I love rocks

Rock shops are so cool.

Our family spent around an hour in this one store alone. Of course they’re all terrifically expensive, but it’s still amazing to look at them…

Velociraptor

While in downtown Breckenridge, we spotted a velociraptor.

Zaque mocked it:

I dared it:

Laralee tamed it:

And Kyra? Well, Kyra just ran from it.

Art is weird

This is the kind of stuff people look at and say, “Wow, that’s so inspiring! The artist really captured the essence of (insert some random object or emotion).”

But when I look at it, I feel pretty much like Kyra.

Zaque on death

We were sitting around the dinner table last night, talking about death (yeah). I mentioned how I want to be cremated, and Zaque responded with:

When I die, I want to be cremated, and then have my ashes placed gently in a really nice fancy cloth. Then I want someone to roll up that cloth really tightly, shove it into a t-shirt cannon, and fire it directly into the chest of my worst enemy.

Lovebirds

Alex finished his spring semester at BYU, so he’s back home for a few months before heading off for fall semester. Kaitlyn came with him, which was really cool because we can hang out with her for a few days before they head to Kansas City so he can meet her family.

Here are the two lovebirds, sitting together in front of the open door (for a bit of a breeze) while they play some online game with each other.

It’s like they’re made for each other!

Engaged!

Well, it’s official: Alex is engaged. A little over a week ago he proposed to Kaitlyn, and she accepted.

They promptly headed off to Middle-Earth for a photo shoot. Here’s a nice picture of them romping through the Shire, with the Misty Mountains in the background.

I’m really excited for the two of them. Next is the fun part: planning a wedding!

Well, that’s complicated

Every few weeks I get together with a group of friends and we play board games. Between all of us, we have a pretty broad collection of games, varying from silly to strategic to simply epic.

Last night I watched the guys play a relatively new addition called Gloomhaven. The game itself costs over a hundred dollars and comes in an enormous box with hundreds of pieces. It’s a four-person game, and they were already in the middle of a “campaign”, so I didn’t join. But I watched and learned the rules. Much of the game looked like this:

Meaning there were tons of cards and pieces on the table, some confused looks as people read the various cards, and frequent referrals to the thick rulebook.

Yeah, maybe this one is a little too complicated for my tastes. After two hours, they’d almost finished the first of two rooms they were exploring that evening. I headed out to pick up Thom, who’s visiting this week, and wished them the best as they continued to figure out all the craziness.

Weirdest meeting room

I dropped some things off at the Zing office yesterday, and it was the first time I’d been there in a couple of weeks. Since I’d left, the building owners had installed some kind of weird meeting room at the top of the stairwell.

These nice chairs and a little end table are literally in the hallway as you come up the stairs to the second floor. I’m really not sure what the expectation is: are the businesses on that floor supposed to hold meetings there? Should clients wait in the stairwell until their appointment? I just don’t know what to make of it… except that the cost of it is going to be reflected in my HOA fees. Hmm.

RIP computers

I’ve had stacks upon stacks of computer parts in my basement office for years. Every now and then I’d go through and purge the old stuff, but still they filled my closet and shelves. Now that we’re preparing to move, it’s time to get serious.

This morning I filled four big bins with old computers, monitors, and parts that I’ll take for recycling.

It’s funny to see that I still have my old IOMega Zip drive (those things were the bomb back in the day, when all we had was floppy disks to move data between computers). Of course there are stacks of floppy drives, video cards, and I even found an old 14.4k baud modem. Yeah, I’m so glad I’ve saved that for almost 30 years.

I found my very first computer’s motherboard, complete with the original 386 chip running at a screaming 33MHz:

And my first laptop, a sweet Toshiba that weighs about as much as four modern laptops:

This puppy is the one I used to start this blog, way back in 2002. I’d sit on my bed clacking away, writing blog posts. I’d take it on trips and plug in the PCMCIA modem and dial into NetZero to check email in Netscape Mail and browse the web in Navigator. Yep, those were the days.

Now all this stuff is heading off to Best Buy, which is the closest place I could find that recycles computer parts. I wonder if any of them will recognize some of these antiques…