March 11, 2012

Nick- My longest friend and my best man.  Nick and I have been friends since childhood, brought together by sports and epic trading card trades.  When I think of our friendship I am amazed that we have been friends for so long, especially since graduating high school we have gone separate ways in life and followed different interest, but we have always been able to maintain our friendship and there is no one I could think of to be my best man.

Eric- I have known this guy for his entire life and there is a reason for that; he is my little brother.  A master of finance and analytics, Eric keeps it real and I am honored that he is a part of our big day.

Tony- One of my best friends, Tony is my fishing buddy, my brewing buddy, and all around great friend.  In the 5 years that we have been friends we have had some great times together with our annual fishing trips and other adventures. 

Dan- AKA “fat ass”.  I met Fatty in the dorms at COCC in Bend and we quickly became great friends.  When I met Dan I never thought he would have accomplished so much is such a short period of time and as he likes to remind me on a regular basis that all it took was a two year degree.  A loyal friend who will do anything for anyone; everyone needs a friend like Dan and I am lucky to call him a friend.

Drew- Drew is another guy that I am proud to call friend and I also feel that everyone needs to have a friend like Drew.  Drew is a fellow Griz who has a great love for tailgating.  Drew is an amazing friend who is always looking out for other and making sure they are having a great time.  When you are with Drew you do not have to look for the party; Drew is the party.    

Justin- When Meghan and I began dating, little did I know I would get an added bonus and that was the friendship of Justin.  Justin is the husband of Meghan’s matron of honor Heidi who is a riot in her own rite.  In the time that Meghan and I have been together Justin and I have had some pretty fun adventures whether it has been going to the race track, football games, or just hanging out.  I am excited to have Justin be a part of my motley crew of friends, as well as to have him be a part of our big day.



November 2, 2010

Today is Election day and I hope everyone got out and voted no matter what you believe or who you believe in, just as long as you exercised you right to vote; by doing this you honor every man and woman who has served our country.  The one thing I hope is that you voted for who they felt was the best candidate, not just the person who represented your party and on the ballot measures you did your research and voted for what you believed in and what you felt was right, and not what someone told you was right.

Happy Election Day Everyone!!!!!

Dear so-called fisherman/outdoors-man,

You call yourself a fisherman, a man of the outdoors with your giant tackle box of all the latest do-dads, everything that the man at your local Walmart told you would help you catch-all the fish you would ever want, without any effort.  You pack in a weeks worth of snacks, beer and gear to your favorite fishing hole.  I know this because I see what you leave behind, all of trash, gas station coffee cups, beer cans and my favorite, thousands of a feet of fishing line that you have left there after clearing out the giant birds nest from your reel.

Mother Nature is kind enough to share wonderful beautiful fish like salmon and steelhead; which also happens to be quite tasty, and she herself is amazing.  The clean crisp fresh air, the relaxing sounds of the water rushing by is amazing to be around, and  for me this is all destroyed by you, and your it’s not my problem, someone else will take care of it attitude.  It is not mine or any others responsibility to come in and clean up after you, we are not your parents, you are a grown up and can take care of yourself.

All that I ask is that you have a little respect for Mother Nature, the gifts that she gives us and others you who share the same recreational areas as you; so when you pack it in, please pack it out; is that too much to ask???

Well folks I am the greatest slacker when it comes to writing this Friday blog, as it’s Saturday afternoon, but hey what a  guy to do when I’d rather be fishing.  Anyways here is my Halloween addition of five for Friday.

1.  After checking the internet for the Griz score and finding out they lost, I ask what the F is going on in Missoula???  Mr. Pflugrad I know that you are trying to bring in this fancy spread offense, with a lot of reads on the go, but it really doesn’t work when you don’t have the players for it.  Montana’s been built and is built on smash mouth football, maybe you should utilize your players like Chase Reynolds and play the Griz Football that we have come to know, and as you gradually recruit the players that fit you system; then you can install your version of the spread offense because I have feeling if you keep losing the way you are, you may not be around long enough to see you offense be a success at Washington Grizzly Stadium.  Just a suggestion.

2. Today I finally got to go out salmon fishing my main man “T-bone Sloan”.  While we did not catch any fish today we did see plenty caught by others; some really nice coho.  Our issue today was that we spent the first part of our morning at another river where the fish were not in, so by the time we got to the river that was producing, we got a bad fishing hole that was not producing, but for the first time in a long while we finally came to a river where the salmon were in, so I may have to head out tomorrow morning early and see if I can’t get there in time to get the honey hole, so I can bring home so yummy salmon for my honey.

3.  Another fishing joy for me that I forgot to write about last week was attending my first local chapter of TU meeting, where we talked about nothing but fishing and more fishing, oh yeah and some really big bull trout.  This was a great experience and in the couple of hours I was there I learned so much about a fish I really did not know about.  I cannot wait for the next meeting in month or so.

