Friday, November 14, 2008

hee... so true!

We've gotten some interesting gifts - but by far and away we were both overwhelmed not only byt the volume, but also by the care and thoughtful-ness.

that said...there were a couple of ringers.

You know the ones where you sit and scratch your head in wonder. Sometimes you even blurt out loud... "what were they thinking?" or "did they really spend money on that? For us?!?!"

One of the ringers is a painting. you can see that it was a carefully chosen painting, and there is probably a deeper meaning to it, but Obviously I'm too dim to get it. It is truly unexpected. It has two deer in the painting of electro-shock pink and blue, against a field of melting snow. It's certinaly noticeable.

then the piece-de-resistance



and the interesting part...aside from it being in technocolor and existing (which should be enough) it is a limited edition collectors item.

and they paid a sizeable amount of money for it.

The kicker - the place where they bought it from - I would likely never shop there. So now...well... I've got an interesting addition for my home of a "limited edition "grateful dead cookie jar.

I'm glad that I'm so well loved. (i think.)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Being cynical...I'm tempered with my response to what happened yesterday.


It's feeling more and more like a loaded deck. It's the win 'we' wanted (not the royal 'we' more of the proletariat 'we') but it feels a little vacant. It isn't that Barak Hussein Obama is not the right person for the job... that I don't and can't know for some time, its more about the 'historic' aspect of his win.

Yes, it's racial. No denying that. Yes it's historical - nearly 475 years in the making. But it may be that it wasn't a 'true' win. "They", and by "they" I mean the entitled, entrenched and enfranchised elitist oligarchs which comprise 25% of the population - i.e. whitey, didn't vote for Barak Hussein Obama because they really wanted to. He was only the lesser of two evils.

Deal with the devil you know...and the devil we know is so bad, I suspect that people were willing to deal with the unknown. Now what that means... I'm not sure. Its more of a conciliatory gesture. Not on where I feel like 'Yeah - I want this!!' That "they" are voting for Obama because they really want this...

but I'm cynical. I hope I'm wrong.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008


we've all been thinkin it. I'm glad someone's sayin it.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008

an explination for the $700 payout/bailout

So, if like me you find that you're pissed off about the whole debacle and the fact that you feel like you need to support some fat-cat's effed up mistake, educate.

I didn't understand why, I still don't believe that it's a good reason why... but I understand now...

"Commercial paper" seized up - and no one was willing to lend to any one because we 'broke the buck'

it doesn't really make sense of it in written form - but seriously listen. It will make more sense... I swear.

it won't alleviate your frustration - but hopefully you won't feel as bewildered.

If you want to know how we got here:

Obama v McCain

Some thoughts on Obama's camp vs. McCain's.

Occidental College - Two years.
Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

University of Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)


United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 out of 899 ....(5 from the bottom.)

Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism


I'm a little confused.

If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'
Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
Name your kids Willow , Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well-grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 6,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and three children and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values
don't represent America 's.

If your husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA , your family is extremely admirable.

And finally, if you're famous for your quick temper, you're the one to have your finger on the button.

10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don't):

1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has 'evolved,' yet he's continued to oppose key civil rights laws.

2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq , Russia and China . Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain 'will make Cheney look like Gandhi.

3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.

4. McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, 'I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.

5. The Children's Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children's health care bill last year, then defended Bush's veto of the bill.

6. He's one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a 'second job' and skip their vacations.

7. Many of McCain's fellow Republican senators say he's too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: 'The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his 'spiritual guide,' Rod Parsley, believes America 's founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a 'false religion.' McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church 'the Antichrist' and a 'false cult'.

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.

1. 'The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day,' ABC News, April 3, 2008
'McCain Facts,', April 4, 2008
2. 'McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq,' Bloomberg News, March 12, 2008
'Buchanan: John McCain 'Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'' ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008
3. 'McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill,' ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008
4. 'McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned,' MSNBC, February 18, 2007
5. '2007 Children's Defense Fund Action Council® Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard,' February 2008
'McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion,' CNN, October 3, 2007
6. 'Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady,' Associated Press, April 3, 2008
'McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'' Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008
7. 'Will McCain's Temper Be a Liability?,' Associated Press, February 16, 2008
'Famed McCain temper is tamed,' Boston Globe, January 27, 2008
8. 'Black Claims McCain's Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: 'I Don't Know What The Criticism Is,'' ThinkProgress, April 2, 2008
'McCain's Lobbyist Friends Rally 'Round Their Man,' ABC News, January 29, 2008
9. 'McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam,' Mother Jones Magazine, March 12, 2008
'Will McCain Specifically 'Repudiate' Hagee's Anti-Gay Comments?,' ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008
'McCain 'Very Honored' By Support Of Pastor Preaching 'End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'' ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008
10. 'John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record,' Sierra Club, February 28, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

Oh Holy lord in heaven

Do you believe this? I heard about this originally on a conservative radio show "Marketplace" (on PRI)
The story was about how Neo-con Lobbyist Ed Rogers (and major contributor to the McCain campaign) lives unlike anyone I know...(that and the fact that he thinks so little of the currency that barely keeps the rest of us afloat

Yes... that is an actual sheet of dollar bills below her... she uses them to wrap presents for her friends...


