Sunday, December 31, 2006

Women must cover their Hair

We sorta played by the rules. Westerners were to arrive by 10AM for a guided tour of the mosk. Dress was to be conservative and women must cover their hair. Did I mention 10AM sharp? Ya well....we were late. Guess we'll have to buy a book for a guided tour of a mosk.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Ski Dubai

Only in Dubai do you take off your sandals to put on your ski boots! We went to the mall (again) and experienced Ski Dubai. I thought it would be dumb - it was pretty cool. You can't believe you are skiing at the mall. The snow is real and the slope is an engineering work of art. The slope is equipped with a quad chair lift and even has a mid station cafe (in case you get tired between the 30 second runs) for espresso. It was definitely worth doing and cool to say our first skiing this year was at Ski Dubai.

After our 2 hours was up, we headed for eats. It was a close call - we almost ended up at TGIF's but settled on CHOP CHOP for something alittle more unamerican. But then the power went out - the sheikh kept shopping - but the kitchen was closed. We left the mall briefly thinking it was a terroist attack...but then we resumed shopping as well. We finally ate at a french cafe then rested at a movie - Babel. JR hated it - because he couldn't understand it. I thought it was pretty good.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Boys and Girls

Or - ladies and gentlemen - do you know what your flight crew was doing last night?

Emirates houses the flight crew in the Millenium Towers downtown New Dubai. A brand new (the road isn't complete yet) 58 story apartment building. The cabin attendants are 3 to an apartment on floors 1 - 35. The pilots get a 2 bedroom palace to themselves on floors 36 - 58. The highest floors are reserved for married pilots. If you have a family you get a villa somewhere else. Needless to say Millenium Towers is worse than the University of Illinois during Pledge week. And these people have money, jobs, careers and responsibilities...can't you tell from the pic? Some of us never grow up!

Once the wives come to town things slow down -
a bit....JR met a really great bunch of guys. Tareq is the crown jewel with Ben, James, Julio, Jon, Alan, Grant and Dave. They are from Peru, S. Africa, UK and US. Some are married with kids some are just starting out. All are looking for the highest seniority spot in a growing airline. Emirates has it all - including hot flight attendants (which I'm learning is priority number one).

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas

Its Christmas eve, my gift was a trip to Cleopatra's spa. A Thai massage takes away all jetlag. I fell asleep sitting by the pool waiting for my pedicure to dry! JR had to call the front desk looking for me.

We celebrated Christmas eve at BICE, an Italian restaurant in the Hilton Hotel - then went where the beautiful people go - Buddha Bar. It was made famous in Paris. Funky music, cool drinks and people who think they are way cool..including us.

Dubai is crazy! JR told me everything was under construction, but its hard to understand what that means. Its seriously - everything under construction. There are two main places - Old Dubai and New Dubai. Old Dubai is pretty typical, and looks basically normal. New Dubai is totally under construction. The skyline looks like NewYork unfinished with a bunch of cranes on every building. EVERY building. The roads are not finished so its dirt roads and stuff everywhere. One day the road is there, the next it is gone. No one has an address you have a general area you are going to. I don't know how the taxi drivers survive. Construction is happening 24 hours a day.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

24 hours of airports - for this?!

No luggage and exhausted - but here we are!

Monday, December 18, 2006

BookSwap 2006

1.What is your favorite book of all time and why?

Of all time?! That's like saying never and forever. I can't do that. I rarely read the same book twice so my favorite tends to be based on my current spot in life. Currently - loving biographies or social science books. Recent favorite was Conservatize Me by John Moe or maybe Tough Choices by Carly Fiorina. I love them both because reading them was a learning experience. They both talk about issues I'm trying to solve in my own life. These books don't provide the answers of course, but a discussion of the possibilities. (meeting the authors ain't bad either!)

2. What type of book do you most enjoy reading?

I can really only stand to read non-Fiction. I was once a bodice ripper lover (romance and historical fiction) - but now I like biographies, current events, economic discussions or things that teach me something. I'm not interested in the screaming books - like INVEST NOW or other sort of National Enquirer non-Fiction.

