March 27, 2004

Road Trip!

Rather than babble as usual, let me redirect you to Karen's site. She supplies a great synopsis of our plans for the next week and half, as we travel back to Connecticut for a week.

Please click here to indulge.

Ye ship will return in a week and a half to magnificent Seattle, but until then...

Cheers!

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March 22, 2004

Ship Be Sailin'

When Alex first set me up with the poopdeck, I had no idea how coincidental the title was. It just seemed to fit, what with the name Admiral (from an old high school band, Admiral Poopypants and his Dancing Teeth), and my love for pirates, that the web site take the form of a ship, sailing from post to post. Ever since then, however, the ship has set sail far beyond the simple pages of this weblog, and set course for much broader horizons. Everyday, I realize that this journey has only just begun...

Life can be strange sometimes, seemingly giving you a sense of direction, and essentially plotting your course, only to throw in a few big waves to toss you in a different direction. Lately, my waters have been filled with these waves, but like any good pirate should, I've loved it, and I've charged head on into them.

If you were to ask me a year ago, where would I be now, I can assure you I would not have said 'Seattle.' Not because I didn't want to, but simply because my ship didn't seem to be sailing here at the time. If you had asked me 9 months ago, would you be an uncle, I assure you I would not have said 'yes.' Not because I had any doubt, it just wasn't knowingly in my agenda. If you had asked me 3 months ago, who would I be with today, I assure you I would not have answered 'with the yin to my yang, the pork chop to my applesauce, and the blank cd's to my kazaa.' Not because I didn't like it, but simply because I just never saw what was right there in front of me.

And if you asked me one month ago, where would I be today, I never would have expected the answer to be 'preparing to live and work in Japan.' Not because I didn't want to, I just had never opened my mind to the possibilities of exploring the world.

I guess what I'm saying is, this ship set sail back in September, and the Admiral has no intentions of docking quite yet. There will be a time when the ship needs to stop, when it needs to be retired, but until then it has a vast ocean to explore, and seems to come across every oppertunity to do so. Ever since this discovery began, life has become much more interesting, and overwhelmingly more exciting. My time in Seattle has been amazing, and I really will miss the city and the wonderful people here. But who knows, in the future, I'm sure the ship will return.

I ask anyone, where will you be one year from now, I'd like to hope your answer would be "I don't know." Life should be much more exciting than just sitting behind a desk all day.


Till next time mates, ye admiral be settin course fer Osaka, Japan, in early May!

Yaaaar me swabs, hope ta see ya on the port bow!

Cheers...

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March 18, 2004

Breaking News

Sometime today, or sometime tonight, my sister will have (or already had) her baby. She went in this morning, and may have already given birth, but I'm a bit low on the facts as of now.

No more Admiral, from now on I'm Unkee Jed!

More details soon...

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March 17, 2004

Open Faced Club Sand Wedge

I noticed two things today, in my mindless wonder:

1) Playing golf is a whole lot of fun. I know many people are bored with it, don't get it, don't think it's a sport, hate it, etc... but in reality, it's a great way to spend a day outdoors, sometimes with people you really like, and if you're really lucky, get paid for it. I thought of this today, when thinking of my family back at home (more specifically my dad... I know you don't like golf mom). I heard that today they were getting more than 10 inches of snow in Connecticut, freshly coating the ground at the end of a long winter. I sat here, looking out into the streets, knowing that if I wanted to, I could pick up the clubs and go play, while those golfers back home have to wait at least another month. I began to realize that I could, in fact, have done this all winter long and enjoyed the day, the experience, and the atmosphere, without worrying about the snow (if I had my golf clubs with me).

I know what most of you are thinking... 'Why this sudden interest in golf, I still see no reason as to why you brought it up?'

Well, there is a good reason, and the reason is this: I thought of the title of this post before writing it, and as I segway into part 2 of my ramblings, you'll understand what I mean...

2) This evening I was feeling a bit hungry, so I walked into the kitchen to see what we had to snack on. I decided on a sandwich, as it was one of my very few options, and while making it I came upon a moderately strange circumstance...

When I make, say, a turkey sandwich, I'll typically use bread, turkey, cheese, and mustard, at very least. This evening, these were my only options, so I began my preparation. Placing the bread on a paper towel, I began to build my masterpiece; I squeezed some mustard, placed the turkey, and piled the cheese. I was now left with one piece of bread covered in food, and one left completely empty. I thought I was finished, but for extra flavor, I decided to use a second type of mustard for the other side of the food products (I know, I know... I'm a genius).

'Get to the point you babbling fool!'