4.  Yesterday while watching the news, they showed a video of an elderly driving down the freeway, the only problem was that she was on the wrong side of the freeway cruising unknowingly in the fast lane of oncoming traffic, leaving a trail of carnage behind her as people were swerving out-of-the-way crashing into one another, then she calmly exited the freeway driving off as if nothing was wrong with that situation.  This is not the only situation we have with elderly drivers, where they are driving down the wrong side of the road, driving through the front of banks, restaurants and other public and private domains.  When the conversation comes up about requiring drivers test for the elderly, people are afraid to discuss the topic because they fear taking the freedom and/or right to drive from them, but driving is not a right, it is a privilege and when you are not physically and/or mentally able to drive then you lose that privilege.  The DMV should require mandatory test for everyone after a certain age, this shouldn’t be a question, and it shouldn’t be up to the family to decide when their elder members of their family are no longer capable of driving.  We all love our grandparents/parents and elder members of our families, we just need them to be safe on the roads so that they do endanger themselves or others.

5.  Opening season for the Blazers has begun and it looks we are going to have a good one.  I am really looking forward to Greg Oden coming back from his latest injury and finally show the league why he was the number one draft pick three years ago.  So far the team is 3-0 on the season with some hard-fought victories so far on tough start to the season.  The tough part of the start of the season was losing Jeff Pendergraph to injury and then the team releasing him; I am hopeful that once he is healthy they resign him as he is a good hard nose player who brings a lot of positive energy to team.  Get Well Soon Jeff.  May the Blazers take out the Lakers this year and finally bring home a title to the greatest NBA franchise in history. (I’m such a homer)

Go Blazers, Griz pull your head our of you backside, both Oregon and Oregon State are looking tough, lets send Oregon to National title game, and the Beav’s to the Rose Bowl.  Till next week, I’m out……

Another glorious week has gone by and it is time for some Five for Friday, maybe a little late as I was a sleepy guy last night.

1: Last Saturday I attended the Montana V. PSU game, naturally Montana won.  Some thoughts about the game, first PSU needs to figure it out when they are hosting a game that involve Montana and that is Montana travels well, so you need to have the amenities to support the crowd.   Such as more than two beer lines , at one point they ran out of keg cups. They also needed to bring in some porta- potties as the two restrooms was not enough to handle the crowd; often the beer lines and restroom lines would connect.   Hopefully one year they will figure it out.  The other thought is that it is always fun to see more Montana fans at an away game then home fans, I feel bad for the PSU fans when their stadium is over run by ravaged grizzly fans looks for their beer and a dominate Griz victory.  Come on PSU fan you are the largest university in Oregon, it’s about time you show it.

2.  To go along with last week thoughts about this election, I cannot wait for this election to end.  I’m done with all the negative ads on TV and in my mailbox.  What I want to see for Oregon is some true leadership, and real plan for Oregon to succeed and get out of this economical funk.  Oregon is a wonderful state, and has a great deal to offer those who live here as well as visit, but our local government makes it difficult for us to see that sometimes.  It is time for some new blood in our local government and not the same old retread, spewing the same old garbage.

3.  I’m bummed that I am missing Mike’s visit to Missoula; I miss that guy and know it would have been a great time.  I need to plan  a visit this summer a see what guyaaa’s up to in my personal Disneyland called North Carolina.  Guy I hope you are have a great time in the Zoo and I wish I could be there having a PBR with ya.

4.  This week I had to turn the sports talk radio off, as I cannot handle the ignorant sports callers and their front running style.  What killed my this week was a caller stating that “Oregon State needs to pay their dues before they can enjoy the success that Oregon is having”.  Really Oregon State’s football fans have paid more than their fair share, enduring years of struggling season and heartbreak.  I am happy to see both teams enjoying some success, and it great for Oregon to get the national recognition as they have a great football team this season, their fans just need to think before they speak.

5.  Last night we ate at the 4th Street Brewery in downtown Gresham.  I highly recommend this place as the food was good and the beer was better.  It is nice to see a place with an excellent atmosphere, and some class in Gresham, as over the years I feel Gresham has really gone down hill.  Definitely worth checking out and I will be back.

Till next week GO Griz!!!!

Five for Friday….

October 15, 2010

So I figure I will pirate a little bit from Meghan and her “Ten on Tuesday” blog bit, and I will go with “Five for Friday”.  Basically this five things that are on my mind over the week, and probably much longer than that, since I am a slacker when it comes to this.

1: The no stop political ads and propaganda that we are inundated with during election time.  The constant bashing of one another and very little talk about the good.  Can we find a more productive way to earn my vote???  It makes me sad that is what our political system has become.

