Friday, September 29, 2006

Lettermen Top 10

Dave's Top 10 list from last night both cracked me up and surprised me with the double entendres. It was about former NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey, who if you will recall outed himself before the press could. That's key to the "humor" of the list:

Top Ten Chapter Titles In Jim McGreevey's Book Presented By "Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey"

10. "The Day I Got Caught Governing Myself"

9. "How To Pretend To Like Girls For 47 Years"

8. "From Schwarzenegger To Pataki: Governors I'd Like To Oil Up"

7. "Another Confession -- I Can't Resist Entenmann's Pound Cake"

6. "At First I Just Thought I Was Bipartisan"

5. "The New Jersey Budget Crisis -- What Would Judy Garland Do?"

4. "A Look At The Governor's Balls"

3. "Politicians Who Left A Bad Taste In My Mouth"

2. "How To Push Through A Bill -- Or A Steve Or A Larry..."

1. "Why I Don't Like Bush"

My wife's favorite was #6...

Thursday, September 28, 2006


Good Day
by Paul Westerberg

Good day doesn't have to be a Friday
Doesn't need to be your birthday
The next one then you won't survive
Sing along hold my life
A good day is any day that you're alive
Yes a good day is any day that you're alive

Asked me mmmm, you had to ask me
In the dreams you tell me
Tell them only you were tired
Sing along hold my life
A good day is any day that you're alive
Yeah, a good day is any day that you're alive

A bad day comes every once in awhile your body says
Fourteen hundred shooting stars and every time
A bad day comes every once in your body life

Hold my life one last time
A good day is any day that you're alive
Yes a good day is any day that you're alive
Yes a good day is any day that you're alive
These are the days

Kevin C. Wing

Friday, September 22, 2006

View From Bagdad

My friend Trish Conrad, a fellow communications flack like me, is currently in Bagdad providing communication and media training to officials in the new Iraqi government. She is blogging from there about her visit. Interesting stuff.

Thursday, September 21, 2006


How should the son of Dracula get someone to read his lifestory? Screenwriter John August has an answer.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Sports Quick Hits

Several sports related items to share:

Oregon/Oklahoma Game:

This is getting big time play across the country. Game was amazing, although I have to admit I almost left my brother-in-laws house, where I was watching it on his projection TV, early when the Ducks were down by 13 points. Even though Dan Fouts was so certain a Duck player touched it before 10 yards, I don't think it was that conclusive. (And can we revoke Fouts's Oregon diploma? I mean don't be a homer, but don't swing so far to the other side that you are so blatantly against Oregon...)

Here are two good pieces on the issue:

1. John Canzano, the Oregonian's excellent sports columnists, gives you a behind the scenes look at the replay official.

2. Dan Forde at takes Oklahoma to the woodshed over their overreaction.

Dodgers Win!

What an amazing game...and I didn't see it! Had to settle for the replay this morning on Sports Center. But four home runs IN A ROW in the ninth to send a game to extra innings, then to win it with a homer in extra innings, is simply amazing. If you, like me, missed it, here is a good column to help you experience the win.

The Contender

If you haven't been watching The Contender, you're missing what is probably one of the better "reality shows" on TV. And this season has been good. The finals next week will feature Steve "2 pound" Forbes, and if you aren't rooting for him to win after reading about his upbringing here in Portland, then I am not sure you have a heart!

Monday, September 18, 2006


Here's another confirmation for my decision a few years ago not to concentrate on getting better at golf: Whenever I am on the course and we are near a lake/pond, I am looking for rising fish instead of wondering how to play the hole.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Year of Baseball

Thought I should update my Year of Baseball, since a lot has happened since I last blogged. In April, it kicked off with a game at Safeco Field, my wife and I went for our anniversary. (Balanced by a night at the ballet the evening before). Then in May, I saw the Nationals at RFK, and then the Orioles at Camden Yards, both in the same week.

In July, I had to go to L.A. to speak at a conference, and low and behold the Dodgers were at home the one night I was in town. So, a fraternity brother and I caught the game, had a beer and a Dodger Dog while we caught up on old times.

Then at the end of the July came the pilgrimage to Fenway Park. I met one of my best and longest friends, Chief Running Miles, in Boston for two days of baseball, a Sunday night game, and then one on Monday. They lost on Sunday, but Monday more than made up for it.

Two outs, bottom of the ninth, two men on and the Red Sox down by two runs. Up comes Big Papi, David Ortiz, and the feeling in the park is just electric. There is such anticipation, and such certainty that Papi is going to come through. And that night he did. Incredible. Easily one of my top 5 sports moments.

Here are some pics from that trip to Fenway.

Pre-game brewski at the Cask and Flagon across from Fenway.

Sunday evening game, which was supposed to have been a matinee until ESPN picked it up as their Sunday Night Baseball Game. That's the Green Monstah in the background.

Red Sox rookie ace closer Jonathan Pablebon warms up during the Monday night game. Our seats were three rows behind the Red Sox bullpen.

Chief Running Miles celebrates the win from the Ted Williams seat in right field. The Red Sox website explains the seat: "The seat in the right field bleachers is painted red to mark the spot where the longest measurable home run ever hit inside Fenway Park landed. Ted Williams hit the home run on June 9, 1946 off Fred Hutchinson of the Detroit Tigers. The blast was measured at 502 feet. Legend says that the ball crashed through the straw hat of the man sitting in the seat — Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21.

Celebrating Papi's walk-off homer and the Red Sox win at the Cask & Flagon.

Bumper Sticker Civility

Good column today from Oregonian writer Margie Boule. I don't always agree with her, but she is dead on with this one.

A person on staff where I work has a bumper sticker on his car that advocates physical violence on the vice president of the United States. "Waterboard Cheney". Whether you agree with the VP or not, I think that steps over the line.

So, I was thinking about what I have on my car. Here is a list:

- Linfield College sticker
- Univ. of Washington Alumni sticker
- Catch and Release Trout fly fishing sticker
- American flag sticker
- Saxton for Governor sticker

The top four are in the back window, the last on the bumper. I actually rarely put political stickers on my car, and I always remove them in a timely manner. Nothing bugs me more than people that leave stickers - whether their candidate won or lost - on their cards well after the election. (I parked behind a Kerry/Edwards stickered car the other day...)

If I remember, maybe I'll try to get a pic of that Cheney sticker...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Stalking Wary Trout

Went fishing last Sunday at a favorite little stream in Central Washington. Had a great time, we introduced the stream to a new fishing partner and all three of us caught about a dozen each over about 2.5 hours. The stream is so small that we take turns fishing, once you catch one, regardless of size, your turn is up.

Here you can see me working a very small pool. Notice the spot right in between the "whitewater" at the base of the two falls coming together, the little calm area. That is where I was trying to land my size 14 Royal Wulff. When I finally did, in fact about the split second it hit the spot, I hooked a nice cutthroat trout.

I always have the goal of averaging one fishing trip per month. But that usually means 2-3 some months, and none others. This year, I am nine months in a row and counting. Going for actually fishing every month. Helps that I took up steelheading, which gives me something to do during the winter.

Excuse Jason's photo skills (cutting off my head, getting his rod in the picture).

Business Seminar

Every so often I get mailers at work promoting various business seminars. The one that always makes me chuckle is the "Dealing with Difficult People" seminar.

But what I REALLY want to see is this one:

"Working With The Stupid and Incompetent"

Because I'd sign up in a flash.