Thursday, December 29, 2005

Christmas is over, and time to begin a new year!

I have not blogged in awhile, since my life has been busy! Dave was here and I had a great time and since then it seems like life has been on overdrive. While Dave was here, or right before, I found out from Donna(my roommate) that her boyfriend David would be moving in. Therefore I was on the search for a new place.

This all worked out for the best for everyone, since I decided to get a jump on it before the holidays to see what was out there for roommate situations. Well, when you have a roommate who has been as awesome to live with as it has been with Donna, it is hard to find a similar situation. Also, every place I was looking at seemed to have all these "extras" that I would not use and did not need.

In the last few months, I have learned to cut away expenses that are not needed and only focus on what I need to make it. So with that in mind, I didnt think I should have to pay half of a $100 cable bill when I dont even watch tv anymore and frankly I dont miss it! With this in mind, I started looking to see what apts were out there. Never thinking that one: I would find one in a nice area that I could afford and two: if I would ever get approved, with the way I have shot my credit since moving to Seattle.

Well surprisingly I found one!

It is small, they call it a studio, since the only room with a door is the bathroom, but due to the layout it feels more like a one bedroom. Also due to the affordable price, I though, this is going to be a shithole in a crappy section. Ha! My surprise when not only was it a nice building, but it is in a nice area. For those of you who know Seattle, it is in the Greenlake area. For those of you who dont, Greenlake is about 2 miles east of where I am currently living in Magnolia, it is north of the city and gets its name from the manmade lake that sits directly south two blocks from my apt. This is a mecca for Seattlites to walk around, run around, use the playing fields. One of the nicest open green areas in Seattle! Thank you to my parents for helping me with the $ to get my apt!

So needless to say I am very very exicted! Besides my apt at LSC when I was hall director, this will be my first own apt! I have enjoyed living with others, but I am going to love to have my own place! I dont even have furniture in it yet and I have already been hanging out there. This move, unlike the one in August, is fun! I am taking stuff over and deciding where I can put things, what I can use where and most exciting of all...what color to paint! Yes, I can paint it! I am not a white walls kinda of guy. Life is more exciting than that! The downers, I have to pay to do laundry and you cant have dogs....oh well. Cant get it all. The many upsides: It is on a nice quiet street. I can walk to an excellent Mexican place, two thai places, the lake...of course, a grocery store, two coffee places(one being a Starbucks) and i am a short drive from the freeway and very centrally located to get to many of my favorite areas of the city.

Donna and David are helping me move the furniture on Saturday, so on New Years Day, I can ring in the new year in my own place. I think this is an excellent start to 2006!

2005 has not been the easiest year for me. A lot of downs as well as some ups! I dont want to focus on the negative, just learn from them. In 2005, I have made some amazing friends and had some incredible experiences, not to be forgotten anytime soon. In 2005 I found a new job with a company that I love, even if they do drive me crazy some days, I enjoy getting up everyday and getting to come and work here.

I think 2006 will bring about some major changes for me in the workplace as well, one has to wait and see. I dont want to jinx it. If things do happen at work the way I see them shaping up, then all the hard work and tough choices I have made in the last 3 years since moving to Seattle will be all worth it. I dont regret my move here at all. Some days I do miss the comforts of the fimilar and there have been days where I thought to myself, maybe I should just pack it in and go back to what I know. Not the case anymore. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and damn its been a long tunnel some days! I love my city that I call home. I realized just how much I loved it here while Dave was visiting me. It was so much fun to take him around and show him where I live.

So...with only 2 days (and what is left of this one) to go till 2006, I say goodbye to 2005 and thanks for teaching me so much this year. What I lost in 2005 is gone for good and has been replaced with many happy memories! I am coming out of this year a better person as well as stronger. To all my new friends, thanks you have been very supportive and I look forward to more fun in 2006!

Now, here are some photos of the new place. The last photo is of the painting I received from David for Christmas. This is one of his originals. The first time I visited his studio this fall, I fell in love with this painting and he framed and matted it for me. Thanks David!

Enjoy the photos....

Monday, December 19, 2005

My overbearingly Bright Christmas Tree!

Merry Christmas! Here is my very bright red Christmas tree. It is currently at work, but I will be taking it home for Christmas. I love it! HoHoHo!!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Wrong, oh so wrong!!

This link was sent to me by a friend and it is wrong, so wrong! LOL! But hey, I figured I am on the one way train to Hell anyway, ticket purchased, bags are why not have some fun!

Join in the fun for the holidays and help to dress Jesus!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Dave Bruce lands in Seattle!

