Saturday, May 31, 2008

Three legged dog

Oakley, CA

I'm working for a family doing sprinkler repair and this dog watches me all the time. The paw that is all tucked up doesn't work and so the dog only has three legs to walk on.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Brentwood Fountains

Brentwood, CA


Thursday, May 29, 2008


Walnut Creek, CA

I took this picture for all of my friends in UT who can't believe they are paying $3.85

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Out with the old

Antioch, CA

While I was in Utah, I had John's camera and mine. Eventually, all I was using was John's because mine was giving me so many problems. I decided on the way home that I had just had enough. So tonight I bought a new "cheap" camera from Wal-Mart. My old camera is pictured here. I'll keep it for posterity.

Old: FujiFilm A350 5.2 Megapixels
New: Fujifilm J10 8.2 Megapixels

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sunny Flowers

Antioch, CA

John brought home some flowers to brighten our apartment up.

Monday, May 26, 2008

sculpted towel


I've never stayed in a hotel before where the towels, toilet paper, and tissues were folded decoratively. I'm tempted to use more often now.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

flashed poppy

West Valley City, UT

This is with John's camera with a flash on. Here is the picture with out the flash.


Saturday, May 24, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

Rodeo Beach

Rodeo Beach, Marin County, CA


I'm going to be in Utah for the next three days. If I don't post, it means I'm away from the internet.

Rodeo Beach and GG Bridge

Thursday, May 22, 2008

As good as Birth Control

Antioch, CA

The kids were chasing each other through the house tonight shooting each other and beating on each other. The mom asked me if I was sure I wanted a wife and kids. I assured her I did still did.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Stiletto or otherwise

Antioch, CA

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Twofer Tuesday - Gardening for Melinda

Sun lit lettuce
Tomato - In comparison to how it was before

Antioch, CA

Melinda will be away from the Internet for the next 18 months, so these pictures are mainly for her.


Garden images for Melinda

Green Beans

Utah Zucchini

California Zucchini

Monday, May 19, 2008

Filling Space

Oakley, CA

I spend a considerable amount of time on hold at work. While on hold I tend to draw pictures. This is the picture I've been working on this month. These are the drawings from last month and next month.

April and June

Last Month
Next Month

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Antioch, CA

Yesterday we moved from Dish to Comcast because of my roommates new employment. The guys that installed our Comcast said that they were having problems because of the mess of the cables. Thus our front room is set up, but my room is not because they aren't sure which cable goes into my room.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Division 1 Final games of the season

Alviso, CA

I've been keeping a general collection of pictures from Power Soccer this season (on the games I'm not refereeing). You can see the collection here.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Bringing Sexy Back

Antioch, CA

It's been over 100 degrees the last two days so I've been pulling the shorts out as soon as I get home to my 90 degree apartment. When I go grocery shopping...this is was the women get to admire and the men get to be jealous of.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pre Funeral Prelude

Brentwood, CA

I, along with over 500 other people, had the "opportunity" to attend a funeral for one of my co-workers who was killed in a horrible car accident last week.

I have been considering giving up PAD on June 11th. I figured making it 366 days straight was a pretty good accomplishment. Additionally, my camera in constantly having shutter problems. But after today I think I've all but convinced my self to buy a new cheap camera and continue on past June 11. At the funeral, for the fourth funeral I've been to in a row, there was a video montage set to music. (this one always makes me cry). The pictures for Lisa were amazing. They were of trips to various events, places, countries and adventures. As I watched today, I made a personal goal to have video montage of incredible pictures at my funeral. I remember going to the Grand Canyon with my father in 2003. I took 4 pictures. He took 3 rolls. His video montage will be so much cooler than mine when it comes to pictures of Grand Canyon. I will continue to take pictures, I now see, so that I too can have a montage played at my funeral...a montage of those sunsets and scenes that caused my shutter to click. A montage of my life adventure.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Firery Sky

As taken from my back window.


Antioch, CA

I registered my truck in CA today, losing just one more piece of my Idaho self and making an even deeper committment to the lovely state of California. I only have one more piece of Idaho to give up - that will happen when I register my trailer in CA. Then I will be all Californian. Sad Day.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

By their fruits you shall know them

Antioch, CA

Or, in this case, by their vegetables ye shall know them. These are my first tomatoes of the season.

On a different note, the homeowners and I got together tonight and staked out the area for the future/fall garden. It is three times the size of the current garden. I can hardly wait.


From seed to plant

Monday, May 12, 2008


Antioch, CA
Taken with John's Fuli FinePix F480

My mother always said that for any home project it requires three trips to the hardware store and 1 new tool. So to not disappoint my mother, I'll report that this weekend's project required 6 trips to the hardware store and these two new tools. As I continue to fine tune the ramp, I may also need to buy a tool like this one.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Extreme Makeover Ramp Edition

Antioch, CA
Taken with John's Fuji Finepix F480

I have a neighbor who is dying of bone cancer. She is now confined to a wheelchair. A niece's boyfriend's brother installed this ramp while drinking a case of beer. And it shows. John suggested to the neighbor, that I could build a better one. My help was enlisted and I designed and built this ramp. At the top there is a platform for the older lady to just sit and enjoy the weather. I then increased the ramp size by 4 feet giving them 12 feet to go up the 14 inch rise. The way the previous ramp worked actually gave a 16 inch rise in 8 feet, so by moving it to flat land I increased the run while decreasing the rise. On Monday I will bolt down the front using concrete bolts. Another neighbor has agreed to paint I'm pretty much done.

The Build Process

The Previous Ramp

Please note there is no support underneath. There were no guards to prevent the wheelchair from falling off the sides. Finally, once on the ground, the person in the wheelchair had to deal with bumpy uneven bricks. I went about trying to fix these issues.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

John at Work

Antioch, CA

See Sunday for the story.

(Happy Anniversary Brother and Sister In Law)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Dinner for 2

Concord, CA

I went out to dinner tonight at OSF with some friends. I think it's blurry because of the lighting.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mourn with those who Mourn

Oakley, CA

One of my co-workers was brutally killed on Wednesday afternoon. As word spread, the flowers, cards and visits flooded in. Lisa was a special education teacher for the county and was one of the nicest people to me when I started 4 months ago. Her classroom is across the hall way from my therapy room. Today was very somber.

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