Archive for July, 2008

In response

July 28, 2008

In response to a comment from my dad to a previous post, I felt the need to share this. Joe vs. The Volcano was an 80’s movie (probably one of the first Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan) that I don’t think went over very well. I really liked it, however (I have a soft spot for Meg Ryan and I enjoy Tom Hanks’ physical humor). It’s a 5 minute clip, but the main message is about how I dislike fluorescent lighting. Hope you enjoy.



July 26, 2008

Jen and I have received a multitude of musical influence from our friends, the Reeds. The title of this post is an allusion to a handful of compilations (formerly known as mix tapes) they have put together to broaden our horizons. Earsnacks 1.0 was a Christmas gift to our small group. Immediately prior to our leaving Tampa, we were gifted with Earsnacks 2.1 and 2.2. Now that I’ve had approximately 1 month to chew on these “snacks,” I’ll share my take. First off, the piano is back. Second, I’m reviewing the second disc (2.2) first as it is the one currently playing, will get around to the second one later. Would include a link to each band/artist’s website, but I’m too tired for that right now.

Volume 2.2

1. Fake Empire by The National: I love the drum intro because it seems not to match at first, then seamlessly folds in. Think I’ll try to find more of their stuff as this is a good intro.
2. Open Your Eyes by Snow Patrol: For some reason, this song keeps getting stuck in my head as I go through the day. That’s not a bad thing, it has a nice slow build.
3. Viva la Vida by Coldplay: I’ve already mentioned the new Coldplay album and this is the song from the iTunes commercial. The whole album is great, and this is another song that sits in my head all day long, and everyone recognizes it when I’m absently whistling.
4. Gone, Gone, Gone by Robert Page and Alison Krauss: This song has a great feel. These 2 are coming Nashville soon and I’m bummed that it’s sold out. I’ve also listened to their album on imeem and it’s good. An interesting fusion of astists that really works.
5. Coconut Skins by Damien Rice: This is one of those songs that sounds great but you have to listen to the lyrics, very interesting. Not sure I fully understand it yet.
6. Under Cold Blue Stars by Josh Rouse: Feels like it could have been in one of those Geico caveman commercials.
7. Not a Job by Elbow: I feel like I should be watching someone in a movie riding a train through a semi-industrial setting, struggling with the decisions they’ve made and the pain they still bear. You get me? Again, I could listen to this song often to be taken to that scene, I should probably listen to more of his stuff.
8. Winter by Joshua Radin: Again with the movie theme, but a walking song. My favorite time of year is winter and I like music that evokes pictures in my mind of cold weather.
9. Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Greg Laswell: A lot of covers really blow, not this one
10. Let’s Go Dancing by Teitur: This is the song in this list that Jen would sing to me. Very simple, but beautiful. Great guitar work.
11. Guess It May by Rosie Thomas: For those of you out there looking to woo the ladies, give her some Rosie Thomas and make sure she hears this song. This applies to any of you who are married also. Absolutely incredible.
12. If Not For You by Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken: similar as the previous song, but not quite as incredible.
13. (Night Time Is) The Right Time by Ray Charles: Memories of the Cosby show and their rendition of this song. Not new, but a whole lot of fun.
14. Mistaken For Strangers by The National: Oh, I didn’t realize that they made it on twice. Another strong showing, I’m not sure that the lead singer’s voice is for everyone, works for me.
15. Munich by Editors: I like the way that such an upbeat song is this late in the rotation, keeps your attention. Just another sign that there’s still some good music out there.
16. Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love by Coldplay: awesome piano intro, goldmine.
17. Untitled 4 by Sigur Ros: Nice outro for the compilation. I believe that Josh commented on how good this band is for people watching and blogging in an airport. Agreed.


July 26, 2008

Walking by the vending machine today (in the children’s hospital), did a double take. For US $1.00 you can get a can of Libby’s Vienna Sausages.


And a special thank you goes out to Murray, Kentucky for keeping the mullet alive.

