Aug 31, 2010

Bad Tat Tuesday

It's been awhile since I have had a tat post, so here they come at you from all sides. Please keep your seat belt buckled and remember that your cushion can be used as a flotation device in the event of a water landing.


Is this the Silver Surfer in baggies going for a dunk?


It's a match made in heaven. Now if my tax dollars would only be used on sterilization...


Yes please. Just go ahead and do it.


Well that is certainly extreme. I don't know what scares me more, the tats or the little speedo.


I think this is really good work. Just a bit too much really good work!


That is really different, but pretty clean work.


Wow, a chain...


Yeah, he's extreme.


That is really, really poor work.


No, I stand corrected. THIS is really, really poor work! Those tiny hands remind me of that weird character that Kristen Wiig plays!!
http://www.hulu.com/watch/37752/saturday-night-live-the-lawrence-welk-show

Aug 30, 2010

The World's Most Effective Safety Video

This works because nobody in their right mind would continue working there!

Aug 26, 2010

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

So the wedding trip really was quite nice for the most part. But I feel the need to get a few things out there and off of my chest. Kind of like a safety valve on a pressure cooker on the stove top.

The Good:

See my last post about the wedding. It was uniquely Kristen and Roy, a beautiful scene, their friends all helped, it was officiated by an awesomely cool lady, and we got to drink beer during it!

All the people that are Kirsten's friends in Glacier are very cool, and helped her so much. They all just chip in without being asked, because that is how they live.

The weather was cloudy and rainy all around the site, but this big beautiful hole in the clouds stayed right above us. What can I say? I think they live right.

Frontier Airlines are so damn cool about us flying with Skyler I can't believe it. They offered to move us from row 5 up to the bulkhead if that worked better (which it doesn't) and bent over backwards to get us on first and help in every way. They do it right!

The Bad:

We have found an extended stay townhouse place that used to be an assisted living facility that we stay in with Skyler. It isn't like home, but is better than a hotel because of the wide doors and better facilities for wheel chairs. The problem is that you have to stay at least a week in order to get a somewhat reasonable rate (145 bucks a day) and it gets way expensive if you only stay only a few days. So this trip, we had to double dip and pay for the cabin up in Glacier, as well as the townhouse in Bellevue.

Combine the two housing expenses with the assessable van rental at 125 bucks a day, the plane tickets, all the other expenses and we are in for multiple grand for this weeks trip. Money we don't have and is all sitting on a card now.

While the cabin up in Glacier was beautiful, it was tight inside for a wheelchair, and had 6 steps that I had to bounce Skyler up and down every time we came and went.

The Ugly:

Since Kirsten didn't want to have the typical big church wedding, her dad kind of washed his hands of the whole affair. A couple of the class moves he made were sending Kathy's dad and us an email with a cost statement for the cabin we would be staying in. He said since it was next door to where Kirsten lived, he would be using it to station everything for the wedding, and that it cost X amount, which he expected to receive prior to us leaving for home.

The day before the wedding we (the family and friends) were all down at the site of the wedding cleaning up chairs and hauling them out to the site, setting up tents, moving stuff around, you know - all the things that need to happen prior to an big event. After spending the whole morning doing this, we loaded Skyler and grandpa up to take them back to the cabin for lunch. While leaving, we passed Kirsten's dad as he drove in, and he stopped us. He asked if we had driven up to see the top of Mount Baker yet, because it was pretty and that was where he had been all morning. We told him no, we were helping your daughter set up for her wedding! He then asked if we got everything taken care of, he was going to go back to his place for a nap...

Say classy dad, stay classy...

Aug 24, 2010

What a Trip, and What a Wedding it Was

Ahhhh, back home to where it is a tad more easy to take care of Skyler! When you are lugging the man-cub up and down stairs a lot, you forget about the simple things of life, like ramps!

Our trip was really great, and Kirsten's wedding was excellent. I will try not to bore you all with way too many details that you don't need or care about, so here is one big, long post mostly of pictures.

We flew into Seattle and stayed the night getting settled in the townhome we usually rent. It used to be an assisted living facility, and now it is an extended stay place. So it has wide doors, good accessibility for chairs and works well for us. Then we drove up north to where Kirsten and Roy live, just south of the Canadian border in Glacier Washington.


Kirsten and Roys place, a small A frame with a much larger building they built themselves for holding their rafting and Kayaking equipment. (priorities you know...)



This is the place that we rented while we were there, it was just next door to Kirsten. Kathy's dad stayed with us so that we could take care of him also.


Oops, 5 stairs and a landing... Oh well, that is the smallest amount available in this small mountain town, usually it is more like 10 or 12!


We headed down to the little community center by the river where they were getting set up for the wedding the next day to help out. That is Kirsten with Skyler.


Glacier creek taken from where Kirsten's friend, the minister will stand.


Skyler making sure he has good viewing from his location on the aisle.



Roy drove up to the base of mount Baker that morning to load his truck with snow to keep the kegs and wine/champagne chilled.

One of the very few pictures you will ever see of family de Hull dressed up in the slightest!


Grandpa Ken went and staked his claim to a front row seat early.


Musicians warming up.


Crowd is filling in, Kirsten's brother Cale, has a girlfriend who lives in Boston and is sitting next to grandpa Ken.


Roys grandparents and family/friends.


