The 4th Annual Nick Voll Memorial Gym Jam A Charity Basketball Tournament and Birthday Celebration Saturday, May 3rd at 12 Noon – Jim Parsley Center, Vancouver
I’ve moved the tournament to the Jim Parsley Center gym this year, as Trinity was unavailable. We’ll play full court, with a scoreboard, just like in years past. It’s $15 per player to participate.
New This Year
In order to provide the best experience for you guys, I’ve attached a survey below as part of the registration. All questions are required. I’ll adjust the tournament to suit the popular sentiment.
I will form each team, with the help of a roster committee, to ensure the fairest teams possible. The signup sheet will give you a chance to say with whom you’d like to team up, and we’ll try to honor those requests as best we can.
The cost this year is $15, and I can accept cash and checks.
IF YOU ARE WRITING A CHECK: write it out to “The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools,” who will handle the donations.
Where the Money Goes
My charity of choice is Fort Sports, the sports broadcasting program at Fort Vancouver High School. The program is run by a teacher at Fort, and is staffed by volunteers and students. It broadcasts live football, volleyball, and basketball games to Comcast viewers in Clark County. They’re good people doing good work that benefits the community and gives kids real-life work opportunities.
Who can play?
This is a competitive, invitation-only event. I am inviting guys with whom I play basketball regularly, as well as some friends I’d like to have at the event. If you’ve been invited, and want to bring a friend, please contact me about it. Since I’m compiling the teams based on talent, height, etc., I’ll need to let you know whether there’s room for another person.
Jim Parsley Center
2901 Falk Road
Vancouver, WA 98661
We’re just about to the deadline for Emmy nominations, and I’m having trouble deciding on which segment to nominate for the Health/Science segment category. I know I want to nominate one of the three Famous Scientist segments we produced, but I can’t decide which one. Can you help? It will only take a few minutes to decide.
As you may remember (or not), we were nominated for our show Science last year, and I want to see if we can get this segment from the show nominated, too. Watch the clips, then vote below.
My friend Micah gave me a couple of DVDs recently with two of our high school basketball games on them. It was our two most memorable wins of my senior year, which was the 1995-96 season. We beat Corbett in their gym, which was the first time that had ever happened. They were also the 2-time defending state champs, although they had lost a lot of players from those teams.
The second game was against North Clackamas Christian, which would go on to win the 1A state championship that year. Their school was actually bigger than ours; we should have also been a 1A school, so it was kind of bittersweet that they won the title, and we just missed the 2A playoffs. We felt like that could have been us. Anyway, nostalgia, huh?
It’s funny to see myself from back then. Some things have changed, like my weight, but a lot of things remain the same, like my waddle of a run. I look like a baby duck chasing its mama.
Anyway, feel free to enjoy the games. They’re broken into 2 parts each.
Portland Lutheran vs. Corbett – Part 1
Portland Lutheran vs. Corbett – Part 2
Portland Lutheran vs. North Clackamas Christian – Part 1
Portland Lutheran vs. North Clackamas Christian – Part 2
It’s been a while since I posted anything, and I think part of that is because I’ve had such a good and busy fall. I thought I’d take some time to share some of my favorite things of the year. These are the things I experienced this year that made my year a good one.
10. Pizza Stone
My in-laws got me a pizza stone for my grill last Christmas, and holy cow was it a great present. We made all kinds of fantastic pizza: pear and blue cheese, barbeque chicken, bacon and cheese, sausage and pepper, and more. Just put the stone on the grill when you fire it up, and when it’s hot, cover the stone with corn meal, roll out your dough, and top your pizza. The crust is crunchy, the cheese is gooey and smokey, and you can’t beat the flavor.
