Archive for September, 2011


Clean-Up-After-Your-Pet Products

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

I was out at a client earlier this week fixing a computer problem.  While I was waiting for it to do some stuff, I happened to look at a display containing a variety of products to clean up after your pet, um, messes in the house.  I just busted out laughing at the names of the products.  Here they are for you to laugh at too.

First, the sign over the display.  Note the words in the upper left.

Watch your language!

Now, the small carpet cleaner.  Yikes!


Then, we have a variety of products with descriptive names associated with animal, um, accidents.

Ick - When hope is not enough!!!



Dang! and Crikey


And the little animals on the cans look so innocent of any wrongdoing!


ITG Annual Golf Tournament

   Posted by: John    in Pictures, Work

My company hosts a trade show every year at Eagle Hills Golf Club.  It’s a big event where each hole on the course is sponsored by vendors and ITG departments.  Our clients and potential clients get to play golf, meet the vendors and have a little to drink.  OK, in some cases, a lot to drink.  I must admit that after hearing some of the stories of the previous 13 years I was a little worried about it.  But, it turned out fine.  I was asked to take some pictures.  I managed to get a golf cart, and surprisingly, it took a little over 3 hours to make it around the 18 holes.  A lot of waiting…waiting because a big client was coming by the hole next.  Waiting because someone was teeing off.  Waiting because I watched someone tee off and slice badly, and they were driving again and I didn’t want to get hit. 

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the ITG staff.  Click them to see them full size.

Nora and Betsy

Mark and Linda

Demetrius and his son

Lorren and Ed

Jeff and Betsy

Jim, Kellan and Lee

Abby and her sister Melanie, with Captain Jack Sparrow

This is the big event of the year for ITG.  Even our CEO came out to enjoy the golf and people.

Justin’s wife Tanessa did not come out, so we figured we needed to get a picture of Justin with the pirate girls to send to her, just to show her that Justin was indeed having a good time!

Melanie, Justin and Abby

Overall, it was a great day!  Rain the night before, but sunny and about 72 degrees.  The air was clean and fresh after the rain.  I think everyone had a great time!


Crystal’s Senior Pictures

   Posted by: John    in Kids, Pictures

Taken at The Depot and Freak Alley, both in downtown Boise.  Click to see full size.



Crystal and Baby


Crystal and Baby behind The Depot

Crystal and Baby at The Depot

Crystal at Freak Alley

Crystal at Freak Alley

Crystal at Freak Alley

Crystal and Baby at Freak Alley


At the Edge of Space

   Posted by: John    in Aircraft

A couple of days ago I came across this video.  It’s the conclusion of a documentary that James May did for the BBC called “James May At The Edge Of Space”.  James is a journalist and presenter for various BBC productions.

In this video James is a passenger in a Lockheed U-2 spy plane being flown by Major John “Cabi” Cabigas.  The U-2 was first flown in 1955, and it is still in use 56 years later.  It is designed to fly at about 450 mph at 70,000 feet and has a range of over 6000 miles.  At that altitude, the plane is above 95% of the atmosphere.  Awesome music to this.


In case you are wondering, yes they use chase cars when the aircraft takes off and lands.  The plane is very difficult to handle when landing.  People in the chase cars tell the pilot how far off the ground he is and the plane has to be literally stalled before it will land.


Goldfish Papercraft

   Posted by: John    in Artsy Stuff

Ashley came up with a papercraft link.  In this case, it was a goldfish.  You print out the sheet, then cut out the pieces.  There is an instruction sheet on how to assemble the goldfish.  Here’s what it looks like when it is finished.

Paper Fish



Economic Promised Land

   Posted by: John    in Not So Funny Stuff

40 years...


Yukon Territory, 1958

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors, Pictures

In 1958 (long before I was born) my Grandparents and Mother took a trip from sunny Southern California to Alaska.  Naturally, you don’t go on a trip like this without taking the camera.  No digital in those days.  In this case, the trusty 35mm camera was filled with slide film.  These pictures are scans of the slides.  Click the pictures to see them full size.

For this trip of many thousand miles they pulled a trailer behind the car.

Traveling gear

These pictures are mostly of the Yukon Territory, between British Columbia and Alaska.  Lots of scenery along the way.  Note the unpaved roads.  One of the pictures was a sign that said the Army Corps of Engineers completed the Alaska Highway in 1942.

Gravel road (Alaska Highway)

Along a lake

Mountain stream

Snowy mountain

Flower along the road

Forest river

Ice floes

You would expect to see critters.  This is, after all, largely an untamed wilderness with a gravel road running through it.

Bear on the road

Mountain goats

Big deer or elk

A few buildings that were along the way.


Hunting lodge


Like any other wilderness, forest fires happen.  Here’s the aftermath of one.

Sometime after a fire

These pictures are direct scans, un-retouched.  When I did these, I was amazed that the film was nearly pristine.  Even the colors are perfect.  I suspect they were viewed only a few times.


I Remember…Football…

   Posted by: John    in I Remember...

I am sitting here watching a football game on the TV.  You know that goofy feeling you get when something reminds you of something else similar?  I think that’s called Deja Vu.  (No I am not like comedian Steven Wright who says he experiences deja vu and amnesia at the same time.)

Anyway, I was remembering having football on the TV when I was a 12 or 13 years old.  Back then there was not cable or satellite TV.  You had the antenna and happened to get a few channels.  One of the big 3 networks would have the game on.  Dad was the big football fan.  I remember pro ball being on most of the time, but when the college bowl games were on, we watched them.

The big bowl games were the Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl.  The Rose Bowl hosted the Pac-10 champion and the Big-10 champion.  Unless one of them went to the championship game and then the next down was invited.  Orange bowl was the championship game.

The game is the same, but it isn’t the same.  I am not sure how else to describe it.  I guess I miss Dad having the game on even though I didn’t watch all that much.

Speaking of football and the Rose Bowl…Pasadena is the cty just North of San Gabriel, where my grandparents lived.  I remember a couple of times being down there for Christmas and New Years.  A couple of days before the Rose parade and football game, we would get in the old Travelall and drive up the parade route from beginning to end, then go over to the Rose Bowl.  There were a couple of entrances open so you could go in and see the inside of the stadium.  It is not as large as it appears on TV, but still amazing that 80,000+ people would be there on New Year’s day.


Game 1 – WIN!

   Posted by: John    in Sports

#5 BSU vs #19 Georgia.  Had trouble finding a good video stream for a while, as it was only broadcast on ESPN.  No local TV coverage.  So, for the first half, listened to the radio for BSU and had the Oregon/LSU game on the TV with no volume.  Of course, when I finally found a live stream for the 2nd half of BSU/Georgia, it was about 1 minute behind the radio play-by-play.  Kind of like getting an instant replay at normal speed followed by an instant replay at slow speed. 

The bummer is that Oklahoma and Alabama also won.  They will retain #1 and #2 spots.  LSU will probably go to #3, BSU to #4.  And there they will sit unless someone loses a game.

I have been to a lot of places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I’ve also never been in Cognito, either. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips, thanks to my friends and family. I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump and I’m not really that athletic.


The Only Way To Be An Engineer

   Posted by: John    in Random Stuff

Years ago someone asked me if I wanted to be an engineer.  I replied “Only if there’s a steam engine involved!”   Something like this one.

I was so born 50 years too late.