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Good Music is Timeless
December 22nd, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

After seeing a holiday concert special on TV that did a tribute to woman’s music of the 60’s and after being at a concert where the band did a cover of Pour Some Sugar on Me, I believe that good music is truly timeless. The concert I was at was a late teens early twenties demographic but every single person knew the song Pour Some Sugar on Me. They may not have known the band that sang it, but they knew the song. Here is another point. My neighbors two year old boy loves Def Leppard. He hasn’t been told yet what is popular music by corporate record labels. I guarantee though if I started playing T-Pain’s I’m On a Boat, he would hate it. Every thinks that is a cool song because that is what we are told to think.

Now here comes my true hypothesis. Today’s current music sucks i.e. Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Ray J, T-Pain, and all other hip hop wannabe rappers. I promise you twenty years from now, all this music will be forgotten. No band will say “Hey lets do a cover of that Ludacris song.” Or that Nickelback song or that Daughtry song. Why? Because they all suck. Truthfully, I couldn’t tell you a song that has come out in the last five years that I could see being covered twenty years from now. Maybe, just maybe Sugar Were Going Down by Fall Out Boy.

Excursion Loves B99
December 17th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

I am getting ready to change the fuel filter on the Excursion and decided to put in a tank of biodiesel prior to doing so. Biodiesel has a natural solvent property to it so it tends to clean out your fuel system, but in doing so all the junk that is cleaned out gets caught in your fuel filter. So when using straight biodiesel for the first time you should be ready for your fuel filter to get clogged. I headed down to AZ Biodiesel on my lunch break. Figured the drive was worth it since I was savings about 10 cents a gallon and would be getting close to 44 gallons of it, plus it’s the environmentally conscious thing to do. The 7.3 liter Powerstroke that the Excursion has loves the stuff. Bio also has more lubricating properties than ULSD, so the engine runs much smoother and quieter and there is no need to add any diesel additive. The only down side is the cloud point is much higher than straight diesel so you need to stay out of cold weather for long periods of time.

Now for the oil math, let’s just assume that me not using petroleum diesel is directly reducing our reliance of foreign oil. Since B99 is 99% bio and 1% diesel and I average about 17.5MPG. That means I am getting about 1,750 miles per gallon of foreign diesel. If I ran the stuff year round and drove 20,000 miles a year, I would only need 11.42 gallons of petroleum based diesel.

Wolf Creek
December 16th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: 1 ]

Got our first snowboarding trip in for the season and we really had to work for it. We decided to go Wolf Creek near Pagosa Springs, Colorado since they have gotten a lot of snow and were expecting more during the weekend we were there. We left Phoenix at 11:30 PM. On the way up Nicole got some stomach bug and was puking the entire way up. We got to Wolf Creek about 9:30 and Nicole decided to stay off the board and in the car. Luke and I went and checked out the mountain. The evening we hit up some hot springs at a resort. This was pretty cool. They had about 20 different tubs, that ranged in temps from 85 to 115. They also had stairs down to the San Juan river, which Luke and I got into and dunked ourselves. Don’t know how cold it was but the air was in the 20s and it was snowing. That night it snowed about 6 to 8 inches so conditions were going to be perfect for powder the next day and they were. On Sunday it kept snowing. It must have dumped another 16 inches. By this point the powder was getting too deep for our boards and we kept getting stuck on the flatter areas. That afternoon it became white out conditions so we decided to call it a day and start our trip back to Phoenix. Getting back to the car, we found that snow was piled up to the bumpers and we had to dig out some snow just to open the doors. This was the first time I have ever needed a locking differential. We used that and 4wheel low to get out of the parking lot. After getting out of the parking lot we found out that the road back to Pagosa Springs was indefinitely closed due to an avalanche. This made our trip back a lot longer. We ended up having to drive north then east and then down to Santa Fe in order to get back to Phoenix. This added 220 miles to the trip, let alone the winter driving conditions. After 13 hours of driving we finally made it back to Phoenix at 5AM.



Best Contradicting Headline of 2009
December 10th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

“Obama defends US wars as he accepts Nobel peace prize”

Explains a lot about the fishermen out at Bartlett
December 8th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

Best Christmas Decoration Ever
December 7th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]


For the slow ones, it is not a real person. Here is a story from the guy who put it up.

Self “Taken” Portraits
November 16th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

I can’t really form a comment on this. The poo is just too disturbing. It just goes to prove that if you are the one taking the picture of yourself no one really wants to see it in the first place.


French Bulldog
November 3rd, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

For all my friends who like French Bulldogs..Tom, Rob. This is why they are not cool.

Chinese Immigrant
November 2nd, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

I thought this was pretty funny.


Tom’s Facebook
October 27th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

Got this message from Tom a few weeks ago. I am glad I am such a caring and concerned friend.

toms facebook

Windows 7
October 22nd, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

I am getting a new computer today and it will have Windows 7 on it. I am excited to be getting a new PC, and kinda excited about Win 7. The last PC I had has served me well the last 6 or 7 years. It has had a new motherboard and RAM during that time, but has never had an O/S reinstall, which in my book is a big success. It will be my first experience in 64-bit land. It will also the first time I have bought a PC instead of building it.

Let’s hope I am not disappointed with the usual Microsoft crap that happens, like what has been happening with my computer at work. At work today it updated Windows Media from version 9 to 11. I usually always say no to WM updates because I never use it. I finally said ok. As usual, I install it, reboot then my computer needs 5 patches and security updates for the newly installed WM11. That stuff drives me crazy at work. Now I have to reboot twice.

The Summer Set – Chelsea
October 16th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

Check it out. There first full lenght album just came out. Plus, they are from Phoenix and the drummer is a chic!

The last song on the player is a video with a Saved By The Bell Theme.

Japanese Humor
October 15th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

Japanese have a great sense of physical humor at the expense of others. I love the show MXC which is all about people eating dirt. This prank is on a Japanese comedian, who gets pranked several times.

80 MPH is the new 40 MPH
October 13th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

I remember last year when I first started riding that 40 MPH felt pretty fast on the bike. Yesterday I was riding home for lunch and traffic was flying at 75 MPH and so was I and I had no qualms about it. It felt perfectly comfortable and relaxed. The only thing that isn’t comfortable is the amount of wind resistance on your helmet and shoulders when you are not tucked below the windshield.

I think it may be time for a track day since the weather is cooling down and really push it.

Piano Stairs
October 8th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

I agree, most work can be made better by making it fun.

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