9. Captain America
Now, first off, I don’t think that Captain America is a perfect movie, but I sure enjoyed it. Part of it is sentimental. Captain America was my favorite comic book as a kid, so to see it on the bigscreen was awesome. I have some quibbles with it, most notably its lack of Nazis. The best part of the comic book as a kid was seeing Cap routinely defeat evil Nazi plans. In the movie, the Red Skull (the film’s villain) almost immediately breaks off from Germany to form his own evil organization. I think that was a big mistake, and a befuddling decision.
But that’s my only real complaint. I thought that there were so many awesome little touches, such as having Cap going around selling war bonds in that wool uniform. It just made me happy to see something I liked so much as a kid so brilliantly executed on the big screen.
8. Sushi Chiyo
I love the sushi train in all of its forms. However, Vancouver’s Sushi Chiyo takes the cake (of rice, topped with salmon) right now. Most sushi train places put only 2-3 pieces on each plate, with only simple items like California Rolls available. But Sushi Chiyo offers full plates, with 4-5 pieces, and it offers a wide variety of choices. I’ve had rainbow rolls, spider rolls, and the biggest pieces of salmon sashimi possible. Go during happy hour (2:30-4:30pm), and every plate is only $1.50, which is a steal.
Find it at: 13007 NE Highway 99 Vancouver, WA 98686
7. Four on the Floor Hamburger Challenge
I already blogged about this here, but the Four on the Floor Hamburger Challenge was awesome. It was my baby; I wanted to see if we could eat four hamburgers at four places in four hours. Turns out, almost all nine of us could. Read the blog for the details in all their gastronomic glory.
6. Los Gorditos Mexican Food
Los Gorditos is a taco cart on the corner of 50th and Division, and I think that their burritos are the greatest in all of Portland. The best part of Los Gorditos’s menu is free: their sauces. They have a great salsa bar. My favorites are their green sauce, their smoky chipotle, best of all, their peppery red sauce. The Stacy Burrito rolls up your choice of meat, rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, grilled onions, cilantro, and that red sauce in an enormous tortilla. I always end up dumping at least 4 containers of sauce on it, too, resulting in a delicious, sweaty experience. The red sauce has one of those flavors that makes the corners of my tongue, where the muscle meets my jaw, start to cringe and salivate. Mmmm….
5. The Stormy Weather Arts Festival at Cannon Beach
Marisa and I have been going to the beach every fall since we first started dating 13 years ago, so for this trip Marisa had the great idea to go during the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, a weekend of art and wine at the town’s galleries. She got a great deal on a hotel, so we were able to stay 3 nights.
We went out on Friday and Saturday night, drinking wine and enjoying some interesting (and not-so-interesting) art. It was fascinating to see the different approaches the galleries had to their inventory. Generally speaking, I don’t think highly of the kind of art available at the coast, but I was genuinely surprised to see some paintings and sculptures I found interesting. It was good to see young artists with edgier style, instead of just the dowdy middle-brow fare usually for sale. I’ve had enough of sad Native Americans and paintings of Haystack Rock, and this year’s festival delivered new choices (not that we could afford any of them).
4. Hoops Tournament
For my birthday this year, I decided to throw myself the birthday party I’ve always wanted: a basketball tournament. I invited 18-20 guys to a gym I rented out, split them up into 4 teams, and played a big tournament. We had a clock and a scoreboard, and we played a round-robin schedule.
I picked the teams, and tried to keep them even. I won’t lie: I stacked my own team. But honestly, I only picked guys with whom I enjoy playing, not just good players. My squad managed to win the whole thing. Happy birthday to me!
3. Brandon Roy Leads Miracle Comeback
When Brandon Roy led the Blazers back against the Mavericks in Game 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs, it was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen in sports. At the lowest point, the Blazers were down 23 points, and Roy single-handedly brought the team back and eventually ahead.
I was watching the game at home, and Marisa can tell you, I went from down in the dumps to screaming and standing by the end. Just thinking about the comeback gives me chills.
2. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Last year, it was Of Montreal. This year, it’s Neutral Milk Hotel.
