This is the funniest spoof of New Zealand's haka.
26 October, 2006
19 October, 2006
Now that I'm back in DC I'm in touch with the AU boys again. This is a new crew of players from two years again and there are very few players I know. They're young but are making huge strides in improving their game. I hope to be working with them and cheering them on from the sideline.
I hope to be fully employed soon and have my health insurance back so I can get in a social match every once in a while.
16 October, 2006
12 October, 2006
We arrived in Chicago tired and in a foul mood. This wasn't the most free-spirited road trip I have ever taken. Seeing a gnarly Motel 6 in Schiller Park didn't put me and J in good spirits either.
We checked into the Sofitel and found happiness (at least in a great hotel and a good night's sleep). I always think either stop in first class hotels or camp. I don't like the in-betweens.
We did the whirlwind tour of Chi-town - the Navy Pier, Lincoln Park, Old Town, the Golden Mile, Wrigleyville, etc. All the right tourist spots. If it's just me and plenty of time, I'd hang in Wrigleyville pubs and just wait for Cubs games to start.
Here's our travels through the square states (Utah and Colorado). We ran into a rest stop where these two Navajos were selling their hand-made jewelry. The view was breathtaking and the art was cheap. So I got a necklace for J. Whiting.
We also spent a morning in Breckenridge. Here we are enjoying crepes at an outdoor cafe and also saw a poster advertising for a rubber duckie race.
These were my last images before picking up Jennifer in late August 2006 and once again moving away from LA. To a limited extent, these also represent what I loved and also hated about LA - the beach, Santa Monica, eating crepes on the Third Street Prominade, the fantastic Korean food in K-Town, but also the traffic, ugly architecture, etc.
I don't know if I'll be back here to live again.
24 September, 2006
18 July, 2006
I camped in the Blackwater Falls State Park, WV on my last night before reaching Washington, DC. Despite the warm temperature in the valleys, it was very mild in mountainous West Virginia. I had to wear a sweat shirt and got bundled up in my sleeping bag to go to sleep that night.
Forest Park was my favorite part of St. Louis when I lived there. It's a huge urban park on the western edge of the city. As the name indicates, it used to be heavily forested. But the city decided to chop down all the trees to help build the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. The wood was later recycled to build many of the original buildings in Richmond Heights, MO.
I stopped in Fort Scott, a former border outpost on the Kansas/Missouri border. Interesting history here about former US Indian policy and the fort's role in the Civil War and opening up the West.
Here one will see the bakers and the laundresses at work. They were nice enough to stop to talk about the fort and gave Jack some cold water.