alaskan vacation part 2 the cruise day 89 tracy arm fjord

2009-06-03 | #Alaska #Caralyne #Family #Owen

I felt cheated today, I had to rush out of the room at 8am to see the iceberg that we were scheduled to see at 11am. I have had to wake up at 7 or so everyday, and the night before I was adamant (with myself anyway, I didn’t express this to anyone else) that I was going to sleep in, this is after all a vacation. Captain Rick had a different plan, and announced on the PA system at 8 that we were about to depart from the iceberg and head to Victora, BC, after another two days at sea.

alaskan vacation part 2 the cruise day 67 juneau and skagway

2009-06-02 | #Alaska #Caralyne #Family #Owen

Both Juneau and Skagway are tourist towns. the main streets are lined with cheap jewelry stores and gift shops hocking Ammolite stones and the Ulu cutting tool. This “knife” must be incredibly cheap to manufacture, or the cruise ship got a great deal on a bulk purchase. The did a demo of using it, and while the chief hypes it up with how easy it is to chop an onion, the way he holds the blade, by one of the sharp tips itself, seems pretty dangerous.

alaskan vacation part 2 the cruise day 45 at sea

2009-06-01 | #Caralyne #Family #Owen

Our ship is named “Rhapsody of the Seas”, and I can’t stop re-wording it as Rapture of the Seas, which would be more appropriate for these two days at sea. Most people we came with got sea sick, Michele got sick from the food. I didn’t get sea sick, that part of swaying back and forth doesn’t bother me, I did jog on a treadmill during some pretty choppy waters and that was interesting :) I was also listening to a funny podcast, so I was jogging, balancing, and laughing all at once.

alaskan vacation part 1 the drive day 3 seattle

2009-05-31 | #Caralyne #Family #Owen #Seattle

The previous night I was lucky enough to get out for a jog :) and Portland is pretty nice, that is until I hit a truck stop type of road (which is odd, I guess I just naturally find myself in this places). I made a full circle back to the hotel at that point anyway, so the jog was shorter than I had wanted (and I ended up adding 30 minutes to the total on a treadmill that night), but it was nice to get out and see some of Portland and not get completely lost.

alaskan vacation part 1 the drive day 2 portland oregon

2009-05-21 | #Caralyne #Childrens Museum #Family #Oregon #Owen #Portland

The drive to Portland was really nice. The best part about drive NORTH on I5 from California, is that it gets prettier the farther you go. Oregon is a beautiful state, I’m really going to dislike the drive back home (view wise that is, otherwise, I’ll be ready :) ). We had timed it really well, we left right before Owen was ready for a nap. He slept most of the way, and then we kept him busy with a bottle and toys.

alaskan vacation part one day one eugene oregon

2009-05-21 | #Family

We are driving up to Seattle to catch our cruise ship. Our “Vay-Kay”, as my sister Jessica was trying to get Caralyne to say. We’ll be on a 7 day cruise up the coast of Alaska, and the first part of that is driving from Antioch to Seattle. It should be really nice. I’m also going with 12 or so of my In Laws. This, like any good HP Lovecraft journal, will document my path to insanity.

wushu west 2009 05 14

2009-05-14 | #Ba ji Quan #James #weights #Wushu

Wow, what an awesome class! It was nice and warm tonight, so it was really easy to get warmed up and stretch well. That was a bonus though, there were a few really killer parts to tonights class: We had some nice and quick basics Jumps! which I have not done in a while James taught me part of the Baji set he learned I had to change my shirt twice, and that means I got a good workout :)

yosemite trip

2009-05-03 | #Family #yosemite

Hmm, what does this remind me of? todo Ah ha, thats it! todo I grew up on Sierra adventure games, this was the highlight of my trip :) A few weeks ago the four of us went with my In-Laws and Butch, a friend of the family’s, to a place outside of Yosemite. It was a RV kind of campground, and they even had cabins you could rent out. Yeah, camping is really tough these days :) With two kids, we opted for a small little cabin, and it was nice even though I had a cold and a sore throat.

dirty rotten scoundrels

2009-04-26 | #Jenny #Movies

Freddy, what I am saying is: know your limitations. You are a moron. todo I had never seen this movie, I mean, I think I saw the ending of it a long time ago when it first came out on VHS, but I didn’t know what it was about. Over the past few years, Jenny has asked me maybe a half dozen times if I had ever seen it, and after the last few times she finally brought it in for me to watch :)

using amazon s3 for backups

2009-04-25 | #Backups #FreeBSD #Geekyness #MySQL #PostgreSQL #S3

I don’t have a backup system for home (which is where this site, and others are located), and I have generally relied on duplicating enough of my important stuff between friends and other computers. That, and I have a RAID5 setup for my large storage, and then home directories and website stuff is on a RAID1 ZFS volume. This doesn’t prevent accidental “oh-no"s, but it does protect me from some hardware failures.