Keepin' It Dirty

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Katie

This picture is taken from my sisters blog NE2Oregon, where she makes the claim Katie has never taken a bad picture in her life. I tend to agree. Happy birthday, we love you.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

happy easter

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Immediately upon moving to Oregon almost 6 years ago, I began noticing the "This Is Totally Not Nebraska" regulations of the state, city or other municipalities. Voting by mail, no sales tax, bike lanes on major rural roadways, mix-and-match-your-own-six-packs, etc. One of my favorite TITNN moments is when I found out how cheap it was to license my car ($68 for 2/yr.) and obtain a drivers license, valid for 8 years. So imagine my excitement upon the sale of that vehicle a few years later when I found out you leave the number plates on the car and don't have to throw the old away. Hmm? Common sense behavior I wasn't accustomed to from a bureaucracy. GO Oregon.
I am a bit of a nostalgic romantic and enjoy the small things that connect us all. So ever since the sale day of that Forest Green 1995 Ford Explorer, I have been on the lookout for that same number plate, YTJ 925. Believe me not an easy task. One of the reasons I purchased that vehicle was due to its popularity during the mid 1990's and it's strong resale value. It was the number one selling car that year, I had heard somewhere.
But this last weekend I saw it. Just as I had imagined our reunion. Dirty from the rural community it now resides in, driven slowly by the same old man that had bought it from me 4 years ago and still with that YTJ 925 number plate. When I came up behind it on our way through the town of Madras I shouted and pointed like a six year old. I was able to pull along side and further verify the Nebraska dealers tag on the rear door, get a closer look at the old man and give him a waive. Funny how sometimes the most fleeting of moments can bring so much satisfaction to pieces of our history. I don't ever expect to see that old man or my truck ever again, but I can rest assured for awhile, that they're still out there, rolling Ford tough.

Monday, March 17, 2008

i suck at updating my blog

it's been so long since i updated my blog, with so few post prior to the last one i'm sure it will take folks a month to see this, but i don't blame you. a few updates though.
i bought a guitar (1972 harmony stella) a few months ago and have been practicing several hours a week every week, progress is slow, but i'm not giving up. the best is playing twinkle twinkle little star to molly before bed on ther nights i'm not working.

molly loves the outdoors, we can't get her to come inside without crying. she loves to walk on the trails across from our house and put her hands in the rivers.

katie's friend and old roommate katie came to visit a week ago with her family and molly and their son finn get along great. we went to cirque du soleil in portland last
night and saw finn again. they kissed as soon as they each other.

the last picture is spectacular for the sky. we were out to eat with katie's parents and the sky was coming through in the pictures so great. not a flattering picture of our baby girl, but i'm a sucker for the multi colored sunsets over the mountains.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

powder day

today was one of those days you wish all your friends could have been there with you. so i'm bringing it to you.