November 24, 2006

Wild Turkey Wednesday (and Thanksgiving too)

Ashley and I spent Thanksgiving with some of her friends and coworkers. These people strongly believe that the day before Thanksgiving is a holiday in itself, slightly more important than Thanksgiving itself. Being as Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday, and people eat turkey on Thanksgiving, these guys invented Wild Turkey Wednesday. It just makes sense. The day before Thanksgiving you gather up the crowd that would traditionally eat dinner together, and you take shots of Wild Turkey 101. Don't worry if you take too many shots, because the next day (Thanksgiving) you don't have to be conscious until some time in the mid afternoon - and even then, you don't have to be fully functional to eat Turkey! See, it's all so logical. At about 2:00 am, we managed to squeeze 6 drunk people into a taxi to get home from downtown.

The next day, we deep-fried two turkeys and had a feast equal to any I've ever seen - topped off with 5 pies. The deep fryer thing is pretty nifty. It cooks a medium-sized turkey in 45 minutes, keeps it juicy, and somehow doesn't make very greasy.

And the last logical benefit to Wild Turkey Wednesday - on Thanksgiving you can be thankful that you don't have to drink any more if it.

November 14, 2006

El Beardarino

I haven't done a post for a while - not a whole lot to talk about - but here's a quick recap. Last Friday Ashley and I went to the premier of Pull (Matchstick Productions counterpart to Push, which premiered earlier this year). The movie was shown on the 5th floor outdoor patio of one of the buildings on campus and was free. I felt real bad for all the other oysters that were duped into paying big bucks for the Warren Miller movie that played that same night in Boulder Theater. They had to go watch people fall of the chairlift, meanwhile Ashley and I got to watch people ski sick lines at various locations around the world. Saturday we hiked up to a bat cave above our house in the Flatirons. Access to the cave is usually blocked because they don't want you disturbing the bats while they do whatever it is that bats do. It wasn't spectacular, but still quite unique for the area.

On Sunday, it snowed in the mountains so we went back up to Vail Pass to revisit the good times we had two weeks prior. The snow was not nearly as good, but the coverage was adequate and crashing face first into the two inches of powder that covered the crunchy crust made for excellent beardage insulation.

Last night, Monday, a friend of Ashley's was able to get a few extra tickets to a Colorado Avalanche game. As I recently found out, this is a professional hockey team. They suck. The Edmonton Oilers beat them 2 to 1, but they dominated more than the score shows. There were two fights, but neither of them were very good.

November 01, 2006

No More North Dakota!

Truth be told, the field work in North Dakota really wasn't that bad. The worst part about it being that I had to live away from home for 25 days all together. On the up side, I earned a bunch of comp time, so I can take paid time off over Christmas and on powder days. Another perk is the roughly $10,000 I put on my credit card, including 3 round-trip flights - all of which I have been reimbursed for and contributed to my flight miles.

As a welcome home celebration after arriving at the Denver airport an hour late on October 30th, I went straight to the Boulder Theater to watch a Ziggy Marley concert to promote his new album, "Love is my Religion". Fantastic show only a few miles from our house. I love living in Boulder.