...sorry.

My point is, when I went to squeeze the second mustard onto the bread, I first *flipped* the bread, as if it had a distinct front and back. After doing this, I realized I *always* do this, for no apparent reason, when adding a second condiment.

You see folks, there is no reason why a flipping of the bread is necessary, but I have a strong assumption that many people fall victim to the unnecessary flippage of bread when making a sandwich. Am I alone in this?

Ah yes... it's not easy being bored.

Godspeed!

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March 14, 2004

The Beach

The weekend came and went (not that it really matters anymore), but the gang and I took advantage of at least one nice day, and headed into discovery park shortly after rising out of our slumber Saturday morning, at the early hour of 2:00 p.m. (That's 5:00 p.m. to you east coast folk).

Regardless of the late start, we had a nice time taking in a bit of sunlight, a good little hike, and enjoyed a really beautiful sunset over the water and behind the mountains. Of course, I brought along the camera, so get your glasses ready, put your coffee in hand, and prepare to take in our afternoon outdoors.

Aah, but before I give you the link, I have a few comments:

-My computer monitor recently crapped out, so updates might become a bit rare until I remedy the issue, which should be within just a couple of weeks.

-When viewing the photos, you might need to adjust the size of your window. By doing this, you'll see arrows for easy browsing of the pictures, as well as comments/explanations for every picture. I neglected to mention this for the previous groups of photo's I've posted, and I know some of you missed them.

Anyway, here is yet another group of pictures, for your viewing pleasure-

The Beach: Come explore nature with us as we venture into the great outdoors.

Cheers!

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March 09, 2004

Pics Of The Day

Today, temperatures rose well into the 60's, peaking at around 65°, which meant Andy, Karen and I had no choice but to venture into the city. We made the usual trek down to the space needle and Seattle Center, walked our way to Pike Place Market (since the monorail was closed for the day), and eventually met Chase for some sushi and a movie.

As usual, I brought along the camera... so without further adieu, here are your pics of the day.

Apples: Karen took this at Pike Place Market.



Altoids: For some reason, I thought this was really funny.



Needle: This was my daily attempt at being artistic.



Twitsed: We went to see Starsky and Hutch, but look at how they spelled 'Twisted.' What an ironic movie title to 'twist,' heh heh heh...

Godspeed!

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March 06, 2004

New Contest And More Pictures

Based on the amount of pictures I've been taking lately, I think it's become rather obvious that I have found a new hobby in my moderately boring life. Today will be no different, as I have more pictures for your viewing pleasure, including our trip to the zoo, and pictures from a 'normal' Friday evening in Seattle.

But first, I have a new contest to announce. Spawned from the mind of Chef Monkeywerks (who also brought us 'when will the conjoined twins die') the new contest is simple: how many years will the country's newest celebrity convict, Martha Stewart, recieve in her sentencing on June 17th?

The good chef has predicted a sentence of 5 years, while I am going to one up him and say 6 years. In this contest, price is right rules DO apply, meaning that the winner will be decided by whoever guesses the correct amount of years without going over, and not by who makes the closest guess. Also, the contest is only looking for her sentence, and not actual jail time, as she'll most likely not be behind bars for the entire sentence. (And before anyone asks, there is no prize on the line, so don't get your hopes up.)

So start sending me your predictions, and I'll eventually set up a side bar so we don't forget.

Now for more picture fun, I have two groups of pics from the past couple of days (not nearly as many as the last post, so it won't take as long to look at them).

The Zoo: Karen and I met up with our friend Tim, who lives nearby, and he took us to the zoo for the afternoon. Tim has a memebership, and I think I might get one for myself, because the zoo is awesome. I had slight technical difficulties with the camera, so I didn't get a whole lot of pictures, but never fear, I will definitely be making another visit.

A Typical Friday Night: These are just random pictures from last nights festivities. The only thing that made this night not-so-typical was the fact that the show we went to was free- usually it costs mucho dinero just to get into these places. Oh and also, it doesn't usually hail... Otherwise, this seems to be how we spend most of our weekends.

Cheers!

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March 04, 2004

California Trip- The Novel

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

No wait, how about...

It was a dark and stormy night.

No, I guess that's been used, too.

OK, well how about I just start like this: Yay California!

It was a fun-filled, non-stop, laugh-riot, exciting-yet-exhausting week, and I won't trade it for anything in the world. I had a chance to see some really cool things, went to some really interesting places, and met up with some really nice people.