He should be worried... tis a freakin federal offense to deface the $$ (at least at this level, and on national TV... did I mention that this was on NBC?)

Yah... makes me sick to my stomach as well...all for a present...

I had to include a link:
so you can see your yourself her glee at being able to wrap presents in the american dollar.

I found this & too it from

Friday, August 15, 2008


i am beginning to realize that organizing large groups of people to converge into any one location is kind of terrifying, and exhausing at the same time. I have no idea how or why so many people do this.

That and I also want to say that I am absolutely in the wrong business. I need to be in the wedding it is truly that - an industry. Everyone told me that I would get taken, but I thought that I did my research and was prepared. I wasn't. Effing thieves. The lot of them. And they prey on your naivete and the story-book wedding that you are told from the get-go that you are supposed to have.

ugh. All I wanted was a nice day in the outdoors. Hopefully with family and friends.

whatever...It alternately pisses me off and gives me nigh terrors. I hate the fact that one day should mean so much. And the effed up truth of the situation is that most guests wont care if its storybook or if its gunshot. Its maybe 3-4 hours out of their normal routine and the come, celebrate, then leave...

when did this all turn into such a circus?

Monday, July 07, 2008


I cannot be held responsible for my:
  • blatant disregard for gravity.
  • painful displays of public loudness.
  • outbursts of impertinent nature.
  • expelling of internal organs on the sidewalk.
  • whiplash mood swings.
  • potential fondling of inanimate objects.
  • inappropriate announcements of undying affection to strangers.
I do accept full responsibility for:
  • The humming vibration of pain coming from my eyelashes.
  • The taste in my mouth that makes me believe that I made-out with the business end of a sheepdog.
  • The embarrassing stories that are inevitably going to come forward about all above stated disclaimers.
  • The fact that I drank like a 20-something, while obviously a 30-something.
  • I knew I had to go to work today, and actually work - but did it anyway.
All that said - thank you to my friends for coming out and participating in my painful dissent into public displays of drunken-ness. It was a rare one - but I think (as I can't say I rightly remember) that we all had a good time. And we should go back again... next week, and do it all over - as the rest of the day was still a win (at least for me...)

I'm never drinking again.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

From the tortured souls who are addicted:

To Xbox 360…..

I know I suffer myself.
My loved one has fallen prey to the horrible green glow of the monster that is Xbox 360. He is unfortunately not alone. I suspect that it may be a family trait, as his often calm cousin has also succumbed to the horror himself.
Although there is a glimmer of hope as at least his cousin has managed to wrangle himself from the grips of the monster. Despite his near lapse - he is still '360 free' after 21 days.
Hereafter is his account of his encounter:
"Hi my name is Sterling and I have gone 21 days with playing the 360.
I almost had a relapse last night. But I fought the temptation. The 360's siren call had me in it's grasp, I had the hard supple plastic of the wireless controller in my hand and it felt good. The green glow of the 360 powering up had me hypnotized. Then the power went out. "
Thank god for poor power connections (and the over use of power strips in an old house… )

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Good 'ol Fashioned Road trip

I've uploaded the rest of the photos to Flicker in this set - there are waaaaay too many shots from car windows - so please forgive my repetitiveness - I have no good sense on what's good versus what's bad.

Nearing Utah ol' fashoned Road trip

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Kenneth and Kira's 6 state road trip.
A selection of things from the set
Nearing Utah Nevada's foothills at the NV,UT border the Bonneville Salt Flats from I-80 Wendover, NV
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Friday, June 20, 2008

The Grand Tetons from Signal Mountain

The vacation - it was a road trip to WY - as neither of us has ever been there.

The fantastic thing of note is that there are no foot hills. only mountains. They top out at 13,000 ft. and the base of the mountains start at approx 7,000 ft. and go vertically straight up.

They truly are a wonder to behold. And I'm desperate to go back.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

reaching my ropes end

there is something about creative work - (whether what I do is really considered creative or not, I'm calling it creative) it has a taxing output on you.

I'm not whining - but there comes a point when you look back and you think,

"wow, that was crap."

Really, the part that is distressing is not that I put out crap - but that I didn't care enough that I put out crap. That the effort to make it more than just the written equivalent of slop on a plate was not enough to keep me from doing it. Its that I didn't care at all, because I felt that it didn't matter.

So I'm assigning the lack of desire to the sense that I'm busted. Wide open and splayed out on the sidewalk. Yucky remains of what was once live - but got hit by an oncoming bus. (way too many mixed metaphors...forgive me.)

I decided on a whim that I need out. But not all the way - not Hemmingway, not Hunter S. Thompson "out" either. Yet I'm not going to lie to myself - I'm taking their inspiration. (the theory, not application - so don't worry... I'm about to explain myself...)

