Thursday, February 19, 2009

I dropped a few coffee beans down into the kitchen drain, thinking that they would be fine in the disposal, and might even give off a nice aroma.

As I turned on the button, I was shocked to find that the beans were making eardrum-piercingly loud clanging noises... I figured they were small so I let the disposal go for a bit waiting for the noise to subside but it didn't.

I popped open the drain filter and reached down to extract the beans, and to my surprise, there was also a spoon standing in the drain. I set the spoon aside and cleaned up the espresso. I was pleased to find my drain worked a lot quieter once I finished removing the beans.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

I need a new laptop bag. My new little laptop tote is too big to carry-on the miniature planes.

While taxiing to the gate after landing at JFK airport today, I was wrapped up in conversation with a my rowmate, and noticed a stir from a few rows ahead. Several people were twisting their necks to look over their seats back in my direction. I turned my attention forward, and a woman four rows ahead of me was waving a laptop in the air, looking for the owner... That would be me. Seems my laptop went for a ride after they hit the the brakes on the runway. The friendly passengers kindly sent my laptop back as if they were passing a scrumptious ballpark hot dog. I would have been happy with either.

Friday, August 01, 2008

So my neighborhood Strongsville High School student just came by with these...

I understand raising some money by selling popcorn door to door, or walking around trying to unload candy bars... we even sold Christmas Greens back in the day, but now they're selling mattresses?? Cuteness alone can sell a box of Thin Mints, but not a box spring. I just can't bring myself to buy an Orthopedic Pillow-Top Queen from some 14 year old clarinet player.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

This morning I dreamt I was at the House of Blues with Andrew & Stacy as a spectator, and I somehow ended up sound-checking the artist's guitar. We played a song that sounded pretty good, but while the artist soloed, I just kept strum-strum-strumming the same chord over and over the whole time on one of his guitars. After a few minutes I woke up and found my chord quite similar to my alarm clock.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

does anyone know somebody who needs a roommate?

or more appropriately someone who needs a cheap house to live in while i'm out of town most of the year?

Monday, May 05, 2008

I love the constantly improving technology at the gas stations. It used to take me two minutes to pump $10 of gas... Now I can pump ten bucks in a matter of seconds.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Just reviewed the Tax Rebate Schedule and saw they are paying out based on last two digits of your SSN.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

I haven't started writing any tracks yet, but you're invited to the CD Release Party for Fierce Popcorn, the highly anticipated followup album to all my previously unreleased albums.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Went skiing yesterday with the boss and a friend up at A-Basin in Colorado. I put on some sunblock in the morning, then skiied all day... Turns out one application was not enough. I learned afterwards that the intensity of the sun increases by about 6% per 1,000 feet of altitude, so where we were skiing at 13,000 feet, the intensity of the sun was about 78% stronger than at sea level, the UV is less filtered by the atmosphere, plus there were added reflections off the snow, thinner air, etc...

I got baked about as good as the Pop-Tarts.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Just hit my 10 year anniversary at Ernst & Young yesterday, which was a nice reminder that I am quite old. I got the form letter from the Chairman saying thanks for being awesome, along with a golden ticket into the EY treasure chest to pick out a prize.

I found an interesting selection including watches, clocks, an inflatable raft, pearl necklaces, and some telescopes. I went with a portable DVD player.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Burke Lakefront Airport is my new favorite hangout. After my first flight back in September I never went back because the flight school was out at CGF in Richmond Heights. Then they moved to BKL, which sounded a lot more attractive.

So I've been trying to keep the entries coming in the old logbook...

Yesterday flew the shiny 2006 Diamond DA-20 N373AM from BKL and flew to LNN and back, did 4 takeoffs and landings. They were not what anyone might call "perfect", but any landing I can write about later is good enough for me. Flew back to Burke into the setting sun over a frozen Lake Erie and parked my favorite little plane back at the gate.

I'm going to try to get more photos from the air/airport but at the moment, those are below the priority level compared to the other items on the landing checklist that I'm having enough trouble remembering...

Monday, January 14, 2008

Visual Paging... answering the age-old question: "Where is my wallet?"

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Morning in Salt Lake......

