Friday, December 11, 2009

Climate Change

Rockies are ready to resign Torrealba. Hooray! (hopefully. back off, giants!!)

Recently when I turn on the news I see reports about climate change, false emails, and angry conservatives.

Ok people heres the thing: It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if the world is getting hotter, polar bears are dying, ice bergs melting (though you should definitely get to places like Glacier National Park before they are all gone.) Why doesn't it matter? Because all the things that combat global warming are good. Walking, driving your car less? good. Using renewable resources? also good. Theres no if ands or buts about it.

I guess the other issue is whether we should be forced to do these things. Well let me suggest that we'll never do it until we're forced. NEVER. By the rules of capitalism, large businesses are inherently self serving. Sure they donate to charities, but thats all just for good PR, and always within reason. Something this big has to come by necessity; either by government force, or a world suffocated by stifling heat. And let me make this clear: greenhouse gases in the air are bad. bad. Been to L.A. recently? Might as well be a smoker.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Controversial

So that long hiatus was completely on purpose. That Rockies game was so awesome I thought it deserved to stay up...for multiple months.

And what better way to get back on track than to say something controversial!

Tami and I have been spending our down time watching curb your enthusiasm. I love it because its like improv Seinfeld. In this certain episode we were watching its Christmas time, and the main character, Larry (David, creator of Seinfeld) is shunning all the christmassy stuff because, well, he's Jewish. His wife is Christian, and as they go along with their celebrations he stays out of the way, but is occasionally perturbed, notably for the caroling.

But this got me to thinking. How is it that Jewish folks, those who outright deny the existence of Jesus, are treated more fairly by the religious right than, say, gays, many of whom believe in all things Christian but just struggle within the system. Why? Gays seem to be treated more with the label of "outcast" or "unclean".

And no I'm not here to be a big gay rights activist, I just like to point out the inconsistencies. Maybe I'm just more comfortable with these issues than many because with work I have so many gay friends.

I dunno, just a thought.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wow! Rockies Baseball!

I have, for the past week or so, meant to post on a couple of recent trips. I joined my friend Micaela on an AMAZING trip to Glacier National park, then more recently climbed Bison peak with my girlfriend (yup, still Tami) and Micaela. But then I experienced a once in a lifetime event.

One of my favorite things to do here in Denver is go to Rockies games. From previous posts you know all the things I love about it. It's a big reason that I choose to stay here in Denver and not move up to the mountains, or other beautiful places such as Oregon.

So I bought tickets to last nights game, and sat in our usual seats (upper outfield reserved, first base side where you get a great view of the mountains)

We played the San Francisco Giants, a team 3 games back in the wild card, and quickly turning into a rival. Winning here would be HUGE.

It was a game full of complete futility. I was constantly frustrated. We scored 1 run, 1 RUN!!!, that coming off a bases loaded walk, through all of regulation. Luckily the Giants could only muster 1 first inning run of their own. We constantly got men on base, men on third and 1 out, 1st and 3rd one out, over and over, and time after time we left them there. We couldn't score. Neither could they. The 9th inning came and went. 11th. then 12th. 13, then 14. I told Tami I was on an emotional roller coaster. I'd get excited only to be let down again.


Then came the 14th inning. The Giants strung some big hits together, scored 3 runs to go up 4-1. Only a miracle could win this game for us. After all, we had all those chances, we deserved to lose.

In the bottom of the inning, they gave us some base runners by way of walks. Cool, but no way I'm getting excited. I've seen this before. Fowler gets up, hits a ball off his knee, somehow gets back up to hit, and walks. From this point on, he's hobbling around the base paths. With one out, the bases get loaded, and guess whose up? Yeah, the pitcher. Perfect. And no, we had NO MORE bench players. I read in an article today that if we tied the game, the pitcher was going to play right field.

Then the unthinkable happens. They walk the pitcher, forcing in a run.

We now trail 4-2, Ryan Spilborghs up to bat. Spilly, by the way, has already grounded into a double play when just a fly ball would have won the game, and misplayed a double, turning it into a triple. Heres the clip of what happens next: (including a little on what already took place in the inning)

I could not contain myself. All that pent up frustration released in a single swing. It was awesome.

