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Pumpkin spiced blog 10/3/14

    Well fall is definitely here or Autumn as I call it when being fancy. So many things about fall are great and as I write this blog I am eating a HoneyCrisp apple. The other great thing is sports and hoodies. I love college football and soccer so this time of year is great for my sports fandom. The other thing that is awesome is this time of the year you can cook things you don't cook in the summer. Those things mean dusting off that crockpot and getting to work fella. I know that summer time is great for grilling but as far as real BBQ goes the fall is a great time to put a piece of meat in a smoker and let it do its work. The temperature has go down a little but not cold yet and that is good with me. I love shorts and a hoodie, have for years and feel like it is really the best look that combines looking cool with comfort. Pumpkin beers also are great, shout out to the Night Owl. As a guy you are not supposed to like pumpkin patches and all that stuff but I went to one last year and had fun. I should also say I am a city boy so anything out in the country like that always seems like a fun adventure to me. Now the other key to having a blast in the pumpkin patch is to combine it with some of those pumpkin beers. Have fun out there and enjoy Autumn
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Violence 9/16/14

    This weather just won't quit. Sun and 80's for months now and I hope you are still enjoying it since fall or autumn is just around the corner. I have been lacking a bit on the blog as summer gets busy and I am giving you bad excuses, my bad I will get back on it. I have also found that some of blog thoughts are easy to get out on my podcast Thee Podcast. One of the reasons I bring up Thee Podcast is because my co-host Cobb said a thing a few weeks ago we try to live by and that is "Come from a place of love, not fear." I thing today with all that is going on with the domestic violence discussion in the NFL and USA right now it is also to time to talk about violence in our society. We are a warring culture and rage war almost continuously for 15 years now. We also talk tough all the time to people and for some reason believe that violence is the answer. If you are in a bar and someone brushes by you and want to fight, then I know you are not smart. Street cred is another thing that is just a joke, you don't need it and at no point is your street cred going to get you that job. I often hear things like if I was him I would beat his ass, why? In all the fights these kind of angry upset people get in, they never win. Sure they are good street fighters and don't get beat up but within themselves is the real fight and they are losing badly. Violence in our system is OK to use sometimes but not others? Put me in the camp of non-violence movements and it should be a last resort. Sorry for the deep blog post but this last week has been a serious one.
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Summer check in 8/20/14

    How is the summer going for you so far? I am back to asking questions to start the blog. Sorry I have been gone for a minute just got busy with summer and living. At this point in the summer I have been doing a ton of fun things and just enjoying the great Seattle weather. 80's during the day and they cool and night is just the best weather in my mind. Now I have become a Seattle person so I am looking forward to a rainy day in the fall but we will have plenty of those so for now I will take the sun and if I have to sweat a little bit then that's fine with me. I went to Hempfest on Sunday and if you like to people watch and good food options then you should go next year. It is crowded and long lines but it is fun and just have fun with the fact it is Hempfest and its going to be slow walking around. I had a tasty strawberry smoothie followed up by the best damn grill cheese sandwich ever thanks to The Grill Cheese experience. Summer is great in Seattle and I hope you are out there enjoying it. Have fun and Go Sounders, they are going to make the push into the playoff's soon so make sure to give your full 90 
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Seafair weekend 7/31/14

    Everyone run for cover the jets are taking over or so it seems. Not really it is just Seafair and the Blue Angels are in town. The NAVY is here as well in numbers, Belltown was full of the sailor's. It is crazy when you see those Jets and the power they have. I also think it is fun for the Military guys and girls to have fun in the town. I would have to image it is a good time to blow off some steam and enjoy the town. I also get the argument about our Military power and show of it but the guy has to say its so cool. I could watch those jets all day long and I think it looks cool when you see everyone in the uniforms. Seafair is also just a great weekend to be in Seattle. Between the Blue Angels and the hydro races on the weekend it is overload on the senses. Summer in Seattle is awesome and I can't wait for this weekend and to see the Blues flying above the lake. Hope you get out there and have fun and if you are on the log boom, be safe and drink one for me.
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Summer in the City 7/9/14

    So summer is here and so is the great weather as well. The funny thing is in Seattle I feel like we do a good job of bitching when the weather is not good and then in time we start to bitch about the heat.  Let me start by saying I love summer but I am going to do some complaining. When I got home last night around ten my house was hot. I live on the sixth floor of a building in a one bedroom condo. I am not sure if it is from being on the sixth floor or from the fact my place faces west but in the evening and night it is warm in that sucka. Now what do you do when you get home and it is just hot and sticky in your place? I myself go straight to mesh shorts and t-shirt with the sleeves cut off. I basically go home and turn into Larry the Cable guy. One thing that has changed for me in the last year though is this summer I have a portable Air-conditioning unit in my bedroom so it is nice and cool when I sleep. Shout out to STP for the hook up on that air-conditioner. I also like being outside but when it comes to eating outside in the sunlight I am not for that. I don't mind eating outside but eating in the sunlight is just not fun in my book. I will have some drinks with you sure but if you to grab some food lets go inside honey. Now he is the deal though with all that bitching I just did I still love summer in Seattle and hope it last for months. Get out there and enjoy life
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4th of July 7/2/14