Friday, January 04, 2008

So I changed to a new webcam app, Yawcam. Let me know if it's better or worse.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

I was happy to wake up in the parking lot of an IHOP this morning.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

I just ate Chipotle for lunch two hours ago, and I already want it again.

edit: Instead of going back to Chipotle, I ate the top 4 layers of the Saki Tree, plus the star. I recommend using a visitor badge that you forgot to return to cut apart the layers.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

"I wanna feel the car crash ..."

I downloaded the Car Crash (Matt Nathanson) mp3, and I've been enjoying it a for the past couple weeks. Coincidentally, I have been involved in 3 car crashes in the last two weeks.

Today, I drove my rental car into some lady's Subaru at a stop sign while driving through the suburbs of Denver with my boss. I was in a real good mood right before it happened, and then while it happened, and after it happened as well.

It was a very avoidable collision: I saw her stopped and had more than enough time to react, but I just kinda slightly applied the brakes until receiving an equal and opposite reaction from her rear bumper. I can't explain why I didn't try stop harder, since I could have.

Anywaay, we got out of our cars and I was kinda still smiling. She was not. "What the hell was that?" She needs to chill, I think to myself. I filled her in on my opinion that the brakes on my rental are not as sensitive as the ones on my car at home. She was disturbed by my lack of interest in the gravity of the situation, but she couldn't find any damage on her dirty Outlander, so we parted ways semi-peacefully. I'm thinking the song is getting to my head and I need to delete it from my iTunes before it affects my insurance premiums.

Monday, November 19, 2007

and we're back...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I felt some illness coming on last Monday while I was in Palm Beach and committed to drinking water & juice, and cut out coffee/water/pop/etc... So in addition to my illness,I had to simultaneously endure the misery of caffeine and alcohol withdrawal. And I don't think it helped my recovery time either... I'd guess I have another day or two of this and I'm back to good.

Here's some pictures from Palm Beach, and one of Cacey for good measure.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

My employer reports raking in $21.1 billion in the past year. I'm sure that will be equitably distributed and I'll be buying new cars for all of you soon.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Here are some new photos from Day 4 & 5

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mount Fuji is an elusive hill. We did get to see it, which happens to be a rare event due to weather conditions usually surrounding the mountain, but my picture of it was less than breathtaking, and I also just accidentally deleted it, so no mountain for you. Not much else to say about the Fuji region, except that horse is a popular meat there. I tried some for lunch. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good.

Then it was down to visit Kimi’s place. Hung out in Nara, which is full of deer. It’s also home to Tōdai-ji, a large temple complex housing a 500 ton Buddha statuette which I poorly photographed.

Came back and we were hosted by Kimi’s boss-types from the JET Program. It was a non-stop culinary bonanza in an old-school Japanese restaurant in a little wooden room with paper doors, sitting on the floor, and lots of food, mostly uncooked aquatic life with some other treats. There had to be about 25 unique pieces that were served over the evening. Some were bizarre – Yuba a mini-simmering pot of soymilk – every couple minutes skin forms at the top, and you pull it out, dip it in some sauce and eat it.

There was more to the day, but you probably won’t hear about it because I’m done typing now. Munch on some pictures instead:

Day 1 & 2 photos moved to a separate page....

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

So after the Denver thievery, I bought a new phone... it's a "World Phone" which means it works in every country except Japan. How convenient. I'm probably better off that way.

Click for STORIES FROM JAPAN DAY 1 (moved to load this page faster)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Update -- attention people of Denver: I wish you hadn't stolen my cell phone.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Denver is an awesome city. I love America. I love caipirinhas. I even love my job a lot. Viva la resistance. Also, I think I am drunk posting from the bathroom in this restaurant.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Thursday, October 11, 2007

I stayed out until 4:30am at the Las Vegas Hilton with my friend Nate for his birthday Tuesday. (winning @ 3-card poker) It struck me that the casinos are much more enjoyable during the wee hours. Most tables had between 0-2 people playing on them, the limits were lower, and the dealers/pit crew seemed more relaxed and friendly.

So I set my alarms for 4am today and ventured out to play with the crickets. It was a profitable (3-card poker) and enjoyable experience -- really the only way to go, especially if you're native to the GMT -5.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Driving back to the hotel in a cab from Manhattan at 4am, I find myself wondering what the odds are of arriving at work on time tomorrow.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Friday, September 21, 2007

Blah, captain's saying it's was just another plane on our runway. I was hoping we were going to get the thrill of a gear-up landing.