I have no idea who the dude was in the red suspenders, but he rocked! By the way, I decided that every wedding should have beer and wine available while you are being seated and during the ceremony. It is too good of an idea, why isn't it done more?

Kirsten's friend who officiated the ceremony is 5 foot nothing, so stood on a chair. She had the best line of the day when she said "Some guy named Peter had this to say about weddings". Then did a reading from the Apostle Peter. Excellent! Later on she remarked that getting married is really kind of a big deal!



Roy waiting for the lovely lady.


Kirsten's bridesmaids.


Roy's Groomsmen, Cale is at the end of the line on the right.


Kirsten and her Dad Chris.


Vows. By the way, the second best line of the day was when Roy was asked if he takes Kirsten to be his bride. His response was "Well hell yes"!


They each brought a glass of water from the river, poured it into a unity container and drank from that.


Kisses!


Skyler was all sad, we were to finally figure out later that he thought that he was losing Kirsten and wouldn't get to see her again.


Kirsten's side of the family.

For those of you who would like to check out video, here are a few:

Pre-wedding setup and folks coming in.


The Wedding, split into two halves, approximately 20 minutes total.
Part1


Part2



Post Wedding scanning around.

Aug 16, 2010

This Space For Rent

My lack of posting is about to get even worse than it has been lately. But it is for a good reason this time. We are heading way up near the Canadian border to Glacier Washington for Skyler's favorite cousin's wedding! Kirsten has been a big part of Skyler's life and we just love her dearly. She is the ultimate athlete and outdoors girl, and she finally found a guy who can keep up with her. Roy is an awesome guy and he and Kirsten run their own raft company, and the Kirsten teaches skiing and boarding at Mt Baker in the winter while Roy remodels homes.

They truly belong with each other in winter or summer!




I will see you in about a week and a half, stay out of the liquor cabinet...

Aug 14, 2010

Cuddle With an Elephant Seal

A 5 minute video of a women laying on the sand and is approached and cuddled by a seal. This is amazing. The website has this additional information:

Addendum: some people have commented about the woman's not touching the seal; she is not allowed to. This is an island off Argentina.South Georgia Island is a sub-Antarctic island administered by the United Kingdom as part of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. It is located 1390 km southeast of the Falkland Islands and 2150 km from South America. It is the home of vast numbers of birds and marine life, but its remote location and lack of access makes it a rare destination for tourists.
You can read more about Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island, near Antarctica here: http://www.coolantarctica.com/Travel/south_georgia_south_sandwich_islands.htm

Many tour operators will require visitors to do a boot wash after every landing to avoid carrying seeds or other items from one location to another. In addition, visitors should examine all clothing prior to embarking to avoid bringing any plant or animal material to the Antarctic; invasive species have devastated many regions of the planet, so it is particularly important to protect Antarctica from this danger.

I found this article, you might want to read about this video:
http://holeinthedonut.com/2010/02/11/south-georgia-elephant-seal-sandwich-islands/

Aug 10, 2010

ElliptiGo-ing we go, ElliptiGo-ing we go,

Hi ho the merry-o, ElliptiGo-ing we goooo.

Some of you who know me on Facebook know that this last weekend I received my new Elliptical bike, the EllipiGo! I started searching awhile ago for something besides my regular bike because my bad disk in my lower back makes the leaning over position uncomfortable.

Let me rephrase that, it makes things hurt like hell just before I lose all feeling, which isn't a good thing.

So I was checking out recumbent bike online, because I had heard good things about the seating position on those, when I saw a link for the ElliptiGo. It looked interesting so I signed up online for some information and joined the Facebook group. Nobody had anything bad to say about them, and I was contacted by a local rep Patricia who brought a couple over for a test ride.

They are very cool, lots of work, but no pain at all to ride. So I have a new workout machine/toy to play with now, and I hope to drop some of the spare tire I seem to have growing around my belly area!

Here it is unpacked:


And here it is all put together:


And here is Sky-Dad taking a few turns around the front of the house:



So far so good, I will see you down the highway!!

Bad Tat Tuesday! More guest shots!!

Hey boys and girls, gather round while Sky-Pappy tells you about the old days, and how life was tough and shit. Or we could talk about more bad tats, your choice!

Yeah, I kinda thought you would go for the tats, because that's why you people come here. First out of the gate we have some guest editions, and I always love it when folks send me bad tats. The terrible thing is that a lot of them have already been seen here at my little corner of the poorly inked world.

First out of chute #1 is a series of Geeky Tats by my friend Cindy:


Myspace, really? I bet you thought that was cool about 6 or 7 years ago, not so much anymore.


Bar code and ports make for an interesting combination. I wonder if he scans?


The old Sad Mac, I miss him so.


For rebooting your ankle I suppose.


The Fail Whale! I haven't seen this in awhile!


HTML code for the neck...


I see you are a blogger...

Next up is a truly scary piece of work sent to me by Leslie, thank you so much my dear!

Seriously, can you even find somebody else to be in the lineup with this dude?

This one I sent to Candy from Candy's Daily Dandy because she is such a Boston sports fan. She offered to have it put on her chest prior to her wedding, I say go for it!



Last up is a series of butterfly's that tend to disappear down this ladies crack. Stay classy my lady, stay classy!

Aug 7, 2010

For Scope

A while back our newly married blog buddy Scope was questioning the use of the word Epic. I believe I may have found two proper definitions: