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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
48:30

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
CANCELED

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

Winter Pineapple Classic 5k
November 16, 2008
34:26

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
(33:09)

Furry 5k
June 10, 2007
28:05

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
(32:29)

Winter Pineapple Classic 5k
November 11, 2006
46:23

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

Seafair Torchlight Run 8k
July 29, 2006
47:25

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

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Two things before I begin my review:

1. I love short story collections. Regardless if they are from the same author, or part of a themed collection, or even a collection of favorite stories than an editor picked out. I enjoy them. They're a good way to discover new authors, and a great way to test drive authors you aren't familiar with.
2. I've never read anything by China Miéville before. He's an author whose name has come across my radar a few times but someone I've never had the opportunity to read. Even though I hadn't ever had that opportunity, I did know a few things about his writings, and one of which is that he could be very difficult to read.

And now my review.

Subterranean Press was selling a signed limited edition of China's newest book - Three Moments of an Explosion - a collection of short stories. Perfect I thought. Here was a way to explore an author that I knew very little about.

This collection felt like a good cross section of what to expect in others writings. Stories about icebergs in the sky, oil rigs that walked on land and returned to the ocean's depths, people who won the chance to wear decapitated farm animals on their heads, bones with mysterious etchings and movie trailers for movies I want to see.

But this collection also felt like watching television late at night, flipping channels and only catching small chunks of a larger story (or world.) I never felt like I knew what was happening. The same feeling you have when you've missed the beginning of a movie or skipped the first few chapters of a book. And just when you think you've figured out who the characters are, the channel changes and you've begun watching something else.

There were a handful of stories that I thoroughly enjoyed, but it felt like the majority of the included texts weren't enjoyed nearly as much.

I have one more signed limited edition coming from Subterranean Press later this year. A novella. I'll see how that goes before deciding if I need to read any other stories.

Sandman Overture - highly disappointing. Beautiful to look at. But fails in comparison to what came before.

The beginning of snow.
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Hail seitan if you please.

Trying something new.

This will become seitan chicken style cutlets. Vegan and soy free.
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Twenty-fifteen brought me new records of reading.

Ignoring the number of books that I read (110 - the most that I've ever read before - but one caveat is that quite a few of the books read were short stories (not collections) so there were a few days where I managed multiple books being read,) I did manage to read the most pages ever (a far better gauge as to what I read.)

So in 2015, according to my Goodreads, I managed to read 29,621 pages. My second best year was in 2014 when I read 22,938 pages (67 books.)

I started 2015 off with reading some comic collections from series that I never finished - Jeff Smith's Bone and Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise. Originally I had wanted to reread Neil Gaiman's Sandman, but was waiting for the prequel to finish up. Little did I know that it would take almost two years to do those six issues.

I was introduced to quite a few new authors that I either had a passing knowledge of (Harlan Ellison, Lauren Beukes for example,) or truly new authors that I hadn't ever heard of before (Blake Crouch, Roger Hobbs, Michael Marshall, Joe Lansdale.)

There were four book signings that I went to - two involving Jason Gurley; the others were Roger Hobbs and Don Winslow.)

At one of those Gurley signings, I was introduced to Gregg Edwards Townsley, who write westerns. While I still haven't read the book that I bought at that signing, we did talk and he informed, no, enlightened me, on the fact that Joe Lansdale wrote Bubba Ho-Tep, one of my favorite Bruce Campbell movies. Now Landsale was an author that I was familiar with in name alone - as in I've seen his name but never read anything by him.

A little later, I bought a Humble Bundle of eBooks from Subterranean Press (one of my favorite boutique publishers of limited editions,) and Lansdale had a couple of stories included. Instantly hooked. Especially his westerns or tales that take place in East Texas. During the rest of the year, I've been slowly trying to pick up his books (it's going to be a long process.) Easily one of my favorite new authors.

Another author that I discovered from that Humble Bundle is Robert McCammon. While not writing in genres as numerous as Lansdale, McCammon does write in a few genres. The first book I read was a series of stories about an English Naval Officer during World War Two who just so happens to be a werewolf. Like Lansdale above, McCammon will be another author that I will slowly spend time acquiring his books.

