bebidas.saxtor.com

Blogs, as I've mentioned here before, are kind of a thing of the past*. People are into twitter and facebook now (which I consider blogging for the lazy man). So when a new blog comes around, I'm happy to give it props and encourage you all to check it out.

Saxtor, frequent commenter, one-time personal blogger, and hummus maker extraordinaire, has started a themed blog on bebidas ricas Mexicanas (or rich Mexican drinks to you no hablo espanol people). From it's about page:

This blog aims to collect in one place all of the delicious beverages that accompany Mexican cuisine. We are all familiar with tequila, and probably horchata and other agua frescas, but just as the world of Mexican food extends far beyond burritos and nachos, so does the world of Mexican beverages.

While many of the recipes/post cover alcoholic beverages, I picked a simple cucumber-lime agua fresca to try out for this post. Verdict? Simple and clear instructions, easy to make, and super yummy; perfect for those rare sunny days here in the NW.

Anyway, I highly suggest checking out bebidas.saxtor.com. Expand those horizons and viva las bebidas!
Wednesday May 9 2012File under: food, links

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Change in Genre

I wouldn't consider the books I typically read high brow literature*. I often approach books like I approach movies: turn on and tune out. That usually leads me to reading fun fiction that you forget immediately after you close the book (hence the need to keep a list, so as not to reread). But of late, I've forayed into other genres with much success! So instead of paperback fluff*, I've read a couple of non-fiction, a graphic novel, and a young adult novel, each with their own story.

The Origins of Dexter & Stray Part One: The Horizon Line
By Z. A. Armstrong

It has been so long since I've read young adult fiction, I didn't really know what to expect. I semi-reluctantly decided to read this one because it was written by a buddy of mine and I wanted to be a supportive friend. Whatever concerns I had about reading a "young adult" novel were totally unfounded. The story was super engaging, the characters were fun, and I couldn't put it down. It pretty much combines all my favorite things in the world: travel, juggling, and wonder. I could only imagine being a young adult and stumbling onto this book and gobbling it up. I can't wait to read it to the Punksto!

The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport
by Carl Hiaasen

Reading a non-fiction account of some guy's return to golf sounds about as boring a book as I could imagine. But when that some guy is among my favorite authors (and I've already read all his fiction, a genre he seems to have completely given up on), I figured I might as well give it a try. I'm so glad I took the chance. A Downhill Lie is hilarious and at the same time inspirational. At times, I found myself wanting to head out to the links and try to conquer the sport myself. Or, pick a completely random project and dedicate 18 months in its pursuit all in the name of a book.

The Griff
by Christopher Moore and Ian Corson

Comic books were never my cup of tea as a young 'un, though I actually never really gave them a try. So I had no idea what I was getting myself into with a graphic novel. But again, like A Downhill Lie, it was my favorites author's foray into a new genre that led me there. (Christopher Moore's books top my all time favorites list and I recommend him to anyone I meet.) And, like with A Downhill Lie, I wasn't disappointed. The story was great, the art was fun, and visual aspect gave a whole new dimension to the book. My only complaint is some of the drawings were done so stylistically that I could hardly tell what was happening. But all in all, a great, fun read.

Yay for reading! But for now, I think there is a John Grisham that I haven't read. To the book depository!
Tuesday May 1 2012File under: books

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Quarry Tour...Kind Of


I talk about the Quarry all the time, or at least it seems that way. I'm either talking about my cabin or some event that is about to happen or has just happened. But I realized that I've never done a more general post, so many of you don't really have an idea of what it's like out there. Well, I recently had to go out and take a bunch of pictures for a prospective quarrior so I thought I'd present said pictures in this here post. Hopefully that will at least partially orient all ya'll who have never had the opportunity to come out and visit (and maybe kick you in the butt to do just that.)

The front area (pictured above) is where most of the activity goes on. There's the warehouse, the airstream kitchen, the bath yurt, the yoga/music yurt, and the clown pods. Usually, the convoy of [live-in] school buses, ancient RVs, and gypsy trailers are also parked out in this general area which makes it the hub of activity.

The "Back 40" is where the quarry is, in all it's glory. The only water access point is at the swimming area entrance, where there is a dock, a tightrope, and rocks for jumping off. Much of the rest of the Back 40* is undeveloped* at least in terms of living space. There are, however, lots of hidden treasures. The Playground often hosts events and in a few years of letting the grass and fruit trees get established, it will be a paradise. Then there is the Dreams Come True Pavilion, Bluff 69, the Soap Box Derby course, the Meadow*, and more.

It's only now, putting this post together, that I'm realizing how big a project documenting the place well enough to accurately convey it is. Perhaps this post can serve as a start. In the future, I'll try to augment this more pictures and explanations. Until then, come visit us, and be sure to bring your bathing suit!*
Monday April 23 2012File under: quarry

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FC 165 - The Immutable Laws of Science


Sometimes I have a hard time bringing myself to keep making these Friday Comics. The couch is so comfy and it's not like I didn't already spend all day dinking around on the computer*. But then there's always some reason that reminds me of why I do it. Occasionally, ever so occasionally, I make a comic that makes someone giggle. In my daily dinking yesterday, I found evidence of just such a causation; I saw that someone read every single one of my comics start to finish....on an iPhone! I didn't see where they came from or have any idea where they are from*, but seeing those page hits back to back to back sure made me smile.

So with that thought in mind, I proudly present you this week's Friday Comic. And even if this one doesn't elicit giggles out there on the interweb, I laughed. Good times. Happy Friday!
Friday April 20 2012File under: comic

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Winedow

I couldn't be more proud to present...my Winedow, the product of many months of pondering, pent up enthusiasm*, experimentation, and hope. It turned out great and I can't wait to get it installed in my cabin and see it in the wild.

