Da Count, Hiking & Job Status… Monday, Jul 27 2009 

Since I missed blogging Friday I have to add in a Da Count because I have been in a little bit of a rough spot and it’s those close to me that have offered their support that keep me going. After losing the job it was my friends and family that really helped me keep my chin up and they didn’t allow me to get sucked into the void of the “poor me pity party” that could have occurred. So to those that really stood up and helped me with words of encouragement, acknowledgment of actions and behavior, thank you. It’s your support and love that helps through this tough time.

We went hiking yesterday. It’s s Sunday tradition that I will fight to hold on to! This weekend we went to Florence Lake to check out the camp sites and to see if we could get to Jackass Meadow. We got to the lake and then drove around to get to the backside of the dam at Florence Lake. The dam is an interesting structure that has a completely unique architecture to it. It’s pretty awesome. Pics:

Florence Lake 003Florence Lake and dam

Florence Lake 010the view from behind the dam

Florence Lake 016backside of the dam

Florence Lake 017it was really big and cool looking

Florence Lake 023a cool waterfall

Florence Lake 028Fishing and lunch spot

Florence Lake 035we found Jackass Meadow

Florence Lake 047a view from the car around Kaiser Pass

Florence Lake 050On the way back we stopped by Portal Powerhouse and read about John Eastwood

This weekend wasn’t about a major hike (although there are plans to get a leg of the Half Dome hike in next week) but scouting campsites and relaxing. It rained on us again, although not as bad as last weekend! It was nice to get away and fine peace and solice in the mountains and the beauty of mother nature. Learning about John Eastwood was cool too, educational as well as peaceful. After we got back it was a quick shower and then off to CIRCA to work. It was Matt D.’s last night (and birthday) of DJ-ing and we will MISS HIM! The crowd was great and I was ti-red after work was done.

I’m still looking for a job, it’s rough out there and the competition is high, but I will not allow it to slow me down. I’m finding little prjects to complete, Rogue to work on and lots of things to get caught up on. So, sorry I’ve been MIA, but that’s life, no?


Hiking: Mist Falls Thursday, Jul 23 2009 

In the Kings National Forest we hiked a 4.6 mile 650 ft. gain to Mist Falls from Road’s End. It was a nice day, cloudy with 20% chance of thunderstorms. After a quick bite to give us energy, we started on the trail. We heard thunder bouncing from cloud to cloud and echoing off the peaks. We were putting ourselves at risk by hiking into a storm, but we did it anyway. It was beautiful and we got cold, on a day where Fresno hit a record 112 degrees! Good timing on our part, no?

Mist Falls 002

this is the trail head.

Mist Falls 004

a view from the hike

Mist Falls 007it was raining in the distance and the thunder was echoing

Mist Falls 010

the trail was beautiful with many different views

Mist Falls 013we hiked along the river for a bit, it was beautiful

Mist Falls 016these falls were down river from our final falls destination

Mist Falls 021had it not been raining, I don’t think we wouldhave seen this alpine river/run off

Mist Falls 026another down river falls with an impressive drop off

Mist Falls 029we came across this guy at Mist Falls

Mist Falls 031they were definitely misty! beautiful

Mist Falls 035after we made it to the falls it started pissing rain, so we stayed under some trees waiting it out. it didn’t let up completely and we knew we needed to get back to the trazil head before we got stuck. on the trail there is an exposed granite rock face, while thunder and lightening happens, you don ‘t want to be there. also we saw plumes of smoke and feared getting stuck behind a forest fire. we booked it out, completing the 4.6 miles in an hour.

Mist Falls 037we weren’t the only ones caught in the rain

I’ve been on a hunt Wednesday, Jul 22 2009 

a job hunt that is.  After losing my full time job I’ve been scrambling to find something comparable to what I had.  I am confident that I will be able to find something and will keep people posted.  In these economic hard times it’s hard to stay away from the poor me mentality, but it’s a must. Onward and upward. Thank you to you that have already expressed positive thoughts and distant hung, they are much appreciated.

Da Count: Live Theatre Friday, Jul 17 2009 

dacountAh yes, the joys of live theatre. It’s pretty impressive when you imagine that each and every show has an unknown variable. There is always the tickle in the back of your mind regarding murphy and his law. But the show much go on!

Last night at As You Like It there were many little things that were handled well by the actors on stage. It was a fun evening to witness and be a part of. My hats go off to the cast for handling their unknowns so well. First, it was an understady night. One of the actors was out of town this weekend, so a new and different actor filled in. Sure, this is not all that uncommon, but still, it throws a little bit of a quirk in the game. Of course you have to deal with the peacocks and their sometimes seemingly on cue call. It’s fun to make fun of it, it’s a comedy, play with it. Oh and in the last few minutes when the sprinklers go off on your unsuspecting audience, pause and laugh, because it’s hilarious.

