Monday, December 24, 2007

Back from vacation!

Highly recommend taking a cruise if you ever get the chance. 7 days is too short, 10 is awesome, this one was 15 and felt a bit long. I think 10-12 would be ideal for me. :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Jim and Scott (Pistol/Fabio and Legend)

This was taken last fall, but is one of my favorites.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Shiver me timbers!

Scott was a GREAT pirate! His eyepatch is off for the drinking of wine, but he looked awesome.

I'm a wizard!

What a fun wine tasting! We had to come in costume for this one...of course, I shed my costume quickly once the wine was being poured. No way to drink with that beard on!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Jim and Vigor pondering

What a chilly yet amazing day to ride!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Vanity and men

The animated gif pretty much sums it up!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Settlers of Catan arrived

Love it! Played a few times w/a co-worker and his wife (4-person game) and with the expansions, I played a 5-person game w/my uncle, aunt, cousin, and scott.

What a blast!

I've been playing on XBox Live Arcade as well. It's actually much easier to win if you pretend to be a total jerk. :) Wait...maybe that's my true nature?!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


So my hair is kinda a drab brown...I usually like it when it bleaches out in the summer (see below) but like it darker in the winter than the normal color like above. :)

Monday, September 17, 2007

New desk at work...

Last Friday I moved offices. Same job, still a cubical environment, but much nice desk. My old cube was fairly large and I didn't actually share my room with anyone. I did have both printers and the fax machine in the room, and three large filing cabinets. However, my cubical was built for 2 people, but we wound up just shoving a digital scanner in as my "cube mate". He didn't talk back much...all I heard was white noise and hot air. Kinda like being married. Anyhow...

My new office is tough because I have others right next to me. However, I have huge windows in front of me. They appear to be 3 foot by 6 foot windows...and run the length of the wall. I have a view of Pikes Peak and the entire's incredible.

Today, 3 waves of storms came over the mountains. It's a simple thing really, but it was just spectacular to me. With the overcast skies, the mountains are blue or blue-gray with each mountain, taller and farther from me, fading to a lighter shade of blue or blue-grey.

I'll try to take a snapshot sometime and post it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Settlers of Catan

For those who haven't played this board game, you are really missing out. Better than monopoly, axis and allies, etc.

I purchased the basic game plus the expansion for up to 6 people.
I also grabbed "Seafarers" and "Cities and Knights" with those expansions.


Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I've throwing together my 38th play list...I've heard some great stuff lately.

If you have a spare 99 cents, definately go download The Cliks, "Oh Yeah"'s awesome! Kind of a rockin' Pretenders. I totally dig it!

Some other great songs:
"Under the Moonlight" by Travis. Great tune.
"Bubbly" by Colbie of the best free songs on iTunes I've ever gotten. They do a weekly download that's free. :)
"Oh My God, Whatever, Etc." by Ryan Adams. I've always avoided his idea why, this song is great!
"Slow Burn" by Gavin Lurssen. Amazing acoustic guitar work. No words or singing :)
"A little bit" by Madeleine Peyroux. My favorite song by her.
"Rusting Gate" by Kelly Joe Phelps. Totally worth 99 cents!
"Going to a Town" by Rufus Wainwright. He's growing on me.
"The Guide" by Borne. Another free download I like.

Yet another Republican falls

So another Republican turns out to be either a closet gay or bisexual man. I know, I know, shocking. :) Idaho Senator Craig, a 62 year old married man with 3 adopted children is the latest to fall.

What's amazing to me is that folks keep thinking it's a choice. Yes, the actual "acts" these guys did are choices. But the root cause, the inner feelings and attractions these guys have, could they really be choices? How could you preach against something, pass laws against it, publically say how discusting it is, and then suddenly "choose" to like it? And then choose to pursue it? And then plead guilty to it?

Let's look at some past things that we Christians saw as sinful.

It used to be a sin to be left handed. Biblically, they, radical christians, referred to the book of Matthew and old testament teachings of how the left is the sinister way. Being left handed was considered a rebellious choice. Heck, it's still deviant even today since it doesn't conform to the majority right handedness of our society.

Christians were simply wrong.

It used to be sinful and deviant for mixed marriages, expecially between blacks and whites. Scripture was recited to show how this deviant behavior was simply demonic and against God's plan. N. Carolina finally repealed it's no "black and white" marriage laws in 1974.

Christians were simply wrong.

Homosexual feelings and attractions are genetic. To actually pursue them, just as straight folks pursue dating, marriage, etc. are all choices. Do you wish to pursue happiness or not? That's really what it comes down to. Christians want to take away the pursuit of happyness from gay men and women. Could have sworn the Constitution protects that right.

