You were all at the wedding. I'm not gonna recap that other than to say it went perfectly, without a hitch. Mostly thanks to all the people in the wedding party and the parents. You guys really helped out alot.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Big thanks to Chris VonSeele for keeping the photographer on schedule, and providing booze. Colin Taylor, for keeping so cool and focused, which kept me cool and on task, and Chris Gorski for a fantastic impromptu speech.
But enough about that. You were all there, you all know whats up. You wanna hear about the honeymoon.
(Those aren't my feet) That pretty much sums it up. That's also the only picture from the honeymoon you can see.
The others are X-rated.
So let's see, they had a pool, and a hot tub, and a private beach, two restaurants open for dinner only, and a buffet open all day.
The drinks were free....have you ever had a Bahama Mamma? They are delicious. I wish I was a chick, cause I would order those things all day long, but bartenders give funny looks to dudes who order them.
They had Bingo every day at 4:30 at the pool. The prize was a bottle of rum. Kinda silly cause you could just go drink a whole bottle if you wanted, but I digress, we never won bingo, and I cringed every time they called out a number cause there was just no flair!
We did win a Horror Movie Soundtrack Trivia game. Although I'm still having issues accepting that RoboCop is a horror movie, but the others I was all over. We scared the elderly african american couple next to us because we knew all the really gory ones right off the bat (Saw, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, etc) but had a harder time coming up with others.
I don't think I've ever slept so much in my life. I would wake up, eat breakfast, get a drink (yep), and head to the beach. I'd be back asleep within 45 minutes. Wake up for lunch...more drinks...more sleep. It was GRAND.
Oh and Archery. I shot a ton of arrows, which was fun cause I got to live out my child hood fantasy of being Robin Hood.
Both of them.
Surprisingly....ripping the feathers off of one side of 2 arrows and firing them at the same time was NOT allowed.
Last weekend was my Bachelor Party. In planning this, Colin and I had a few discussions. My first, and I assume every guys, reaction was "Let's get dressed up...eat something fancy, and then go drinking!"
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
In fact I even said that to Colin, but after about two hours of thinking about it I emailed him back and said "ok, no. I think the most I want to get dressed up is jeans and a polo...if that."
So that's what we did. We went to 1/2 way fancy dinner, drinks at Boltini, and then off to the Bullett.
Unlike girls on their "last night out" parties, guys don't really want a record of WHAT happened, so there are no pictures of what went on. So I had to steal that picture of not us thats up there, and then I stole this off twitter:
That's about all the pictorial evidence around. But all in all it was a good party. Someone got pulled over by the cops, there was puke at one point in the night, and there were boobs.
Glorious, flat, makes-you-appreciate-what-you-have-at-home boobs.
It happened awhile ago...
So the other day I was in Champaign, and Kendle and my Dad and I were all sitting around. I don't remember how this even came up, but for some reason we were discussing working out and how I don't do it anymore. Kendle was saying she couldn't understand why I just do go running anymore, cause I used to do it all the time.
Monday, October 17, 2011
And then my dad said this:
"Oh, at his age, he doesn't need to go running. Just take a walk everyday should be fine"
...at my age?
AT MY AGE?!
How old does he think I am?!
Plus I don't think you are allowed to slow down till your kids are at least 12 or 13 years old. If you have kids at say....40...that's your own damn fault. You gotta go go go till you are 53 then. No bitching about joints this or tired that.
Oh and I'm sure this story would have a better ending if I was like "so then I started running again" but that of course is not the case. There's to many people here. Running down the street would be like playing Frogger.
The Backwater Gospel
Gonna do that thing I do where I share cool animations today. Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Probably some of the best storytelling I've seen in awhile. Very intense. It's about 9 minutes, but worth it.
So I made this dragon illusion today. It's supposed to follow you around as you look at it from different angles. It KINDA works.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
There's a better video that shows the illusion breaking here:
The good news is you can print out and make your own on that site too!
Hunka's Day Out
I took Friday off. I had to make a ton of phone calls and work on some of the wedding things still left to do before we went to CU for the busiest weekend everTM.
Monday, October 10, 2011
So once I got all that done, I checked in at work, and with no pressing issues, I decided to go downtown and check out the Occupy Wall Street protest. Of course it's not the REAL one, but there are over 1000 of these "solidarity protests" all over the states right now.
So I took the blue line down there, got off at the Jackson stop and walked over to the banks.
