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2005 (old posts, page 4)

My real calling: world domination

Time: Saturday night.
Venue: Andy's apartment.
Mission: World domination.

To the dulcet tones of KEXP,�an�epic battle of�Risk was taking place. The initial draw placed Ethan with a strong foothold in North America, Sean is Europe and me picking up the remainder in South America, Africa and Australia. The people of my strongholds proved themselves to be valiant warriors and after five hours of intense action, Sean's 'never lost at Risk' streak came to an end. The world leaders in attendance were swayed by both the changing fortunes of the balance of power as well as the exotic appeal of�Tecate, Pacifico and Jack Daniels.

Victory!

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It's snowing!

It's snowing at a decent pace here in Redmond. Most of the mountain webcams are already whiteouts. This is good.

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Vacation winding down

Just grabbed some lunch with Sean and Ethan at the Pike Place Pub, home�to a particularly good rendition of chicken nachos. Back to work tomorrow assuming the slim to nothing chance of a snow day doesn't become real.

At some point I have to muster the courage to read all of the mail that's been building up. Not looking forward to that one bit.

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Capturing the moment

This picture is just too good to leave alone. Ethan was using his manual-focus 35mm camera and just happened to have it focused on the right spot at the right moment to grab this shot.

Fantastic.

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Thanksgiving, round 2

By 5am we were all packed up and on the road. Seattle was enjoying a light rain, Issaquah its usual fog coating and we made good time up towards Snoqualmie where it started to snow, hard. By milepost 40 there were several inches on the roadway and a very generous blanket was descending from the skies. Thankfully, traffic was light and while some cars seemed to be exploring the lesser-travelled shoulders of I-90, we pushed on through�without too much of�a problem. We were the first travellers over Blewitt Pass�and waded through the�snow all the way up into Chelan. Four hours and 180 miles later, we took a quick breakfast in Chelan before boarding the Lady Express for Stehekin. (The two hour ferry is the only way to get to the small village of Stehekin which is isolated from everything -- roads, people, cell phones, TV, radio -- 55 miles from Chelan at the north end of the lake).

We skipped the organized Rainbow Falls tour and put the bird straight into the oven. In honesty, Katie did the bulk of the cooking for the big dinner but I definitely did something with the parsnips. We ate very well at four and had quite enough left overs to feed an army for the following two days. Meanwhile, Stehekin was cold and snow still lay on the ground from the morning shower. By evening it was starting to melt and the runoff from the trees was enough to give the impression of rain. The night sky was clear and the Milky Way stunningly obvious in the sky.

Saturday was cold too and although the snow lingered on the slopes (which surround the village on all sides), the snow line was visibly rising. A six mile walk along the road up to Rainbow Falls had some good exercise, scenery, discussion, animal encounters and fresh mountain air.�Sunday morning we found another trail that ran up behind the lodge and gave some great views out over the lake. As before, the North Cascades Stehekin Lodge gets top marks -�a warm cabin in such a beautiful spot makes for a great getaway.

Pictures of the Trip to Stehekin.

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Getting ready for some flying action

It's been several months now since I took an introduction to flight lesson and although my goal of a Private Pilots License hasn't gotten any closer, it's not left my mind. I checked the Private Pilot Handbook out from the library last week and did a lot of reading over the weekend. The weather is too poor to start anything now I reckon I should be able to start my training in March or April next year.