Christians are simply wrong.

According to Christians, it's a sin to not accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Will they be passing laws to ensure that citizens won't be allowed to marry unless they are Christians? It sounds that way to me. Will they be passing laws to ensure that citizens aren't given equal rights unless they are a Christian? It sounds that way to me.

You see, Jesus freed us from the law. But the religious pharisees and sagicies wanted everyone to live UNDER the law. Radical Christians are present day pharisees. Pharisees were political, as radical Christians are today. Pharisees were a powerful social movement, as radical Christians are today. Pharisees were the ones who crucified Christ...just as the radical Christians are today.

Jesus said there were only two commandments and every thing else falls in line: Love your God with all your heart, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

When did that become "relocate your neighbor", "outlaw your neighbor", etc.? Radical Christians are surprised that non-believers draw their hand back when introduced to a flame? That they spit out the bitter message delivered? Have they become so blinded in their self-righteousness that they've lost sight of both the sheep and the Shepard?

Sure sounds that way to me.

I don't condone what Senator Craig did, he's a married man and likely has a pact with his wife to be monogamous. But let's say this was a female he solicited rather than a male. Does that make it suddenly "normal", "non-deviant", and "blessed by God"? Absolutely not! Attractions aren't chosen...pursuing those attractions are.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Colorado State Games of America

I was able to participate this year! Very fun. Our volleyball team moved up to A the day of and we still took the bronze! It was awesome.

However, it looks like my knee is going out. I must have a really bad case of bursitis. The swelling is insane. I'll try to rest it before volleyball next Tuesday...I had a sub for me this past week.

Yes, I'm avoiding the doctor...I'm afraid he/she will tell me to stop playing. Not acceptable. :)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Leadership... I'm learning that leadership isn't just about doing what's right, having a work ethic, etc. Sometimes it's really about just doing more work and organizing those not wanting to be a leader. :)

Case in point...volleyball. Holy cow! I know 12 folks that want to play, but none of them wanted to actually step up and form a team! It's really not that painful. Once the momentum starts, it just rolls on it's own! Step up to the plate!

I was able to get 2 seperate teams signed up for this years league. I actually formed the one, paid, then will get reimbursed and remove myself from the roster. The other team is now formed, I'll have to go pay, and get reimbursed by those players.

Holy cow! Twice the work just to ensure a great sport has some great teams playing! OH MY!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

yet another quiz!

You Are a Smart American

You know a lot about US history, and you're opinions are probably well informed.
Congratulations on bucking stereotypes. Now go show some foreigners how smart Americans can be.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


This one is actually pretty accurate. But I'd like to see others take it to know if they thought it was accurate.

What Your Latte Says About You

You are very decadent in all aspects of your life. You never scale back, and you always live large.

You can be quite silly at times, but you know when to buckle down and be serious.

You have a good deal of energy, but you pace yourself. You never burn out too fast.

You're addicted to caffeine. There's no denying it.

You are responsible, mature, and truly an adult. You're occasionally playful, but you find it hard to be carefree.

You are sophisticated and daring, but you are never snobby.

Engrish! :)

Heh! What a trip. I had no idea what to even expect from this test.
Your Linguistic Profile:

60% General American English

25% Dixie

5% Midwestern

5% Yankee

0% Upper Midwestern

Monday, July 16, 2007

Productive Monday

I love those days when you get about 10 hours of work done in 6 hours. Today was one of those days. I really don't like being this productive on Monday, but when awesomeness comes, who am I to deny?'s Monday! :)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Seriously, is it starting to leave the human race? I had a coworker today ask how we could erase the white board better. I said, "duh, clean the eraser and use a conditioner/cleaner on the white board!" Did he think that all the built up dried ink in the eraser magically went away?

He also was struggling finding accessories for his new 2000 Toyota Tundra. I did a google search and got gobs (well over 1 million sites) of hits back on accessories for the Tundra. He actually said this to me with a straight face, "How did you find all of those?"
I replied, "I did a google search."
He then said, again, completely in awe, "But what did you search for?"
"2000 Toyota Tundra Accessories...the exact thing you told me you are in need of finding!" I said in an alice-like voice.

A different coworker came up to me and said, "Jimmy (I hate it when they call me that), do you know where they moved my old files on the network drive?"
"Who is 'they' and to what files are you referring?" I shot back.
"The files that I used to have when I didn't work in this department." he says.
"You think I know where files that I never knew existed and were moved by someone that you won't define?" I said, again in an Alice-like voice. "Did you search the G: drive and the other network drive you have mapped?"

