Monthly Archives: September 2005 - Page 3

North Dakota is Beautiful!

Codi and I are having a great time in North Dakota!! It’s gorgeous here! Wiiide open plains, picturesque buttes and massive skies. The weather is perfect and the air is pristine.

This is the Killdeer Battlefield located at the foot of the Killdeer mountains (buttes, really). It was the site of a famous battle between US forces and the Nakota, Dakota and Lakota indians.
North Dakota

Here’s an old abandoned school house that we found way out in the middle of nowhere. It still had the old wood & iron desks inside – and two outhouses in the back. Olde school fun!
North Dakota

Here I am on a huge bail of hay. It took a sprint and a very high jumpt to get up there! What a view from on top of the bail, though! I could see for about 25 miles, the sky was so bright and clear!
North Dakota

P.S. I think I’ll now refer to North Dakota as “North DaCodi”.

Jets, Jets and More Jets!

A few minutes ago, a large number of fighter jets flew over our apartment. It was very loud and very cool!
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

iPod Nano Arrives!

Well, the iPod Nano has arrived and I brought one home this afternoon!

I heard the Apple announcement on the 7th like everyone else, got all excited about the iPod nano, then found out there were none – nada nano – in the stores. I was very disappointed. Even my friend Joe, who works at Apple, hadn’t seen the nano in person yet! I called the Apple stores again today and learned that all Portland area stores have the nano in stock. Sooo I got my shoes and car keys and went down to Apple to check it out.

When I got to Apple, there were no nanos on display. Apparently the exhaust fumes from the delivery truck were still wafting through the air, the nano delivery had been so recent. I went to the cashier to ask where the hell “where please may I find a nano?”. They were behind the counter in big piles.

A friendly lady had whipped her credit card out and handed it to the cashier, saying nothing but “4-gig white, please!” I still wanted to “see” a nano in real life, not in the shrink-wrapped box, so I asked the lady if her nano purchase was for a gift. She said no, so I asked if she would open it in the store so I could see it. She laughed at with me and obliged.

When she opened the box, we stared inside for a moment looking for the nano. All I saw was a sticker that looked like the player. We were both taken aback when we realized that it wasn’t a sticker – it was the nano itself, in it’s thin little nest in the box. She pulled it out of the box and we (and others now surrounding us) ooh’d and ahh’d at the smallness of the nano. It was quite a moment. I got goosebumps and the hairs on my arm raised up!

It was like a tiny slice of Tillamook cheese, or like a short stack of business cards, only narrower. Much to my surprise, the nano came fully charged and it lit up with all its color goodness. The screen is pretty, no doubt!

The Apple cashier mentioned that the nano displays pictures. Oooh! Ahhh!

Now that I was hooked, I had to get my own. I began to ask for the 2GB model, and the friendly lady beside me scoffed at me. “Two gigs? For only $50 more you get twice the storage! Come on!” So I went with the 4GB model, happily peer-pressured into an upgrade.

Friendly lady and I parted ways at the Apple exit, and I went back home with a little spring in my step. (Gasp! I just realized that in all this excitement, I haven’t even plugged it in to my computer yet! Doh!)

Note – you will need a scalpel or a blow torch to open the little package that holds the charger and headphones.

Here are some early pictures…
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

My silver iPod mini (which is less than 5 weeks old, and pictured above) goes up on eBay in the next hour or so along with some extra goodies. 10% or 20% of the eBay auction will be donated to the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief fund. If you want an awesome (and barely used) silver mini and you want to help the hurricane relief efforts, buy my iPod.

LINK TO EBAY AUCTION: Buy my iPod mini!