Wednesday, December 20, 2006

chocolate covered cherries

I work with this guy named Bill, who is a site manager for a few of the places we provide services for. I felt a connection with him because he's from Brooklyn, he's every bit as abrasive, to the point, and caring as any other Noo Yawker I've ever known, and for the brief moments I talk with him I feel like I'm back east, it makes me miss my family and friends.

Bill's a great guy, although he rubs some people the wrong way, but I know his heart is in the right place. Today he was walking around with a case of boxes of chocolate covered cherries, and asking us if we preferred dark or milk chocolate. This is amazing because I have been craving chocolate covered cherries for the past couple of days, and normally I don't really think about them. Bill went on to explain that he's giving these out because his mother gave him a box of cherries every year since he was born for Christmas, up until 2 years ago when she passed away. He started to get a little broken up about it, which in turn started to break me up. Bill moved on, with his box of holiday chocolate and cheer, to the next cubicle and told the story to the next recipients, which prompted me to document this.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Nisa and Citi

Nisa's cat, Citi Kitty, a.k.a. Citizen Cat, a.k.a. Peach, completley trusts Nisa and lets Nisa subject her to all kinds of Cat Acrobatics.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

greg's 54'th birthday

We took our friend Greg out for breakfast on his 54th birthday. We went to this divey bar called "My Father's Place," which serves one of the cheapest and best no-nosense breakfasts in town. Most of the people eating breakfast were getting hammered here hours earlier, when the bar was serving alcohol with a side of loud rock music. Greg was pretty excited, we have been taking him out to breakfast for his birthday for about 5 years now.

There were a few guys in the kitchen cooking, and this sign hung outside of the kitchen. I thought it was pretty funny.

They made my pancake look like a person, or bear, or something with appendges. I thought that was pretty clever!

I just checked my email, and I had received this in response to my last "Fun at Andy & Bax's" post:

Dear blog author:

We recently came across your site,, while searching for fellow christian bloggers.

A small group of us have started a new site called Christian Bloggers. Our prayer and intent is to bring Christians closer together, and make a positive contribution to the Internet community. While many of us have different "theologies", we all share one true saviour.

Would you be interested in joining Christian Bloggers? Please take a few minutes to have a look at what we are trying to do, and if you are interested, there is a sign up page to get the ball rolling. We would greatly appreciate your support in this endeavour.

May God Bless you and your blogging efforts. We look forward to hearing from you.

Craig Cantin
Christian Bloggers

I'm not sure what about me wearing mexican wrestling masks inspired the Christian Bloggers to invite me into their fold; but I just don't think it would be a good match.

Friday, December 08, 2006

fun at andy & bax's!

It's amazing what you can achieve in an army/navy supply store with a digital camera...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

I just spilled hot chocolate onto my laptop

I didn't panic until I picked it up and hot chocolate dripped out of the bottom. It was pretty freaky. I felt a panic attack coming on. I dried it off as best I can, and waited about 1/2 hour before I started it up again.

So far, so good. It smells nice, like hot chocolate! I'm glad I bought the extended just-in-case-you-drop-your-coffee-on-it waranty. The only real difference I notice now is that my shift key is sticking a little. The "A," "Z" and "ctrl" keys seem to be working okay.

I'm in Seattle right now on business, my company is hiring people to work at a federal site out here. It's pretty high security, and the security application is a rigorous process. I would rather fill out 10 complicated tax forms then fill out one of the security clearance checks.

After we finished the first phase of paperwork and interviews, my co-worker and I met two of our referral sources/contacts at a place called Uwajimaya, which is an Asian grocery store, gift store, and food court of asian food. All of this is in a huge building, so it has an open market feel without the weather element. I bought myself some lunch/dinner, and some treats from an Asian bakery. The picture of the dragon below was taken inside the grocery park of Uwajimaya.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Tom McCall Park

Saturday Ric and I went out to Tom McCall park, which was a little east of Mosier in the Columbia Gorge area. We went on a low-key hike; it was cold but beautiful. We saw quite a few deer, and checked out all the icy ponds. The park we were in was located high on top of a lonely hill, and was on a large plateau.

There was nothing at the top except a bucket and a mop, and an illustrated book about birds...