Monday, October 29, 2012

Flow State

Are you tired of all the big Hollywood blockbuster films still hanging on from the summer season?  Are you tired of boring old television programs?  Do you love to ski, snowboard, or do generally sick tricks in winter weather (or watch others doing these things)?  Are you jonesing for some fresh powder?  Do you love to ski with your walkman, discman, or mp3 player on?

If you answered yes to these questions you should buy your ticket now for the latest Warren Miller film tour, Flow State.  There will be two Flow State screenings in the Kent Concert Hall on the USU campus here in Logan, UT.  The first screening is Thursday, November 1st.  The second screening will be Friday, November 2nd.  Both screenings begin at 8pm but doors open at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $18 a piece and include a free lift ticket to the Canyons Resort.  You can buy your tickets at Al's Sporting Goods or on the USU Caine College of the Arts website.  If you purchase online they charge a $1.50 surcharge per ticket.

The following is a link to the online ticket site:;jsessionid=C163F9941FF2E06B30307FAEC70530FD?eventId=652008&presenter=CAINE&venue=&event=

For more information about Warren Miller films visit the site here:

Sure, you can probably watch most of the movie (in 3 minute clips at a time) on YouTube, but trust me, it really isn't the same.  You'll want to see this film on the big screen with an audience of appreciative snow riders.

See you there!

Free Logan Library Movie Nights

This week the Logan Library will be holding 2 movie nights!  The first is tonight at 6:30pm and they will be showing The Sixth Sense [PG-13].  The second is Tuesday night at 7pm and they will be showing Sleepy Hollow, this movie is rated R (no one under 17 admitted without a parent or guardian.

All movies are free and popcorn is provided by the library.  All screenings are in the Jim Bridger room.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Start Hoarding Canned Goods

I'm not endorsing or dissing any particular candidate.  My political views are private and I don't believe in shoving politics down everyone's throats when the major networks and every talk radio station in the country do it for us.  It is your individual responsibility to inform yourself on the political process and make up your mind about who to vote for.

That being said, this is funny.  I actually laughed out loud at the Ayn Rand quip.

I don't care who you vote for (as long as you don't write in my name, I NEVER want to run for public office), just get informed and vote.  You can't complain if you don't get involved in the process.

Hawaiian Road Trip - Part 2.2

This is a video of Kilauea at sunrise.  This video was taken at the Jaggar Museum overlook on October 9th.  It was so quiet on the video but in person you could hear the activity within the lava lake below that steam plume, it is a very cool but slightly eerie sound.

Hawaiian Road Trip - Part 2.1

Dad and I both woke up at about 5pm the day after our evening visit to the Jaggar Museum outlook.  Since we couldn't go back to sleep we decided to get up and watch the sunrise over the crater.  When we arrived there were only 4 other people.  The following are photos I took that morning, these pictures don't even begin to convey what it was like standing there that morning.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Movie Night

Tonight I am having a few of my nieces and nephews over for a Halloween movie night.  I am trying to decide what movies/tv shows to play.  I own The Mummy, Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, Spaced Invaders, Corpse Bride, E.T., and Pooh's Huffalump Movie.  In the past we've also watched the old Halloween TV specials from Garfield and Peanuts.  I'm trying to come up with family friendly Halloween movies that the kids may not have seen before or haven't seen in a while, here's the list so far:
  1. Coraline
  2. Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. Addam's Family (movies)
  4. Addam's Family (tv show)
  5. The Munsters
  6. Mocking Bird Lane (the new Munsters tv show that is airing tonight)
  7. Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  8. Casper The Friendly Ghost (movie)
  9. Casper The Friendly Ghost (tv show)
  10. The Adventures of Ichabod Crane (the Disney cartoon)
  11. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  12. The Haunted Mansion
  13. Any of the Harry Potter movies
  14. Igor
  15. Gremlins
  16. Beetlejuice
  17. Super 8
  18. The Little Vampire
  19. Van Helsing
  20. Monster House
  21. Monsters Inc
  22. Ghostbusters
  23. Goonies
  24. The Witches
  25. Teen Wolf
Do you have any favorite kids Halloween movies that I haven't mention?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Piano Guys

UPDATE: This concert is SOLD OUT!

