Archive for July, 2006


6:10 pm, Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Well, I’m in the Tri-Cities now. Arrived around 8:30 pm Tuesday night and had a really great dinner — my mom grilled some huge ribeye steaks and made corn on the cob and garlic bread. Then we all went to watch the fireworks at the stadium. We usually go to the display on the Columbia, but it’s so hard to get a good spot there and sometimes there’s a lot of mosquitoes. The stadium display was better; the show was longer (about 40-50 minutes vs. 20 on the river) and there was plenty of room. I got some good shots of it with my Exilim camera, but I can’t upload them since I left the cradle in Federal Way. I’ll post them when I get back.

Yesterday I went to the doctor. Had three vials of blood drawn at the Interpath lab down the street. Really made me realize how incompetent the people at the UW Physicians Clinic must be — the Interpath guy only stuck me once and I barely felt it.

Later on, I met up with Jones and Paige and we all went over to Beefy’s mom’s house. Played some Apples to Apples and watched TV.

I think tonight we’re either playing Scattergories or going to a movie.

You know they have 70-page college-ruled notebooks at Wal-Mart for 10¢ apiece?


3:37 am, Monday, July 3rd, 2006

We got back from Amanda and Matthew’s wedding around 8:00 PM Saturday night. The Masonic Temple they had it at is a really impressive building. The ceremony was very nice; short and simple.

On the way to Spokane, we stopped for lunch at the Cottage Cafe in Cle Elum. Really terrific food. I had The Sourdough (basically a French dip with cheddar) and we both had butterhorns for dessert. On the way back we stopped in Vantage and tried the fare at Golden Harvest which, despite the fancy name, is just a humdrum trucker’s diner. I had the philly with fries — decent, but the bread was bland and soft.

I submitted my entry for SketchUp’s second 3D Challenge — here’s the 3D Warehouse listing if anyone wants to see it. The challenge was to design the audio portion of a home theater setup; I did something a little atypical — an outdoor audio setup using my own twist on Bose FreeSpace 51s and a custom player/tuner (pics: 1, 2).

No D&D game tomorrow, but I think some of us will still get together at Game-A-Lot for something. Maybe Settlers of Catan. Or Keith might be up to running an impromptu adventure.

Man, Venture Brothers has been awesome… the premiere was too cool for words and tonight’s episode was super swell. Lots of Doctor Girlfriend and Brock palling around with Phantom Limb. Good stuff. Gary (AKA #21) might be my new favorite character. I was surprised Jonas Jr. didn’t appear in the episode — I thought they would make him a primary character.

Now reading another Discworld novel — Monstrous Regiment. Good so far, but I don’t think it’ll be as fun as Going Postal.

A few pictures from the trip: Some pretty scenery near Snoqualmie Pass, Brett gesturing at the Columbia, and a shot of the river gorge.

Resevoir near Snoqualmie Pass
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Brett at the Columbia
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Columbia Gorge near Vantage
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