I Killed The Elephant

20 months. 330 positions applied for. 19 interviews with 15 different companies. The statistics are staggering - and depressing. When I walked out the front door of my last employer on October 22, 2010 I never dreamed my unemployment stint would last so long. What was novel and actually sort of fun in the beginning … Continue reading I Killed The Elephant

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Want to see a grown man cry? Show him a hot shower after he's gone two and a half days without. When there are 54 hours worth of whiskers on his unshaven face and every stitch of his clothes smells like a campfire. Tears of joy, mind you - but tears nonetheless. The good news … Continue reading Drip. Drip. Drip.

Just Like The Pioneers! Gulp…

Tomorrow we're going camping. Now, I've been camping before. But it's been years. And, according to my girlfriend, it didn't count as "real" camping anyway because it took place in a cabin or a camper. Once, even in a yurt. I don't know - it felt pretty real to me, what with the s'mores and … Continue reading Just Like The Pioneers! Gulp…

Do Not Eat The Shoes

I bought a bottle of aspirin today and peeled back the paper cover to open it. When I did so, I found one of those little silica gel packets with the "do not eat" warning. Why is this necessary? Who is stupid enough to actually pop one of these in their mouth?! I guess I … Continue reading Do Not Eat The Shoes

I Won $10 in a Beauty Contest! Go me!

A funny thing happened to me the other night... You know how you sometimes wake up in the middle of the night disoriented? I guess my brain was still fuzzy because I got out of bed for a drink of water and my foot brushed against something soft and furry. "Oh, that must be Sydney," … Continue reading I Won $10 in a Beauty Contest! Go me!

Californians and Snow Don’t Mix

Sometimes, life's little detours can land you in unexpected places. And once in a blue moon, a change in plans can save the day. This morning, Tara and I decided to drive up to Mount St. Helens. We'd been to Johnston Ridge last month, but decided to take the longer - and more scenic - … Continue reading Californians and Snow Don’t Mix

My Hamster Ate The Piano Man

Earlier this week, Tara and I helped out a close friend by delivering copies of her free publication, Portland Book Review, to a bunch of local businesses. We had had Chris over for dinner one day last week so she could meet my girlfriend. Chris and I go way back - once upon a time we … Continue reading My Hamster Ate The Piano Man

Hipsters Are Allowed To Whine

Last week we went to Mississippi Studios, a Baptist-church-turned-recording-studio-turned-music-venue, to see a live show. One of our favorite bands, The Moondoggies, but that's neither here nor there. Actually, it is. (Warning: I'm about to geek out here). Not only did Tara surprise me with a vinyl LP she bought at the show, but she had all … Continue reading Hipsters Are Allowed To Whine