Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I went dark.
I cancelled my Facebook page. I decided that all in all Facebook was kind of a time waster. I don't really need to know what various people in my life (of varying degrees) were doing at any given moment. Were they at a restaurant? Sick? Having an epiphany about something?
Hey, if you are doing something I need to know about, just call me.
Part of my decision came from watching my son living in this new computer oriented era. He plays interactive online games at Club Penguin. Lots of his friends at school also do this and they can meet up in online game rooms as their penguin personas.
Or sometimes Colin will call one of his friends on the phone while they are playing. They will talk about the game with each other while they play.
When I was eight years old I played with my friends in person. We went outside and did 1980's Kennewick things like dig holes in the empty field down the block or make a crappy fort in the neighbor's tree.
Facebook is kind of just a grown up version of Club Penguin, I think. I'd rather see, talk to, or build a fort with my friends than just read random blurbs.
So I cancelled my account. All those friends, all those posts, all those likes. And you know what? No one even noticed!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Last year's rebate led to a big debate between a new fancy coffee maker or a new iPod.
I ended up getting the coffee maker, and I love it just as much today as I did a year ago. Maybe I love it even more ever since it was announced that Starbucks will finally be making K-cups.
But what to buy this year?
Large planters for the back patio?
Memory Foam Mattress pad?
I'm leaning towards camping gear. Of course, we've thought about taking the kids camping every summer and never do it. But maybe that would change this year if we actually had nice, new gear to use?
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I took an earthquake preparedness class last week. Turns out earthquake preparedness is a lot like zombie apocalypse preparedness. Ideally you set yourself up to be totally self-sufficient, and assume that you will be cut of from all communications, power, and food supplies. Just in the zombie version, you need a lot of guns and ammo stored up. Hopefully in a regular earthquake aftermath, we won't be needing a lot of fire power.
I'm not so sure that I'll start stockpiling survival gear in the garage, but it does seem smart to do the simple things that mitigate damage during a big quake.
See these nice family photos on top of the armoire? They could easily brain your small child during the quake.
See this award winning artwork? It will likely fall and shatter glass all over that you and your children will have to step through in their bare feet.
But what would happen if the big quake hits in the middle of the day? I'll be in the middle of Seattle, Mike and Lucy will be at home, and Colin will be at school. If phones and power go out, what will we do? How will I get home if the major highways are blocked? How will Colin get home?
I haven't figured this stuff out yet, but I'm going to start. I don't know if the "Big One" is really coming, but if it does, I'd like to try and be prepared.
Are you ready for a disaster?
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I was disappointed, but the kids were super excited. They devoured that little hockey puck and said it was delicious. I kind of envied them.
I'm sure ours will look just as pitiful as the chocolate cake. And I'm sure the kids will love them just as much. I didn't expect the Easy Bake Oven to give me a philosophy lesson, but you've got to admire the way kids are totally unconcerned with perfection and completely happy with just the small things.
Monday, March 14, 2011
The horrible reputation for everything else is well deserved. The restaurant is tiny and narrow. Most seating is at little tables for two, if you have three in your party, you are out of luck. The counter space seating is about a foot apart from the table seating, with the server running back and forth in the narrow opening, carrying hot plates of food. It's far from comfortable.
If you think sitting at the counter is the way to go, think again. You'll be right next to the cooking stoves, and flames will heat your face while you sit there. It's not the most pleasant way to eat a meal. Not to mention the server's arms reaching across your face to grab at orders.
The whole restaurant is covered in a layer of grime, and your hair will absorb the smell of the place if you eat there. Also they are always playing some awful, caterwauling music really loudly over the speaker system. And did I mention the multiple citations from the King County Health Department?
So why eat there? Well, the food is delicious. So delicious you are willing to put up with all the horribleness of eating there.
I got the phad thai with tofu. It was perfect. Spicy, savory, and noodles cooked just right.
Thai Tom easily rates five stars for food. But the ambiance is only one star. The best phad thai in Seattle is going to have to not only taste great, but be served in a restaurant that doesn't give you the willies.
The next phad thai adventure will take me to Capitol Hill. Thanks for all the suggestions last time, and keep them coming if you have others.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
But have you seen the new Monster High dolls?
Aren't they a classy bunch? Who doesn't want their little girl playing with a doll who lists her hobbies as shaving and flirting with boys?
I read amazon.com reviews of some of these dolls. They are so freaky disproportionately wrong from real anatomy, that their arms have to be removed in order to change outfits. How sexy!
And if trampy girls weren't bad enough, now we have trampy horses?!
Meet Struts the Pony!
I guess even lady horses should have really skinny legs. Who knew?
Now women and horses can feel equally bad about themselves!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
This is from an extreme balloon animal booth.
As always, lots of Star Wars characters were running around.
I'm not sure what this is supposed to be, but it was a really neat costume.
From Fringe and The Lord of the Rings, John Noble. This isn't a great photo, but it's funny because it looks like he's giving the finger.
I was very excited to meet local real-life superhero, Phoenix Jones.
From Star Trek TNG, Brent Spiner
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
That's what Living Social thought, and I agreed. I bought tickets to their first ever organized Seattle area event, called Shootin' and Drinkin'.
After being bussed from downtown Seattle to Bellevue, the shooting part took place at the West Coast Armory. For two hours we did various gun related things including safety lessons and swat team demonstrations. And we also did some shootin'.
This was from the fake house we had to canvass and shoot the zombies hiding inside of:
(I killed 3 out of 4, not bad, but still zombie food)
Here's the target room we used for the real shooting.
These are a few of the guns we shot, don't ask me what they are.
Here's a side view of me shooting an AK-47. It was very loud and hurt my shoulder.
The drinkin' part came afterward when the charter bus took us to the Rosebud on Capitol Hill. They had a Master of Whiskey there to give us tasting lessons on three different scotches. They were pretty darn good. The drinkin' came with dinner and live piano music, too.
I'm not a gun person, and this experience didn't make me want to become one, but it was sure fun to do for a change of pace. I always suspected the movies were totally wrong about how easy it is to pick up a huge gun and start mowing down everything in your path, and now I know why.
If you live in a large city, I'd recommend signing up for Living Social's daily deals. The events are a new feature being piloted, and the company is trying to organize more unusual but affordable local excursions like this one.