surgeon to find out why, and after x-rays the answer was that everything looked fine, no noticeable problems.

Today he comes in and tells me that the pain in his one leg is completely gone since the treatment and the pain in the knee and same leg are significantly diminished. He then went on to say he didn't know if he should thank me or the good lord for taking the pain away.

I should have said I know who you would have blamed if it didn't work.

Anyway, wow - sorry about the tangent(s).

Check out the article it also has pictures.

Acupuncture Portland

Thursday, May 8, 2008


It was a tie between the Boundary Waters and Oceania. I decided that I will do a post on the BWCA for now since it was a much more recent trip. And I since I didn't take a lot of photos from the oceania trip,this one will be more aesthetically pleasing... that is if I actually post the photos this time.

Anyway, I will get on that soon.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

And now, for the rest of the story

The legend of Paul Harvey.

I don't listen to the radio often, but when I do it is generally to our local AM. I like it because it is real. The information is that of the state/local area and if there is anything worth mentioning of world or national news you will get that as well. You can find the talk shows that sometimes provide some useful information via local farmer/city person opinion and I even occasionally listen to the talking heads of Rush and Ed Schultz,which in my opinion are 2 pathetic individuals, but that is not the point of this article.

I want to talk about Paul Harvey. If you haven't ever heard Paul Harvey's "The rest of the Story" you have missed out. The oddly punctuated voice of Paul Harvey on a warm fall day, driving the back roads of good old ND always seemed to make me feel connected with something from the past. A time when the rural areas and even the city folks relied more on the radio for entertainment than the TV.

Paul Harvey's stories created the pictures and scenes in perfect detail, held me in susupense and left me with a smile, especially if I wasn't able to guess who he was talking about by the end of the story.

Sadly, I think the voice of Paul Harvey Senior is gone from the radio. Currently, it is only to be herd as solicitation for any number of vitamin supplements, credit protection, superior sound systems, etc.

Is this the fate of a radio icon, it shouldn't be for someone as good as Paul Harvey. I wish he would leave with some dignity - now instead of a voice that I looked forward to hearing, I literally turn off, and I'm sure many others feel the same way.

Oh well, like all good things, I guess they eventually have to come to an end and my fall country days will have to be filled with something else.

In case you haven't ever heard Paul Harvey's "the rest of the story" here is an example - I just found this and read it, granted it would be much better in the spoken voice of Paul Harvey, but it will give you an idea of what I'm making such a big deal about.

This is possibly the best one that I'm aware of - "And now, the rest of the story"

Monday, April 28, 2008

September 12th - Xavier Rudd

It's come to our attention
Life now is bound to change
While we the peaceful majority
We sit back and anticipate

These are our days now
These are not the same now
These are not the same
These human beings are dangerous
Their greed is contagious
Now the world it waits

These people they attacked our freedom
Their weapons technology and hate
Lives were stolen without warning
Brothers and sisters now erased

These are our days nowThese are not the same now
These are not the same
These human beings are dangerous
Their greed is contagious
Now the world it waits

Thursday, April 24, 2008

3.33 per day?

Last night we (me and A) were going over finances. After some realization that we are spending a ridiculous ammount of $ on food, she determined that we should be able to live off of $200 per month.
I agree that this sounds reasonable at first, but once I started the breakdown this is what I realized. That is $100 per person per month. That is approx $23.31 per week and $3.33 per day.
Does this seem crazy to anyone?
How can I buy quality food at this price? I can't even touch the organics for this price and stick to my budget.
Short of living on beans and rice and eggs, I don't know how I will do this once I run out of the meat I already have in the freezer.
Oh yeah, I didn't mention that A probably has a cleaner diet than I do, consisting of many organically grown and processed foods. I asked her how she is going to keep that up on $3.33 per day and she said she won't have a problem, so I guess I will see...
I'm the one who does the majority of the shopping, so I think she is in for a surprise, but she never ceases to surprise me and I'm sure my comments have probably given added inspiration to prove me wrong.
Anyway, comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
I'm interested in low cost, high quality food sources rich in protein and good carbs.
Thanks and have a phantasmagorical day.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Thanks and other stuff

For the 2 of you who took the poll, I thank you.
It was 50% TV and 50% radio. I have to check into the $ on radio advertisement, and I know that the TV is expensive as hell (really expensive).
So, I will let you know what I decide to do when I finally do that.

