Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Lesson of the day

Yesterday was a big learning day for me.

Lesson #1
Eating an uncontrolled volume of blueberries has consequences. Pay particular attention to the "unnoticed" volume consumed (for instance, the berries eaten while picking). Note: The consequences may not be immediately noticeable.

Lesson #2
Playing a sport you have not played in a year or more (for instance, racquetball) for 90 min is not advised as you may experience excessive pain the next morning. Simple tasks like showering, typing and holding a pencil may become extremely difficult.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Texas

I went to Austin, Texas the week of July 17th. It was hotter than a really hot thing. And humid as all get out. But, it was worth every drop of sweat.

I attended the Wizard Academy for a class on Communications. It is such a cool place. I attended an Ad Writing class there last year. It is an unconventional, holistic approach to communications. They draw on the latest scientific research from the fields of neuroscience, physics and math. We study art, music and architecture. The place has the world's largest collection of Don Quixote related art. They own an original Picasso. Its a cool place. The head teacher wrote a NY Times bestselling book a few years ago called "The Wizard of Ads." His courses have attracted a wide range of students - everyone from the chief engineer on the space shuttle at NASA to head of marketing at Proctor & Gamble. We had a few famous folks in my class. A guy named Martin Rapaport - the guy who writes the price sheets each week that determine the worldwide value of diamonds. De Beers hangs on this guy's every word. Then there was the president of PRWeb one of the world's largest online newswires. On and on. Then there were some "normal" people like me.
The architecture of the place is breathtaking. Look at the onsite wedding chapel. And the photos of Tuscan Hall where our classes were held. Seriously, look at these pictures, they're worth a click. (Photo with the guy & original Picasso is Martin).

Our graduating class had 34 students...one of the larger groups to come through. We bonded and had a ton of fun. And, of course, learned a lot.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Black Butte.

Ahhhhhh. That is the essence of Black Butte. RELAXATION. Their tagline is a perfect description, "There is a place."

Because of our east coast trip, we could only afford a 3 day weekend at Black Butte...but it was worth it. Hanging around with my cousins, brother/wife, mom/dad, aunt/uncle playing games, lounging by one of the four pools, taking long walks through the meadow, eating all our favorite junk food late into the night, having the ability to declare it "G&T hour" on a moment's notice. It was good. Hard to leave. Can't wait to go back.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Happy Birthday Grandpa

My grandpa, Carl Carlson, turned 80 on July 8th ("the most wonderful day of the year" he used to tell me =). We had a huge party in an Edmonds, WA park. There were at least 35 people there to celebrate him. It was a wonderful time. (Photo from my sophomore year in college - gpa is on the left).

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

4th of July

We spent the 4th of July with Phillip and Emily (picture is not from that day...just wanted to remind you what they look like).

We swam at the Lake Oswego swim park - which is very cool. Quite literally - its an area of the lake that has been cordoned off for swimming. And they actually pump the water =)...only in Lake Oswego. Anyways, it has a little dock enclosing it, a lawn for picnicking, lounge chairs, inflatable rafts, etc. These "LO" residents are utterly ridiculous, but it sure is fun to benefit from their lavish excess.

Then we BBQed steak. We went to Rick/Ann's neighborhood for the annual Oak Hills fireworks display. Then we decided that to polish off the day we should eat as much dessert as we had dinner. Phillip made his "Kim's Heavenlies" cookies, we bought a cheesecake and (to satisfy a random craving) we bought Oreos. We ate a disgusting amount of all of them. But we had fun together.