July, 2007

Voodoo Doughnuts, Triple Chocolate Penetration

Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:34:29 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, Health, a little about life

This last Saturday I was downtown P-town getting my groove on when we all decided to run over to Voodoo Doughnuts. This is a shop which specifically only makes doughnuts. So what you say? Well this place has the most random styles ever. I had never been but luckily I saw Roo there, randomly, and he guided me in the correct direction.

One of Roo’s suggestions was the Triple Penetration. Having never tried a TP, I was a bit curious 1) how that would physically work and 2) what was involved in such an experiment. I tried it.

At first glance, I was not impressed. I was handed a typical chocolate doughnut only 3″ in diameter. I was thinking, ‘Man, I could handle that’. That was just one of the penetrations though. It also had chocolate glaze and Coco Puffs on top – I guess for pleasure?

I took my first bite and thought, ok not too bad, tastes like chocolate but I don’t see what all the fuss is about. I continued to eat still not super impressed with the chocolate performance. The old adage of ‘once you go black’ did not seem to hold. I finished up the doughnut with ease and wondered when it was going to stop being lame.

About six steps later, I said out loud, ‘My throat is parched.’ And here was the kicker, I proceeded to need nourishment for many more blocks as I walked to my car since this devil of a doughnut took every ounce of moisture out of my loins. I felt used, betrayed, and worst of all I did not get to cuddle afterward. The TP had done me in.

W07 Is Complete Trash

Sat Jul 7, 2007 9:54:12 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, Health, a little about life

As most of my friends know, I enjoy my Amber Ale beers more than any other type. Yum yum. I have also been going to Widmer every Monday for dinner with some of those friends for almost three years. So, when they put the two together and make a seasonal Amber, I am usually all over it. Hence my love for their W07, a Summit hops brew.

Last night, I was down at Henry’s Tavern enjoying some nice brews with some friends and decided to order a W07. The waitress nicely informed me I was not allowed to order such a crappy beer and refused to bring me one. I, being in an exceptionally good mood, decided to allow her to bring me something else. I don’t know what it was, but there was a bit too much hops in it for my liking – think mild IPA or rich Pale Ale.

I wonder if the quality assurance peeps in Widmer’s sales department know some of their vendors are specifically telling people not to order their beer. Wars have been started from less.

Bryon Fessler ‘Resigned’

Tue Jul 3, 2007 4:38:14 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, General, Payroll

A little bird told me just two minutes ago that Bryon Fessler, the VP of Information Systems at the University of Portland, has resigned from his position. I do not know any details, but if anybody is looking for a new job, apparently that one is now available.

Mid Year Resolutions (2007)

Mon Jul 2, 2007 4:45:52 pm by Dustin
Filed under Finance, Fun, General, Household, a little about life

To go along with my New Years Resolutions I did in January. I thought I would do one of those Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going deals. Here are my Mid Year Resolutions, in no particular order:

  • Buy a house – As stated before I would like to buy a house this year. I have actually started looking over the last four to six weeks and have found that houses are either very expensive or shear crap. This has not change my opinion of whether or not I purchase a piece of the world this year or not. I am planning on doing so. I think it is going to change to a condo or townhouse though, and I have a few very nice ones in mind. Stay tooned for progress.
  • Get my murdercycle endorsement – I was going to take the courses for this last January or February, but life happened and delays come. Now you might ask, why I don’t just do it now. Well for me to get my license would first take time. Add to that finding a bike. Add to that the short season of it all. At this point we are looking at later this summer just to be able to ride. The season would be over. I plan on getting my license this Fall/Winter and buying my bike early next Spring. Fun
  • Create a world class website – Working on it. Time will tell how serious I become.
  • Learn personal finance – This is actually one of my favorite activities which involves learning. I love finance, so this is absolute joy. If you have read any of the book reviews I have posted (or the four books next to me which I have not posted), you may have noticed I am on my way. I am not trying to become a PhD or start my own VC firm, but I am learning a ton.
  • Get more in shape – With the help of my bike and some dumbbells, I have been working out at least five days a week for two months or so. I feel better and enjoy it. To quote Kevin Spacey from American Beauty: “I just want to look good naked.”
  • Stop some really bad habits – I spit constantly (except indoors luckily), and it is gross. I want to stop this and a few other bad habits I have.
  • Be better with phone calls – I have an issue where I will either not call you, not call you back, or just not answer the phone when you call. It is not that I do not want to talk to you or do not like you, I just plain do not like phones for some reason. I may in fact despise them – ok a bit exaggeration. I want to be better with this.

Well that is enough bashing on myself for the next six months. Let’s see how I do.

You Know It’s Monday When

Mon Jul 2, 2007 4:12:45 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, General, Household, a little about life

Typically, on Mondays at this time I am leaving work and getting ready to go down to Widmer for beer and burgers. This week is an exception though. I am not really busy right now, but short of taking a two hour bus ride or riding my bike, I have no way of getting there. I went to go run to the store yesterday and figured out the clutch was out in my car. For those of you who are not familiar, it is arguably hard to drive a manual transmission without a working clutch. Luckily, I have my bike and can still get to work. To fix it, I had three choices (since I do not have the tools here) 1) drive it to my parents house and work on it with my dad, 2) tow it there instead of hoping it would make it all the way, or 3) have some shop do it.

I chose number three. This is a big step in my life. I am very particular about the things I own and who I let touch/work on them. In fact, I did not let my own mother drive my car (which I have had since I was 16) until a few years ago. So, handing it over to somebody else who I have never met is a big deal for me.

I am definitely having some issues as I am thinking about what this fool is doing to my car right now, and I cannot get to Widmer to drink my sorrows away. Gosh.