The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

April 27, 2008

Ack! Blogmemed.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Brian Lutz @ 11:16 pm

Dang.  I thought I managed to get away from these blogmeme things, but apparently Kiley couldn’t think of anyone better to send this stuff to, so somehow I ended up getting tagged.  I suppose since some of you are probably getting sick of all the dogblogging going on here lately, so here goes:

4 Jobs I’ve Had in My Life:

  1. Some sort of data extraction stuff for a small startup company out of White Rock, NM, for about six weeks during the summer my freshman year of high school.  I don’t remember much of this to be honest, only that they ended up looking for someone with a CS degree and experience  afterward, presumably to clean up whatever mess I made out of the stuff.
  2. Tech Support Guy at the Keane Seattle tech support call center and Federal Penitentiary for two years out of high school, and in a couple of short stints later on.
  3. Contract Software Tester, what I’m doing now
  4. Helping out with a rollout at the toilet paper factory (another temp job that involved mostly setting up computers at, yes, a toilet paper factory up in Everett.)

4 Movies I Have Watched Over and Over:

  1. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version)
  3. A Christmas Story
  4. This one, for a number of various reasons, most of them rather unfortunate…

4 Places that I have lived:

  1. Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM (born here)
  2. Los Alamos, NM
  3. Redmond, WA
  4. Off in my own little fantasy world (it’s one of those flowery places with rainbows and waterfalls all over the place too.  Unfortunately, most of it hasn’t been remodelled since the early 1970s, and most of houses are covered in either avacado green or horrendous plaid patterns.  Oh yeah, and in case you’re wondering, unicorns are highly overrated…)

4 People who e-mail me regularly:

  1. My manager at work
  2. People on the GramrCat alias at work (which probably explains where most instances of watching movie #4 come from…)
  3. My Aunt Pam (passing on her son’s weekly missionary e-mail)
  4. WordPress comment notifications

 4 of My Favorite Restaurants:

  1. Torero’s Taqueria at Crossroads
  2. Niko Teriyaki
  3. Bella Vista (a now defunct restaurant that was located in the Sandia Mountains outside of Albuquerque that had great big all-you-can-eat fried fish and chicken meals served family style with fries, cole slaw and garlic bread.  It’s not that the food was anything special, but it was always a fun place to go as a family , and the restaurant itself was a cool (if slightly rickety) old place with a maze of sprawling dining rooms, creaky wooden floors and candles on the tables.
  4. Gardunos (also in New Mexico, although I haven’t been to one since I moved away thirteen years ago)

4 Places I’d Rather Be Right Now:

  1. At home
  2. Somewhere that I don’t have to chase rebellious dogs around all day
  3. Wherever my parents happen to be right now (on a cruise ship out in the Caribbean)
  4. In a newly remodeled version of my own little fantasy world, preferably one with about 73% less unicorns than the current one.  Oh, and a dragon or two might be interesting, just as long as they’re not the type that destroy everything in sight and need some knight in shining armor with a magic sword to get rid of.)

4 Things I’m Looking Forward To in 2008:

  1. Being done with this whole BeagleFest thing
  2. Having a car with air conditioning in it when August rolls around
  3. If I can convince anyone else to go with me, going to the American Le Mans Series race at Laguna Seca in October
  4. Turning 30 (Oh wait…  Am I suppose to look forward to that, or am I supposed to dread it?  Oh well, I’m out of ideas anyway, so I’ll leave it there.)

4 People to Tag With This Thing:

Oh, I’m too lazy to tag people right now.  If you’re one of the first four people to wander too close to this thing have to do this.  And if you happen to be one of them and don’t do it, the unicorns are going to come and chase you around until you do. 

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BeagleFest 2008: Bored, Wired, and Something’s Crawling in the Yard

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 9:44 am

Yesterday, the sun finally managed to chase off the clouds for a while, which gave us a nice clear day with temperatures in the seventies.  Given the fact that it was snowing here less than a week ago, this was a welcome relief from the not-so-springlike weather we’ve been getting around here lately.  While the sun was out, the dogs seemed content to just hang out on the back deck and lie in the sun.  Because of this, I thought that one trip to the dog park in the afternoon would be sufficient, since I was going to be attending the Mariners game in the evening.  Naturally, with the nice weather, the dog park was packed, which caused Imola to take a wrong turn once in the confusion of the mass of people and dogs.  This was only for a brief time though, and other than that the walk went without incident. 

The ballgame was somewhat of a disappointment, even though many people from the Singles Ward were there, and the Mariners won on the strong pitching of Erik Bedard.  In my experience, baseball games don’t really work out as well as some activities due to the fact that there’s usually too much socializing going on to pay much attention to the game, and too much baseball going on to properly socialize.  Although the ticket to get into the game only cost me $5, a parking spot near the stadium went for $25 due to a simultaneous motocross event going on across the street at Qwest Field (parking spots closer to the stadium went for as much as $40) and since we were in the cheap seats, there wasn’t a whole lot to see.  I ended up leaving before the Seventh Inning Stretch to get back home since the dogs hadn’t been fed yet.

After getting home and feeding the dogs, it quickly became apparent that the lack of a second trip to the dog park had left them with a surplus of energy, and I suspect that feeding them at this point probably didn’t help the situation any.  As soon as Imola caught a glimpse of something running around in the yard, they spent a good fifteen minutes running around, staring out the window and barking at the top of their lungs, and spent most of the rest of the evening trying to track down whatever it was that caught their attention (I’d guess some sort of small animal.)  Eventually they (mostly) settled down, but it was clear that they had a bit too much energy.  Needless to say, I think I’ll probably be sticking to the two trips per day for the rest of the week, since it certainly makes them a lot easier to deal with.

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