There was a surprise in store for Dave, TK, Steve, Hutch and myself when we got to O’Hare – Nick joined us for the trip! Mark and Gina were waiting for us at the airport and drove us to Mark and Dana’s home. Its got quite the interesting layout and the views are incredible! I’ll be posting the album once all of the pictures are compiled. We hit the slopes early this morning and skied all day – I’m exhausted! But the weather was absolutely beautiful and though it had been 3 years since the last time I had been skiing, it felt great! More to come as the vacation continues!

Know thyself?

This may be old to some, but it is the first time I have seen it. Happened upon it randomly – but it spoke to me.

I can’t help but to wonder what he sees when he looks at those images – his expression is the same, no matter what he was going through on any of those days. I wonder what surfaces for him.

I wonder what a flip book of my life would look like. What it would look like for me, what it would look like to others.

I suppose this blog is a flip book of sorts… does it truly represent me? When I look back six years from now, what will I see?

Collective wood

Mr. Colbert giving the dreaded “double wag” of his fingers to the iPhone. Saw this last night and just had to post it. Hilarious!

As far as collective wood goes – Technorati reveals 14,235 blog posts on the iPhone. It is currently the number 1 search and number 5 tag. Though initially quite erect the chart below demonstrates flaccidity over time:

# of iPhone blog posts by day

Godspeed, my friend

Godspeed: a wish for a prosperous journey, success, and good fortune.

While paging through the usual drivel in the RedEye on my way to work this morning, I stumbled through an article about Bush and his plans for Iraq. Suddenly I saw something that made this war more real to me than ever before..

Under Bush’s plan, thousands of troops will be alerted that they may be needed in Iraq – including units already there whose service would be extended, or others that could be sent earlier than initially scheduled, said one official.

Moving first into Iraq would be the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, which is now in Kuwait and poised to head quickly into the country, the defense official said. The Brigade, numbering about 3,500 troops, is based at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

One of those 3,500 troops is my friend, Liam. I had received word of his deployment late one night in December. I had returned late from a party and I immediately tried to call him, with no regard to what time it was or how drunk I sounded. I left him a voicemail and we had been playing phone tag ever since. I had no idea his deployment was coming up so quickly. On January 2nd I received a phone call from his wife Danielle who filled me in on his deployment and also told me that he wished he could have spoken to me before leaving. I too wish that could have happened. Instead I had a wonderful conversation with her, with his new baby boy cooing in the background – united their family is stronger, no matter the distance.

It has been far too easy for me to disassociate myself from what is going on in Iraq. Now that this has happened, I feel a new conviction to support those who have gone to fight for our country, regardless of how I feel about the choices that this administration has made. For every one of the 3,500 troops from the 82nd Airborne division, there is a family… there is a story… there is strength. The same can be said about the hundreds of thousands of troops already in Iraq.

Please join me in wishing Liam, as well as the rest of the troops Godspeed.
We are there with you in heart and spirit. When you return your family and friends will be waiting with open arms, and the bar will be waiting with two Gin and Tonics for us both.

It is a shame we didn’t get to speak before you left – but I am there with you now and will be here upon your return. Godspeed, my friend.

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Oh yes, she will be mine!

I’m in love!

I can now truly say that I’m glad I never purchased an IPod. But as far as I can tell the only thing that the iPhone is missing (besides 3G – which T-Mobile doesn’t even have) is an expandable slot. Granted I’m currently maxed out at 4gb with my miniSD slot on my MDA, but I’d still love to be able to look/edit/send photos from my digital camera on the iPhone’s gorgeous 3.5″ screen. By the time I can find an unlocked iPhone, I’ll hope and pray that Canon comes out with a Bluetooth enabled camera. Until then, I can just dream and drool

I changed the link to point to the iPhone home page at Apple. Check out the flash demos on the website for the following functions:

Internet Device

(Make sure you click on all of the flash guides, awesome stuff!)

Auld Lang Syne

Had a great time at the Tasting Room last night! Lots of good friends and lots of good booze! Somehow managed to not be totally hung over today – making sure to drink water was key! John invited us over to his apartment afterwards and him and Dave shared a few words…

For those of you who couldn’t be there with us – your presence was missed! Happy New Year!