September 28, 2009

Picture of the Week

To start this off, I have to let you know first that Eric is really good at antagonizing Timo. What brother doesn't antagonize his sibling? Well, it just so happens Eric gets his antagonizing abilities from me, making it extra annoying. As a result, Timo can be quick tempered (also like me). So there's the setup. You can tell when you look at this picture that's exactly what's going on. Eric provoked Timo somehow, Timo responds by bursting some blood vessels in his head, and Eric shows a pleasure filled smart-alecky smirk because he's accomplished his goal of irritating Timo. Becka did a good job snapping the picture during such a candid time between the boys. I laughed pretty hard at this one myself.

September 26, 2009


Somehow wearing your underwear (or your brother's underwear) on your head makes you Ironman. I just go with it.

September 25, 2009

Phone Booth

This has to be one of the last remaining working phone booths in Boise. You rarely see these anymore. If you do see them they typically don't work. I found this one and sure enough it works like it's brand new. Of course I had to get a picture. Plus this was Timo's chance to get a gig as a phone booth model.

September 24, 2009

Treat your Mother right...

because Mr. T says so. Those "Yo Mama" jokes won't fly in the presence of Mr. T, so watch yourself!

September 22, 2009

Landing at dusk

I'm a big fan of airplanes. I'm also a big fan of airplanes taking off and landing. Then, I found out this evening, I'm a big fan of airplanes taking off and landing during a sunset. I took these pictures on the east side of the runway at the Boise Airport. As always, click to enlarge.

I wish the sun would have been up a little bit farther in this one. Only if that plane would have showed up about 90 seconds earlier. Oh well, I think it still looks pretty good.

September 21, 2009

Picture of the Week

Well you know it's a slow picture taking week when I've decided to feature my lunch for Picture of the Week. This is what happens when I search for pictures to use while I'm really hungry.

I present to you the home cooked version of Taco Bell's Grilled Stuft Burrito.

In an effort to steer away from your run of the mill home cooked tacos, the home version of the Grilled Stuft Burrito was born. In our house Becka is given complete credit for this slightly modified and delicious burrito. The ingredients are simple:

Ground Beef
Cheese (a lot of cheese)
Sour Cream

Put all the ingredients inside a large tortilla and then brown the tortilla on a butter topped griddle. After it's done, add a drop or two of your hottest hot sauce for every bite and you're in burrito bliss.

These burritos that are pictured are the first ones I made myself. Becka's burritos actually look and taste much better. Why then did I take a picture? I take pictures of random things all the time. There's no logic to it. Who would have thought this picture would come in handy for picture of the week? Not me, but it sure tastes good.

September 18, 2009

First foul ball...or not

There's a good chance you've seen this video, but check it out anyway.

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This is the best video of it I could find. The good ones were already yanked off of YouTube.

September 15, 2009

Zebra Spider

I have more spider pictures! This is a household jumping spider, or more specifically the Zebra Spider. You've probably seen these little guys hanging around your house too. Don't worry though, they are harmless to us. They are cool to watch because they are stealthy fast. They have some interesting hunting behaviors. Here's an excerpt on zebra spiders from Wikipedia.

"Like other jumping spiders, these spiders use their large front eyes to locate and stalk their prey. They move slowly towards their prey until they are close enough to pounce on top of their victim, and their hunting behaviour has been described as cat-like. Using their acute eyesight, they are able to accurately judge the distances they need to jump. Before jumping, they glue a silk thread to the surface that they are jumping from so that if they miss the target, they can climb up the thread and try again. They ignore unappetising insects such as ants."

It's true these little spiders have two giant eyes. Normally I don't go around looking for spiders to photograph. So there must be a reason. I found one of these spiders hanging out on my wall chomping on a fly! Flies irritate more than Nancy Pelosi, so you can imagine how excited I was when I seen this spider feast on one of my fly enemies. Okay, I'll get to the pictures already.

I say it all the time, but I encourage you to click on the pictures to enlarge. It's actually worth it this time...that is if you're intrigued by hairy little arachnids with giant eyeballs.

I'm sure you can tell I really like doing these zoom pictures. But these spiders are so small it's hard to get a good look at them otherwise. Look at those eyes!

September 13, 2009

Picture(s) of the Week

My picture of the week feature is back in a big way. Yesterday, Eric and I were fortunate enough to attend the Boise State game. Thank you guy from craigslist for selling your tickets crazy cheap! I took almost 200 pictures and videos while at the game. There's no way I'm narrowing down to one picture for this post. Today I have several and I was still picky.