The Piano Guys are going to be playing live at the Kent Concert Hall on the USU Campus in Logan, UT.  The concert will be Saturday, November 10th 2012, at 7pm.  Tickets are $18 in advance at the USU fine arts ticket office or online, they will be $20 the day of the show (if they aren't sold out by then).  The is a discount for groups of 10 or more.  You can buy tickets here:   Sold Out!

Please visit the Piano Guys website to find out more about them:

You can also follow their YouTube channel here:

I've posted their videos here before (the star wars cello battle is one of my favorites).  I'm very excited to see them live.  Here is one of their newer videos to give you an idea of what they are all about.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Here are a couple phone photos of the bowl I just picked up at the chili bowl sale.  Get up to campus and check it out, it goes until 4pm today!

I had a difficult time choosing just one, as per usual.  There were some beautiful ones that I really loved.  If you go up look for them, the bowls seem to have a Japanese influence and are a cream color on the outside and decorated with orchids or abstract images painted in a black caligraphic brush stroke style.  My little sister picked up one of them for herself.  They were made by a grad student named Josh.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2012 Annual USU Ceramics Guild Chili Bowl Sale - TODAY!!!

Tomorrow is the Utah State University Ceramics Guild Chili Bowl Sale.  The following are some questions you may want to ask about this super cool event.

So, like, what is a chili bowl sale?  It is an annual event where members of the USU ceramics guild sell bowls that they have made during the fall semester.  When you purchase one of these unique, handcrafted bowls you get a free bowl of chili with it.

That's all fine and good but where do I have to go to find these "bowls" you speak of?  The sale will be held on the USU TSC (Taggart Student Center for the unintiated) patio.  If you are driving to campus the closest parking are the meters by the art barn or the parking terrace across from the HPER building.  You could also park in the new terrace by the alumni center.

When is this totally awesome chili bowl sale?  It is Wednesday, October 24th from 9am to 4pm.

How much are these original works of functional art?  Well it varies but prices start at $8 and go up from there.  For each bowl you purchase you get one bowl of chili.  So if you've been eating out of plastic bowls and want to upgrade to something more stylish, you could buy lunch for you and couple friends and then, Voila!  A set of bowls for your dorm room/apartment/mansion/creepy van.

That's rad, but do I have to be a USU student or staff member to buy something?  Nope!  Anyone and everyone is welcome to come and browse and buy. It is a great way to pick up some fun and beautiful bowls to mix and match with your regular plateware.

Well, dude, thanks for answering my questions.  Hey, wait a second, who do I talk to if I have even more questions?  And how did you know I live in a creepy, um, awesome van?  You're welcome and if you need more information please contact Alex Unruh, 307-277-4193, .  The van was just a guess bro, no, just kidding I'm psychic.

PS - While you are on campus stop by the HUB (located just inside the doors on the TSC patio) to watch buddhist monks creating a mandala (sand art).

2012 Hawaiian Road Trip

Dad and I took a little road trip while we were in Hawaii.  On Columbus Day we drove from Kailua-Kona to Volcano National Park.  A lot of people try to drive around the island in one day and they usually start in Ktown and drive south and then up the Hamakua (East) coast to Hilo and then back to Ktown.  You can do that, you can make that drive in a single day, but you miss out on a lot.

We took our time and enjoyed the scenery on our backwards loop.  We first stopped in Waimea to stretch our legs and have a look around the Parker Ranch shops.  Our next stop was Honoka'a and Tex Drive In for malasadas.

Malasadas are a type of sugar dusted Portuguese donut that originated in the Azores.  Tex's malasadas are larger than most places and they have one of the biggest variety of fillings I've seen.  We got 4, 2 to eat in the store and 2 to eat the next morning for breakfast.


Their malasada station is surrounded by glass so you can watch them preparing, frying, and filling the malasadas right in front of you.  They are always fresh and always good.  Tex also has quite a large breakfast and lunch menu with a lot of great options.  You can see their full menu on their website at 

After our mid-morning sugar rush we drove to Akaka Falls.  There are 2 waterfalls in the park but the smaller one is barely visible from its viewing platform anymore, but it is still a nice walk to do the whole loop.  The waterfalls are located in a tropical forest that is brimming with interesting flowers and trees.