Job Offer

July 24, 2008

So, I need a secretary. Low to no pay is offered, but think of the upside. Don’t have to worry with filing a W-2, no impatiently waiting for a paycheck, and fairly easy work-load. I only have 3 files to separate my papers into:

Filing system:

A. Do it later

B. File 13

C. Not my problem

You would also be responsible for tasty snacks. Offering unlimited access to the Nerf Hoop that’d be in my office (which, by the way, I don’t have yet).

Ok, gotta jump back in

July 23, 2008

Aarrgh, work is busy these days. Finally made the webpage, but no mugshot yet, not sure why as good looking as I am. I’ve been assured that it’ll get better, but that’ll still be a ways off. Jen and I are both a little tired. We did get a new bed and matress and that goes a long way. I’d post pictures of the new furniture and our green bedroom, but no clue where the camera is. Called home at lunch time just to check in and Avery told me that he went poo-poo in the potty (small victory), he also poked Parker in the eye with one of his “drumsticks.” (actually a chop stick. what can I say, they’re free and he has a good imagination).


July 16, 2008

I’ve got a few things to do this morning, but had to stop to vent. I sequester myself away from the hospital floor first thing in the morning to check labs, look up reports, etc. and I do this in another of our offices. Twice this week (and today is Wednesday) I’ve been sitting here, working when another nameless person in the office walks through the room I’m sitting in, turns on the light, continues on his/her merry way. Really? Did I want the light on? Do I not also know how to turn the light on? I was enjoying the half-light calm environment only to be thrust into the artificial haze of fluorescent lighting. I waited for him/her to leave and turned it off. At least ask people.

Still Catching-up

July 15, 2008

May 26, 2008  Cove Mountain Shelter to Duncannon, PA (Doyle Hotel) 4.0 miles
I planned a short day today so I could re-supply. The Doyle is an old hotel where many hiking stories have been told around the bar. Built in about 1900, it’s way past its prime, but I’m told the present
owners, Pat and Vicky Kelly, have made improvements. They surely offer a friendly oasis for the tired hiker. I’ve been eating more this week and have tried not to push my daily mileage too much. I think I’m less fatigued now at the end of the day.

May 27, 2008 Duncannon, PA to Peters Mtn Shelter (11.4 miles)
I had a big breakfast before starting the day. Hiked out of Duncannon crossing the Susquehanna River, the longest river crossed by the AT. There was then a long climb up to a ridge line where the hiking was
made difficult by the rocks. I stepped on and killed a “pigmy rattler” on the climb. I’ll try to be more watchful because I expect to see more snakes as the weather warms. I’m in shelter tonight with
Scott, who is completing a thru-hike he began several years ago, and Dutch, a section hiker who has been living in the Netherlands for the last few years. Had a nice cooling rain AFTER I reached shelter, so
this was a good day!

May 28, 2008 Peters Mtn Shelter to Rausch Gap Shelter (17.5 miles)
Today was cool and sunny, a good day for hiking. I started slowly because a southbound hiker reported seeing several large rattlesnakes along a rocky ridge I hiked through. I saw no snakes, but I was
certainly on the lookout! I ran into a few other rocky areas, but today’s trail was easier than yesterday. Sheltering tonight with Scott and Dutch.

May 29, 2008 Rausch Gap Shelter to 501 Shelter (17.4 miles)
Today was cool and sunny. I got an early start and worked my way through some rough rock fields. I met a group of Mennonite missionaries who were so interested in talking to a “real thru-hiker” that I chatted with them for a while. I did see one beautiful view where I got my picture made. I met a young thru-hiker “Waldo” who is from Cumming, GA. His name is Sean Reagan and he knows my cousins Brittany and Libby Roming.

May 30, 2008 501 Shelter to Eagles Nest Shelter (15.1 miles)
Today was sunny and the AT very rocky. PA is living up to its rocky reputation. I tripped on a root and fell flat on my face. Fortunately I was NOT in a rock field when it happened and I only got some scratches. I forgot to mention that yesterday’s hike took me to a point where there is less than 1,000 miles to go. Tonight I’m tired and a little sore because of the fall. This is one of those times I just need to persevere. Tomorrow I’ll have a short day, clean up, and eat a few restaurant meals.

