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Wed, Dec. 26th, 2007, 08:56 pm
How does the P-I and Times stack up on a breaking news story?

I don't talk about the news much, but this recent Seattle news story is catching my eye. Here we have the P-I's and Times' coverage on the story about a homicide in Carnation.

Here is the P-I's take.

Here is the Times' take

The P-I is coming up with a lot of detail by digging deep, exploring more than what the law enforcement is saying. Interestingly, the P-I first named the alleged boyfriend first, and in the Times they mentioned the alleged daughter first. Not only that, but she was also part of the headline. However, in the body of the story, the Times seems to be holding things back until the dust settles, mainly relying on what the county sheriff department is saying about things.

We'll see how this shakes out. All coverage aside, it sounds like a sad story.

Thu, Nov. 29th, 2007, 12:07 am
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Thu, Nov. 8th, 2007, 11:55 am

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Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007, 02:24 pm

Newsflash: drinking water all day makes you feel really good.  And pee a lot.

Unfortunately the only times I do this are when I'm sick.  Which is right now.  And all of last week.

Actually, I'm on the mend, and should be back to normal in a couple days.  This particular bug I had was a stubborn one, starting out with some general run-down feelings, which led to intense coughing fits, which led to sinus plugs, which were relieved by nasal cleansing kits per Adam's recommendation (they are incredible, I do it every day now), and now I'm coughing more, but that's finally gone away and now I'm intermittently hacking up some stuff. 

The SLF's birthday is today so we are going out for dinner and then drinks with some friends. I got her one of those bright flashing annoying halogen bicycle lights, and a 60-minute massage. She gets backrubs from me everyday. She deserves the touch of a pro. And I deserve a day off.

This weekend we head to Victoria BC for a little mini-vacation. I want to start taking more jaunts to local towns for weekends away.

The band is in the studio this week to record an original holiday song that we hope to sell for a still undecided charity, hopefully one that doesn't mind that our holiday song isn't that bright and cheery. Usually we only head into the studio after knowing 95% of how the song will be fleshed out. In this case we've played it less than 10 times, and it's already way different now that we've had to think about how it will be recorded. I mean, really how many times can you pull the same trick in a song?  We had to trim it down.

My dad was at Game Four in Denver. His brother's company has a box suite there. When my uncle offered the tickets to his brothers and an invitation to come to Denver to watch the World Series, he actually thought about it before saying yes. The guy works too much, and I'm glad he took some time off to hang out with family and have a good time. And he lucked out, getting to see the championship game. The icing on the cake is that he got to see the Packers last night too. His favorite team and he's never seen them play. And they beat the Broncos, who used to be my favorite team until Elway left.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007, 09:33 am
Halloween 2007 051

Halloween 2007 051
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Fri, Oct. 19th, 2007, 08:50 am


Shrute Farms.  Really on TripAdvisor (which is 0wn3d by Expedia).

Tue, Oct. 16th, 2007, 09:08 am

Dr. Dog is the best band in America.

I tried hard to bring a large crew to the DD show, but it was only me and Jake.  Laura and Dave were there too of course.  They are smart.  Everyone else missed out.

Tonight we're playing a private party thing at the Triple Door.  Wed. is Vanderslice. Saturday we are playing High Dive.  Sunday is Josh Ritter.  I'm going to and playing more shows this week than the last couple months combined. 

Had Radiohead put out their record the old-fashioned way, I would have likely not purchased it.  Since I was able to download it and name my own price, it was an easy decision to make.  I spent two quid and should have given more.  While I'm not a die-hard Radiohead fan, I do appreciate them in a large way. I haven't gotten into their more recent stuff, but <i>In Rainbows</i> is different, and a real treat to listen to.

Wed, Oct. 3rd, 2007, 12:21 pm

I'm way behind on the updating.  Here's a quick update.

***Two weeks go I was in Montana with the band.  We played to good-sized crowds in both Missoula and Whitefish. I'm not sure which is bigger.  Missoula had a WAY bigger room, but we packed the brewery in Whitefish.  We made some good money at the door and by selling CDs. We spent two days in Whitefish recording at this amazing studio outside of town. I can't really describe how nice this house is. The photos I will post on Flickr in the near future may do a sub-par job, but at least it's something.

I love traveling with the band. Everyone has the mentality of "going with the flow" which to me is the only way to travel. You can't control things on the road, the road controls you in a large sense, and letting it take you where you need to go is crucial for a successful trip. With that said, you need to get to the club on time for load-in each night, but how you get there is up to you.

On our way to Whitefish we stopped at a bar on Flathead Lake so Chad could watch the Husky game. They lost, but we certainly won after a few drinks when we jumped in Flathead Lake for a swim. The cold water and invigorating breast stroke I did was the perfect remedy to the previous night's adventures in Missoula.

***I had a couple weeks to work and move Ellen into my apartment in Seattle after that.  Jake took over Ellen's old place, and we are still in the middle of unpacking.  So much stuff left to be done.

***I just got back from another trip to the Midwest. This time to the Fargo/Moorhead area for a friend's wedding. It ranks up there as one of the more fun weekends with my friends in the past few years. Unlike the last wedding, nobody brought home any bums from the bar at 4 am with promises of free beer.

We played a game of wiffleball in a park by the Red River, and all sorts of crazy things happened. Three times I struck out a friend that played college ball. So did the groom-to-be's 12-year-old nephew. That same nephew also hit a home run off the same friend, who actually was a pitcher in college. The groom-to-be also had a game of a lifetime, and we nominated him player of the game. He was on my team, and my team won.

The day after the wedding, Ellen and I went to Wadena, MN, where my uncle, aunt, cousins, and grandparents live. My grandparents moved there earlier this year to be closer to their youngest son and his family, my uncle and my dad's brother. It's a nice little town and we enjoyed our visit. They took us up to the Mississippi headwaters on a sunny fall day. The trees were all changing color. We stopped at a pumpkin farm and bought some fruit.

At Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi, you can walk across the beginning of one of America's greatest rivers by hopping on a few large rocks. It is probably no wider than 20 feet in width. I could write at length about the symbolism and humble persistence of rivers, but I'll save that for another day.

I'm back at work now.

My grandparents sent me home with 10 lbs of sausage.

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