Arthur July 23, 2014
My girlfriend and I added a new guy into our family recently. The decision was easy - I never grew up with animals, and she has never not had an animal. That may make the decision sound one sided, but it was anything but. I have thought about getting a dog for some time now (I lived alone so it made perfect sense), but I was always worried I wouldn't know what the hell I was doing and would mistreat one. Now having someone to lead the way, I can learn and not feel bad when I do something wrong since my girlfriend immediately fixes it and Arthur just ignores me.
Newport Beach Notes May 28, 2014
- I was able to see the smoke of the San Diego fires where I was. San Diego is an hour south of where I was. Crazy.
- I have never seen as many Mercedes Benz in my life.
- Traffic wasn't nearly as bad as I expected.
- Traveling on Sundays is amazing. The airports in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Santa Ana (John Wayne) were all dead.
- What's the logic behind pouring a glass of wine into a carafe so the client can then pour it into their own glass?
- Not enough local restaurants. Not a ton of national chains but too many local chains.
- Get up early one morning for breakfast and eat it near the ocean so you can watch the surfers.
- Being a valet worker seems legit out here; I wasn't at an expensive hotel yet still saw an Audi R8, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maserati, a few Teslas, and countless Mercedes.
- No bugs at all.
- The lifestyle isn't necessary my thing, but being able to sit on your patio in perfect weather each night might be worth it.
- Speaking of things I do like, golf, two country clubs within a mile have initiation fees over $100,000. Insane.
- Where does all this money come from, anyway?
- Enough about money. Hard to get over it out here though.
- Steak, eggs, and jalapeño toast. Every place should serve this for breakfast.
- And crab cake benedict.
- A lot of major businesses in the area - Google, Amazon, Billabong, Maruchan, Ford, Mazda, Element, Kia, Yard House, LA Fitness, In-N-Out Burgers, Blizzard.
- I was working in Irvine. By the time I got to my hotel in Newport Beach (5-10 miles west of Irvine), the weather dropped at least 10 degrees.
- The area wasn't as "beachy" as I expected.
Random Friday April 25, 2014
- Why don't I blog more?
- Many of us bitch about the weather in the Midwest all Winter long, but what's stopping any of us from moving and changing that?
- I watch zero hockey, but it's one of the few sports the University of Minnesota
does well in. Inevitable, I tune in; they
losewin with 0.6 seconds left. They did go on to lose in the finals though. Oh well, good run. Now I'm watching the NHL Playoffs.
- Have you ever had the Blazin' Wings from Buffao Wild Wings?
- Just saying.
- Crows are really smart, apparently.
- I used to get random questions/trivia/facts from my Uncle every morning when I was younger. I recently visited and the latest - what does SCUBA stand for?
- Do you own any Bitcoins?
- I joined a slow pitch softball league meaning it wil be the first time in 5-6 years that I will put a glove on and swing a bat. Should be very interesting.
- The NFL schedule was released, and I've been waiting for the date of the Dallas @ Chicago game - Thursday, December 4th. Book it.
- Hospitals creep me the fuck out.
- I finally pulled the trigger and got 1Password. You should do the same.
- I don't play a ton of cards, but these are beautiful!
- Awesome new podcast recommended to me, Joe Rogan Experience
- Enjoy your weekend, and enjoy one of these.
Random Friday March 7, 2014
- Best time to watch sports in Vegas - an NFL weekend, Super Bowl, March Madness, or New Year's Day bowl games?
- Cookies and cream cheesecake cupcakes
- Apple TV has a Smithsonian channel that shows Aerial tours of different places. Aerial Minnesota was just on there. A few facts - Minnesota was the 32nd state; gortex, post-it notes and roller blades were all invented at the University of Minnesota. On top of that, the U of M was one of the first public coed universities in America.
- Jimmy Fallon played Charades the other night with his guests on the new Tonight Show...fucking brillant. It was hilarious.
- Here is the article everyone is discussing regarding the ...founder?... of Bitcoin.
- A bacon scented iPhone alarm clock, why the hell not?
- Another cool iPhone app/gadget.
- I love tech and gadgets, I ordered one of these earlier this week. Great device for traveling.
- This WGC event @ Doral in Miami is unreal. I love watching golf where par is a good score.
- Speaking of golf, the weather and season cannot come soon enough.
- Keep it simple this weekend, have a g&t. Enjoy.
Observations from Hawaii January 27, 2014
- The beaches are absolutely beautiful, as is the water.
- Also, these same beaches are not nearly as big as I anticipated. When I say big, I mean the amount of sand between the ocean and the road/grass.
- Poke is amazing. You must try it.
- Another must, visit Hanauama Bay. It gets quite busy, but the snorkeling there is really beautiful and fun. I'm not the greatest swimmer by any means and was still able to see a fair amount of fish not far from the shore. The only difficult part is that the water is fairly shallow with coral underneath so not touching it is tough.
- It rains (more like a mist) out of no where periodically throughout the day.