My collecting of limited editions books took off like never before. I probably spent far too much money of acquiring books from authors that I've never heard of, but they are beautiful editions and come highly recommended. And they're all books that I cannot wait to read.

But before I start any of those newly acquired books, I am beginning my re-read of The Sandman. I couldn't tell you the last time that I've read these, but I'm fairly certain that it's been quite awhile. At least ten years I would imagine. I've already finished the first Absolute Edition and still found a few things that I either didn't recall from previous readings, or things that I simply did not notice before.

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Watson.

He sure loves sitting on top of the TV tray.
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Not a bad view as I begin the re-read of The Sandman.

Decided to go with the Absolute editions even they are a bit unwieldy in your lap.
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Books Read - 2016

86) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Lovers Quarrel (12/19 - 12/22)
85) Abandon - Blake Crouch (12/8 - 12/19)
84) The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey (11/29 - 12/8)
83) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Private Lives (11/25 - 11/25)
82) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Victory (11/23 - 11/24)
81) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Through Open Doors (11/20 - 11/21)
80) Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (11/17 - 11/29)
79) Aleister & Adolf - Douglas Rushkoff and Michael Avon Oeming (11/16 - 11/16)
78) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Shining Stars (11/12 - 11/14)
77) Odd Adventures With Your Other Father - Norman Prentiss (11/11 - 11/16)
76) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: The Dark Age 2: Brothers In Arms (11/5 - 11/12)
75) The Forever War - Joe Haldeman (11/4 - 11/11)
74) The Hike - Drew Magary (11/1 - 11/3)
73) The Wolf's Hour - Robert R McCammon (10/11 - 11/1)
72) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: The Dark Age 1: Brothers And Other Strangers (10/10 - 11/5)
71) Paper Girls: Volume One - Brian K Vaughan (10/1 - 10/1)
70) Disappearance At Devil's Rock - Paul Tremblay (9/30 - 10/10)
69) The Passage - Justin Cronin (9/5 - 9/29)
68) Wolverine: Old Man Logan - Mark Millar (9/5 - 9/5)
67) Sea Of Shadows - Jeff Edwards (8/26 - 9/4)
66) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Local Heroes (8/24 - 9/5)
65) Pangaea - Michael Jan Friedman (editor) (8/24 - 8/26)
64) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: The Tarnished Angel (8/23 - 8/24)
63) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Family Album (8/22 - 8/23)
62) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Confession (8/18 - 8/20)
61) Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Life In The Big City (8/16 - 8/17)
60) Night Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko (8/16 - 8/22)
59) The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers (8/11 - 8/16)
58) The Preacher - Ted Thackrey Jr (8/9 - 8/11)
57) Devil Red - Joe R Lansdale (8/3 - 8/8)
56) Blackwater Val - William Gorman (8/3 - 8/5)
55) Freedom Of The Mask - Robert R McCammon (7/23 - 8/2)
54) Vanilla Ride - Joe R Lansdale (7/21 - 7/22)
53) The River Of Souls - Robert R McCammon (7/18 - 7/20)
52) The Book Of Baby Names - Norman Prentiss (7/15 - 7/18)
51) Touch - Claire North (7/6 - 7/15)
50) Fortune's Pawn - Rachel Bach (6/30 - 7/6)
49) The Providence Rider - Robert R McCammon (6/23 - 6/30)
48) Borderline - Mishell Baker (6/21 - 6/23)
47) Captains Outrageous - Joe R Lansdale (6/17 - 6/21)
46) Hap And Leonard - Joe R Lansdale (6/17 - 8/15)
45) A Darker Shade Of Magic - V.E. Schwab (6/13 - 6/17)
44) A Head Full Of Ghosts - Paul Tremblay (6/10 - 6/13)
43) End Of Watch - Stephen King (6/7 - 6/10)
42) The View From The Cheap Seats - Neil Gaiman (6/2 - 6/7)
41) Updraft - Fran Wilde (5/27 - 6/2)
