Brady’s Getaway

I’m not really sure if he was having fun or hiding out, but Brady spent the afternoon sitting in a tree a few days ago. He seemed happy enough. I’ll just chalk it up to kids being weird.

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.

Brady’s First Concert

So Brady has his first band concert this evening. It was an interesting setup. They basically tried to highlight the students progression from knowing nothing to being able to play a basic song. The elementary kids played for at most 20 minutes then we were regaled with 4 long numbers from a single Junior High band.

From Brady's First Concert

They were good, no doubt about that, but when you drag 6-7-8 elementary school’s families together and a fraction of a single junior high having the balance of the performance opposite the attendance feels odd.

I know that they do it to spark interest in the students and parents at the elementary level so they get stoked about their kids being in band at a higher level so I can’t really be mad at them for that. Maybe it would have been more effective if more than half of the people present had a seat.

Anyhow, here’s the only ensemble song the elementary kids played: