Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My Lucky Rodeo Shirt with Pearl Snaps

My conference went well in Fargo last weekend. I didn't get a chance to check out all the flooding like I had hoped since the conference had me pretty tied up with activities. I know it's odd, I get all excited about flooding. I can't help it, I did a bunch of flood simulations at the lab two summers ago.
I won two of the four categories of the bridge building competition. I couldn't turn down this bridge building competition when presented with the challenge. We were only allowed to use uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. I was supposed to be working with a team but two of them didn't care and didn't want to be part of it, one guy was too afraid of messing up my design and I couldn't convince him to touch it, I tried hard to include him, oh well. I brought my rodeo shirt with me because there was a rodeo in town but no one else wanted to go, there's always next time.


Me and the AISES group from UM-TC.


Things got crazy in the van on our way home from Fargo.


Sunday night I got to wind down from the weekend by grilling at Jon's family farm out in Foley. He cleaned his guns over the weekend and we're going out soon enough to fire them off. I can't wait, it's going to be fun. I miss doing that with my brother up north.
Here's Jon's racks:



It's time to go out for a bike ride, it's a windy week of riding!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

ouch

Last night I gouged out my left thumb knuckle on my chainring while changing out pedals on my commuter bike. I took off the egg beaters and put on my nice plastic pedals with a soft rubber platform. I bled all over and my thumb throbbed painfully for an hour after and then it broke open again later. I did my best to clean it out with abrasive GoJo, H2O2, saline and there's still grease in there--it's staying there, too. Ish.

I took Jon to Granite City Cycle & Sport this week so we could put new rim strips in his wheels after he got a flat tire from failing maneuvering the slalom course of broken glass of my party neighborhood. I see parties 4-6 nights a week in my neighborhood and it's never too cold for them to party either. People are still out when it's -35F outside.
Derek was at the shop, he look like a serial killer coming after me with that bar tape...or maybe I'm watching too much Dexter on XBOX/Netflix with Jon. I'm on season one but he's already seen the whole series.
Derek, stop looking so creepy.


I rode to Rice on Tuesday. Someone lost their beef stick on the side of the road.


Over the weekend Jon took me to a place where he used to live in Waite Park. His roommates still have all the animals (bunnies, goat, and turkey) except for the pig--which they butchered and roasted last fall. They only cooked half of it over the fire spit and it took HOURS. I'm looking forward forward to being part of the next half.


Me and Abby. I don't think they're eating Abby.


I'll be in Fargo this weekend for a conference. Don't ever build on a floodplain...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

No, I'm not Irish. I'm 100% full-blooded American Indian, but I'll be participating in celebrating Jon's Irish heritage--of what there is. I don't know of any other Irish holidays, but I suppose we can theoretically celebrate the 162nd anniversary of the Irish surviving the great potato famine of 1848.

I was home in Duluth last weekend, I got in some bike rides and hung out with Cheggy, the big brown dog, and Haga, the little old Shitzu. It was a weekend of roadkill, too. I saw lots of roadkill out there, with me contributing to the problem. I was driving my sister's car with my brother on I-35 at night and out of nowhere came this white coyote. It was so sad, we went right over the poor creature, but fortunately for the coyote it was a quick death. We were lucky our Mom wasn't in the car. She would have killed it twice. She has a history with finishing off animals. More than once she has finished off deer after hitting it with a vehicle. On two occasions she used a crowbar, and another time she didn't have a crowbar so she twisted its neck with her bare hands. She is an animal lover, so much that she hates to see them suffer.



Last week Jon and I spent some time in Minneapolis/St.Paul since we had some time off. We hung out with Katie at her place in NE Mpls. I showed him around the lab, we went out in NE and Dinkytown, we went to the MN Zoo (where we also saw Alice in Wonderland at the IMAX in 3D), hit up the Mill City Museum, and did some shopping.







View from the observation deck at Mill City Museum, looking over at the lab.


Be safe out there, DON'T DROWN.

Flood Warning

WGUS43 KMPX 161651
FLWMPX
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1151 AM CDT TUE MAR 16 2010

...FORECAST FLOODING CHANGED FROM MINOR TO MODERATE SEVERITY FOR THE
FOLLOWING RIVERS IN MINNESOTA...
SAUK RIVER AT ST CLOUD AFFECTING STEARNS COUNTY
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL MONITOR THIS DEVELOPING SITUATION AND ISSUE FOLLOWUP STATEMENTS AS CONDITIONS OR FORECASTS CHANGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL RADIO OR TV STATION
FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS FLOOD EVENT.

&&

MNC145-172251-
/O.EXT.KMPX.FL.W.0017.100316T1800Z-000000T0000Z/
/STCM5.2.SM.100316T1800Z.100318T1800Z.000000T0000Z.NO/
1151 AM CDT TUE MAR 16 2010

...FORECAST FLOODING INCREASED FROM MINOR TO MODERATE SEVERITY...
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE SAUK RIVER AT ST CLOUD.
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 11:15 AM TUESDAY THE STAGE WAS 5.9 FEET.
* MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 6.0 FEET.
* FORECAST...RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE TO
RISE TO NEAR 7.0 FEET BY THURSDAY MARCH 18TH EARLY AFTERNOON.
* IMPACT...AT 6.0 FEET...TWO HOMES ALONG THE RIVER MAY EXPERIENCE
FLOODING.
* FLOOD HISTORY...THIS CREST COMPARES TO A PREVIOUS CREST OF 7.2 FEET
ON APR 25 2001.

$$

Monday, March 01, 2010

bad fashion ski party

I survived my first Bad Fashion Ski Party at Mont du Lac last week. It was my first time on telemark skis in a looong time. The faux fur coat I had on was super warm, so warm that all I needed was my Craft baselayer under the coat and I didn't need the faux fur sweater until the after party. Here's me and my friend Chad at the start of the evening. He had on an old USA coat, and he got more compliments than I did. I wore a helmet and goggles, too, safety first.


The Human Slalom Course of telemark skiers. No way was I going in on that one, I would probably have to skip every other person with my crummy turns. In fact I felt like Zoolander, I can't turn left very well.


Yoda had a surprise for the ladies under his coat.


Me and Tom, who was snowboarding.


I don't know how he tele skiied with that pig mask on.


My buddy Jay was there, too. Jay is a super good telemark skier. He also grew up in the neighborhood less than a mile from where we skiied at Mont du Lac. 'Grew up' is a relative term, everyone from our group still like to play and party hard, I don't know if we will ever grow up...but the only thing now is we don't bomb cars with apples and dough balls, run away from cops, or toilet paper people's houses, throw punches on the basketball court, make forts out in the woods, or play baseball all day long.