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Year In Review
posted on Dec 29 2010

Some blogs produce long, detailed, drawn-out posts at the end of the year. They link to multiple blog posts and photos, highlighting their favorite moments in what certainly becomes a digital public record. And you know what? Nobody reads them.

Here’s my year in review:

  • Attended the Winter Olympics.
  • Enjoyed countless Mariner and Sounder games.
  • Drank new coffee and beer.
  • Consumed entirely too much Thai food.
  • Weekend trips to Portland, Vancouver, and Olympic National Park.
  • Fly fishing in Montana.
  • Moved across the country.
  • Started a career with a new, cutting edge company.
  • The Southern Miss Football season that could have been.

  • Photos from the road
    posted on Dec 21 2010

    Many of your followed our cross-country trek on Facebook and Twitter, so I’ll just post the highlights.

    If you want to view these and the rest, head over to Flickr.

    Needless to say, I got lots and lots of stares as I stood in the parking lot of Oregon’s athletic department in my bright orange Auburn shirt. It was well worth it. War Eagle.

    Chelsea’s car was broken into on night one. We found this out quite literally as the words “Sacramento seems like a really safe city” left my mouth. Thankfully, nothing of significant importance was taken.

    In-N-Out is one of those burgers that, upon initial consumption I was never blown away by. My last few experiences have made me nothing but an obsessed devourer and blind loyalist.

    So scarred by the break in, we felt the need to drive through Palm Springs for an evening at the Rancho Las Palmas.

    The bartender at Rancho Las Palmas inquired if she could use us as guinea pigs for new drinks. We did could, could never be able to, consume them all.

    Meteor Crater, AZ. Self explanatory and mind-blowing.

    Like The Eagles, I’ve stood on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. That’s a flatbed Ford. Evidently the ‘girl in the flatbed Ford’ was on her lunch break.

    posted on Dec 19 2010

    [The last photo from Seattle taken right before we headed down Queen Anne Hill, due south. I’ve never seen the rain so furious.]

    We’re here. Sweet home, Alabama.

    3,260 miles
    11 states
    6 days
    2 cars
    …and a partridge in a pear tree.

    It was a long, eventful, exciting trip. We’re home, and it feels good.

    Our favorite things to do in Seattle, the Northwest
    posted on Dec 6 2010

  • German Monday’s at Prost! West Seattle.
  • Evening walks in Sculpture Park.
  • Evening walks around Green Lake.
  • Day/weekend trips to Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR.
  • Riding the Light Rail.
  • Gas Works Park on a sunny day.
  • Random trips to the outlet mall, sometimes adjacent casino, always adjacent McDonald’s.
  • Riding ferries, sometimes for no real reason.
  • Phở on cold, dark, rainy days.
  • Saturday morning pancakes.
  • Watching sports at Buckley’s.
  • Finding new coffee shops.
  • Tomato soup and Mac & Cheese at Beecher’s in Pike Place Market on freezing afternoons.
  • Mariners games.
  • Sounders games.
  • Seahawks games.
  • Annex Pub in Portland.
  • Scotiabank Theatre in Vancouver.
  • Aimlessly wandering University Village.
  • Movies at the Cinerama.
  • Sitting in Zoka for hours.
  • Mexican food at Cactus, and introducing any of our visitors to it as well.
  • Skipping stones on Alki Beach.
  • Browsing the stacks at Powell’s Books in Portland.

  • Happy last-week-in-Seattle Monday
    posted on Dec 6 2010

  • Snowflake Lane 2010
  • Happy hour with Kim & Colin at the Waterfront Seafood Grill.
  • Southern Miss gets gets it’s foe (and old rival) Louisville selected for the Beef
    ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
  • War Eagle, y’all.
  • Our last service at Mars Hill Church.

  • How to survive in a post-Trader Joe’s world?
    posted on Dec 5 2010

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    Trader Joe’s is my new Chick-fil-A. One is America’s premier non-drive thru, the other is America’s premier market. Affordable, delicious groceries and wine… ugh, I’m gonna miss you.

    Chelsea looked at me during the SEC Championship Game and said, “We’re driving to Atlanta once a month to go to Trader Joe’s.” I’d argue with her if I didn’t agree.

    Once-per-month trips to Trader Joe’s? Might as well swing by H&M on the way.

    Our favorite food in Seattle
    posted on Dec 4 2010

    Thai: Orrapin
    Seafood: Ray’s
    French: Cafe Presse
    Phở: Thanh Vi
    Sushi: Blue C
    Steaks: Joey
    Fried Chicken: Ezell’s
    Sandwiches: Paseo
    Pizza: Serious Pie
    Mexican: Cactus on Alki Beach
    Burgers: Red Mill
    Doughnuts: Top Pot
    Cupcakes: Trophy Cupcakes & Party
    Ice Cream: Molly Moon’s

    Cheap Eats
    Burgers: Dick’s Drive-In
    Seafood: Spud & Ivar’s

    “It doesn’t rain that much in Seattle…”
    posted on Dec 4 2010

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    From this week’s Post Secret. Quite the timing.

    When I visited Seattle for the second time, just prior to moving here in 2006, I was grabbing dinner at Matt’s In The Market, two older gentlemen had the same conversation with me.