After we left Akaka falls we drove South until we reached Lapahoehoe.  We took the road that leads down to the point and the tsunami memorial.  Normally you can see huge crashing waves around the jetty by the boat ramp, but that day it was fairly calm so there were no crazy breaks to photograph.


We kept driving down the coast until we got to Hilo, where we stopped for lunch at Leung's Chop Suey House.  It was a bit of a dive but the food was cheap and tasty, a combination that both dad and I are fond of.  Here are a couple photos of the bay at Hilo.

On the road between Hilo and Volcano National Park we stopped at Akatsuka Orchids.  If you know me, you know I love gardening, even though I sort of have a black thumb.  I didn't take any photos in the orchid showroom but it was only because there were too many flowers to photograph and not enough time.  You can view all their varieties on their website:

Once we left the temptation, er, I mean the orchid nursery behind we finally arrived at the park.  Our first stop was at the Kilauea Iki overlook.  That little white dot on the caldera floor in the first photo is enlarged in the second photo.  It is steam coming out of a vent.  There is a hiking trail that winds down onto and across the floor of the caldera, but due to current eruption I chickened out and didn't even think of attempting it.  To learn more about the park or check on current conditions at the volcano, go to their website:

We checked into one of the recently renovated cabins at the Nāmakanipaio campground.  The cabins are small and have one electric light and no electric outlets or plumbing.  There is a shared bathroom and shower area that has also been renovated recently.  The cabins sleep 4 (twin bunk beds and a full bed) all the bedding and towels are provided.  Each of the cabins has its own picnic table, fire pit, and charcoal bbq.  They even provide some firewood but the notice inside the cabin states that they will add $13 to your bill if you use it, so better get your firewood outside the park.  The cabins are very affordable ($55 a night) and clean but a bit spartan.  If you enjoy comfortable camping and want to save a little money, they are a great option.  If you have camping gear and want to save even more money they do have actual campsites available for tent camping.  You can book the cabins through the company that runs the Volcano House Hotel.  The hotel is still being renovated or else we would have stayed there.  To make a reservation just click on the following link:

The campground is set in a eucalyptus forest, located just a short walk from the Kilauea crater

Here's a tip: each cabin has its own smoke detector.  I discovered ours when I walked into the cabin while our food was cooking and some of the smoke wafted in after me and set it off.  Doh!  Remember to keep the door completely closed when your fire or grill is going.  Speaking of dinner, we made tinfoil dinners and banana boats, perfect camping food.

The sun was going down as we were finishing dinner so after we cleaned up after ourselves we headed over to the overlook at the Jaggar Museum and the volcano observatory.  After sunset the Halema`uma`u crater puts on a show.  The steam cloud it emits is lit up from the lava lake about 150 feet below the rim of the crater.  You can also hear rushing sounds and sometimes booming sounds coming from the crater  My photos are a bit blurry because I was trying to take photos in the dark without a tripod.  It was an awe inspiring site.  People spoke in hushed tones as if they were in church, couples stood a little closer to each other, and everyone had a hard time tearing themselves away from the view.

I asked another tourist to take a photo of us with the vent in the background, this is the first photo she took.

Annnnnnd this is the one she took after we figured out how to turn the flash on.  And then I had her snap one more for good measure.

After our long day and the excitement of viewing the crater we were both pretty well worn out, so we headed back to the cabin to turn in for the night.  As I was walking from the bathrooms to the cabin with all the campground lights turned off I noticed that you could see the red glow from the steam plume through the trees in our campground.  It made me wish that I had a good camera and a tripod with me because the combination of brilliant stars in a clear, black, moonless sky, and the massive red cloud would have made a bitchin' image (yes I threw that word in just for Scott).

One last thing before I sign off on this post.  This was the first day I have ever driven through Waimea, Hilo, and Volcano without any kind of precipitation whatsoever.  The weather couldn't have been more beautiful, especially considering that on my last trip to VNP I got snowed on (it is at 4,000 ft above sea level).