Sunday, July 31, 2011
This particular challenge was inspired by my sister, who made me a wallet using nothing but pure duct tape. I thought it was the coolest thing at the time (its still pretty rad) and so did my classmates. I used the wallet for years till it was too torn up and have since had to resort to using an uncool wallet to hold my moneys. So I found out the hard way that duct tape wallets are hard to make. I followed some of the varying tutorials on the web long enough for me to realize that they were all just winging it. These people didn't know the right way to make a duct tape wallet. That's when I took a turn off the beaten path and decided to find my own way. It was a patchwork job for sure, but it turned out pretty alright, although it was pretty small. Check out the pictcha-s.
I felt like I needed to try more practical challenges that would help me out in the real world. I need to be mastering things like knot tying, hunting and fire starting if I want any chance at the upcoming apocalypse (I think I got lucky that one time, day 140: http://aimforeclouds.blogspot.com/2011/05/day-140-survive-apocalypse.html). So I grabbed an old shoe string and I looked up some YouTube videos and I practiced some basic knots for survival sake. As it turns out, there's like a thousand different types of knots, and a shoestring is knot that great for tying. I did my best to mirror the technique of the people on YouTube and I got a couple down. The bowline knot was the easiest for me. I think my survival practice went well, but I could always use more.
Friday, July 29, 2011
I had some time to kill before work today, so I made a stop at a store that I felt would surely lead me to new oddities to try; Whole Foods. I perused through the isles of Boulder-Bath soaps and eco-friendly tampons, on the hunt for my new thing. It was a weird experience just being in a store that was so, green. It wasn't bad, just weird. I eventually found myself checking out the candy section (cause some things just don't change) and found a bar of dark chocolate that had chunks of cherries and grounded up chili peppers in it. It was an intriguing combination, I could dig a chocolate and cherries bar, but I couldn't imagine how a chili pepper chocolate bar could be any good. I bought the exotic candy bar and was pleasantly surprised when I bit into it. The chocolate and chili pepper flavors were really bold, but it worked. I thought that the candy was going to taste like straight garbage but the flavors seemed to go together well. If your still skeptical about trying one of these babies, let me just say that I'm not really into chili peppers and I still liked it. I suggest that you go out and buy a bar to try. Who knows, maybe I just turned you onto your new favorite treat.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Here is where my beer-search led me: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080422195207AA72K5I
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
"Don't knock it till you try it" has never rang so true. I decided to make tomato ice cream and we (Mouse, Mac and I) were all a little weary about the whole thing. What you do to make tomato ice cream is simple; boil tomatoes, skin them, cut them, then throw them in a food processor, then fold the paste into a bowl of vanilla ice cream. So we had a heaping bowl of tomato ice cream in no time. I had made up my mind earlier that this was going to be totally nasty and was pleasantly surprised when it wasn't as bad as I thought. But don't get the wrong impression here, it definitely wasn't that good either. It was just good enough for me to be able to eat without fear of puking all over the apartment. The aftertaste wasn't bad but I'd have to say that, on a scale from 1 to 10, tomato ice cream would have to place at a 6.95 or so. It really wasn't that bad, but there is still ice cream out there that is considerably better.
Melatonin is a supplement that my friend David gave to me after I was complaining about my bad (but getting better) sleep schedule. Apparently, this stuff is supposed to knock you out cold, bring you into the deeper stages of REM sleep, and help you wake up and feel rejuvenated. So I took a couple that night and (like I was instructed) was knocked out almost instantly. My sleep was great and I woke up feeling wonderful. David warned me that melatonin is known to cause nightmares because it throws you straight into the deeper levels of sleep. Although I didn't have any nightmares (that I can remember) I was in such a deep sleep that I slept through my alarm. I didn't have too much to do the next day so it wasn't that big of a problem. Those little pills really did help me crash out on my bed. Now all I have to do is figure out how to wake myself up.
My work (Target) suffered a massive power outage for 8 hours yesterday (don't worry, I wasn't there, so they can't pin this one on me) and lost like tens of thousands of dollars in temperature sensitive foods. Basically, all the milk and meat, and more importantly, ice cream were just getting tossed. I was helping out with the throwing away of dairy and meat products when this tall employee with a name tag that read "Westwood" came up to me. He asked me if I liked ice cream and responded with the only answer my good judgement would allow, "yes". I then explained that I happened to work at an ice cream store for the past two year and that I considered myself an expert on the subject. If you know as much trivial knowledge about ice cream as I do, then your fat, or a former employee. So anyways, Westwood sent me to get spoons to help me with my newly assigned mission. I was to preform a quality test on the ice cream to see if if was still good. I, along with another employee named Brad, strolled down the ice cream isle to pick out products for testing. I asked Westwood if we could try any of the flavors and he responded with "We just lost 30 thousand bucks bucks, I don't think a couple of Popsicles are going to are going to do much more damage". So we took Westwood's advice and reached for some of the fanciest ice creams in stock. Anything from Drumsticks to Klondike Bars were far game. I gave a good college try while I was grabbing ice creams, and I put even more effort in while I was eating it. We individually unwrapped and unopened each product, sampled it, took note of the quality, then sampled it again. We did this till we had our full and where satisfied from our study. I still can not believe that I was actually getting paid to eat ice cream, like a lot of ice cream. That was a pretty good day at work.
