Sunday, May 29, 2011

Honorary Ecuadoran for 90 minutes

Ecuador 1
Mexico 1
International Friendly
Qwest Field - Seattle, WA

Monday, May 23, 2011

One final dance ...

Everett, WA

Monday, May 16, 2011

Blistered Earth

May 15, 2011
Tulalip Casino

versus PDX

Seattle Sounders FC 1
Portland Timbers 1
May 14, 2011
Seattle, WA - XBox Pitch at Qwest Field

versus Seattle's soccer suburb PDX

Sounders vs. Timbers 7-2-3, 7-1-3 in league matches between various eras.

When adding 2010 Exhibition and FC Seattle Storm vs. FCP/PT 7-4-4

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers (3-0)
04-25-76 W 1-0 (OT) NASL Regular Season – Kingdome
04-30-77 W 3-2 NASL Regular Season – Kingdome
06-30-79 W 5-1 NASL Regular Season – Kingdome
(+11-11-80 NASL Indoor Jamboree with Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers)

FC Seattle Storm vs. FC Portland/Portland Timbers (1-1-1)
07-26-86 T 1-1 FC Portland - Renton Stadium – Western Soccer Alliance (WSA) Regular Season
07-09-88 W 3-2 (OT) Portland Timbers (w/Sounders reunion game) – Memorial Stadium - Western Soccer Alliance (WSA) Regular Season
06-03-89 L 2-3 (OT) Portland Timbers – Memorial Stadium – Western Soccer League (WSL) Regular Season

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers (4-2-1)
05-10-08 T 0-0 Cascadia Cup/USL-1 Regular Season - Qwest Field
08-01-07 W 2-0 Cascadia Cup/USL-1 Regular Season - Qwest Field
05-05-07 W 1-0 Cascadia Cup/USL-1 Regular Season – Qwest Field
07-22-06 W 3-1 Cascadia Cup/USL-1 Regular Season – Qwest Field
04-30-05 L 1-2 Cascadia Cup/USL-1 Regular Season – Qwest Field
05-15-04 L 0-1 Cascadia Cup/A-League Regular Season – Seahawks Stadium
05-05-02 W 1-0 A-League Regular Season – Memorial Stadium

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers (0-1-1)
03-11-10 L 0-1 Community Shield Match (Pre-Season Friendly)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Neil deGrasse Tyson at Meany Hall

May 12, 2011

I ventured forth onto the grounds of my collegiate arch nemesis ...

Thank you emails from collegiate arch nemesis alumni associations are weird to receive.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Perspective on Fact Checking

I recently took an opportunity to be a part of a project that looked like it would be fun. The project involves someone else blogging about a series of events in both an effort to get through a difficult time and the possibility of turning it someday into a book. The project looked and still looks interesting in principle. My involvement is now very much over.

First person or narrative non-fiction is a tricky thing; the writer both has to be factually accurate and give their personal reflections or perspectives on events that have occurred. I read a lot of this type of material. I enjoy reading how a writer views the material, but I trust that the factual details have been thoroughly vetted; including dates, places, and quotes. When those items are wrong or fudged, the entire context of the item as non-fiction is altered negatively.

Fact checking is essential to non-fiction in that events, dates, activities, quotes, etc ... either happened or did not; these things can be fact checked. If a person is misquoted or something is listed as having happened that did not it is a real problem and not a minor deal.

Perspectives are what the writer feels, thinks, believes, etc ... about the items that can be fact checked. Things either happened or they didn't. How the writer feels cannot really be fact checked because that is the point of the non-fiction ... to get the perspective. Opinions or perspectives are not facts and do not get fact checked. By all means a writer should state clearly how they feel about something.

The details in non-fiction matter and are not a small thing.

It is a challenge for a writer of first person narrative non-fiction to get the details right, but it is absolutely essential. If the details are not correct or blur into perspective the validity of the piece as non-fiction begins to fade. Exaggerations or details being a bit fuzzy can occur, but the writer needs to be careful at that point not to state something as factual when it might not be so, otherwise they mislead a reader. There are ways to do this that do not diminish the validity of the piece as non-fiction.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Finding a dance groove again


It seems weird to think about how long I have been dancing and how far I have managed to go as a lead. Leading a woman about a dance floor to a song I like with good dance chemistry is something I never thought I would achieve. Yet, I cannot seem to generate any real dancing momentum any more.

There are a lot of factors that can explain my lack of dancing momentum. For instance, the group of dance partners I once cultivated as I learned to dance is mostly disbursed. I know longer have one or two reliable dancing partners that I can regularly contact or rely upon to be somewhere at a particular place and time. The venues where I once danced have significant dance culture issues. Well ... yes, all of these things are true. However, all of them are easy to overcome in many ways.

As a single male, when I go to a dance venue I am often in a situation where there are a lot of guys. However, there may be a lot of guys dancing, but not always a lot that can lead. After a few dances I can often shake loose from being just a guy there to being a lead women want to dance with. As a result the lack of previous dance partners being present does not always cause me problems.

Yet, I keep trying ... so there is a part of me that needs it. So, here I go again.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

North Sound SeaWolves Inaugural Game

North Sound SeaWolves Inaugural Game

North Sound Seawolves 0
Washington Crossfire 0
Goddard Stadium - Everett, WA
May 7, 2011

It was very cool to see a new club make its regular season debut in Everett. Although the game ended nil nil it was not without its share of moments. North Sound have a really sweet set piece goal called back for ... something. Crossfire had a sure goal cleared off the line by a far post defender. Both sides hit a post or crossbar. Each keeper was called on to make some tricky saves. Each side had a former Sounder on the field. Hopefully the crowds will keep growing over time. Very cool.

More Nirvana ...

I posted this picture on the EMP Nirvana fan photo site with the following information:

"These are two pieces of vinyl I picked up many years ago before Nevermind came out. I always thought Nirvana was good, but who knew they would blow up so big?"

Saturday, May 07, 2011


The things we "fall into" ...

This sort of thing is Awesome; and since I only have time for things that are Awesome, I had to join in.

My friends of Classic Paintings Modern Times are Awesome.