40) Company Town - Madeline Ashby (5/25 - 5/26)
39) The Fireman - Joe Hill (5/18 - 5/24)
38) Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel (5/16 - 5/18)
37) Mister Slaughter - Robert R McCammon (5/11 - 5/16)
36) Rumble Tumble - Joe R Lansdale (5/6 - 5/10)
35) The Queen Of Bedlam - Robert R McCammon (4/24 - 5/5)
34) Dinner With The Cannibal Sisters - Douglas Clegg (4/23 - 4/23)
33) Bad Chili - Joe R Lansdale (4/21 - 4/23)
32) Speaks The Nightbird - Robert R McCammon (4/12 - 4/20)
31) The Two-Bear Mambo - Joe R Lansdale (4/5 - 4/8)
30) Mucho Mojo - Joe R Lansdale (4/2 - 4/5)
29) Savage Season - Joe R Lansdale (3/31 - 4/1)
28) The Cormorant - Chuck Wendig (3/29 - 3/31)
27) Backshot: 2012 - Tom Piccirilli (3/27 - 3/28)
26) Backshot: 1902 - Ed Gorman (3/27 - 3/27)
25) The Opposite Of Everyone - Joshilyn Jackson (3/22 - 3/27)
24) IT - Stephen King (3/3 - 3/22)
23) My Father, The Pornographer - Chris Offutt (2/29 - 3/3)
22) The Chronicles Of Master Li And Number Ten Ox - Barry Hughart (2/18 - 2/29, 4/8 - 4/12)
21) Beacon 23 - Hugh Howey (2/16 - 2/17)
20) I Travel By Night - Robert McCammon (2/15 - 2/16)
19) Three Moments Of An Explosion - China Miéville (2/5 - 2/15)
18) Pulling Up Stakes - Part 2 - Peter David (2/3 - 2/5)
17) Pulling Up Stakes - Peter David (2/2 - 2/3)
16) All The Birds In The Sky - Charlie Jane Anders (1/29 - 2/2)
15) Stories - Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio (editors) (1/23 - 1/28)
14) Pop. 1280 - Jim Thompson (1/21 - 1/22)
13) The Grifters - Jim Thompson (1/19 - 1/21)
12) A Hell Of A Woman - Jim Thompson (1/17 - 1/19)
11) The Sandman Overture - Neil Gaiman (1/16 - 1/17)
10) The Absolute Death - Neil Gaiman (1/16 - 1/16)
9) A Swell-Looking Babe - Jim Thompson (1/14 - 1/15)
8) The Killer Inside Me - Jim Thompson (1/12 - 1/13)
7) The Absolute Sandman: Volume Five - Neil Gaiman (1/11 - 1/16)
6) The Absolute Sandman: Volume Four - Neil Gaiman (1/9 - 1/11)
5) High Cotton - Joe R Lansdale (1/7 - )
4) The Absolute Sandman: Volume Three - Neil Gaiman (1/5 - 1/9)
3) Bumper Crop - Joe R Lansdale (1/4 - 1/6)
2) The Absolute Sandman: Volume Two - Neil Gaiman (1/2 - 1/4)
1) The Absolute Sandman: Volume One - Neil Gaiman (1/1 - 1/2)

Books Read - 2007 (Incomplete)
Books Read - 2008
Books Read - 2009
Books Read - 2010
Books Read - 2011
Books Read - 2012
Books Read - 2013
Books Read - 2014
Books Read - 2015
Books Read - 2017

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This year's beer fudge.

I used a mint chocolate stout that I brewed myself and topped it with crushed up peppermint candies.
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My Sunday.
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Getting into the Christmas spirit.

With Nelson?
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Because Christmas is always better with Star Wars t-shirts.
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Domino bitches!
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I make the weirdest things for Christmas's Eve.
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Finally. FINALLY.

Little sad that it has taken me until a week later to see this ...
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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.
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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.
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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.)
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Best.
Work.
Trip.
Ever.
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Grocible [1995 - 2012]

Three years ago today.

http://scubajason.com/grocible/

My grandma died today.
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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...
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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.

Treasures.
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