And another year passes me by

I turned 24 yesterday. It was pretty uneventful since I took the day off of work and just bummed around the house. All of the celebration happened during the weekend. Saturday, my wife and I met her family in Des Moines and we celebrated at the Cracker Barrel there. On Sunday, we went over to my parents’ house for another party. It wasn’t too bad turning 24… I came out with the new Underøath and Project 86 CD’s, the book Dreamer of Dune, a new shirt, and Home Movies seasons 3 and 4.


Last night saw my wife’s and my first try at Capoeira. The Capoeira Angola Palmares school down in Iowa City welcomed us and we started right in by learning to ginga (the basic capoeira move). We also learned esquiva lateral (lateral escape) and aú (a trimmed down cartwheel). After two hours, my legs were tired, my feet blistered, and my clothes drenched, but it was a blast. We got to watch a roda and meet some really cool people.

And life keeps flying by

It’s been almost a month and a half and my blogging has been quite absent. Here’s what has been happening… Life Our trip to San Jose (last month) went great. We had 4 days to bum around Silicon Valley and the surrounding areas. Since this was a vacation, we decided not to do too much and really only did one touristy thing: we went down to Carmel and 17 mile drive for a day.

Miniature people majorly sucking

Friday night, September and I went to see Mini-Kiss. Yup, that’s right. Mini-Kiss. If you ever get a chance to see them, don’t. Not only did we have to wait an hour longer than we expected to see them, we were sorely disappointed. I figured a Kiss tribute band would actually play the songs. The only live music was the lead singer singing along with kareoke tracks. It wouldn’t have been so bad if the guys “playing” the instruments would have actually looked like they were, but the drummer was completely off the whole time.

Sad state of affairs

I saw a commercial last night for the American Red Cross urging people to give blood. It would have been an alright commercial (aside from the poor acting which I’ve come to expect from all commercials), except they were urging people to give blood to save their own lives. Are we so self absorbed that the Red Cross can’t even get us to give blood to possibly save someone else’s life?

Do you know the way…

We just booked our flight and hotel for the Dojo Developer Day on May 13 in Mountain View, CA. We’re flying into San Jose and staying at a hotel a ways from the airport. It should be a fun experience driving in California, since I’m used to driving out here in the sticks. My friend, Rick, who’s originally from LA thinks the traffic here in Iowa is nothing compared to LA and Seattle.

Dizzying weather

So, tonight we had a big storm. Lightning, wind, rain, hail, tornadoes… the whole kit-n-kaboodle. We had to go to the first floor laundry room and our cat didn’t like it (we ended up putting her into one of the non-running dryers so she could “hide”). It wasn’t really bad here, but Iowa City got hit pretty hard. The weather didn’t really bother me… it was the stupid weathermen on the local TV station.

My current endeavors

Ok, so I said I would keep up with this blogging thing, but I’m not doing a very good job. It’s been over two months since I last blogged. What the heck is my problem? So here’s the run-down of what I’ve been doing: Work I’ve been steadily plugging away at Master Packing’s web site over the last two months. I’ve been trying to implement interactive features to some fairly boring things.

When did…

Just a couple of random questions that I’ve had over the last week: When did they start showing reruns of primetime shows in the middle of a season? (My Name is Earl, The Office, Supernatural, etc.) When did it become cool for guys to wear girls clothes? (I keep seeing it over and over on American Idol)


So, I had no clue that my blog was read by people other than people on The Planet and my wife. It turns out that someone from Django read my comments and thought they were good enough to put in a blog post on the main Django site. Good thing I didn’t say anything stupid :).