    This weekend is the 4th of July and I am excited. I am fired up for many reasons but number one is I have some family coming into town and I can't wait to show off Seattle. I have had a couple ideas about what I want to show them but in the end it is Seattle in the summer. I sometimes take for granted how beautiful the city is. I have options and not sure what to do with them but I like the idea of showing them Discovery Park because it is a nice park and you can get down to the beach for some great views of the city. I have also thought about just hoping on a ferry and going across to one of the islands to show them the difference and maybe grab a quick bite over there. The 4th itself is also one of my favorite holidays. I think part of the reason I like it so much is just having a BBQ with friends and enjoying some cold beverages and fireworks
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Poor sport 6/24/14

    With all the World Cup fun going the last couple of weeks I sometimes forget the bad side of sports but then someone reminds of it. Today clearly I am talking about a player for Uruguay named Luis Suarez who once again bite someone today during a World Cup match. Now I use the word again because he has a history of biting people. Just last year he was suspended for nine games for biting someone while playing for Liverpool in the English Premier League. That bite came on the heels of a bite he did in another league a couple years before that. Part of the problem with this guy is that because is such a great player and scores so many goals he stay's in the line up for club and country. I have heard and even kind of believed the arguments for the other two indecent but three times is just silly. I also have to wonder what is wrong with the guy, does he really think in the World Cup you can do anything on the field without a camera watching? I just can't get over the fact that not only did it happen again but now it happened in the World Cup. He has to get some kind of suspension in my mind and I think at this point Liverpool has to wonder if keeping him on the club is worth it. Last year there was talk he might come over to play for my favorite English Club Arsenal, now I am glad that did not happen because I don't want to cheer for someone like him
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World Cup Women 6/18/14

    So clearly a lot of people are excited about the World Cup and some are not. I was late to the party and did not become a soccer fan until my adult life but have learned to love the sport with passion. I also as a adult played on a indoor team for a couple years and learned how to play the sport and that helped in making it more fun to watch. I get that not everyone likes soccer but I never understand why people have to hate on the sport so much if they do not like it. If you don't like soccer, that's fair but the constant bashing on it from people during the match on Monday was stupid. I don't watch a ton of NASCAR and that's why you rarely see me tweet or talk about it. Now even if you do not like soccer I challenge you to look at a gallery of World Cup fans and not think the girls are hot. It is one of the best parts of the World Cup is that they put out photo's of all the girls from around the world that show up and they are beautiful. The Brazilian girls are unfair because that country has so many different types of people and skins tones you are bound to find some that are hot and to your taste. I like to watch the Netherlands as well because they have a country full of hot blonde women and great soccer. The Dutch also had some of the first rules on marijuana to make it some what legal so I respect that. The central American countries have a bunch of hotties as well. Trust me even if you hate soccer you will enjoy the ladies of the world cup. Enjoy fellas
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World Cup madness 6/13/14

    World Cup is back and man is it exciting. Rarely do you hear people around the office getting excited for teams that no one is loyal too but happy to watch. Today the Netherlands is playing Spain and I want both teams to play well. That's the fun thing about the world cup is clearly I am a USA fan but for some games I just pick a nation and cheer for them. I do enjoy the Dutch because I was a huge Robin Van Persie fan when he played at the best club in the world Arsenal. I also like the Dutch because of their way of life but on the same token there is a bunch on guys on the Spanish team I enjoy watching as well. Plus have you ever had Iberico ham, it's great and from Spain so another reason to cheer for them. I really just like cheering for goals and great saves as well. My point of this blog today I hope you are getting a chance to see the beautiful game and enjoying it on the highest level. Monday our boys open up play and I am stoked, I believe that we will win
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Fun weekend 6/10/14

    So last weekend it seemed like everyone I know was out having a great time. Now I am not sure if it is just my friends or if there was something in the water. I have friends that rarely go out and they were even out late last weekend. I do thing a part of it has to be the weather and the sunshine. When it is sunny out it seems like people are just more apt to go out. I also think it has something to do with the fact that since it does not get dark until later in the evening people start the night later. Summer time is the time for that kind of stuff too since it seems like you can have a couple drinks or beers and some good food that is not terrible for you. I like the fact that a lot of fruits and veggies are in season and sometimes you can just hang out by the fruit salad bowl and snack on veggies as well. In the winter time people don't want to be messing with that stuff, they want pizza's and wings on the side of the bowl of chips. Take chili for instance, do you really want to get down on a big bowl of chili with cheese in it on a warm sunny day?  Either way last weekend was a ton of fun for a lot of people and I for one am always happy to see other people having fun too. 
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