Monthly Archives: September 2007

Sushi and Shoot’em up

Friday, Chris stopped by 109 and we took a moment to catch up. Take a look at his new ride, it is sweet and I am sure he likes tooling around with Janis in the car!
Saturday was a good day to sleep in a little extra after a week in a new rhythm.
I enjoy the work and it is very relevant and challenging.
I had a chance to catch up on a couple phone calls with Dan, Dad, Anna and a client named Randy Schutz.
Dad said it was very rainy, Anna had been to the Lions Club Fall Festival and Dan had been to the scholfield house in Madison for an Entered Apprentice degree with Larry.
Harry and I worked in his yard for the early part of the afternoon after a late breakfast/lunch/brunch and I had finished my phone calls. We even cleaned out the third bay so that I can park the car in it.
With the chores done, we programmed the car’s garage door opener in the car and we where off to Toyoda Sushi Bar in Lake City. Harry has history there as it is his favorite birthday place to eat and now it is one of mine. Toyoda has great sushi, sashimi, etc, it is a great community place and very interesting and entertaining to watch them prepare the food. I was introduced to Helen, an owner and friend of Harry’s, who was very charming and made me think about how we treated our customers at the coffee house. I can’t wait to bring my family here and enjoy dinner with them. On the way Harry took me to the lingerie Coffee Hut that was staffed by young ladies in sexy outfits. It does make of a nice pick me up and interesting view when you drive through and order your beverage. It’s all in fun to attract more customers and shake things up a bit in an old and reliable method.
After we  had coffee and dinner we took a walk around Lake City. I found a hobby store that I want to bring the boys to, as it is one of the largest I have seen and it has models, magic cards, mage knights, etc. I am sure it will make for great browsing.
We left Lake City and went to Issaquah to see Shoot’em up with Clive Owen and Paul Giamonti. It is clearly not for young kids, but with a title of shoot’em up, you know what you are going for and it delivers. It was fund. They kids where all out and most where at Barnes and Noble, so it was interesting to seem them hanging around and being kids.
Well it was a good, full day and today we are going hiking, Costco, the store and finish up with the doing the laundry.

Gold Panning

I went panning on labor day in the lower snoqualmie river, just about a mile east of Harry’s place.
Lots of mica, that in the light looks like gold, but it isn’t. For each pan of gold I only had about 1 oz of black sand, so it was real unlikey I was going to find flake. I gave it 30 or so pans over a couple hours, but just some neat rocks and quarts.
Water was a great temp, not too cold or warm, so I did get to soak my dogs… I didn’t even fall in… that’s next time when I take some one with me. 🙂
Afterwards I finished my book while at Zoka’s (old bibo’s).
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday flew by with me getting up, going in, getting up to speed while waiting for badge and access to all the needed resources. It really is very cool technology and it really can help alot of people stay safe while browsing.
Harry and I are making meat loaf, and TGIF is tomorrow – Pancake Friday!!

Hiking Frankin Falls

Happy Labor Day!
Well yesterday I wanted to go to Talapus and Olallie Lakes, but well it didn’t happen. I need a Northwest Forestry Pass which I have to get from the Ranger Station in North Bend next week.
Plan B – Franklin Falls. Okay, so this was very interesting as it is well traveled, read as not enough parking, so I did like every one else, you find a patch of sholder and park.
It is a great family hike, pretty, well groomed and easy to navigate. The reward is wonderfull, both the view and the ability to sit, or cool down in the pool or to climb rocks, etc.
As you can tell by the people, it was an easy hike, little over a mile each way. I spent as much time hiking to and from the car 🙂 Oh and way more time finding the trail and a spot to park, but I was rewarded for my effort with great views and getting to know the area better.
I was amazed at how much was nestled away between the west and east bound lanes of i-90 from mile marker 47 to 53.
I want to do the Iron Horse trail and Snoqualmie Pass Tunnel, but I need a volunteer as it over 8 miles one way, so we will need to park at both ends. Great views from what I can tell and great bridges as well.
I have uploaded pictures and a couple of my room and some flowers for Anna 🙂
I am going to do some local trails – Preston Fall City and Snoqualmie today.
Hope your day is a great one!

Hiking Rattle Snake Ledge

It was a beautiful day to go hiking!
I choose Rattle Snake Ledge in North Bend as it was one of the best views for the effort and too be honest, I needed to see how out of shape I really was…. Okay the tightness in my chest was a reminder that I was breathing in deeper and although the air was much cleaner and better smelling. It took me a bit to acclimate. No I wasn’t having a heart attake, it was really just breathing that much deaper and my chest was using its muscles that much more! 
After the first 1/2 mile going up, I was fine and back to my old 1st gear 18 wheeler stride with a mail truck tendency to makes frequent stops. 🙂
It was such a perfect day for a hike, not to hot, not too cold. The only thing better would have been to have Anna, Zach, Matt and Holly with me or other friends.  Regardless I enjoy hiking so much, I was gratefull just to be out in the forest and mountains.
I have added pictures from my phone. I was fortunate to meet a dad, Craig, hiking with his three sons. Zach will be glad to know that the middle son provided a family memory of hike in colorado at about the final 1/8 of the hike to the top. All turned out well and the oldest son took my picture for me. I took a picture of the four of them for their Mom, who was enjoying a mothers day out at the spa!.
Craig works at Microsoft as a developer in the embedded XP space and we had a good chat has he cared for his toddler he carried up in his back back carrier, Kindergartner and third grader. I enjoyed being the observer of times past for me with Zach and Matt.
I had taken a package of Tuna, a Kashi Honey Oat Bar, an Apple and a Butter Scotch pudding up with me for my lunch, and it was tops!
It is always amazing to me how much better food tastes when you are on a good hike.
After me hike down I cruzed around to see what had changed in three years in North Bend and Snoqualmie, and to be honest, lots. I know the area well so it was interesting to see all the new editions, new businesses, library, IGA, Starbucks, etc.
I can’t wait till Anna and maybe Matt comes to visit in October, so we can go site seeing together.
I spent the afternoon at Barnes and Noble reading and picked up the latest Terry Brooks sci-fi book, The Elves of Cintra, part of a long series I have been reading for almost 30 years. Milton and I met him once in Indiana at a Borders book signing, and again in Ellensburg one fall with Anna, Zach and Matt.
After I had eating my favorite Red Robing Banzi Boca Burger, I will to Tully’s for a Mocha too read my new book in the easy chair by the firepace. Anna and I really like Issaquah.
I finished the night getting the car gassed up and gave it a bath.
I am working on deciding between wallace falls or gillman trail or Snoqualmie Ridge trails…. I will update you tomorrow!
May your day be enjoyable and full of the people you love.