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Memorial Day 5/22/15

This weekend is Memorial Day and it is a great weekend to fire up the grill and enjoy some times with friends and family. The reason we have Memorial Day is to honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice in their service with their life. While it is a somber thing I believe it is also a time to remember the good times you had with these fallen men and women while honoring them. I went to high school with a guy that lost his life in Afghanistan 2010. I want to tell you about him. Brendan Looney was his name and he was a NAVY SEAL who had graduated from The Naval Academy. Looney was a awesome dude and fun to be around, a nice guy who had a smile and a laugh with you. When I think of Looney I tend to not think about him as a SEAL fighting wars but more of who he was a the fun times we had at DeMatha. One time I remember, and keep in mind this was the late 90's, he had this shell he had to wear on top of his football helmet for head injurious. One day I am in the old part of the school in class and Looney is in the hallway walking around with just that goofy shell on making us all laugh. Our teacher was cool with and he had us cracking up and no way to explain but it was damn funny. I miss my buddy and what he stood for as man but I will also honor him in different ways but I still like to think of him as smiling and laughing.
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Summer soon 5/19/15

As the weather gets warmer and summer quickly approaches I have to think about smells. The summer time can afford a lot of different and fresh smells in my mind. Now one of the first ones that comes to mind is fresh cut grass which I will add as someone that used to be a landscaper, it smells better when someone else has cut it. Another thing I like when I think about summer is how you can get up in the in the morning and you know its going to get hot but right now it is that nice morning temperature. For a lot of people summer also means that they will be going to the beach which has it own smells. First off the ocean clearly has a smell and then of cores the smell of the food. The smells of the beach can mean many things but I think of seafood especially crabs and also some type of fried treat maybe a elephant ear or funnel cake type thing. The other big smell is the ever present grill, weather you are cooking fancy steaks and salmon or just the standard hot dog the smell of the grill says summer. Side note last summer was all about shrimp on the grill and I believe this summer I will cook different fish often as I am trying to eat more fish. Summer of fish does not have the same ring as summer of shrimp though. Now there is also bad smells like sweaty people on the bus. I myself tend to be a sweater and I am not fired up for that but I am fired up for jumping in bodies of water. I say bodies of water because I enjoy all of them. Lakes, rivers, oceans and pools. I am getting excited for summer just writing this. Last note is don't forget the sunscreen
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Brady 5/14/15

I live in Seattle which is home of the Seattle Seahawks who lost to the Patriots and Tom Brady this last year. I am not writing this blog as a homer or saying that the Pat's should lose the Super Bowl for deflating balls but I will say Tom is cheater. They won those games and I don't think you can take anyway away from that but what people will say until the day he is gone is that Brady and the Pat's are cheats. I understand wanting a competitive edge and I don't even really know if it is that big of deal but when they have won Super Bowl's they have cheated. Frankly the worst thing about it all is even I am talking about it. This is the world we live in these days and people do shady things to get ahead and advance in all work places. Look if you had a pill that made me funnier and I cold cash in I would take it. I think most people would and professional sports is highly competitive arena. At the end of the day both sides are right, he is cheater and a great quarterback/super bowl champ.

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What is important

Starting to write on this blog space more again so here you go. I titled this one what is important to you because I feel like today people do not care about important stuff and just worry about dumb stuff. Now part of this is not your fault as the constant stream of 24 news is basically nonsense and news channels now are about rating's, not news. That would be one very important thing I would say is now a days you have the ability to find out news but some don't. Take the time to read other sources of news and take them in. Each side has their very own news network that will slant their way but anymore it seems to me that both sides agree on giving you non-sense. Now keep in mind I work on a funny show and don't want you to not have fun and still laugh but I want people to be up to date on real stuff that is happening as well. Also in these changing times we have to be aware that the would is different then it used to be. I catch myself sometimes saying things that used to be true but just aren't anymore. I also realize that here is Seattle we are lucky that it is a prospers city but unfortunately the rest of the country is not doing as well. In these me, me ,me times we live I hope people remember it is about us not me. Have fun but stay aware everyone
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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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