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Best. 30th Birthday Gift. Ever.

November 21st, 2011 by

To celebrate the end of my 30th rotation around the sun, I invited some friends to Crawfish King in the International District last Saturday. I’d never been there before, but a friend from work whose culinary taste and skill I admire recommended it. I’ve been to Crab Pot and had a good time, but this place makes Crab Pot look like Sizzler. Anyway, we got crawfish and sauce all over ourselves and it was fantastic.Fantasy Statue

Even before we ordered food, my friends had perched a cardboard box of unusual size upon the table. After navigating (with assistance) the styrofoam puzzle within, an incredible form emerged: two chicks at the same time.

The statue was purchased from a strange store in Leavenworth that appears to specialize almost exclusively in naughty statues. Our favorite is a busty pirate named “Trixie”, but she is also life-sized and requires some creative engineering to fit on a coffee table. My drinking buddies understandably opted for the table-top version.

I’m sure Mindy is reevaluating our relationship accordingly. ^^

Leavenworth is for Beer

November 13th, 2011 by

More than a month ago, DSC_0309 Tyler, some friends, and I went to the first weekend of Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest. Most places in the US have one weekend of festivities, but not Leavenworth. They have three weekends because they are just that much greater than the rest of the US.

Almost anything goes at this Oktoberfest, too. It’s not like the boring Seattle one where people just get drunk and pee in the open. No, people here take it the next level. They wear lederhosen and dirndls (both fake and authentic), or random costumes like beer kegs and pirates. The more “subdued” people stick to funky hats that may or may not have anything to do with Oktoberfest, beer, or Germany. Tyler's Funky Hat Case in point: Tyler picked up a “rice picker” hat to wear.

The six of us (Elaine, Chris, Vlad, and Lam—whom I think the Amicks have all met by now) had a lot of fun. We originally had two rooms in the same hotel, but Elaine and Chris had a bunch of crazy army guys in the room next to theirs and couldn’t sleep. So we carried their mattress complete with sheets and covers into our ridiculously huge room the second night and the six of us had one giant slumber party. Our ridiculously huge room also had a ridiculously spacious bathroom and an awesome balcony that overlooked the main street. That awesome balcony was most definitely the best spot in all of Leavenworth to watch the Saturday Oktoberfest parade that goes along Front Street and ends at the mayor’s Ceremonial Keg Tapping.

There is talk of going again next year, maybe the week after we go to the real Oktoberfest in Munich.

Recent Boston Visit

March 25th, 2011 by

Your mom and I recently visited her mother and brothers outside Boston. Had a great time. Visited Kinnebunkport, Maine where we spent our honeymoon nite. Here’s a picture of the Captain Lord Mansion. HPIM1672 We went inside and it turns out the owners we met in 1978 were still there! We were one of their first customers. I had lobster roll for lunch and your Mom and grandmother had fish and shrimp. We bought lobsters and cooked them at your grandmother’s house.
We also visited our house in Harvard, MA. Here’s a picture – pretty modern in those days. It was on about 2 acres of mosquito swamp.

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Mason and Mary Lynn came up from Delaware and we visited Cape Cod.

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Met up with Jonathan, Sanford, Raquel, Jonathan Jr., Anita and McKensie. Had a great brunch at a Brazillian restaurant where Jonathan has done some work. Here’s a picture of some cranberry bogs on the Cape.  Oh yeah, we had more lobster rolls at Logan airport on the way out!

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My Adventurous Weekend

February 27th, 2011 by

I started off my Saturday by running down to Hauptbanhof to pick up my train ticket to Paris and London for spring break. Since it was the first somewhat spring like day in a long time I took the opportunity to visit the Tierpark Hellabrunn (zoo). It was pretty fun, even before entering the zoo I spotted a legit “organ grinder” lady, who was awesome even without a monkey on her shoulder. I got a picture of her but you’ll have to wait until I get the film developed. Once inside the zoo I spent quite a bit of time just staring at the chimpanzees watching their eerily human like movements. Other than that I saw some good old american bison, european wolves, and little curled up red pandas just to name a few.

