Friday, July 29, 2011

McNabb a Purple Headed Warrior?!?

Aww, man! I can't believe it. I normally have to wait until the season starts to begin talking about the Vikes and their debacles, but goddamn if they havn't given me reason to already with the pending deal to acquire Donnovan McNabb from the 'Skins ... and it's still July! I have been talking steady trash about this guy being a lazy sack of sh*T for years, and now he's going to grace the squad of the purple headed warriors in 2011-12. Check out the blog below from the Washington post. It seems to sum it up well.

Romanowski: ‘McNabb was lazy’
By Dan Steinberg

I’m not sure just how often Bill Romanowski talks to Mike Shanahan nowadays, but he sure seems to think he has a read on his former coach. The ex-NFL linebacker made a bunch of radio appearances this week, and in one of them — with ESPN Boston — he attempted to clear up just what went wrong last year in Washington.

“Mike was not a difficult guy to get along with,” Romanowski said of Shanahan. “You had to be a pro. He wanted you to work hard every day. He wanted you to get there early and leave late and do not be a problem in the locker room. That’s who and what he is....

“If you get under his skin, I’ll tell you what, he will make it miserable for you. That’s the way Mike is....

“You have to be able to make the tough decisions. Look what he did with Donovan McNabb. Do you know why he had issues with Donovan McNabb? He had issues because Donovan McNabb was LAZY. He wasn’t prepared. It is a real bad thing. But guess what, Mike tried to save face, and he got caught in some situations where he should have just come out and said you know what....

“But he thought he would lose the locker room. He didn’t have to worry about losing the locker room with Albert Haynesworth. But with Donovan McNabb, he could have completely lost the locker room, so he got caught up with some issues there, kind of skating around. We all heard it last year when they benched Donovan at the end of a game and they brought Rex Grossman in and said he wasn’t ready to handle [the two-minute offense]....

“I was looking at it and I was like ‘Mike, what are you doing? Why are you doing this?’ And it was pretty clear to me. I know Mike. I’ve played for him. When you kick butt for him, you work your butt off, he will give you ultimate respect. When you don’t, he won’t.”

This does, in fact, track with much of what Jason Reid wrote this week:

People in the organization say McNabb deserves much of the blame for his disastrous partnership with the Shanahans.

They say Mike Shanahan felt betrayed by McNabb. He believed McNabb would embrace new ideas, and work harder, after being dumped by the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s why Shanahan ignored his son’s strong objections and traded second- and fourth-round draft picks for McNabb.

They say once McNabb arrived, Shanahan quickly determined his son was right. McNabb moved too slowly during practice and in games to operate their offense.

Except for the whole “lazy” word.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer BBQ with our neighbors

Summertime is PARTY TIME in the shire!

Yup Yup!!




All right! Keller Williams on Town Park Stage!


Keller & the Keels played the first set, then he came back solo. They crushed it! I think they were *REALLY* enjoying being back up here.

Keller n' Larry layin' it down.

Check out the sweet little 12 string. It was mic'd through the port in the upper body. He spanked the thing like a hound all night.


I don't have a setlist or a recording, but I'd love to find both!! Drop me a note if you can help.

Hiking Bear Creek - KOTO Doo-Dah 2011

Took a hike up to Bear Creek Falls prior to the Doo-Dah.

Bear Creek valley looking back towards town.

At the falls.

Way to pose for the camera, puppy.

Camping at Alta Lakes - KOTO Doo-Dah 2011

Above Trout Lake, near the cutoff for Ophir on Hwy 145

Hell Yeah!

Camping just below the mine structure ruins at Alta Lakes

The view from the campsite in the morning. Sunshine Peak & Lizard Head with Wilson Peak and Mt. Wilson hiding in the background.

