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Ever since I was a kid, a Leavenworth trip is always a highlight for me, and I don't think a year has passed that I haven't visited that Bavarian treasure. Whether you go during Oktoberfest in the, for a winter or spring skiing trip, or for summertime recreation, there's always a hundred things to do - maybe two hundred. And a lot of beer and wine to drink! We made the decision to get away for Saturday night, so we woke up early and hit Highway 2. Of course on the way over Steven's Pass, I made Brad pull off so I could hit Mt. Index Brewery & Distillery before lunchtime. God, I'm a lush. This is a family-run business, with one side dedicated to beer and the other side dedicated to spirits. On the brewery side, there's EVERY 6-pack carrier you've ever heard of on the wall - even the obscure ones! On the spirits side, do yourself a favor and buy the coffee liqueur. That stuff is PURE MAGIC.
When we got to Leavenworth, the first stop was Munchen Haus Bavarian Grill & Beer Garden - obviously! It's a Leavenworth tradition. It's pet-friendly, by the way, so bring the doggies! They have a MASSIVE selection of mustards, plus their apple-cider kraut is simply the best. Icicle Brewing Company keeps the beer garden well-lubricated. I opt for the Bootjack IPA (duh). I ran into a big group of Rockaholics celebrating Tess's Dirty 30, too, so you know DAMN WELL that's the place to be!
From there, we had to hit some of my favorite stops. I always stop into Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for sea salt caramels. That place is dangerous. A Matter Of Taste has the BEST selection of hot sauces, mustards and dips. I love the Apricot Ginger Mustard on big-ol' filet of salmon! It's customary to visit The Hat Shop for the quirkiest lids and shades. Best photo ops EVER. Dog people, you MUST go to A Paw Above to spoil your beasts. They have a monster selection of doggy Hawks gear, too, for those 12th Dogs! I did a little lot of wine tasting at Kestrel Vitners as well, and after that it was time to go check into our accomodations for the evening.
We made a last-minute reservation for the Fox Den Bed & Breakfast, which we found online. Lori and Dan were our hosts, and their property was STUNNING. Less than 5 minutes from town off the Chumstick Highway, their gorgeous home was tucked up in the hills with stunning mountain views and wildlife everywhere. Within the first 3 minutes of being there, we learned that Dan was a HUGE Rush fan, and we knew that we would be in great hands. :) We took a drunken nap in a hammock under the trees, played cribbage on a board made of driftwood, and drank more wine!
After some relaxing at the Fox Den, we headed back into town for dinner at South. GET A BASIL MARGARITA. Or two. I only had one, because I was already a bit tipsy upon arrival. Woops! They have a salsa bar that satisfies any palate, so get down on some spice.
The great thing about Leavenworth nightlife is there's no shortage of live music. It's everywhere, in ever bar, every restaurant, outside, iniside, EVERYWHERE. We opted for Icicle Brewing Company and made friends outside on picnic benches while listening to an awesome 3-piece band. Oh, they also have this awesome keg bike. We call it Peddling Pints. HA! Get it?? Oh boy...
After a beer, it was time to retire to the Fox Den! The bed was AMAZING. King-size posturpedic mattress, the most comfy sheets, and pillows you melt into. I got a full 10 hours of sleep NO PROBLEM and slept off the booze... We woke up to a DELICIOUS fruit tart, bacon and bell pepper strata, and breakfast potatoes from Lori & Dan with other guests from Couer d'Alene, Shoreline, and Seattle. We said our goodbyes, signed the guest book, and gave their dogs Nala and Shadow a scratch before hitting the road.
It was a SWEET overnight trip - I do wish we had more time! There are some incredible hikes in that area that we just didn't have time to hit - so next time we'll make it a 2 or 3 night stay and tackle more stuff! Any recommendations for the next trip over? Email me your hot spots to email@example.com! Happy adventuring!
Today's blogs come from one of my mentors, Dan Sanders:
This blog turned into almost 2,000 words, and I said to myself, "That's not a blog, it's a short story." The last thing I wanted to do was whittle it down from the magnitude of verbiage it once was, so I decided to present it in three parts, one each week for three weeks and no part connected to any other part. If you miss a part or lose interest in a part, stop reading and feel free to sing "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes.
Many years ago at the end of the Vietnam War, a friend told me she hoped I would say our work is finished, and believe me I wanted to say that more than anyone. My entire adult life had revolved around that war. But instead I said there was still so much more to do. Look at hunger, homelessness, and nuclear proliferation, to name but three battles to wage. I think that annoyed her mostly because she knew I was right.
Perhaps you wish I would lighten up and talk about the good ol' days of broadcasting when vinyl delivered the music, weighed 10 pounds, and was played on a thing called a turntable. Sometimes I do that and more. Just get me started on Ted Nugent and the Brave Arrow tune (you remember Brave Arrow, one of my spirit guides, who wrote "I'd like to stick my arrows in your nuggets, Nugent.")
