Monday, June 30, 2008

La Push (June 2008)

Dear Mark

This past weekend was pretty fun. Lavinia, Jack and I went to La Push, WA for the weekend. Jack's godparents Jason & Char joined us. The weather really worked out too. After freezing our collective butts here in Seattle this summer we were treated to 75+ degrees and sunny weather.

Do you remember La Push very well? You were probably only 10 the last time you were there. I was there last year in July with a very pregnant Lavinia. Although the water is still freezing and cold, she admitted that it was one of the best beaches in Washington that she's been to. That seems like a compliment to me.
We left Friday morning and came home Sunday. We managed to schedule our drive over (5 hours) so that Jack was napping for part of it. He was a super good kid. We stopped in Sequim (pronounced Squim) for groceries and then in Port Angeles for some lunch. The drive along Lake Crescent was very pretty. When I think of the color blue the water of that lake is what I'm thinking about.
Friday we walked along the beach, but the wind was blowing pretty good in the afternoon and it made it a bit hard to enjoy the beach when you were getting sandblasted. We had dinner together and then like a good couple Lavinia and I put Jack to bed at 8:30 and then quickly followed suit. We are such the partiers I tell ya.

Saturday was fun. We rose and got breakfast (yummy pancakes from Lavi) and then took a stroll with Jack. We snapped some fun pictures. Be sure to check the Zenfolio account.

Then after his afternoon nap we loaded up the REI backpack and headed to the second beach. The second beach is about a 1/2 mile trek down and then over a lot of driftwood to the beach. It is really long and the tide pools show neat things. We pitched a sun shade tent for Jack and we all pretty muched explored a bit and enthralled ourselves with watching him. Check out some of the pics below.

A picture of the whole gang on second beach.

I did manage to burn the tops of my feet. I'll never learn. Jack stayed shaded and was okay though. Saturday night we hung and played with Jack back at the cabin. The sunset was pretty after he went to sleep.

Jack was pretty fussy that night. He is teething (4 so far and the 5th is breaking through). He also managed to pick up a cold. So the poor guy did not sleep well, and neither did his parents that night.
Sunday we are up, and with some help from Jason & Char packed and out of there by 9:30. We returned to Seattle to find it hotter than the beach. Oy vey!

Spending time there sure did take me back to when we were there as kids. I think Lavi found it cute to hear my reminisce about it. I remember jumping from drift log to drift log trying not to touch the sand was a fun past time. After stepping in the water this weekend I have no clue how we use to play in that water for hours on end. To say it was cold is like saying the ocean was damp. Just doesn't sum it up.

Hope all is well for you. Please post a blog soon so that the family knows what's new. Maybe some updated house pictures?


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Joss update

Joss Whedon is one of my hero's. I love his writing. I'm a huge Serenity, Firefly, Angel and Buffy Fan. I'll be watching his new TV series Dollhouse this fall and I'll of course be crushed when FOX pulls the plug because they always do.

Here's a link to a little thing I found today. Looks like an Internet webisode series is coming soon. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

146 miles...

So many of you may recall that Jeff rode the RAMROD in July last year. Yes, this time last year Jeff & his friend Joan were getting ready to conquer Mt. Rainier via bicycle. That ride was 146 miles and change.

Since then Jeff has not been riding much. Getting ready for Jack, then the birth, the fourth trimester, new job, doing two jobs, Jack, Jack, Jack, etc, etc... you see where this is going...

I rode home today on my Cyclocross bike today. As I strained and wheezed air out of my out-of-shape lungs and my quads chattered at me like a disgruntled old man getting miffed at a youngster for not showing respect it dawned on me that I don't think I've ridden 146 miles since that day.

That's a downright frightening thought. I must fix it.

More Photos Posted

Check out the new June 2008 gallery in the Zenfolio account link on the right. Or just click here

Monday, June 16, 2008

Jeff's Interview

There is a coupon book sold in the area called "Chinook Book." This coupon book in their owns words is "a coupon book, a directory, a source of ideas and inspiration. It’s your guide to living well and having fun in the Seattle metro region. Save hundreds of dollars while exploring the community and supporting local, sustainable businesses."

You can read my full interview here.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Seattle Stats

Here is a good link for some Seattle facts.... okay a lot of facts... okay a boat load... heck a full 787 load... There are so many stats you could fill the Kingdome.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Uncle Mark, I like soup

Here's one that quite possibly only Uncle Mark will really find funny. I'm sure my Mother will just wonder why here Grandson is as silly has his father.

Uncle Mark, "I like soup!"

Music Man

I'm sure his Grandmother will be very proud of his early musical interests.

Pizza & Pipes

There are some things from your childhood that you just miss for silly reasons after they are gone. Even if they were to return you probably would not enjoy them as much as your memories would fool you to believe.

Lavinia and I have been taking Jack out for stroller walks the past few weekends, putting about 2-3 miles with him. Usually walking for an errand, grabbing lunch or having time at the park with Jack, then the walk home. We live in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. I went to elementary school nearby actually and spent a lot of time in this area.

One fond memory of Greenwood is the restaurant Pizza & Pipes.

Oh how I miss this fun filled Pizza house. The whole premise of the place was to eat pizza and be entertained by the Wurlwitzer Organ that originally was in Seattle's Paramount Theater. You would enter the place at the front, walk down some steps into what amounted to be a dining hall. There were no windows that I recall so the place was dark. You would walk down a long queueing line to order your pizza, then take seats at big dining hall tables and benches. I remember the pizza being okay, nothing terrible, but then again I was young. Awww youth. Now a cheese pizza almost puts me in the infirmary, but that is another post, and mostly about Jason & Tim anyway.

The Pipes though. That was the reason you came. Oh the Organ Master would start those Pipes a going and any kid in the house went mad. We'd all start walking up and watching. He would play classics that we didn't recognize at first, but as soon as he launched into the Star Wars music and others that we would recognize us kids were running around and dancing and trying to chase colored lights on the floor from the disco ball.

The thought of scarfing 3-4 pieces of pizza and then jumping around in a fashion like that would physically hurt me today.

I remember going here after soccer & basketball games as a kid. A perfect place for a lot of kids to have a good time. The Organ was removed in 1989 and I admit that I hardly noticed as it had been a long time since I was there.

I was recounting all this when we were walking one day. Lavinia just kind of smiled at me as I talked. I think at first she thought I was pulling her leg, but as I continued she just got that cute smile she gets. I will miss the chance to take Jack there. I'm sure he'll find his own memory filled place and I look forward to that though.

Bongo boy needs a band

Wanted: bandmates to compliment my drumming style and need to rock! No
smokers please