Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

It is with great anticipation and even greater joy that I take this moment to send my heartfelt congratulations to my dear friend Crisitunity on her upcoming nuptials this weekend.  A long-awaited moment for all of the friends and family of her and her fantastic BF, and even more so for the lucky couple themselves!

I’ve known a whole lot of couples in my life.  These two are among the bestest evar.  Y’all deserve a wonderful day, and even more, an amazing life together.  I sincerely hope that you have both.

My heartfelt best wishes to you both.  And I hope some “Dancing Queen” will be played!  😀


PS:  If I was rich, you’d best believe your wedding present would be a four-finger ring spelling out ‘C-TUNE.”



Oh dear lord I haven’t laughed this hard at something on the internet in AGES.


The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas

Happy holidays, peoples!

Gift Tagged

Oh shit, I’m so far behind that I didn’t even notice that Marie had tagged me for a meme.  So I’m cobbling together a quick package of snark to leave under her tree.

That totally sounded filthy, didn’t it?

Just who the hell do you think you are? No really.

I’m working on figuring that out.  When I do, I’ll let ya know!  In the meantime, if you see me, tell me I’m out looking for me, and ask me to go home and wait for me there, okay?  Thanks.

Who is your favorite person you have met via blogging/internet (besides me, obviously).

Oh hell, lots of ‘em.  Just counting a few of my besties that I’ve also met in person, and BESIDES Marie:  My buddy Michael, who I met in 1994 when he was still in high school; Crisitunity and her BF, who introduced me to the hilarity of Munchkin; Tiffany and Bill, who admirably tolerated my squealing like a Justin Bieber fan at MotoGP.

And let’s not forget that I met my wife online!

Do you remember that one episode of Twilight Zone where that girl is driving and she has a flat tire and that guy stops to help her, but then there’s this weird hitchhiker and he keeps showing up and then it turns out she’s dead? That was awesome. Okay, but seriously. I liked AR’s fictional characters question, so I’ll put that one to you guys as well.

Uhhh…nope.  I’ve read that one on snopes a billion times but I never saw the Twilight Zone ep!

I need an idea for a Christmas dinner side item to go with ham. Thoughts?

Dude.  Baked beans all the way.

What are you proud of?

I think I’m a fundamentally good person.  I’ve got a lot of shit about me to figure out, but at the core, I definitely believe I’m a great guy.

What’s your poison?

Bourbon and sex.  That was easy!

What question do you WISH I had asked you?

How about, “Dude, Lamb of God is playing a small club show in town this weekend and I have an extra ticket, wanna come?”   😀

I’ve been such a fucking slacker that I’m not going to re-tag anybody with this; consider that my Christmas gift to you guys!

Twinkle Twinkle

Just because it’s just another thing that’s too damned funny not to share…

I have to put up this YouTube Christmas lights video.  I thoroughly approve of the light show and the music – but I have to say, fuck am I glad I don’t live across the street!!  (As in, warning:  don’t watch the vid if you’re prone to seizures!)

Tis the season for SLAYER MOTHERFUCKER!

I giggle my ass off every time I hit “play” on this sucker!

Thanks For Flying

Thanks to the ice storm last night, Boy and I both have a snow day today.  (YIPPEE!!!)

So we did what any reasonable fellas would do.

Boy, at the bottom of the hill, lying in a crumpled heap:  Thank you for choosing Sled Slide-lines.  Have a good day.

I love that damn kid!  😀

Some Things Need To Be Shared

And this is one of them.

Not quite a Monday Music, but hell, too fucking funny not to pass along.  Oregon Sunshine, I think you in particular will enjoy this baby.

I got this from a Brit, so take the sense of humor (and fashion?) with a grain of salt…  And since many of you, like me, watch this stuff from work, LANGUAGE WARNING in the video, heheheh.

Rubberbandits – Horse Outside

“Fuck your Honda Civic!”

A Walk in the Woods

I’m really bummed that I haven’t had time to properly post up about my walk in the woods this past weekend, where I sat down and wrote “After the Armor.”  I kinda sorta still don’t have time, but I’m going to do a little bit of it anyway.

I just uploaded a bunch of photos to a Flickr set and I’ll post a few quick highlights here.

Here’s what I wrote in my notes, though:

“There IS something settling about being alone in a forest – something deep and mystical and warm that feels like peace and home, given that it’s how I spent so much of my childhood.  A great part of me wishes that I never had to leave, but then I’d never get to share it, either – with Boy or anyone else – and though sometimes that has som small appeal, I know it’s not right for me.

The wind is picking up, making the pages of this notebook flap.  It sounds like the surf, only steady rather than pulsing.  While the ocean has a pull all its own, this is where I belong.”

The photo to the right really doesn’t accurately convey how steep this trail was.  I chose this one because the description seemed to make it the most daunting trail in the park.  And at the time that sounded good to me – it was long, it was hard, and it was most likely to be deserted just because of its difficulty.

Actually?  I saw 6 people on the trail over the span of about 2 hours, whereas on one of the easier trails I hiked later, I saw not a soul.

The day itself was really perfect for such an excursion – it was in the low 60s, and I wore not only a hoodie over my t-shirt, but I’d prepared myself by wearing a tank top under my t-shirt.  Layers and all that, eh?  Surprisingly I kept the hoodie on almost all day until the very end, when the day had warmed enough that walking up a fairly moderate slope had me sweating a bit.

I kept thinking that the clouds that predominated would turn to showers…but they never did.  It was breezy and the sun would peek out every now and then but mostly it was comfortably cloudy.  Perfect.






This tree just fascinated me, as I’m sure it has anybody with a camera who’s passed through this way recently.  It obviously fell or was blown over at some point some years ago, but it was green enough at the time to mostly BEND but not break.

So it leaned over in this broad curve, and the stress over time caused it to sort of de-laminate along the grain, giving it this twisted appearance.  I’ve spent a lot of time in forested areas and seen a lot of fallen trees, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this before.






I thoroughly enjoyed the visit, so the odds that there will be more photos from this particular place are high.  Click on over to the set if you want to see more!