Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Crap that amused me.

I don't have a whole lot of news as far as things I have done. Mostly because I don't do much. I did go to the Oregon v. USC game, but I doubt you guys need to read a blow by blow of that. I have come across a few things that amused the hell out of me. And since I liked them, I thought you might also.


So I am looking for the phone number of the Lynnwood Municipal Court (its outside of Seattle) and I find their website. On that site, I see a link to a document entitled Court's Ruling on Numerous DUI Motions. Being a curious sort I thought I would read it. Now, I am not naive enough to think that the actual ruling would be of interest to you (but you can read it at the above link if you wish). No, this post is about what happens when former history majors become judges and then get bored. Each of the following is a direct quote from the court's order.

"The parties... have banded together like the Hanseatic League. The hegemonious leader of this band has been..., Counsel for Defendant Meeks"

"The City of Lynnwood, like King Waldemar (sic) IV of Denmark, had struggled valiantly against thses many motions and the many moving parties..."

" DONE this 9th day of March, 2005, being the Feast of Saint Joseph and a rainy day in Lynnwood."


It would seem pirate attacks are up 14% this year. Not only are there still pirates out there, the numbers are growing, and someone is actually charting it.


Bob Saget = fantastic. (damn funny here, and here too)

Monday, October 22, 2007

What a weekend.

My oh my!

From Thursday on its just been unbelievable. The football, the work on the house. Fantastic!

I will mostly be talking about football here. But there is a slide show of the advances on the house below. Now, on to the football!

Number 2 looses again. LSU almost throws away the game against Auburn. How do you not kick the field goal at that point?!? Oklahoma struggles, Kentucky goes down, and so do the Cocks. But perhaps most important, Oregon jumps 5 spots in all the polls and controls its own destiny in the Pac-10.

Speaking of Oregon, what a game by the O-line. I have it on the DVR for whenever I want to watch it again this week. The offensive side of the ball was pure domination. The defensive side... well, I think Allioti was too stubborn on his game plan of blitzing Locker.

Also speaking of Oregon, feel free to start envying me and my tickets to the USC game. It is apparently the first meeting of Top 10 teams in Autzen. I actually know someone that has season tickets and won't be at the game. (He will be in Hawaii, but for Duck's sake,wouldn't you check the schedule before buying your plane tickets!!)

Anyway, enough short paragraphs. Not a whole lot to talk about really. I am sure you all get tired of hearing about the house, so I am done for now. Here is the slide show I promised.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Two Quick Sports Links

So, a couple of sports things to pass on.

1) Greg Oden has a blog. Quite frankly, an awesome blog. This kid is hysterical.

2) It seems many of the current Oregon players don't really understand why Washington is a hated rival of Oregon. I can understand that from some standpoint it can be a good idea to keep the team on an even keel. On the other hand, this used to be such a hated rivalry. It would be a shame for it to fade. For any of you out there not familiar with the history of this particular border war, there have been a few nice articles about it here, here and here.

I think thats about it for now. I should have more about the house in the next week or two.

Saturday, October 6, 2007


Well, it has been a while, but then I have been busy. I think of things I should talk about occasionally, but I am too tired by the time I have a chance. Tonight, however, I have the time and a little bit of energy but not much in the way of things to say.

I guess first off, I am alive and doing well, as is Sam. Now that things are in good shape on the house, she is back to looking for work. The job market isn't the best out here, but I am sure she will find something soon.

I am sitting here watching the Florida vs. LSU game and I must confese, I feel quit torn. An LSU win would likely move Oregon up in the standings whereas an LSU loss would not. And yet, I hate LSU. I don't know why, but I always have. Maybe its because Shaq went there, I don't know. Maybe its because I resent Death Valley's being so much louder and more intimidating than Autzen... Damn fans actually caused an earthquake in 1988. I guess I should look at it as a no lose situation.

This is actually the first game I have watched today. I spent most of the day on the road driving into Portland to buy bamboo flooring and kitchen cabinets. It is looking like we should be done with most of the major renovations on the house done within the next month. (As for what he have gotten done, see the sideshow at the end of the post.)

Work is going well. We had one of the two new people start last Monday, and we have another starting this Monday. While I will miss the chance to get my hands on felony work as often, it will be nice to have the help. It has been pretty absurdly busy the last few weeks.

Of the work highlights recently was my 4th jury trial. (HOLY FUCK!!! Stanford drops USC!!!)
It was 2 day DUII trial against a former chief deputy of our office (she was the defense attorney, not the defendant obviously). The facts, frankly, were weak for my case. It was the investigating officer's first trial and only his 2nd solo investigation. He didn't see her driving (we did have strong circumstantial evidence on this point), she didn't give a breath test and she had a nice big sympathy card in that she had been at friends memorial service the day of the arrest. On top of all that, the officer made an error during one of the Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) and one of the jail deputies testified that the defendant didn't seem that intoxicated. In essence, I had two FSTs (they weren't bad, but they weren't great) and some strange behavior by the defendant. Somehow, and while I have my theories I am not sure of any of them, but somehow I won. It took the jury just about two and half hours to return a guilty verdict.

Alright, that would be all I have to say at this point I think. I will close with a couple pictures of the house.