Archive for January, 2008

Experience Colorado

January 28, 2008 Leave a comment
Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you. – Aldous Huxley


The best I can do with what I recently experienced is to be happy with what I have and not be envious of others.  Yes I am talking about the new Garmin 400t GPSr.

The 400t

Saturday the Troopster and I went to a Garmin and Groundspeak meet and greet at the humoungous REI in Seattle.  Garmin was showing off the new Colorado 400t GPS.  Jeremy talked about the history of Geocaching and his latest invention WHEREIGO.  I participated on the beta for Where I go over a year ago.  It is a pretty cool gaming idea.  If you combine the mental interaction of an adventure game such as Zork, the human interaction of the Wii, add in the outdoor enjoyment of Geocaching, you have an interctive experience called Where I Go.

REI Event
I see me!

The Pocket PC + GPS gives you a platform for building games that know where you are, when you enter areas, and where you are going.  Create a script and some nice images and you have the "Choose Your Own Adventure" book that puts you in the driver seat and gets you off the couch and into the real world.

Gadget Envy

If you know me, you know I am slow to upgrade and even slower to open my wallet.  The good news is that I have moved beyond my first free GPSs, and even past the second and third GPS’s I bought.  I now have the Garmin 76CSx which is its own masterpiece.  For better or worse in this case, the 76CSx is an awesome GPSr and works so well that I won’t be able to justify moving into the more advanced hardware for quite some time.  I have no doubt that I will be able to live vicariously through friends pretty soon.




Categories: GeoCaching

Maximum Destruction

January 21, 2008 Leave a comment
You may be a redneck if… you have spent more on your pickup truck than on your education.Jeff Foxworthy
This weekend I went to the Monster Truck Jam at the Tacoma Dome.  Todd a buddy of mine and I counted and I think this makes the 6th year in a row we have gone.  Part of me feels right at home and the other part of me wonders what I am doing their.  The right at home part wins out pretty quick as the sound track to the show vibrates through the bleachers and bands such as AC/DC and Metallica are snuffed out only by the sound of blown big block engines starting up.
This year the second place winner of the free style event was Maximum Destruction.  I think that the Max D driver was the best and he only lost to Grave Digger because of the popularity and history the Digger truck has.
The size of the Tacoma Dome keeps the event pretty low key.  I found the same trucks on You Tube putting on a much better show than we saw Saturday.
Maximum Destruction –
Grave Digger –
Before the Monsters 
I remember my first "Tractor Pull".  Souped up tractors that looked like farm equipment but were covered in chrome and had blowers on them would pull a sled.  The farther the sled moved, the more the weight went up on the rear axle of the tractor.  Chewelah held a couple of these along 395 in a field. 
Later mud racing was added.  A long drag race type event where 4×4’s ran side by side in a trench full of thick mud. 
Soon lifted trucks started getting popular and Big Foot made his first appearance at a tractor pull.  The truck was not built to pull and soon the found it much more entertaining to drive over the top of things instead of pull or drive in the mud.
Monster Truck Jams as they are called today are a lot of fun but I think that they have lost the roots of the sport and are missing some great pieces.
I have known a few people who have aspired to be redneck status and a few others who definately are even though their truck may not be running or is on blocks in the front yard.  However people that know me know I am way too much of a tight wad to achieve redneck status through the add-ons and tweaking of my vehicle.  I have made a few incremental improvements, but I am afraid the ratio of college loans to the fun I spend with my Wrangler will never be that close.
I hope you enjoy the videos 🙂
Categories: Jeepin

20 years later…

January 4, 2008 Leave a comment
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven. –  Tryon Edwards
2008 the year we make contact? 
My first thoughts of the new year are centered around friends from the past and the thought that some of them are thinking about the class of 1988 and a 20 year reunion. 
A few days before Christmas I got a call from Dan Vogt saying he was going to have a long lay over between here and Alaska.  We are going to try to get together.  Maybe play a little X-Box.  I think he only will play my moto-cross game if he can wear all green and ride a Kawasaki – (Old habbits die hard I guess).
I got another call during Christmas break from Mitch Harrison, what a great suprise.   It was nice to catch up with an old buddy and talk about Chewelah, mudding in a field along 395, and the good old days before mortgages and having to get up to work everyday.  I would definately not trade the life I have now to be locked into a perpetual "summer break" between my junior and senior years of high school, but the things we did and people we hung out with were sure great to think about.
Right after the new year I also got emails from Kim, Matt, and Cathi all giving me a shout out and a "best for 2008".  Like the out of the blue call from Mitch it was nice to hear from some old friends and got me thinking about this summer and a class reunion.
2 days go by…
When it rains it pours (funny me being near Seattle…)  While this entry sat in a draft state I got an email from another class mate (Rachel R.) and the topic of it being 2008 and what is up with the reunion surfaced again.  I guess a lot of people have the same thing on their minds.
I am no event planner and not sure what official responsibility our 1988 class officers still have when it comes to planning these events, but I do hope that someone will take the baton and run with it.  On a side note I think I penciled in Dan Vogt to be our president and Bob Nelson to be his secretary, I really thought Dan deserved to have a secretary with long blonde hair… (but I am now going off topic…)
I created an 88Cougs group site on Yahoo (Click Me!) and hope that this will help "corral the cats" in a way we can share information and touch base not only for our 20 year reunion but also far into the future.  (I prefer Live Search & Live Spaces but I know several people are part of John May’s 80’s Cougar Uber site).  The 88Cougs site is setup as secure and private so any personal information you add will be hidden from the public, what you add is also totally up to you and optional.  Feel free to just visit the site and see what information ends up being made available.
Congratulations to Rennie Howard for being the first official member. 
Happy New Year!  2008 is off to a good start so far!
Categories: Cougar Sightings