May 31, 2008 Eagles Nest Shelter to Port Clinton, PA (8.6 miles)
I hiked in a heavy rain for the last hour before reaching the hotel. I got a shower and did laundry before shuttling to a large grocery to re-supply. A large steak dinner and reading a book completed my day. Heading north tomorrow.



July 14, 2008

As some of you know, I’m busier than I ever have been, ever. So, Take a minute with me and enjoy catching up with Jack Dickens as he through-hikes the Appalachian Trail.

May 22, 2008 Deer Lick Shelter to Quarry Gap Shelter (15.8 miles)
Today was cloudy with a chilly wind, but no rain. The trail is rocky and I’m told it gets worse in northern PA. Today I hiked from 7:45am to 3:00pm, and I’m in the nicest shelter I’ve seen on the AT. I met the caretaker, Jim Stauch, who has taken care of this place for 30 years. He had rocked in the spring and even had flowers hanging in baskets. Tomorrow I plan to hike to a hostel for the night.

May 23, 2008 Quarry Gap Shelters to Pine Grove Furnace State Park (Iron Master’s Mansion Hostel) (17.3 miles)
Today was a much better day with a chilly morning warming up toward mid-day. I enjoyed meeting Handyman and his hiking buddy Long Step at the shelter last night – Handyman is a handyman from Vienna , VA. Both of them are at the hostel tonight. Had cheeseburgers and French fries at the grill next door – a real treat after being on the trail! PA has been rocky and I’m told it gets worse in the northern part of the state. It really is a work out for your feet and ankles with all the irregular surfaces. I will pass the “mid-point” marker on the AT in the morning so I’ll have to start thinking in terms of how far I have to go instead of how far I have come.

May 24, 2008 Pine Grove furnace State Park to Boiling Springs , PA (19.4 miles)
Today was a good day to hike – a cool morning warming to about 70 degrees and no rain. No great views today. The highlight for me was passing and photographing the mid-point marker which was erected by a former thru-hiker to mark the mid-point of his AT thru-hike. Since the AT gets changed and re-routed to some extent each year, the actual mid-point changes from year to year, but the area around Pine Grove Furnace State Park always includes it. I’m in a Bed and Breakfast (Garmanhaus) in Boiling Springs. Some of my friends elected to tent out tonight, and I’m sure They’ll tease me about taking a room. I’d rather have the room and the teasing than to be tented out tonight!

May 25, 2008 Boiling Springs, PA to Cove Mountain Shelter (21.6 miles)
Today was a beautiful hiking day. The first 12-13 miles was flat PA farm land, some quite scenic and some not. The later part of the day took me out of the Cumberland Valley and back into the mountains. In the last few days, I’ve seen quite a few of the young hikers who passed me last month as they passed me again! They’ve taken 5-10 days off the trail to travel and party so I was able to overtake them. I think this may occur monthly until we finish the AT. I just learned today that my friend Hard Bound has stopped his thru-hike. He was a strong hiker, but was struggling with being homesick. By this time on the trail (over 1,100 miles) all of us miss our families and the comforts of home. I have really appreciated the love and support of my wife, family, and friends who have encouraged me in my effort to thru-hike the AT. This has kept me going when there were bad days. Please continue to pray for my health, safety, strength, and perseverance.

Sunday Night

July 14, 2008

So, I’ve held the pager since Friday morning and don’t get to “hand it off” until tomorrow afternoon. I’m bushed. I’m learning and thus I am enjoying this, but couldn’t things happen at 11:38 AM? This PM mumbo-jumbo is plain wrong.

Saturday Morning

July 12, 2008

So, if you have to go to work on Saturday, at least there’s imeem. I haven’t really had the chance to listen to the new Coldplay album, but am doing so now. This is really old news, but it’s a great album. Just thought you should know.