3. What fictional character do you most resemble?

I say this only because I just saw her photo in my mom's house, the memory is fresh - and some might agree with what I'm about to say.
Fictional character - Scarlett O'Hara (from the romance novel phase...). She was self determined, self savior, a bitch at times, manipulative using feminity as a tool but survived and in the process maintained her version of life's values. I don't have green eyes, but I do have brunette hair - and I don't think anyone on earth has a 14" waist or whatever she got in the corset - but I'd give it a try.

4. What is your favorite type of sweet or chocolate?

I love butter carmels. Chocolate of any kind is wonderful. Oddly enough a snickers bar is probably my favorite candy bar even with those pesky peanuts in there!

5. What are your hobbies?

Learning - which includes books, knitting, gardening and traveling.

6. Do you collect anything?

Not really, but as I stare at my bookcases it occurs to my I might collect books!

7. What is your favorite color?

The warm fall tone of orange. I'll wear your sunkist orange at a football game but not on a regular basis.

8. What is your favorite movie and why?

To comply with the "of all time" requirement, I'll say Gone with The Wind. This is one of the only movies I'd watch again and again. But I also must mention, Rudy, A River Runs Through It and Working Girl. Your basic, character rises above incredible challenge theme.

9. When is your birthday?

Jan 05

10. What is your favorite scent?

Clean fresh scents. Lemon, lavender. I've never been a fan of those candy scents.

11. Do you have any allergies?

No allergies except to bills and debt!

12. Do you have wishlist on Amazon or another site?

Yes I do.....

13. What kind of music do you like? Are you MP3 compatible?

I like everything except headbanging hard rock. My 80's punk days are over! Now I really enjoy Jazz, international music like Jesse Cook and your occasional Dixie Chick.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Hit the Road Jack

To my secret Pals, I'm so sorry for the disappearing act. I've been traveling for work and although touching a computer everyday...not keeping up with blogging as I should. Please accept my sincere apology for the absence!

What have I been doing?? Well, after my last post in November I sent JR off to Dubai for 3 months and then I hit the road. I decided if he's away I may as well travel as well. First I was in Lexington KY for 2 weeks. This was supposed to be a training trip to learn the functions of my job. It was a learning experience alright! I learned I didn't have a clue. During the two weeks I tried to visit as many company locations as possible. I drove to Cambelsville, KY; Louisville, KY; and Hebron KY.

On my way home from Lexington I stopped off in St. Louis to celebrate Thanksgiving day. Then it was home to rescue CAT from the empty house (yes the neighbor checked on her a couple times...)

After a couple, and I mean 4 days at home, I was off to Allentown PA. This was meant to be a quick trip and so we worked all available hours we had! I was lucky to spend one evening visiting with HighSchool friends. I was able to meet their kids and just relax talking about how we'd changed over the years. THANKS GUYS!!!

Back at home, I thought I would sit still for a little while, but then all of a sudden I was back on an overnight flight to Sterling VA. (I hate red-eye flights...but love sleeping in my own bed more.) Thankfully, this one was more organized and I was better equipped for this trip. I knew how to accomplish what was necessary - and we got it done! Anyone familiar with Washington Beltway traffic about 6PM - ya me too. It was worth it - at the end of the yellow brick road was dinner with my Uncle and Aunt. Hadn't seen them in years! THANKS AGAIN!

Before I rounded the corner to return home, I headed South to Tampa for a visit with my mom. This was awesome! We finally got to meet the HUNK in my sister's life. Whew.

And now, I'm home. Thankfully, but only for a couple days again. I'm headed back out to the airports again this week. And it appears, I'll be a road warrior for at least the next 6 months.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Who turned out the lights in Seattle?

I was gone for the Storm in Seattle this past week. I didn't really think anything bad would happen, and it didn't, for me. But my friends have no power! We had a fabulous home cooked Italian feast last night - cooked with the power of a generator. Redmond is totally in the dark. I think Microsoft was closed a day or two without power! Downtown Seattle seems to be up and running but several outlying areas are still cold and dark 4 days after the storm. My friends mom, suffered the most, her master bedroom was hit with two humoungous Fir trees. She was huddled in the family room near the fireplace - thankfully far away from the master bedroom. WOW.
Dad you don't want to know this...but I drove under this tree last night on my way to the Italian feast. My friends live very close to this street - at the time the tree was precariously balanced over the street. There was this large sign that said do not enter/road closed? Curious - I just slipped right past it, plenty of room! On the way home, I took a back road to avoid getting killed by a 100 year old tree.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Rain Rain Go Away

Or I will....and Jon too. We woke up to this wind damage today. It has been raining hard for 3 days - even the Today show highlighted the northwest today. This is perfect knitting weather. I just can't figure out what to make. I have two babies on the way. Our friends Dave and Tina had a girl this weekend, my friend Karen had a boy in May and my cousin is expecting in April. What to make what to make....

