Photo courtesy of David Putzier at Flickr.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Big Night


Hello Family,

It is that time of year again...the Academy Awards are just around the corner, and I want to know what you think! Up for Best Picture this year are Brokeback Mountain, Crash, Capote, Munich, and Good Night and Good Luck. It is sad to me that I have only seen two of these movies.

Crash is my favorite movie of the two I have seen. It is an interlocking story that deals with racism. It is more complicated than a basic race movie however, because you see all sides of people in a way that makes you sympathize with them and their struggles. It tells a real story in a fantastic way.

Brokeback Mountain was a great movie, but I don't think it deserves Best Picture. Again, this movie was complicated...most of us don't know what it is like to live a secret life, and how hard that would be. My main problem with the movie was the development of this "forbidden" love. I was never convinced that these two men should fall in love based on what the movie had shown. I just didn't really buy it...however, the movie was well done, and the scenery is beautiful.

I haven't seen any of the other movies, but I am going to do everything in my power to watch them this week. Hopefully the theater will show them again before the awards night. None of these movies are in the theaters now, and none of them are on DVD...so I just don't know what I am going to do. If you have seen any of these movies and have an opinion, start sharing.

Love, Dave

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Breaking News...


Burns, OR via Associated Press

It has been reported that the infestation of Jack Rabbits took a turn towards normalcy over the last weekend. From several reliable sources it was discovered that the "Wines Crew" a.k.a "The Bunny Bunch", was seen east of town on Rabbit Hill and let's just say, the fur was flying.

They didn't make it out of town without a few photos being snapped by an anonymous contributor who got the gang as they were practicing for the Main Event. See them all at Flickr.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Beware Burns...



Lookout Wily Coyote & Mr. Jack Rabbit, the Wines gang is descending on Burns, OR tomorrow night. The "Crew" will be leaving Friday afternoon to meet up in Burns. Just thought I would let everyone know in advance. I will be back Sunday afternoon with tales of our adventure.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

What Fun...


but it ain't molar extraction...

The upper right rear molar I have been having trouble with since last August finally decided enough was enough yesterday.

Chuck & Dave came over to hang out for awhile yesterday and while they were playing Fight Night I started to get a few sharp pains and some throbbing from said tooth, nothing too serious at this point.

Dave leaves to do some visiting with other folk. Chuck & I head out to do a little shopping. About the time we hit VRC my little demon starts to rear it's ugly little self. Let's say, chewing on tinfoil feels better. A quick call to my quack dentist and 30 minutes later I'm in the chair of torture.

After 4 shots of Novocaine and an 1 1/2 of waiting my turn the "Evil Emperor" descends on his throne with the tool from hell (pictured). First they put a block of some questionable material in your mouth on the side they won't be working on to keep you from shearing off the fingers of your assailant.

Darth Dentist now proceeds to spend 20 minutes torturing yours truly. Besides the pressure that he used I think the worst part was the ungodly sounds, can we say "snap, crackle, pop".

If any of you are faced with a similar situation someday, demand anesthesia!

I am taking today off. The Vicodin is working pretty well but I don't think spending 8 hours talking on the phone will speed the recovery process. On a final note, the dentist, as I'm getting ready to leave, mentions to his assistant (Igor), "tell the bookeeper no charge for the extraction." I kid you not. Can anyone say "lawsuit".

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Dark Tower


I finished a most amazing journey yesterday courtesy of Stephen King. I followed the "Last Gunslinger" on his quest for the Dark Tower. This epic saga of "good vs. evil" spans 7 different books and will take you on the ride of your life. If you haven't read the series, I would highly recommend it. It is not what I would call, typical Stephen King, but yet it is. King himself considers it his defining accomplishment.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Kenny Wheaton Video

At Daves request I created the infamous "Pick-Play" in a file format compatible for the Ipod (MPG-4). It is a smaller file (2.4MB) than the original WMV video (6.6MB) and of course will work with Quicktime also. If interested just email me.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Let It Snow!

Nice surprise this morning here in Eugene, it's snowing! Don't get to see very much of this anymore and it just might be a preview of the coming weekend if you can beleive the forecast.

10 Ways Cheney Can Kill You

Thanks go to: GrouchyOldCripple.com

Maybe Bush could invite his Cabinet down to the ranch for a fun-filled weekend of "Quail" hunting and give Cheney a M-16 instead of a shotgun.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Get R Done


After spending two weeks struggling, grades are official done! It was a ton of work for me this weekend. I think I put in around 15 hours on my two days off to get r done...but now it feels great knowing that it is over. I am hoping, like I have hoped all year, that I can now begin to stay away from school on my weekends. We will see. Take care folks...I will see you all soon.

Dave

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Moon Halo

We are lucky to live in Eugene. Last night around 7:40pm if you looked straight up you caught a glimpse of the moon with a full 360 degree halo around it. While this phenomenon isn't that unusual there was also a contrail left by a jet that almost perfectly disected it.

I didn't take this picture as my camera didn't have a wide enough lens to capture the image. The halo is created when high thin clouds where ice crystals form - millions of them, all with the same shape: an elongated hexagon. As the light of the Moon passes through these crystals it is refracted by 22°, hence the size of the halo.

PS: Last nights photos from Birthday get together at Flickr...

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Happy Birthday!


The Big Three "O", have a "mah-va-lus" day Dave & Chuck!

I Love You & will see you tonight...

Dad

Monday, February 06, 2006

Still Doing Great


I'm feeling great these days...thanks for asking. I don't miss my brother at all. Things are good.

Super Bowl Bust...

The beer commercials were great. I also like Steve Young's assessment of the ref's, " ticky-tack officiating". The "separation" penalty that resulted in a field goal instead of a touchdown in the first quarter. The supposed holding penalty that cost them a gain to the one yard line and a probable touchdown early in the 4th quarter.

I give the Steelers credit for getting the job done and Seattle should have defended better against the trick plays but the game would have been better if those 2 calls hadn't happened.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Chuck & Suzi's House


I added 2 new photos Chuck sent me today. You can see them both at Flickr.

The Big One...

As a West Coast fan (except when it comes to the Yanks) I will be rooting for the Seahawks today along with everyone else in the Pacific Northwest (except Chris...Steelers?). Gotta figure the final outcome as Seattle 27 - Pittsburgh 17.

Anyone else?