Other than that, just got back today from a weekend in Denver. Went down on Friday and got back this noon or so.

My perception has once again changed on the possibility of a Denver living situation. Status now is back to definitely possible, I woulnd't mind living there.

I'm almost completly content right here for now (never completely content), and A likes it here as well. So, if we are here for 5 years we will most likely be here for the next 20... only 3 more years to go, and then we'll be locked in - 3 years for me anyway till I hit the 5.

In the meantime day dreaming about a few of the things that keep me here in this state -and I know summer's not even here yet, but I'm already looking forward to this fall. Gravel roads, wide open views, great sunrises, great sunsets, badlands, camping, Antelope, Mule Deer, big White tails, grouse and pheasants. For me, those are a few of the great things about this state.

Anyway, have a good one.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


August 2005
8 days isn't nearly enough, but a lifetime probably wouldn't be either. In totality, Alaska is the most beautiful place I have ever been. Well, actually now that I write that I feel like I'm taking something away from NZ, Fiji, Norway, MT, and WA. Since I really enjoy many/certain places within those and I would actually consider as beautiful, but this is about AK.
I was only on the Kenai Peninsula, didn't make it inland, that will be next trip.
The trippers: Myself, My Dad, My buddy Ben from MT, My Dad's and my buddy Mike V. also from MT.
Transportation: 22 ft motor home, loaded with food, beer, fishing poles, 1 BF net (for netting BF fish, relatively speaking) and the AK gazateer.
Route: Anchorage to Soldatna. Soldatna to Homer. Homer back to Soldotna. Soldotna to Kenai. Kenai to Soldotna to Seward.
Of course there were stops for fishing and tourist type activities. And that was over several days.
Nights: Most of our nights were spent in a nice little camp ground near the confluence of the Crooked Creek and the Kasilof R.
Notable happenings in the campground: only 1, and that was a young moose who walked within 5 feet of our camper one night. No pictures, but I happened to get this on video. He actually hung out there for several minutes and then moved on into the woods.
Most of the fishing we did was on the Kasilof R. and some on the Russian R.
Notable fishing experiences: 3 come to mind right off.
1) The first was when Ben and I met a Soldotna local who took us to his honey hole - "where the locals go". It was fun to sit with him and talk about life in a small relatively removed Ak town (not even close to removed as far as AK is concerned, but coming from the lower 48, removed enough). I caught my first and only Dolly Varden because of him and his fishing spot.
2) The second would be the day that we did go out with a guide on the Kasilof. We were fishing for Silvers since the King season was over, even though we weren't fishing for the Kings we caught several and realeased them back of course - it was incredible how big these fish were. Absolutely amazing to realize that they were only days at most from dying and they still had so much power. They were a beautiful red like no other I have seen in nature and within the azure blue of a glacial river, which was also a color I have never seen in nature (it was close to that which you see in caribbean waters, but not quite the same).
3) The day we got into the Reds and the Humpys (yes, this is a type of salmon). The best day of fishing we had was this day, which I will post pictures of in a bit. Again it was only because of a local who showed me what to use and how to use it that we limited out within hours, with 10lb + fish. There is no doubt in my mind I could have stood on that shore all day long and cought 1 fish after another, but there is a limit and I'm also ethical - so, I happily ended my day with what I was allowed.
About the towns:
Anchorage. I was only in Anchorage for about 14 hours (over the course of 2 days). My genereal perception of it the 2 days that I was there is that it was overcast and rainy (which I actually like when I know the mountains are near by), next to the ocean which I also like a lot, and when the clouds broke the view of the surrounding peaks was incredible, and of course it's proximity to all the outdoor possibilities is awesome. All that being said I could easily live there and given the right opportunity - my bags would be packed in a second.
Soldotna. This is a great little town for the sportsman, cause as far as I could tell there isn't much else for someone to do. The Kasilof runs right through town, so you could easily ride your bike to some of the best fishing anywhere.
Kenai. Maybe it was because we hadn't been fishing yet that day. Maybe it was becuase it seemed like we were in an area flatter than Fargo. Or maybe it was knowing that we were going to have to back track the same highway for the next couple hours to get to the fishing. I don't know, but all I could think of when I finally got to this town was I couldn't get the hell out of there. I still wouldn't care if I never made it back to visit.
Homer. Very nice looking town and a great view of Glaciers across the Bay. Knowing how inaccessible the other side is makes it even more impressive. There is a neat little area out in the bay that you drive out onto. Lots of people fishing there and charters available for Halibut (the real big fish) if desired. We didn't go on any charters. Possibly the best part about Homer is drive going to Homer, I can't remember exactly how many miles before - maybe about 10 and all the way in, everywhere you look is a postcard view. Absolutely beautiful. Flowers all around. Flowers of all sorts of colors, dramatic mountains with panoramic views.
Seward. There was something about Seward and that day and a half I was there that I hope never leaves my mind. It was amazing. For starters the wind and rain were unbelievable. Incredibly strong, it was equivalent to the power of a prairie thunderstorm and being right next to the water and mile 0 of the Iditarod, which is where the little RV parking area is, was almost like a sensory overload. It was one of those moments when you are standing somewhere so out of your realm, almost out of body and wonder where am I, I can't believe this place exists.
The surrounding glacial peaks are incredible, the atmosphere of the town is very touristy, but that wouldn't bother me a bit. I would absolutely love to live in Seward mainly because of its beauty (both the geologic and character) and its proximity to the amazing hunting and fishing. All that it would take for me to go to Seward would be for my wife to give the OK and I would be there.
Thats enough, if I haven't bored you to death already. I hope you found it enjoyable and I guess I will have to post the pictures tomorrow, as I cannot access them right now. Sorry.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