Dubai is a go - maybe - we'll know for sure on Wednesday at 6PM. New job is also a go which makes Dubai complicated??!! I'm headed to Lexington - KITCAT party at our house!!!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Adult Windows

Style comes and goes. Target was once world class, then fabric from Bed Bath and Beyond! Now, clean and sleek plantation blinds. They look awesome! We still have to paint ( and should've before we installed...but we won't go there...) They look incredible. The walls are still bright white and I want to paint it back to the pearl white original color. The blinds are pearl white and really match all the other trim well.

It took 8 weeks for these to arrive. I'm told they came direct from China - and I believe it. I got them from The prices beat 3 day blinds, Costco, Home Depot and American Blinds big time. You have to install yourself, pay upfront and cross your fingers everything works out - but in this case everything is fine. Now I plan to measure my downstairs windows and get those on order.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

I've been spoiled

Thank you Secret Pal!

My Secret Pal has spoiled me rotten. Saturday after going to the mailbox twice!! I discovered a huge box on my porch. No return address...hmmm but the post mark did say MD. A hint A hint! My package is filled with special touches only she could create. (1) Patons Self Striping Yarn (2) Pattern and fabric for my new sewing addiction (3) Wonderful burnt orange lace weight (?) yarn (4) thread (5) Bobbins *FULL* (6) measuring tape. All of this wrapped in a wonderful suitcase type 'bag' - you know how I love the BAG. Wow, what a wonderful surprise. I'm very impressed with your attention to detail Secret Pal. I think my favorite is the filled bobbins....only my blog readers could possibly understand this! Thank you very much. Now, about that lace weight yarn??? Can you help me with appropriate patterns? I'm your typical cook book knitter. I search for the exact yarn specified in the book - I'm too scared to substitute yarn.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

In Honor of Halloween

Halloween, is my unofficial favorite holiday. I think it is because I love fall. In honor of October and halloween I've knit a basket. I plan to use this as my trick-or-treaters candy basket. I gave up trick-or-treating myself many years ago. Now, we spend the evening hanging out in the living room eating pizza and greeting the neighborhood kids.

This pumpkin is knit with Cascade 220 6 skeins in total at $7.00/ea (YIKES) and then felted. The strength it has is amazing! This could easily be used as a candy holder for trick-or-treating kids. The opening is slightly small - which makes it tough to locate the exact type of candy you want...but then we could have bigger problems right? The pattern is at MagKnits they have a much better picture on the web-site. I used slightly different colors. Mine is a bit more brown than orange and the stem is heathered green rather than St. Patricks Day green. I love it! I have it at work now sitting on my desk.

The Samba

We had so much wine this evening - I don't even remember what country/dance we were highlighting. I think it was Brazil and the Samba. Whatever was in the cocktail they were serving made the crowd a little rowdy! Much happy dancing was had and dessert too....

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Not without Lava?!

Thank you NPR and Anne Gerrels. I LOVE NPR!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Tough Choices

Carly Fiorina. This is a woman / leader I'd like to sit and chat with. She's seen the good, bad and ugly of the board room. I would bet she has a pretty good read on the male-ness of Corporate America. During her fishbowl she shared a story from her first sales job. The client wanted to go to lunch, seemed reasonable, unfortunately it was at a strip club. She paid for lunch then AND became the CEO of one of Americas largest companies. Quite a career path and oh ya, she started as an administrative assistant...

Her speach talked directly to me. I related to her comments about Fear especially. Check it out here - your own mini Fishbowl....

