March 31, 2009

Christopher Walken as a Nursery School Teacher

This video was on the homepage of YouTube today. Very good impression. This is funny stuff for Christopher Walken fans.

March 29, 2009

Yeah, I was a stunt double

I once had a gig as Michael Jordan's stunt double. Unfortunately, I was fired after one game for refusing to wear the required uniform. My blue polo shirt was comfortable and I could not part ways with it. I'm proud to say despite only playing one game I made one of the biggest highlights in NBA history. You may have seen the dunk when "Michael Jordan" leaped from the free throw line and flushed the ball right in the hoop. That was me. His stunt double. Jordan was battling a case of food poisoning that night so I stepped in. There's an urban legend going around that this free throw line dunk was actually in a dunk contest. This is not true. It was a real game. The other team was just playing really bad defense.

Feel free to call me Dr. Jrig (many thanks to cbhoop).

March 28, 2009

Picture Outtakes

I take a lot of pictures. I may have mentioned that a few times before. You could call it a hobby I guess. Of course, one of my favorite things to photograph is my boys. Normally, I'll take some pictures, then if I decide I want to blog a picture or two of them I'll sort through all the pictures till I find a good one to post. If you have kids (specifically little kids) you know how challenging it can be to get them to all look at the camera at the same time. Yesterday, we went to the park and I naturally brought the camera. It was very bright outside. Also, Timo and Noah are battling colds right now. So, today as I sort through the pictures I took at the park, I decided to do something a little different with this post. Instead of finding the perfect picture to post, I'm going to post some of the "bad" ones. I find these pictures a lot more entertaining.

You can see Timo was struggling the most. His eyes are really sensitive as it is, then you throw the sickness in there and it's the perfect storm for a miserable and monotonous five minutes of fake smiles for a picture. As always, Timo was a good sport.

I did however, get a good picture of him before that.

March 27, 2009

Donny Osmond or Ozzy Osbourne?

Here's your meaningless story of the day.

This is my Mom and Donny Osmond back in 1992 or so. Why are they posing for a picture together? Well, Donny Osmond was somehow becoming involved with a company from Idaho Falls called Melaleuca. Coincidentally, my Mom had also just started working for the company. It was some important position but I can't remember what. So, some upper Melaleuca person decided it was a good idea for my Mom and Mr. Osmond to talk business.

At the time I was 12, so when my Mom told me Donny Osmond was coming over I didn't really know who he was. My Mom filled me in. I knew I had heard that Osmond name somewhere.

Anyway, when I told one of my 12 year old friends Donny Osmond was going to be coming over to my house, his face was filled with confusion. A day or two later, I had some other friends come up to me and they were so excited. According to them, Ozzy Osbourne was going to be coming over. Not Donny Osmond. I repeatedly had to remind them, no, the guy who bites the heads off of bats is not coming over. When Osmond finally came, my friend came over (he lived right next door to me) and had the opportunity to meet him. Since my friend was expecting Ozzy Osbourne he was quite surprised at the clean cut Donny Osmond.

I haven't been able to keep contact with this friend since we graduated but every once in a while I wonder if he ever tells the story of how he met Ozzy Osbourne at his friends house.

March 26, 2009

Quick!! Someone....

.....get this kid a new pair of underwear!!

March 24, 2009

Seattle Skyline

I don't miss the weather, but I really enjoyed taking pictures of Seattle's skyline.

Speaking of taking pictures, this is the look you start to get when you make your kids pose for too many pictures.

March 21, 2009

NCAA Tournament Pictures

Yesterday, I had the thrilling opportunity of attending two first round games of the NCAA basketball tournament in Boise. My brother Brent was able to get us tickets. Thank you Brent! Eric and I went to the morning session.

First we watched Marquette vs. Utah State, then 27 minutes after that game ended, we watched Cornell vs. Missouri. As we were walking up to Taco Bell Arena the buzz in the air was obvious. Then, we enter through the front doors of the arena and walk up the stairs. By now we can hear the band playing as we search for the correct door that leads us to our seats. Now, we experience one of my favorite feelings. That's when you walk through the correct door and you see the basketball court and all the seats inside. Before we actually sat down, the buzz turned into electricity that surrounded the significance of the tournament games about to be played. I've been to many sporting events on several different levels. I assure you, experiencing just the first round of the NCAA tournament, also known as, "the big dance" was one of the best sports atmospheres I've been to. Amazing. If you haven't already noticed, I take my camera almost everywhere. So, again, here's just a few pictures I took at the game.

Underdog Utah State brings the ball up the floor.

Marquette buries another three.

Thanks to Quayle, Utah State finds its rythm in the second half.

The opening tip-off of the second game between, Cornell and Missouri.

Cornell gets a dunk on a rare fast break. Good job white guy!

A Missouri cheerleader, mid-backflip.

Since Utah State represents the same conference as Boise State and with Utah State being only a few hours drive away, the crowd was dominately in favor of Utah State. That made the game even more exciting, especially since some of the student section from Utah State made the trip. Utah played horrible for most of the first half until they finally calmed down in the second half. Here's a video of when late in the game Utah State hit a three to go up by six. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold onto the lead and lost by one. A great game though. Anyway, here's the video that sort of captures the excitement in Taco Bell Arena.

