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Recent Dive Pictures
Les Davis - September 6, 2009

Sea Tiger - September 17, 2009

The Pipe - September 17, 2009

San Pedro - September 18, 2009

Kaiser Reef - September 18, 2009

Race History
Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon
August 1, 2009
2:42:49 (2:42:28)

Seafair Torchlight Run 8k
July 25, 2009

Inaugural Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
June 27, 2009
2:39:41 (2:08:44)

Sound To Narrows 12k
June 13, 2009
1:11:19 (1:10:33)

Furry 5k
June 7, 2009
28:25 (27:28)

Tacoma City Half Marathon
May 3, 2009
2:05:52 (2:05:15)

The 12ks Of Christmas
December 14, 2008

Seattle Half Marathon
November 30, 2008
2:28:59 (2:25:52)

Winter Pineapple Classic 5k
November 16, 2008

Bank To Bay 10k
September 7, 2008
54:15 (53:47)

Furry 5k
June 8, 2008
32:51:9 (32:53:7)

Tacoma City Marathon
May 10, 2008
5:21:13 (5:19:58)

St. Patrick's Day Dash
March 16, 2008
30:31 (30:31)

Hood to Coast Relay
August 24-25, 2007
Leg 3 - 3.93 Miles - 34:43
Leg 15 - 7.25 Miles - 1:16:21
Leg 27 - 5.98 Miles - 1:03:28

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Run
July 15, 2007

Furry 5k
June 10, 2007

Capital City Half Marathon
May 20, 2007
2:22:21 (2:21:30)

St. Patrick's Day Dash
March 11, 2007
30:31 (30:34)

The 12ks Of Christmas
December 17, 2006
1:11:24 (1:10:41)

Jingle Bell Run 5k
December 10, 2006

Winter Pineapple Classic 5k
November 11, 2006

Bank To Bay 10k
September 10, 2006
56:26 (55:32)

Seafair Torchlight Run 8k
July 29, 2006

Furry 5k
June 11, 2006
30:22 (29:29)

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My Sunday.

Getting into the Christmas spirit.

With Nelson?

Because Christmas is always better with Star Wars t-shirts.

Domino bitches!

I make the weirdest things for Christmas's Eve.

Finally. FINALLY.

Little sad that it has taken me until a week later to see this ...

Hanging up another Doctor Who print. This time it's the 50th Anniversary poster.

Had to bump my Attack of the Clones poster though. These 27x40 poster frames aren't cheap.

For some unknown reason, I've been thinking about the salsa that Chevy's had at their restaurants. And then I got to remembering when I used to make salsa at home all of the time.

So to Albertsons I went!

Yeah I cheated and used canned fire roasted tomatoes and bough chipotles in adobo sauce.

For the first time in maybe 8 years, I made salsa and you know what. It turned out pretty tasty.

The first batch is a little spicier. And the second batch ended up being a little saltier but overall both are delicious and will taste amazing being washed down with some Ninkasi and Schooner Exact beers today while I enjoy watching of the soccers.


May have gone a little overboard on my mug purchases on this trip.

First day - at airport - I found California and Orange County.

When I got to my hotel, walked to two different Starbucks and found no mugs at all.

Then last night - on my way back from visiting the Stone Brewing restaurant at the airport - I accidentally stumbled upon the other Starbucks and they had Tahoe and San Diego (and Seattle for some weird reason.)

But as I was leaving, I looked on their clearance table and way in the back was San Fran. Not clearance prices but still a score.

I really need to catalog these dang things (I'm sort of certain that I have this California mug.)




Grocible [1995 - 2012]

Three years ago today.


My grandma died today.

I don't even know what to say.

My grandmother got admitted into the hospital - ICU - the other day. They say she had a recent heart attack and more than likely a stroke but they don't know when.

Fluid all around her lungs. And then yesterday some sort of an infection.

My mom just called - grandma wants us to let her go.

I get to call my sister and brother.

Her birthday would be Monday.

Time for dinner. Hot and spicy tofu teriyaki. Wait a second...

My mom just called.

Grandma is in the hospital. She had to have 911 called this morning.

She has fluid on her lungs. Had a heart attack sometime in the recent days and they did a cat scan to see if she had a stroke.


Checking on my eBook holds . . . I'm number 500 in line, and there are 200 copies. So there's a chance?

Tonight I finished my 83rd book of the year. And it's still October.

Why so many books this year? I think part of it is that I started the year off with comics and those collections (Bone and Strangers in Paradise) were devoured at a rate of close to two per day. Plus I bought a Humble Bumble featuring collections from Subterranean Press (one of those boutique publishers that I have developed an addiction to the last few years) that contained a lot of short stories.

I don't think the number is important, it's just the fact that I've been reading a lot this year.