NOTE: This is a babble filled, extremely long post. If you feel like skipping the wrap up and heading right for the pictures, a link can be found at the end of this entry. I divided them into two catagories for your viewing pleasure: pictures and self portraits. Also, to help assist visually with our travel route, I have provided a map, also located at the end of this post. Clicking on the map will provide a better view of the secondary roads and stops.

Day 1: Leaving Seattle (2/24)
I went a very long time without getting sick, so of course I caught a cold the day before leaving. It wasn't too bad, though, just the common cold, but still unfortunate timing. Lucky for Karen, she felt much better after suffering the same thing, so it wasn't too bad for us. Anyway, because of my lack-of-motivation-due-to-illness, I didn't crawl out of bed as early as I'd hoped, so we got off to a late start. By the time we ran our errands, got our coffee, packed our clothes, and said good-bye to the cat, it was about 4:00 p.m. This was a slight delay from our predicted departure time of 'no later than 10:00 a.m.' I guess we should have known better. Anyway, we drove through Washington down I-5, and quickly made our way through scary, desolate Oregon, making it into Yreka, California, late Tuesday night. The hotel was a bit frightening, so we left the TV on all night so Karen wouldn't be scared. Unfortunately, it was on Cartoon Network, so I was pretty much watching it until the next morning. Also, interesting fact about Oregon- it is illegal to pump your own gas. I found this out when attempting to pump my own gas.
Total Driving Time: approx. 8 hours.



Day 2: Yreka to Calistoga (2/25)
Much like day one, this was a fairly easy ride- that is, until we headed off the main highway. The secondary roads were wonderfully scenic for awhile, but instantly turned into a nauseating roller coaster ride up and down the mountains. Furthermore, people in California DO NOT know how to drive, so not only were the roads bad, but the drivers were highly annoying. We thought all this was bad at the time, but little did we know what was in store for us.

We made it to Calistoga and the Golden Haven Spa about a half hour before our mud bath appointment. I was worried I might not seem so masculine and macho (heh heh heh) after admitting to a mud bath, but after having done it, I don't care. It was one of the most relaxing things I have ever done, and I highly recommend it. To give you an idea, after the mud bath we got a mineral water jacuzzi, followed by a towel wrap. During the towel wrap, we each get our own bed and are, as you can assume, wraped in towels. It was during this process that I fell into one of the deepest sleeps I had ever had, and it only lasted about 20 minutes. It was wonderful. Anyway, after all that, we got some food, took a dip in the pool and hot tub, and headed back to our room where we had our own sauna. Needless to say, I slept very, very well that night.
Total Driving Time: approx. 5 hours.


Day 3: Calistoga to San Francisco (2/26)
This ride was much more relaxed, and only a short ride compared to previous days. Denny's had officially become a theme at this point, so we stopped for breakfast and calmly made our way into the city. We planned for a quiet evening, simply because Survivor and the Apprentice were on. (That's right, nothing stops our addiction to reality TV). However, we were pleasantly surprised that our friend Aron was able to come visit that night, so we had a nice time catching up with him, watching TV, and indulging in room service. Ah, it was wonderful.
Total Driving Time approx. 1 1/2 hours.



Day 4-6: San Francisco (2/27 - 2/29)
San Francisco was awesome. We got a chance to see a lot of the city, partly because Karen has a friend Trina on one side of the city whom we met for dinner Friday evening, but mostly because we spent all of Saturday with Aron, the greatest tourguide ever, on the other side of the city. Aron, Karen, and myself happened to come across a pier in Fisherman's Wharf offering a $10.00 boat tour of the bay area, so we all jumped on it. It took us along the shore of the bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and back to the dock. The sun was shining, the weather was fairly warm, and it was a great way to see the city. After that, Aron gave us the grand tour of his office building, and the area where he works right in downtown San Francisco. It was really great to see him, and Karen and I were both overwhelmed by his accomplishments.

On Sunday, Karen and I did our last bit of sightseeing, as we drove down Lombard Street (the curviest street in the world), took a walk on Baker Beach, and galloped through Golden Gate Park. I have to say, when I first arrived in Seattle, I thought it was pretty hilly. After visiting San Francisco, however, Seattle is as flat as the midwest. Karen pointed out that some of the sidewalks are so vertical, they had to make them into stairs. It was pretty ridiculous.

All in all, it was a well spent afternoon, but nothing could prepare us for the horrible road that lay ahead...
Total Driving Time: approx. 1 hour



Evening of Day 6: San Francisco to Fort Bragg (2/29)
The thought of driving along the 'coastal route' is so enlightening in my mind. I had envisioned a road that follows the ocean in a straight line, viewing the rocks and the waves, and looking over the crystal clear ocean while the sun shines behind you and all your troubles float away.

