The Hike

October 31, 2006
Autumn Multnomah Falls
The hike was AWESOME! The weather was cold, rainy, and overcast, but amazingly, this led to MUCH better pictures. Some of these I am going to print out BIG and frame. I showed them to a co-worker who is an Art Major and she wants copies of some! WOOT! Validation is good :) I think some of them are pretty awesome for me being an amatuer using a digital camera. Though honestly, I got some really good pointers from the hike leader who is a professional photographer. I need to learn about the manual functions on my camera and take my tripod next time. But I can look at these and feel peaceful again. As much as I complain about Oregon around this time of year, there is nothing like God's green earth to make you grateful and wonder about the greatness of it all. Definitely going to go again in the spring and get the spring colors.

The hike started at Wahkeena Falls, then we had the option to drive or hike to Multnomah. I took so many photos and lost track of time, so I carpooled with the hike leader. Next stop was Multnomah Falls, I stayed at the bottom instead of hiking to the bridge. Next we drove to the trailhead of Oneota Gorge, part of the Gorge Trail 400. From there we hiked to the trailhead of Horsetail Falls and really began hiking. That part of the trip was just under 3 miles. We photographed Horsetail Falls, hiked to Ponytail Falls (those are the photos taken behind a waterfall), around to Oneota Falls (that's the bridge and waterfall and small gorge). In the summer it's apparently a good hike because part of the trail goes through the creekbed! A great way to cool down. We stayed out of the water. The leader gave us the option of hiking up to Triple Falls, but it was getting on lunch time and we were HUNGRY! So we finished the loop that took us back to the trailhead for Oneota and the cars. Ate lunch. I was ready to nap and so was Sharon, the one person who came for the hike but not the photo ops. Half the group opted to go to the next falls down. We got there and the rain started POURING. Not good for cameras. So we came back to Portland. There will be another photography hike in the spring, so I am DEFINITELY going to do that, schedule permitting.

WOOT! I am so excited STILL! I think I need to pick which photos to blow up and start decorating my house.


White and Nerdy

October 30, 2006

OH MY GOSH! Weird Al does it again.
Weird Al's unique and seemingly everlasting importance in music is best described by Chamillionaire, whose song "Ridin'" he parodies in "White & Nerdy": "It's one thing to go platinum. Where do you go from there? Then Weird Al calls."

Howloween Photos

October 29, 2006
Come see the photos Joy and I took at the Zoo. Some of the ones she took are really good. Try guessing to see who took which ones.

Kids love trick-or-treating, and Oregon Zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this traditional Halloween activity. Trick-or-treaters will complete an intriguing scavenger hunt leading them to activity stations around the zoo. Goodie bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo’s exit.
Saturday - Sunday, October 28 - 29 | Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Waterfall Hike

October 27, 2006

What I'm doing on Sunday :)
Join Board member and photographer Ken Denis to photograph several of the Gorge's classic waterfalls. Spend about 30 minutes each at Wahkeena, Multnomah, and Horsetail Falls, and then hike the 2.7 mile trail back to Ponytail Falls. Optional trip to McCord Creek and the lower trail to Elowah Falls (1.6 miles). Leisurely pace; tripods welcome.

Ocelot Kitten

Isn't he adorable??? I'm so glad we have a Zoo Pass.
Six weeks ago, the Oregon Zoo welcomed a rare baby, an endangered ocelot kitten.ocelot kitten

KGW Slideshow

[From Google Reader] DragonHearth Halloween Show for Thursday, October 19, 2006

October 26, 2006
You gotta listen to this one! Pretty funny. Gamers will get the jokes .. I hope :) And Star Trek fans.
This item was sent to you by from Google Reader. DragonHearth Halloween Show for Thursday, October 19, 2006 DragonHearth Halloween Episode #10 by Tracy Laura Hickman ...Port of Call Dead Gentlemen's The Gamers and Dorkness Rising ... Uncharted Territories My Star Fleet Memories ... Creative Engine What's REALLY scary? ... Status Report Current status on upcoming projects... ...Captain's Cabin A special Halloween Treat Tracy reads Stephen Leacock's Buggham Grange A Good Old Ghost Story ... Visit our website for contact information and access to our DragonHearth Harbor Message board. ... Copyright 2006 Tracy Laura Hickman All Rights Reserved.... Source:   Try Google Reader today:

Annette Sargent

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."  -Robert A. Heinlein


October 23, 2006
acoustical liberation of books in the public domain

I have a very boring job at the moment. 5+hours of data entry and NOTHING BUT data entry. I am catching up on audiobooks and podcasts, and looking for more. I use Podiobooks, and they pointed me to LibriVox. Today's Selection (if it will fit) is LibriVox » The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. And I thought a 1GB mp3 player had more than enough room .... books take up so much more space!

