Friday, February 29, 2008


Here's a look at the Walla Walla wine scene.

Twelve years ago Justin Wylie and I were in similar positions. We were representing the fourth genration of our fammily in Walla Walla and we were attempting to carry on our respective family businesses. My family business involved scrap metal and steel while Justin's family made Grave stones and markers. Justin decided the toomb stone business wasn't for him.

Today he run Va Piano Vinyard.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dynamic Immersion


For the last two months I have been dynamically imershed in Rossetta Stones Spanish language program. It's going pretty well........I think?.!#*^%


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Krav Maga

Some of my funnest moments in Karate involved getting pummeled or getting pushed to the point of exhaustion. It' hard to explain, but when some nutty 220lb 20 year old college kid starts throwing high kick at your head with no control it has the effect of about 6 energy drinks. Up till that point in my life that is the most focused and alive I had ever felt.

Here is an episode of Discovery channels Fight Quest. Are resident goof balls Doug and Jimmy go to Israel to train Krav Maga with members of the Israeli military and get more then they bargained for.

Part II and III are up at T.V. Time Limit

Thursday, February 21, 2008

T.V. Time Limit Is back!

I had not updated my T.V. Time Limit blog since November.

When I originally started the blog I wanted to have a mix of old and new. With reviews of current events and classic bouts and matches from the past. What I have found is that I rarely feel inspired to write reviews. Writing a review of an event that you just watched for two or three hours is like watching the cooking channel after a five course meal. I am not in the mood for it.

What I want to focus on is upcoming events I am interested in watching. Discussing why I will be tuning in and why someone else might be interested as well.

Over the next few months fight fans will have several opportunities to watch quality bouts that are not $50 PPV'S.

These are the the shows I will be focusing on in the coming months.

I am starting my efforts with Saturday nights title bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Sultan Ibragimov. Also Saturday night, in honor of black history month HBO will debut a documentary on the life of legendary heavyweight champion Joe Louis

to see my preview click here

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Another Seahawk legend heads to the other Washington

First Steve Largent became a congressman and now Jim Zorn has become the head football coach of the Washington Red Skins.

Jim Zorn was the first quarterback for the Seahawks. Zorn is also a viola player. He inspired me to join the orchestra when I was in grade school.
I wish Mr. Zorn the best in his new job. He is an easy guy to root for.

Barack Star In Boise

Some where amist all the polls, graphs, pie charts and mind numbing analysis I herd 15,000 people attended a rally for Obama in Boise Idaho.

Idaho is one of the whiteist states as far as population and one of the redist states as far as political party prefernce. So when I herd about this event I had to find visual evedince, because this has to be seen to be believed.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

I do a Mitt Romney like flip flop....sort of

After announcing here that I was boycotting the primaucuses.. We decided to attend today.

I still feel that out system is seriously flawed. Dawn spoke with her mother Friday evening, her mother was under the impression that she could not take part in the caucus because she voted in the primary. This would be true on the republican side but not on the democratic side.

With that said.

We arrived at Garrison middle school at 1:00. A huge line stretched out the door down the side walk around the corner all the way to the ball field. We finally got in, we stood in line to find out what precinct we are in. We then joined our caucus. Their were 17 people reresenting our precinct. 15 voted for Obama 1 voted for Clinton and 1 uncommited.

It was an interesting experience. Washington switched to an all absentee ballot system few years back and I miss going to the polls to vote. Today we had beautifull weather after weeks of snow. The pleasasnt weather made the wait in line kind of nice. I still believe that a primary is a better way to determine canidates.
It allows more people to participate and is much less confusing.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Primaucuses: facinating and infuriating

As I was watching Super Tuesday unfold yesterday a few thing occurred to me.

Several of the small states in the democratic race made a mistake moving up there primaries. If they would have stayed where the were they would have been an even bigger deal and would not have been lost in the shuffle on Tuesday.

I find it ironic the hole process is designed to end quickly and just the opposite is happening.

I also think we are heading for some serious controversy.

After all you can win a state and get less pledged delegates, you can win more pledged delegates and have fewer total delegates due to super delegates or you can win a primary and not have it count at all. Hmmm

Peyton Manning "I am going to Iscandar"

My brother Danny has a sports related entry on his blog. I figured I would put an anime related post on my blog. The only anime I am familiar with was the Star Blazers series that I watched back in the early 80's. Clip one is a Japanese version of the opening and number two is an American version.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Friday, February 01, 2008

Childhood Super Bowl Memories

Super Bowl XI: Raiders 32
Vikings 14

This is the first Super Bowl I can remember watching. I was 5 years old and I watched it at the house on Palouse. The Raiders Beat the Vikings up and stole their lunch money.

Super Bowl XII: Cowboys 27
Broncos 10

I watched this Super Bowl at Grandfathers. If the Raiders were bullies, the cowboys were the snobs who beat you without even trying. Grandfather always rooted against the the Cowboys. At the time I thought the shot gun was unfair and should have been banned.

Super Bowl: XIII: Steelers 35
Cowboys 31

I watched this Super Bowl at grandfathers. This Is one of the few Super Bowls where two really great teams met. I remember thinking the Steelers would win. I was right.

Super Bowl XIV: Steelers 31
Rams 19

This was January of 1980. I started my day in Spokane WA. My hockey team had an early Sunday morning game at the Lilac city ice arena. We got home just in time for the start of the game. This was the last Superbowl of the Steelers dynasty. I remember the Rams leading at the end of the third quarter and sprinting to the other side of the field to start the fourth quarter. Terry Bradshaw hit two long touchdown passes in the final 15:00 and the announcers mentioned about 100 time that John Stalworth was the most underrated receiver in football.

Super Bowl XV: Raiders 27
Eagles 10

This was very similar to the Raiders victory in Super Bowl XI. The Raiders mugged the
Eagles and earned another Superbowl trophy for Al Davis.

Super Bowl XVI: 49'ers 26
Bengals 21

This is the beginning of the the 49er's Dynasty. I remember watching part of the game on the big screen T.V. at the Stereo shop at the East gate mall.

Super Bowl XVII: Redskins 27
Dolphins 17

This was the strike shortened season. It didn't seem like the Dolphins really wanted to be Tackling John Riggins.

Super Bowl XV: Raiders 38
Redskins 9

I missed the first half of this game. I was playing the viola at a youth orchestra concert at Cordiner Hall. Who schedules a concert the same time as the Super Bowl?
This was one of the most impressive team performances in Super Bowl history because the Raiders blew out a very good Redskin team.