    It’s true, but it’s not.

    Seattle: The Last Few Days
    posted on Dec 2 2010

    Four years later, it’s time to say goodbye.

    Memories to come over the next two weeks.

    Seattle snow photos
    posted on Nov 30 2010

    All you could ever need from Snowpocalypse 2010 from the Seattle P-I. Seriously… all you can ever want.

    This headline is not soothing
    posted on Nov 23 2010

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    My Southern body was not built for this weather
    posted on Nov 23 2010

    From the Seattle P-I:

    The high Tuesday was 25. The low early Wednesday morning was predicted to be 15, which would break the record low temperature of 16 degrees, set in 1985.

    If you need me, I’ll be inside, by the heater, taking pictures of sledders and misguided automobiles from my living room.

    The taxi driver who thought his cab was a sled.
    posted on Nov 22 2010

    I heard (and felt) something crash outside. I look out just in time to see a cab pop out, sliding down the hill at a speed no car should be driving, even with chains (which he didn’t have).

    Went outside to talk to some of our neighbors, two of which were standing on the sidewalk as it happened.

    I’ll spare the breakdown. Just watch the video.

    This is what people did the last time the road outside our apartment froze over.
    posted on Nov 22 2010

    Ah, the unbearably terrible snowstorm of 2008. The only positive result of your occurance was shown in the ability for Seattleites to ski to work, and sled through our streets.

    We currently live in the most awesome of neighborhoods: Queen Anne Hill. Living on the actual hillside is giving us front row seats to both the beautiful (snowfall over Seattle) and the terrifying (a road with a 20% grade with black ice and snow).

    Let’s just hope they shut it down before anything bad happens. Until then, I’m by the window.

    Happy Monday, eh?
    posted on Nov 15 2010


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    We went to Vancouver, BC this weekend for some relation and birthday celebration (myself on the 11th and Chelsea on the 14th)

  • The Opus Hotel.
  • Southern Miss beat #23/#25 UCF.
  • Chick-fil-A at Western Washington University.
  • Yaletown Brewing Company for beers, food, and TV screens showing nothing but hockey.
  • AgroCafe
  • Café Crêpe
  • On of my favorite movie theatres in the world: Scotiabank Theatre in downtown. It’s got a Burger King and Little Caesars inside. Is your mind blown yet?
  • Once, again, steaks at Joey.
  • Window shopping/almost buying on Robson Street.
  • The Town was incredible.
  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work was great.
  • Found the Auburn game on TV at a bar. Surrounded by Southerners, no less.
  • Lunch on Granville Island, where Chelsea was attacked by seagulls.
  • And now, three men making giant candy canes by hand:

    Dave Niehaus, Dead At 75
    posted on Nov 11 2010

    Most of you don’t follow the Mariners closely. I’ve always loved the team, long before I moved to Seattle. Dave Niehaus was the Mariners’ Hall Of Fame announcer; one that I’ve been privileged to have on the TV 162 days of the year over the last 4 years.

    Dave called 5,284 of the Mariners’ 5,385 games. If one were to play all of those games, one per day, all in a row, you’d play baseball 14 years straight.

    I’m going to be cliche and post the clip from the “95 Slide”. No matter how many times I watch it, the clip still gives me chills.

    My favorite thing about this video? Niehaus is incredibly professional throughout, but listen to his voice change at the 3 second mark. He becomes a fan. He is a fan. Niehaus is the only original Mariners employee who is still a Mariners employee.

    I love this clip. Loved that man.

    Happy Monday
    posted on Nov 8 2010

  • Southern Miss is bowl eligible, ranked.
  • The Red Door.
  • Thaiku.
  • I watched The Social Network. Again. Just as good the second time.
  • Walker wins their first round of the State Playoffs.

  • Moving back to Queen Anne Hill was worth every penny
    posted on Nov 3 2010

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    After a broken tooth (yes, broken… not chipped) was addressed by the dentist on Tuesday, I got home a little earlier than normal, enjoying late afternoon from the living room.

    I will never get tired of this view.

    Happy Halloween from Ralphie & The Leg Lamp
    posted on Oct 31 2010

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    Ever since we started gong out on Halloween in Seattle we’ve always made an effort to “match”.

    Our first three years we were TV characters, usually from whatever show had become our favorite in the months leading to Halloween.

    This year we talked about mixing it up, and during a discussion of our favorite time of the year (hellooooooo) A Christmas Story came up.

    Like many of you, A Christmas Story is my favorite Christmas movie of all time. Being Ralphie in his bunny suit and dressing Chelsea up as the “Major Award” leg lamp seemed logical (video).

    By the way, that’s an actual lamp shade with actual working lights inside. Kudos, wifey.

    2009: Eric & Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights

    2008: Joan Holloway and Don Draper Pete Campbell, Mad Men

    2007: Jim and Pam, The Office

    Happy Monday
    posted on Oct 18 2010

    It was a 2nd anniversary celebration weekend around the house.

  • Drinks at Tavern Law, which lives up to all the hype.
  • Dinner at world famous El Goucho.
  • Southern Miss is 5-2, y’all.
  • Enjoying being on foot in the new neighborhood; allows me to make artsy photos.