Fun filled weekend

May 21, 2007

This weekend I was able to get a ton of productive stuff taken care of and get plenty of leisure activities in as well. The best part… I TOOK PICTURES of the leisure activities and spent last night posting them.

Kaldun at Tae Kwon Do The weekend started on Friday Night with Kaldun to Tae Kwon Do. As you can see, he is a fearsome force. He seems to enjoy it but with only two lessons under his (white) belt and dad sitting there both times – its a little akward. He has lessons Monday, Wed, and Friday; which seems like a lot to me but I was told if you want to see any improvement/bennfit it has to be at least 2x a week. He has another lesson today at 6pm and it will be a drop and go afair. Its about 5 blocks from our house so I can come home and get some work done while he is doing his thing.

I hope he sticks with it, after 2 free lessons you have to sign a 6 month contract at $100 a month. Assuming he enjoys it and burns some energy – money well spent. NOw we have to find a summer program for him, dang summer all sneaking up on us. Click the image to pop a larger picture and others if you so desire.

The evening continued with “Bark in the Park.” You can take your dog(s) to the baseball game for a donation to the Humane Society. Always a good time. We have been having perfect weather lately so any excuse to get outside on an evening is welcome. When they get there, the dogs just kind of take it in stride. We take them all over the place so they are pretty used to it. After getting over hear mortal fear of aluminium stairs Igasa just plopped down and was fine (other than an investigation into 150+ pound hairball that went south). Bacchus feels the need to stay alert and, well, I’m not sure what. But he stays alert the entire time. The highlight of the night was the Zooperstars, which put on little shows between innings in giant blueup suits. Dang funny stuff.

Bacchus at Driller's Game

That pretty well did us in for the evening if I remember correctly. In any event, I had to get to sleep so I could get up early and catch all the fish in Lake Keystone. A couple law school buddies and I met at 5:30 to hit the lake – surely the bass would be jumping into the boat for such a hary group of fishermen. Boat hitched, and to the lake by 6:00; only to hear that the ramp we aimed for was closed to do high water. Undeterred we trotted to the ramp in the state park that is too often a wait-in-line affair, but were amazed to find 2 lonely boat trailers.

Again undeterred by everyone else’s ignorance of the fine fishing that lay ahead we put in the water, started her up on the first turn, picked the trailer man up at the dock and headed off (started here). Knowing exactly where the fish were we confidently motored North and then West around the point to a little area just off of a private launch. There we rapidly caught our first, and only, fish of the day. The picture at left was taken where the beach should be on the scalpel shaped spit of land seen here. The lake was up some 12 feet and apparently that throws off the fish.

None the less, a good time was had on the lake. We ended up near Appalachia bay where we found a swamped paddle boat. For pictures of that, the only other boat we saw on the lake (sail boat), and general snapshots of the day see the entire gallery. Heck, I even caught a pair of lizards for Kaldun (Northern Prairie Lizards named Godzilla and Tae Kwon Do-do).

After returning home from fishing I did some much needed work around the house (replaced bathroom facet, fixed some siding issues caused by the damn dogs, and never ending garden work) and then we headed off to Mayfest and the Blue Dome Arts Festival. Over all the weekend saw nearly 400,000 people in downtown Tulsa for art, music, food and good times. We didnt get to enjoy as much as we had liked as apparently large outdoor art shows are not fun for 7 year olds. Nonetheless, I took pictures of both as we trucked along. Here are pictures from Mayfest, and here are the ones from the Blue Dome Arts Festival (about 5 blocks away, Blue Dome is a much more ‘earthy’ gathering with more street performers than bands).

Kelli went out on Saturday night to a bday party and I was pretty well spent from my early fishing adventures. Sunday was spent eating at the park, mowing the lawn, and spending the evening (and most the night) at Mark’s for some fine food and wine (with the dogs). No pictures from Sunday I’m afraid, but if I didnt post enough pictures for you to at least START making up my slackness then I dont know what I can do. Then I went home and diligently worked on getting pictures uploaded for my adoring masses (like 5 people). And that brings us to now, I gotta get to work.

Parting gift: A bluegrass band playing in the Blue Dome District.

- Jesse

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You look like a f**king lizard!

May 16, 2007

Al Pacino quote from Scar Face, I hope you caught it.  If not, watch the movie again…

I ate lunch at work today but since it was so nice out I wondered around the yard a bit.  In the back of the yard under a pile of steel there was a whole family of lizards!  Two little brown ones bolted out first, may 6″.  I tried to track them down but they went under a chain link fence and I was unable to follow.  I wandered off and upon my return another (or one of the same) little brown one froze, and then bolt towards the fence.  Before I went in I saw a large (for a Gecko like lizard anyway, maybe 10″) bright green one that went running in the same direction.

I want to catch one and give him to Kaldun.  I would probably of made Kaldun let the little sucker go after show and tell on Friday, but perhaps not.  Kaldun has a mean habit of neglecting/playing with to death fish, hermit crabs, and ant farms.  I think he tries, but it just doesnt end well.  Anyway, on the lizard front I will have to keep my eyes to the ground from now on at work.

On the non-lizard front nothing too exciting has been going on.   We have had 4 perfect days in Tulsa now and more are to come.  The garden isn’t going to drown (not all of it, looks like 2 more pepper plants are deciding) and the dogs can come in without a bath now.  Otherwise, Kelli, Kaldun and I have been enjoying the nice weather in the evenings and not much else really.