I bought this stuff called grass jelly at the same store that I picked up that basil seed drink nonsense, so things weren't looking good from the start. I bought it as an extra back-up challenge I could rely on if I was slacking and desperate for a new thing to try for the day. So surprise surprise, I used up my back-up challenge within 4 days of buying it. I really was slacking that day. I had worked for most of the day and then spent a while skating with some friends. The day was ending quicker than I would have liked and I still needed a challenge. That's when I reached inside the mini fridge and pulled out the grass jelly to enjoy while I watched an episode of Arrested Development. I quietly sipped from my semi-liquid-but-mostly-jelly beverage only to find that (to absolutely no surprise) I didn't like it. Still, I kept sipping. I knew that the best way to get through it and to make a lasting memory about the experience was to just down as much of the beverage as fast as possible. So I began chugging and that was rudely interrupted by a large and slimy chunk of grass jelly pulp. The mixture of the disgusting taste and unexpected appearance from the pulp made me spit up a good portion of the drink. I was totally grossed out and was not about to try anymore of it. I feel like I gained more experience from getting halfway and semi-puking then I would have if I got all the way and didn't puke at all. So I declare that this challenge is here by completed. I really need to stop buying things at that Asian food store.
|Still got it|
So after that whole massage mishap I had to find something to take my mind of it. So I turned to the decaying carcass of an old bike I had lying around. I decided that I wanted to make a BMX bike out of it. BMX bikes are ridden for racing and to preform tricks with. I have a bike already (Day 130: http://aimforeclouds.blogspot.com/2011/05/day-130-bike-to-boulder.html), its the one I rode to Boulder with. But the bike I have is whats known as a single speed road bike, which means it only has one gear and it meant for long distances at high speeds. This BMX on the other hand, was intended for just riding around the neighborhood and to solidify my wheelies. So I got to building, I bought a seat at handlebar grips and then I painted the handlebars flat black. I took off the front brake (for style points) and filled up the tires. Then, It was ready to ride.
Chautauqua is that giant flatiron mountain you see when you are driving into Boulder. Its the same one I stare at through the window at work when I'm bored.
Soon after that, we headed back down the mountain so Kalin could eat lunch with her Grandma. The weather was beautiful and so was the view, today was a good day.
|Look how steep that wall is!|
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The weather over here has been all outta wack for the past week or so. There's been a whole bunch of storms that have been reeking havoc. The torrential downpour from some of the recent storms caused enough flooding to drag away the trash cans that were set out in my neighborhood. Mouse and I decided that the best thing for us to do was to grab a couple cans of pineapple soda and get as close to the storm as possible. Here are a couple of pics from our storm chasing adventure.
Word got out that on the 11th of July (7/11), the convince store/ gas station known as 7-11 has their annual 7-11 day (get it? 7-11 is the date and its the store name! Eh whatever, I thought it was clever). And on 7-11 day, all the stores give out free slurpees for all to enjoy. It was obvious that it was my duty to help the convince store who introduced me to the delicious-slush-like beverage by joining in on the 7-11 festivities and picking up my own complementary slurpee. So Mac and I drove down to the nearest 7-11 and found that the parking lot spared absolutely no open spaces. Then we walked inside to stand behind the 20 other people that also heard about 7-11 day. The line trailed along till we finally reached the slurpee machines where we found the "free slurpee" cups. They were tiny, 7.11 ounces to be exact and it was a bit of a let down to see such a small cup, but then I reminded myself that it was free and that seemed to cheer me up instantly. We escorted our semi-liquid drinks outside where we enjoyed all 7.11 ounces of tasty goodness. We watched other slurpee enthusiasts fight for parking spots and complain about the size of the cups then we decided to renter the store for a second round of blue raspberry flavored slurpees. Lesson of the day: I'll probably just pay the $1.19 for a generously sized slurpee next time.
Friday, July 22, 2011
I was researching this stuff and it seems like all the people that make videos about creative visulation are all a little bit out there. I found a heap load of uber earthy hippies that kept saying things like "spiritual" and "feelings", I don't know if I liked it. But I thought that I'd give their methods a go. Creative visualization in a nutshell, is basically the act of concentrating on something you want really badly. This thing that you think about can be anything, from higher self of steam to higher gas mileage. All you do is think about what you want and try to associate that goal with good feeling and positive vibes, in other words, its total bull plop. Your creative visualization journey ends the second you try to obtain this goal. That's when you have to ask yourself "Hey, am I really cut out for this? Am I the kind of person that assumes that my greatest accomplishments in life will be handed down to me on a silver platter as long as wish them to be true?" If this sounds like something you would say, then creative visualization may be for you. And for the rest of you, I'll meet you back in reality.
So I bit. I tried the meditation that the yuppie hippies offered me. I concentrated about a pretty reasonable goal, I "thought" about landing laser flips (its a certain skateboard flip trick that has eluded me for way too long). I thought long and hard and I tried to picture the smile that I would wear when I would land them. Twenty minutes passed as I mentally landed the trick frame-by-frame. I was feeling good about my daydream training and was eager to try them. Unfortunately, I have yet to land or even stick a single laser flip since my pre-meditated practice (probably cause creative visualization is stupid). I'm starting to think that this whole creative visualization thing is a bunch of malarkey.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I bought my Brother a baseball glove today so we could play some catch and whatnot. It was way too stiff to play ball so I decided that I would break in his glove just like how my dad broke in mine. I looked up some popular methods and decided to take the shaving cream route. It says to dab small amounts of shaving cream into the pocket and the inside of the glove. Then you place a ball in the pocket, twist rubber bands around the glove and let it sit for like 2 days. I remember my dad putting the glove under my mattress so it would break in faster so I placed Sean's glove under my couch cushion and sat on it while I watched Netflix. In no time Sean should have a mint condition glove, but for now, I guess I'll keep watching Archer on Netflix.