Plans are for boring people

Came to Hawai’i without plans and nowhere to stay. We’re spending the fourth of July camping shoreside at a private resevoir.

There are way worse ways to spend the holidays. Be safe, enjoy each other.

Wesport June 09

Jen and I went to Westport this last weekend for Pirate Daze and the Sand and Sawdust festival in Ocean Shores. We headed off to Ocean Shores pretty much first thing Saturday morning to see the sand castle competition.

Teams had a roughly 12 foot square plot of beach to work in. The were assigned plots and allowed to set up their tools at 7am. They were unable to actually enter the plot and begin building until 9am. One of the things I was surprised to find out is that they did not allow you bring sand into or out of your plot. I suppose that just allows the ocean to put everything back pretty much where it came from.

Teams had until 3pm to build and were judged on things like height, cut-throughs, theme and using the plot evenly. We found out a few days before arriving here that Joel’s family was going to have a team present so we were excited to catch up with them and see how they did.

There are two beach access roads near the area and we wound up at the one furthest from the event. We had to walk about half a mile or so to get there but considering the state of parking where the event actually was I think it would have been the same either way. Plus, something about a walk along the beach seems a whole lot better than walking through a parking lot.

From Westport June 09

There were four different divisions for the competition; Family, Novice, Intermediate, and Master. the Family teams were clearly there just for the fun of hanging out together. I saw a bit of overlap in the Novice and Intermediate teams, but the Masters were just amazing. Particularly the theme and detail level of the Masters is what set them apart.

From Westport June 09

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Ladies Rock Camp May 09

Jen headed down to Portland for Ladies Rock Camp last weekend and hooked up again with some of her bandmates from last year. Together they formed the band Sharp Decline, Jennifer on Bass, Kristen did Vocals, Stephanie on Drums, and Adrienne on Lead Guitar.

All three of the other girls are from Texas and are in a band there called Her Majesty’s Sweatbox. Jen was able to see one of their shows locally when she went down to hang out last summer.

They totally smashed it, the whole song came off well, I thought, and each of their individual parts were well received. The crowd especially enjoyed Adrienne’s mini-shred solo. I wasn’t able to take still photos during the actual performance because I was using Kristen’s DV cam to get some video.

She’s having a bit of difficulty uploading it so she’ll snail-mail up to us and I’ll post it as soon as I get it. Instead of the usual string of individual images I am putting this here slideshow in. Let me know if in the comments if you like one form over another.

I have some pics from the afterparty also which I will get up here next.

Spring Break ’09

Spring Break has officially come and gone. I worked every single day at least 14 hours a day, and have quite a bit to show for it too.

It wasn’t all work however, we took Friday and Saturday and went to Oregon for some actual vacationing. First thing Friday went drove down to Tillamook, Oregon and went to the Tillamook Dairy and Cheese Factory.

It was pretty fun. We got to watch all the machinery in operation, which both Jennifer and I love doing. We sampled several different kinds of cheese and got some smokin’ deals on cheese in the store there. We bought two pounds of peppercorn cheddar for only $5! Of course we had to get some ice cream while we there too.

After Tillamook we headed back to I-5 and Portland. After checking in at the hotel we went to Powell’s “City of Books.” It’s a book store that covers an entire city block. It’s pretty darned awesome. We picked up a few and spent the evening at the hotel reading and hanging out.

On Saturday Brady swam for an hour or so in the hotel pool while I read and we headed off to VooDoo Doughnut. It is probably the single most amazing donut shop in the history of the world. Ever.

The box does not lie…

Right there you have the raspberry filled VooDoo man, the Tang, Grape Ape and NoName. Then there is the Triple Chocolate (with cocopuffs), Dirt (with Oreo bits), and the singularly most exquisite doughnut ever, the bacon maple bar. I’ll suffer the heart attack gladly.

After gorging on VooDoo we went to one of the craziest Putt-Putt courses I’ve ever seen. It was right in the middle of the city, tucked into the side and under a regular office building. It’s called Glowing Greens and it’s a black-light, 3D glasses, pirate wreck, reggae music themed extravaganza.

As the course goes, it was fairly easy. It was really the theme of the place that made it a worthwhile experience. I think they tried really hard to monetize every single thing they could think of, going so far as to sell mint patties in a glass case. The clubs and balls were all brand-new, which was great, it was just a wee bit basic of a course for my taste.

It would definitely make it into the book Jen and I want to write about putt-putt courses in the U.S. though…maybe someday.

That was it, back home for a few hours rest, and then back to work full-tilt on Sunday.