We were lucky enough to get end zone seats, meaning we were very very close to the field. There's a certain responsibility that comes with sitting in the end zone bleachers. You guessed it. You have to make as much noise as insanely and humanly possible when the other team has the ball, especially when they are close to you. I tried explaining this concept to Eric before the game. I told him how when we're at home I'm always asking him and his brothers to be quiet. He agreed. I then told him this is his chance to be absolutely as loud as possible. Our goal was to have sore throats by the time we were done. I can proudly tell you as I type this more than 24 hours after the game has ended my throat is still soar and my voice is a bit raspy still. (Click Picture to Enlarge!)

We had the help of a horn to make extra noise during the game. Eric is practicing his horn blowing skills while waiting to get into Bronco Stadium.

As I mentioned we were able to score some good seats. I'm not even zooming in on this picture! Unfortunately, if you've noticed, the Broncos are getting ready to punt. Rats!

Kellen Moore and company get ready to rumble down in our direction to score a touchdown.

If I would have been forced to use one picture for this post, this one would be it. It's clearly my favorite. Boise State's defense was dominant once again forcing Miami (Ohio) to punt several times. In the background you can see Miami's long snapper and punter ready to kick the ball in our direction. Kyle Wilson (in the foreground), one of the nation's most dangerous punt returners waits for the ball. Although Kyle Wilson was contained returning punts in this game, he also has the reputation as one of the best cornerbacks in the country, often shutting down his side of the field for the opposing offense.

Boise State usually comes up with harebrained color scheme ideas for fans at Bronco Stadium. Last week some sections of the crowd wore blue, other sections orange, and other sections white. When done correctly it looks cool for the television audience but it can get complicated for every fan to remember instructions on what color to wear on game day. Yesterdays color scheme was simple. It was a "white-out." Actually it looked pretty cool as you can see here.

They say Kellen Moore has "ice in his veins." Here's proof that's true. As the pocket around Moore collapses, he stays cool while he winds up and delivers a pass under pressure.

By the fourth quarter the Broncos had mostly taken care of business. Mike Coughlin comes in as the backup signal caller to get some needed reps. If you enlarge the picture you can see Coughlin looking up at the play clock making sure he gets the snap in time.

Towards the end of the game we were able to sneak up to the wall to watch the rest of the game. You can almost see the game through Eric's eyes right here.

Our ears may have been ringing but after the Broncos dismantled the RedHawks 48-0, Eric and I were all smiles!

September 12, 2009

Cool Dudes

Happy Faces

Mean Faces

(Click Pictures to Enlarge!)

September 11, 2009

Don't try this at home...or anywhere else for that matter

I seen this picture and felt compelled to post it. I tried to come up with something funny to say about the picture but I can't. My mind goes blank. Uhhh, it looks uncomfortable. I don't wish this move on anyone.

September 9, 2009

16 useless facts you don't need to know but I'm telling you anyway

Warning! Believe these at your own discretion.

1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
2. John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son.
3. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
4. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
5. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves.

6. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
7. Dachshunds were originally bred in 1600 to hunt dachs, which is German for badgers.
8. Laser is actually an acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emissions of Radiation."
9. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
10. The king of hearts on playing cards is the only king without a moustache.
11. A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
12. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
13. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
14. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
15. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
16. In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so).

September 8, 2009

Picture gone wrong

I had one attempt to get a good picture of all four boys at the same time. Let's break down how it went going from left to right.

  • Mikey is very upset and decides to flee the picture completely.

  • Timo "little mommy" Rigby is doing his best to salvage the picture by trying to get Mikey to stay put.

  • Eric is the only one looking at the camera but it's plain as day by the look on his face he wants no part of this picture. He's one furrowed eyebrow away from giving me the stink eye...if he's not already.

  • Judging by the location of Noah's hand and the look on his face, he has to pee quite badly. I find this interesting because I swear he peed about five minutes before the picture.

Better luck next time!

September 4, 2009

You have to see this

Ever seen someone do a backflip in a wheelchair? Me neither until I watched this video. Check it out.

Quick thoughts on the game

I thought I would follow up yesterday's post with a quick personal post game update. I'll spare any boring details of analysis and give a few short opinions. I will do my best to avoid talking about LeGarrette Blount's post game meltdown.

  • Boise State's defense is stellar. They shut down a high-octane Oregon offense. I feel warm and fuzzy inside just thinking about it.
  • Boise State's offense was good when they weren't fumbling the ball. Once the screws are tightened they'll be explosive as ever with an improved running game.
  • Despite Boise State's reputation of having a gimmick offense, BSU looked stronger and many times looked faster. For what it's worth, BSU has six players that run a 4.3. I remember University of Florida (a team that takes pride in recruiting speedsters) boasting a similar statistic last year.
  • Becka made mouth watering buffalo wings last night and eating them before the game started was the route to go. Too many times my pregame butterflies has got the best of me with a big plate of untouched food in front of me.