The next day, Sunday I woke up early to meet up with a group going cross-country skiing in Bad Tölz. We ended up skiing for roughly 18 km with a break halfway through for lunch at this amazing Bavarian restaurant in a little town just off the trail. We all had amazing meals and I had my first Radler which tasted pretty interesting, a little too sweet for me though.

 

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Germany Visit Holiday Season 2010/2011

January 17th, 2011 by

If only these were filled with beer Great visit to Dieter by the Amick family including Tyler and Mindy.  Never saw the sun or the ground (too much snow)!  Lots of great food and beer.  Visited Dachau (more educational than depressing), NeuHello Thereshuanstein (King Ludwig’s fantasy castle)Dachau main gate , Alte Pinakothek (the old museum in Munich – more Rubens than anywhere – King Ludwig designed the museum around the massive “The Last Judgement” by Rubens) – http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/900-772) and the BMW museum.   Spent New Year’s eve on the Oktoberfest grounds with many massive tents and four bands playing,  360 degrees of fireworks at midnight – truly amazing!!!    Flights all on time, massive jet-lag both ways.

In Ukraine

July 5th, 2010 by

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From Munich, we flew in to the airport in Kiev, Ukraine, where Vlad’s uncle kindly picked us up. The next day, we wandered out to see Kiev’s Golden Gate, which was a lot of fun to climb inside. Nearby was the kitty statue pictured here with me.

To get to the Golden Gate and just about everywhere else that we visited in Kiev, we went by subway. Subways in Ukraine tend to be highly stylized, with mosaics and marble and granite used to beautiful effect. This seems to be fairly common in eastern Europe, and it was one of my favorite aspects of the trip. A few subways were also very deep, presumably for protection against nuclear warfare, with high-speed escalators just to get people in and out in a reasonable amount of time.

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Sunbathing Snakes

February 28th, 2010 by

The snakes were enjoying the spring rays today.

On the same note my friend Adam McRae and I came up with a name for dad’s snake the other day. We’re calling him Neville which seems to pair with “Benji” the other snake pretty well. It only took about a decade to name two pets but I think the wait was worth it don’t you?

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Coupon Book Back Cover

November 21st, 2008 by

I just completed this ad today! The previous ad had a bunch of pictures of the employees, which was good but had already been done, and the pictures included many of the previous student employees and hadn’t been updated in a long time. For this ad I wanted to put an emphasis on the student run aspect of the store, and the fact that we’re a non-profit organization so all of our revenues go back into the student body. So I took a picture of Mary a good friend of mine and fellow student worker at the bookstore. Along with the slogan “students working for students” Leigh Ann and I came up with 10 of the top reason why students should shop at our store. We went around the store asking people for their opinions of what they thought were the best reasons. 

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ReMade

November 9th, 2008 by

The Juniors in the ID program at WWU just finished their products for ReMade, the annual project that asks students to create products from otherwise useless waste. Last friday the students exhibited their work in downtown Bellingham at IDEAL where the products will also be for sale. If you’re interested in buying one of the products or just want to get a closer look, you can go to www.widg.blogspot.com. The products will also be available for purchase this thursday at the Western AS Bookstore.bizcard

A Gender Bending Birthday Bash

May 5th, 2008 by

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 This saturday we celebrated Adam’s 20th Birthday in Bellingham. It was a themed party in which you come  dressed as the opposite sex, in order to let loose of the silly gender norms of our society. Chelsey and I went as sort of hickish people. We were brother and sister, Chels was Hank and I was Diedra. Chels, being the makeup professional that she is and having gained from her recent Theatrical Makeup Class was responsible for all of the makeup and costume design. So if you are frightened and shocked out how darn good we look be sure to direct your compliments her way.

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