Sunday, July 29, 2007

Crazy Weekend

So I had a pretty interesting weekend. It started on Friday, I took the day off of work to spend with my Dad and Brothers. We decided to go boating on the Willamette. We have a favorite spot called Hebb Park in Wilsonville. It is a really nice park and a nice stretch of the Willamette. I got to my parents house at about 9:30 and we didnt get into the water until almost noon. But when we pulled into the parking lot at Hebb park we only saw one other Truck and trailer and we didnt see any other boats in sight on the river.

We spent almost the whole afternoon on the river and it was really sunny and a lot of fun. The river was very smooth and the water was warm and I have the sunburn to back it up. At the end of the trip I was riding on an Innertube and battling my brother who was on the other tube. As I went to get back in the boat after about a 45 minute ride I realized that somewhere along the way my wedding ring had fallen off and now rested on the bottom of the Willamette.

I was devastated. The ring really means a lot to me. I know it is just a material possesion and can be easily replaced but, it also holds a lot of memories to me. I remember picking it out a couple weeks before the wedding, I remember Christie sliding it onto my finger during the wedding ceremony, I remember wearing it and being so proud during out honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta (it got really beat up during the trip but it was a good reminder of the trip). I was pretty bummed but I also was really scared to tell Christie because I didnt want her to get mad. Well I told her and she wasnt mad she was sad like I was. We also dont really need to be spending money on a new ring for me right now either. Luckily I have awesome parents who are very loving and they saw how sad i was and my Mom called and said that they would replace it for me! How awesome is that. That is the end of that story, it was really long sorry. Now onto the other events.


We found a house last week that is 3 bedroom 2 bath in Southeast salem, It is a newer home with a big backyard and a 2 car garage. It is a pretty nice house. We looked at it on Thursday evening and applied the next day and then the owners called us on Saturday and let us know that they liked us and we could have the place!!! wooo hoo i am glad we were able to find a house it will be really nice to not be in an apartment anymore. There will be a housewarming party so watch for that. We should start moving in in the next couple of weeks.

Beer Festival

also on saturday Dave showed up at 8am with beer in hand. We went down to the Oregon Brewers festival and it was a lot of fun and we had a lot of really good beer. Dave drank too much (like always) and it was really hot. But it was a lot of fun and we saw a ton of people that we knew. Later that night we drank more and played Guitar Hero.

All in all it was a good weekend (except for losing my ring but it made me appreciate my parents a lot), I hope next weekend isnt nearly as crazy although we do need to start packing.... ugh.....

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Housing Anyone? / UFC

So Christie and I are going to be moving.... again, to Keizer. Christie wants to go back to school and i will just have a long commute. So if anyone knows of anywhere to live in Keizer or knows where to look for rental homes / townhomes please let us know.

Christie and I also went to UFC 73 in sacramento this past weekend. It was really good and a lot of fun. There were 4 or 5 really good fights. It was cool getting to see Tito Ortiz fight even though the fight ended up being a draw. Heath Herring and Big Nog was also cool. We stayed at a really nice hotel in downtown Sacramento. Sacramento was really a lot nicer than i was expecting it to be they have done a lot with the downtown area. It reminded me a lot of the pearl district here in portland.

Work has been going pretty good for me we finally have more help so that is really good, it is freeing me up a little to work on some projects i have had on the backburner for a long time.

Also i am getting really excited for the good sports seasons to start, I cant wait to go to a Blazer game or a Beavers game.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Goodbye Grandma

My Grandma passed away a couple of weeks ago. It has been very hard for me, she is the first person even kind of close to me to pass away. My Grandparents have been a very big part of my life since my Mom had me at such a young age. They were always there for me and my Grandparents helped me through College and many other times. My Grandpa also is sick so i hope he can make it for a while longer. Below is her Obituary. Take a second to think about those you love and what they mean to you.

Mary L. Bolton

Oct. 9, 1932 รข€” May 26, 2007

Mary Bolton, 74, died Sunday, May 26 at Regent Court in Corvallis after an extended illness.

She was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., to John Thomas and Pearl Weatherford.

She grew up in Grandfield, Okla., and graduated from Grandfield High School in 1950.

She married her high school sweetheart, Floyd E. Bolton, on Dec. 13, 1952 in Grandfield. They had two children: a son, Floyd Jr., in 1956, and a daughter, Kristi, in 1961.

Mary and her husband, who worked in international agricultural development, lived in Ethiopia (1962-1965), Turkey (1969-1973) and Tunisia (1981-1983). During this time they traveled to Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Mexico. They finally settled in Philomath in 1973.

Mary enjoyed bowling, the OSU Folk Club and volunteering at the OSU Thrift Store. Most of all she loved being a wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by Floyd, her husband of 54 years; sister Polly Byrns of Lawton, Okla.; son and daughter-in-law Floyd Jr. and Connie of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law Kristi and Jim McConnell of Tualatin; and grandchildren Will Nanof of Sacramento, Jeremy, Jordan and Kenzi McConnell of Tualatin, and Jesse and Christie McConnell of Wilsonville.

A private memorial service will be held in June.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Fans Save Jericho

It was an unusual display of viewer might since networks usually put ratings ahead of even the most passionate, well-organized fan base. But CBS said the show deserved another chance, while cautioning that it must prove it has wider appeal.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

UFC Owners Buy Pride FC

The majority owners of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) have agreed to buy their biggest mixed martial arts rival, Pride Fighting Championships, in a deal that will establish megafights among the outfits' titleholders and possibly attract huge pay-per-view audiences.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Juan Dixon out, Fred Jones is Blazers Trade for Hometown guy

Freddie Jones played at a High School in Oregon and then at U of O. Should be a nice addition to a promising team.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Date the 360, Marry the Wii, Kill the PS3?

In the current generation console war, who would you marry, date, and kill? Here is what the Motley Fool had to say about the warfare, and why they picked the distribution listed in the title. An interesting opinion piece based on the financial situation for each console.Interesting perspective on the current Next Gen Systems War. I might have to pick up a wii at somepoint but right now I love my 360 and when I play the wii the superiority of the 360 really shines.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Top 10 Web Tools For College Students

These are some really cool web tools for college students. I really wish they would have had Google Docs while i was in college, I hated having to email files all over the place. The online power point presenter looks really cool too.

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Vista Performance Shootout: Upgrade Vs. Clean Installation

Feature: Windows Vista uses an image-based approach to installation, so an upgrade should perform like a clean installation. We put that theory to the test.An interesting result actually, i would have though a clean install would be a lot better. I will be helping my parents upgrade soon so that is good news for them.

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Myspace - the worst major website

Man I really dont blog enough on here, i need to find a consistent schedule and do it at least once a week. Even though i dont think anyone actually reads my blog. How is this site not 100 times more popular than MySpace? Myspace is by far the worst designed website that is in the mainstream. Easily the worst in the top 10 websites on the net.

Here are the top 10 websites in the U.S.



3. Myspace
4. Microsoft Network (MSN)

5. EBay

6. YouTube


8. Thefacebook


Of those Myspace looks the worst. Craigslist doesnt look amazing but its simplicity is nice and there arent a ton of broken links. Anyone else have any ideas on bad major websites? I know is pretty awful too