She is quite controversial for her choices, everyone I talked to had their own slant on her. I haven't made up my mind yet. She wouldn't discuss the book at all - too many juicy details! So this weekend, I'm going to dive and and learn all the secrets. She said the success HP is now experiencing are lagging indicators (trying to eeak some credit for it maybe?). Wonder what she thinks of Mark Hurd and Patricia Dunn's current situation.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Starfish or Spider

Do you like firm structured organizations? Apparently they are extinct. But what happens when a starfish tries to take out another starfish?

Today's Fishbowl was hosted by Ori Brafman a 31 year old MBA from Stanford. His bio along with his co-author is pretty fascinating. One of the funny points in his talk was about YouTube - to illustrate his point he showed this: Now you are one of the millions who have seen this but not the President's most recent TV appearane.

If you cut off a spiderÂ’s leg, itÂ’s crippled; if you cut off its head, it dies. But if you cut off a starfishÂ’s leg it grows a new one, and the old leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. WhatÂ’s the hidden power behind the success of Wikipedia, craigslist, and Skype? After five years of ground-breaking research, Ori Brafman shares some unexpected answers, gripping stories, and a tapestry of unlikely connections. The Starfish and the Spider argues that organizations fall into two categories: traditional "spiders," which have a rigid hierarchy and top-down leadership, and revolutionary "starfish," which rely on the power of peer relationships. The Starfish and the Spider explores what happens when starfish take on spiders (such as the music industry vs. Napster, Kazaa, and the P2P services that followed). It reveals how established companies and institutions, from IBM to Intuit to the US government, are also learning how to incorporate starfish principles to achieve success.The book explores:

    1. How the Apaches fended off the
      powerful Spanish army for 200 years
    2. The power of a simple circle
    3. The importance of catalysts who have
      an uncanny ability to bring people together
    4. How the Internet has become
      a breeding ground for leaderless organizations
    5. How Alcoholics Anonymous has reached untold millions with only a shared ideology and without a leader

Born in Israel and raised in Texas, Ori Brafman has been a lifelong entrepreneur. He holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford UniversityÂ’s Graduate School of Business. After the events of 9/11, Ori co-founded Global Peace Networks, which catalyzed a network of CEOs working on conflict resolution and economic development. These small circles of CEOs collaborated in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa. There was no hierarchy or rigid structure. Rather, the circles worked independently on their own projects. His experiences with Global Peace Networks led him to write The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations.
Wanna buy it? Go to The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Double Header - Who's Monitoring the Site?

Lunch today with Barbara Fairchild, the Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit. Barbara discussed her book, The Bon Appetit Cookbook.
Didn't win the raffle on this either - bummer - she sold me on the includedrecipee for brownies (her mother's originalrecipei) and Thanksgiving Turkey (her choice for 14 years).
"Bon Appétit has been America's favorite food and entertaining magazine for decades, celebrating the culinary experience with recipes that have made cooking both a pleasure and a triumph for generations of home cooks. Now, for the first time, The Bon Appétit Cookbook brings together more than 1,200 of the magazine's all-time, best-loved recipes for every meal and occasion. These recipes represent the very best of the magazine's sophisticated, foolproof style: easy-to-make dishes that incorporate a variety of regional and international influences--recipes that are delicious the first time out. Like Bon Appétit itself, The Bon Appétit Cookbook is, as Barbara Fairchild puts it, "approachable, relevant, and fun."
The book is accessible and easy to use, and includes engaging headnotes and clear explanations along with nearly sixty illustrations of ingredients and techniques. You will also find invaluable tips, techniques, and advice from the experts at Bon Appétit. Throughout the book, they share test kitchen secrets in how-tos that demystify and simplify more than three dozen techniques—such as deveining shrimp, cutting corn off the cob, and frosting a layer cake."

Steve Wozniak - Silicon Valley icon, philanthropist, and Co-Founder of Apple discussed his autobiographical book, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It for a bonus afternoon Fishbowl.

"The mastermind behind Apple sheds his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time. Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen? The result was the first true personal computer, the Apple I, a widely affordable machine that anyone could understand and figure out how to use. Wozniak's life--before and after Apple--is a home-brew mix of brilliant discovery and adventure, as an engineer, a concert promoter, a fifth-grade teacher, a philanthropist, and an irrepressible prankster. From the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant, iWoz presents a no-holds-barred, rollicking, firsthand account of the humanist inventor who ignited the computer revolution."

