April 2013

Album Cover: The Open Door EP

"Pretend every slot machine is a robot amputee waving hello."
Death Cab For Cutie / Little Bribes


April 29, 2013 9:15 PM

When my wife and I moved into a house we used to rent in University District, we inherited a barbeque grill. When we moved out of that house, the landlord said we could take it with us. That grill stuck with us until we bought the house we live in now, but it eventually wore down to the point where I felt like I was risking life and limb (or at least my eyebrows) every time I wanted to grill some steaks. I eventually wheeled it out onto our street with a sign that read "free" on it, and someone whisked it away.

We went a year or more without a grill, until the weather showed some signs of life this spring. At that point, I decided to do some research online and ended up buying a Dyna-Glo grill from Amazon for about $275. The grill got excellent reviews so I was looking forward to trying it out.

Though I assembled the grill and hooked it up to a propane tank a couple of weeks ago, I didn't get to christen it until tonight. I cooked up chicken for my wife, hot dogs for my kids and a nice big steak for myself. The grill fired up instantly, cooked all three to near perfection (I need to leave myself some room to grow as a griller) and didn't disappoint, despite the already high expectations.

It felt good to barbeque again.

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April 25, 2013 8:11 PM

Red-cheeked and fat-lipped
I sped across the dirt
Tatters tickling bike chains
Like bows and violins flirt
A drumbeat shook my ribcage
Adrenaline fueled my pace
A first foray through forest paths
Black-eyed and a disgrace
A most disgraceful loss of blood
An unforeseen defeat
All in the name of childish love
And a reason to compete

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Fiona 2008-2013

April 24, 2013 6:09 PM

Fiona, the youngest of our three cats, passed away tonight.


She joined our family back in 2008, just a couple months before our daughter was born, and she has now left our family way too soon after becoming very sick. I'll always remember her for the restraint she showed while enduring our two toddlers' investigative curiosity, and our house already feels too empty without her here.

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Introducing Blab

April 02, 2013 8:27 AM

11 months ago I left a job I had been at for almost a decade to work at a small startup focusing on tracking and predicting trends across social networks. We've now reached the point where we're ready and able to show off the cool stuff we've been working on, so without further ado, meet Blab:

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