Friday, December 15, 2006

Drinkin' for A living

Shit, it's been a long time since I've put anything up here. Mostly I'm still taking care of Rowan, but I'm also now selling wine a couple of days a week at Fine Vines in Reno. So I get to sample a lot of stuff and I'm learning to talk like a wine snob. Kinda gotta do that, since most people who buy wine would rather hear "peppery, with hints of leather and lingonberry" than, "dude, this Chianti is fuckin' awesome and you should try some". I'm lousy at the wine description thing though, probably due to 20 years of smoking burning out my tastebuds. I'm sure I'll learn to fake it though.

Here are a couple of good wines you should give a try if you can find them:

2002 Renwood "Jack Rabbit Flat" Zinfandel

2003 Rufino Il Ducale

I tried a fabulous Cabernet from Nickel and Nickel, but since most of their wines run around $80 a bottle I suppose it isn't surprising. Great wine, but more than I'm normally willing to spend on a bottle myself. Maybe for a special occasion though. I don't remember the year or vineyard it came from, but I've been told that everything they do is very good.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Introducing Carter Chinicci


Tony and Carter C.
Originally uploaded by MIchael Chr.
At this point a couple of weeks old. His birthday being November 3rd.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The sticky eyes came with a lego set that Ro got for his birthday. He probably would have stuck the whole sheet to his face given the opportunity. More new pics at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelchr/

Seattle was a lot of fun. It was good to see friends and family. Wish it could have been a longer visit, and we could have seen everyone that we wanted to. Maybe a longer one this spring or summer.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Iliad: part 2

So after finishing reading Barrico's An Iliad last night I fell asleep and dreamed that I was playing Skee-ball against Achilles - to the death of course. After Skee-balling all day we were at a draw and decided to end the match amicably and go our seperate ways. This pretty much mirrors the fight between Hector and Telemonian Ajax in the Iliad, but substituting Skee-ball for spear and sword. I woke from my dream wondering WTF? Probably too much drinking before bedtime.

On a different note - Fantagraphics has opened a store in Seattle in the Georgetown neighborhood. I'm sure it'll be cool.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

An Iliad

I just finished reading Alessandro Barrico's An Iliad, a reinterpretation of Homer's Iliad.
The opinions on Amazon seem to be either love or hate, with very little in between. I have to say that I fall on the love side, and have no qualms about recommending it. It's a short read and you can probably push through it in a day or two without trying very hard. It's one of my favorite stories, and after seeing the travesty that was Troy (which is high on my shittiest movies of all time list) it's nice to find something both modern and not a piece of crap.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

RIP Bunny rabbit

She was seven and so was pretty old for a bunny. Her back hoppers weren't working so well anymore, and she was more or less falling apart. Still it's sad to see her go. She died last night in her cage. Rowan adored her, even if he man-handled her the way 2 year olds do. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

House Centipede

I found one of these creepy little guys on my living-room wall this morning. Odd since I've never seen one in Nevada before, and they supposedly thrive in damp places. I expect I'll let it go in my garage to help keep the spiders in their place.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Rowan is an animist, Bunny an omnivore

I understand that this is entirely normal for a kid his age, but I still find it very amusing that Ro says hello and goodbye to many inanimate objects. Particularly funny today was "Good bye doggy-poop!" to a pile on the lawn outside of our apartment.

As a result of Rowan feeding her table scraps, Bunny has started consuming things not normally eaten by any rabbit that I've heard of. Including but not limited to: cheese, eggs, and (best of all) fish sticks. She sampled a piece of chicken the other day, I wonder if she realizes that it tastes like her.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Tiffany Bozic

Check out the wonderfully creepy painting of Tiffany Bozic.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Visiting Seattle

We're going to be in Seattle arriving November 2nd and leaving November 6th. We have a wedding to go to on Saturday, and likely some sort of birthday thing for Rowan on the 5th. Rowan will be 2 years old, and the time seems to have flown by. We were considering the zoo and hanging out on Friday, hopefully the weather will be good for it. Meeting up for breakfast with folks on Monday might be a possibility as well. It'll be good to see everyone while we're there.

Tufa Rock Formation


Tufa Rock Formation
Originally uploaded by MIchael Chr.
I went out to Pyramid Lake this weekend to get a break from everyone and take some pictures of the rock formations. It's hard to get a sense of scale, but this chunk of rock is 30-40 feet high. I used to climb all over this in my teens and 20s. I'm not quite as brave now. The walls seem to be a bit more vertical than I remember. Maybe I've just got a more accurate perception of my own mortality.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Happy Trees

So today at one point I flipped on PBS to see if there was some sort of kid programming on to distract Rowan with for a few minutes. What I got was Bob Ross instead which was cool with me because I totally love Bob Ross. Rowan was a bit less enthusiastic, but I made him watch anyway. So instead of distracting him for a while it ended up distracting both of us, but by the end of the 1/2 hour show Rowan was saying "happy trees!".

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Stick Magnetic Ribbons on your SUV

If you haven't already seen this video by The Asylum Street Spankers you should give it a viewing.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Kid Safety Labels

These are pretty cool. I worry sometimes about all of the electronic toys that Ro has and will likely have over the years and wonder if they will be a detriment to his imagination and creativity.

Thursday, September 21, 2006


Notice that the plate in this picture is issued by the state of Nevada.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Online Steel

I think that it's incredibly cool that it's possible to order metal via Amazon.

Friday, September 15, 2006

The End of Summer

At least it feels like it. It went from being 96 a couple of days ago to today having a high of 65. That and it's windy as all hell outside. In addition I'm trying to finish up the wine bar logo I've been working on and I'm having a hell of a time getting going today. Maybe more caffeine is the answer.
I recently picked up a copy of Vegan with a Vengeance and have been subjecting H to a lot of vegan cooking lately. It's a very good cookbook, whether you're vegan or not. There is a nightly pattern that occurs: I tell her what is for dinner, she gripes about weird vegan cooking, she eats dinner and likes it, she gripes about me cooking too well and her eating too much. I figure unless she wants to cook she gets to live with my dietary whims. I'm not vegan by the way, but as far as diet goes I'm leaning more that direction. I'm not likely to give up cheese, eggs, or fish anytime soon, but for a while it seemed like I was mostly living off eggs and cheese and that wasn't good either.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Camel Races


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Originally uploaded by MIchael Chr.
The camel races were pretty fun. Heather's initial commentary was something to the effect of, "I thought they would move faster than that". So she was somewhat bored, Rowan seemed to have fun though. They also had emu races which consisted of kids chasing emus with brooms toward a finish line, but I wasn't in a good place to take pictures of those. The weirdest thing about the whole deal was that one of the big sponsors this year was The Way to Happiness Foundation, espousing the way to happiness envisioned by L. Ron Hubbard. I think it was somewhat off-putting to many people, as the Happiness folks were rather aggressively pamphleting everyone. On the other hand it's kind of cool to have a Scientology tract with a camel on the cover.