Sunday, February 28, 2010

It is Sunday

There's going to be an experimental film showing tonight at the New Frontier Lounge instead of the usual Sunday night indy rock show. Joe La Sac and Kris Crews will be showing some sort of experimental video project. I'm not sure what that means either, but it should be interesting. And it's free. There will be great food and drink specials tonight as well. The show starts around 7pm. I'll be there. In the kitchen.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


I just found out the City of Tacoma now offers free E-cyling. Now I wont have to leave my old computer on the side of the freeway! Find out more.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Day off, or off day

I've been trying to come up with something to write an article about since Brittany and I got back from our trip to Kauai Friday morning, but so far I haven't been able to. If anything interesting is going on in Tacoma the next few days, someone please let me know.

I just downloaded the rest of our vacation photos onto my computer. Here are some of them:

Here's Brittany in front of a cave near the end of the highway by Ke'e Beach.

I took this near the start of the Kalalau trail at about 11am. The rainforest is really dense around the Northshore. We ended up hiking only a couple miles of the the trail because it was so muddy, and because we decided we'd rather go back and eat lunch. And drink more rum.

Those are taro fields in the background. I think this is around Hanalei Valley.

We stopped by the Kauai Coffee Plantations a bunch of times to do some sampling. We drank a lot of coffee.

Brittany took a nap before we went for a swim near Anini Beach.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Crazy man

Food is expensive on Kaua'i. Everything that isn't produced here has to get shipped in from at least half way across the ocean. Here's Brittany with what's left of her lunch.

Brittany wanted me to take a picture of this handsome rooster for her mother. Sorry Mary, we can't bring him home with us. Same goes for the baby goats for sale down the road. And the plants, and the trees. No rocks either. Sorry.

This is me, pre-coffee, mid-yawn. We've eaten breakfast at Kounry Kitchen twice now. Brittany is obsessed with their macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup. It's too bad we can't bring any of those home either.

Here's another picture of Brittany debating whether or not to eat something else she found on the beach. This picture was taken on our way back from Kountry Kitchen, right after we got done talking to a crazy man who was fishing for something. He asked if we wanted to go somewhere with him. We said no. Then he asked us what our state flower was. After I told him, he stared telling us all sorts of trivia about Washington state. He actually knew a lot of stuff. Then he tried to get us to go somewhere with him again. Then we ran away.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sleeping Giant

Here's a picture of me right after we finished hiking four miles to the top of the mountain behind me: the Sleeping Giant. We walked right across his chest. We would have brought our camera to the top, but right after we arrived, two other groups of hikers showed up, and we wanted to stay ahead of them. It didn't quite work; we ran into an old man who had to tell us all about the trail. He broke it all down, by the quarter mile, explaining exactly where each quarter mile marker used to be. It wasn't very helpful. But he meant well.

Here's Brittany on the deck of our new room, with a delicious plate of food she prepared for us. It was very good. And we drank a lot of rum.

Then we crossed the Kapa'a river, and went searching for beach treasure for a while. Since Brittany had had a lot of rum, this is as deep as she was allowed to go.

She found some green coral (and almost stepped on it). That would have hurt. Tomorrow we are going to eat local Papaya, yogurt and granola for breakfast, body surf at Wailua and have dinner and rum in Old Town Koloa for our 1 and 2/3rd year anniversary! We miss our family and our wonderful kitty, A.D.Skinner, but we know that Brittany's brother, Jonathan, is having a nice time with him and making sure he stays out of serious trouble. Love to all, Alex and Brittany


Here's a picture of me next to a weird looking tree. Pretty cool, right? For those of you who don't already know, Brittany and I are in Kaua'i. The weather is much nicer over here than it is in Tacoma. Surprised? Today is day three of our trip, and I'm starting to wake up. We're sitting in Starbucks right now, enjoying some exotic Hawaiian cuisine, getting ready to go on a hike.

Here's Brittany in the Kapa'a river. It runs right next to the condo where we're staying. This picture was taken right before she unsuccessfully attempted to chase down an entire family of chickens. They ran under a fence. Too bad. They probably would have been delicious.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Last post before the plane ride

There's some stuff going on tonight. Reggae night isn't gonna happen tonight at the New Frontier. Instead, there will be a rock show. Very International Love and Goldwing will be playing. Earplugs may be in order for this one - no, that is not a sleight against either of the bands. Goldwing played the New Frontier a few weeks ago, and it was one of the loudest shows I'd ever attended. They were, good, but they cranked it up to 11.

There's a book club meeting tonight at 1022 South, Neil's other bar. The Graphic Novel Book Club will be discussing Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth. Check out the article I wrote about it. It's a graphic novel about Bertrand Russell. Weird, right? I'm actually pretty intrigued. I'd attend the meeting, but I'll be in the kitchen at the New Frontier all night - probably till around 2am. Then, at 3am, Brittany and I are leaving to catch a plane to Hawaii. Yay! No sleep for me.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


There's a party at urbanXchange tonight at 8pm. I have to work all night at the New Frontier, but Brittany will be in attendance. She'll be modeling there. Tomorrow, there will be free live music at the Antique Sandwich Company. I'd like to post more, but I have to go to work.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Beer run

Tacoma Runners have brilliantly combined drinking beer and exercising into a social activity for all interested parties to take part in: beer running. This week's run will start at the Red Hot at 6:30pm. Read all about it here.

The Red Hot has some good stuff on tap right now. They have cask-conditioned Walking Man Big Black Homo Erectus IPA, and Rogue's John John series Dead Guy Ale. Delicious.