March 19, 2009

Scimmage pictures

Even with the NCAA basketball tournament in town, spring football at Boise State is gathering its usual attention. Today, was the first of three scimmages for spring football. Of course I was in attendance, and even came away with some decent pictures.

Backup quarterback Mike Coughlin starts off the scimmage with the second team offense and makes a nice throw on the run.

Kellen Moore grabs his helmet as he gets ready for action.

Last year's Freshman All-American Kellen Moore surveys the defense before the snap.

Local Boise product, wide receiver Mitch Burroughs scores a touchdown!

The offensive and defensive lineman go head-to-head.

Kicker, Kyle Brotzman kicks a 50 yard field goal. Look at that leg!

Play was momentarily stopped while two geese flew just a few feet off the ground right over the field. Just before the two geese found a place to perch I got a picture of one.
Remember, all these pictures are viewed best when enlarged.

March 18, 2009

20 signs you've grown up

1. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
2. You hear your favorite song on an elevator.
3. You watch the Weather Channel.
4. Your friends marry and divorce instead of hook up and break up.
5. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
6. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."
7. You're the one calling the police because those kids next door won't turn down the stereo.

8. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.

9. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.

10. Your car insurance goes down and your payments go up.

11. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonalds leftovers.

12. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
13. You no longer take naps from noon to 6 PM.
14. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.
15. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.
16. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not just tylenol.

17. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.

18. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.

19. Shaving your face once every two weeks is no longer acceptable.

20. You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that this doesn't apply to you.

March 17, 2009

Sunny rain

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This is sunny rain.

Note: I don't know who's car this is. I chose it as a background for the picture because it was the most colorful object I could see out my backdoor.

March 12, 2009

I have a secret to tell

I've had a secret about me weighing on my mind recently. It's something only one or two people on the planet know. I have feared making this public because I didn't want to be embarrassed or looked at differently. Many people walk around with a stigma attached to them and I didn't want to be one of those people. I've held this in long enough and I need to let it out.....

I'm a closet Michael Jackson fan.

Wow. It feels so good to say that. I'm a Michael Jackson fan! I probably get onto youtube a few times per year so I can watch him perform Billie Jean and do the moonwalk. And to me, the Thriller video is stellar...until the very end when you hear Jackson talk in his normal voice and you notice he hasn't actually hit puberty yet.

Ok, I'm not completely naive here. Allow me to briefly clarify. I like the Michael Jackson from the 70's and 80's. This of course includes the Jackson 5 days. These are the days before he permanently bleached his body and was accused of being a pedophile...several times. Oh, also before his nose literally fell off. To be quite honest, he's a severely disturbed human being. But he sure can sing and dance. I'm not particularly a fan of his genre, which makes it even more surprising I like his music.

Yes, I do have him on my ipod and phone.
Yes, I do watch his old music videos on youtube.
Yes, I do know he's a freak.
No, I do not buy his Caucasian ruse.

If you think about it though, if we completely judged musicians we wouldn't listen to anyone. No one.

I'm so glad I could get that off my chest. I may have slightly embellished about my "secret" because I'm not obsessed in anyway. But I do enjoy listening to this nutbar.

Speaking of which, I'm going to go listen to the Thriller album now.

March 8, 2009

Go away snow!

What in the month of March is going on around here?!?!?!? Go away snow!!
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March 6, 2009

Downtown Boise

Boise is a great town. When I was in downtown today I brought my camera with me and took a few pictures. I had no specific reason for doing this, other than I really enjoy taking pictures.

This is the new Aspen Condo building in the BoDo district. It's still under construction but almost finished. Us locals refer to this building as the new "skinny" building.

Here's some art, right in front of Hotel 43. I wish I would have taken a couple minutes to look at it a little closer so I could write something intelligent about what it means or specifically what it is. I didn't do that. It does look cool though.

This unique building is Wells Fargo. One time I had to haul about 50 computers from the top floor out to my box truck. That took a while.

This is the intersection of Front Street and Capitol Boulevard. I like these urban looking pictures.

On my way home I stopped in Meridian and I spotted some guy's new Dodge Challenger. I like the loud orange color.

March 4, 2009

New Wallpaper

I'm always in search of a good wallpaper for my computer. I snapped this picture on a Las Vegas trip last year. It's nothing special really, except it has a lot of colors.
So, if you're lured by bright colors like me, give this picture a test drive as a wallpaper.

March 2, 2009

Jar: 1 Me: 0

Today I had an abnormal amount of trouble opening a jar. This should not happen. I struggled with this stupid jar for nearly 5 minutes, which feels like an eternity. I broke a sweat for crying out loud! Finally, after twisting, turning, alternating hands and swearing at a non-responsive, yet obviously stubborn jar, I was finally able to get it open. All I wanted was some sauerkraut for my hot dog!

What in the h-e-double hockey sticks happened? Am I not the designated jar opener of the family? Will I lose my prideful duty to some machine that opens jars with little effort? Are my once strong hands becoming obsolete?

I'm the same person who just last year used this very blog to merely brag about how far I could hurl a boulder. I'm the same person who once on a road trip I stopped at a truck stop in nowhere, Montana and had the high score on a video game that tests your hand strength. That was with my left hand!

Is it weird I'm bitter against a jar? Have I weakened that much? Or am I just running out of things to blog about? Why am I asking so many questions? And who exactly am I asking? I may or may not be suffering from cabin fever.

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