2:  I just watched “Invictus”  and what a good movie it was.  How inspirational was and is Nelson Mandela.  I definitely need to read up on Nelson and see what I can pick up in leadership.

3:  Yesterday I got confirmation that I sold me first roofing job, and it’s a good one; I am rather pleased with myself, know I need to see if I can do it again.

4:  What is up with the Blazers big men, it seems like every one of them are banged up or severely injured, I hope that this season is not like last with a ton of injuries.

5:  I am proud to see those Griz that have moved up to the NFL rockin’ it on the ESPN highlights every Sunday, what to represent fellas.  I am looking forward to the annual PSU beat down by the Griz, and it seems to always be more fun when we do it at their place even though this year it’s at a high stadium.

Those are my five thought for this Friday, I am sure they will get more in-depth as I go, but until then don’t forget to vote for Monte in the Capital One Bowl.  GO GRIZ!!!!

So after many months of chasing the salmon on steel head with minimal success, trout season finally opened and I went out for some fun.  After spending the last couple of years spin fishing with power bait for trout, I decided it was time to breakout the fly rod and I am glad that I did.

To me there is no comparison between the two, fly fishing is by far more challenging and entertaining.  There is nothing more fun the watching the fish roll and rise on your fly and trying to set the hook, missing and getting them to come back after the fly.

On Monday I headed out to a local lake with my float tube, and leaky waders, which I can tell you it is not very fun to have what it feels like a garden hose of freezing water rushing down your waders.  I spent the morning casting and casting some more having fun catching and missing the fish and it felt nice to feel the tug on the end of my line, something I haven’t felt too much over the fall/winter while fishing for the big guys.  I am happy that it is trout season and can’t wait to head out this weekend for more of the fun.

Birthday weekend….

May 9, 2010

Last Friday was my 32nd birthday and what a fun one it was.  It may not have been as wild and exciting as my prior birthday, but non the least it was very fun and enjoyable.

After my day of work, Meghan and I headed down to The Matador on Burnside for some margaritas, fish tacos and good times with  some friends and family.  The Matador has a great selection of high end tequilas, and some excellent fish tacos that I really enjoy.  On a side note, The  Matador does not allow children into their establishment.  After several good margaritas, a few really good shots with my dad and couple of really good fish tacos we moved on to East burn for a some beers and a little music that we were not expecting.

After waking the next morning and feeling like a freight train ran over my head, Meggie and I headed up to Seattle for a fun filled weekend of Super cross and the sites and sounds of downtown.

The main purpose of this trip was my birthday gift from Meggie and that was to go to the Super cross race, which was a blast, I love good racing and despite the poor track conditions the racing was good.  Besides the good racing, the people watching was unreal.  My favorite of the night besides the drunk guy who could not find his seat, was the family of 5 and their dining habits.  My favorite was the single burger for 5.  They would each take a bite and pass it down and back until it was all gone; classic, not to mention with in 5 minutes of sitting down the guy was kind enough to show Meghan his crack; tighten the belt my man, tighten the belt.

Anyways the trip up to Seattle was a great time and I look forward to my next adventure.

This spring I finally got my 9wt fly rod setup ready for some awesome steel-head fishing.  I have gone out a dozen times since then and have really had a chance to perfect my cast.  The only problem is that I have not caught any fish yet.  while it can be frustrating at times, I still really enjoy the challenge of it and of course I enjoy being outside in the great outdoors.  I have a had a some action, but my excitement and enthusiasm has cost me the opportunity to bring a nice shiny steel-head.  I am so eager to catch one that I need to remember to relax and let the fish do the work.

My other issue is that I spend most of my time on the Clackamas which is more of a boat friendly river, where most of the good holes are along private property where only boats have access.  So when the water condition are not ideal for bank fishing/ wading it makes it very difficult to locate the fish.  I feel like I am constantly battling the water conditions, whether they are too high or too low.  None the less I love and will continue pursuing perfection and a great deal of fish.  At least I have one thing to look forward to and that is trout season.  I am sure to feel the tug of my line then.

Hot Tub Time Machine….

March 29, 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine what a ridiculous, yet awesome movie with a great message that could not have come at a better time for me.  The movie basically revolved around controlling your own destiny and not just floating through life feeling like everything is predetermined; oh yeah and hot tub time machine taking you back to 1986.  The fact they went back to 1986 and their glory days of the 80’s was hilarious, especially since I remember ’86.  Then they added John Cusack to this comedy mixture of Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry was unreal, I could hardly contain myself, I laughed through the entire movie.  Meggie couldn’t understand why I could not stop laughing.  I think part of it was that I put myself in that situation and thought about being able to go back in time and relive old glory days and maybe change some of the choices that I had made or gone for something that I may have been too scared to go for.  Anyways this movie was out of control and a good time I highly recommend going to see it if you are in to a light-hearted silly movie that will give you some good laughs.