Fantastic weekend up in the mountains.  Rented a condo with some friends, and Vail caught 9" overnight (but it felt more like a foot plus in the back bowls.  Best day of snowboarding so far.  Ever.


Well, the blog has fallowed pretty hard lately. Work has been busy; big hours for the most part and trials just about every week. Win some lose some.

Backpacking season is long gone, and ski season has started. A and I have gotten a couple of days in, one at A-Basin and one at Breckenridge. The snow was pretty decent, especially compared to last year.

My parents came out to Colorado for a few days, and we knocked about the mountains a bit with them. We managed to get Dad to the Columbine Lounge; his new favorite steak house.

I'm in Atlanta for Thanksgiving, which is warm and quiet, compared to the standard Minnesota Thanksgiving. A and I are headed back to Minnesota for Christmas, which should be fun. I was lucky enough to ask for the days off early enough to get them.


Had a fantastic trip at Chris and Sophia's wedding. The wedding was fun, as was the bar tour of wonderful downtown Juneau. The bachelor party was on a salmon fishing charter, where we caught 19 fish and kept 5 cohos.

After the wedding, I tacked on an extra week to go sea kayaking with a couple of the groomsmen. We tagged along with a tour boat to get dropped off at the end of Tracy Arm in front of the South Sawyer Glacier. The glacier calved huge a few times, dropping off house-sized chunks of ice and sounding like thunder. We camped on Sawyer Island overnight, and then the next day visited Sawyer Glacier and went back to South Sawyer. We hiked up to a rocky campsite that overlooked the face of the glacier, and watched the glacier calve during cocktail hour and dinner. The next morning I woke up early and moved my sleeping bag and pad outside to doze and watch the glacier. The next night we camped along a gorgeous little gorge just above a class V rapid. That camp was complete with bear shit and claw markings on a rock. Our weather was gorgeous; we probably caught the best string of 4 days the area will see, with bluebird days and 75 degree temps. It rained on our last day, and we realized that the trip would have been a lot different if it would have rained every day as we had expected. We spent the last couple of days paddling out of the arm, but only ended up paddling 4 hours a day or so at most. One day it was so warm that we found a waterfall that formed a slip and slide into the ocean.


Best. Campsite. Ever.



I won my first jury trial last week.  It was a lot of fun; hopefully my subsequent trials will go as smoothly.  Moved into a new apartment last weekend, and I'm just about settled now.  All I need are some dining room chairs.



It's apartment hunting season again.  With the new job down south, I'm trying to cut down the commute without moving to the suburbs.  So far I've taken a look at 7 places, and one of them is a strong contender.  Things will just depend on whether I'll be able to get someone into my place early, or if I'll have to wait until the end of July to move.  Hopefully it's the former, so I'm not doubling my commute for 2 months.  Fingers crossed.


Well, last week was pretty hectic. After interviewing for 4 different positions and receiving 3 different offers, I've figured out the path from here. On June 1 I'll be sworn in. It's going to be put-up-or-shut-up time in a sense; I've had the idea that I would enjoy the job and would be good at it, for the past 11 years or so. Now I guess we'll find out.


Another beer is in bottles, an ESB this time from a split batch that I put together with P.  The beer cellar is looking pretty good now, which is good timing for summer.  2 more job interviews this week.  Fingers crossed.


Interesting Week

Well, it's been a busy week.  I've had three job interviews (two initial, one callback) and three additional invitations for interviews in the past week.  After a pretty long drought, it's good to see that things are picking up.  It's especially heartening that all of the positions are coming from cold applications, not from friends-of-friends or something of the sort, so I know my resume is holding up pretty well.  We'll see what happens.


Tearing down gabe's garage


2 Crashes 1 Month

Well, another death-defying weekend.  On Sunday Preston and I were going to go kayaking on Gore Canyon on the Colorado.  We got an early start, and were driving down the put-in road at around 10:30.  A storm had passed through the area, and the road was slushy and snowy, but manageable.  We were in his little pickup; since it was rear-wheel drive (note the past-tense) it wasn't the most sure-footed vehicle out there.  Anyway, the rear end slid a bit here and there, but bits of gravel were showing through the snow and it wasn't too terrible.  Then we came over the ridge and started dropping over the other side, where nothing had melted and the road was still a sheet of ice.  We were going slow, but the rear end started sliding out anyway.  When we were traveling downhill and sideways, Preston said "we're done."  I replied "this is not good" about half a second before we hit the ditch and, soon thereafter, a big aspen.  It slammed into the right rear fender, or rather, the right rear fender slammed into the tree.

