Phamily Foto Phriday 4-14-17

It has been a crazy couple of weeks since the last installment. So much going on I have barely had time to capture any of it.

Let’s start with Tevye in the backyard plowing bubbles because… Spring!

And here’s the same kid one morning refusing to get out of his pajamas (completely) and wanting to read some books on his own without any help thankyouverymuch!

Bubble bath time!

I will have a separate post later about the pinewood derby, but here is Xavier with his first place trophy!

And playing T-ball

I know it’s not a big deal hitting the ball off the tee, but it’s a pretty good action shot.

These two have  a special bond.


And yes, I  published this on Saturday but I’m not changing the title.

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The Beach Boys Coming To The Fair

Yes, that’s right.

The Beach Boys, led by Mike Love and longtime member Bruce Johnston, have become a perennial touring machine.  The band’s most recent album is 2012’s That’s Why God Made The Radio and was  received with much acclaim and a fair bit of success.

Now the band is bringing their distinctive sound to the Washington State Fair.

The Beach Boys will perform Thursday, September 14 at The Washington State Fair’s main stage with ticket information available at

This is a band that is more than just part of rock and roll history, and if you pass them off as something your parents or grandparents listened to, you are missing the point. For over 50 years The Beach Boys have epitomized the “California” sound of summer and brought it to the world.

I touched on the time I saw The Beach Boys recently. I wouldn’t mind seeing them again.

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Music Monday: Rock And Roll Animal (Artist Of The Year Lou Reed Part 5)

And we come to one of the biggest disappointments in the box set. I know Lou Reed The RCA & Arista Album Collection is meant to recreate the albums as issued, so we aren’t getting the bonus tracks on the normal CD reissues, for which Rock And Roll Animal has two, but the other live album drawn from this set, Lou Reed Live, is not included.

This is a real shame because the live set the two albums draw from is fantastic. When combining Rock And Roll Animal with its two bonus tracks and Lou Reed Live you get, not necessarily in set order, the complete Lou Reed live set as performed in 1973.

Listening to Rock And Roll Animal I wanted to immediately skip the next album and dive into Lou Reed Live, but it’s not here. Unlike the three previous solo studio albums this made me want to hear more from Lou Reed. The energy is high and the songs are given quite a bit of sonic depth. Listen to the transformation “White Light/White Heat” has undergone for the stage.

Even though only five songs are here the album is 40 minutes. Two songs take up the most real estate were actually reworkings of Velvet Underground songs. Actually, of the five songs on this album (seven on the remastered version with bonus tracks) four are Velvet Underground tunes. This leaves only one (three on the remastered version with bonus tracks) from his solo records.

On Lou Reed Live there are six songs (no bonus tracks) and only one is from the Velvet Underground. And the running time is just under 40 minutes. This means the full set should be almost 90 minutes when taking into account both albums and the bonus tracks.

And I want to hear that.

Which means I need to purchase both albums.

Doesn’t that negate some of the point of the box set?


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Phamily Foto Phriday 3-31-17

Strap in, this is going to be a big one.

The first seven pictures should have been included with my previous installment. Or at the very least, a “part 2”.

Here are Xavier and Tevye working on a robot.

The annual Boy Scout Italian Dinner was a big success and both Ciaran and August helped out quite a bit.

Here is Tevye peeking around the corner at the orthodontist watching Ciaran get his  braces taken off.

It’s like a whole new world for him.

We also made it out to the aquarium.

Tevye was absolutely thrilled.

Always a great time when we get to go.

Here is Tevye in a fort he built on his own. Alright, so he just stacked all of the cushions in front of the chair, but the point is he did it all himself.

Of course there were dance performances.

And more dance performances.

Dela didn’t mae it to all of the performance.

But she did make it to a few.

Carrots? I love carrots! They’re my favorite!

Another robot?

August has been playing on the 7th grade volleyball team this year. They didn’t do so well, and he thinks it is his fault but really it was a team effort to lose.


Pears? I love pears! They’re my favorite!



Somebody got caught wearing his sister’s slippers.


Sweet potato? I love sweet potatoes! They’re my favorite!


And that’s it. Caught up completely now.

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March 2017 Geek Fuel Unboxing

I have been really inconsistent in regards to getting these unboxing posts… posted.


Here we go with the March 2017 edition, which August really liked.

And for a closer look at the items:

The poster

This is one of the better shirts he has gotten in the nearly two years of his subscription.

This month’s pin – it seems this will be a regular item now.

The game this month is Starward Rogue.

This is a sort of color changing lamp, and while it won’t light up a room it’s kind of like a lava lamp, and is very cool.

That’s it for this month. I hope to remember to post next month’s box.

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Fresh And On The Go

Amazon is taking their convenience to a whole different level. Instead of waiting for delivery of your Amazon Fresh order, if you have Amazon Prime you could place your order either from your computer or out and about via the app and pick it up while running other errands.

This video explains the concept pretty well.

