WinterFest is here! Just dropped off my T Shirts for the event. Cool Yeti Illustration concept comes alive w/ the help of Chuck Moser. Pick one up at The WinterFest site or come on down the The Bend WinterFest this weekend and grab one at the info booth.
USDA Forest Service Eagle Cam
The Forest Service has a cool (but kinda buggy) “Eagle Cam” set up right in our own Deschutes National Forest. Very cool – but even cooler – if you tune in now, you will see a new eaglet! Super cool. Check out the live video here: www.fs.fed.us/outdoors/naturewatch/eaglecam.html
St Innocent Winemakers Dinner
Incredible Winemaker’s dinner last night at the Jackalope Grill with Mark Vlossak from St. Innocent Vineyards. Our favorite was the duck, followed by the prawns. The venison, and mussels were just as tasty. The wines were paired very well and both the 94 & 98 Pinot Noir were a great finish to the four hour evening. A great time with Tim and Kathy once again.
Mari Lassa Handbags
Now available on a browser near you – MariLassa.com – Anne Scott’s website for her one-of-a-kind handmade leather handbags.
A fun project indeed.
After our initial meetings and planning, one of the first tasks on the list was to assemble a library of her current product line, so a date was set and I cruised out to the studio with my gear and started shooting handbags. Then it was design time while adHOC collaborated with Anne to get the copy just right. Next it was development and thanks to the help of Joshua Clanton, the website was coded just right.
It’s complete. With the set-up of several other online networks to get her out there – virtually – and a little PR bump to boot, Anne now has a fully functioning ecommerce website. Cool!
If you live in Bend, be sure to check out The Bulletin next week for more details on Anne. She’s super talented for sure.
Been kinda busy over the past few weeks since the 2009 Bend Winterfest, but had time to kill in Photoshop and put together some images from the Rail Jam. Mostly messing around with different techniques in layers really. There are sooooo many ways to layer images while applying textures and the like, listening to a little DnB while working on them seems to help too.
Mt Bachelor Screws up – again
I love the mountain. I was up earlier today – cruising the groomed ice. But when I got home this afternoon I received an email from Mt Bachelor, which included this statement: ‘effective immediately, we require all season passes and lift tickets to be clearly visible, easily accessible and made readily available for inspection by Lift Access staff at every lift for every ride on the mountain, and by Nordic staff upon their request’.
Not sure about most peeps, but I keep my pass safely tucked away in my jacket sleeve – in a special pocket designed for passes. Removing it wouldn’t be much of a hassle, but an annoyance none-the-less if it had to be done at every lift, day after day, week after week. Now Mt Bachelor is demanding that we show our pass or as they say make it available. Lame, Mt Bachelor. Why?
Mountain visits are supposed to be a relaxing time. If you are having issues – deal with them without inconveniencing season pass holders.
Wigging out in 2009
We brought the New Year sporting wigs. Midnight struck as the dancing continued to a fun crowd bumping to the beats of the lively Mosley Wotta. It was our final stop in a series of an evening that started out with a couple of Martinis at The Jackalope Grill.
The past couple of weeks have been a blast with family in town, with the exception of one event – we had to put our 14 year old lab “Coco” to sleep, it was time .
Looking forward to winding down over the next two days and getting ready for what is no doubt going to be an interesting 2009 in Bend.
Future geeks of America unite
Braving adverse flight conditions both my brother and his son made it to Bend yesterday – toting gamer mags and an extra xbox 360 controller across the country Gavin was clearly excited to hang out with his cousin. It wasn’t long before the two boys plugged in and got to it – Halo 3. Our world soon got smaller as they immersed themselves in another. The best part was seeing them talking to one another via headsets – as they sat, um, right next to each other. The headsets came off shortly after they were made aware of the situation. Should be a great week ahead.
Continued from a previous post.
Holy smokes – it’s been a while since my last post on Max! Max is doing good!
This past Monday we made a quick trip to Portland to see his doctor who was pleased with his progress. We actually spent way more time on the road than in Portland, but managed to squeeze in a couple of Pizza Shmitza slices.
Max’s arm is by far the worst of all his burns – it itches him and looks kinda gnarly, but that’s what the doctor had predicted. We’re going to wait and see how that progresses to heal and revisit the chance of surgery in another 3 months or so. Max’s chest and most of his face seem to be healing rather well too, although the doctor did mention there were several spots that would most likely scar – leaving permanent marks.
Overall Max is feeling OK with what has happened, but I think he’s getting tired of us reminding him – on a daily basis – to keep on applying lotion, spf, and lip balm. He is now wearing a couple of silicone scar patches on the most severe areas to prevent them from ‘puffing’. They seem to be working well at reducing the scars thickness and keeping that area kinda stinky – since Max likes to keep them on until they start losing their stick.
Last Cog Wild Shuttle – From Swampy to Parilla
Cog Wild provided regular Shuttle runs all summer that would depart from the Cascade Lakes Brewing Co parking lot at 5pm every Tuesday and Thursday. Aaron and I decided to embark on their last one for 2008.
It was a short ride up to Swampy, I had a chance to catch up w/ an old friend – original owner/starter upper of Cog Wild – Woody – he drove us up with daughter riding shotgun. There was another rider with us (Peter) who was going to Dutchman, and would no doubt be riding the last hour or so in the dark – sweet.
The ride was fun. One of the highlights (next to wiping out a few times) was hearing Aaron scream in terror as he got stung by a bee (he got an ouchy) on the trail. The bee apparently was startled when I rode by and decided to fly into his shorts and sting him in the thigh – nice. Regardless of being stung he rode on – only to endure a whole different type of pain and suffering. Good times, good times.
The ride did offer up more than uphill climbs and twisty turns, there were the whoops – everyone loves the whoops – it’s like a BMX course tucked away in the Deschutes Forest waiting for kids of all ages to bomb down them! The views – great views, whether your riding in the dense wooded forest, popping out into an open meadow, cruising through creeks, or just stopping at a shelter to get a glimpse of the mountains.
We hit Swampy Loop, Sector 16, the Whoops (Frazzle now), Ben’s Trail, to Phil’s Trailhead. Fun to be had for sure. We ended up riding past the sunset, into the dark and to the 1st place off the trail on the way to town that had cold beer and food – Parilla Grill. My Fajita Steak Burrito was on! But Aaron’s Fish Taco was not happening. He got some other Burrito and that apparently was awesome because it was gone in about a minute – but I’ll leave the food reviews to BOR. ;^).
My lovely wife was kind enough to pick us up – two hurting units. Thanks Wonder Worman, your the best. :^)
You can track our trip at Everytrail.com.