So I'm taking a mini-trip and going to the opposite end of the spectrum of comfortable. The (nearest) physical manifestation of the creative barren-ness that I am currently feeling. To find out what the lack of comfort and safety feels like in more than just my head.

I'm hopeful it'll restore me, and maybe burn off some of the Nietzsche thats been lurking about lately. That or I'm really over thinking a road trip and trying to feel like I need to justify time away from work.

I don't know which is sadder.

Monday, June 09, 2008


some bad news today....
- my job is going to get much harder again. And I was getting used to actually having my weekends to myself again.


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

the things people say - when its collected anonymously

For those of you who don't know, I work for an Online travel website. Part of the deal is that they send out anonymous surveys to their customer soliciting feedback about their recent stays. Sometimes people use these anonymous surveys about their travel to provide some very witty feedback about the condition and quality of their stay, here is a recent collection of the more colorful ones. (You should try to guess which one is my favorite...)
  • Closet opening was barely 15" to 18". Making it very difficult to get your upper body into the closet to see & work behind the door.
    • okay this one - i just really don't understand why you'd need to get your upper torso into a closet? what in the heck are you doing in there?

  • Bed was very lumpy & noisey, making it impossible for you & your spouse to enjoy love making for fear of broadcasting to all the neighbors.
    • This could be on the amenities list for the local hanky-panky spot, no?

  • Amenities:you have to be hip enough to go to those bars in the hotel which is ridiculous everyone who stays at the hotel should have access.
    • Can I get an Amen?

  • I would not use the sink to wash a dog.
    • Why would you care to? But points for the colorful & creative description.

  • Other:Room had view of methane flame burning from the city dump located across the street.
    • Wait, isn't that an attraction?
    • If you've got kids - this could have been part of the all-inclusive kid-friendly package , no? ;-)

  • Service Quality:There was a young kid that should have been working at McDonalds training another kid that should have been in REHAB!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


every time i hear this - it reminds me of rolling down an extemely long grassy hill.

you start out slow - then you build momentum - and you can't stop. then once you get a rythm going - you cant wait to keep going!!!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Roshambo 6th Annual Rock Paper Scissors Tournament

Hey there all you Roshambuddies...

Are you ready to throw your fists and fingers for a slice of the $1600 pie? Let's see your skills on June 7th at high noon. Trust us, this is one of the funniest and most enjoyable ways to spend the day. The 6th Annual Western Regional RPS championship is sure to be the greatest yet...

Image 6th Annual Rock Paper Scissors Championship!!!

This years tourney will be held at our swanky new tasting room in Carneros at Cornerstone Place where the champion will take home the $1,600 grand prize. We are pleased to announce that the Space Cowboys Unimog will be spinning some tunes. Come one come all, enjoy wine country the roshambo way. Tickets are available online or at the tasting room. Competitor tickets are limited and are sure to sell out! Get them while you can! Click here for tickets!

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Friday, March 21, 2008

I have to be on my best behavior

I am realizing, very quickly, that people are actually reading this blog for more than just spam. And that thought is rather frightening. When I started back in 2004 I hadn't expected that anyone other that immediate friends or family had, or would take the time to invest in my ramblings. However...

There is always that possibility that I am over thinking this whole process. And i'm willing to be that if more likely than not the real reason for my sudden paranoia. That and the incessant questions of "when, how or what" this whole growing up and getting married thing has done to my inner circle. Its sort of like I've joined a club, that I was really unaware that I was about to join.

Part of me is exstatic (sp?)- and then there is the rebellious- hippie- antidisestablishmentarian who believes that all of this is completely bunk and that I should have my head examined for wanting to actively become a part of the 'married lot' is mad.

Friday, February 29, 2008

so... some news

We've set a date...

We're still working out most of the details ourselves... but I just wanted to get something out there for you to see... and to get excited about.

Monday, February 04, 2008

some one needs to check themselves

Why in the hell did I just get an offer , in the mail no less, to join the AARP!!!


har har. very funny. confess your sins and I won't throw flaming human poo on your door.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Never thought I'd live to see the day

the $50,000 final match at the 2007 USARPS Championship in Las Vegas, And ESPN2 was there to cover it... I couldn't help but laugh out loud - until I realized that this guy who won it is now 50K richer than me.

another update...

for those of you who complain...

I am busy.

for those of you who don't care....

I am stressed..


happy now - two updates in as many minutes...

go do something beneficial for yourself - instead of reading this post - read about how the French economy is poised to crash all due to one mad evil genius.

That time of year again!

I make it a point to treat myself on this horrible time of year when I am reminded of the fact that the aging process means that I get older, not younger, and that I also start to decay faster - not slower... than I had anticipated.

I will instead of dwelling on the inevitability that I will eventually turn into my mother - I will attempt to drown it out with good fermented grapes. Preferably in large quantities... and with others whom enjoy the imbibing of the self-same liquids!

-care to join me on Saturday?