Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Fate has a funny sense of humor....

It wasn't that long ago that we'd moved into these crummy apartments in Salem (September 17th actually, one month ago today) and I was complaining about how small and dirty it was...the carpets were filthy. We'd only moved in because we'd had to be up here so quickly for a new job I was taking and had had no luck in finding something we liked the three or four times we'd come up looking. I ended up renting the apartment sight unseen over the phone. I'll never do that again! Fate as it turns out had a joke to play on us ....

Last Tuesday morning at about 9:30 am I received a frantic call from my wife saying that the apartment complex was on fire. I raced home as quickly as was legally possible.

What I saw as I drove over the hill to the complex is something I will never forget, a great big plume of gray smoke billowing up into the sky. Luckily, Michelle got out of the apartment in one piece (though she did forget her shoes). We spent the better part of the rest of the day standing in the parking lot waiting for some word on the damage. The fire started in the apartment directly above ours, though we didn't, as it turns out, sustain any fire damage, the water and smoke damage was pretty high.

It's been a week since the incident, we were incredibly fortunate to have some great friends here in town who have put us up while we've spent time moving our belongings out of the apartment and finding a new place to live. We've now found a great new place, (NOT AN APARTMENT!) and are getting ready to move in. We cannot WAIT!!

I've attached some various links to some news and other websites concerning the fire. Some even have video, check them out.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Greatest American Hero - Now that is COOL!

A friend pointed this out to me today. How cool is this? The Greatest American Hero Seasons One, Two and Three in a DVD Box Set. That's the complete series on DVD!!! This was one of my favorite shows from my childhood, just check out the list to the right for more on this...this is too cool!

From the website: Believe it or not, he’s walking on air! William Katt stars as mild-mannered high school teacher Ralph Hinkley, whose close encounter with aliens leaves him with a red super-power suit that only he can control. But when Ralph promptly loses the instruction manual, the safety of mankind is left in his fumbling hands. Now with the help of his attorney girlfriend Pam Davidson (Connie Selleca) and FBI agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp), the world’s most unlikely flying crime fighter is ready for action. Who could it be? Believe it or not, he’s THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO! Michael Pare and Faye Grant co-star in this awesome ‘80s hit created by Stephen J. Cannell that featured such guest stars as Joe Mantegna, Markie Post, Bob Saget, Rick Dees, June Lockhart, David Paymer, Barbara Hale, AndrĂ© The Giant, Dixie Carter, Don Drysdale and more. This deluxe set also includes interviews, with cast and crew, and the unaired spinoff series pilot “The Greatest American Heroine”.

My birthday's coming up, anyone listening??? ;)

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Busy month!

I got married September 2nd, and moved to Salem, Oregon September 17th. Needless to say, I've been a busy beaver. Still living in "Box City" right now, so excuse the mess. ;)