One of my best friends in the world, Mr. Dave Bruce arrived in Seattle on Saturday! It has been fun to show Dave around this great city that I call home. I have to say, at the airport I didnt even recognize him, since the last time I saw him, he has lost 50 lbs! He had to walk up behind me and say "Michael Woodward" before I knew it was him.

We have been busy cruising all over the city checking out the sites. Tonight we are taking in a Sonics game, which I am very excited about, since watching a game live is 10 times better than suffering thru watching it on tv. Who wants to listen to the announcers going on and on, not me.

Here are some pics of Dave and I. The first one is of us on top of the Space Needle, the second is of Dave at the Space Needle, the next one is of Dave talking to his Mom while having lunch at Pike Place Market, the last one is Dave with the Fruitcake Fairy at Pike Place Market. I am sure there will be more pictures later. bye!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

My new friend Julie

She is a friend of my brother Chad's, I had the pleasure of meeting her and her mother Stephanie (who beat Rachel Welch in a beauty contest when they were younger!)while in Oregon last weekend. Julie is one of those people, when you meet her, you feel as if you have known her forever. I am very thankful to have had the chance to meet her and call her a friend. If you are ever passing thru the small town of Phoenix, OR - stop and say hello to Julie at her coffee shop, The Clay Cup. Try one of her incredibly good latte's!! YYYYUUUMMMM!

Me & Julie at the lighting of the Christmas lights in Ashland

Julie at the Clay Cup

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

it felt good.....

too read what you had written about me. You know who you are. I love you. You are the love of my life, and I realize things have changed and we have moved in different directions, but this does not change how I feel about you. Happiness is all I want for you. Reading what you wrote brought about a great deal of peace for me. So many days I have wondered if I imagined the happiness I had felt with you, alot of it has been lost in the negativity of the recent events in our lives. The time with you , it was real and the most alive I have ever ever felt. That is what I miss the most, too look in another persons eyes and feel complete peace. Moments from our old lives are frozen for eternity in my mind. I will move on and make new memories of other experiences, things I have yet to encounter, but those moments with you will always be there. I can see them so clearly I can taste them and smell the smells. Our first time on the beach at golden gardens, the first trip to the zoo, going to the ocean. Life had never tasted so good. Life is good now, just different.

Thank you, for making me remember the happiness we had.

Monday, November 28, 2005

1061 miles later...and we're back!

The trip south to see Chad was great fun. A much needed break from my own life for a few days. It was nice to spent some time out of Seattle for a few days, gain some perspective and take a step back. I missed Seattle, but this is the first time that I returned wondering, maybe i could live somewhere else. I am not sure what brought this on, or why now? I am sure once I am back in the city for a few days it will pass. For awhile now that drive I use to have, the same one that propelled me thru college and made move here has been missing. I need it back and I am not sure how to grasp it again. I am feeling like I need to take a big leap again, mix things up and challenge myself. I sat there in Phoenix(Oregon), in my new friend, Julie's coffee shop and thought how much I would love to have the freedom to work for myself. Now I am working somewhere that most days I enjoy, but I am not challenged. I dont know, maybe I am just being fickle...and should appreciate what I have. It is funny, because three years ago, I would have been happy to have what I do now, and here I have it and I dont want it anymore. Be careful what you wish for...

All I know is it is time for a change. What that is I am not sure of yet.

Anyway, here are some pictures from the trip. Enough rambling.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Turkey Day Roadtrip!

Hello one and all!
I decided since I have two days off, -paid!!- why not use them wisely and head out of town. Today at 2pm, I am heading to Ashland, Oregon to see the brother Chad! It will be nice to get out of Seattle for a few days and take the Mazda on the longest trip it has taken since it was purchased last year on Thanksgiving weekend.

*** addition here:

What am I thankful for?? Many things. Life in general, good humor, my incredible family, my amazing friends(I may not get to see you as often as I want, but I know you are always there) my job, living in Seattle, and the list could go on. Mostly, the fact I have a warm bed to sleep in every night and a job that provides me with an income, things I take for granted, however I am constantly reminded when passing a homeless man or woman on the street, not everyone has these basics.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 21, 2005

Death Cab

I attended the Death Cab for Cutie show on Friday night at the Paramount. A short set, only about an hour, even including the encore performance of two songs, but that being said, it was an excellent show!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

To all the readers out there who like an adventure!

Found this site tonight during my "stumbling" time on the web. Very cool site: Bookcrossing

Check it out!

One of the funniest things I have read!

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is the radio personality who offers up advice and is constantly telling us how homosexuality is wrong, here is an open letter from a listener of hers asking for some advice! I wonder if she will address this on her show?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Walk The Line

When this film opens friday, go see it!
WOW! Excellent!
Joaquin Phoenix stars as music legend Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon is his wife and bandmate June Carter. Both deserve an oscar nod, if not a win! I am not usually a big fan of the biopic films, but I have always liked Johnny Cash, so I have been waiting for this film to come out. Joquin and Reese seem to have been channeling Johnny and June in this film, simply that good. I want to see it again.

