Friday, December 31, 2010

Merry XXXmas

Sure it's a week late, but it is what it is. Here is first a picture of my voyage to the homeland.
And now a picture of my return from the birthplace.
Safety first in all matters of picture taking is what I always say. I hope everyone had a great time with family and friends over some delicious food during this season. Now, let's make the most of the oncoming new year and do big things in all facets of our lives. Stay safe. Eyes peeled.

Friday, December 24, 2010


Where have you been all my life?

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Well I wasn't even expecting something like this to happen but I am going to get some of my photos published in a book. The book is called Call*Response and to sweeten the deal it is a fundraiser for kids help phone. I suggest you take a look at the link to see what its all about. Right after you finish doing the checking out portion of your time on that website, you should preorder your copy of the book as it is a very good price until the end of 2010. Do something good for someone one last time this year and then have a great gift for someone.
You're gonna have to buy a copy for yourself to see what pictures of mine made it into the book. The whole project is being done by a great group of people doing positive things, so this will be my last time trying to get you to buy a copy BUT you should really pick one up. Thanks in advance.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Rememberance of Warmer Times

Now, I will start off by saying that this post isn't a cry for summer or me longing for the warmth of summer. I, in fact, love winter and everything that comes with it. It can provide a great mood and allow you to be very productive depending on how you work. This is more of a make up post since I didn't get around to it when it actually happened. I had an idea at the time that smoky tofu in nachos would be a good idea. I then set about making a dry rub and working it into some tofu and letting it marinate for a while. It has been a while so I am having a hard time remembering what was all in the rub, but I'm sure it was a basic one containing ground black pepper, kosher salt, paprika, chili powder, cumin, oregano and brown sugar. I fired up the Weber and got some wood chips smoking and then laid the tofu to rest for about 4-6 hours. Here is what it looked like just under an hour into the process.The finished product containing the chopped up smoked tofu, two kinds of tortilla chips, fresh onions, peppers, tomatoes, cheddar and mozza Daiya.A crying shame that I didn't take advantage of the smoking capabilities of the BBQ more this summer. At least now it isn't quite as long until the next time I can pull the BBQ/smoker out.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Sometimes you snap some very quick pics with your BB and they get forgotten. Here are a few from my recent trip to Minneapolis. Man on the horse on the bottom more than likely, HUH!
A little Blingo while enjoying a nice meal at the Triple Rock.
Some street knowledge.
A special treat for me and some friends found on the return home.

Monday, December 13, 2010

K, Love.

This last week/weekend included a little Minneapolis getaway. The trip started with an early morning departure and testing the new whip out on its first road trip. It did us well and got us to MPLS in comfort. A Twolves game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was what spurred this trip and coincidentally it was the first thing that happened on said trip. I'm passing the picture duties off for the basketball game to Rob Tibbs, so enjoy this pics and head over to his blog for more coverage of the experience of sitting 2nd row behind the visitor's bench. One of my new favorite players to watch, Kevin Love.
My first overall fantasy basketball pick and one of the best players in the league currently, Kevin Durant. Unreal player to watch do his thing this close and just gives you an even greater appreciation for the dude's skill.
The man who gets more than his fair share of assists from KD's greatness, Russell Westbrook. Oddly enough, he also happens to be on my fantasy basketball team. Enough talk of that kinda nonsense for now though.
After that it was a fairly relaxing trip with not many pictures taken. Only picture regret is missing getting Rob's straight shave in action but I'm sure there will be another chance for that. The USA always surprises me with a new treat and this time it took one of my favorite flavor combinations and put it into a delicious soy based beverage. I need this to be available near me and always.
The trip was cut short and Doomtree in their hometown was missed when a few friends advised that a snow storm was on its way into the Twin Cities. We did a little research on the forecast and highway conditions and the Friday night overnight drive was put into effect with a 10pm departure. I'll let the metrodome do the talking as to why I am quite pleased with the decision we made to leave when we did.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ch Ch Changes

Yeah, time for change also known as an actual blog post! I've had tons of stuff goin on which have kept me from this but that should be the past now. Let's quickly take care of my last TO trip. Walking to my sleep spot the first night I ran across Poutini's and fortunately it was open til 3am and had vegan poutine which just happened to accompanied by a nice soda.I actually learned something when I was there.Another stop was at Crow's Nest, and yes they have better pictures on their site than the ones that follow, which is a nice spot where a friend works. This is where the hairs get cut and that's the fridge that houses the cane sugar Coke and PBRs.
This is where Hambone gave me my first straight shave and I enjoyed it. Very very relaxing and if you're anywhere nearby go experience it and enjoy a delicious beverage.
On a quick bathroom break at the barbershop I noticed this and couldn't help but take a pic. Not too much football related goodness on here, but this was a fun way to display a serious interest of mine.Alright it is time to get ready for another trip and hopefully more good stuff to document. Hope anyone who is still checking has been well.