The cost of pizza and not being a Kid

My son and I cruised downtown (Bend, Oregon) last weekend to grab a bite to eat after our bike ride. It was was a great day, sunny, clear skies, a perfect day to sit outside for lunch at our favorite pizza place downtown.

When we arrived we noticed a note on the front door. It stated they were closed for the day – updating the floors. We were bummed. Where were we going to go for a couple of slices of pizza downtown? We started thinking of alternatives. Hmm, good pizza, downtown, reasonably priced, outdoor seating… We couldn’t think of anyplace for a while, and then my son figured it out! Not a pizza place, but they had mini pizzas that were pretty good, outdoor seating and soda. We were on our way.

We get there, request a seat outside (it was an awesome day), sit down, place our orders and enjoy the wait before our mini pizzas and drinks arrive. It was a good day, and this lunch was kind of a pre-celebratory lunch, my son was going to be 10 in the coming week, so we talked about the joys of being in the double digit age realm. It was cute to still see him using the straw. He had this massive tumbler filled with Root Beer and ice cubes, while I had a smaller glass brimming with iced tea and lemon wedge (fancy).

Time melted away and our pizzas came! Woo Hoo, man did they look good, and they tasted great! There was one difference though, and it was brought to my attention by my son – my pizza had “green things” sprinkled on it, but other than that, they were pretty much identical – same size, same topping, same amount of slices, but mine had finely chopped up “green things” and they were tasty too.

So we ate, laughed, and remarked how this pizza, even though different from our favorite place, was still pretty tasty and gave it the thumbs up. We finished and asked for the check.

So we get the check, and we look at it and then look at each other puzzled, my pizza cost $6.50 more! OK, we pretty much had the same lunch – drink and a pizza, so you’d think it would have been a perfect “split check” scenario (not that I was going to make him pay, it was my treat).
My son comments “I hope that green stuff was tasty!”. We both started laughing. It was tasty, but by no means $6.50 more tasty. Holy smokes we couldn’t believe it. But hey, we were downtown in a fancy place. There ya go.

So, the cool thing was my son recognized growing up isn’t all that. Especially if it means his favorite food (pizza) is going to cut into his wallet once he no longer can pull off the “kid” thing.

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Ghost Towns

I Just finished an illustration project which will be showing up on the upcoming cover of The Source Weekly (our weekly pub). I have not read the feature story but it’s entitled “Central Oregon’s Ghost Towns Have a Story To Tell”. Should be interesting.

While researching for imagery I ran across the aptly named GhostTownGallery.com. If you have some time to kill and like images of Ghost Towns, check it out for sure.

thump coffee

If you’re cruising downtown to Winterfest this weekend, stop by thump coffee, for some music and cuppings.

Considering the population of Bend, there’s a pretty large selection of coffee shops to choose from and depending on what your looking for there’s most likely one here for you.

I’ve had the opportunity to work on thump coffee creative for the past year and it’s been great to work with such cool clients. The ‘birds’ illustration for the ad was inspired and originally created by the super talented Simon Oxley. Look for it in the The Source and Cascade A&E.

Winterfest 2008

Winterfest should be cool this year. Looking forward to seeing “The Blakes” and “Hells Belles” (I’m not a big AC/DC fan, but an all girl AC/DC cover band should be a sight). The kids will dig the fireworks and I’ll for sure go to thump coffee to say hola to K&H and the crew. Carol Sternkopf will be there showcasing her work so that’s cool too.

Working on the creative for the 2008 Winterfest was cool for sure and I can’t wait to see it all come together this weekend.

Mt Bachelor

Great snow for the past week or so up at Mt Bachelor and this past weekend was epic for sure (if you don’t mind the typical overcast conditions).
I’ve noticed that the Sunrise Lodge Map board (this is the main sign element visitors use for guidance at the base of the lodge) has been down for almost a week now with no explanation as to how it happened or when it will be fixed. In a way it’s somewhat of a visual metaphor for the many shared sentiments locals feel about the current mismanagement of this resort.
Regardless, it’s still a fun place to go to enjoy the views, hook up w/ friends and contemplate the meaning of life while on Rainbow Chair. :^)

12 Inch Day

Cruised up to Mt Bachelor this morning to take advantage of the new snow. The powder was so deep today, there was no alternative but to lean way back and point the board nose downhill. There’s something about gliding down a slope in deep fresh powder that puts a smile on my face (even now, just thinking about it).
A great day on the Mountian for sure.

Red Wiggling

Worms. I remember fishing w/ worms when I was a kid. They must have been tasty because fish sure did like them. It was always fun going to the bait shop for a styrofoam cup-o-worms (Night Crawlers actually). They were always in the cooler behind the counter. Little did I know they had a close cousin whose ‘pooping’ ability would one day make headlines around the world. Red Wigglers – the super composting worm. They are the cornerstone of some villages. I’ve been learning quite a bit about Red Wigglers as my wife is “The Wonder Worman” – Invisible car yet to come. ;^) Although slimy, they are quite cool to look at and hold.We are finishing up her site which is launching this week, so I thought it would be cool to post a photo of these cool little creatures.

Frosty Tree

I shot this today on the way to work. We just had this awesome storm move in and dump some snow in town and on the Mountain. It was cool just watching the snowflakes fall. Our friends live out towards the forest and really capitalized on the weather by making a half dome igloo style bar and had some peeps over for an evening in the snow w/ drinks. It was a good time.