As you might have guessed from the ever-so-clever name, it is a window made of wine bottles. I have heard of (and even seen) a few of these in the real world, but nothing exactly like what I wanted, so I had to just wing it. I've briefly outlined the steps I used below. If you are wanting to try this yourself, please feel free to contact me with more questions.
  1. Get a bunch of wine bottles. I tried to get a variety of colors with different thumb indentions.
  2. Cut the bottles. The method I used for cutting was to score the outside of the bottle in a jig, then to pour a thin stream of boiling water over the score followed by a thin stream of cold water. This causes a nice cut.
  3. Get a frame. I used cross-section of a metal 55-gallon barrel, about 1 foot tall.
  4. With the frame sitting flat against the ground, fill it with sand, which allows for positioning of unevenly cut bottles, and holds them in place while filling in the gaps.
  5. Once the bottles are arranged in the sand, fill in the gaps with expanding foam, up to 2-3 from the top surface*.
  6. Fill the rest of the way up on the gaps with mortar. I( left about .5-1 inch of the bottle exposed.
  7. Let set and dry for a couple days and voila!
The project is only half done, really. I still have to finish the backside, which I plan to do with a solid piece of frosted glass, edged with a decorative piece of rope(?). Then, of course, I have to install it. Once in place, I'm sure it will warrant another post with lots of pictures, but in the meantime, here it is [in all it's glory].
Wednesday April 11 2012File under: misc

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FC 164 - Believe Everything You Read


This comic makes me smile more than most. Not only do I think it is pretty dang funny, it relates to my world. I always find myself starting off statements with exactly that phrase (or "I heard an interesting piece on NPR recently") just to try and get away with something. In most cases, I actually did read/hear said interesting note, but still.

For you doubters out there, I offer you these links: beds, Prius*, and wine. The booger one, however, I made up. Too bad, though. That would be an interesting article.

Anyhoo, happy Friday! And happy Easter! You know, I read an interesting article recently that said chocolate eggs are actually better for you than real eggs. I'm just saying...
Thursday April 5 2012File under: comic

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Beard - Pony Boy Edition

It's been a long time since I've done a beard post here at BdW*. The reason is simple: it's been a long time since I've shaved my beard. In fact, this last stint was the longest I've ever gone and I have to say it produced a pretty rad beard*. (The time previous to this with an epically long beard was 8 or so years ago and let me tell you, it was skeeeeeetchy. So sketchy in fact, that the good folks at Cape Kennedy in Florida barely let me by to watch the space shuttle launch*.)

But all good things must come to an end. As always, however, there is fun to be had along the way. My fashion consultant/barber and I came up with a great plan for this shave, but you'll have to wait until all the filming and editing is done before you can see it (hopefully within a week or so). In the meantime, here's a scary picture of the halfway point.
Monday April 2 2012File under: beard

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Spring Back to Work

The Northwest winter got me down more than usual this past year. For one, I didn't take a trip to warmer climes*. But that wasn't that bad. I kind of enjoyed staying put for a while, getting into routines and doing the indoor things that people in the Northwest do in the winter.

No, the real reason winter was hard was because I've been brimming with excitement to work on my cabin at the quarry, but the prospect of outdoors work out there in the winter is less than desirable. So instead, I've been scheming, researching, collecting materials, and lots of day dreaming. But now that the weather is warming, I'm rarin' to go.

Today was merely a pre-game, an equipment check. I stopped by for quick peek so that the next time I stop by, I'll have everything I need and make progress. The goal is to get all the stonework done by mid-May at least, with the thought that the framing and roof will come together quickly thereafter. If all goes to plan, I'll be sleeping in it for festival season (Circus Campout Aug 17-19 through Soap Box Derby Sep 8.) Needless to say, stay tuned to BdW for field updates.
Tuesday March 27 2012File under: quarry

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FC 163 - Sprung!


Guess who has to mow the lawn today? Go ahead, guess. I'll give you three tries...but the first two don't count. But seriously, I don't mind mowing the lawn, esp. on a gorgeous day like today. And besides, our mower is battery powered electric, so no gas fumes for me!

For this week's Friday Comic, I brought in a protege, the person I hope to take over for me once I move on to bigger and better things*. Punksto had a stab at today's comic theme and this was the result. Perhaps there are a few more years of apprenticeship necessary. Anyway I really like the whole two different takes on the same comic idea (tried once before here) and hope to do it more in the future.

(Speaking of Punksto, I blame her for the lateness of this comic. Instead of busting out the comic on Thursday night so it is available for everyone first thing Friday morning, I was instead catching up* with my favorite niece.)
Friday March 23 2012File under: comic

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Quarry Fools Event


I'm sure you have all heard me talk ad nauseam about the [Lookout Arts] quarry, about the finances, the structure, the plans, and the history. Well, if you haven't gotten enough, I invite you to come to Quarry Fools Day! It will be a day of food, fun, celebrating, and learning. There will be talks on master plan, ownership structure, financial reports, and all the other seemingly tedious but actually really interesting stuff on the nitty gritty of the quarry. It will also be a chance to ask questions, suggest direction*, or even buy yourself a share or two [hundred]. Schedule for the day can be found here.

If the shareholder/details stuff isn't so much for you and you just like to have fun, maybe you just want to show up for the show. It's free, it's open to all, and it'll be a hoot! There will undoubtedly be lots of hanging out (and probably dancing and juggling) afterwards too.

I hope to see you there!
Wednesday March 21 2012File under: quarry

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