We got out, somewhat shaken but all right.  Our kayaks had been thrown from the rear of the truck.  An aspen branch had punctured the tire, and it was no longer pointed at the front of the truck.  It looked like the bed had shifted about 4 inches to the left as well.  We weren't driving home.

We hitchhiked to the take-out and met up with our friend Kevin.  The rest of the morning was filled with dealing with cops and AAA reps.  And building a snowman while Preston talked with those guys.  No kayaking for us, though we may try it again tomorrow.

The rest of the weekend went measurably better.  Saturday was basically eating and drinking for the duration; up early to try and catch the REI garage sale, dim sum, then brewing beer and eating cow, then beers at falling rock (Dogfish Head 90 minute on tap, mmmm) and then roller derby.  Good times.



Hey, a weekend without any physical peril!  Horray!  

In fact, it was a nice, low-key weekend.  A big of shopping with A$, then dim sum (my first time for dim sum.  Oh, it was fantastic, let me tell you.  Tasty, tasty pork buns), then a beer and cheese tasting (Sabetour from Odell's is going to be fantastic), a bit of shopping, cobbling together beer brewing equipment, drinking beer on rooftops, bottling a wheat beer.  Tough to complain.

The beer tasting was a lot of fun; for a fair bit of it B. and I just hung out by some of the breweries' tables and chatted about (and drank) beer.  Interestingly, one of the moments that really sticks out was when everyone was closing up shop.  The tasting ended at 4, and it was probably 10 after or so, and most of the breweries were out of beer (15 or so in all).  Upslope Brewing, from Boulder, has a lousy IPA and a decent pale ale.  They had a case or two left, that their reps were packing up.  B. and I wandered over and asked if they needed any help getting rid of their beer.  They were downright rude.  Rudeness + mediocre-at-best beer.  Not a good combo.



Well, I tried to paralyze myself this weekend, or so it seems.  I went kayaking down at Confluence Park yesterday, just to get back in the boat and remember how to do things like eddy turns and paddling.  I was fetching a bag of paddling gear from the big cabinet above my closet, when the leg of the stool I was standing on folded.  My head and neck bounced off of the corner of my bed, and the rest of me fell past it.  Quite sore this morning, which, all things considered, isn't all that bad.

Yesterday was gorgeous; got some kayaking in, played bocce ball with random people I met in the park, and halfway learned to knit while lounging about in the sun.  Hard to complain.

Last weekend was a lot of fun; I had a great day tooling around on Saturday, biking around, shopping through REI, went to the beer store, hung out with friends.  Then I was talked into going snowboarding on Sunday, when Breckenridge happened to get hit with 9 inches of snow. Plenty of powder everywhere, and even good coverage on the runs that were getting tracked up.  Lots of fun, though the snow in the mountains meant that I was late fetching A. from the airport.


Car Crash

Well, we were in a car crash last weekend.  Everyone was fine; I think I ended up with the worst injury with a bruised elbow.  Not bad for hitting a cement divider at 60mph.  We were coming back from skiing at Keystone, and about 20 minutes out of Denver on I-70, Annie's left front tire blew out.  We were in fairly heavy traffic in the left lane, and we bounced off of the cement divider and started swerving, hard.  Fortunately, we didn't hit anybody, and nobody hit us.  Annie managed to get the car back under control and get us to the right-hand shoulder.  Everyone was a little shook up, but ok.  The car, not so much.  The radiator was bleeding pretty bad, and the bumper was trying to smear off of the front of the car.  AAA and the cops showed up, and we got everything under control.  An amazing feat of automotive engineering that you can ricochet off of a solid object doing 60 and everybody walks away.


Annie and I attended a great yard sale over the weekend, put on by the Colorado Historical Society. They are moving when the courthouse gets knocked down, and they were selling off pieces they either couldn't move or didn't want to. When we showed up at 10 minutes to doors opening, there were probably 150 people lined up the door, and another 150 or so showed up before the doors opened. Some pieces they were selling were huge, 10' by 10'. They were selling off archival prints for $1 apiece. These were our finds.