- Walk signs allow you to cross the street any way you'd like (diagonally too).
- Hawaii shirts are no joke there; everyone has them.
- The ocean water is surprisingly cold, at first, but just get in, you’ll be alright.
- NFL football is amazing at 8AM.
- Sunday Night Football at 3:30PM - not so much.
- Oddly, the only place my girlfriend could find a real lei was at a drug store in the cooler along side the desserts. I expected vendors along the beach to be selling them as well.
- ABC Stores, their local convenience stores, are everywhere. We had 3 within our hotel alone.
- Prices were not nearly as high as I expected them to be. Food and alcohol prices were equivalent to any large US city.
Random Friday December 20, 2013
- Jaguar attacking a caymen? Yes, please. This video is sweet.
- An extremely well done short documentary on the story of a t-shirt.
- I'm a bit late on this, but Panic's new office is amazing.
- Coin is a cool, new idea for storing all of your credit cards within one card. If you want to buy one, use my referral link.
- Christmas cookie ice cream shots. Enough said.
- I'm not a big fan of MLB banning collisions at home plate; it seems like an over-reaction.
- These golf shoes are beautiful (black ones).
- I have never witnessed as many horrible Dallas Cowboys' losses as I have with Jason Garrett at the helm.
- Stories about spies and the CIA, like this one, seem straight out of a movie and are fascinating.
- An interesting and funny conversation between Bill Simmons and Malcolm Gladwell.
- GQ gift guide for the 1%.
- The Maldives might actually be happening.
- No special cocktail today, but have yourself a few gin and tonics over the weekend. Enjoy.
Shuffleboard July 10, 2013
Sick ass shuffleboard table; this game is definitely not in enough places.
Random Friday June 7, 2013
- A cool new site for finding the best household items.
- It would be really nice if it decided to stop raining so all of us golfers could get out and play.
- Speaking of golf, the U.S. Open gets underway next week. Take a look at the flagsticks they'll be using at Merion which is just outside Philadelphia.
- More golf. The Walker Art Museum has setup a mini golf course to celebrate their 25th anniversary of the Sculpture Garden. The article also contains a story and some cool facts about the history of mini golf.
- I have just started using Spotify to listen to music - best thing ever.
- Don't forget Father's Day is a week from this Sunday.
- The NBA Finals started last night, and Kawhi Leonard is a key piece for the Spurs. A good, short article about him dealing with his father being murdered.
- Apple's WWDC kicks off next week - updated OSes and Macs!
- And your cocktail this week! A lot of work upfront, but I bet it's worth it.
- Enjoy your weekend, folks.
Random Friday May 10, 2013
- An awesome app for hand writing digital cards.
- For people who are brave enough to attempt making sushi at home.
- I updated to Jekyll 1.0 and love the addition of the drafts folder. Jekyll then allows you to "serve" the site with --drafts to see a preview of your site without having to worry about accidentally posting it.
- I recently purchased a bike and am trying to start biking to work. First day was today; it was a bit rougher than expected.
- Smoky watermelon-jalapeno margarita
- THE PLAYERS is shaping up to be a wonderful weekend of golf - lots of big names atop the leaderboard.
- Why is "the players" always capitalized when referring to this golf tournament?
- Am I the only one ready for the NFL already?
- For people who use Google Reader, it's about to be killed. I recommend switching to Feed Wrangler.
- Enjoy your weekend, folks.
The Desire to Travel May 6, 2013
I talk a lot about traveling on this blog. It's something I feel everyone should try to do as often as possible whether it is a weekend road trip or an exotic adventure across the world. Each experience is beneficial in different ways. I'm not really here to talk about why traveling is worthwhile, but that we should all consciously be doing something right now to make our next trip happen. I hear a lot of people talking about the places they want to go and sights they want to see but making excuses for why they won't ever visit those places. It is very easy to browse travel sites and pick a place to go, but what are you doing to make it happen? My dream vacation is to go to the Maldives, but to be honest, I'm wasn't doing anything to allow it to ever happen. I know where I want to go, stay, and what I want to do when I'm there but none of that is going to come to fruition if I only blog about it. Once I realized this (not some crazy revelation, I know), I immediately opened a sub-savings account labeled specifically for the trip. Each month the same amount is taken directly out of of my checking account and placed into that savings account; it's seamless. While I am saving for this trip (it will take me a while to have enough money), I have other money allotted for smaller vacations. I just recently returned from Arizona for a golf trip, then went to Milwaukee for a long weekend to watch the St. Louis Cardinals kick ass. The results could not have been any better. Now following my own demands, I am in the planning phase of going out to Seattle in June. I am saving for this trip as well as receiving price alerts for a round-trip plane ticket. I have also put in my vacation requests at work which, once approved, will provide me with extra motivation to save and make the trip happen. Like I said earlier, it doesn't matter how exotic the destination is, the experiences garnered along the way are what really matters. I highly encourage you to sit down, settle on a place and start making your next vacation happen.