I know, this album came out in 1998. But I only discovered it this year, so it counts, dammit! There are so many reasons that I shouldn’t like this album. The lyrics are reportedly based on the life story of Anne Frank, which sounds painfully pretentious. It’s sort of folky, and I generally don’t go for folk music. The singer, Jeff Mangum, has sort of a whiny, nasally voice.
And yet, I can’t stop listening to this album. The lyrics (about Anne Frank) are strange and beautiful. The melodies are gorgeous and catchy, and the raw-feeling production values are perfect. I think that the album makes you relate to something and someone in a situation seemingly impossible to really understand.
1. Paris and London
My wife would likely kill me if this wasn’t the number one thing on my list, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the best thing I did all year. Marisa and I took about two weeks during April to see Paris. The airfare was so much cheaper to go to London, so we decided to fly there and take the chunnel over to Paris.
I had never been to Paris, but Marisa had, and she was excited to show me the city. We rented an apartment for a week just half a mile from the Eiffel Tower, which was a great experience. We were able to take the Metro train wherever we needed, we ate cheese and drank wine everyday, and we saw a phenomenal amount of art and history.
I never thought I’d see Paris, and to actually get there was simply amazing.
I will be the first to admit that 2010 had a lot of ups and downs. For a lot of people out there, there were more downs than ups. For me, however, a year that started in a low place ended on a high, and some awesome things happened this year. Together, this might mean that 2010 was the greatest year of my life.
I started the year six-months into what would end up being a year-long unemployment streak. I wasn’t sure what kind of work to seek, or whether I would ever have a job again. None of the PR jobs I applied for called me back, not one. I didn’t think I wanted to work in TV ever again, and I didn’t have enough experience in web design to get a full-time job.
With that in mind, I went back to school at PCC, to get a certificate in Web Design and Development. I already had it 1/3 of the way done, so I figured I would finish it while I job-searched.
Right as I finished the certificate, I got an email from my friend Carl, with whom I used to work at KATU. He told me about a job producing TV for Vancouver Public Schools. He has some friends in the district, so I used his name in the cover letter. I was flabbergasted when they actually called me, just a few days after I sent in my materials. After a year’s worth of applications, dozens of them, this was the first time anybody actually called me back. The best I had done before was an email or letter.
I interviewed later that week, then interviewed twice more in the next 7 days. I was offered the job immediately after my final interview. I went from deeply unemployed to a dream job in the span of 8 days.
I call it a dream job because I genuinely feel that way. Unless the Trail Blazers come looking for a backup shooting guard, I can’t imagine a job I would enjoy more than this one. I get to do all of the fun stuff in video production, with almost none of the headaches that made me hate my last job.
I write stories, shoot video, serve as a reporter, interview people, edit video, and plan our programming. I got to shoot and direct a short documentary this year, which was a great experience. I am in the middle now of editing my first reality-style show, which is a lot of fun. I produced a half-hour red carpet-style special from a big event. I also feel like I’m making a difference for once; the work I do supports education, which is meaningful to me.
Another perk of my new job is that I get to play full-court basketball twice a week at lunch. There’s a gym about 100 feet from my office door, and I joined a group that plays on Wednesdays and Fridays. Marisa teases me that I love basketball more than anything, and she’s almost right.
I also began my side business, web design, in earnest this year. I built three sites for clients this year, although only one of them is fully online at the moment. The others are done, but are waiting for the clients to pull the trigger. It has been a fun outlet for me creatively to build these sites, and the extra money has been nice, too.
The most important thing that happened to me this year wasn’t a sudden event, like getting a job or earning an educational degree. Simply put, I feel like I’ve somehow managed to grow even closer to my wife, Marisa. We’ve been together for 12 years now, but it seems like we grow closer with every passing day. I hear comedians complain about how married people get sick of each other after a couple of years, but that isn’t happening with us. I feel excited to come home to see her every day.