-JJ

Friday, July 10, 2009

MIssing the Point

While undermining all that Obama is trying to do in the Middle East, you wonder why they don't care much for us.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Failed...

Today I wandered to downtown Golden to grab some lunch and drop by the bike shop. On my return trip I passed by the blood mobile. I have, since a small child, and like LOTS of other people, have a completely rational fear of needles. I've never given blood.

This time I decided to man up. So I stopped, joined the small group of people relaxing under a tent, and signed up.

Why the change of heart? Well I blood drawn back in the fall for a cholesterol check, and it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. So here I am, all signed up. My name was called, and I headed in the bus, where I was immediately informed of the finger prick they had to do, to make sure my blood was ok.

In my head, this is actually worse! But with no way of backing out without getting called names, I manned up and got my finger pricked.

Again, not nearly as bad as I remembered it.

So next thing I know I'm laying on the table. Whenever I get nervous, I get very chatty. So here I am chatting up everyone. Then a girl from a previous session comes in, for she is still feeling nauseous and weak. So I start talking to her. She was in a while back, and still not feeling well, and looked as if she might puke.

I shrugged it off, and in the needle went. Ok, not so bad. The nurse asked how I felt, and I knew I wasn't quite right, but then I wasn't sure how I was supposed to feel. I told her I was feeling kind of sleepy and maybe just a little hint of nausea. I'm just trying to be honest, after all.

Next thing I know shes fiddling with the needle, and then takes it out.

I immediately felt like a complete waste of these people's time. I just wanted to help, and I was just being honest, and she bailed on the whole thing. I then asked if not getting enough sleep might have something to do with it, and she said "definitely." I had only 4 hrs that previous night. No breakfast either, but a good lunch.

So here I am, armed bandaged up, having made absolutely no contribution to humanity.

-JJ

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hello All. Guess I just have to be honest that everytime I have some free time on my computer I end up on World of Warcraft. Yeah, my buddy Chester from work got me into it. It's fun, and nice for overnights.

So many things have been going on that I could have posted about, but if I did it now, it'd be too late.

Notably I got to fulfill a small dream of mine and go see the College World Series in Omaha. Thanks to my uncle and cousins for letting me tag along on their trip. It was a blast.



Anyway, excited for this coming weekend at Kelsie's cabin on Grand Mesa. I'll be posting soon.

-JJ

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Home of the Free?

13 year old Daniel Hauser has Hodgkins lymphoma. I'm sure you've seen him in the news, for he and his family are refusing Chemo treatment. Doctors say with the treatment he has a 90 percent chance of survival. Without it, he will likely die. The family wants to go the route of more natural treatments, per their religion.

I saw that yesterday authorities were imprisoning the parents for this.

I'm wondering when we got to the point of not being able to make our own decisions about our own lives.

I once worked with a young gir, probably late 20s, that had cancer, went through Chemo, and was well. Then the cancer came back. They wanted to go through the whole operation again, and she refused. She started taking care of herself, eating right, excersizing. The cancer went away, and never came back.

I've gotten similar testimonials from at least 3 passengers on my plane.

I say he should be able to do what he wants.

-JJ

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Impressed!

A few weeks ago I posted about our trip to Santa Fe. We brought our bikes on that trip, and on a few of the moderate climbs, I noticed that Tami dealt with them quite well.

After that trip, I thought that maybe she could handle the 5 miles uphill to lookout mountain. It's one of my favorite things to do here in town, and one of the most rewarding also. You get up there, impressed with what you just accomplished, and its literally all downhill from there. Like 50 mph downhill. Awesome.



So we did. After work Tami came over, we drove to the base of the mountain (the ride from my house to the base will ruin you) and up we went.

Let me tell you the girl DID NOT STOP. It was slow and steady, all the way up. I honestly, for her first time, did not expect her to make it all the way to the top. But she did. I was floored. Even better, everyone on that mountain had thousand dollar road bikes, pedal clips, the works, and Tami did it with her commuter hybrid bike and regular pedals. ha! I'm surprised she didn't wear a skirt.

Congrats Tamara!