Seriously, are they stupid or do they just want me to do all of their work? You can't just hand me a roll of toilet paper and expect I'm going to wipe your nose and your ass when needed! I have REAL work to do!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

How Republican are you?!

Cute test...I got a good chuckle out of it!

I am:
"You're probably one of those chicken-littles who thinks maybe we should worry a little bit, occasionally, about the fate of the planet that our lives all depend on."

Are You A Republican?

Thursday, June 21, 2007


I found a nice piece by Bach that isn't too difficult for me to play. It's Minuet in G. However, I haven't added all the bass notes yet...that does increase the difficulty quite a bit. :)

If you have suggestions for easy guitar pieces, please leave me a note!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Masculine of Feminine

Keep in mind, this is the "traditional" definition of the words.
I'm pretty happy with being 50-50!
You Are 48% Feminine, 52% Masculine

You are in touch with both your feminine and masculine sides.
You're sensitive at the right times, but you don't let your emotions overwhelm you.
You're not a eunuch, just the best of both genders.

What kind of wine are you?

The funny thing is, Merlot is one of my least favorite wines. :)

You Are Merlot

Smooth, confident, and popular - you're the type most likely to order wine for the whole group.
You seem to breeze through life on your intuition and wit. And no one seems to mind!
You're comfortable in any social situation you find yourself in, and you never feel outclassed.
And while you live a charmed life, you never let it go to your head. You are truly down to earth and a great friend.

Deep down you are: Balanced and mature

Your partying style: Surprisingly wild... when you let loose, you really let loose

Your company is enjoyed best with: Some greasy pizza

Non-Conformist or Conformist?

You Are 65% Non Conformist

You are a pretty serious non conformist. You live a life hardly anyone understands.
And while some may call you a freak, you're happy with who you are.

Music purchases

Mind, Body & Soul - Joss Stone ("Right to be Wrong")
The Soul Sessions - Joss Stone
Call Me Irresponsible - Michael Bublé
Elliott Yamin - Elliott Yamin
It Won't Be Soon Before Long - Maroon 5 ("Goodnight, Goodnight")
Snakes and Arrows - Rush
Lost Highway - Bon Jovi
Icky Thump - White Stripes ("Icky Thump", "Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn")

Interesting stuff.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Too funny...Fox boxing. some friends of mine, that normally invite me to anything they do on the weekend, conveniently left me out of their plans for Friday. That's actually good, by the way, since I've got so much to do this weekend. I always hate having to decline an invitation...even if it's to something I'd rather not do. When I asked what their plans were for tonight, they mentioned they were going out w/mutual friends to see mutual friend's sister fox-box. Fox box? I'd never even heard of this!

I'm not a huge boxing fan...but that's a story for another day. Anyhow, it turns out this is where mutual friend's sister actually works. So I ask: "Oh, she works at a boxing gym?"
"No, Jim", my friend replied. "She works at a strip club."

Ah, got I understand why I wasn't invited. :) Life is good!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

It's spring...finally!

Though we had hail today and it's kinda cold, spring is finally here!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Volleyball going good...

Both teams, the intramural team I played on, and the base team I coached, finished the season undefeated. :) Nice feeling.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence
You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.
You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hello Spring snows...

It's that time of year in Colorado where it's 70 one day and snowing the next. But, it'll heat up to the mid 60's this weekend and be beautiful again. :)

Today it's snowing like crazy up in Black Forest, but just ran/snow/sleet in town. Schools are closing, people are driving like idiots, but life is good.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Colo Springs Auto Show

Yes! We really had one this year! It was pretty good, considering the space is very limited compared to the Denver auto show. I'm was particularly impressed with the BMW's a $100,000 car! (photo found on recommend that site for reviewing new or used cars!)
Another car that was impressive was volvo. They actually felt much better inside than I anticipated. Very comfortable.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Where have I been?!

Wow, can it really be over 2 months since I last published anything? Where has the time gone? Well, a few life issues came up.
1) One was that I started gaming again. Not super hard-core, but just that distraction alone accounts for lots of my free computer time.
2) Guitar has become much more enjoyable and I'm spending quite a few hours a week on the guitar.
3) I'm working out more than ever, in the gym. I'm also coaching a volleyball team. That adds up.
4) Riding season starts this month...and I've spent some time with the horses to rebond. Combing them out and trimming their whiskers is very time consuming!

But I'm still here...strong, healthy, and happy. :) Hello world!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Originally uploaded by JimHinCO.
Yes, I am :) I received my new 24" LCD from and love it!

If you like the picture, visit Denis Carl's forum (crazy Canadians! ;) ) It's kind of cool to read the french and english captions for each picture.