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Shots And Thoughts From An Ordinary Guy.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

high speed roll by

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Watch Out All You Bad Guys

I was loading pictures onto the computer from this week and noticed this one of Grayson. I think he was playing with the camera again... This must be his taekwondo face.



Watch out Chuck Norris... One day the boogie man will look under his bed for Grayson before he goes to sleep :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Little Skate Board Action

We went to the skate park so Grayson could perfect his mad skateboarding skills. Lori even took time out to show him how it is done...






Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bowling Anybody?

Today was spent watching movies at home, playing chess, and a couple games of bowling. I got my personal best high score. Not one open frame... Lori won the first game with a 136 and I won the second with a 188.





Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Welcome To Spring Break 2009

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More Spring Break

Ah, Spring Break in Oregon. It certainly isn't like the southern part of our country where the college kids go for sun, parties, sleepless nights. Oh no, we get lots of rain, wind, and cold weather for spring break around here.

We went to the beach for the day and enjoyed some of the finer things in life. Walks on the beach, Pronto Pups, and of course a meal at Mo's. Not the finest food I have ever eaten, but it is the cheapest on the coast that is for sure.

Oh ya, and who can forget bumper cars and putt-putt golf.





















On to the next adventure tomorrow... Stay Tuned!

Spring Break

Brrrr.... Gotta love the Oregon coast.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Baseball Clinic



Grayson went to a baseball clinic today at Franklin HS. He is pretty excited to be a part of the Franklin Baseball program someday and really enjoyed the coach.

Can you figure out which one is Gray???

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Remember When

I haven't seen one of these signs since I was in grade school. Now that North Korea and Iran are on the verge of being nuclear I wonder if we are going to have to go back to this era again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Just struck me as funny

I was downtown this morning and saw this on a huge building. I found it rather comical... Can you figure out why???




I hope this isn't part of the City of Portland's budget cuts...

Monday, March 16, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bridger Elementary "Nightingale"

Grayson was one of the background singer's last night for the Nightingale performance from the Bridger Elementary Drama class.

He has been getting up early every Tuesday since November to go in before classes at school and practice.

Grayson and his "friend" Tanna









Friday, March 13, 2009

Spring Training...

When spring is around the corner it means one thing... baseball. Today was the first practice for Grayson on his new major's team. He is really excited about the upcoming season.

Me throwing batting practice


Grayson catching a ball

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Another Beautiful Day in Portland




One of the downfalls of driving...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Nick

I posted a couple of days ago a picture of Lori and Nick when we took him out for his birthday dinner... And, as most of you know, it wasn't his birthday yet.

Today is Nick's 20th birthday, so, happy birthday Nick!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

No Dumping Allowed

Have you ever wondered why some of the most littered places around the city are next to "No Dumping" signs... Just a thought.

I was running in Seatac and came across this sign. I had to take a picture of it. If you take a look about 200 feet in the distance you can see a huge pile of trash. It looks like the sign isn't doing a very good job. And how about the threat at the bottom of the sign... like they are going to arrest someone for throwing out their trash. Our jails are already sending people out onto the streets who are real criminals...

I can see it now.
  • Inmate #1: "What are you in for?"
  • Inmate #2: "I threw the litter bag out of my car.... Gonna get 5 years. What are you in for?"
  • Inmate #1: I ran over my girlfriend's lover with my truck and broke both of his legs... they said they need to make room for some guy who dumped his trash next to a "No Dumping" sign so I get out tomorrow."



Ya never know...

Friday, March 6, 2009

Morning Fog



Woke up this morning and opened the shades. Thought I would take a shot of the morning fog through the walnut tree...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Birthday Dinner

We celebrated Nick's birthday at the Spaghetti Factory. Wow... 20 already.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Just around the corner...

It is not too early for spring to get here for me...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A ray of sun

I was able to get a small ray of sunshine on a very wet and cloudy day up north.

Monday, March 2, 2009

2009 USWC Taekwondo Tournament

Wow... another year has gone by and it seems as if it went by way too quickly.

Here are a couple of shots from the US West Coast National Taekwondo tournament from this weekend. It was a little more crowded than last year, but the kids still did an awesome job representing their school.

Grayson only competed in two events this year (form and sparring) and took the silver and the gold respectively in his matches. He is now a red belt and two away from getting his black. It should take him another 18 months or so and he will be a black belt... He is really motivated and wants to have his second degree belt by the time he is fourteen. With his motivation and discipline level I am sure he will achieve it.

Grayson and Micheal hanging out



Grayson and Bree after their forms.
They ended up competing against each other since they are now in the same belt class.


Micheal fueling up on a hot dog...


Here are a couple of videos. They are of Grayson sparring. Round one and round two. He did a good job dodging the kicks of his competitor and won 3-2.

Enjoy!


Round 1


Round 2


A Rainbow