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Waltz

Waltzing makes you feel glamorous and delicate - except when you are traveling and switch feet, that hurts.

We dined on veal cutlets, spaetzle and chocolate cake. The mushroom sause was divine! Starrynights is doing a good job with this continuing education seris.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Dear Secret Pal

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I'm so new to knitting I love almost everything. I like experimenting with different textures. I'm currently using EuroFlax Linen. Everyone said I would hate it. But I enjoy its structure. The one thing I tried and HATED was kidsilk haze. I think I went blind trying to keep it all straight. Made me crazy!

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

A teacup from Harrods, a plastic mug from KAMs and my own home-made fabric needle/roll case. I store my double points in a store bought fabric case.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I have been knitting since 2002 (I think) and consider myself intermediate skill level. I taught myself from reading books.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Yes I do - Amazon is near and dear to me and my checkbook!

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)

My favorite candle scent is anything that makes you think clean - like rain, linen, lavender, white tea. I don't like candles or bath products that smell like food - just makes me hungry.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

I enjoy candy but don't live for it. I hate chocolates that are all mixed up with stuff like nuts and flavoring. Keep it simple - chocolate is good all by itself.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

Currently I'm learning to sew, I like to cook - deserts only. I don't spin and at the moment have no interest.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

Music is very important to me and I like a wide variety. I'm currently into international stuff - Girl from Ipanema is a favorite. I'm an NPR junkie and don't leave home without my iPOD.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?

My favorite colors are warm autumn tones. Reds, navy, orange and greens. Not the circus orange and greens...but nice warm tones.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I'm married with one cat that bosses us both around.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

I love scarves and mittens - hats mess up my hair and ponchos aren't my thing. I made one for my sister (at her request) and she doesn't wear it either...(just checking if your reading)...

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

My favorite theme is babies. The items are small and quick and really delight new mothers.

13. What are you knitting right now?

Right now - I'm deep into the Mason Dixon book - so I'm working on dishrags, linen handtowls and linen lace.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?


15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I prefer straight wooden needles. Bamboo seems too sticky - aluminum isn't sticky enough.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

Yes I do - I inherited my swift from someone who thought it was a pany hose dryer.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

Not more than a month - I pick a goal and go after it.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

Halloween - but I hate scary gory stuff.

19. Is there anything that you collect?

Nope - minimalist is my thing.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I guess I do collect something - knitting books. I buy them sometimes before they are released and pretty much have my own personal library.

I subscribe to Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

I would like to learn an easy/fast cast-on. I just hate starting a pattern when it says cast-on 146. YUK.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

I just learned to turn a heel and have finished 2 pairs of socks. The small yarn scared me away for a long time! I'm ready to try one of those self striping yarns. My feet are size 10.

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)

Jan 5 - Capricorn

Some EXTRA questions in honor of Tali's b-day.

1. Where is your favorite knitting spot?

A train or plane.

2. If you suddenly could never knit again (shudder) - what would you do instead?

Take up exercising to get rid of all the weight I've gained sitting around knitting!

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would you go and why?

At the moment - Liverpool. I'm sick.

4. When you were little - What did you want to do "when you grew up?" Are you doing it?

I wanted to be a teacher and no I'm not doing it.

5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate Chip

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Home Economics 101

I finally used the sewing machine my mom gave me. Its been sitting neglected for almost a year. It was one of those buy the stuff and then figure out how to put it together. Not to mention a couple trips to the store to get the: seam ripper, pattern marker, and of course another project!

Everything worked out pretty well. My seams are a bit puckered but the iron seems to fix this. One of my corners is pinched - but I don't care. I never figured out how to fill the bobbin - so I just used one I had; therefore my seams are orange on the top and yellow on the bottom. Artistic right?

First project is done...and you can't buy mistakes like these. Now I have a cool knitting / crochet needle case to call my own. All JR said was - Cool now I don't have to buy one...does he know how much this fabric cost?

Now, off to build the business plan to start selling these at Pike's Market and quit the day job...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

And just like that....