I've also been trying to write more. And for those two or three people who are left around here, that's probably quite obvious, especially this last month. It's been said before many time by me, and even a few of you, that we all miss the good ol' days of LJ. Besides the connections I've made here over the many, MANY years, I miss the ability to write and write, so that's what I've been trying to do, and I really hope I can keep it up.

Looking back on what I have written, so much of it is about work, and how negative it is right now. Why not other things? Work can't be all that I do? Well, sadly, work is where the bulk of my time and energy are being spent. I don't have any friends that I hang out with and do things with. I don't dive anymore, I haven't been able to run in years. I don't have any social hobbies. And the friends that I do have, I haven't seen them in months.

So yeah, work.

K is still a part of my life of course. As are Olive, Ninkasi and Watson (I don't even remember if I've introduced Watson to my journal yet.)

The beer brewing is still snagged on a lull or something. Josh doesn't show much interest in helping or doing much of anything anymore. The last time beer was actually brewed, it was over the July 4th weekend, and I did three batches (for a total of 25 gallons) all by myself.

Been thinking about running a lot. I still miss that level of physicalness, and how I felt and looked. I have been losing weight recently, but it's probably not the healthiest of ways. Pants are feeling a lot looser, as are my shirts, and I'm visiting holes on my belt that haven't been seen before. It's just too bad that my secret is stress, depression and flat out not eating, otherwise I could have been onto something.

So yesterday was Columbus Day. And as the norm for my employer, it was our annual Voluntold Day. While they would much rather it be referred to as Volunteer Day, but I can't do that, especially since we are TOLD to volunteer.

The day started at 7, which mean I had to wake up at 4:30 in order to get to work on time. Far too early on what should be a day off.

As I did last year, I signed up to volunteer at a local pet charity, so I spent a good four hours shoveling, scooping, transporting and raking wood chips. It was a lot of activity and a lot of sweat was sweated out. Exhausting day.

After our volunteer shift was completed, we were brought back to work for lunch. Last year was a mess when it came to organization. Ignoring the fact that they didn't consider those of us who don't eat fried meats (it was a Cajun food truck,) the logistics were so messed up it took nearly two hours to get your food so the day ran extra long.

This year they catered a taco truck of some sort, but there was no truck, it was just containers of food stuffs. I didn't partake in anything that was offered so instead I enjoyed my apple and my ice water. Yeah, I'm a major party pooper.

There's still a lot of unknown at work, but we are doing all that we can do and just hope for the best.

I haven't had the chance to do much job searching. I joined LinkedIn to see what sort of connections I could start building. It was a little strange at first because of the people the site recommended that I connect with. Lots of people from my old employer, quite a few Sounders related people, and an ex-girlfriend that I haven't spoken to in three years. Strange. More concerning how this site can find connections to these people. OH! And I can't forget the first person who looked at my profile was a girl I went out with three (two?) times . . .

Was also given some more feedback on the training the I conducted awhile back and it made me want to strangle people. It seems that my boss was informed that my training was unauthorized because it specifically told this group of people to do things in a different manner than the official sanctioned training does. Which is one of the reasons that training was invited to observe and why there was a need to have this training. All it amounts to is a grim reminder of how messed up this place is and their inability to fathom the idea of change.

A dinner of sides:

Vegetarian baked beans
Scalloped potatoes

Well deserved after a day of shoveling wood chips on Voluntold Day.

Star Wars Corn Maze

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Annual corn maze pumpkin patch trip.


Fields and field of pumpkins.
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Thought it looked a little like a Pac Man ghost.


The picture doesn't do it full justice (as I try cropping it on my phone, the resolution takes a toll.)

The bluest skies you've ever seen ...

Sitting on the back porch. Drinking coffee. Hearing the crows CAW CAW CAW (always in threes) and just observing the world.

I've always been someone who self reflects, and I feel that I've been doing a lot of that the last few months. Would it be too much of a coincidence that I just turned 40 this year?


How did that happen? I still don't feel like how I've always thought being an adult would feel like. I don't think that I do the things I've seen adults do. It's just strange.

A friend at work and I have talked about this a few times. Adulting.

This morning I was thinking about my previous job and how I felt while working there and comparing it to where I work now.

There will always be a part of me that will be disappointed in how we parted ways. I'm not angry about it anymore at least. Facebook reminded me of a post I made in October 2012 where I expressed frustration in how I felt and I was treated by our "leaders." The timing was obviously perfect because that was probably the end of my happiness there. Four months later I left that department and unfortunately landed somewhere even worse.

Compared to where I am now - it's different. Yeah there's the whole black cloud hanging overhead that's full of unknown. But I feel that I'm in a role where I could do wonders for our group and organization. Some of those skills that were long lost are starting to come back and even though it's a bit scary for me, I'm beginning to see some of those leadership qualities that a few managers saw in me (the ones that I probably went out of my way to ignore and avoid.)

Next week be interesting.

Eighteen years of wearing contact lenses, and today's the first time I've ever made my eye bleed.

Yay for new experiences?

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