blogger confessional

There is something I should tell all of you.
It is a dream of mine to have a successful blog, one that people come to and read and get something out of... whether it be knowledge or laughter, or in this case laughter and pissing people off.
I would like to be able to live where ever I want, doing acupuncture from a bungalow in the south pacific or caribbean and not have to worry about making money from it - because I'm making all I need from the advertisements on my blog.
This idea started with a joint effort on a site called
This is something that Kidpurple, myself and a few others have made into a site full of all kinds of random useful and useless information. It is still up and running and drawing in new users occasionally - who usually get a flogging, praise or indifference from the regulars, depeneding on the new users post.
Then there was another blog, which I would like to post here but won't for various reasons - that was based on videos - NO, not porn. It was created on a drunken night in St. Paul and some serious towel fighting that was recorded (yes, very immature - yet very funny). There was a group of people who carried this out and started making more videos to post, but unfortunately we never got those videos and one of the key players is gone from the area now, so we let the site expire.
Anyway, Very funny and generated many views to my knowledge.
Now, my next endeavour - check it out please.
And I will tell you, you who are my friends - on this new blog I write in jest, so please do not get offended by the things I write.
My hopes are to get a wide audience and keep them laughing and coming back for more.
So feel free to give me your honest opinion. Honesty is all that matters, I can take it.

I owe you one

I forgot that I owe you guys (or someone) a little story about my travels... Specifically, my trip to AK.
I will try and work on that tonight.
It inovolves an RV, the Kenai peninsula, fishing and some beautiful scenery.

Monday, April 14, 2008


I'm trying to figure out what I should do for some marketing. There are so many options and they all cost quite a bit of money (relatively speaking).
So, if you could please help me out by giving me your vote in the latest poll, plus some advice on what you think would be the most effective way to spread the word, I would appreciate it very much.
Thanks and have a great day!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

last poll

Alright, the results of the last pole show some interest mainly in my travels (which haven't been much lately), so I will delve into past travels. Starting with Alaska. I will have to work on that this weekend.
There was also some moderate interest in my favorite recipes, wellness, and places I want to go. So, since these are also things that I have much interest in, I will be posting on them as well.
Thanks to all 3 of you for taking my poll.

" In a word: pleasure. It's like, my pleasure in other people's leisure. "

Monday, April 7, 2008

Great Lyrics - Xavier Rudd

you people saving whales,
giving your thanks to our seas
my respect to the ones in the forest,
Standing up for our old trees

Them giving food to the hungry
giving hope to the needy
giving life to a baby
giving care for free
there is freedom around us
We have everything we need
I will care for you
because you care for me
we all have opinions
Some of them get through
But there’s better people
With more good to do.

what I have could be a message
or just some words from my heart
My respect to the ones making changes
For other lives they’ll give their own

well our world it keeps spinning
round and round it goes
Human nature keeps spreading it's disease
And our children keep growing up with
what they know from what we teach
and what they see
And it’s only a question of the time we have
And the lives that our children will lead
they can only keep growing up with
what they know from what we teach
and what they see

Thursday, April 3, 2008

phone + toilet =

Dead phone.
I dropped my phone in the toilet.
So, if any of you have tried calling and are wondering why I never answer, now you know.
I check my email all the time though and my voice mail so you can still leave a message.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Poll results

75% of you said my blog isn't boring - thank you, you are too kind.