Alright, now that the mushy part is over, here are a few other highlights from 2010:
So, it’s been awhile since I posted anything, and that’s mostly because I’ve been busy with work. Now I can share some of that to you: I am proud to present the first documentary I’ve made since college. It’s a 15-minute short on the football broadcast crew at Fort Vancouver High School in Vancouver, Washington. The team, made mostly of high school students and volunteer, brings football, basketball, and volleyball to the community. I shot about half of this, and edited and directed the whole thing. I’m really pleased with it. Enjoy!
For our 3rd wedding anniversary, Marisa and I went to Manzanita for the weekend. Like just about everyone else, we got married over Labor Day weekend, which works out because of the three-day weekend.
We stayed at the Inn at Manzanita, which is only about 2 blocks from the ocean. We got the last room they had, and although it was a bit pricey, it was worth it. We couldn’t see the ocean from our room, but we could certainly hear it. Our room had a whirlpool tub and a kitchen, which were nice to have.
It was a weekend of complete do-nothingness. We hung out on the beach on Saturday, eating salami, cheese, bread, and olives. We had Mexican food twice at the same place, El Mariachi Loco, because we wandered out too late for dinner. It was pretty good, despite the mediocre score it gets on Yelp. It was standard greasy/delicious Mexican food. They had good Carne Asada, the salsa was tasty, and the Chile Verde was flavorful.
On Sunday, we went to the Manzanita Seafood and Chowder House, which gets awful reviews (as a Google search now tells me), but we thought was pretty good. We shared an enormous cup of chowder and a shrimp cocktail, and then each had halibut and chips. We liked all of it; the food and service was good. The only thing I would complain about is that the fries were clearly frozen. But that’s true of most places, and our fish was so light and crispy, it didn’t seem like a big deal.
Last weekend, we visited Seattle to see the Twins play the Mariners, and snuck in a few hours walking around Seattle’s waterfront. Nothing too exciting to report, but it sure was fun. Check out the pictures below:
Scientists reveal footballers' efficiency can be affected by air pollution
A group of German scientists have published a paper which claims the performance of professional footballers may be affected by the level of air pollution.
The paper, produced for the Institute for the Study of Labour in Bonn, examined the form of players in the Bundesliga between 1999 and 2011 and cross referenced it with air quality data from outside the stadiums.
The researchers, Andreas Lichter, Nico Pestel and Eric Sommer will present their findings to the Royal Economic Society's annual conference in Brighton later this month.
pre bonded hairResearchers found that players in their 30s, such as Bayern Munich midfielder Arjen Robben, pictured yesterday theatrically throwing himself to the ground are at greatest risk from the effects of air pollution
Scientists who examined compared air quality data to player performance in German stadiums such as the Allianz Arena in Munich, pictured, said they could measure the impact of pollution on the game
The scientists wanted to know if elite players were affected by air pollution pumped out by traffic and industry
According to the 29-page paper, air pollution costs the EU between £46 billion and £154 billion a year and scientists have already established a link between poor air quality and ill health.
'In this paper, we contribute to this scarce literature by providing casual estimates on the effect of ambient air pollution on individuals' short-run productivity on a national scale for an entire industry, exploiting information on the universe of professional soccer players and teams in the German Bundesliga.'
The team examined 2,956 matches across 32 different stadiums over a 12-year period. The researchers measured a player's total number of passes per match and compared that information to air pollution data from the stadium around kick-off time.
The stadiums were in cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Cologne.
'We find that a one per cent increase in the concentration of particulate matter leads to a 00.2 per cent reduction in the number of passes.'
The researchers claim: 'We find that the negative effects of pollution on short-run productivity increase with the individuals' age and are largest for players aged above 30.
'Moreover, midfielders' and defenders' productivity is particularly affected by pollution, players who are moer attached to the game and exert a large number of passes.'
remy hair extensionsAlso, players who have less rest between games are also more affected by pollution.
