Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I think I speak for all of us...

"Welcome to Idolholics Anonymous. Who wants to go first?"

"I will. My name is Peter..."

"Hi, Peter!"

"...and I'm an idolholic. With the exception of season 3, I've been watching consistently since season 2. But I've had a breakthrough recently. I think I speak for all of us when I say that we don't need this group anymore. I didn't watch American Idol last night and I didn't miss it because season 9 is THE MOST BORING SEASON EVER! Where did all the good singers and weird kids go? Not even Crystal and Sib..Siob...Shib...that one screaming girl...could convince me to watch it. Also, as Simon will be leaving after this season, I may never watch again...I guess that's all."

"...Oh my gosh, he's right!"

"Yeah, I didn't watch either!"

"Does everyone feel this way?"
(all heads bob up and down) 
"Ok, meeting adjourned."

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The I Ching

There are several posts that Cyn wants me to type up and many that I'd like to prepare. So I'm forgetting about all of those and posting what I want to instead.

I completed my board game collection (55 games total) this week. I finally got my Go set! A 1-inch bamboo goban with 19x19 and 13x13, real Chinese Yunzi stones, and two Jujube wood bowls, and a carrying case to boot. I think it's fitting that the best and oldest board game on the planet caps off my collection.

Now I just need to get good at it...I've been playing Go for two years, read several books about Go strategy, and I'm still barely better than a complete novice. Ahh, the life of a hobbyist.

By the way, I'm not naive enough to think I'm done purchasing games. I'm sure there will be others, but they will now be few and far between.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Multnomah Falls

For what felt like the first time since we moved to Oregon, we got out of the house yesterday. Our destination was Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in the state. At 620 feet, it pales in comparison to some other nearby waterfalls, but apparently it's the second tallest perennial waterfall in the US.

Besides being quite pretty, the cool thing about the falls is how accessible they are. The base is just off the interstate. You could pull of the road, snap a shot or two of it, and be back on the interstate in 5 minutes flat. However, if you hike a path of just 0.2 miles, you reach the footbridge over the first tier. That's where we snapped this family shot.

Even better, if you're willing to hike 1.25 miles at a 10% average grade, you can stand on a platform at the top of the whole 620 foot drop. If you look closely in the above pic, you can see the footbridge, base, and parking lot. I get vertigo just thinking about it. One guy dropped his camera into the river right before I took this shot. It stopped along the bank just shy of going off the waterfall (you can see it in the pic if you look hard enough) and he was debating whether to go down and get it out or not. I didn't get to see what his final decision was in the five minutes I was there.

It was the first time we've attempted a major hike with our boys and it went pretty well. I had to carry Carter on my shoulders for about a mile of the 2.5 mile trek and my muscles are screaming at me today for it. Jordan forgot his sweatshirt and had to carry a blanket. But they both said they had lots of fun (that didn't cost a dime), so it must have been worth it.

More Multnomah Falls Pics

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Soccer Mom

As of this Thursday, this lovely lady...

will be an official Soccer Mom, because of this...

Actually, I might be more of a Soccer Dad. I'll probably have the responsibility of towing him around. Doesn't he look good?