There was a guy with a mega phone wandering in and out of traffic, signs, and lots more people than that shows. The thing I thought was really clever is you know those guys who beat on plastic buckets really fast and you are supposed to drop money in their tip jars? Well they were there, but they weren't doing their usual thing, they were doing military march type beats, like you would hear in the revolutionary war.
So then it was off to the Apple store, which required me to go over to the Art Museum, catch the bus, and head over the river to Ohio and Michigan. Cause I'm not REALLY sure where the Apple store is, and the Bus driver yelled something and lots of people got off, so I figure this was his last stop in this area for a while. Turns out its a little further up.
It was pretty somber over there, they had a ton of post it notes and pictures, and flowers and apples all thanking Steve Jobs for all he had done. It felt a little wrong taking pictures of this stuff, but everyone else was...so who am I to buck trends?
Of course I went in to see if I need to buy a new desktop. I'm REALLY leaning towards building my own Windows Box for my next desktop. Don't tell Steve.
So then it was off to California Pizza Kitchen. My favorite place to eat when out on an adventure in a big city. I just like sitting at the bar and chatting with the servers. Way more fun that sitting at a booth.
Then it was on to the red line, transfer to the blue line, and home. A quick check in at work, still nothing that needed my attention, and then it was off to beat Ratchet and Clank.
It was a good day.
There are more, higher resolution pictures up on Picasa.
Why did I keep checking in on work on my day off? Cause I'm important over there, and even on my days off, I need to keep things moving if possible.
It's Colin's birthday, and Steve Jobs died.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
That's pretty much the news for today.
I find it odd that I feel a sense of loss over a guy I never met. I mean sure his company makes products that affect my everyday life, but I'm pretty sure if Mark Zuckerburg dropped of the face of the planet tomorrow, I could care less.
Perhaps it's because MZ stays out of the lime light, and we just assume that without him, Facebook will continue to chug along, while Steve stepped out on stage to tell us all about new things every year.
He always made it feel like his ideas, his innovations, his technology.
But there is a team behind it all, and even Apple will continue to churn out new products and new ideas. And the copiers will still continue to copy.
But hey...ribs tonight! It's a good day.
1 lb. Heart attack
So typically I make this treat I call three lb. heart attack. It's a pound of Velveeta "cheese", a pound of macaroni (pre cooked weight) and a pound of ground beef. It's basically homemade hamburger helper. Not that big a deal.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
So the other day I truck off to the store because I have the "cheese"....I have the macaroni...all I need is the beef. There's this lovely little mexican grocery store with in spitting distance of me so I head over there to get the beef.
Now when I get there, it's early in the day, and the beef is in this fridge, laid out. And you just ask the guy for however much you want. So the meat level..its pretty low. My first thought is that this meat is not very fresh, perhaps has been here overnight or longer. But its RED. So it's gotta be ok. Old meat is brown, this meat is not.
So I get the meat. I go home and make 3 lbs of this stuff, and jump in to my first bowl, expecting to eat 2 bowls and save the rest for lunches over the next week.
It's a little sour tasting. I mean..i ate the whole bowl, but it was so bad I didnt want anymore, which is new for this dish.
So fast forward to that night when Im telling Kendle all about this, and she says "Oh, they PROBABLY dye their meat."
DYE THE MEAT? HOW IS THAT LEAGEL? There's also no sell by date on the meat...till you buy it. I went back and looked at the sticker they put on it AFTER you buy it and it says "sell by today, bitch!"
So...lunch was ruined, and I learned a valuable lesson about buying meat from the mexican grocery store. My new rule "if its ground....put it down."
But that's three lb. heart attack. What's all this noise about a 1 lb. heart attack?
I am not a fan of wasting food, and I wasted ALOT thanks to the spoiled meat. So I decided to make a smaller version. Here's what you do.
Buy two boxs of Velveeta shells and cheese, and 1 pound of meat. Make sure you buy it from a reputable grocery store. Why 2 boxes? Cause you can't buy 1/2 lb of meat at my store and one lb of meat and one box of shells is TOO MUCH.
So you make 1 box and 1/2 the meat and combine it...it's not that tricky. But you have to be willing to eat it two days in a row because that meat you didnt use...its now unsealed and you are gonna want to cook that up sooner than later.
Is it perfect? No. The real deal tastes better, but it's a pretty close approximation. Light eater? 1 box will serve two people!