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I’m certifiable!

Red Cross Certification Cards

Beth and I spent two evenings this past week taking Red Cross CPR and first aid courses. I’ve taken them before, twice. But it’s been about 10 years since the last time, I think, and you’re supposed to do them every year to stay current. Tuesday night was CPR and we were there for about 5 hours. Thursday night was first aid and that only took about 3 hours.

The three C’s: Check, Call, Care!

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Behind Bars – December 2, 2005

Behind Bars – December 2, 2005 – Very cool. Boulder’s finally got another criminal worthy of listing in The Smoking Gun. This guy was nabbed for switching bar codes on expensive items for bar codes on cheaper items. At the Boulder Target!

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Honda Civic GX For Sale

I’m selling my 1999 Honda Civic GX. Here are big some photos:

Side View

Rear View

Interior

Tiny dent from a kid running into it on his bike while I was parked at a restaurant

The bigger dent I got while parked at the supermarket

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Pappadeaux is coming!

Beth said she thought she saw a sign along US-36 near the Westminster Mall that a Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is going in there. Well, it looks like it’s true! Hurray!

Judging from this web page from the City of Westminster, it’s going to open in “first quarter 2006”. Any of you who know me know Pappadeaux is one of my favorite restaurants. I used to go there in Houston when I’d visit my parents (they’ve since moved back to Colorado). So, I was super happy to learn that they were opening a restaurant in the Denver Tech Center area. We’ve been to that one a few times, but it’s a 45 minute drive from where we live. Obviously, that’s not a very convenient place to dine unless we just happen to be in south Denver, which is almost never.

Maybe the new Pappadeux will be open by my birthday, which is March 20. Beth’s getting a bit tired of my usual birthday tradition from the past decade or so, which is to have my birthday dinner at a Japanese hibachi steakhouse. Initially, we’d drive all the way down to Gasho of Japan, which is also in the tech center area. But then Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse opened in Westminster and then Benihana opened in Broomfield. The one in Westminster is better, but Beth doesn’t really like either of them. If Pappadeaux is open in time, I think I’ll have my 37th birthday party there.

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We Happy Few

Here’s a photo of Beth and me from the Stirlen/Hastings wedding this summer.

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Buy Nothing Day 2005

Thanksgiving is coming up relatively soon, which, of course, means that annual Buy Nothing Day is too!

Buy Nothing Day

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What’s Halloween coming to?

Well, it’s Halloween eve. I worked late and then went to the rec center to work out, so I got home around 7:45 or so. Beth was at Krav Maga class, so when the doorbell rang a few minutes after I got home, it was up to me to answer it.

I opened the door, fully expecting to see one or more costumed children doing the old Halloween thing. Instead, there was a single 6 or 7 year old girl, dressed in blue jeans and a sweatshirt. She had a big bag in her hands.

I said “hello” and she replied “hi”. There was a long, awkward pause as I waited for her to should, “Trick or treat!” But she didn’t, so I thought I’d prompt her.

“May I help you?” I asked. That got another awkward pause.

“Do you have any candy?” she asked. Then I noticed that there was a van out in the street, with lights on and the engine idling. Apparently, whatever parent or guardian she has who didn’t teach her the right way to go trick-or-treating also couldn’t even be bothered to walk around the neighborhood with her. The best they could do was drive her from house to house and wait in the van while she awkwardly asked for candy.

“Yes,” I answered. “Would you like some?”

“Yeah,” replied the little girl. I ended up giving her a rice krispy treat, and felt sorry for the kid for the rest of the night.

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Another Knee Surgery

If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you might remember that I re-injured my right knee in late July. I was playing Ultimate Frisbee in a benefit tournament, and I guess I just overdid things. Well, after I realized something was seriously wrong, I took it easy for about a month after that. Then, when things didn’t improve, I went to my doctor. She prescribed ice and an anti-inflamatory for a month. Those didn’t help either, so I finally went to see the knee specialist, the same one who operated on me a couple years ago when I screwed it up in the first place.

Well, after an x-ray and an MRI, Dr. Schneider says I have a cyst growing in the bone and a tear to my meniscus. The first one sounds like a recurrance of one problem I had originally, though the second part is new. Neither one go away on their own, so I’m going to have to have another knee surgery at some point. Right now I’m thinking of putting things off until early in 2006, so I’m not dealing with rehab, crutches, and limping during the holidays.

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Duh, is this on?

I guess it is. Importing my blog articles from blogger.com went relatively nicely. Any comments left through Blogger are lost, though. But that’s no big deal because nobody ever leaves me comments anyhow.

And I got switched over to use my new email server, too.

Now, I just need to move over the static content (like the TFC map page) that I want from my old site. But I’m going to let a lot of it go, along with most (maybe all) of my photos. I don’t think anyone ever looks at my online photos anyhow.

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catching up

I’ve been so bad about staying up-to-date with my blog. Let’s see, what’s new?

Well, I’m now a regular member of the crew of Paddy Wagon Films. That’s a small local filmmaking group centered around a director named Patrick Sheridan. He has committed himself to making 6 films in 6 months. Obviously, they’re short films, but they’re also pretty good. He’s trying to improve his “chops” as a filmmaker, with the goal of doing a feature sometime in 2006.

I was credited as Sound Engineer for a film called “Water Cooler” which won the Group 101 prize for best film in October. So it’s nice to start off on the right foot! I wasn’t there for filming but fixed up the sound in post-production (meaning “after the shooting’s over”).

I also was the production recordist (the guy who records sound while the camera films the actors) for the 2nd half of Patrick’s newest film, “Time Table.” If we do a good job editing, I think there’s a good chance this one will also win the monthly prize for November. We’ll see.

A couple weekends ago, Beth and I saw “Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead?” by The Upstart Crow. I’ve seen about a half dozen of their productions and worked on 2 or 3, but this was the best one yet (though I can’t say it’s because of me – I didn’t work on this one).

Recent movies we’ve seen: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “The Constant Gardener”, “Serenity”, and “March of the Penguins”.

I’m reading a pulpy techno-thriller called “Area 51” right now. I’ve enjoyed it, so I bought the sequel (used, through Amazon.com).

I bought an annual pass to the Broomfield Rec Center last week, and have been a couple times so far. My knee is still bothering me, which probably means a trip back to the orthopedic surgeon sometime.

That’s the highlights for me. How about you? Leave me a comment!