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The Bark is Back…

The Huskies are taking on the Spoiled Chil’ren this Saturday…This matchup is personal…Get a ticket, come tailgate and bring champagne…

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…Go get em DAWGS…

“Sounders ’til I die”

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…Friends—-I’m we’re taking a short break from “blogging” for now…Not to worry, I’ll we’ll be back to entertain all of you soon!

In the meantime I’ll be working, fishing, remodeling a nursery room for “huck,” going to Sounder and  Mariner games, stimulating the economy—ahh hell, you know the routine by now…

JMAC might post something, however,  her demanding workload and new “Beau” keep her occupied…

…We all have priorities my friends…Cheers!

Just for you, Pop…

Happy Father’s day to all of you DADS that teach us everything important…

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Love ya old man…

Perfect timing…

Ah, back from 2 weeks of getting married and honeymoon on Maui…It was a success and my wife and I couldn’t be happier…However, there’s another story that needs to be told.

…About a week before we left for Maui, I came home late from fishing and found a nicely wrapped package on my desk…My wife stood by with camera in hand so I was confused—“It’s not my birfday, it’s not any kind of anniversary, I didn’t get a promotion, wtf!?”

—“Just open it” She said…

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…The pee stick doesn’t lie:

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…As one of my friends put it “We weren’t too worried about trying not to try” but it definitely comes as a surprise and I couldn’t be happier:

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So, we decided to break the news to our families during the reception dinner after the marriage ceremony last Saturday…Somehow, everybody seemed to know already! I guess that the extra “lovely lbs” are starting to show on my wife already…I joked about putting a padlock on the fridge…The expected arrival date? January 1st (we all know that the DAWGS won’t be at the Rose Bowl, or any bowl)…No kidding…

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Once again, we couldn’t be happier…

Refs hate Seatown…

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms! Most of you make the world a better place…

The LA Galaxy visited Qwest today and like most of my friends, I invited my wonderful mother to the game today  (I have to keep the photo small because she still doesn’t trust the internet machine):

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…The downside is that today’s match ended in a 1-1 draw due to some mother-neglected refs…It was horrible…Now, we all know how sensitive Seattle sports fans are towards refs…Remember the Superbowl vs. Pittsburgh?  Remember the  Jake Locker “unsportsmanlike conduct” call vs. BYU last fall? Etc..Etc…etc…

For the Refs sake, thank god it is Mother’s day and Mothers were present at the game today…Otherwise, there might have been a Ref lynching…I don’t think there is a SOUNDER fan out there that disagrees with me and it was difficult to keep the language clean, moms…

I witnessed two(2) penalties right in front of me that were missed—the ref was asleep all day…Then we got served another red card (man down) which was a BS call; the ref missed James Riley get pulled down BEFORE he retaliated…Then there was the penalty box infraction that even the 10-year-old behind me knew was a foul…All of SOUNDER nation knew it and we let the ref know…He had police escort him off the field at the end, I hope he got paid well…

The Sounders might be damn near unstoppable if we could keep 11 players on the field!

Anywhoooo, it was a good day…I’m off to Maui to tie the knot…Talk to you soon my friends…

Rookie clamming…

In addition to finally getting out to go fishing, I also had my first clamming experience recently.  JJ did a whole post on clamming last year (http://scudmark.wordpress.com/2008/02/06/clambo/), and I have wanted to try it but I had never been until a couple weekends ago…I should have re-read the post before I left!!

We got up at the crack of dawn and drove out to the ocean, expecting to see lots of people.  It was active but not crazy busy like I had heard it would be. 

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It was a gorgeous day…

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And once we got started (and actually got the hang of it), it didn’t take long to catch our limit, just like JJ said…

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And we had a blast…in fact, we had so much fun, we are headed back this weekend.  Supposedly, things are opening up again for Friday and Saturday, so we’re going to try this again.  (Apparently, somebody didn’t get his fill of cleaning clams last time!)

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And this time, we might try fishing for surf perch too…they were killing them when we were there!

Return of the Fish Whisperer

It has been soooo busy that I only just found time to go fishing for the first time this season…last week!  And of course, it’s been so busy that I’m just now getting this thing posted…better late than never!!

I was sitting at work, crazy with spreadsheets, when my fishing sensei called (aka JJ, aka the Fish Whisperer). He had been fishing one of our favorite local lakes the night before and the fishing was HOT.  And that was all I needed to hear… (See his post http://scudmark.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/paging-doctor-spratley/)

Unfortunately, the temperature had dropped by about 10 degrees, so the fishing was more lukewarm than hot…but we definitely caught fish (it’s not so bad to catch 7 fish in a couple hours…). 

Based on the look on my face in this picture, that first fish took me by surprise…I was telling some story when it literally jumped out of the water, hooked on my line.  I’m not sure who was more surprised – the fish or me! 

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In fact, for the first time ever fishing with JJ, I actually caught the first fish…that’s one dolla sucka!!  Well, it was nice while it lasted anyway…

Too bad that luck didn’t exactly hold…although I did catch two more fish that night. 

And JJ?  He only had to sweat for about 5 minutes after I caught that first fish before he caught his first fish…followed very shortly by his second fish…and so on…until he finally broke the tie at 4 fish for him, and 3 fish for me.munkolake204-29-09200141

Like I said, it was the return of the Fish Whisperer.  Every time he said we would catch a fish, we did.

Not a bad start for my second fishing season!  Tons of fun and fish to be caught…

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