Camping - dog included

September 14th, 2006

This past weekend was a camping softball extravaganza…… my co-ed softball team signed up for a tournament in Mt Vernon, WA, which is about an hour north of Seattle. Instead of driving up and back each day for games, we decided to pack tents, coolers, and a coleman grill to make a camping weekend out of it. I didn’t even have to say the word “camping” to Amos… once he saw the tent and cooler in the foyer, he immediately sat by the door waiting to go. This dog loves camping…. but he’s losing the stamina to stay awake all-day at a campsite. His normal routine is sleeping for 20 hours a day, so being awake and having people all around him sure tires him out fast.

On Friday night, we hit the road and got up to the campsite by 7pm. After setting up a few tents and chairs, we were ready to camp…. which typically means, sitting around chatting with a beer. Most campsites had 4 or 6 people, which doesn’t add up to a ton of noise… but given that our whole softball team was there (plus a couple tag alongs) we easily out-noised the rest of the campsites. This also led to the park rangers stopping by a few times to shush us and finally forcing us to go to sleep around midnight. Everyone turned in to their tents… everyone except Amos and me. Seeing the oncoming rain clouds a-brewing, the black dog and I slept in the back of the SUV, which was both warmer and most-importantly, LESS WET than the tents. In the morning, there were stories of puddles in tents and tales of loud snoring episodes that I was very glad to have missed. The overnight rain turned into a beautiful clear day, but forced our Saturday games to be cancelled. We spent the day lazily playing games and walking around the campgrounds. Saturday night brought the rangers back… and this time, they not only told us to be quiet and go to sleep, but they also told us that we HAD to leave by 8am. I think that’s how they kick people out of the camp… they don’t tell you to pack up and leave in the middle of the night, they give you till daybreak to pack up and be gone. Luckily, we intended on leaving at 7:30 in order to make it to our first morning softball game.

We didn’t play any softball on Saturday, which left only Sunday to play the entire tournament. The first 3 games determined the seeding for the tournament. We won 2 games and lost 1, which made us 2nd seed. In the afternoon games, we beat up on each team we played… keeping them each under 10 runs per game. We were the only team from Seattle, all the other teams were from rural wherevers around Mt Vernon. Score 1 for the city-folk caus’ we won the whole darn thing. WAHOO! Everyone had fun, since winning is always fun. Amos was beat tired after a whole day camping and a whole day laying in the dugout watching me play softball. Everyone on the team kept complimenting Amos on being so well behaved. Well behaved??? I think it’s more the fact that he sleeps wherever he goes, not that he’s trained to be chill. Back at home, a shower never felt so good. Amos still needs a B-A-T-H, (need to spell it, since he understands this word), since he smells like dirty-dog.

Bumbershoot weekend

September 6th, 2006

Bumbershoot is a weekend festival of music and arts that takes over the Seattle Center. With 10 stages of music, dance, comedy, etc going on all day long for the 3-day labor day weekend, it surely brings in plenty of fans and crazies from around Seattle. I got my hands on a 3-day pass to the festival, so I popped in and out throughout the weekend when I had time. The first day I didn’t have a lot of time, so I was only able to go down there for a little while to watch Roller Derby. Yes, that’s right, roller derby. Apparently, there’s a league of female roller derby teams from around the country (Minnesota, Carolina, Bay Area, Seattle, etc) and they travel around doing these exhibitions. After about 30 min of watching, I got bored.

Sunday and Monday acts were fun, including Kanye West, Tribe Called Quest, and Bittersweet. One highlight was seeing a comedy show on Monday. If you watch the show “24″, the actress that plays Chloe O’Brian was one of the comedians in the set. My friends and I hoped that she wouldn’t be the bumbling awkward person that she plays on TV, but sure enough… she was exactly that. We laughed more at her rather than the jokes she tried telling. Tribe put on a very good show, with about 22,000 fans packed in the mainstage stadium. Kanye also packed them in, but his show was a little weak and he played more songs from other artists, than his own. Next year, if I go to Bumbershoot again, I’m getting the front-of-the-line Platinum pass, since waiting in line in the summer sun isn’t fun.

Punahou Wins!

September 6th, 2006

My high school came up to Seattle this past weekend to play in the feature game of the Emerald City Football Classic against Eastlake high school. Punahou came out strong and beat up on Eastlake, winning 23-16. The game was close score-wise, but Punahou was definitely winning both sides of the ball. My cousin Adam is actually on the team and he played phenomenally. As co-captain of the team and an awesome linebacker, he sacked the Eastlake quarterback in the endzone for a safety and also recovered a fumble. He was all over the field kicking butt and taking names. Adam’s family also came up to Seattle and I had a wonderful time reconnecting with them all. I no can speak local kine all the time, so when get chance, I no stay all haole-mainland, but I go back local way and tro’down my pidgen with slippahs on and ono luau grinds in my opu. I didn’t see many classmates of mine, but I was able to run into former teachers, friends and parents of friends who were there watching the football game. I wasn’t able to go back to Hawaii for my 10th reunion this past June, so this was a good alternative. Punahou football is currently ranked #1 in Hawaii and #10 in the Western U.S., not bad, eh? Besides the football team, the cheerleaders, volleyball team and band also made the trip. Having everyone come up from Hawaii, as well as the many many Seattle folks that came out to root for my team, it was just like being at Aloha Stadium. Congrats to the team for a good win and for representing Punahou and the Aloha State with much pride and class.