December 2006


On friday I had to wake up at ~6am and go into work early, even though I had taken the day off, and it took longer than expected. This in turn pushed back the errands I had to run before hitting the road. Oh yeah so then it was across downtown in rush hour traffic to get to AAA and get car insurance because mine was expiring that day. you may be wondering what does this have to do with the camping trip. Patience, it is all part of an intricate tapestry of events.
One of the great parts of living in portland is that it is a burden to have a vehicle. I spend on average $3K a year in repair costs on my car and I drive so very little that I only get liability protection to save some money.

Enough of the boring intro lets talk about camping. Needless to say I arrived at the trail-head after dark. Normally this wouldn’t be a cause for concern but at this particular trail-head there are two parking lots. The better lot is farther away from the trail but to save time I used the closer one. It was a nice night, not to cold and the moon was out.

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We hiked ~5 miles in and set up camp. I got a fire going from soaking wet wood and moss.

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The gear was holding up it’s end and kept me warm and comfortable all night. I have just one word for anyone who cares, “icebreaker“. Look it up HERE to get it on sale.

The next morning mack and I emerged from the tent well rested and ready for a nice hike after breakfast.

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I don’t want to bore you with lots of pictures of trees and creeks and stuff but my camera is quite demanding when it comes to use. If I even pass up one thing on the trail that is even remotely photo worthy I have to hear about it for the next half-hour.

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I don’t know where this came but I didn’t trip over it the night before when I was hiking in the dark.

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These photos were taken on the way back down to the parking lot. I wanted to move my car to the other lot where I thought it would be safer.

When mack and I reached the lot surprise surprise my car had been broken into. Unfortunately for the thieves I am poor and don’t have anything worth stealing. They got my cell phone (brand new only 2 weeks old) and my keys (why the hell do you steal someones keys). They also broke into the luggage box on top of the car and stole my spikes spider

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which are the only way I can make it up the mountain to go snowboarding. These puppies retail for over$300 smackers but I scored them off craigslist for $90. If you click on these thumbnails you can see the carnage in all its’ glory.
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So now I was faced with the dilemma of leaving my windowless car alone while I hike back up 5 miles to camp pack up my stuff and then hike back down. That’s pretty much all I could do. I guess the worst part was driving home in the middle of winter with no driver-side window sitting on glass. And if you were paying attention to the beginning of the story you would recall I only have liability which of course does not cover theft and break-ins.

Happy F#*king New Year bitches.

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Line Rider – Jagged Peak Adventure

I saw a sweet linerider on geekologie and then it took me to this one. You can’t truly appreciate this unless you’ve tried linerider for yourself. There is like a cult around this thing.

Gmail users are reporting that all of their emails and contacts are being auto deleted. This may be a security flaw around use of Firefox 2.0. Google’s official policy is that once emails are deleted, they are gone forever. And based on the Google Groups thread, no one has been able to have their Gmail accounts restored to pre-deletion status.

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Quick someone tell me how to back up my email?

george bush – er I ummm…

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Taiwan on Tuesday night, which was followed by several smaller quakes in the region, apparently damaged the vast network of underwater cables that enables modern communication. (yahoo news)

Isn’t humanity great!

  1. Humans invent agriculture. Farming is done by monoculture leading to the situation that if one variable affects one individual in the crop it will affect them all, then we get famine.
  2. Humans invent industrialization. We have successfully poisoned ourselves out of our own environment. And our economies, which are the basis of civilization, are based on that industry.
  3. Humans invented the technological age. An earthquake can take that all away in an instant.

Think what your house…apt…whatever would look like if you took everything out that couldn’t be made by hand. Pretty bare huh? I mean everything: no lights, appliances, or whatever else rich people have because I’m looking around my room I can’t see much except the electronics, I guess. Well, my point is…it’s boring unless you like going blind reading by candle light (myth?). That’s the way that humanity has lived for most of it’s history. Sure, nowadays we couldn’t imagine life without cars, computers, Wiis, dishwashers (some people), hell electricity. And where would we be without credit cars, mortgages, lines of credit, car payments, and the bottom of the barrel, even worse than the payday loan, the dreaded car title loan. Brrr, shudder.