I get all giddy when I think of the potential of this years team. Coach Pete will keep the players grounded. Can't wait till next week when Miami (Ohio), (alma mater of Ben Roethlisberger) comes to town. Bring on the Red Falcons!

September 3, 2009

The day has finally arrived

It's September 3rd. Do you know what that means? I've had this day etched in my brain for the last nine months. Boise State football kicks off their season today. Hang on a sec, allow me to scream.


That feels better. This day couldn't come soon enough and now that it is here, I'm a nervous wreck. Boise State starts the season against the Oregon Ducks right here on the blue turf. This game has basically been billed as the biggest game in Bronco Stadium. If the Broncos lose, "the experts" say there's no shot at a BCS bowl for Boise State. No pressure right? So, I sit here in a sweaty panic. I doubt I'll be able to eat Becka's world famous buffalo wings tonight. I suggested eating them before the game starts but I think my stomach will be too knotted up still.

Let's forget the hype for a few minutes and bring focus to what's really going on here. Boise is a football town. I've been a Bronco fan for 10 years or so, but since we moved here six years ago, I exchanged my red blood for blue and orange blood. This is the majority of football fans in Boise, affectionately known as Bronco Nation. There's that buzz in the air around the city. Hundreds of cars proudly fly their Boise State flags in their car windows, businesses wish the Broncos luck on their marquees, and even a car dealership in Nampa created a message of their own with cash for clunkers cars.

Ahh yes. All is right in the world again between September and January. During that time food tastes better, the winter air is warmer, the blue turf is bluer, my kids are cuter, I even take less happy pills because I'm generally happier.

I'm taking it in. I'm excited for the rest of the season. September 3rd, I've been waiting for you for nine long months and you're finally here. I'm hungry for roasted duck.

September 1, 2009

I really suck at retiring

It's true, my blogging retirement didn't go over so well. I thought I somehow managed to burn myself out with my blogging. It turns out I was just PMSing. Only a few days after I announced my silly retirement, my blogging cloud had been lifted from my head. I also realized in hindsight, I could have made not blogging much less dramatic by doing what normal people do and just not blog for a few days. In my defense I was a bit stressed about our apartment complex being foreclosed and getting forced out. Then you know how moving goes and you get busy and the internet connection you've leeched onto isn't that fast, and on-and-on. The best part is the foreclosure turned out to be a blessing since we're back in Boise now.
Now things have settled back down, the stress has been lifted (thank you St. John's Wort) and I'm committed to blogging again. I have things to say, pictures to post, grammar errors to type and I'm happy to be doing it again.

I hope you like the remodeling I've done around Jeremy's Forum. Thousands of man hours and dozens of cans of Full Throttle were consumed before I finally settled on my template. And wouldn't you know it, I'm still not completely satisfied. Despite that, I think I'll keep the new look for a while. Feel free to look around.

When we moved back to Boise recently we moved into an apartment complex we've lived in before. One night we had our back door open while relaxing in the living room and then we were greeted by a friend. Noah walks into the kitchen, then frantically ran back into the living room exclaiming he saw a spider. Not thinking much of it (I'm sure I rolled my eyes) I walked into the kitchen to get a look.

That's nasty, not the spider, our dirty floor. Just kidding. When I first walked into the kitchen the light was off so I could only see the spider's silhouette. It looked huge. Of course I become intrigued and decide to catch it. I caught it in a glass, and after some research we discover it's a wolf spider that's carrying her young. What a nice welcome home gift!

We put the spider in a bigger container because I wanted to keep it for a while so I could study the babies growing. A quick two days later I became bored with that idea and decided I would release the ugly spider into a grassy area, but not by our house. I figured this was the right thing to do since wolf spiders were mostly harmless to humans and they contribute as a part of the ecosystem (thank you Wikipedia). Unfortunately I was becoming overwhelmed with the idea of packing this spider and it's young to a grassy field. Then my adolescent nature kicked in. I lit the spider and its spider babies on fire. I sort of enjoyed it. That story took an abrupt and horrific turn didn't it? I'm sure about five minutes after I publish this post, PETA will be banging on my door.

I'm starting up my picture of the week feature again. I try to post those pictures every Sunday night or Monday. So be on the lookout.

It's good to be writing and blogging again. It's good therapy. Thank you Brent and Justin for talking sense into me.

Laters on the menjay.

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