Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Learnings from 2014

At the end of most years, I would list out accomplishments and goals such as how many jumps I did, falling in love with my wife, work successes, travels etc. I would also document failures and challenges as to give a framework for improvement in the next year. This year has presented some amazing highs and lows, but some of the best moments have been ones I have learned from. Some of the highlights are as follows:

  • Having a second child does not multiply the “excitement” level by 2X…. it’s more like 1000X. Seriously, exponentially more amazing and challenging simultaneously. Also more and more crazy to watch multiple miniature versions of yourselves running around. Things you said or did many months ago can be repeated to you (or a group of strangers at the mall) at any time. 

  • I now know what what a gallbladder does, what it feels like when it gets angry, and how bad the American diet really is when you try to order food with less than 10g of fat at a restaurant.

  • I thought I knew what “busy” and “efficient” were until I watched my wife working from home, leading group training WebEx’s, while rocking one child to sleep on her chest and entertaining the other.

  • When you stop arguing about politics on the interwebs, you free up a lot more brainpower, lower frustration levels , and you can poop rainbows. For real. Rainbows.

  • Oregon beer > California beer. Bold statement, yes, but VERY well tested over the past year. Science. 

  • "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing."  King Canute

  • A two hour layover in Iceland was a great way to start discussions on exactly how young is too young for adventure travel. Damn we need to do a family trip there. 

  • 4:30am really isn’t that early. There are more and more cars on the road when I head to work each day.

  • I need to do yoga more than once every six months.

  • Having to shower at the gym instead of home in the morning (as not to wake the baby in the adjoining room) has been a great motivator to not only go to the gym, but actually work out.

  • Though every day I try to learn something new, I discover at least five more things that I’d really like to learn and/or improve on. 

  • I really enjoy growing things. I grew Cascade hops this year and will be tripling and diversifying the hop crop this year. I am also eagerly anticipating my apple trees and blueberry bush yielding their first fruits this year. 

  • Every day is truly a fresh start and a new opportunity to improve. 

Friday, February 03, 2012

Baby Countdown Tickers.

Found these today. Pretty cool, and puts things in a little different perspective.

 BabyFetus Ticker

 BabyFruit Ticker

Monday, January 16, 2012

Education, or lack thereof...

I have a baby due soon. Education is something that has always been important to me, and exponentially more so now. I keep seeing stories of teacher layoffs, schools with no money and dwindling programs, and the overall horrible state of public education. Public you know, the one that doesn't cost extra. The one that used to be a model for the whole world, and is now a laughing stock amongst developed nations, and some under-developed ones as well. How do we fix this? What will our leaders do right the ship? Here is what their websites say:

If it was front-facing, there is a link, if not, there is a direct link:

Democratic National Committee.

Republican National Committee (scroll through the issues.)

Ron Paul (homeschooling is all I could find.)

Mitt Romney (nothing.)

Rick Santorum.

Barack Obama.

Newt Gingrich.

So, how do they/we fix the failing schools? What about the poor families who can't afford charter or private schools, as some plans suggest? Is it the poor kids fault? How do we fix it? What's the plan? I vote with what's important to me, my family and my country. That is all.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

HERE is a truly inspirational and incredible story from Outside Magazine, of wounded veterans climbing 20,161 foot Lobuche in Nepal. It makes any of my bad days seem insignificant!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


How quickly we forget! The GOP wants Obama to vocally and outwardly support the opposition in Iran, not taking into consideration the absolute distrust and hatred for the United States. What's happening is horrible, and I wish we could intervene, but ANY intervention by the US, perceived or not, could further elevate those feelings towards the US and actually strengthen support for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Our government, specifically Reagan, Bush and Rumsfeld supplied weapons and money to Iran's mortal enemy Iraq from 1980-1984. These weapons, conventional and chemical, killed countless Iranians (wiki HERE.) We then supplied certain Iranians with weapons in trade for hostages. Remember the CONTRA affair? More HERE.

RIP, Darrell "Shifty" Powers. They just don't make them like that anymore...

Hey kids, now enjoy a humorous explanation of traditional biblical marriage, and some new rules.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

BrĂ¼no And Beer Wars.

My next two movie outings.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Best Email Ever.

Received yesterday, allegedly from my coffee cup. Names have been changed, and response has not yet been crafted.

Dear Andy,

I'm not sure if you've noticed yet, but when you got out of the car on Saturday, you left me behind. Are you mad at me? Did you leave me behind on purpose? I'm so confused. I thought we had a good container-drinker relationship. I don't spill on you very often and I'm really good at keeping your coffee warm. If I'm too big, you should try just filling me half way. Then I function like a smaller cup and there's no need to throw me to the curb.

"F" and "B" found me, and they're treating me pretty well, but I would really like to come home. There's one catch though. They told me that the only way they will let me leave is if you bring "Item X". They said if you don't, I might have an accident. I'm only a cup so I'm not really sure what that means...but there was a brown monster licking his lips behind them when they said it.

Could you please call "B" and negotiate my safe return? I promise I'll do an even better job of keeping your coffee warm. And, if you want, I'll even hold your tea.

Ok, well, they're telling me my time is up. I have to go back to the cup holder now. I sure hope you come and get me soon. I miss you.

And now, two months later (with no captions yet) some more Ecuador pics HERE. All work and no blog makes Andy.... well.... busy...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Today is a new day. Today is a day of a new optimism. Today is a day of looking forward. It will take time, but better days are ahead. I met people from all over the world over the last few weeks in Ecuador, and it was inspiring to hear the collective relief and hope for our country and the world. After all the parties and ceremony today, it's time to get to work. All of us.

Stay involved!

I'll post all of the Ecuador pics soon, but here's a few of my favorites.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


How fitting for my 200th post. Pretty much all I have to say about this election... from the past two years. There will be a quiz at the end! Click the keywords.



Game on.