Now maybe if you’ve traveled out of the U.S. or you pay attention every once in a while. You read the line above (bold) and something about it caught your attention. Could it have been that you thought to yourself , “Hey wait I think I heard something about some people in that country, oh wait…what’s it called again paprika or pafrica yeah something like africa or shmindia, it ended in a “ah” sound and wern’t they poor and didn’t have stuff or somthin”. Yes, I didn’t forget about all the people alive right now who don’t have electricity, or water and food for that matter. But you know what many of them do have access to…pause…a TV. And you want to know what they may have seen? “Sex and the City, South Park, Friends, Seinfeld, and (number one, I hear) Oprah. Seriously they are very popular around the world.” (Martha Bayles)

So all these “economically subjugated” or poor if you will, individuals think most U.S. citizens live like the characters in some sitcoms about people living fruitless unproductive lives of privilege that they didn’t work to earn. (I must add here I’m not so sure about Oprah, I’ve never seen it, and Southpark kicks ass, kenny’s family had an engine on their coffee table) Can you tell me they are wrong? Well it seemed to me like that’s the way most U.S. citizens were, when I watched how even seemingly lower income individuals always had the newest cell, jewelry, or game console or even a nice ride. Maybe the reason it seemed to me that individuals in the U.S. spent money they didn’t even probably have “credit YEAH!” on crap they didn’t need was because they watch shows even more delusional then Sex and the City, Friends and Seinfeld. Some of the adults may not know what I’m talking about but to some of you two letters may mean something O.C.. Yes, my friends I’m referring to that piece of garbage I had the unfortunate privilege to view on one or more occasions, let’s all say it together “thank our feeble human brains for repressed memories”. This show is simply about the most spoiled, self-centered, brain-damaged humans on the planet. Well they could be tied with some princes on the arabian peninsula but the princes probably whine less. If people are actually watching this show, not just out of some masochistic fetish to be horrified that orange county california could possibly be as narcissistic as this show portrays, but out of some demented notion that this is a life they would be attracted to. Then you realize, what that explains…

 

  1. Why we buy all the useless overpriced crap we own that we never use. (check out Gizmodo)
  2. Why “economically challenged” individuals across the globe despise us. (but secretly or even blatantly envy us)
  3. Why agriculture inevitably lead to industrialization which in turn allowed for the technological age and forced us to strive to become whiny, unrealistic, addicts that lay by the pool all day and at night do things I don’t want to get into. And therefore the earthquake that cut the info between the U.S. and Asia might have been a government plot to try and raise the perception of the U.S. by Asia peoples. Because…

“movies and television are arguably the two main venues that have defined the United States as a popular icon.� Yet the data suggest a “striking” degree of “dislike” of American popular culture among those individuals who had a favorable opinion of the United States: about 38.2 percent of the people who were mildly supportive of the United States disliked its music, movies, television, and about 29.5 percent of those with a very high opinion of the United States thought likewise of its popular culture. (Martha Bayles)

 

Maybe I just feel like my stuff runs my life sometimes and I am simply a body going through the motions.

 

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I have just updated my flickr page with photos. Click on any of the photos on the right or here my pictures and sign in if I invited you, so you can see all the pictures including any I was too embarrassed to make public.

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Today, my ONE day off work, my supposed good friend mack, wakes me up early and drags me on a “forced death-march” in the cold, wet, muddy, icy columbia river gorge.

 

 

He told me the name of this waterfall “wahkeena” or something and it meant “most beautiful” in the yakima language, “whatever”. I could be sitting at home eating a burrito or something and watching samurai movies. It was a long waterfall looked about 242 ft from top to bottom.

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Another damn waterfall! Where is all this water coming from? They’re loud and wet, big deal. I mean it’s just a huge outdoor shower. Mack makes me stop for a while at every one so he can stare at them. What a weirdo.

 

 

I can’t understand what he sees in this stuff. I work all week long to have a place with stuff to do in it and the second I have time to relax he wants to go hike 10.7 miles from wahkeena falls to devils rest by way of angels rest. I hate my life.

 

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Why can’t I just stay home and look at a screen like a normal person. No! My dog insists I follow him up a 2,340 ft elevation gain and I let him push me around because I have no spine.

 

 

I tried to at least stop and take a picture of the columbia river but mack was like, ” come on, hurry up, let’s go”.

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I was praying he would slip on the ice and I would finally be rid of him. I quickly stuffed some carrots in my mouth while the “hiking nazi” mack wasn’t looking.

 

 

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finally we’re back at the first one! Time to go home eat, get in bed and watch a movie like a civilized being. Why do I let him do these things to me.What a watse of a day, thank you very much mutt.

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