Archive for April, 2007


New York City

April 26, 2007

Quick hits from the Big Apple.

*If a limo service tells you the fee is $65 plus tolls plus tip, that means the tip is not optional. It’s actually $75 + tolls. Oh. Make sure you’re only paying for the tolls TO your destination. You don’t want to pay an extra $16 for the limo to get back to the airport.

*Dude. Drinking a Margarita in a jumbo size Martini glass doesn’t make you look hip and cool. It makes you look like a goober.

*Yuengling is not a micro brew. Oldest Brewery in America or not, it’s still just another blase Lager

*New York is not as casual as Seattle but there are still a lot of people wearing blue jeans and T-Shirts.

*Sports bars in Lower Manhattan play the same Classic Rock as Sports Bars in Lower Indianapolis.

*With the crazy-ass price of real estate around here, you’d think Embassy Suites would ditch the Atrium idea. It’s nice (?) but there are 200 rooms of unused space between me and the ground floor.

*Regardless, it’s still NYC, one of the most interesting/amazing places I’ve ever seen.



April 23, 2007

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

–W.H. Auden



April 23, 2007

A good friend of mine passed away suddenly last Friday. Best guy around.

At White River



Nieiwe Kerk

Dave Joe

Dave Guitar


Bad (perfect) timing on this shot. Kinda like “Country Bumpkins go to Europe”.


I don’t have the words to explain how much I already miss him.



The Scoreboard

April 19, 2007

Our high-tech, full-color score board. It was a big decision to keep score as we weren’t sure everyone was mentally ready to accept losing a game. It’s Seattle you know, we don’t want anyone feeling down because they’re losers.

Turns out, I’m the one getting beat up on.

Ping Pong Scores


Dutch Idol

April 19, 2007

Number of hits on Google.

Dutch Rock Star: 1,360,000

British Rock Star: 12,000,000

American Rock Star: 62,400,000

So I guess this isn’t surprising


Ping Pong

April 19, 2007

When Manny moved into the basement, we had to move the Ping Pong table out to the garage. We were excited to have him move in but we were bummed about exiling the table from the house. It was December, cold and dark, and the table sat folded up for the next few months.

Finally, about a month ago, it warmed up enough that you could hang out in the garage with just a jacket. We hung some overhead lights, bought a new bucket of balls and the Spring Ping Pong Season began.


Manny and Michele in action:






Spring in Seattle

April 17, 2007


Mariners 8 – Rangers 3