Monday, June 30, 2008
We've been holding on to this little "Sold" sticker for a week or more now. Waiting for all of the little bits and bobs to come together...the appraisal, the home inspection and related things we have to fix, the financial end of things, etc. But we got way to ancy. So, it went up yesterday afternoon. Hey, we can always take it back down if necessary...right? We've had a ton of drive-by traffic lately and there are two realtors with clients who are still interested in the horrible event that the deal falls through. So, we're headed toward a July 15 or so moving date. (Nice little stomach poking out, eh?...Looks like a little less summertime ice cream may be in order.)
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
And I know you've all seen the blast shots. But in the fall of 2004, it started rumbling again....we actually were able to see it from our bedroom window that particular day....talk about the right time and place. From up close, it looked something like this:
There is a new dome forming inside of the old crater...it's amazing to see. And it's still growing. In fact, it's one of the world's largest actively growing glaciers. We occasionally take a picnic lunch up there in the summertime. It's about 1 1/2 hour drive, 90 miles as the crow flies, and clearly visible from our city. If you haven't been here, you really should put this place on your list of have-tos. There are plenty of people hiking it each year -- I've even been invited (yeah, right).
And here's one I shot with Mount Adams (12,276 feet) in the background.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Here's a look back at my Pride Day last year here in Portland. (By the way, the Ginch Gonch skivvies have been passed on to Goodwill...they were much too, shall we say, form-fitting for this arse.)
And, who can forget Father's Day? As you're well aware from reading this series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I was in love with my own and his impact on my own life is great. Today, I commend all of you who are fathers and I wish for happier memories for those of you who struggle with your own. And, sadly, I woke up to read of my friend Nathan and his family struggles this past week.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
My friend Kelly over at Rambling Along in Life has put forth his annual Pride Challenge.....this is a picture that he has taken and has posted on his site. He's asking for it to be spread as far and wide (keep it clean here, folks) as possible by others posting this photo and telling their coming out story. So, for today, I'll post this pic -- and in the coming weeks I promise to have my story up for the masses to laugh and giggle at -- I can't believe that I haven't shared it yet. I know you all thought that I have always been this way -- but there was a day, a lot of days, when this gay boy was awfully closeted and doing my best to be a straight-laced little church boy in Idaho. I met Kelly and his partner a year ago next week at Pride in San Francisco. What fantastic, grab-life-by-the-horns sort of guys they are. So, cheers to all of you during this month of celebration. Keep your heads held high, smiles on your face, and be proud of the man or woman you're on the road to becoming. I swear, the gays definitely celebrate and have fun far more than our straight bretheren and sisteren (English majors, leave me alone), don't we???
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Certainly you remember this from a few weeks back. Well, there's good news! We've graduated.....with honors .... we're on the honor roll! So now,instead of leaving the dispenser totally empty, we're simply putting a new roll on top -- and hoping that the next dude will take care of it. I think this is a step in the right direction.