Huntington and Health


I saw this interesting infographic on Executive Healthcare the other day, and it reminded me about something I’d learned last year. I am in Huntington, West Virginia this weekend.  Feel free to read about it at Wikipedia, but make sure to read this article on MSNBC that declares Huntington to be the most unhealthy city in the United States.  Of course, they don’t really agree with that, as you can see in this kinda terribly put together video.

By |November 27th, 2009|Travel|0 Comments

Balsam Grove Part II, Thanksgiving Part I

Bubba was pretty excited I came up to visit.

By |November 24th, 2009|Family, Photo, Photography, Travel|0 Comments



I’ve been hiking some lately. Hopefully I can go again before winter is here.

By |October 29th, 2009|Photo, Travel|0 Comments

Palm Beach Gardens

Currently I’m drinking some Kalik beer and sitting my ass in a hotel room. You’re all going to be jealous of my airbrushed t-shirt that says “BITCHIN’!”

Tomorrow I drive from Palm Beach Gardens (home of the PGA Honda Classic) to Miami (home of the Pink Lincolns [one of my favorite punk bands]) to Brevard. I’m guessing it will be around 14 or so hours.

Who else is excited about that?

This evening, I’m pink. In a couple of days I should have a tan. Somewhat.

By |January 30th, 2008|Travel, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Smart Move

Healthy living probably doesn’t include taking your daily vitamins with beer.

When you read this, I’ll be driving to Miami.  Unless something happens that prevents me from doing so.  Don’t worry, it’s a short, pointless post.  And there will be more on the way.

By |January 29th, 2008|Travel|1 Comment

Going to Miami

I got roped into driving to Miami for work and doing some recruitment fairs for the camp. I am really really not happy about this whole thing, but I basically couldn’t say no. Added bonus: I’m staying at a coworker’s (a coworker that I really know know all that well) sister’s house. Awkwardness awaits!

The one small good thing is that I’ll be passing through Savannah, so I’ll get to see Jeff and Liz.

So today I’m getting everything together and ready for a way-too-long drive. I think I’m going to set up my video camera (and bring a lot of tapes), record the drive down, and then put it all together so the two of you that read this can watch a very short version of me slowly going crazy over 12 hours in a car by myself. At least that’ll give me something to do, even if it’s pretty pointless. Maybe I’ll find a truck stop and get some west coast turnarounds. No. No, I won’t.

In other news, I’m wearing hats again. I decided it was a good idea. Also, my hair is getting long again. Last time it got really long I had a glorified mullet. It was pretty awesome and yet I hated it. So, we’ll see how long it gets this time. I’m sure I’ll end up shaving it again like I always do and then every girl I know will ask “Why’d you do that?” and I’ll say “Because I wanted to.”

If you can’t tell from the (it’s a plugin for my iTunes that displays to all of you what I’ve been listening to. click on that link and see my profile) deal I put up on the sidebar of this site, I’ve been listening to a lot of Treephort. They have some great, funny songs.

Ok. I need to get stuff organized for tomorrow. Great.

By |January 28th, 2008|Music, Travel|0 Comments

Warning Device, Cold, Skiing

I got into Laramie after two days of driving. It wasn’t terrible, but who wants to drive two days straight? Truckers, I guess. Anyhow, we got into town and relaxed for a while. All of us went out to a pizza place (I think Grand Ave. Pizza) that had a good Thai pizza. I started reading for a little bit when we got home and fell asleep at about 7:30. Luckily Evan saved me from my boringness and woke me up asking if I wanted to go out for a beer.

Thoroughly bundled up (after all it was about 5 or 10 degrees out when we left), we headed to Altitude. It’s a nice microbrewery and it’s more of a restaurant with a bar attached. There wasn’t too much going on there, so Evan suggested we go to the Buckhorn bar. It was pretty busy there and they had a “dj” of sorts that was blaring the most treble-high songs way too loud. I saw Ray from Teenage Bottlerocket walk in and so I said hi and his brother Brandon came over and I talked to him for a while. I’m trying to find flight out of Denver so I can stay here and see them play/record a music video for In the Basement, a song off of their new album, Warning Device. Brandon actually had a few copies with him so, I bought one and last night before I went to sleep I gave it a listen.

It’s a great album. Kody’s songs are always good, and everything was recorded damn near perfectly. But to me the best parts of the album were the songs Ray sang. For some reason, I just really like them more and even though they can be really simple and not have a whole lot of lyrics in them (like Go Away, etc.), I think there’s almost more to them. On Warning Device, it’s apparent they’re written even better songs. The most standout song I think is probably Pacemaker. Ray sings, it has an awesome bass line and it’s just great. I suppose I could really do it justice by describing it a lot better, but I’ll leave that for another time. I’ll just say that it’s a great album, and they’re getting better and better with each album they put out. I remember when Evan told me about them, when they hadn’t put Total out yet, and Jeff and I were emailing them. We had some stupid idea that maybe we could hang with them musically, but damn, that’s proven to be impossible, not just because of our lack of talent, but these guys are some great musicians, and great song writers.

Like I said earlier, it was cold out last night. But when I woke up this morning at 5 a.m., thanks to my sister’s dog, Duncan, it was -8 outside. I had left my laptop charger in the car, so I threw on a coat and went to get it, and the cold just stabbed at me. It was a sharp, sharp cold. The charger had frozen and the cords were stiff. The high today is supposed to be 18. Fahrenheit, not Celsius. Evan and I are going to rent some skis for the week and go up to Happy Jack outside of town and attempt some cross country skiing. I’m excited to do something new and to get out in the snow. Here’s what said about today’s weather: “Mostly sunny. Cold. Wind chills approaching -10F. High 18F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.”

Should be fun. And cold. More to come later today.

By |December 22nd, 2007|Family, Friends, Music, Travel|0 Comments