All life needs protecting, and we are indeed our brothers' and sisters' keepers. Since we two-legged animals have the resources to protect the rest of life, WE are the guardians, whether those lives live next door or across the ocean, in the mountains or under the sea.
This belief is not based on deep religious convictions but simply on what is right and wrong, what is good and what is not. There are so many things on our little planet that need to be changed, it can be overwhelming, and "What difference can I make?" is a fair question to ask. This reminds me of the story "The Star Thrower" by Loren Eiseley, which tells of a little man walking on the beach, picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. An old man who was watching asked him why he was bothering. "You cannot possibly make a difference to them all," he said. To that the little man replied, "You're right, I can't, but I am certainly making a difference to this one."
In the podcast, among other things, there are thoughts on Deflategate and new rules (or not) for NFL umpires, songwriter Wayne Carson, and the Beatles' "Sexy Sadie," an alternate title to one of their songs. Do you know the original title? Join me for the podcast on the shores of Rambling Harbor.
I love this clip! It's a great moment when a news anchor decides to share some info that was probably best left for when the cameras were OFF!
A news team from Reno was reporting on Amazon beating Walmart in sales, and one anchor claimed the reason was Amazon sells love toys . . . and Walmart doesn't. It got awkward, especially for his co-host. Check it out.
Would anyone be shocked if the guy was reporting the news with no pants on? I do have to say that is a rather interesting nugget of info. His buddy is probably right!
What was up with the weather yestersay? Hail? What the hell! Here is what was happening outside of our house…in slomo, because well… everything is cooler in slowmo!
Over the weekend I went to the Motley Crue show. This is their final tour, so I figured that I should see them one last time (hell they were my very first concerst back when I was a teen), and man am I glad I went! They were awesome. Last time I saw them was a few years ago, and it was pretty bad… Vince's voice was bad, the band was great…so I was nervous about this show. I have to say, that he sounded great. Yes, he can't hit the notes he used to be abale to hit…but he sounded pretty good, and the entire show was a blast!
Let's face it, the world of arena rock is starting to die off. Motley Crue is hanging it up soon on this final tour and with it I expect many others from the same time period of the record industry glory days to follow. Kiss, Aerosmith, Scorpions, Rush, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Rolling Stones, U2 etc. You get the picture. Arena filling rock bands are grandpas now and what's to replace these great live arena filling bands? Nothing! So if you're not getting out and seeing these spectacular over the top concerts I'm afraid within the next 5-10 years they will things of the past cause there's no format for younger bands to develop into stardom with a record industry dying out like these bands.
Motley Crue took a page right out of Kiss' book and added steroids with a stage show of over the top explosions, fire, fire and more fire. Not only did they debut a new stage prop of extended elevators over the crowd this night, but 'The Crüecifly' drum solo was UNREAL! Tommy Lee's drum solo on a slow rotating roller coaster that will NEVER be duplicated by any band ever! The thought of how much money it cost to put together is mind boggling. Watch my video in amazement! Watch full screen and turn it up!
Everyone was barking about Vince Neil's voice being shot, true but it wasn't as bad as watching David Lee Roth with Van Halen trying to make it through a show and from the sounds of it there might of been some backtracks going on to cover it cause I know those background vocals by the rest of the band were way too clean and processed sounding. A shell of a band from the past covering up the aging parts with theatrics and trickery in the name of entertainment still worth the price of admission. Getting to shoot only 1 song and from the soundboard wasn't the best entertainment for photos so don't expect much. Great setlist: Girls, Girls, Girls - Wild Side - Primal Scream - Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.) - Looks That Kill - Louder Than Hell - Smokin' in the Boys' Room - Mutherfucker of the Year - Anarchy in the U.K. - T.N.T. (Terror 'n Tinseltown) - Dr. Feelgood - In the Beginning - Shout at the Devil - Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) - O Fortuna - Tommy Lee Drum Solo - Mick Mars Guitar Solo - Live Wire - Saints of Los Angeles - Too Young to Fall in Love - Kickstart My Heart - Encore: Home Sweet Home.
Alice Cooper opened the show and clearly showing no signs of slowing down. Alice still has it vocally and entertainment wise. His band is top notch and really outplayed the Crue in all aspects of talent. Plus he let us shoot 4 songs and from the pit which for you fans is better viewing than what the Crue gave us. Get out and see this tour! Alice Cooper setlist: Hello Hooray - No More Mr. Nice Guy - Under My Wheels - I'm Eighteen - Billion Dollar Babies - Poison - Dirty Diamonds - Welcome to My Nightmare - Feed My Frankenstein - Ballad of Dwight Fry - Killer - I Love the Dead - School's Out
I have titled this blog Arena Football because tomorrow everyone on The Men's Room and our boy Veggie Dog are headed to Spokane to watch the Shock play. I have been to a lot of sporting events but never arena football. I am excited to watch the game and have some beers but can't lie I am really pumped to meet the mascot Shox the Fox. Shox because famous, well I should say even more famous in just the last month as he had a off moment and got involved in a play in the end zone. Now some have been quick to criticize Shox, but you have to remember he can't see so well in there and mistakes happen. I believe that Shox is a fine maybe even world class mascot and a smart mascot knows to turn this negative into a positive. While it was embarrassing at the time I trust that Shox has turn this into a learning opportunity. Shox will not be making this mistake again and he will better for having this have happened. As for the football on the field I am fired up to see the Shock beat up on Portland. See no matter what the sport is I am always excited to see a Portland team lose.