The team collected data on 1,771 players from 29 different teams. If a stadium did not have the appropriate air quality monitoring data nearby, it was dropped from the survey.
The researchers conclude that their work may have a wider impact on society, especially among workers in low-skilled jobs and suffer from poor air quality.
'Our analysis highlights that economic consequences of environmental pollution are not limited to adverse impacts on population health.
'Even moderate concentrations of particulate matter commonly experienced in developed countries negatively affect the productivity of a selective group of professional soccer players, young and male athletes, to a considerable extent.
'Our findings hence complement previous empirical evidence on air pollution’s negative effects on the productivity of low-skilled agricultural and factory workers in countries with higher levels of pollution.'
She impressed audiences with her gorgeous legs as she flirted with Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street.
And Margot Robbie’s pins were on display as she strolled around New York City in a short black slip dress paired with a long pink Kimono, on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old showed why she is tipped to be the next Bond girl, showing off her slender physique in the eye-catching number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective.
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Stepping out: Margot Robbie’s trim pins were on display as she wafted around New York City in a short black slip dress paired with a long pink Kimono on Wednesday
The oriental-inspired garment featured broderie anglaise in elaborate flower patterns on the sleeves, shoulders and back, and flowed behind her as she strolled around downtown NYC.
perruques cheveux naturelsLeaving a Tribeca hotel, the Australian actress smiled behind oversized round metallic sunglasses with her blonde locks tied back in a bun.
The Hollywood starlet’s complexion was characteristically flawless all over, but years in the Northern Hemisphere appeared to have erased her Australian tan.
All smiles: Leaving a Tribeca hotel, the Australian actress smiled behind oversized round metallic sunglasses with her blonde locks tied back in a bun
High fashion: The 26-year-old showed why she is tipped to be the next Bond girl, showing off her slender physique in the eye-catching number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective
Good taste: The oriental-inspired garment featured broderie anglaise in elaborate flower patterns on the sleeves, shoulders and back, and flowed behind her as she strolled around downtown NYC
She enhanced her look with natural-look makeup and subtle pink lipstick and carried a small black leather handbag to run her errands.
Margot had been at a fitting for the upcoming NYC premiere of her new film Suicide Squad on Monday night.
Tinseltown is abuzz with rumours that the blonde beauty will appear in the next James Bond film as a Bond girl, following a long line of glamorous actresses.
Flawles: The Hollywood starlet’s complexion was characteristically flawless all over, but years in the Northern Hemisphere appeared to have erased her Australian tan
Going natural: She enhanced her look with natural-look makeup and subtle pink lipstick and carried a small black leather handbag to run her errands
Looking her best: Margot had been at a fitting for the upcoming NYC premiere of her new film Suicide Squad on Monday night
Online polls have revealed the 26-year-old stunner is at the strongest odds to fill the role, sitting at 12/1, while Emily Blunt sits at 16/1, according to Paddy Power.
Others sitting at promising odds to star as the much-desired female character are American model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who sits at 22/1, with Brit Emma Watson further down the line at 40/1.
The Gold Coast girl found her big break in 2013 opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street as the feisty and seductive, Naomi.
Plenty to smile about: Tinseltown is abuzz with rumours that the blonde beauty will appear in the next James Bond film as a Bond girl, following a long line of glamorous actresses
Adoring fans: Margot caused a stir with passersby as she stepped out in NYC
Well made: The beautiful garment had an elaborate rose pattern on its back
perruques cheveuxMore recently, she starred alongside Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend Of Tarzan as Jane.
As well as the blockbuster, Margot has various other projects in the pipeline, including Suicide Squad, in which she plays Harley Quinn.
Other females who have starred as the prestigious Bond girl include talented beauties Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green.
Next big thing: Online polls have revealed the 26-year-old stunner is at the strongest odds to fill the Bond role, sitting at 12/1, while Emily Blunt sits at 16/1, according to Paddy Power .