On the American Idol front (I admit to watching it, damnit) Blake or Doolittle.  I’d be happy with either, but I’m calling it for Dolittle.

That’s all the fronts I have to report on.  It seems people like talking or reading about books so perhaps I will work on writing up my library.  I should probably have a listing of books/movies sitting around anyway so guests or whatever can see what to barrow.  So there is another goal… which I am slacking on BIG TIME.

- Jesse

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Let the Sunshine Thru

May 14, 2007

After two weeks of rain totally nearly 9″ we had a break over the weekend!  My poor garden drown in places, my dogs are a muddy mess, and the backyard is a disaster as a result.  The reservoir up stream is 10 feet over normal levels, last year it was DOWN 8 feet… craziness.   Oh well, it cant rain all the time.

So with the great weather over the weekend I spent a lot of time outside.  I did some more garden work, assembled a glider swing for Kelli’s mother’s day present, and then we grilled out last night.  Mmmm, steak and morales.  Kelli had to work half of mother’s day, so I made up with it with a triple gift pack of a pre-order of the Harry Potter book, the swing, and a hand-made card (which counts as a gift if its hand made I say!).
IN other non-news, I finished Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde last week, a A Soldier’s Story: Vietnam In Their Own Words this week, and have begun The Invisible Man.  Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde was a decent book.  I new the basic story and often referenced the notion, but had never read it.  It is a hard read in that its written in an industrial revolution dialect with some sayings and words that are not that familiar, but it is not overly burdensome.  Likewise, at 100 pages or so its not too long.  It was an OK read, but I found it hard to keep going since I already knew the ending.

A Soldier’s Story is just that, stories from individuals that were there.  It is organized by event (the Air War, Fall of Saigon, Evacuation, etc.) and there are 5 or 6 stories in each.  Each individual story is 2 to 5 pages long and includes unknown privates, generals, and even John McCain.  An interesting read, but not something you will just sit down and read like a novel.  Good for quick read situations where you want to kill 5 or 10 minutes (on a commute maybe?).

So far Invisible Man has got me hooked.  It appears overly descriptive or analytical sometimes, I’m only 70 pages in.  The basic premise the life and thoughts of a black man a generation out from emancipation.  A Full mini-report when its done.

Not sure what spurred the book reports.  But there they are!  I need to get an entire section together with recommended readings and  movie reviews.  Sounds like fun (and another thing I will probably never actually do).

- Jesse

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5-5, at 5:55

May 7, 2007

Another good weekend at the Fettkether house. Kelli, Kaldun, the dogs and I went to the river parks again this Friday for some relaxation and music.  Nothing too eventful.  We headed home fairly early and then caught a movie.

Saturday we  spent the AM cleaning up the house.  We took all the furniture out of the dining and living rooms and cleaned really well.  We decided to hold off of carpet cleaning since in the rainy spring its kind of senseless as the dogs clearly are intent on destroying our carpet.  Being Cinco de Mayo we headed for Mexican for lunch.

That evening we went to the TACGallery for their “5″ show.  It is every fifth day of the fifth month at 5:55.  It costs $5 to get in and everything on display is 5×5 and costs $55.  We decided to start a collection and bought three pieces – they are on display until the end of the month so I’ll post pics when we take possession.  I would say 75% of the 300 or so works sold within the first 1 or 2.  We missed out of 2 that we really liked, but ended up with interesting ones (IMHO anyway).

Yesterday was more catchup at home.  I planted a couple more items in the garden and did some fence work (pungee sticks to make it so the dogs cannot comfortable jump the fence anywhere.  Not sharp sticks, just squared stakes but it should work).  I also repaired some siding the dogs (Igasa) destroyed and helped Tim VanMeter move a refrigerator.   A productive day to be sure.  Sorry there are no exciting stories, but there’s what’s going on in Tulsa.

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May 1, 2007

Alright, I will try better to AT LEAST keep up on the blogging.  I really want to get the picture updated and have been trying, but I admit I have failed miserably.  Admitting you failed is the first step something something…

Aside from slacking  off on this blog I have been keeping busy.  Doing exactly what I am not sure.  As the weather gets nicer outside we have been spending more time in the yard, at parks, and around town.  This weekend Kevin, Noah, Kaldun and I (along with Kevins dog) went fishing upriver from Lake Keystone in this general area.  Other than not being able to find the ramp we wanted, one cylinder cutting out on the boat, getting knee deep in mud, horribly sunburned, running the boat onto a sandbar at about 20 mph (they reduced the lake level 6 inches damn it)  and not catching any fish everything went well.  Actually, it wasnt a bad day on the lake, clearly it could have been better but…

Then on Sunday Kelli, Kaldun and I spent the entire day redoing our garden.  We weeded, replaced the fencing (dog proof now, we hope) and expanded it to include an additional plot of wasted space in the back corner for tomato plants (some fungus infected the soil at their original location).  Coupled with buying and planting 5 tomato plants, 8 pepper plant, chives and strawberries as well as preparing beds for cilantro and more onions it used up the entire day.  Serious salsa should ensue.

Rainy days have come to Tulsa to stay for the rest of the week… so the office seems a but gloomy.  Speaking of offices, I had better get back to work.

- Jesse

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