Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Exciting Things! Not really.

There hasn't been a lot going on since the last post. I did go to an all out Halloween party last weekend on the East side. East side of Lake Washington that is! My friend Kylene has crazy parents who throw an all out bash complete with "shows" consisting of Magicians and card trick type stuff. Jessica and I went as lawn ornaments, I was a gnome and she was a pink flamingo. Pictures will follow shortly, and I actually mean it for once.

Thursday, I'm going to a MLS soccer playoff game. While I've never been a huge soccer fan or anything I find myself somewhat interested now that I have a team in close proximity and they happen to be winners. Live sports are great if the fan experience is either all out like College BB or something low key like a baseball game in mid season. Anyway, The Sounders are playing the Houston Dynamo and it should be fun.

Speaking of College BB, I got my season tickets in the mail today. This will be my third season not living in Milwaukee but this year I changed how the tickets will be working, no more "good" seats for me. I downgraded to 2 seats in the upper deck for much less money and intend to give them away for less desirable games and sell them for more interesting games. I figure I should at least be able to recoup my money on these seats since they were only $99 apiece for the whole season, and compared to my old seats, these are dirt cheap.

I need the Vikings to keep winning and beat the Packers this weekend. That is about the most important thing happening in my sports fan world in the next few days. I'm going to watch the World Series but I don't really have a rooting interest other than cheering against the Yankees which sort of makes me a defacto Phillies fan.

Apparently the NBA started playing tonight. Shows how much I care.

I did get to witness a bit of excitement the other day I guess now that I think about it. I work in a huge building and there is a bank branch in the lobby. Yesterday somebody tried to rob it and it resulted in a standoff and shoot out of some sort. How does a cop blow it and let the guy get away?

I'll try to get in a routine and post more often again. It was decent for a while.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Iceland Photos for real

OK. So I went to Iceland with my girlfriend Jessica about a month ago, where in the hell does the time go? Anyway, I loaded about 190 photos from Iceland into my Picasa account with captions on most of them and there are some really cool ones there.

I'm not going to recount the entire trip but it goes something like this.

Waterfall, Glacier, Waterfall, Hot Springs, Waterfall, historical stuff. Seriously, Iceland was very green and amazing to walk around with waterfalls all over the place.

Pictures and Ads are hilarious when you can understand the what they are about.

Whale is tasty. Iceland takes like 20 - 30 whales a year for traditional things and mostly to feed to tourists. It was really good and I can see why it was hunted. Cow of the see if you ask me.

Puffin, on the other hand, tastes like SHIT. I thought it smelled bad and tasted worse. Liver is the closest thing that comes to mind. The breast meat was RED. Gross.

Dracula Candy is the worst candy in the world. Jessica's reaction was pretty much the same as mine. It's gross and you can't even come close to finishing it. So gross.

About 300,000 people live on Iceland (Island in Icelandic) and it's about the size of Kentucky so it's pretty sparse outside of Reykjavik and all of the places we went had almost no people around other than the tours we were on. No fences either so you could walk right up to most of the natural attractions and touch them if you were willing to fall in or get burned.

Things learned:

It's weird to pay for cold water. Hot water is so abundant they charge you more for the cold water coming into places because they mix it with the hot water to cool it off for showering etc.

Viking, Gull, and Tuborg beer are drinkable beers. I would say the Coors Light, Miller Lite, and Bud Light of Iceland except with about 5.7% alcohol and in 16oz cans. I would drink them again.

Icelandic is one of the oldest languages in the world and nearly impossible to understand. Thank you Iceland; I'm glad almost everybody speaks excellent English.

Everybody really is related and they still use Patronymics, meaning they don't have last names. My dad's name is Charles I would be Tyrel Charlesson. My brother would Owen Charlesson, and if I had a sister her name would (Girl's name) Debrasdottir. Crazy to understand - and they only have about 10 names there.

I don't have a picture of it somehow but if you ever have a chance to try Skyr do it. It is delicious and sort of a cross between cheese and yogurt in texture. I loved it.

Hot dogs in Iceland are excellent. They have a little bit of lamb in them we were told and it made them excellent. I think I ate 4 or 5 while I was there over 8 days.

Here is the Geyser, Strokker, going off.

Here is the link to all the of the photos.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Iceland Photos

Are loaded but I haven't added the captions to them so another day or three might be needed before I put them all for public viewing. 182 photos made the cut so it will take people a while to go through them all and there are a few videos that I need to load as well.

I'm all caught up from Iceland in terms of sleep and it appears there was no big news in the world since I left. I finally got rid of most of the worlds worst candy - Dracula - which is the flavor of Salty Licorice. If I wasn't clear Salty Licorice is awful. I'll move on to the Brennivin, otherwise known as black death. I'm not sure when I'll try it though.

The fate of mankind hangs in the balance of the Packers - Vikings Monday night game tomorrow. Brett Favre decreed it, so it must be true. I'm not quite used to cheering for Mr. Favre when he chucks the ball deep down the field and doesn't really have a receiver in sight. I guess that's why he's a gunslinger.

The Twins try to further beat down Detroit by winning a 1 game playoff on Tuesday. Detroit must be an awful place right now.

I like both MN teams to win.

That's all I have for now but there will be another post in the next few days I hope.