Unfortunately I had promised her ice cream, and by the time we made it to the Golden Sweets shop it was closed. (Early, I might add, because of the Nuggets Lakers game. ha!)

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I Agree

I love this short little article.

http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_12303097

Monday, April 27, 2009

Santa Fe Road Trip

Friday Night Tami and I took a road trip out to Santa Fe, NM. We've been talking about going there for almost a year, and we both had the weekend off, so off we went. 6 hour drive with plans to camp the first night, but all the sites were taken, and at 1am we decided just to sleep in the car. It did not fare all that well. :) and NO, I cannot get this underline thing to turn off. See not it just does it on its own. I dunno.

Here are just a few photos from our trip. 'Tis a beautiful city.














And I awoke this morning to find this. WHAT THE HECK?
-JJ

Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Lovely Girlfriend

Tami's bed recently was stolen. You see, shes moving this weekend, the bed she was in wasn't hers, the owner came to reclaim it, which left her without a bed for the next few nights. So she stayed in mine.

I was out of town. Geez.

ANYWAYS, I get back home from work just this morning, walk into my room and what do I find?

A note saying that she prepared and left me lunch in the fridge.


I go to the fridge, open the door, and find another note.

"Apple and Nut Salad.

-Romaine
-Apples in Lime
-Chopped Walnuts
-Chicken
-Balsamic" (my fav!)

So Nice.


Also, I bought a carpet while I was in Morocco, and I finally got around to taking a pic of it in our living room. I fits perfect!

Lata

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Problem with America

Not like you don't know.

So big government versus little government. Right to bear arms, or no? Stimulus package, or no? Abortion? taxes? Gay Marriage?

Unfortunately, its rare that there are any cut and dry issues.

-No matter how many times you say "Guns don't kill people, people kill people", in the end its crazy people WITH guns.

-Opposed to the stimulus package? Then I expect when you get this money that you give it straight to charity.

-Opposed to abortion? Are you then opposing private property?

But none of this is the point. Its that nobody is trust worthy anymore. It's already been proven that you can't put control with the people. You angry at AIG execs? This is the byproduct of small government with untrustworthy people.

And I guess we're going to find out that you can't trust the government either.

I'm not saying I have the answers, just some things I've been pondering recently.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Movie Business and GOLF!

It seems every time a highly hyped movie comes out, it seems to be the "biggest opening in history." I always wondered how this was all possible, but this question was just fleeting. I never really stopped to think about it. Well recently I did think about it, and it was then I realized that they judge this by the amount of MONEY it takes in.

HOW does this make ANY sense when movie ticket prices go up, it seems, EVERY WEEK!!?? Shouldn't we just judge this by tickets told??

And you should read this. Warning: Not everyone will be happy or agree. But I like it. :)

-JJ

Monday, March 30, 2009

Ava Grace Jackson

These are pics of my new niece! Enjoy!














Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Home!

So we just returned from our 2 weeks in Morocco, first time overseas for both of us, and it was completely and utterly amazing. We have come back with so many stories that there is no way to put them into words. We visited 4 imperial cities, bargained for items for our lives, met awesome people, climbed sand dunes, rode camels, and got scrubbed down by a complete stranger in a public bath house.

I'm still sifting through photos, so here are some just for now. Enjoy.









Monday, March 02, 2009

First Couchsurfer!!

Ok so many of you may not know of a website called couchsurfing.com. Its basically a place where you can network with people around the world and sleep on each others couches, for free, during your travels.

In fact Tami and I plan to do some of this while we visit Morocco (T-minus 5 days).

ANYWAYS, I also have my couch here in Golden available to "sane" folks who need a place to crash.

So just the other night Tami Justin and I were in Boulder when i got a couchsurfing email on my phone. It was a desperate plea from a guy named Lucas, visiting from Brazil, and he didn't have any place to sleep. So I took a chance and called him up (he left his phone number in his message) and he met up with us.

