Stellar Pizza Lives

A couple of months ago, I posted my tearful farewell to a favorite restaurant, which had closed due to a staggering tax bill: Stellar Pizza I’m not sure what happened, but they re-opened on Tuesday! We had dinner there last night. Same menu. Presumably a different owner? Long live Stellar Pizza!

Movies!

Here are the movies I watched on my two 12-hour plane rides to/from China. I’m always a few years behind the rest of the world when it comes to pop culture. Dallas Buyers Club: I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it. Physical transformation aside, I wasn’t sure what was so great about Matthew McConaughy’s performance. Nebraska: I wanted to see it because it was written by Bob Nelson, who lives near Seattle.

China

I just returned from 10 days in China. I stayed in Beijing and saw the Great Wall, Tianamen Square, the Forbidden City, the Olympic park, and much, much more. Photographic evidence. This is the first time I’ve taken all of my camera gear on vacation with me, and it paid off. I am particularly proud of this photo, which happened completely by accident:

Ethics

Armed robber was never told to report to prison. Lance Armstrong is a cheater and by most accounts an insufferable asshole. Those qualities led to his success, and he has leveraged his success to create a charitable organization focused on fighting cancer. If his charity finds some amazing breakthrough in cancer treatment, does that somehow render the cheating and bad behavior net beneficial? Bill Gates possibly broke laws and certainly behaved unethically in pursuit of his fortune.

CrossFit, Part 1

I first noticed the CrossFit people in the summer of 2011. I was picking up a prescription at the Bartells drug store, and the folks from the nearby CrossFit gym (I cannot bring myself to call it a “box”) were sprinting laps around the block. They were all in fabulous shape. At the time, I had done a lot of running but not very much strength training or other aerobic conditioning.

This is why I'd suck at politics.

Joe Biden in GQ on Being President in 2016. I keep reading about Joe Biden vs. Hillary Clinton. Who’s in, who’s out, will she run, is he too old? All the stories are the same. The media is manufacturing an “American Idol’-esque contest. You know what I’d like to see? I’d like to see Biden and Clinton announce their candidacies on the same stage-together, appearing as good friends (even if they aren’t) with big smiles.

Stellar Pizza

I discovered Stellar Pizza late in the summer of 2001. Back then, I had a hopeless crush on a girl who was moving to California. Of course, I attended her farewell party at Stellar Pizza in hope that it would finally be the night that I’d be able to set aside my awkwardness. I was intrigued by the location–not Ballard, or Fremont, or Capitol Hill–but Georgetown, just north of the airport.

Disneyland

We just returned to Seattle from a week at Disneyland. For anyone considering a trip to Disneyland with a toddler, here are some possibly useful notes. Hotel: if you can afford to stay at a Disney resort hotel, you can afford the Grand Californian. It is the only Disney hotel that is reasonably close to the parks (and has its own entrance to California Adventure), and looks to be the nicest of the three.

Travel

No home improvement updates because I’ve just returned from a week in Europe for work. I spent two days in Cork, Ireland, and two days in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was really taken with Edinburgh. It is one of those places I’d never really considered visiting, but even after just a couple of days, I’d rank it among my favorite cities. Whenever I travel to the United Kingdom or Ireland, it always takes me a day or so to get used to the fact that everyone is still speaking English.

Even more fun with home improvement

Since my last update, I’ve painted the walls and installed all but one of the new electrical outlets. Now I’m working on installing an IKEA “Tundra” click-together faux-hardwood floor. In a couple of hours this morning, I’ve made it through about half the room (the easy half):                 Assembling the floor is really easy, once you get the hang of it. It took me a frustrating hour of re-trying, cutting pieces incorrectly, and watching YouTube videos before I finally figured out what I was doing.