Yeah… good times to be had by all! 🙂

WSF: As You Like It Thursday, Jul 16 2009 

I’m going to go see the Woodward Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It. Doors are at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 8:00 pm. We will be sitting picnic style with our ice chests and whatever tasty beverages of choice!

Don’t you wanna come and see a show???

Simply Amazing Monday, Jul 13 2009 

If you didn’t catch last night’s premier of the first 3 episodes of the 6 episode series WILD PACIFIC, I highly recommend you watch Discovery Channel tonight and see the remaining 3. I’m sure this series will be played again and again. It is spectacular (especially on HD) to see the formation and wonderful critters that are supported and sustained by the Pacific Ocean.  

I don’t knowif the same people behind Planet Earth is behind this one, but the camera work and the flow is very similar. It’s beautiful to see overhead camera shots of Bora Bora and other Paradise islands. Check it out!!!

Da Count: Teamwork Friday, Jul 10 2009 

dacountBe it professional, personal, family and friends… teamwork is vital to haing a smooth and comfortable relationship in any situation. Communication plays a big part in teamwork, it’s up to a team member to speak up and communicate needs, worries, joys and tears. I have found myself working particularly well with a few teams right now and I am truly blessed to be a part of those teams. I appreciate my teammates acceptance and I love their participation in my life.

So on this Friday of all Friday’s (why, I don’t know, but it is) Here’s to Teamwork!!!


Happy Friday!!!

Suggestions from you Bartender: Thursday, Jul 9 2009 

(1) When the bar is busy, don’t yell your drink out at the bartender, they are not listening to you, they are busy keeping multiple drink orders in their memory and tabulating cost.

(2) When the bartender gets to your order, DO NOT one up them as soon as your drinks are served, order everything you want in that round at once, or be prepared to wait your turn again.

(3) If the bartender is busy and you feel neglected, do not stand on the first rung of the bar stool and intently stare down the bartender while leaning over the bar. This is creepy and will only delay your drink order.

(4) If you are not old enough to consume alcohol, do not scoff at the bartender when you have to pay for water. This is a bar. Nothing is free.

(5) If the bartender is busy DO NOT shrilly whistle at the bartender. This will result in you being the absolute LAST person served just because you’ve annoyed and disrespected the bartender. We are not dogs. We are humans working to make sure you have a good time, please respect that.

(6) If it is hot in the club and you use napkins to wipe away sweat, please be health conscious and DO NOT leave your sweaty napkin on the bar! There is a trashcan not 5 feet away from you, that is the appropriate place to put it.

(7) If the bartender is covering for your favorite/friend/regular bartender, please do not instruct the unknown bartender on how to do their job. If they are behind the bar, usually they are competent enough to serve you.

Side Note: If the new bartender does not know how to make your particular drink, it is completely acceptable to tell the bartender how your prefer it, instead of requesting a new drink after a drink has been mis-poured.

(8) Do not ask the bartender “What’s good?” Or say “I want something sweet with a lot of alcohol that I cannot taste.” This is highly annoying. When the bartender actually makes you something sweet, do not complain about it. That is rude.

(9) All bars cater to the neighborhood you are in. If your normal haunt is in another part of town, do not expect your behavior to be cute or funny.

(10) Yes, Bartenders are there to serve you, but we are also responsible for what we serve you. In a bar the saying: “The customer is always right” DOES NOT apply. The bartender is liable for you if you get hurt or get in an accident. The bartender DOES NOT want to pay a fine for your irresponsibility, we probably couldn’t afford it anyway. So please remember that the bartender is human and please respect the rules.

New Routine… Wednesday, Jul 8 2009 

Ok so we were a little actually still drunk hungover on Sunday after the 4th of July celebrations and so we did not head up to the mountains to hike. We’re starting a new routine this week to (1) make up for our lack of hike this weekend, and (2) to step up the training and have something mid-week. On wednesdays we’ll be hiking to the river and back at Woodward Park. I’ve never done it before but it should be fun. We’ll go at pace and hopefully it’ll be just what we need to step it up a bit.

If you didn’t believe me yesterday…. Tuesday, Jul 7 2009 

BELIEVE today!!! PANDA rocks and deserves to be in the All Star Game!!!!! He hit a game deciding GRAND SALAMI!!!



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