These are pictures from my birthday, a high school football game,
a party at Juan and Cynthia's new house, and climbing (or not really) at Smith Rock.


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My good friends the Diskos made me feel extra special for my birthday by making me a birthday cake,
taking me to a unique American experience, "Friday Night Lights", and taking me out on the town.
Here's the sweet cake right here.


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Deb and I and my cake in her kitchen.


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From there, we went to see "Friday Night Lights", the standard Friday night football game, at which
the Disko's youngest daughter Scarlett was cheering with her Junior Cheer squad.

A video of Scarlett's cheer squad cheering before the game - VIDEO


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I'm not entirely sure why this mustachioed teacher bothered me so much. Maybe it was just the mustache,
maybe it was the self-important way that he tried to assert authority over the students on a Friday night,
meh, I bet it was the mustache.


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I guess it's tradition that the football players break through the banner to enter the stadium.


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I was a little floored at the number of people who would pay to come out and Beaverton get slaughtered
by Jesuit. I think the first two plays were both more than 80 yard runs for touchdowns for the Jesuit team.


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We then picked up sushi from Marineopolis and came back for a snack and to eat cake with Jeff and
Lisa, who also attended the occasion.


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There are a few instruments I've always wanted to play. One of them is the accordion. It happens that
the Diskos have two (one is in the Midwest somewhere). Jordan and I decided on my birthday that we were
going to teach each other to play the accordion by buying a book and taking turns having the accordion and
the book. Then, each person would take what they learned and teach the other person. Anyway, the accordion
came out and even though I had no idea how to use it, I immediately began serenading.


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Serenading Jeff.


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The stereotypical accordion glamour shot that you see in all of the magazines.


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Juan and Cynthia came and joined us at Jake's for drinks and decided it was a good idea to have
Irish car bombs. Yeah team!

Climbing at Smith Rock, OR


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I joined the Diskos and the Hemphill/Hansens in some climbing at Smith Rock State Park in mid-Oct.
I didn't climb (still healing from surgery), but I enjoyed some nice weather and got out of the city.
Here you see one of my favourite ropeguns - Stan Miller.

Video of Jeff explaining Ring of Fire VIDEO


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Lisa Conley also joined the fun, coming down from Bend to climb with us.


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Lisa Hansen has informed us that she doesn't like us watching her climb (even though she's awesome at it).
So, instead of including a picture of her working on a climb, I'll include one of her being a good belayer.


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Jeff getting schooled by Ring of Fire .


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Miss Violet Disko, climbing in the Christian Brothers area.


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Deb Disko, working on a climb called


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The always lovely Deb Disko, Smith Rock State Park, 14 October, 2006.


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The ever-classy Lisa Hansen, enjoying the sun at Smith Rock.


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Here, Jordan shows us how to work the corner of Double Trouble .


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I tried to capture the nice sunset, but I focused too much on the foreground. This trip featured the
absolutely perfect Smith Rock weather - sunny, but not too hot.


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Miss Scarlett Disko is working on a climb called Rabbit Stew . She also got to climb Bunny Face .


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Jeff got convinced to climb this big crack with effectively two pieces of gear. The crack looked
sweet, but I suppose it may have been a touch run-out, even for 5.6 climbing.


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Jeff, topped out on the little pillar after a nice lead. Can you count up to one cam and one big hex?


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Brian also climbed this crack.


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We're not sure what this grass is, but thought it looked cool.


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On the way home, we stopped at my favourite burger joint - Calamity Janes. Here Scarlett is showing
Jeff a new game that involves him getting the chills.


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I'm not sure I understood the game, but I know I got to hammer Jeff on the top of his head a few times
and pretend it was Scarlett playing the game.

Juan and Cynthia's housewarming (we'd also call this Juan's REAL Big Boy party)


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I guess the thing to do at a housewarming is to play Twister. Nice bum shots anyway.


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I think Juan was winning (in one sense or another). Nice t-bar Jodi.


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I'm not sure how this game ended but I think Juan was on the floor.


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Somehow I missed the revival of Indian leg wrestling, but it's the new thing. Here, Bill teaches a
newcomer the intracacies of the game.

Video of Bill taking out Paul Dehaan - VIDEO

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