Monday, October 20, 2008

A.I. Needs Your Help!



This is from a recent blog post on www.alpininitiatives.org



Michele, Mikey's mom, has been involved with Karambu and International Peace Initiatives for a while now. They are both in Meru at the moment and helping us with accounting as well as finding the materials we need, hiring workers etc.

Today, Michele met with the the local construction company's supervisor to come up with a game plan that suits our budget. Our original plan was to complete both the kitchen and the dinning room of the community home as well as furnishing both sections. So far, we haven't raised enough money to reach all our goals but we do have enough to complete the kitchen, so we decided to start with that for now and see how many more donations we can get before taking on the dining room. If we don't have enough money to build it, we will put the left over funds towards furnishing the home. The main part of the building including the rooms, showers and bathrooms is being taken care of by a british construction company named Skansen (http://www.skansen.co.uk/). The building will not be completed in time for the first of November so the new "dream" is to have the children move in for the following school semester in January.

We have hired 10 local workers for the next month and we will get started at 8 am tomorrow. We are very exited to get to work!



Go donate!!!

Freshtivities

This weekend I went to Calgary for the Freshtival. I've been lucky enough to be invited to the Freshtival for two years now. It's a special gathering, unlike many movie premiers that I attend, the Freshtival seems to be more personal. Steve (owner of Fresh) puts on a great show and takes care of the athletes in attendance well. Thanks Steve and Sarah!!!

While in downtown Calgary on Saturday we stumbled upon a small group of protesters.

Europe saw the biggest mobilization of protesters, including a rally of 3 million people in Rome, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ever anti-war rally.

According to the French academic Dominique Reynie, between January 3 and April 12, 2003, 36 million people across the globe took part in almost 3,000 protests against the Iraq war.

Pro-war demonstrators have been quoted as referring to anti-war protests as a "vocal minority." However, Gallup Polls updated September 14, 2007 state, "Since the summer of 2005, opponents of the war have tended to outnumber supporters. A majority of Americans believe the war was a mistake."



Also, just a reminder, today is the LAST DAY to register to vote in CA! Forms must be postmarked or handed in TODAY! Visit voteforchange.com to register NOW!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cow Town.



I'm going to Calgary (population 1,042,892) in the morning. I have to leave my house by 4 A.M. Destination Freshtival. More ski porn, good pizza, cows, and an empty city full of offices. I'm looking forward to seeing some faces that I haven't seen in a while.

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When I was home in Tahoe this year at the end of January, I got to work with MSP for about a week. This is what came of it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pizza

I've been doing a lot of cooking lately. While in Utah, I made eggplant parmesan and Alex challenged my eggplant parmesan to an eggplant parmesan off. Anna (Italian) decided she wanted in on the challenge. I went first and it came out pretty good. Alex went next and that guy can cook a mighty good eggplant parmesan. We didn't have time to finish the contest because our official judge, Grete, went out of town, so Anna and I decided to make pizza to continue with the Italian themed week of food.


Before.


After.


Dessert. Chocolate pasta. Sounds weird, but it's really good. Picked this one up at the Farmer's Market in Aspen. The pasta maker said chocolate pasta goes really well with grilled chicken. We decided it sounded more like a dessert. So to all of those who were pessimistic about the purchase, it turned out really good and I wish you were there to enjoy it with us.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bowling



Went bowling last night at a friends house. A bowling alley in a house, no big deal.
Shot by Anna De Masi.

Road Trip.

I enjoy being on the road. I get restless when I'm in one place for a long time and start to get the itch to travel again. I like seeing different places in different seasons, different daylight, and different circumstances. On the way to Utah from Colorado I took a bunch of photos. I'm used to being behind the wheel so I took advantage of the picture taking opportunity.















Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Body World





I'm in Salt Lake right now and stopped by Body World today. It was pretty cool and I would recommend checking it out if the exhibition is ever in your area. There was the usual stuff, smokers lungs, the heart, the brain, etc. Then there were quite a few bodys in various positions held together by plastination. Plastination is a technique in anatomy to preserve body parts. It is what allows this traveling exhibition to exist. The bodys are real. Some of them aren't even behind glass. It's nearly unbelieveable even when you can reach out and touch them.