Hike in to City Reservoir - July 4th

Taking the advice of our neighbor, we decided to hike in to the "City Reservoir" area of the Wemuniche Wilderness area over the 4th of July. The hike is spectacular, and not too aggressive. We used the Eindlich Mesa trailhead, located atop Eindlich Mesa Road. To get there, drive past Lemon Reservoir, and continue straight as the road turns to a 4wd track. The road is in good shape, and any all wheel drive car or truck should be able to get to the top. It's 10+ miles, and takes an hour. The best advice we got was to make sure and have some cold beer handy for the trip down. The approach is mostly above treeline, so you'll want to get going early to avoid storms. The drop in to the Res is steep, but short, and the climb out to the ridge top only takes an hour.

Us looking back into the Vallecito Creek valley.

Happy Doodle #1!

The intrepid team.

Taking a break.

The peaks that comprise the south buttress of Chicago and New York Basins with silver mesa in the foreground.

Checking out the landmarks on the ridge above City Reservoir.

Doodles LOVE hikes!!

City Reservoir, queue the John Denver.

I think they dug it!

Happy Doodle #2!

Our campsite.

Before heading out.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ska press release focuses on loss

Ska Brewing Oddly Focused On “Loss” at Recent Beer Competition
DURANGO, COLO., (July 20, 2011) —Judging has been completed in the 2011 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition, and Ska Brewing didn’t win a single medal, or even an honorable mention. Despite winning gold and silver medals in the 2010 competition, Ska came up empty-handed this year.

“Our friends at Odell Brewing and Lagunitas Brewing won medals,” said Dave Thibodeau, Ska Brewing President and Co-Founder. “Last year we won two medals in L.A… Samuel Adams Light won a medal. How am I supposed to tell our shareholder about this?”

Despite recently winning two medals at the Australian International Beer Awards—a silver for Modus Hoperandi, and a bronze for ESB, out of 1195 total entries—Thibodeau remained strangely focused on the loss. The medals in Australia weren’t the only recent wins, either, with Ska winning a silver medal at the Denver International Beer Competition for Buster Nut Brown Ale, and a two medals at the North American Beer Awards—a gold for Pinstripe and a bronze for Steel Toe Stout.

“We’ve actually been winning a lot of medals this season, but this loss at L.A. is all I can think about,” said Bill Graham, Ska Co-Founder and Overlord of Brewing Operations. “I know [Ballast Point Brewing’s] Sculpin IPA is a nearly perfect IPA, but I thought Modus would bring home some hardware. Nebraska Brewing didn’t even name their IPA. I don’t know where the justice is in this crazy mixed-up world.”

According to well-placed sources, Ska has actually won as many competition medals this season as they ever have, including a previously unmentioned bronze for Modus Hoperandi IPA and a silver for ESB at the AmeriCAN Craft Beer Festival. That fact notwithstanding, Thibodeau insisted on putting out a press release about Ska’s “loss” in L.A. According to a Ska PR manager who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly, Thibodeau didn’t even want to make the release funny, or poke fun at beer competitions in general. “Press releases are supposed to show your company in the best possible light,” said the source. “No one here listens to me. We’ve been winning things left and right, and all these guys can think about is not winning at one event. I don’t know if I can keep doing this.”

Monday, July 11, 2011

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2011

I missed Thursday, but finally made it up to the show on Friday. This is the Durango Crew for 2011.

This is the only pay phone in Telluride. Time to get that iPhone, babe.

The direct effect of 90% market penetration for cell phones.

The old home place.


Drew Emmit & Billy Nershi

Emmit/Nershi Band with Sammy Bush on Violin.


Girls trip to the Weminuche

A second spring excursion to Vallecito Creek with a much bigger doodle!

Jess & Rufus!

He hehe hehehe.


Catching up with friends out on the deck downtown back in June.

Summertime - finally!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Animas River Days 2011 Pt 2

Owner/Operator Mike deftly guides the New Wave towards the maw of the wave. Note Enis (rear right) squealing like a biaatch at the first taste of cold water.

The New Wave takes the brunt of the wave.

Drama ensues as owner/operator mike looses his right oar.

Will they make it?!?


I think they're gonna make it!

Uh - OH! SwimmerS!

Which way did they go?


Owner/Operator mike wondering what n' tha frick jus' happened?