Monday, March 31, 2008

Dock Dogs

Family portrait - (left to right) Jazz (the mother, barking), Clyde (second litter), Maddie (2nd), Gunner (1st), and Tank (2nd). Usually Clyde is the biggest Labrador at the dog park... Not with his two brothers around.

Clyde went and jumped of a dock for the first time this weekend. We have a bit more practicing to do before he wins any prizes... He pretty much dove straight down off the end, going under for a bit. Pretty funny to watch. Eventually it'll catch on for him, he flies off the retaining wall in the backyard with out hesitation.


Take Me Out.

Yea, baseball is back!

Just kidding. Usually the start of baseball season around my house means it is time to sit on the back deck after work with a book/magazine/laptop and a beer instead of in front of the tv. Not so this year. This afternoon was nice for the middle of January, but it doesn't cut it for the end of March. There was a light sleet falling today.

Clyde didn't mind.

Anyhow today (or yesterday I guess) marks the start of the baseball season. The most dragged out professional sports season known to man.

Fun with numbers. If instead of playing 1 game a week during the NFL season, they decided to play 7 games a week. The NFL would have 1792 every year. That is still 638 games less than MLB plays a year. And the NFL has two more teams!

Or how-about this... MLB plays 2.5 more games every year than the NFL and NCAA Division 1A (or whatever it is called now) combined. That wallows in lameness!

LOL, "Little kid in the mall that keep calling you Garth" and "Books about cats"...


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Get Ready. Because This Ain't Funny

My name is Mike D and I'm about to get money.

Howdy folks! You may have noticed a new title at the top of the blog. I have decided to change the title of my blog.

Why you ask?

Because the domain name was taken. Dammit!

I decided to enter the 2k's and get my own domain name. Yes, you heard (read) me right, I now own my own site. Shocked? No? I understand. Not everybody can get as geeked up about this stuff as me.

I sat at my computer today brainstorming names. Different forms of zactly, my name, goofy names... All the ones I liked were taken. Then it came to me. Who am I? I am Mike D. That is it. What a perfect name for my blog! (Your cash and your jewelry is what I expect 2:40)

Hopefully I will take the time to do a little redecorating around here to go along with the name change. As for the address, no worries. It will redirect to the new website.

My mission right now is to make sure that everything connects up fine. As of right now I am having a bit of difficulty, but hopefully by tomorrow it should be all good. This stuff doesn't happen immediately. When complete you will be able just type in your address bar. Of course, this won't matter to the bulk of you because you subscribe to my site feed with Google Reader so you don't have to 'remember' to visit my site like a rube, you just know when I post.


Friday, March 21, 2008

Some Hawk Love...

After countless dog pictures it is time for me to give the Hawks some love...

I saw this story today on the Seahawks Insider and was really happy.

The Seahawks have announced that Lofa Tatupu has signed a contract extension through the 2015 season. is reporting that the six-year extension is worth $40 million, with $16 million guaranteed. The deal includes the remaining two years on his original contract, plus six additional years.

Great news! Honestly, he is the #1 guy that I would hate to see playing in another uniform. Yes, even more than Hasselbeck (#2). As a fan you get a bit attached to these guys, (that sounds weird, hopefully you know what I mean...) and it is a bit of an affirmation to me when guys sign on for more. Sure he's getting paid, but it still gives me the warm fuzzies. (uhhh, sure)

I miss the pre-free agent era when it was much more common for teams to hang on to players. Every fall growing up, I had no doubts that Steve Largent was going to throw on the blue #80 and drag his toes to snag the ball inbounds. Now I can be comfortable that for the foreseeable Lofa will be doing his thing for quite a few Sundays at the Qwest.

Some other good reading that I found this week was this.
Who's going to be the most productive free agent? Seattle running back Julius Jones.

He'll take the place of Shaun Alexander and be paired with Maurice Morris in a backfield that will turn out to be one of the best in the league.

I'm hoping! The running game was miserable last year. Sure it was fun watching the ball get thrown all over last year, but imagine what a decent running game could have done for us. The Green Bay game maybe? I'm not saying they would have won, Favre was on crack, but it wouldn't have hurt in those conditions. The other thing that I am hearing good things about is the hiring of Mike Solari as the offensive line coach.

Check out his photo in the article.... He looks like football.

People sure have been talking him up. If he can re-ignite the O-line and Julius Jones can do the same thing for the ground game we should have a fun year.

All I want now is some good tight end play.


Thursday, March 20, 2008


Ever wonder why it seems those damn Republicans are always getting into more trouble than the Democrats? Could this have something to do with it?

...but the bottom line is that in the early days of their scandals, Vitter and Craig were labeled as Republicans on every broadcast news program — 100% — that mentioned their wrongdoing. For Democrat Spitzer, four out of five news programs (80%) have skipped his label. On NBC’s Today and Nightly News through Wednesday night, reporters never once acknowledged that Spitzer was a Democrat.

Hmmmmmm... Why would there be a difference? There couldn't possibly be a liberal bias in the media...


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy Birthday to Clyde!

Clyde celebrated his first birthday yesterday on St. Patrick's Day.

BTW, Carrie did the decorating, I took the pictures. Poor dog just wanted a treat.


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Woo Hoo!

Boy am I excited tonight... Formula 1 is back! The V8's are revving like angry bees right now on my television. I love it, they make beautiful music.

Once again there have been many interesting changes during the 'silly season'. Alonso left McLaren/Mercedes after a year to go back to Renault. Kovalainen booted from Renault, trades seats with Alonso and lands at McLaren. Ross Brawn after taking a much deserved year off from Ferrari to fish, comes back running the Honda team that lost its way a bit last year. New drivers, new owners, new regulations. The most interesting regulation change this year is the new ECU computers that dial back a lot of the driver aides that have been helping the drivers put the power down. Before the driver could pretty much mash the skinny pedal out of corners and have no worries. No more! Already I have seen some sweet power slides that have been missing for quite awhile. Hopefully we should see some more passing as a result of this.

My predictions for this year... Kimi will repeat as the driver champion and Ferrari will repeat as constructor. Lewis will come in second, hopefully not by blowing the lead in the last few races again. I think we will still see the Ferraris and Mclarens at the front, but a bit more action in the middle. BMW, Renault, Red Bull, Williams, Toyota and Honda should be bunched up tighter than they were last year. I have hope that the Kingfisher team may score some points. Toro Rosso and Super Happy Aguri will again be at the back.

It should be fun!

BTW, my dog stinks tonight... Ugggghhhh!


Sunday, March 09, 2008

Shrub Killah

Clyde destroys shrubbery. I was all set this spring to do a bit of landscaping in the back yard, but his behavior has curbed that idea. The last thing I need is for him to tear apart a nice plant that I spent some of my hard earned money on. Here is an example....

Luckily this is a bush that I was planning on removing anyway. He doesn't do all this damage in one sitting, it is a drawn out process. I liken it to a drive by pruning. He runs by and takes a piece off a little at a time. Hopefully this is just a stage of his development that he will grow out of... ...soon!

Oops, I almost forgot the obligatory Clyde photo...

Here is the punk looking for another target. Don't get me started on what he has done to the lawn. If he would learn to smoothly apply the brakes when coming up on his ball/frisbee instead of running full speed and skidding my lawn wouldn't look half bad... Field Turf.


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