Here are the lyrics to Cry Cry Cry, a favorite of mine from Johnny Cash:

Everybody knows where you go when the sun goes down.
I think you only live to see the lights of town.
I wasted my time when I would try, try, try.
When the lights have lost their glow, you're gonna cry, cry, cry.

I lie awake at night and wait 'til you come in.
You stay a little while and then you're gone again.
Every question that I ask, I get a lie, lie, lie.
For every lie you tell, you're gonna cry, cry, cry.
You're gonna cry, cry, cry and you'll cry alone,
When everyone's forgotten and you're left on your own.
You're gonna cry, cry, cry.

Soon your sugar-daddies will all be gone.
You'll wake up some cold day and find you're alone.
You'll call to me but I'm gonna tell you: "Bye, bye, bye,"
When I turn around and walk away, you'll cry, cry, cry,

When your fickle little love gets old, no one will care for you.
You'll come back to me for a little love that's true.
I'll tell you no and you gonna ask me why, why, why?
When I remind you of all of this, you'll cry, cry, cry.

You're gonna cry, cry, cry and you'll cry alone,
When everyone's forgotten and you're left on your own.
You're gonna cry, cry, cry.

You're gonna cry, cry, cry and you'll want me there,
It'll hurt when you think of the fool you've been.
You're gonna cry, cry, cry.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Say What!???

Ok, I saw this "news" caption today and thought it was very very humorous!

Reality Show Writers Seek More Pay

WHAT? Humm, and for what do they seek more money for? If in fact it were "reality" tv, why do we need writers? I mean, of course I live in reality and know in fact reality tv is as real as "ER", so I understand there are in fact writers, but the caption alone is humor enough!

Here is the link to the article. Enjoy!

Madonna....thank fucking god, you're back!

I have to say, me being the Madonna fan of 20+ years, I am happy to announce, the Queen of shameless self promotion is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank god! It has been a dry spell in the world without her. I am the first to admit, I thought she was washed up and done after "American Life", I mean "what the fuck was that shit!??" Anyway, in true Madonna fashion, she has once again reinvented herself, as what this time, you ask? Herself, Madonna, circa 1985! The dance beats of "Hang UP" are like the songs I became obsessed with her from my early teen years! I slipped this album in the cd player of the Mazda and had it cranked to the max volume, all I can say, thank god its still under warranty, because I think the speakers are now blown kids!

"Confessions on Dance Floor", I thought was all hype, no....not at all, as any good repressed gay boy will tell you, she is the queen of pop and she is back to reclaim her place on the dance floor! She is better than ever!


Monday, November 14, 2005

Jason Mraz is a nice guy!

Thanks to my good friend Albert, I have many opportunties to attend shows in the greater Seattle area! A couple of highlights in the past week have been the Diamond Nights show at the Croc. and the Jason Mraz show last night at the Paramount.

Starting in logical order, the Diamond Nights show on Thurs night was incredible! These guys have taken the amazingly large sounds of guitar rock and stripped it down to the best possible equation of a rock'in good time and, I hate to say it, but great retro sound! Thin Lizzy is the first band to come to mind with many other influences thrown in. All of the guitar bands I heard as I was growing up in the 70's and 80's came together in one polished package on stage. I say polished, because I had the chance to catch their act at the end of the summer, they were good, but now, I have a funny feeling, the next time they are in town I will have to wait in line to get into their show at the Key Arena! If that happens, fucking amazing and well deserved, because the members of Diamond Nights are some the most easy going, unassuming guys you could meet. They were as happy hanging at the bar with the locals as they were rocking out on stage! Most of them were in the crowd watching the opening band just like an average joe! Best of luck to Diamond Nights!

Last night I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Jason Mraz show. Albert was very nice and invited me backstage to meet Jason. I was already a fan of Jason's, but last night I have to say I earned a level of respect for this guy. Not only does he have two albums under his belt, but he had a sold out show, however he has not lost touch with the fact that we all start somewhere and that carries thru as he interacts with his fans with the respect he shows for them! We waited as Jason went thru the meet and greet of fans who won a chance to meet him. I watched as he listened to each one and took time to really pay attention to them. He was very genuine as little kids came up to him and gave him big hugs, he got right down on their level, shaking their hands and giving them huge hugs in return! For someone who has reached the level of success and fame he has achieved, he is still a very humble guy! His show was fun and completely entertaining! You can tell he loves what he does! Jason rock and come back to Seattle anytime!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Good Fortune?