25% of you said to do more polls - so I will make that a weekly thing if possible.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

We are Moving!!

I just got offered and I accepted a full time job as an acupuncturist up in Anchorage!!
The pay is really good and we have been thinking about it for a while anyway.
So, we will packing up here and be there by the beginning of May.

Anyone need a well kept house in south central Bismarck?

I will fill you all in on the rest of the details soon.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

UnF***ing believable

This will make you sick.

Wal-mart sues brain damaged employee

I know this happened a while ago, but it is new news to me. I found an article on it as late as Nov. 2007.

I don't know when CNN shot this video - here is the CNN article.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


A Dr. from our community.
I find it amazing that Dr. Fogarty took such a strong stand on this, that is the type of conviction I rarely see anymore...
I salute him in respect to his responses and article.
Here are some interesting links about what I'm talking about.
I agree with him by the way.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Please take the poll to the left

In an effort to maximize user pleasure, if there are any users out there, please take the poll to the left of this post.

Thank you,


Monday, March 24, 2008

A word on Anitbiotics

Last week when I was sick, I had a few different things go on.
The first was the nasty sinus problems - dry and burning, yet running, clear mucus that felt like an infection. After the 4th day of this I almost gave in and went to the Dr., but fortunately I was able to convince myself that this was the same VIRUS that my wife and daughter had, which was confirmed by my daughters pediatrician. I still almost went in, knowing that the possibility of me getting antibiotics would be close to 100% even if the Dr. thought it was a virus.
I have had good results from antibiotics in the past, but I only use any type of medicine if I absolutely need (aka near death) - and as a result I usually get better very quickly when I do use something - 90% of the time - Also, I very rarely get sick.
By the 5th day, my sinus problems were virtually gone and I was very glad that I didn't go in for antibiotics for 2 reasons which I will detail.
I ended up getting the flu the next day and subsequently my digestive system was in "sudden turmoil".
So, what is my point here? I have a few.
1st - most of the virus type colds that I deal with usually resolve within 7 to 10 days or so, especially when using the proper herbal supplements. So when I started getting better the next day, I would have attributed that to the antibiotics.
2nd - Antibiotics do not work on viruses.
3rd - The types of antibiotics generally generally used, such a Zithromax ("Z pak") is a broad spectrum antibiotic, which means it is non-selective, which means it kills many types of bacteria including some of the good kind needed in our intestines.
4th - I would have inevitably and incorrectly blamed my sudden turmoil or at least part of the severity on the antibiotic.

Ok, I have been trying to write this now for a couple hours having to stop for up to an hour at a time between writing so I have lost my take away for this post.

Basically, I think I was going to say that I'm glad I didn't get an antibiotic for 2 main reasons.
1 I would have given it undue credit for the good, and the other is that I would have given it undue credit for the bad.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sick, bad pears, and bad soup

Well, I just got over being sick as hell.
For the past week I had some nasty sinus problems and as soon as they were over I got the flu.
This was the worst case of the flu I have ever had and many people around town apparently have it.
Anyway, until 5 minutes ago I had only consumed 4 silces of pears and a bunch of water and gatorade in the past 30+ hours.
This morning I was going to have another can of pears, took a spoon full of the juice and as I was swallowing noticed this nasty black hair floating in the juice - nobody in my family has black hair and the pears weren't exposed to open air for more than seconds so I know this came from the factory - disgusting! I will post the brand on here later when I find out what it is.
As far as the bad soup, Campbell's select chicken with egg noodles. Here is my impression of this soup - Lowest quality vegetables they could find, chunks of chicken (chicken tumors), good broth, better than average good noodles.
Seriously, I must have just gotten a bad batch I hope, because this is supposed to be some kind of gourmet shit. The carrots look like they have fungus growing on them and the chicken looks like what I would imagine a tumor to look like. I did eat a piece of the chicken (that didn't look like a tumor) and it was as disgusting as expected.
Thats all thats new here. At least I feel good.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

If I had $7500

If I had $7500 to burn today, this bike (well not this specific bike), but this make of bike would be sitting in my garage until it is nice enough to be riding full time.

