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Fighter Pilot For a Day with Air Combat USA

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The experience of a life time is what I told my family and friends when I was trying to get them to go with me to become a "fighter pilot for a day"; Air Combat USA did not disappoint. I found out about Air Combat USA through the 2008 annual Angelorum auction which I was helping to procure auction items for. When a fellow auction team member said he would be procuring this item I knew that I wanted to go and could probably get some coworkers to go with me. As it turned out we had six people go in our group. My dad and I, then three other co workers that work at the Cypress Lynnwood office and the son in-law of one of my coworkers. One of my coworkers, Steve Fouts, has posted his ... [There is more. Click on the title above.][more]

Family Visit to Mt. Rainier

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My sister Molly, Nate her husband, my parents, and my nephew had never been to Mt. Rainier. I was hoping for clear skies since it was late August, but, we got clouds and rain. Nate and Molly had rented a minivan which allowed all of us to ride comfortably on the 3 hour drive from my house to the Paradise visitor center at Mt. Rainier National Park. We spent some time at the visitor center and then went walking along the paved trails up the mountain. Of course you don't make it far up the mountain given that the visitor center is at 3,500 feet and the summit is 14,400 feet, however, we were all thrilled by the animals, plants, and views. As we made it to panorama point we had to decide if we ... [There is more. Click on the title above.][more]

Planes and Sushi in Seattle

Saturday, November 15, 2008

At one time Boeing and Seattle were practically synonymous. Although I've lived in Seattle nine years I have never taken the Boeing Factory Tour, so when my parents and nephew visited in August of 2008 it was the perfect time to take the tour. The Boeing tour was Interesting, but, the Museum of Flight had even more planes and was therefore more interesting to me. Another first during my nephews visit was eating sushi. We went to Blue C Sushi which is a conveyor sushi restaurant. As you can see from the photos he actually seemed to like it![more]

My Nephew's Baseball Experience in Seattle

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Seattle doesn't have the best reputation as a baseball town, but, that didn't stop my Mom, Dad, and nephew from having a good time here in Seattle. My nephew is a big baseball fan so when he took his first trip out to Seattle to visit me in August 2008 baseball was on our must do list. Most of the pictures below were from our tour of Safeco Field where the Seattle Mariners play. The last three pictures are from the Aquasox game we went to in Everett Washington.[more]

Parasailing in Fort Myers Florida

Saturday, November 15, 2008

When I was in Fort Myers Florida for my cousin Laura's wedding (June 28th, 2008) my mother and cousin Andrea wanted to go parasailing. Having never been before I thought it was a great idea. The experience was fun, but, not as thrilling as I was hoping for. We put on life jackets and harnesses on the boat then moved to the back of the boat where we were clipped into the parasail, which was already inflated behind us. A winch on the boat slowly let us float up into the air above the water. They the operator pulled us down and "dipped" us into the water a couple of times before winching us all the way back into the deck of the boat. It was a fun experience. The most enjoyable part ... [There is more. Click on the title above.][more]

Dream Team Raises $18,686 for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Perfect weather, a huge turnout, and record breaking fundraising made the Dream Team's 2008 Walk to Defeat ALS the most successful of the past five years. With a $7,000 donation from Cypress Semiconductor the Dream Team's total for this year was an incredible $18,686.Thank you to everyone who donated, from $5 to $1,000, we really appreciate your support! Thank you also to everyone got creative with this year's fundraising efforts. You made fundraising fun this year with sidewalk BBQs, fresh baked apple pie, fresh baked cookies and brownies, and personal challenges to your work teams. Without your creativity and generosity the Dream Team would not have been able to raise so much money to ... [There is more. Click on the title above.][more]

Misc Pictures from my Ohio, Kentucky, Florida Vacation

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Below are a few pictures from my recent vacation to Ohio, Kentucky, and Florida to visit family and friends. The first couple of pictures were taken at a church festival in Reading Ohio followed by min-golf pictures at Kincade Lake in Pendleton County Kentucky. Finally pictures hanging out with family and friends before my cousions wedding in Fory Myers Florida.[more]

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