Posts categorized “Life”

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Suki Saga

Spoiler alert: happy ending!

Spoiler alert: happy ending!

To make a traumatizing story very short: On Monday while Carrie, Avery, and our dog Suki were on vacation in the middle of BC, Canada (I stayed home with the cat) with family friends, Suki got spooked bad by a thunderbolt and ran off into the woods in the middle of nowhere (basically). NOBODY could find her, and they were forced to come back to the States without Suki.

On Thursday Carrie & I drove 9 hours back up to Canada and got our darling pup back after almost 72 nightmarish hours!

What a survivalist pup this Suki is.

What a survivalist pup this Suki is.

Suki is home now and is fine, everyone is fine. We’re beyond thrilled (and frankly a kinda surprised) to have Suki back. But we’re a little traumatized and emotionally drained. Except for Suki; she’s like nothing ever happened.

She just keeps rollin' (around on the ground).

She just keeps rollin’ (around on the ground).

I can’t thank enough everyone who spent countless hours tromping through the woods looking for her. I’ll try to find a way, though.

Categories: Life.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Happy Valentimes Day 2016

What day is it? Happy Valentimes Day 2016

What day is it?

I’ve decided to do something new and HUGELY important in my life: I’m going to try seasonal beards. From Thanksgiving to Valentimes Day, I’m not going to trim my beard (except to shape and clean it up). That’ll be the Winter Beard, or “The Skywalker.” Then from Valentimes Day to my birfday I’ll have the Spring Beard, which will be a neatly-trimmed but full-face beard (except the neck—nobody likes neckbeards). This video is a hugely romantic transition between the two, captured for all posterity.

You’re welcome, ladies *winku*

Categories: Holiday, Life, Videos.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Hello, EMP

Y’know, that great-big Experience Music Project museum thingy up in Seattle? Well, since I actually live in this state and am not a tourist, I’d never actually been there. Until last weekend! But the reason we went this time was not to see all the musics stuffs. It’s because they have a Hello Kitty exhibit, and both my daughter and my niece loooooove Hello Kitty.

It was pretty interesting!

I did not know she lived near London.

I did not know she lived near London.

The most important part of the Hello Kitty timeline.

The most important part of the Hello Kitty timeline.

Fun fact: the Smurfs are all 2 apples high. So Hello Kitty is 2.5 Smurfs high. I think we should all use "Smurf" as a measurement of height from now on.

Fun fact: the Smurfs are all 2 apples high. So Hello Kitty is 2.5 Smurfs high. I think we should all use “Smurf” as a measurement of height from now on.

We all live in a kitty submarine...

We all live in a kitty submarine…

All sorts of random crap with Hello Kitty's face on it. My favorite here is the Hello Kitty paper shredder, for all your adorable document destruction needs.

All sorts of random crap with Hello Kitty’s face on it. My favorite here is the Hello Kitty paper shredder, for all your adorable document destruction needs.

Nothing beats Hello Kitty motor oil, though. It makes your car's exhaust smell like cat breath.*

Nothing beats Hello Kitty motor oil, though. It makes your car’s exhaust smell like cat breath.*

Delicious?

Delicious?

"Papa, Hello Kitty has a snake on her head!"

“Papa, Hello Kitty has a snake on her head!”

This guy.

This guy.

My favorite part of EMP, though (to nobody’s surprise), was the Science Fiction Museum in the basement. It has some great artifacts.

O HALLO THERE HAVE YOU HEARD OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST?

O HALLO THERE HAVE YOU HEARD OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST?

Tiny war of the tiny worlds.

Tiny war of the tiny worlds.

"This is Ripley, the last survivor of the tiny Nostromo, signing off."

“This is Ripley, the last survivor of the tiny Nostromo, signing off.”

Leeloo Dallas multi-pass. MULTI-PASS.

Leeloo Dallas multi-pass. MULTI-PASS.

That pistol on the right was held by Sir Patrick Stewart. That needle tried to stab Agent Dale Cooper.*

That pistol on the right was held by Sir Patrick Stewart. That needle tried to stab Agent Dale Cooper.*

Darryl Hannah wore this Pris outfit on our first date.*

Darryl Hannah wore this Pris outfit on our first date.*

They also have fantasy and horror sections, which are inherently less interesting to me, but there were some cool stuffs:

Elderberries smell good.

Elderberries smell good.

As the world falls down...

As the world falls down…

They also had the mask of Hellboy’s personal Death from Hellboy II, but I neglected to take a poto of it.

They also had an Indie Game hall where you can play a bunch of new indie video games, and a Jimi Hendrix exhibit that had a bunch of his suitcases and passports and travel documents and stuffs like that.

EMP is an interesting place! But it’s pretty durned expensive to go there.

*This is a lie.

Categories: Articles, Life, Pictures.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

A Secret Song for a Baby’s Birthday

Can you believe it?

Can you believe it?

