This weekend should prove eventful. The Taste of Tacoma is going on and that’s always a good time. Also, the Mariners are making things interesting enough to continue to follow them during the baseball season. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, everyone should go to a game at Safeco Field at least once. The bar area in left/center field is one of the funnest places to hang out in Seattle. You won’t be bored, trust me. Speaking of summer sports, I’m playing some softball and man, my body aches. Workouts can’t quite prep you for the actual practices and games. Needless to say, my defense needs some work. I need to get to a batting cage as well. I hear there’s a good one in Puyallup that’s pretty cheap. Also, it sounds like Capers in downtown Tacoma is a pretty good new restaurant. I may have to stop by. Do they allow cleats I wonder?
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
You know the world is ending when a professional wrestler goes wacky and then kills his family and finally, himself. Man, I grew up watching Chris Benoit so this story is all a little strange. Sadly, professional wrestlers seem to have shorter lifespans than canines. If you grew up watching professional wrestling or even know a few names of professional wrestlers, chances are that most of those names belong to people who are deceased. And chances are they didn’t die of natural causes. It’s too bad, many of these wrestlers are great athletes and performers. Something should be done to help clean up professional wrestling. It’s like watching Superman die every few years. If you want to know a little more about what I’m talking about, click the link below.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I think it’s interesting that Michael Bloomberg is possibly looking into making a run at the presidency. He’s an intriguing person. As a big time businessman, he’s left an unmistakable mark on the financial services industry. For all intents and purposes, it appears that New York City is doing fine under his leadership as mayor. Oddly enough, I find it strange that another former NYC mayor is running for the same office. Maybe Mayor of NYC is becoming one of the premier political jobs (similar to Governor of California). But anyways, I’m intrigued by Bloomberg. I think he may be able to bring a more straightforward, common sense approach to the presidential race. I like the fact that he has backed up his words with successful action. He knows how to run a business and make it profitable. That’s a hugely underestimated skill lacking in many politicians today. Most politicians know how to blow money, speak rhetoric, and get very little done. Maybe Bloomberg can bring some of his valuable insight to the forefront when discussing issues affecting the country. What the country needs is someone who can get results. Regardless of party (or lack thereof), the time for real action and decisiveness is long overdue. Currently, we have poor planning, poor execution, and an ability to divide where consensus is needed. We need change in a bad way.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Well, things have been pretty quiet recently. With summer, there’s not a lot going on in sports other than the Mariners. And unfortunately, it looks like our division is pretty tough this year. Anaheim and Oakland are looking pretty good. It’ll be a tough race all year long. In Hilltopia, not much else happening other than it appears that construction is still full steam ahead. On Yakima and Tacoma Avenues, the condos and townhouses are popping up almost instantaneously it seems. If you’re looking for a new home in an urban area, it may be worthwhile checking out what’s available in our end of town. With the previously vacant blocks filling up with new construction, I can’t imagine if it will be much more than another year or two before major commercial construction begins to pop up in our former ghetto. So, don’t say I didn’t tell you so, but take a look around Hilltop on Yakima and Tacoma Avenues. Things are going to be drastically different fairly soon.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Just when you think you’re up on things in Tacoma, poof!, another condo project appears before your very eyes. It really is beginning to look like Stadium is about to see some new, large additions to its landscape. I like Stadium, I just hope the new developments add something worthy to the scene. Also, The Swiss continues to be a fun time. I was there last Saturday and it seems like I have a blast every time I go there (which isn’t very often). If you haven’t been to The Swiss in a while, you should go back; it’s as fun as you remember it. Rock on!
Monday, June 11, 2007
You know, you can't be serious all of the time. And with Hilltopia having such a focus on news, it got to feel that way. So, what better way to help lighten the feel than with adding some new features? Well, that's what's happened. Pac Man and friends are here to help you get through your day. So, you can read the news, check up on what's going on in Hilltopia, and kick some alien butt all in one place. Sorry, but newspapers just can't offer that kind of fun.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Well, I got a new High Definition television last week. The difference between an HD TV and an older TV is huge. Once you buy and watch an HD TV, you’ll think twice about watching something non-HD. It’s weird, while watching the Mariners, I can see clearly all of the fans in the stands. If you’re a sports fan, it feels like the higher resolution gets you in closer to the game. If you’re watching a documentary, it can get a little gory watching a lion or a cheetah having his lunch. All in all, it’s worth the price of admission. And with prices on HD TV’s dropping, it’s getting even easier to afford a new television. So, if you haven’t looked at making the switch, check it out, it’s pretty cool. And if you live in Tacoma, Click! rates for the better cable package seem to be quite a bit cheaper than my friend’s cable package up in Seattle.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
I was in Tukwila last night and I could not believe how much construction is going on there. After said construction is done, Tukwila will have solidified its reign as the most massive (and cream colored) strip mall capital in the mighty Pacific Northwest. How many stores are being built? Only the gods of the malls know. I guess the end result is cool if you’re a shopper, but I’m not so sure that it bodes well for interesting architectural design or a certain urban village or downtown feel. But hey, I can get new Old Navy boxers, 4 for $20, so who cares right? Ugh, not really… My corporate brainwashing is wearing off, I think I need to see another ad before I have withdrawal symptoms and puke originality.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Not that I’ve watched every game of the NBA Playoffs, but I did manage to watch some of LeBron James’ masterful work. I don’t recall seeing someone dominate like that in quite a while. LeBron is playing great playoff basketball and is showing the world that he truly is an all-time great. LeBron has shown an ability to work for every basket. He has also shown that he can take over a game without alienating his team. Despite the number of shots, his teammates don’t seem to show any resentment. I’m hoping the guy carries his team all the way to the title. Besides, Cleveland deserves it after what Jordan did to that team for who knows how many years. And lastly, I just don’t get the feeling that LeBron is a jerk; as a matter of fact, he seems likeable. Go Cavs!
Saturday, June 2, 2007
So courtesy of my Dad's Target gift card (thanks Dad!), my wife and I did some serious spring cleaning today. We went through our garage and tossed (and donated what we could) a serious amount of rubbish. We're talking about stuff we NEVER use. We bought a bunch of storage bins and baskets for the stuff we do use and neatly organized the whole darn garage. A huge improvement if I don't say so myself. Just a couple of weeks ago we donated who knows how many garbage bags of clothes. There really is something uplifting about getting rid of clutter. Here in America we are literally overwhelmed with crap. Stop sitting around and get rid of your junk. No, you don't need a storage space. You need some Hefty garbage bags, some elbow grease, and a few trips to Goodwill. Someone else out there really needs the stuff you never use. And oddly enough, you'll feel a million times better when you see how your place used to look before you messed it up with the mountain of filth that you purchased and left rotting in your home. Get to work already! You'll feel better, trust me.