I have a habit of everytime I go somewhere I might get a fortune cookie, I keep the fortune tucked in my wallet. Well, I was cleaning out my wallet and decided maybe its time to do something with them besides resting behind my id and bank card.

Here are the ones I have as of now:

You are wise to keep your eyes wide open at all times.

Including others in your life will bring you great happiness.

You shall soon achieve perfection.

You will be enlightened today.

Assert yourself, your ideas are worthwhile.

You will step on the soil of many countries.

You are a person of imaginative, yet honest intentions.

You have sound business sense.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

you make me feel good......

...and you know who you are.

I am like a kid - I wait for a call or an email from you and my day is all that much better. See I am really easy to please, well for the most part! ;-)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

You ever have one of those days?????

Hello to all who might be reading this blog! Do you ever have a day when everything seems to be ok in the world as you know it? I am having one of those days. I woke up feeling like a new person this morning. I have some defined goals, I go to work everyday to a job that for the most part can be fun, I have made some major decisions about my personal life, I feel extremely focused for the first time in years. Granted everything could fall apart tomorrow, but I dont think it will. Thats all for now.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Bored at work?? Cruise this site!

Ok, so I am here washing my laundry, well, the machine is doing that, so I am just sitting here surfing the net. Anyway, if you want a good laugh, check out this site: muppets!

I totally remember these Ben Cooper costumes from when I was a kid!

Funny as hell! Ok, back to surfing the net for me.

My hometown!

I was looking up stuff for work on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and came up a page about my hometown of Newbury, Vt! <<<--- Click there and you can read all about this little Vermont town. Enjoy!

Margaret Bourke-White

I am not sure if everyone is aware of whom Margaret Bourke-White is. She broke down many barriers very early on in her career for other women in the arts. She was a photographer who has the distinction of having her photographs as the first photos in Life magazine. Her photo graces the cover of Life magazine, volume 1, issue 1.

I had the chance to see an exhibit as well as attend a discussion of her work this past weekend at the Tacoma Art Museum. Completely amazing, I now know that I have been exposed to her work at a very early age and have been influenced by her style in my own work. I saw some of her photos at the exhibit, that I remember being exposed too when I was in art classes in grade school and high school! We covered a great body of her work in my college photo class, but I was not aware of her impact on my own style till this weekend. She can take a very basic shape or object and create an abstract form while photographing it, which then becomes a work of art in its own right.

I attended the exhibit/discussion with my friend Greg; he had never been exposed to her work and was completely in love with it. It is always nice to expose a person to something new and have them walk away with a new appreciation. If anyone who lives in the Seattle/Tacoma area gets the chance, go see the exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum, I believe it runs til Jan 15th.

There is Art Appreciation for today!

Monday, November 07, 2005

New direction

It is funny how you can just go thru the motions of you life and want things to happen, and sometimes when the dynamics change you dont even realize, they just happen - Like a natural progression.
Lately, I have had to learn patience and as anyone who knows me, this is not a trait I normally possess. Normally I am in need of the gratification as soon as possible. As Scottie pointed out ever so nicely, I am "needy". Yes, yes I am and I want(need) things ...NOW! I hate waiting. But, I have been good for the most part lately, or at least willing to relearn how to be patient.
The old saying goes, "All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait". Well, I always believed in charging ahead head on and taking what I want. Sometimes, that method doesnt always work. When you are talking about another person and their emotions, you need to let them decide things on their own time and maybe I will have to wait. Which is ok, if that person is worth waiting for. In this case....waiting is fine. ;-)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The Mike and Dave Seattle!

Very excited here! One of my best friends from college, Dave Bruce is coming to Seattle!!! He will be here Dec 3rd! Just had to post this and share the excellent news! He booked his ticket today! Much fun for a week!

Monday, October 31, 2005



I just got great news from my ex-girlfriend Jessica! She has just been offered an incredible new job!! I am so happy for her!! She deserves this more than anyone I know!!!!!!!!!! ;-) I love you Sunshine and congrads!!!!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Fuck Bunny says: Life is a party and you should dance!

And dance we did! Fuck Bunny and his cheerleader from FUCK University had a great time! Last nights celebration was easily one of my favorite Halloweens! Upon going to Red Light and finding an old cheerleader shirt, with "BEST" on the front, Julie and I developed our idea....we would be from FUCK U!, I would be the mascot...aka: FUCK BUNNY! and she the cheerleader! Creating her costume was half the fun yesterday. Then we danced till 2:30 am at The Baltic Room up on Capitol Hill. A great place I had never been to before, however I will be going back! Thank you Juile for a great time!

And now the photos......enjoy......