Blog archives

A collection of all the nonsense I've posted to the internet over the past 17 years of my blog life

  • Small World, Giant Baby posted - 2 comments

    What a random/weird weekend. Kari and I made some last minute plans to celebrate Teresa's birthday in CR Friday night, visit my sister in the QC Saturday, then bust back to DSM to have at least 1 weekend day at home. 2/3 of our plan worked. So Friday, we drove out to CR and had dinner at the Red Lobster, ha. I hadn't been there in years, but it was actually quite good... read more

  • Bockfest 2008 posted

    It's Tuesday after Bockfest and I think I'm finally awake enough to blog. So.. Bockfest was good again; not sober, and everything a beer celebration should probably be... and more. Maybe even a little too much more... read more

  • Life in 08 posted - 6 comments

    Man. It's been nearly a month since I've actually blogged about life. So let's see... what's happened... First of all, dad visited at the beginning of January... read more

  • Wish Lists! posted - 9 comments

    Oh man, I love lists. I really do. The "notes" section on my sidekick is always full of lists that I can add to while I'm out and about. One of those lists is always a "to buy" list... AKA, a "wish list" It's really handy when I'm out with some money to spend and I think to myself, "which DVDs do I still need?" or "what was that random tool that I needed last week?" So, I quick whip out my... read more

  • Alpine CDA-9886 Review and how Crutchfield Rules posted - 48 comments

    I just installed my Alpine CDA-9886 last night and since it's so new, there's a serious lack of online reviews, so I thought I'd contribute. First of all, let me outline what I was looking for. A deck that would let me play my iPod in some way, either via AUX in, or actual iPod connectivity/control. If the deck should have iPod control, it couldn't suck horribly like most of them do. It has to somewhat match my interior... read more

  • It's 2008 posted - 6 comments

    Kari and I's New Years Eve was quite interesting this year. We had these plans to make it a fancy/dancy night, which sort of fell through and left us stranded on a curb in some -4 degree wind chill weather. Aside from that though, it was a good night. We kicked it off with a fancy 5 course prix fixe dinner at Sage. It was amazing... read more

  • Christmas 2007 posted

    I suppose I better write this before 2008... Christmas this year was great. Kari and I were able to afford all the gifts we wanted to buy (for once), and we got totally spoiled by everyone else. We also saw tons of family, but not very many friends this holiday season. I'm a bit sad about the lack of friends this year, but hopefully that's what tonight (New Years) is for... read more

  • Santa and Church posted - 2 comments

    I promise I'm gonna blog about my Christmas, but first, check this awesomeness out. I get occasional e-mails from my aunt and uncle's church, which was also Kari and I's church for a while. A week ago, the new(ish) pastor sent out a nice Christmas e-mail that contained the following: "... Third, our Christmas Eve Service is Monday Night! Don't forget to come early and get your picture with Santa Claus, who will be making a special stop in West Des Moines before his appointed rounds... read more

  • Trans Siberian Orchestra at Wells Fargo Arena posted - 1 comment

    I haven't blogged in a minute, but last night as I was sitting at Trans Siberian Orchestra, I decided to whip up a quick blog on my phone. So first, here's an update... Nothing too big has happened. I've been hanging out, working, going out, and scraping ice/snow off everything. If you haven't already seen, here are some pics from last weekend's randomness... read more

  • derekbrooks.com is mine! posted - 9 comments

    I've been trying to get www.derekbrooks.com since I was in college. It's belonged to a canadian by the name of... wait for it - Derek Brooks since like 2001. I remember e-mailing a few times trying to get him to give it to me... but obviously that didn't work out... read more

  • Dos Zen Tattoos posted

    zoinks! So Friday I got 2 more hours of ink on my back. My crown should be completely done in about 1 more session, hurrah! I can't wait to have a finished tattoo. When it's done I should have around 8 hours in it... read more

  • Cool Kids Eat Shit posted - 18 comments

    I've been thinking about this for a few years, so nothing directly sparked this blog... I've actually been consciously not writing this blog due to related situations coming up. I didn't want people to think that they sparked it. So that said, I was just sitting at home and suddenly got a strange urge to rant! hurrah! read more

  • Oh yeah. Thanksgiving. posted

    We had a bit of a change-up in the Thanksgiving tradition this year. No RG Books on Wednesday night, no oysters, no squash, no 18 course meal by Jeff, and no QC. This year we only went to 1 place - and it was only a half hour away - awesome. Kari's parents got into town Wednesday night after putting a their truck in a ditch outside Grinnell. So instead of driving more, we decided to order take-out from Chili's and hang out at home... read more

  • The KC Shuffle posted - 1 comment

    So last weekend, Ando made plans to go to KC for his friend JJ's 30th birthday. Nathan and I got invited - and it was a blast... Maybe too much of a blast. On the way down, Nathan got pulled over for doing 84 in a 70. :( So, we got into town around 8:30, checked into our Sheraton Suite and then had dinner at Tomfoolerie's... read more

  • Joining Red 5 posted - 8 comments

    Holy first day. Seriously... I haven't felt this n00b in a long, long time - I'm both stressed and excited about it. So first of all, the drive. It's longer, but sooo much better than my last drive... read more

  • Leaving Pioneer posted - 4 comments

    It seems like just a few months ago - my last block at Cornell College - when I'd drive out of town via 8th Avenue and park in a cornfield entrance at the top of the hill. This is where I always went to get away from the loud dorm I lived in to make important phone calls. This time I was making my call to Marv Hardisty - checking on the job I interviewed for a few weeks prior. It was an interesting call - first he asked me about brooksfsw.com, one of my huge Soap Shoe web sites that I let get away. He asked me if I ran it and if I was aware that it was now a pornography site... read more

  • Belated Halloween Party posted - 2 comments

    As most of you know, Kari and I hosted a Halloween Party this weekend... and if you didn't come - you're lame. We had a little over half of the turnout that we had last year... but it was still a good time. Most of our out-of-towners didn't make it this time, however Tara came down from Mpls and Jake and Ania came from Illinois... read more

  • Uncle Broox posted - 5 comments

    My sister had a nine pound baby, haha... I'm an uncle - weird. read more

  • Alex Strait posted - 8 comments

    To my Cornell friends... Remember Alex Strait? He was a Soccer player, Gamma, had curly hair, and was a couple years below me at school. Apparently his body was found today at a park in Cedar rapids. http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs...711010024/1006/NEWS Alex always seemed like a pretty good/happy kid to me... read more

  • T Minus Eight Days posted - 5 comments

    Until I am done working at Pioneer. That's right. On Monday this week I put in my 2 week notice at my cushy corporate job. Why? Back up to a month ago when my promotion (supported by 3 levels of management) was brought forward and then shot down by the director of Information Management... read more