The BMW 650 GS, silver with black - what a beauty. I will own one of these someday.

BMW 650 GS

Friday, March 14, 2008

and now... for the rest of the story

After dinner Andrea and I had desert at Caspers East 40, they have great creme brulee (sp?) and New Castle beer. I knew there was something more, but I didn't know what. I thought we were going to do something together, probably hotel like since she had me bring my contact case.
So, before we left the parking lot of Caspers she forced me to be blind folded, it was at that point I knew she was taking me to a "surprise B-day party".
We ended up driving for about 20 minutes with all kinds of turns and sudden stops which about made me sick. Turns out the surprise party was at my parents - one of the last places I would have expected so it truly was a surprise.
There were quite a few friends there and my parents and hers. It was a great time.
Also, turns out Ian didn't have to head back right away and we got to party one more night.
So, I'm 30 some days old now and had a great party.
I wish the rest of you could have been there, but I completely understand.
Also, Andrea tried to raid my email and phone to get numbers and address but unfortunately she wasn't able to get them all. There were even some people from town who didn't get invited that I wish could have been there - but, I guess that is how it goes with surprise parties.
Take care and have a great day.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Very Funny

I would have just put the video up here on my blog, but I didn't see the link for that...
anyway watch this on blogs... hilarious

Uncle Jay explains blogs

Sunday, March 9, 2008

#30! Part 1 of 2

I turned 30 yoa yesterday.
I don't feel any different than 29,28 or 26.
It was a great weekend and full of surprises. Andrea started off the weekend by having me meet her at the Peacock, she told me that she wanted to hang out with me the night before my birthday since it was my birthday weekend. She was out on a bachelorette party so I couldn't figure out why she wanted me to join - she insisted that I come though, even though I wasn't excited about crashing their gathering. This got me thinking that she had put together a surprise birthday party. When I got there it was just the girls and after a half hour when my sister and brother-in-law showed up as we had planned I thought that was it for sure, Andrea really did just want to hang out with me for my weekend.
Then about an hour later out of nowhere my buddy and old roomy Ian shows up from Minneapolis. This was a great surprise as I haven't seen him since September.
Ian had told me he was only going to be able to stay until Saturday afternoon and then he had to go back, I didn't believe him at first, but I thought it was possible and didn't say anything more about it. We went out to the Tumble Weed bar and shot some pool and had a few beers, and the we went to my friend Shane's for a while and had few more. It was a good night.
On Saturday, we went out to my sister and brother-in-laws place which is about 20 miles NW of town and shot pistol and rifle (yes, very redneck of us I know). It was a lot colder than we anticipated as the wind had picked up but that didn't stop us. I had about 10 half drank bottles of water that had frozen in my car, so I filled them up to the top and set them out to be shot. Very amusing, and we video taped some of the explosions. No animals were hurt. Only bottles, steel targets desigend to be shot, and old scrap wood. I will post the videos as soon as I get them from my brother-in-law.
Well, the afternoon passed and Andrea and I had plans to go to a unique restaurant here in town the Pirogue grill and the time also came for Ian to leave. I was really sad to see him have to go, I don't know why it was so hard for me to see a good friend go this time, but it was.
As for the Pirogue, I will rate it a weak 9/10.
The atmosphere was really neat, something I would not expect to see in Bismarck. The service was good, but there was a few times where I felt like our main server and one other girl server or water filler (not sure what exactly she was) gave some looks to each other and just reactions I noticed when they passed by us that made me feel like they thought we really didn't belong there or something to that effect. Which they couldn't have been more right, I did think the prices were obnoxious - but we were dressed nice and we weren't making any requests let alone unusual ones. So, I didn't understand that.
Anyway, I will go on.
They are definitely on the high end of bismarck dining at 6 to 12 for the appetizers, 6 to 12 (I think they went to 12) for the salad if you decided to get one, and then 19 to 30 for the main course. I didn't look at the wine list but I'm sure it started at 25 and went up.
We started by oredering the eggplant, portebella mushroom, tomatoe, mozzerella appetizer served with a tomatoe balsamic sauce. It looked really small, but turned out to be just enough to satisfy us concerning quantity and the quality was fantastic. If you decide to try and make this soon, as I am, all of the aforementioned was layered, except for the sauce which was served on the side.
