Phototastic

I like having pictures of where I've been and what I've done. Who doesn't? As for actually taking them (getting people all lined up, making sure there are batteries in the camera, etc.), that's another story. Esp. when traveling, I really try to force myself to take as many pictures as I can because I know I will appreciate it later. This blog has been a great help in the motivation category on that front. (It is also worth noting that I've had many great people contribute their photos of shared experiences to this blog and for that I'm quite grateful.)

But those are more documentary type photos. Rarely do I think I capture something that can stand on its own without explanation or context. I'm slowly learning the art of photography, or at least producing pictures that I like, and as my skill grows, my interest grows. Someday I will have a photo that I will like well enough to enlarge, have framed, and put on my wall*.

Speaking of fancy photography, my friend and your fellow BdW reader Sweet Julie has a photo in the finals of Nikon's Big Deal Photo Contest*. It is a great photo and worth checking out. Winners of the contest get a fancy new camera, so share the love and go vote!

(Yeah, so this post was a combination of having little going on in my world and wanting to help a friend win a free camera. If you've got a cause you want promoted to the throngs* of BdW readers, send it my way.)
Sunday June 29 2008File under: misc

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FC 38 - Everybody Poops

Before you condemn me for the sacrilegiousness of this comic, let me make a case: everybody poops. Back in the day, toilets were hard to come by. At some point in his life, Jesus must have found himself in this situation. So while the bible didn't specifically mention it*, this week's comic could very well portray a scene from history.

Okay, okay. I know that is pretty weak. My true defense is something along the lines of humor, and the pursuit thereof, being a divine thing and the value in the ability to not take things too seriously. And while I know that defense won't appease all, I'll just leave it at that.

As per her request, the artist of this week's comic will remain nameless. (Unfortunately, the powers that be already know and I'm sure that this will be recorded in the "bad" column in that big scoreboard in the sky, both for the artist and me.)

(Other allusions I tried to work into this post somehow were something about a religious "movement"* and something clever about the pope doing something in the woods.)
Thursday June 26 2008File under: comic

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Apple Splitting Fun


In a further attempt to keep this blog at least somewhat interesting between my travels, I present you with this video I took of myself the other afternoon. A couple years back, a friend taught me how to split an apple with my bare hands. I hadn't done it in quite some time, hence the less than smooth performance. Still I think it is pretty neat.

Do you know any good food tricks? I was thinking of trying to work up a vaudeville-ish style act to demonstrate a bunch of food-related tricks. So far, I've got the t(r)oothpicks/saltshaker/forks balance, the speedy hard boiled egg peel, various grape toss/catch tricks, and this apple thing. I think I will need to find a few more before I am ready for Broadway.
Wednesday June 25 2008File under: misc, video

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Quote for a Monday

"Trust your heart. Follow your feet. You'll know when you get there."

-Stuart McLean, Vinyl Cafe
Monday June 23 2008File under: quote

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Happy Summer!

Summer here in Skagit County starts at 5:00pm (and 14 seconds). According to my watch, that is right about....NOW. I celebrated a little early by busting out the hammock and lounging back for some reading and a short little nap. I hope that is a harbinger of the next few months. Summertime and the livin's easy.
Friday June 20 2008File under: Anacortes

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FC 37 - Again With the Cows

I'm excited to present a new artist in this week's Friday Comic. Not only did she draw the comic, but she also came up with the idea (undoubtedly inspired by our previous series on cows.) Katherine, current NYC denizen, had a go at the notorious MS Paint and I would say came out quite victoriously. I went in and did a little sizing/background work, but the artistry is all Katherine.

I kind of like this whole theme idea. We did the cow thing a couple times, then the potty humor a couple times, and now back to the cow. It will all make for a great chapter in the book. Then, of course, there is the most popular sub-series, Rock Paper Scissors. Hopefully that's one we'll revisit soon.

I like Friday Comics. I hope you do too.
Friday June 20 2008File under: comic

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Everyone Deserves a Good Paddling

This past weekend, I took our so often neglected kayak out for its* first voyage of the year. I'm always looking for an excuse to get out on the water, but rarely find one. (Lack of transportation for the kayaks is usually one of the main reasons*.) A friend visiting from out of town was reason enough to get out and have a good paddling.

We launched the double kayak at low time at South Harbor Park (a.k.a. Sea Farer's Memorial Park) and headed over to Saddlebag Island. Saddlebag is my most common destination because it is a fairly easy paddle (we did it in just over an hour) and it is a state park. I've camped there a time or two but not this time. After exploring the island a bit, we re-took to the sea only to find the rudder broken. My arms got an extra workout as I had to paddle hard to keep us pointed in the right direction. Besides the sore arms, broken rudder, and sun burn*, it was a wonderful way to spend the day.

There are pictures of the aforementioned adventure but until they make their way from cell phone to computer (pending learning how to transfer said images), you will have to use your imagination. If human intelligence triumphs over technology sometime soon and the pictures are liberated from the phone, I will post them in the comments. I know how annoying pictureless posts are. EDIT: Humans triumph machine! Here's me on Saddlebag Island.
Monday June 16 2008File under: Anacortes

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FC 36 - More Potty Humor

Since I got a chuckle or two out of last week's potty humor comic, I thought I might try another stab in that direction. Typically, potty humor appeals to a slightly younger demographic. This comic, however, should be appreciated by an older demographic as well. Living through the 70s gives you a leg up on understanding.

Oh, and again I did the drawing, which is becoming a pesky tradition I know. Hopefully we'll have some guest artists in again here soon. Two are currently contracted out, so next week we should be back to the high caliber of drawing you deserve. As for the humor, however, you shouldn't expect any upward change on that front.
Thursday June 12 2008File under: comic

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Those Clever Coffee Folk

We all know I am a fan of language: crosswords, puns, double entrendes, and the like. One thing I've noticed in my travels (at least here in the U.S.) is the extraordinary number of coffee shops with witty names. I started a little list of some of the clever ones that I've come across. Do you have any to add to the list?*

Brewed Awakening - Westmont, IL
Loca Mocha - Brookfield, IL
Bean Counter - (I forget)
Cool Beans - Bellingham, WA
Uncommon Grounds - Havelock, NC
Brew Thru - OBX, NC
Stomping Grounds, New Bern, NC
Sacred Grounds, Chicago, IL

(I've been collecting these for a while in anticipation of a fun little post when there's not much else exciting going on*. The other day, however, I ran across this post over at Best Week Ever. It is a list of punny store names of any type. Included were The Human Bean and C U Latte. I figured I had better go ahead and get this post up before someone else steals my thunder.)
Tuesday June 10 2008File under: misc

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Chops

A couple of weeks ago, a few good beard links passed through the what's-hot of the internet.
1. Great creative video. (It puts mine from way back to shame.)
2. A fellow documents his pursuit of every beard type.

Since it coincided in timing, more or less, with my bi-monthly ridiculous beard shave, I took a little inspiration and this is what I came up with: mega chops, mustache, and uber soul patch. I wore this ridiculousness to frisbee but got enough stares that I deemed it a little much and quickly removed the rest. I can't go around looking like a fool all the time.
Monday June 9 2008File under: beard

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