July 9, 2007

Back from Lake of the Ozarks and Kelli had to take off on a business trip.  We haven’t spent the night under the same roof in 2 weeks!  One would think that would lead to serious partying, alas, no such luck.  same ole’ same ole’ around the house.

However, good times were had at the Lake of the Ozarks.  The Fettkether clan was as boisterous as ever.  Plenty of libations and good times were had by all.  I played both real and miniature golf (rocked in on the miniature, not so much on the real links).  Threw plenty of cards.  Ate and ate.  Conversed.  Swam in the lake.  And went for some boat rides.  Honestly though, anything smaller than 35 feet should stay off of that lake past 11am.  But all in all, it was a great time.

Also of note… I bought a sail boat!  A 1991 18′ Hobie Cat SE.  All sorts of fun toys come with it (new sails, beach wheels, harnesses, trailer box, etc.).  Now all I have to do is figure out how to get it from the middle of nowhere back to Tulsa.  Road trip anybody?

I’ll keep you informed and work on getting some pictures taken.  The rain is supposed to break but the heat is supposed to rise, so perhaps that will result in some indoor activity.

- Jesse

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Dr. House

July 2, 2007

I’m back up to 80% and going back to work this AM.  Which is good.  Let me back up…

Friday we had some people over, grilled some salmon  and had a few drinks.  NO big deal.  I woke up in the middle of the night not feeling my best, but figured it was nothing.  The next morning I didnt feel well at all and sure enough, ye ole spots on the throat.  So I called in sick and scheduled an appointment.  Went in, negative for strep but here are some pills.  Done and done.

Fast forward to Thursday.  Still not feeling well.  Fever 105F, heart rate 125.  Throat nearly swollen shut with white stuff.  Go back into the doctor.  Negative for strep, tonsillitis,  and everything else they tested for.  So they shot me full antibiotics (ouch, my “hip” hurt for HOURS!) and sent me home with some steroid pills.  By Saturday I was hacking up pieces of my throat that should not have been there to begin with and bursting throat puss blisters.  Not cool.  but was feeling better.  As of today I’m back up to like 80%.  So alls well that ends well I guess.  Except I missed a week of work and life in general…

Kelli and Kaldun are on vacation in Dubuque.  Kelli comes home on Thursday and I leave on Friday to meet Kaldun with the Fettkether family clan in the Lake of the Ozarks.  I had hoped to bring my new sail boat, but alas, I do not have one yet.  Yet.  Still shopping so I hope I remedy that soon.

Otherwise it continues to rain in Oklahoma and there is talk to the Corps flooding Tulsa since the lake is past full and the river already fills its banks.  My house is high and dry, but a bad prospect anyway.  Normal flow is 30,000 cf/s and the current flow is 80,000.  The lake is some 20 feet high I guess.  What a turnaround from the 10′ low it was last year!

I had better wrap up and get off to work. I was too sick to post pictures, I swear!

- Jesse

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June 14, 2007

Since my last post I have done some good schtuff and taken some new pictures.  Unfortunately, I have not had time to post any yet.

1) Went to Des Moines for Otangs wedding, lots of pictures.

2) Took Sailing lessons with Kaldun and Kelli, good times.  No pictures.

and umm, other stuff.  I just wanted to throw up a quicky to let everyone know I’m still alive.  Sorry Im such a slacker but it is supposed to rain all weekend so I’ll make an effort to get some more pictures up.

- Jesse

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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

ps. I have been having some issues with pictures loading, let me know if this is an issue for others please.

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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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