I'm dead - but even death is sweet. My assasin knit a beautiful pair of socks and even included some dark chocolate. Now I am a full supporter of of my assasin. I promise to dutifully pack my socks into her priority envelope. Lets hope this will aid her in the fight against spinnity. (See photos at Flikr -

Office Politics

Some you can take pictures of and some you can't. This is the greeting on the wall as you enter my 'shared' copy room. Apparently it should also house a paper cutter. I guess it doesn't anymore. Ahhh...takes me back to the days of college living where all disputes were handled via whiteboard messages rather than face to face combat. Some things never change...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Dancing with the Stars

Tonight was Argentina and the Tango, tougher than you would think! Spaghetti arms make this dance incredibly tough. The lead absolutely must direct the show. Needless to say that is a challenge for this pair! Next week we head to Vienna for the WALTZ (and spaeztle).

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I'm packing the gun powder...

One is done.

Spinnity beware your US8's are making this hunt easy...back to the needles.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Sock Wars

The sock war is ON - and I believe I am about to be killed.... Threefates is hinting I'm done with this afternoons mail delivery. We shall see. I'm dizzy from the speed of my knitting in the round trying to get spinnity. Her feet are only US8 - fabulous! Threefates must cover my enormous US10s...for once my shoe size is a benefit!

I'm using a sun yellow I bought in Australia - pure wool DK. So far so good. I started one sock and made a mistake....but kept moving....does quality count? The guilt got to me so I abandon that sock, I'll consider the consequences of quality later. Started a new one and it is going much better. I got a rythm where each needle starts with a purl EXCEPT needle number 1. That way I don't screw up the rib of doom pattern.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Lunch with Chong - but not Cheech

Today I spent my lunch hour listening to the rambles of Infamous comedian, actor and musician Tommy Chong to discuss his book, The I Chong: Meditations from the Joint

Amazon says:
"Tommy Chong is now older, wiser and officially an ex-con. In 2003, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration launched a sting called Operation Pipe Dreams and forced themselves through the door of Tommy's California home. As a result of the raid on his home and the simultaneous ransacking of his son's company, Chong Glass; he was sentenced to nine months in prison.
Tommy Chong is now telling his side of the story -- The I Chong was written by Tommy while in prison. Introspective, inspiring, and incendiary, The I Chong is a unique chronicle of one man's life and how his humorous and spiritual point of view saved him during his incarceration."

I didn't win the free book raffle - oh well. Seeing him in person was just as good.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Great Outdoors

Just got back from Tahoe - due to a business trip to Reno. North east side of Tahoe is faily slow paced. The weather was fabulous. We stayed at Tahoma Cottages. Not too bad...but a bit pricey for the accomodations. Oh well, I guess supply and demand is in effect. We also went to the Shakespeare festival. It POURED, LIGHTING, and THUNDER! Serious rain! The poor actors were almost blown away. The stage was on the beach at Sands Harbour State Park. They said they had never canceled a show in 10 years. Turns out this time they only postponed.

The company picnic was an oasis in the mountains full of more activities than adults should need. I played on the green Giants Broomball team - we lost, but got points for one black eye! OUCH.

Also finished my first KAL. We are focused on dishcloths (worshrags) from the Mason Dixon knitting book. This is tons of fun! The pattern is disclosed in increments of 10 lines. So you really don't know what it will be until day 4 or 5. I have an error in mine - Can you find it? I admit I got lazy. The error didn't seem to be causing any major chaos so I just kept going rather than fix it. Seems in this case the risk was worth it - you can't really tell. In fact I bet you can't find it at all!

Friday, June 30, 2006

I've been found

Life in the fishbowl has been pretty diverse lately. Mark Prothero, John Edwards, Davy Rothbart and Peter Rothbart. Interesting experiences - must check out

I am stunned how people are finding ways to make money these days! Mark Prothero was the defense attorney for Green River Gary - so he's taking a breath at the moment...John Edwards is traveling around promoting his book - looking very tan and fit. Davy became famous by discussing mementoes of others he'd found. Check out the web page to understand. Amazing - people are doing these things - and I have a job. I think I'm working too hard at the wrong things!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Day One

I've been lurking on several blogs recently, I thought it was time to create my own. I really just want a place to publish some photos and observations...we'll see.

So this weekend, we/me - you know the 'man-ual labor' living with me...planted a few trees...they look great but he was beat!