I'd like to thank everyone for joining us on this special occasion…wait, what are we doing? Oh, right! It's a Group Therapy session!
(Sorry, I have trouble keeping my events organized sometimes.)
Apparently, I'm not the only one who can't keep his events organized: a Rock-A-Holic named Jared is torn between two occasions, and he wants some advice. You see, Jared's buddy is getting married soon, and the bachelor party is coming up very soon. Unfortunately, Jared's girlfriend's grandfather recently passed away, and his funeral has been scheduled for the same night as the party.
Unsurprisingly, the girlfriend has asked Jared if he would go with her to the funeral, knowing full well that he'd have to sacrifice the bachelor party. Jared says he didn't know the man very well at all, and they had no relationship, so he's feeling like he doesn't have any real obligation to escort his girlfriend to the ceremony. He wants to know if going to the bachelor party would make him a bad boyfriend.
This is one of those Group Therapy situations that looks like a no-win scenario. I'm dying (whoops) to hear what the Rock-A-Holics have to say…and I'm especially looking forward to seeing how the answers are different between the sexes. Sound off, gang!
The weekend is finally here! I have been digging a song by this new artist Elle King called Ex's & Oh's. I love her voice…check out the video, there is quite a bit of beefcake in this video, but it's still a cool video.
Now here is the part that will blow your mind. Elle King is Rob Schneider's daughter!
Yes, that Rob Schneider.
Today we were chatting quite a bit about Star Wars… and then I just came across this awesome video of chipmunks battling it out with light sabers! It's two chipmunks, and thanks to special effects it looks like they're holding lightsabers, with audio from "Revenge of the Sith".
May the force be with you…you cute lil' creatures!
Today the guys gave me a hard time for something that was on the back of a paper I used for my news report. I try and recycle paper so I don't waste too much, and while I was doing news, BJ was distracted by what was on the other side of my weather report…
If you look up the word "awkward", this video should be used as an example of the words meaning.
The LA Lakers had a press conference to welcome 3 new players to the team: Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams, and Brandon Bass. During the press conference, or "presser" as sports media will annoyingly call it, a reporter asked how they feel about playing with Kobe Bryant. What you will see next (it starts at about 19 minutes in on the video) is 10 of the most awkward silent seconds I have ever seen…
Kobe is known for not being the most welcoming player…he has been dubbed "selfish" in the past…but wow…that silence says plenty!
Here is a crazy video that we came across this morning… a deer making an insanely odd sound. Check it out!
Of course this led to people wanting me to do my best impression of this deer…here goes nothing!
So this time of year the sports season kind of lags a bit in the fact it is the dog days of summer for baseball as well as for the MLS season. Golf is in full swing but even with golf the majors that everyone really cares about the most have already happened. Yes I understand the PGA championship is a major but it does not hold the same prestige as the Masters, US Open and British Open. Part of the summer slow is also is just gets warm out and people themselves are not doing as much. People take vacations and just chill out when it gets hot out. This time of year is also a time for fans to dig in and stick it out. Baseball fans know that this time of year is long on the players but long on the fans as well so you have to stay in it fans. Soccer fans and especially Sounders fans have been going through a terrible time of late and just can't seem to find a win anywhere. The summertime swing in both these sports can be a test of will's for both players and fans alike but I trust in the fans and the teams. I am sticking by my theory that the Mainers will make the postseason and the Sounders will get back on track when players return and this funk is out of the boys. So have a cold drink and remember that these long summer days sometimes are very telling to the rest of the season. Support your M's and support your Sounders FC
It's time for another another round of Group Therapy, and we swear that's the truth!
We heard from a Rock-A-Holic named Carissa, who dated a guy for a couple of years before he moved out of state. Some time passed, and the guy returned, reuniting the couple once again. Things have been going well, and it's looking very much like they'll return to an exclusive status. There's just one little hitch, however: while they were apart, Carissa slept with his brother.
She says it was a one-time thing that she regrets, but she's not sure if she should come clean about the lapse in judgment. The problem is compounded by the fact that the two brothers aren't particularly close; in fact, they have historically been aggressively competitive with each other.
Oh, stupid humans; do we ever change? Talk about a race driven by simple needs, with little regard for the consequences. I'm going to go shake my head in the corner, but I'd love to hear your feedback on this one, Rock-A-Holics…