What the video does not show is where in Seattle this will be, or when this will actually open for business. The video is fairly absent with regards to logistical details. The concept is pretty good though and I can see myself using it if I am in the area (the soccer game snacks is a particularly significant example).

I wonder where this was filmed. There haven’t been enough sunny days here for anything to be filmed. A few of the shots look like they were shot around the Green Lake neighborhood, which would be a rather convenient location for me.

For more information (when available) visit

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Expanding Aerial History

A while back I told you about the Flying Heritage Collection new exhibit Why War. Now we get the news is making a massive expansion with a third hanger which will include over 40 artifacts. This expansion will make the Flying Heritage Collection “the largest operational military vehicle and warbird collection on the west coast” and offer up a new name – Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum.

The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum originally opened in 2008 and has continually added new exhibits and artifacts, such as aircraft and vehicles from Japan, Russia, Germany, Great Britain and the United States.

The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum will break ground on a 30,816-square foot hanger in 2017. The addition of this third hanger will allow the museum to better accommodate the growing collection of aircraft and vehicles.

Along with a name change which gives the museum a broader focus there will be an expanded series of events, such as Tankfest Northwest 2017 which happens May 27. The museum will, among other things, unveil its recent acquisition – the Churchill Tank.


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Modest Mouse & Built To Spill Coming To The Fair

The Washington State Fair concert series has been a bit heavy on the country music with the announcements, but that is going to change. Thursday, September 21 will see Modest Mouse take the main stage with Built To Spill opening.

Modest Mouse are sort of local heroes, being from the area and staying local for more than two decades. The band’s last album, Strangers To Ourselves, was released in 2015 and a new album is being recorded, so new songs could be performed.

Modest Mouse © 2015 Ben Moon

Over in Boise, Idaho Built To Spill built up a following and been another regional favorite for about the same time. 2015 saw the band release its last album, Untethered Moon, and some personnel changes. Who knows what this concert will hold for fans.

Tickets and information for this and other concerts for the 2017 Washington State Fair can be found at

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Last night Déla asked during dinner if one of us (myself or Laura) would be able to help get her hair into a braid in the morning. She was pretty earnest in her query, and Laura asked her why she wanted her hair in a braid. The next morning (today) might be difficult but we could set aside a day next week to get up early and prepare for it and get a nice french braid going.

Déla responded that Thursday was the day for a reason. She started to explain there was a thing, no, some of  her friends, no, online… I stepped in and asked “Are a bunch of your friends wearing braids tomorrow?” She was visibly relieved and said “Yes, it’s just a thing some of my friends are doing tomorrow.”

Thing is, I knew that wasn’t the case which is why I stepped in. Déla and I have the same phone, so when I noticed I had a new message I checked it, only it wasn’t my phone I was checking. What I saw was a forwarded text from one of her friends. It was an image of a girl from behind with her hair braided, and text saying something to the effect of March 23 girls should wear their hair in a braid and see if any boys notice.

We need to have our phones differentiated better.

So Déla got up early this morning and Laura braided her hair. I wish I had gotten a picture. I don’t know how many of her friends or other girls at school participated in this experiment, nor do I know how widespread this experiment might be.

Searching online for the image my daughter was texted (unsuccessfully) the one thing I found that was consistent was a connection between March 23 and The Hunger Games. Apparently the first movie was released on this day a few years ago. I have not read the books not watched the films so I am not aware of any connection, nor do I think my daughter is aware.

I don’t have a conclusion or a way to wrap this up so I’ll end this post like this:

Did your daughter wear braids today?

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PBS Kids 24/7 In Seattle

This news comes with three things – good news, bad news, and a preface.


Two and a half years ago when my family visited Massachusetts for a couple of weeks we stayed in a house in Salem. Nearly every day we went out and did something, and almost every day our normal schedule was, to put it best, “off” by a bit. This meant normal television viewing was not done at regular hours. We might wake up, leave, come home in the evening and as I was making dinner the kids would watch a little television. Invariably this was the PBS Kids channel operated by WGBH which had 24 hour programming of PBS Kids programs. It was a lifesaver in many ways because we could always count on something appropriate for everybody to be showing no matter the time while we were on “vacation time”.


KCTS 9 has announced it would launch a similar channel on April 1. You will be able to find the programming broadcast over the air on channel 9.2 then on cable via Comcast Channel 337; in Yakima, it will broadcast on Channel 47.2 and on Charter Cable on Channel 297. The main KCTS channel 9 will not be altered in any way, broadcasting PBS Kids programs in the morning and early afternoon, then its regular slate of programs the rest of the time.


Satellite subscribers (like myself) will have no access to the channel as broadcast. There are currently no deals with DirecTV or Dish Network (and there probably will not be).

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE (from the press release):

The channel will also be available as a live stream on and on the free PBS KIDS Video App for mobile and tablet devices. Later this year, the live stream will introduce a first-of-its-kind integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS KIDS show and an activity that extends learning—all in one seamless digital experience.


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