In demand actress: As well as the blockbuster, Margot has various other projects in the pipeline, including Suicide Squad, in which she plays Harley Quinn
Following in footsteps: Other females who have starred as the prestigious Bond girl include talented beauties Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green
Although the buzz around who will land the role of Bond girl is growing, the film is not expected to be released until at least 2018.
Producer Barbara Broccoli has two other projects firmly underway and is said to be keen to tempt Daniel Craig into reprising his role as the titular character for the fifth time.
Holding her own: Her breakout role was as DiCaprio's feisty wife, Naomi, on Wolf of Wall Street, which her portrayal earned her international acclaim - and showed off her gorgeous legs to the world
Next week will see the conclusion of the 12th season of The Bachelorette, as Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher gets engaged to either Jordan Rodgers or Robby Hayes.
And according to a new report, there's set to be a dramatic break-up ahead of the romantic proposal.
Us Weekly claims that JoJo comes to the difficult decision of choosing between the two suitors after one of them makes a big mistake with her parents Joseph and Soraya.
Family matters: Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher apparently picks her fiance in next week's Bachelorette finale after one of the men makes a big mistake with her parents
Who will it be?: Jordan Rodgers (L) and Robby Hayes are the two men left in the competition, and one of them allegedly gets sent packing after failing to ask JoJo's parents for her hand in marriage
lace front wigsThe runner-up gets dumped after failing to ask the 25-year-old's parents' for her hand in marriage, and during the emotional rejection, JoJo confesses that she wanted things to turn out differently.
'JoJo was sobbing,' a source told Us Weekly. 'She told him, “I wanted it to be you.”'
The insider added: 'It was important to JoJo that the guys get her parents’ permission before proposing. JoJo viewed it as disrespectful that he didn’t.'
Us Weekly claims that JoJo's family liked both of the finalists, but thought that the man she eventually picks was better suited to her.
Favourite from the start: Jordan received the First Impression Rose and his relationship with JoJo has gone from strength to strength ever since
Not true: The 27-year-old former quarterback has denied that he cheated on his last girlfriend
'Everyone thought he was husband material,' a source said. 'Later, they told JoJo that they liked the other man too, but they thought the second would be more loyal and a better fit.'
And speaking about the family's meeting with the runner-up, the insider revealed: 'After he left, Soraya said she thought he was a player.'
It seems that JoJo did make the right decision however, as she is apparently still very happily engaged to the winner.
She likes what she sees: JoJo has also fallen in love with former competitive swimmer Robby, 27
cosplay wigsDenying the rumours: Robby has refuted claims that he dumped his girlfriend to appear on the show
Former quarterback Jordan, 27, has been a favourite to win the show from night one, when JoJo presented him with the First Impression Rose.
Show secrets: Us Weekly revealed details of the dramatic finale
And while on Monday's episode of the show he was seen telling the real estate developer that asking her father's permission to propose would be very important to him, a clip for the finale showed JoJo asking if he is ready to get down on one knee.
Both of the finalists have faced rumours about past relationships, with Jordan's ex Brittany Farrar claiming that they broke up because she cheated on him. He denied this to JoJo on the show.
The footballer is estranged from his famous NFL star brother Aaron, whose girlfriend Olivia Munn is close pals with Jordan's ex-girlfriend.
Aaron finally addressed his younger brother speaking about their fraught relationship on the show during an interview with WISN on Tuesday.
'As far as those kinds of things go, I've always found that it's a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I'm not going to speak on those things,' he said. 'But I wish him well in the competition.'
Meanwhile a friend of Robby's ex-girlfriend Hope Higginbotham has claimed that he dumped her in order to go on The Bachelorette, something which he denied during last week's hometown dates.
The Bachelorette finale followed by the After The Final Rose special will air on ABC on Monday.
She made the right choice: JoJo is apparently still happily engaged to the winner, who popped the question in May. The finale airs on ABC on Monday