Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Journeying Through Life

Don't worry, you're not alone! Thought this was a fun look at the fun journey called life...

Monday, February 20, 2006

Faucet or Drain?

Question of the day...are you a faucet or a drain?

Think about it for awhile and then let me know. I'll be posting much more about the topic in the future, so this random question is just a little teaser.

Feel free to post which you are in the comments section below.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Snowy Day in New York City

 Posted by PicasaMy brother Cayenne took this picture yesterday during the blizzard of 2006. It was a fun Sunday Snow Day in New York City. If you haven't been to NYC when it is snowing, there's nothing quite like being here during the first 12 hours of a big snow. The city seems to take on a collective soul for a few hours as everything slows down. As the snow melts today however, everything is pretty much back to normal. The City's calm has already started to transform back to its frenetic pace and the hustle and bustle of everyone and everything is starting to come back with each thawing inch.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Note To Grandma Charlotte

One year ago today you moved on to a greater place. The Stoakes boys and Mom and Pop want to let you know that we miss you dearly, but we also know that you must be enjoying yourself greatly with Grandpa Harold now.

In your memory, the holiday board game tradition lives on as we continue to play Triominoes and Scrabble. Unfortunately, none of us seem to be able to beat your high-scores.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. We know you are happy and well.

The Stoakes-Hughes Family.

Last years' In Memory Note and pictures...(click here)

Monday, February 06, 2006

The Cedar Bar

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Click Here For More Of My Pictures

I have finally gotten around to uploading some of my favorite pictures from our recent holiday in the British Virgin Islands. Click here for more pictures. I also just tested the Flickr/Qoop photo book service and it is pretty incredible. The print quality could use some improvement, however, the book I had made looks amazing. The price was right and they delivered it in only a couple of days. I highly recommend the service. And I highly recommend My Mary Jean.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Buy Future Shop

Facinating book, by a good friend of mine Daniel Nissanoff. It is a compelling read and a bold forecast of how the online auction culture revolution is radically transforming what, how, and why we buy. Buy it via my Amazon link to the right and I get credit!


I rarely post negative feedback on my blog, but as a result of my recent experience with FedEX Ground I just can't help it.

WHAT EVER YOU DO, DO NOT EVER USE FedEx Ground. You'd think they are dependable like their sister company that specializes in overnight delivery. Nope. FedEX Ground is a completely different company and they suck.

Why? My ongoing experience with them: I'm still waiting for a small package sent from California to NYC on January 5th. It's now February 2nd and the package is still in California. And this is after calling their customer service team 5 times! Oh, I forgot to mention the package has already been back and forth across the country at least once stopping briefly in NYC.

Anyway, do your self a favor and use UPS or the USPS instead. FedEX Ground is a total nightmare.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

American Movie = American Masterpiece

American Movie: The Making of Northwestern (1999) is one of the best documentaries I have seen in some time...while the film making and editing are quite good, it is the real-life characters that make this film amazing. While Mark Borchadt, whose story the film chronicles, is quite bizarre and probably missing a chromosome, he perfectly defines all that is great in the human spirit: a never ending passion to succeed and go on, no matter what.

You just have to see this one to understand. Your first inclination will be to write off Mark as an insane dweeb, perhaps a little off his rocker. But anyone who doesn't respect Mark's drive and determination needs to reassess their life.

Too bad more people don't push forward through life this dramatically!