Archive for July, 2010

Statistic: Men Who Take Drugs for ED

Have almost triple the rate of STDs compared with men who don’t take any drugs. Hmmm…wonder why?

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Any Guess What This is a Photo Of?

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We transport our kitties to the vet via a cardboard pet shuttle box.  This is a photo of a kittie nose sniffing thru an air hole!

Here’s another one…

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Whoppers – Reese’s Peanut Butter Flavor


Actually, these sound better than strawberry.

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Book: The Big Short

 


By Michael Lewis. I found this book to be a fascinating read that I had a hard time putting down. Lewis did a great job at explaining the mortgage bond fiasco and describing complex financial terms. I don’t think you need a financial background to understand his book.

I also just finished The Devil’s Casino by Vicky Ward. It is about Lehman Brothers rise and fall in 84 and then their rise back up and final fall in 2008. I would recommend this book too. Didn’t enjoy as much as Short, but still interesting. Ward doesn’t delve too much in Lehman’s mortgage bond buying.

Ward also assumes the reader has a financial background. One example is on page 194, where she writes: He expressed his concern about the real estate marks to market.

Ward assumes you know what mark to market (MTM) means. Lewis would have explained that sentence to you.

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Memorial to Fishermen in Gig Harbor, WA

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Olympia, WA

We passed on thru Olympia last week.  Here are a few pretty photos of the town.

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Olympic Discovery Trail

While in Sequim, we had a chance encounter with a local cyclist who told us about the Olympic Discovery Trail , which is a 17 mile cycling/walking “rails to trails” path between Sequim and Port Angeles, WA.

We decided to check it out.  We left Sequim and cycled the 17 miles to Port Angeles, had lunch and hung out at the coffee shoppe, and then cycled back.  I had a blast!  The ride was great.  Mostly flat, but several areas with steep hills.  The path winded over covered bridges, along the water of the Straight of Juan de Fuca, thru forests, next to ranches and farms …

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Port Angeles, WA – Twilight Mania…Still

Twilight Mania is still alive and well in Port Angeles.

When I was in the Visitor Center, there was a comment made about the Bella Italia Restaurant [Bella and Edward had their first date at Bella Italia], and I was told that the restaurant is still incredibly busy.  They were happy that the owners have kept their prices down, and have kept up the quality of the food.  The visitor center can’t keep the restaurant flyers on the shelves.  Business cards from the restaurant are stolen/taken and sold on ebay for $10. [I’m hoping the owners flood that market.]

While there, I read in paper that the actor who portrays Jacob’s dad in the films sells his autographs for $20.

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Music: Paula Cole Played Munch & Music

Paula Cole.  Remember her?  “Where have all the cowboys gone?”  Hugely popular back in mid 90’s, now playing for FREE down at Drake Park, downtown.  She’s been on a 7 year hiatis, being a mom and raising her daughter, Sky.  She [of course] has a new album coming out.

We got there early and staked out our chairs in the shade.  She looks fab, and still has that voice.  However, unsure if she is the proper act for the Munch & Music venue.  My personal fav moment: Her closing song which was a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”.  LOVED it!

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Cascade Cycling Classic Prologue

Ralph and I cycled over to the Old Mill to watch the prologue, which is a 2 mile individual time trial that determines which rider wears the leader’s jersey during the first stage.

There was a Nightline camera crew following Floyd Landis around…filming for a future TV show.  He is without a sponsor or a team, racing in a plain gray t-shirt.

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