On Saturday my wee beb turned 1 year old. If you aren’t aware, over at her website I’ve been doing a photo-a-day project. Long ago when I started doing this, I had the idea of stitching all of the photos of Avery’s first year together into a video where each photo is shown for one second so the video would be 366 seconds long.

Unbeknown to Carrie, I thought that watching a six-minute video of a bunch of photos would be much better if it had some musical accompaniment. So I secretly set about writing a song that was exactly 60 beats per minute and had exactly 366 beats in it.

We just happen to be a part of a community that contains some of Seattle’s very best musicians, so without Carrie’s knowledge I secretly reached out to several of them to see if they would be willing to be a part of this project, and the response was very enthusiastic.

Over the month of October various awesome musicians recorded their parts and I mixed it all together, until on Avery’s 1st birthday I surprised Carrie with the results (she was rather thrilled). You can now see the full music video here:

If you like the song, you can download it here:
https://saucecore.bandcamp.com/track/just-be

Here are the song credits:

• Me (Christopher Grant Harris): Chiptunes, lyrics
• Julia Massey of Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount: Verse 1 vocals & keyboards
• Jared Cortese of The Jesus Rehab: Verse 2 vocals & keyboards
Chris Blount: Bridge rap lyrics & vocals
• Gary Lappier of Terrapin: Bridge guitars
• Lawrence Duncan of Sphinx Akashaa: Verse 3 vocals & guitar

I hope you likes!

Categories: Life, Music, Videos, Wee Beb.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

My New Nephew is Stone Cold!

Born yesterday 4/23/14 in the wee hours of the morning, here is my brand-new, stone-cold nephew Austin!

Yes, another "A" name kiddo in the family!

Yes, another “A” name kiddo in the family!

So now my wee beb Avery has TWO cousins within spittin’ distance of her age. This should be fun.

Is it just me, or does Austin look pretty much exactly how his brother looked in his birth photo?

Categories: Life.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The 1st Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival was Last Night

1st Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival.

Funtimes Were Had by All.

Last night Fools Play Improv was excited to be invited to be one of the 5 troupes in the 1st Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival. The others were:

And finally, the troupe that organized the whole thing, the brand-spanking-new Something Wicked, which is put on through Harlequin Productions. Yes, the same Harlequin Productions where Fools Play was briefly based for a while in about 1999.

The show was divided into two parts. In the first part each troupe performed a short (15-minute) set of whatever they wanted to do. Though I believe Unexpected Productions and Fools Play were the only troupes that didn’t go over their allotted time rather significantly.

And since I am myself, I of course made an animated GIF of part of the show:

Generation Friends gets a live suggestion from the audience.

Generation Friends gets a live suggestion from the audience.

In the second half of the show, each troupe led a game that incorporated some members of the various other troupes.

It was a pretty fun night. Kalum the Teal Fool and Andre the Crimson Fool absolutely killed it with their characters “Reverend Jim Peaches” and “Augustus” respectively. And it was good to network with a bunch of other improv troupes in the area. The possibilities for co-shows and collaborations with the other Oly troupes is tantalizing.

Special thanks must go out to the alien from Cocoon who made a surprise appearance:

Cocoon alien

Click here if you don’t get this reference.

And Big Thanks to Christian Doyle (The Gamers, JourneyQuest) and Mark Alford for organizing this shindig.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Life, Pictures.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Trivia Gold: Gift Cards at E-9

We are fortunate to live within easy distance of many great Tacoma restaurants on 6th Ave: (from East to West) Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Gateway to India, Shakabrah, Medi’s, Marrow, Asado, Masa, Primo Grill, El Guadalajara, & The Red Hot. And, of course, Engine House No. 9 (or “E9” as it’s commonly known).

E9, Tacoma. Photo by Gexydaf.

E9, Tacoma. Photo by Gexydaf. Creative Commons License

E9 is a restaurant and brewpub that is built into an historic firehouse, one that is so old that it used to house a horse-drawn fire engine. In fact, the interior of the restaurant still has the stalls where the horses were kept, with the horses’ names still affixed to each stall. E9 also has an excellent trivia night every Wednesday. There are several rounds, and the winner of each round gets a gift card that can be used at E9, Masa, or Asado.

Well, for the past long, long while a small group of pals have been gathering at E9 (almost) every Wednesday evening to partake of the trivia night. And (almost) every trivia night we have won a gift card in one of the rounds. Carrie & I didn’t go very often in 2013 because of a for-reals pregnancy and then a wee beb. But we’ve gone a few times since the beb was borned. And last week we decided that we didn’t want to cook, and we didn’t want to pay for food. So it was time to cash in some of those gift cards. So we small group of pals gathered and out came all of the gift cards we’d collected over the many, many weeks of victories. It was pretty spectacular:

Pick a gift card, any gift card…

Pick a gift card, any gift card…

Needless to say we ate for free that night. And needless to say we will be back, because the food there is really, really good!

Will we be going to E9 again tonight for trivia? Who knows? We’re playing it all by ear right now, depending on how we and the wee beb all feel. But maybe we’ll see you there sometime soon…

Categories: Life, Restaurants, Tacoma.