I Can't Do This

October 22, 2006
Plumb - I Can't Do This
From the album Chaotic Resolve

I woke up late
Guess I’m never really early
I hesitate, only to fail
I get so tired, of procrastinating
I need a change

I can’t do this
I can’t do this
I can’t do this by myself
I can’t do this
I can’t do this
Oh God I need Your help

I’m standing still
I’m oh, so peaceful
I can’t pretend, that I’m fine
I get so ill, crazy agitated
When I’ve not really died


Press into me
Breathe me in
Bask in me
You’ll be free, to do anything

Chorus: (2x’ s)

Lyrics may not be reproduced without permission from the publisher.


October 16, 2006
My daughter has a boyfriend. She can't remember his name. When asked where she met him, she said "At work somehow". "At work?" I ask. She tells me it's one of the guys Daddy works with. We narrow it down to Rich. A handsome guy, tall, but married with two daughters!!!

Oh goodness! She is going to be more than a handful when she hits puberty!
Annette Sargent

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." -Robert A. Heinlein


My daughter has a boyfriend. She can't remember his name. When asked where she met him, she said "At work somehow". "At work?" I ask. She tells me it's one of the guys Daddy works with. We narrow it down to Rich. A handsome guy, tall, but married with two daughters!!!

Oh goodness! She is going to be more than a handful when she hits puberty!
Annette Sargent

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." -Robert A. Heinlein

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Amazing Spider-Girl

October 11, 2006 - The Online Price Guide:
Ok, something I can get in on from the beginning! I have the graphic novel of Spider-Girl, but haven't kept up on it. Ok hunny, easy Christmas gift. Subscription to Amazing Spider-Girl.

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You Are Cameo

You are understanding and very empathetic.
You don't tend to have acquaintances. Everyone is your friend.
And all of your friends tend to be friends. You have a knack for bringing very different people together.

I didn't even know there was a shade of orange called cameo ...

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Star Wars: Blogs | Oboe-Wan's Hive of Scum & Villainy - 100th Blog Extravaganza! | 100th BLOG EXTRAVAGANZA!!

Ok, I just thought this line was funny.
"Please stay in your seats, do not light anything on fire, zoo animals are not allowed on the premises and for the love of all that is sacred, do not, I repeat: DO NOT touch my Wookiee.

" and then go watch this.

New blog

October 10, 2006
Ok, I'm moving my obsession with postcards to a seperate blog. If you have been enjoying the postcards vicariously, you can still see them here. And there is a link under "Blogs I Write" over there on the right.

C ya!

what a night

To quote Tim:
"Our daughter won't go to sleep at a decent hour for a 4 yr-old, there's a possum in our backyard, and our cat has gone feral. And we don't even have a backyard! It's enough to drive a grown man to cry, or drink, or both. Cry in a beer?"

So, tonight Tim was going to refill the cat's food and water (the cat being Tigerlily) and he see's another creature in our backyard. Calls me to confirm the siting. The damn opossum is in Tigerlily's bed acting like it owns the place. Lily we try to bring inside for the night so I can take her to the vet tomorrow if we can get her in the carrier and when Tim opens the back door to get her food she runs back outside. And through all of this, Joy has been awake and won't go to sleep, let alone stay in her room. Even after being bribed with a movie. When will my drugs kick in??? (LOL! Tylenol PM, don't get in a tizzy)

Google's YouTube acquisition is official - Download Squad

October 9, 2006
Google's YouTube acquisition is official - Download Squad: "Google's YouTube acquisition is official

Posted Oct 9th 2006 4:54PM by Jordan Running
Filed under: Internet, Video, Web services, Google, Social Software
Google + YouTubeWow. It's not every day that all the big rumors turn out to be true. Google has just officially announced its acquisition of YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock. The press release wastes no time in attempting to reassure fearful users--the press release's second sentence is, 'Following the acquisition, YouTube will operate independently to preserve its successful brand and passionate community.' It goes on to say that YouTube will strengthen and compliment Google's existing video business, and that it will retain all of its existing employees and remain headquartered in San Bruno, California. YouTube has yet to release a statement. I, for one, welcome our new GooTube overlords."

Call me a dragon-lover

October 8, 2006
(should have posted on Oct. 1 when I saw the trailer)

eragon trailer

Time to re-read the first book. I remember bits and pieces. Josh is totally stoked about the movie and has read both Eragon and Eldest and is trying to convert various friends to it. I think I know where we will be going come December ... to the movies!

By the way, when is the next Harry Potter due out? Book or movie ....

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New video on Baby Blues

October 7, 2006

I posted a new video of Joy on Baby Blues.

A Show For Mom

I was sick the other night and Joy decided to put on a show for me since I couldn't play with her. She started and then I asked if I could videotape her. She's a bit of a ham, so she said I could and we started over.
October 5, 2006
My Cat can Scratch! DJ Monkey!

For all you cat lovers out there

Loving Husband

Your joke for the day


A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land, for $150." The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.

The undertaker asked, "Why would you spend $5,000 to ship your wife home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only $150?"

The man replied, "Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance."

Note to Audioblogger Users

No more phone posts unless I find another service. Not that I have audioblogged in a while ....