Long story short, he was great. He's from an city on the coast of Brazil called Florianopolis. We brought him home, we chatted for about 2 hours (he speaks very good English, though it was hilarious when he wanted to know how to differentiate the words "Beaches" and "B*tches"), he showed us pictures of his homeland, then he crashed on our futon. We took him back to Boulder in the morning. Here is our picture:



In other news, tonight Tami and I are going to the concert of my favorite band: Jimmy Eat World!! Its their 10 year anniversary of their first hit album, Clarity. (Though not my favorite.) Just for kicks here is my favorite song off that cd,(Lucky Denver Mint) and the song that got me hooked on them, Sweetness. (sorry, won't let me embed that one.)

Lucky Denver Mint



Sweetness

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Republicans are making me SICK

So heres my problem right now. I've seen some clips of that giant Republican conference going on, and its ALL bashing. Obama is wrong for this, is wrong for that...and the PROBLEM is that they are focusing on WINNING NEXT YEAR more than they are solving problems RIGH NOW. More about causing dissention than fixing the economy. Look, YOU LOST, and you'll just have to suck it up for 4 years. We have bigger issues right now and I don't have the time or patience to listen to your whining.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Vertigo

I've been a skiing slacker this year. Too often I've awoken in my bed, with plans to hit the slopes, but with an overwhelming urge to poke around the house all morning. Sunday night we had a Mardi Gras party, and after speaking to a lot of my ski bum friends, I'm not the only one. Even the most hardcore of us having only been up 3 or 4 times. This has been an unusual winter, as its currently February 24th, and the high today is 65.

That being said, at that same party, I met up with a friend of mine who is currently unemployed. The first thing out of my mouth was "wanna go skiing tomorrow?"

So we did.

It was the best "snow" conditions I've had in a long time. Nice and powdery. We went to A-Basin, where there were almost no crowds, and TONS of completely untouched powder. It also snowed, and being that the peak is at 13,000 ft, sometimes you are in the clouds. And you can't see...ANYTHING.

On the back edge theres the Monezuma Bowl, and we hiked up to an experts only run. Once we got up, it looked like an abyss. If you've never skiid in fog before, basically you look into the fog, then down at the snow, and its almost the same. You have no idea what your about to ski across. Visibility is about 10 feet. It turns your world upside down. You'll be skiing across the mountain, to your left, going very slowly, and next thing you know you fall down and your sliding down the mountain in the OPPOSITE direction you thought you were going. Its crazy. Its skiing in bizzaro world. At one point I looked up to see Luanne practically on top of a dry patch, and she yelled "how on earth did I get over here???." It'd almost be better off just to close your eyes and use your other senses, because your eyes keep decieving you.

Heres a pic I found online of basically what it looks like:



Anyway, we had a good time, and Luanne let me drive her decked out Subaru B9 Tribeca there and back..in the snow. Sweet ride.

-JJ

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Heartbroken

I just played the final level of zelda: The adventures of Link, for Tami. See, she'd never seen it. "Oldschool" to her is Nintendo 64. She loved Zelda on the 64. So I wanted her to experience the original.

After I defeated Gannon, she said "eh, I like the realism on the 64 better."

Stupid kids.

Trouble in Paradise.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Why do we need to know?

Alex Rodriguez.

I salute him for admitting he made a mistake. In life, with my friends, with my parents, with my favorite athletes, with my President, all I ask for is honesty.

I don't understand why we need details..and by WE, I mean the general public. WHY do we need to know what he took? (Most of us wouldn't know what it was anyway) WHY do we need to know how often he took it? WHY do we need to know where he got it (some of us would like some, perhaps?? i dunno). These things are only significant to MLB and whatever invisigation is ensuing.

So many questions swirling around that personally I DON'T CARE about. People need to quit being nosy with stuff that is insignificant to them and their lives. YES, i'm a baseball fan but as a fan I feel like I know what I need to know...I mean sure there's still speculation whether he still takes it or not, which a very valid question that DEFINITELY CONCERNS THE PUBLIC, but as for these others?? PLEASE.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Monday, February 09, 2009

It's HUGE!

I got this last year for christmas. We sat down this evening and finally put it together.


World's Largest Crossword puzzle! It's really a task just to find the corresponding number on that thing.

-JJ

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Super Bowl?

Ever since the contestants in the super bowl have been decided, I have purposefully avoided all sports shows. Thats sportscenter, PTI, Around the Horn, etc. All shows that I pretty much watch regularly. (Although I still read CNNsi, just avoid all Super Bowl related articles.) One article I did not avoid was one about how the two weeks before the super bowl are the most obnoxious. How true it is.

