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Hood River Winter Storm

posted on Thursday, February 24th, 2011, in the afternoon by

HPIM1657HPIM1656Nice snowstorm (as long as it doesn’t get more nasty)! Here’s NeHPIM1659al Creek and the house.

Amick’s Valentine’s Day 2011

posted on Monday, February 14th, 2011, at night by

HPIM1641Made your Mom a great dinner and did the flower thing.  She made some great Valentine’s Day cupcakes

I finally got the bike I really wanted

posted on Sunday, January 30th, 2011, just before midnight by

Lovely Bike, side shotSo I finally got a bike that does exactly what I want it to. I kinda put off ordering it, because picking the right frame is really hard. Furthermore, since I’m getting it with components installed, choosing all the little pieces can basically go on forever if you let it. Everything in the picture came installed on the bike, except the pump and the pedals. I got my shit together and ordered the bike in mid-November and the bike arrived just shy of a month later.

Lovely Bike, front shotThings I wanted to change from my old bike: cantilever brakes, stronger rack with longer support structure (so loaded panniers don’t swing back and hit the tire), more clearance between wheel and frame (for fenders and bigger wheels), stronger and long-lasting all-steel frame, bar-end shifters, Brooks seat, and wheels that support cassettes rather than failure-prone freewheels.

I’ve almost got the seat and handlebars adjusted to where I want them, but it takes a while to find that perfect position. Every time I ride, I readjust things a bit. I’m also starting to wonder if I like bar-end shifters more than downtube shifters or not (unfortunately, I didn’t realize my new bike doesn’t have downtube shifter bosses — argh!). Still, everything I didn’t like about my old bike is gone now, and I’ve yet to hate anything about the new bike. Even the Brooks seat, which is supposedly really hard until you break it in, feels just fine to me.

Lovely Bike, side shotA couple months ago we had some thieves come through the apartment complex and steal a bunch of bikes from the community bike racks. The bikes are hung by bike mounts and a cable hangs down from them with which you can use a lock to tether the bike. Unfortunately, the cable is very thin, so it was trivial for the thieves to snip ‘em and toss the bikes in a truck. Fortunately, my old bike looks like shit (awesome shit), so it was passed over while several other bikes next to it were disappeared. But knowing that my new bike is not likely to get passed over, I decided to invest in some precautionary measures. I got the thickest U-Lock available and a very thick chain to tie around the wooden boards supporting the community bike rack. At least now the bike rack is the weak point and not a crappy cable.

Lovely Bike, close-upI’m happy with the bike so far. While I was getting groceries today, I even had a hot hipster chick tell me I had a “beautiful bike” and compliment the double-toptube. Yay, bikes!

Germany Visit Holiday Season 2010/2011

posted on Monday, January 17th, 2011, at night 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) – 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.

Ride around Ammersee

posted on Sunday, October 10th, 2010, during graveyard shift by

Ammersee on Wikipedia

Shopping Round 3

posted on Thursday, September 16th, 2010, at night by

Most everyone knows that I’m back at that old job yet again, but I figured I’d share what I’m doing these days since it completely changed from when I left in February. So here’s the job in a nutshell: I currently write and produce four “shopping” slideshows a week.

My all-time favorite piece would have to be the first slideshow I wrote: 25 Fall Fashion Classics Under $100. I actually had the time to really focus on writing this slideshow, so of course it’s the best one.

Sexy Optimus Prime

My other favorites are Costume Ideas for Couples and this particular slide in Sexy Halloween Costumes—but only because of the absurdity of these Halloween costumes. The copy for these two is nowhere near my ideal quality, but each was written in under 30 minutes.

Lastly, I’m working on a secret project that should launch next week. This secret project is awesome and will focus on writing quality content over pumping out sheer quantity (as is the current process). So yeah, I’m super excited about this. Although, Tyler can attest that I’m also a raging, stressed out bitch due to the overwhelming amount of conflicting projects I had this week.

Check out my daily photoblog!

posted on Friday, September 10th, 2010, in the afternoon by

Dieter’s Picture a Day Project

Jazz Band Camp

posted on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010, in the afternoon by


HPIM1543Yeah, I finally got to go to band camp!  :)   It was a week-long Jazz Workshop at the Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. (  Spent an exhausting week in workshops, listening to faculty perform and ourselves perform.  Food was bad, accommodations were sparse (tiny dorm-like rooms with shared bathrooms).  Here’s some pictures.  Went up with Bob, who also attended (he’s the guy in one of the pictures).  There’s a picture of the corner of the dorm/barracks I stayed in with the ocean in the background.  The trombone faculty member was Wycliffe Gordon – an amazing player (   He’s the large black guy in one of the pictures. There’s also a picture of me during our public performance.   Great fun!   Learned a lot.

A Relaxed Brewster

posted on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010, in the afternoon by

HPIM1558He looks dead, but he’s just worn out. Your Mom has been walking the dogs hard like 6 miles every morning.

In Ukraine

posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010, at night by


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.

Kievo-Pecherska Lavra
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