As for the sauce I belive it was a puree of roasted redpepper, sun dried tomato, olive oil and balsamic vinegar with the consistency of tomatoe paste. (I don't know that for sure though, I will be experimenting with that combo and let you know).
We also got a bottle of wine, which was a Pinot Noir. Andrea really likes Pinot Noir and it was a bit sweet for a Noir, but still had the expected astringing property - I prefer a sweet or semi-sweet red, but it was good.
As for the main course Andrea had pork tenderloin which was filled with an apple and pecan filling (or something close to this I can't exactly remember), on the side was butternut potatoe squash, and a small mix of steamed carrot and squash. It was pretty good, it was one of the nightly specials and I think it was 19.
I had something called the Kurobuta Pork. I'm not sure, but I think Kurobuta is Japanese for "Over Rated". I asked the server to tell me about the Kurobuta and what made it so good - as it was the most expensive thing listed on the menu. She started off by telling me that it is the Kobe of pork. Kobe is another Japanese name which is associated with the highest quality beef. I have been told this is very good. Anyway, I said what exactly is that then - she went on to tell me that the pig is not raised in a pen, they are fed high quality organic feed, beer and stuff...
Hmm, I don't know if it was one or the combination of the facts that I had a gift certificate which was going to pay for the majority of this meal, it was my birthday, the fact that Andrea and I rarely ever go out for dinner, or that I had the opportunity to eat a pig that was fed beer and stuff (I assume by stuff she probably meant organic potatoe chips and cheetos or something to that affect). So I orderd the Kurobuta pork, which was recommended by the chef to be served medium rare or medium. I went with medium, as eating semi-cooked pork is a bad idea no matter what the social class of the animal before it is processed.
It was a very succulent (yes, I did just use that word - first time ever) piece of meat about an inch thick with 1 rib still attached. Juicy grilled and it was tasty and my thoughts were that I had not been ripped off (as I fully expected), but this is what I would expect at the least for a 30 meal, accompanied with the same sides as Andrea.
I did taste Andreas pork tenderloin and not to my surprise it was every bit as good as the Kurobuta.
That being said, take my word for it you are not missing anything if you never try Kurobuta Pork.
That was not the end of the night, I will give a part 2 sometime within the next few days... as this is getting long.
Thanks for my Birthday dinner Ben and Hal!!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Finally working out again

I have been trying to get back into working out. I just haven't been able to really get back into it for quite a long time, probably over a year and a half.
I have always been really impressed with Andy's drive when it comes to physical activity and after reading about his Birkebeiner race, I realized it is time to get to it. No more excuses, get my ass in the gym and do what I have been wanting to do for a long time. Get in awesome physical shape.
So, 2 weeks ago I started watching my diet. Making sure I'm eating at regular intervals throughout the day, focusing on increasing my protein intake and water consumption.
I have also started doing plenty of research on what I should be doing and I found this great workout routine (let me tell you this kicks my ass) from a website that Ian told me about - the guys that write on here are FREAKS! (which is a compliment in the bodybuilding world I have determined) and they are very intelligent. I don't plan on getting even close to their size, but they know what they are talking about.
So, I started this past Monday, 3 days lifting M W F routine 1. I also started doing Tai Ji / Qi Gong and self defense T and TH.
So, that is what is new on my front.
I had to write it out / lay it out and I will try to make my posts less painful from now on.
I will give occasional updates on my progress.
Have a great Day!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

I'm back

Back at it.
I was inspired by Pmans blog to start another. I really enjoyed reading about his adventures and life out west. Of course I like the all of the other blogs as well, its just that Pmans was the catalyst for another attempt at blogging.
I'm going to keep it more simple this time.
Also, the last blog I had given out my link to lots of people that I felt I shouldn't have given it to - yes I know people can find this again, and that is fine. I'm only sending the link out to a much smaller group this time.

Well, of course I will probably use this as a means of self realization and when I put something out I do it with the intent of receiving your input on the matter - to help me become a better more educated person.