Guess what, I was wrong.

Sure, we got a view of the water every so often, but for the most part, Coastal Route 1 is much like an amusement park ride... namely, the tea cups. The road is so curvy, so twisty, so frustrating in it's inability to form a straight line, that you have no choice but to feel ill from the motion of the car. To make matters worse, we left San Francisco late in the day, and figured Fort Bragg was only a 2 hour drive away, which would allow for maximum sunlight on our journey... boy were we wrong.

To drive 44 miles, it took us over 2 hours. We came to a quick realization that if we ever wanted to make it to Fort Bragg for the night, we needed to get back on a main highway. Luckily, we were able to find an access road from the coastal route inland to Route 101 at Santa Rosa, which allowed us to make up serious time. We then thought we were home free, until we got on our secondary route back to the coast, which was the same type of curvy road, in the middle of nowhere, in the the pitch black of night. It was at this time when Karen and I experienced insanity. We literally went crazy, laughing at non-funny things, speaking of weird, horrible imagry, and basically putting oursleves on the brink of self-destruction. Finally (and not a minute too soon) we made it to Fort Bragg, and went to Denny's.
Total Driving Time: approx. 5 hours



Day 7: Fort Bragg, CA to Ashland, OR (3/1)
By this time we realized the ride would not be fun, so I, for one, was not looking forward to the drive. After a nice breakfast at Denny's, we set out again along Route 1. It was at this time that I realized what we had been missing- Daylight! The ride on this day was fantastic; it still involved winding roads and horrible driving, but with the sun came a view. But even still, the coast was not as predominant as I had hoped. It seemed that we'd drive along the water for 5 minutes, only to venture into the woods for an hour. It was a nice drive, though, and we caught some great views. Luckily, the road opened up into more of a freeway a few hours into the ride as well, so we got to drive a bit faster than 20 MPH.

Actually, I guess my emotions got the best of me, because I got pulled over by CHiP (like the tv show, California Highway Patrol) for going a good amount over 20 MPH. I have to admit, though, the officer was so nice to us, but rather than risk my own luck, or the credibility of this fine gentlemen, I won't go into detail.... though I will say that he gave me a huge break. There will probably be a small fine involved, but that should be it (and don't worry mom and dad, I can easily wipe it off my record, according to the nice officer, so the car insurance won't be affected).

Anyway, the road eventually turned back into a less populated street again (we became used to this) so we were forced to slow down up near Oregon. As usual, it was getting late, plus we needed to settle in before 10:00 p.m. as the Average Joe 2 finale was that night. We were planning to back track a bit to Ashland, Oregon (about 45 minutes south of where we joined Route 5 again) to meet Karen's friend Jerry. However, since Average Joe was in jeopardy, we decided to stop in Grants Pass, and head to Ashland the next morning.
Total Driving Time: approx. 6 1/2 hours



Day 8: Grants Pass to Ashland to Seattle
We made it to our last day, and we were both getting pretty tired. Luckily, we had a chance to relax for lunch about 30 miles south of where we stopped for the night, and visited with Karen's friend Jerry. It was here that Karen ordered a piece of cake the size of my head. It was so impressive, in fact, that I just took the last bite of it moments ago, now almost 36 hours later. But cake aside, we took off at around 3, stopped at Denny's for a late dinner at around 10, and made it back home to Seattle at around 11 p.m.
Total Driving Time: approx. 7 hours.

All in all it was an excellent trip. The driving became arduous, the food was very fattening, and the money seemed to disappear, but it was all so worth it. And, if you made it through that horribly long entry, you can now click the link below to view the many pictures taken on our trip. Most of them are explained, either in my ramblings here, or in a small description under the picture. Also, check out the road map below of our journey, so you know what roads not to take if you ever happen to duplicate our trip.

Godspeed!

**Click here for the Pictures gallery**

**Click here for our Self Portrait gallery**


Map Legend
*The Blue line is our route to San Francisco.
**The Green line is our return route.
***The red dots are stopping points.


(Click the map to zoom)

Vacation Route.bmp

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March 03, 2004

Return Of The King

In this case, 'The King' is yours truly, as Karen and I just returned from our trip to San Francisco. It was a great time, and I have a whole bunch of pictures to share once I sort through them all (hopefully during the day tomorrow). For now, it's nice to be back in Seattle, and out from behind the steering wheel, as we tacked on another 2000 miles to my poor car. But in any event, check back soon- a full recap, with pictures, is on the way!

Cheers!

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