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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A Holiday For the Mathes - Pi Day 2012

Happy Pi Day!! For the (few) uninitiated of you, today is Pi Day because of the date (3/14). But since I've posted about it three times before, it is safe to assume you all are in the know.

The traditional celebration of Pi Day (besides annoying everyone you know by telling them it is Pi Day) is the baking of pies, of course. I pulled double pie duty this year with a pecan pie* and a quiche*. I guess that means I'm pulling double duty on eating too. C'est la vie.

(In looking back at previous Pi Day posts, I found it a rather amusing way to track self-portraits. Hopefully, come ultimate Pi Day (in either 2015 or 2016, depending on how you round the digits), I'll have a great little Pi Day photo album to reflect back on.)
Wednesday March 14 2012File under: holidays, food

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Community Involvement 2012

By no means would I consider myself an active civic participant in my community. I vote, I'm vaguely aware of issues, and I'll occasionally knock on a door or two for a cause I support. But it is an area I often wish I did more, make my voice heard and initiate action on a local level.

It is with that in mind that I've been starting to dabble in community goings on. The first such excursion took me to the Citizen's Action Committee for Skagit Transit. I'm a frequent rider and constantly notice things I think could be improved upon. I feel my e-mails fall on deaf ears and face to face suggestions are harder to brush off. The experience was a good one, although I had to duck out of the meeting early. The group was appreciative of me coming and we had a valuable discussion of my idea. I felt heard and hopefully something will come of it.

Secondly, I've been agonizing over the amount of electricity consumed (and therefore money spent) on street lights quite a bit lately. The idea was reinforced by an episode of This American Life and spurred me to action. I contacted my local city councilman* and we talked about the idea. I'm planning on putting forth a proposal at the next city council meeting.

While neither thing really means much in the grand scheme of things, it feels good to start to understand how things do get done, where to start. Hopefully I will follow through on the ideas I have and see them become a reality. But even if not, I am trying and that matters (at least to me).
Tuesday March 13 2012File under: Anacortes

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FC 162 - Swimming (In Style) With the Fishes


Someone once said of my Friday Comics, "they may not be that funny or that well-drawn, but they are always there!"* Well, now I don't even have that. Instead of every Friday, I've only been managing a comic every other Friday for the past month or so. I'd like to promise that is going to change, or that the quality or funniness will increase to make up for the loss of reliability. But, alas, I can't. I will, however, keep trying!

On a super fun note, the folks over at Potluck Comics featured one of my comics for the third time! While I've vowed not to bow to their you-be-our-promoter business plan, I will say that I like the service they provide and they are worth checking out. If you do happen to cruise over there, I suppose you might as well give my comic an upvote.
Thursday March 8 2012File under: comic

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If I Had $1 Million

It is rare, at least in my life, to handle lots of cash. When the opportunity arose, I couldn't help but taking advantage a little. I don't think I would make a very good millionaire. But I sure would have fun!*
Saturday March 3 2012File under: pics

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Juggling Road Trip - Bellingham WA


A friend down in Pueblo, Colorado (the same one that runs Alternative Commute Pueblo) started a website that profiles different juggling clubs around the country (and world!) He asked that I do a write-up on Bellingham's club and I gladly agreed. The post features a few pictures, a video or two (including a fun one of Amiel and me doing a great run of 8 club), and some basic information.

If you are a part of a juggling club, head over to www.jugglingroadtrip.com to sign your club up! If not, 1) why not? and 2) head over there anyway to check out the fun!
Tuesday February 28 2012File under: juggling, links

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FC 161 - The Meta Catholic


As I must start every post that includes a comic that is even vaguely religious in nature, I'd like to apologize if this comic offends anyone. That is not my intention in the least.

The last minute nature of this comic might have been a hardship but that I was helped out in making the tough decisions and drawing procedures * that I so often can get hung up on. Three cheers for cooperative comicking!

Happy Friday! And I would like to thank each and every one of you* for not giving up Blog du Wren for Lent.
Friday February 24 2012File under: comic

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Troothpicks Are Back!

I trust you all know about the amazing product sweeping the nation, the product that your next party shouldn't be without: Troothpicks! If you don't know of them (or don't yet have your cupboards stocked), check out the website at www.troothpicks.com.

Speaking of Troothpicks, I got my first order in years(!), only my third order ever from a random customer. I was so caught off guard that I figured it must have been spam. But sure enough, the money was in the account and it was all legit. Needless to say, I dove deep into the stats* to see where this manna from heaven came from. The answer: a google search of "non-toxic" dinner party hors d'oerves.

I'm so giddy about the order that I found myself starting to think about starting back up the business (or at least promoting it more than just as a conversation starter at parties*). So get 'em while the gettings good and not only have a fun addition to your next party, but also support yours truly.
Tuesday February 21 2012File under: misc

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