A fantastic writeup of twilight.  


Free as in Beer

Had a good day up at A-Basin last weekend.  The snow back in montezuma bowl, newly opened, wasn't fantastic, but it was nice to get onto some new terrain.  We found some good snow on the frontside, though it took some looking.

Through the grapevine, I found out about a bar running a customer appreciation night last night, about 8 blocks from my house.  Word around the campfire was that they had free drinks.  I figured it would be free Coors for an hour or something, but it turned out to be free drinks across the board from 7-close.  Nice.


New Style

Trying out a new template; let's see how it goes.



Got some great snowboarding in at Keystone last weekend.  We caught some snow, and I didn't realize how many tree runs Keystone has in some of the back areas.  Some of them included some lengthy cat tracks to get back to the lifts, but they were worth it.  Tight trees all the way down.  Lots and lots of fun.

A. and I did the couchsurfing condo thing again, which was fun.  We managed to catch some of the olympics live, which is a little tough without television.  In other news, we had tasty fish and chips and pakastani food at a british pub while watching canadian hockey last night.  Fun times.

Tonight I'm brewing again, a barleywine this time.  This is going to be a big beer, weighing in at around 10%, with a lot of hops and a lot of time.  It will be a rough clone of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine, which some people like young and others like to age.  I'll definitely be aging some bottles for over a year.  I've got an IPA going right now; that will get transferred to a secondary and dry-hopped.  Once that gets bottled, I think I'm going to do a quick wheat beer to get the pipeline built back up, especially since the IPA will need to age a little bit in order to mellow out.


President's Day

President's day weekend was a bit of a bust.  I had a root canal on Friday, came down with a fever, and spent most of the long weekend laying around the apartment.  Not fantastic.  This weekend A. and I are headed up to Keystone to share a condo with the couchsurfers though, which should be fun.

Things have settled into a steady routine lately; A. and I both off to work in the mornings, dinner at home, and various social-ey things scattered throughout the week, usually skiing one day of the weekend or so.  I've started to keep my eyes open for job openings that might suit me, and have fired off a couple of applications, though nothing real solid has come out of them yet.  It sounds like things are starting to come through for people who have been hunting for work for a while, so maybe things are starting to loosen up.  Fingers crossed.


Breck and Snow

Had a good day at Breck yesterday; they caught about 6" of snow, which was enough to make a difference.  Easily the best snow we've seen at the I-70 resorts this season.  The drive home was tough though; Loveland pass was closed and the road up to Eisenhower was icy and full of blowing snow.  It took us about an hour and a half from Frisco to the tunnel entrance.  We listened to the audiobook of World War Z by Max Brooks.  It was fantastic.  The book is setup as an oral history of the zombie war, and they produced the reading with a bunch of different actors.  It helped the time pass quickly.



The long weekend was a lot of fun.  Annie and I headed up to the mountains for the duration, staying with the couchsurfers in a condo the first night and with some friends at a friends-of-friends' condo the second night (with a hot tub on the porch.  awesome).  We hit keystone the first day (icy, not fantastic), A-Basin the second (not fantastic, but had a great atmosphere and some pretty good skiing) and Vail on monday (beautiful skiing, though not enough snow yet).

The mock trial team that I've been coaching has fallen apart; we just didn't have enough committed students to make it work.  I'm going to see if I can start helping out with another school soon.

I could definitely get used to the winters out here.  40s and 50s for the most part, with snow up in the mountains.



We had a good Christmas and New Year's down in Pagosa.  My parents rented out the oddly-sized lodge that they have access to.  It was just the three of us for Christmas, but then things swelled to seven for New Year's.  As the photos show, we managed to get down to Wolf Creek for a number of days.  They had a ridiculous amount of snow.  A., B., and I were out one day when we got dusted with 16" of powder.  It was a lot of fun; I'm still at that point in my learning curve where I feel noticeably better at snowboarding at the end of the day then I do at the beginning.

Dad and I took a road trip up to Craig, CO for a job interview.  It's a long way from anywhere.  The drive was pretty though.  

Though the trip was good, it was also good getting back.  I drove through ice and snow to get out to Pagosa, but getting back was easy.  Then I took about a day to unpack and play a bunch of video games.  Fallout 3 is fantastic, as is Burnout Paradise.