-----Original Message-----
From: The Audioblogger Team at Odeo
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 2:13 PM
Subject: Note to Audioblogger Users


As of November 1, 2006, Audioblogger will no longer accept phone calls. MP3 made with the service will continue to be hosted and served but you will no longer be able to use Audioblogger to post new audio.

Audioblogger is an independent product, run by Odeo, Inc., a small startup company in San Francisco, CA. We are not affiliated with Google or Blogger except that we operate and provide the Audioblogger service.

Given our limited resources, we have to make tough decisions about what projects to focus on. And we've come to the difficult decision that Audioblogger demands too many resources, time, and money for us to continue its operation.

However, there are several other services that offer similar functionality. Odeo is not affiliated with any of these services, we only suggest them only in hopes that one or the other will be a good alternative for you. is a free service for recording by phone has a seven day free trial and lots of features is another free service for phone recording

All of the phone posting services listed above are compatible with Odeo in that they produce podcast feeds, which can be imported to Odeo. Any audio file at Odeo can be posted on a blog by copying and pasting some embed code.

Odeo would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has tried Audioblogger. If you are interested in keeping up with our other blog-friendly projects, please have a look at and our customizable audio players.

The Odeo Team

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Puppy snatcher

The Shire of Bend, Oregon

October 3, 2006

Only in Oregon .... but I want to visit and see what they are like!
The Shire of Bend, OregonThe Shire is a development that borrows its basic design concept, styling and features from an era where the sense of community, the beauty of the land and the interaction of the residents with the land had high value. The Shire brings the spirit of a great age to daily living. The Shire has many flavors of eighteenth century English architecture and landscaping chosen because the style of the period was enchanting, evoking good feelings of a simpler lifestyle than the present. The Shire is a place where just the beauty and charm of the grounds and the structures make you relax, smile and be happier. We set out to create a lifestyle rather than a subdivision.

Mark Beall's Geek Beat: Marvel Musings - Cinematical

Mark Beall's Geek Beat: Marvel Musings - Cinematical: "Are you following the events of Marvel's Civil War summer crossover spectacular? Was I the only one to get an instant mental picture of Robert Downey Jr. and Tobey Maguire slugging it out upon hearing the Iron Man casting information shortly after reading the latest Amazing Spider-Man? And who else is getting tired of the Iron Spider suit? I suppose that's all good and well, since he's getting a costume change soon enough anyway."

Robert Downey Jr.: I am 'Iron Man'

Ack!? - Robert Downey Jr.: I am 'Iron Man' - Sep 29, 2006: "LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- Robert Downey, Jr. is suiting up to star in 'Iron Man,' a superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics character.

Jon Favreau is directing the Paramount Pictures release. Filming is slated to begin in February in Los Angeles.

Downey will portray Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Using his intelligence and ingenuity, Stark instead builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. Upon his return to the U.S., he uncovers a plot with global implications and must don his armor and protect the world."

Women of Faith on Dr. Phil

Dr. - Shows This Week: "Tuesday - October 3, 2006
Ask Dr. Phil and Robin

Dr. Phil has reinforcement today – Robin joins him to answer all your burning questions! They also have special help from several speakers from Women of Faith, a faith-based organization encouraging women of all ages to grow in faith and spiritual maturity. First up are best friends, Barbara and Laurie, who both suffer from agoraphobia. Laurie hates to be in crowded places, and Barbara can’t comfortably leave a five-mile radius of her home. It’s a vicious cycle they’ve been sharing for 16 years. Patsy, a Women of Faith speaker who lost six years of her life to agoraphobia, shares how the women can get over their disorder. Then, Marilyn has been afraid of catching germs since she was in the 6th grade, and even gives her friends latex gloves to wear! What’s behind her fears? And, Jodi wrote to Dr. Phil because she doesn’t trust her husband, Scott’s, ability to fly his homemade helicopter. Scott says his wife needs to be more trusting. What does Dr. Phil think? Plus, a mom who says she never puts herself first wants Robin’s help. "


I received my first chocolate yesterday from Germany! I find it slightly ironic that it has hazelnuts in it. I get chocolate from half-way around the world with hazelnuts in it, go figure. For those of you who don't know, hazelnuts are big here in Oregon, like one of the major exports.

Off to wrestle with Joy, take meds, and hate being a woman this week, or at least till the heat therapy kicks in.

Oh my Gosh!!!

October 1, 2006
If you love me, you will get me Marvel: Civil War. And the Spider-Man's leading up to it. OH MY GOSH!!!!! I'm bouncing here. Told Tim. HE KNEW ALL ABOUT IT!!!! ARGH!!! and then we started having $$$ problems so he doesn't have them ... ARGH!!!!! SPIDEY UNMASKED!!!! CIVIL WAR IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!!!!! MUST READ!!!!!!!!!

This is what I get for looking for a Spiderman podcast. I come across the Marvel Comics podcast OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!
Wiki article about it

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