Mom's 70th (and a little Portland at Christmas)

Dec. 13, 2015
Plenty of big birthdays lately! Today was a surprise party for my Mom's 70th down in Vancouver.

Connie's 40th

Dec. 12, 2015
Connie turned the big 4-0 this week and, to celebrate, decided to rope together a few friends -- many of which turned 40 themselves this year. We met up at Schooner Exact for brunch and had a great time eating and hanging out.

Birthday Selfie Project

Sep. 29, 2015
After a fantastic weekend that alternated being spoiled by Connie for my Birthday and accomplishing a ton around the house and elsewhere, today was back to work. But, Birthday!

Super Moon Lunar Eclipse

Sep. 27, 2015
A golden evening in Seattle made for a perfect night for friends and neighbors to gather for an event in the sky. As everyone arrived we offered up warm cider and cookies but searched for the Moon as it rose in the east.

Jupiter-Venus Conjunction

Jun. 30, 2015
Thankfully, social media is aware enough of celestial events to have pointed out tonight's conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Venus. Armed with that info, and some binoculars, a spotting scope, and my normal camera's zoom lense, I headed out to a nearby dead end atop our hill that looks to the west.

Summer 2015 Snoqualmie River Float #1

Jun. 27, 2015
Summer's here in the Pacific Northwest and in a big way! Temps have plateaued in the 80s and 90s for the foreseeable future so what better way to celebratethan a float of the Snoqualmie River?

Back to the Telescope with Jupiter and the Moon

Feb. 28, 2015
It's been far too long but I setup the telescope tonight, showed Connie the clouds of Jupiter and the Moon, and snapped a couple photos. Ideally, a couple pieces I bought to connect my camera to the 'scope would've worked perfectly but, lo, they didn't.

Venus-Mars Conjunction

Feb. 21, 2015
I caught a note from Astro Alice that Venus and Mars would be at a close conjunction tonight. Being such a unseasonably comfortable and, more importantly clear, Seattle February evening I grabbed a bit of kit and headed out.

Alki Waterfront Fun w/Friends, Kalakala Remains

Feb. 16, 2015
With a little yard work sprinkled here and there the bulk of this 3rd day of our weekend was spent with Aaron and his kiddos along the Alki waterfront just down the hill from us in West Seattle. We parked at the Port's Jack Block Park where we strolled around (the kids scootered) a bit.

D20 Brass Band EMP Star Wars Morning

Jan. 31, 2015
That's right, seems like we were here just last night. Our band goes with a Star Wars event like Luke inside a Tauntaun so we also played today's public opening of this exhibit.

D20 Brass Band EMP Star Wars Night

Jan. 30, 2015
Us fine, funky D20 Brass Band folks were invited to play tonight's opening of an amazing Star Wars costume exhibit at EMP. Though at first only licensed, sanctioned costumes were allowed we were given the green light a couple days before the event to Jedi or Sith ourselves up.

Needle Ice Grows In Our Garden

Nov. 30, 2014
At least when it's cold. I saw (and stepped on) the phenomenon known as needle ice today as we were doing some outdoor Christmas light planning.

Snowy West Seattle

Nov. 29, 2014
We woke up to our first snow in the new house in West Seattle today. Here are a few photos of the scene!
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