These past two weeks (week and 4 days) have been great. Sometimes I forget the big game is even coming up. Just the other night I picked up a trip over that day, so I won't even get to see it. I don't think I really care. I mean, I want the Steelers to win, but not being subjecting to the media DIGGING for any sub-story they can find, well, its quite nice.

Bring on Baseball.

-JJ

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Premonition

Kristy sees things...

...she sees whether her day will be good or bad.

As we sat there on the jumpseat, she told me of a day a few months ago. It started with a button popping off her work shirt. She knew she was in for it.

The day ended with the aircraft engine catching fire right after takeoff. And yes, there were things in between.

We ended our day in Sacramento. She hadn't said anything about this day being good or bad, but the stretch limo that awaited us to take us back to the hotel says that maybe she saw it all after all.

The next morning we stood in the hotel awaiting our shuttle back to the airport, when Kristy mentions that she feels great today. Today will be a good day. I like the sound of that! Just then a large coach-looking-ish bus pulls under the overhang. I look at everyone and say "hey guys! our ride is here!" Completely kidding of course. Though next thing I know were all piling into this bus. It's got beautiful leather seating, dimmed mood lighting, large flat screen tv, ice for drinks, and lets not forget the stripper pole in the middle. NICE. (Never in 4 years have I had anything but a van or car pick us up. NEVER. )

We get onto the plane and start our security checks, when the ops agent tells us to call Scheduling. Apparently theres been a change. They tell me our LAX to OAK flight has been cancelled, so when we get to LAX we need to head over and deadhead* to OAK, then pick up our original OAK to MDW flight.

*DEADHEADING: Or what we call snoozing for dollars. It's just flying as a passenger for positioning purposes.

So we land in LAX, clean the aircraft for the next crew, and head straight over to the gate we are supposed to. The agent takes our passes to get our boarding passes, her eyes get big, and she tells us that scheduling hasn't made our reservations and the plane to OAK is pushing 5 early. She picks up the phone to call the ops agent to hold the plane, and right as she picks up the phone, the plane pushes. Oops. Then she looks at the computer and says "oh, now your reservations is here!" You see, had our reservation shown up, they would have known we were coming and would have held it.

So I call scheduling and tell them what happened. They aren't amused. We're now going to miss our connection in OAK. After a few minutes, they tell us we are going to take the NEXT flight to OAK, sit in the front, and RUN to our gate. "We'll have to delay the plane a bit, so HURRY!" Got it.

10 minutes later, they call back. "So we noticed that in OAK you're going to have to switch terminals, so yeah, thats not going to work. Just deadhead on the next flight back to MDW."

So essentially we worked 1 leg and then just slept back home. And still got paid for all that we SHOULD have done.

Oh no, it's not done yet.

We arrive in MDW, and Kristy and I go directly to the tv monitors to check on our commuting flights back home. She commutes to nashville, me to denver. BOTH are showing "BOARDING". We walked straight to our gates and hopped on. No waiting, no nothing.

Too easy. Too creepy.

-JJ

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Rocky Mountain National Park SNOWjourn!

So my birthday was rather uneventful. I had of my friends from Louisiana, Jerry and April (now Baltimore and Dallas) in town visiting and they wanted to get one more day of skiing in. So they went skiing the afternoon and evening of my birthday.

HOWEVER,

We had planned, well, I had planned an epic snowshoeing trip up to my absolute favorite place to be in the winter time, Rocky Mountain National Park, the next day. THAT was to be my birthday extravaganza. AND it was! I'm currently attempting to upload a slideshow video to youtube for you all to see, but its taking forever. (Its finished, so I embedded it at the end!!!) So you'll have to settle for normal pics without fun music. Here are a couple of teasers to entice you. And note, most of the photos with large open spaces are actually frozen lakes.

BONUS!: And especially for you guys I made another video detailing the comparison of summer and winter in Rocky Mountain National Park; featuring my own photos!!! ENJOY! (Its at the very bottom. Don't miss it!)

And heres my video!




Happy 28th To Me! video