Tuesday, January 31, 2006

sorry frosty,


i know you dreamt of becoming a hippie and living in the 'hagen with the christianianianians, but i guess you will have to settle for a solid wheel rent-a-bike and a billion dollar condo. at least you might get a glimpse of thetwisting torso.


Jessica I feel your pain, I am lost and no one can find me.....RYIAN RYIAN where the FAWUK am I?

4 7 5 3 1 x 2 5 0 x 2 5= lots of pain

47,531 dollars in student loans.

minimum payments of 250 a month...

for 25 years! (only 25 years, said the lady on the phone)

(me crying)

Friday, January 27, 2006

chuck norris friday

i dont know if ya's seen this, but i love it:

Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.
Chuck Norris is not hung like a horse... horses are hung like Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left and right legs.
If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can't see Chuck Norris, you may be only seconds away from death.
Chuck Norris has counted to infinity. Twice.
In fine print on the last page of the Guinness Book of World Records it notes that all world records are held by Chuck Norris, and those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone else has ever gotten.
There is no chin behind Chuck Norris' beard. There is only another fist.
When Chuck Norris sends in his taxes, he sends blank forms and includes only a picture of himself, crouched and ready to attack.
Chuck Norris has not had to pay taxes, ever.

Chuck Norris can win a game of Connect Four in only three moves.
There is no theory of evolution, just a list of creatures Chuck Norris allows to live.
Chuck Norris doesn't churn butter. He roundhouse kicks the cows and the butter comes straight out.
If you spell Chuck Norris in Scrabble, you win. Forever.
Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.
Chuck Norris originally appeared in the "Street Fighter II" video game, but was removed by Beta Testers because every button caused him to do a roundhouse kick. When asked bout this "glitch," Norris replied, "That's no glitch."

Construction sequence


Not the best project, but a nice order of construction photos.

Anyone know a good site for grading comparisons between east coast timber species from old barns? I can't seem to find anything comprehensive that lists the typical grades for pre-machined timber from differing time periods and locations in regards to what structural member they are being used for.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Title 24 up yours

All you non-Californian should count your blessings. Not only do you not have to deal with hearing Arnold on the news all the time, you don't have to deal with Californians energy codes either. Don't get me wrong...yeah environmentalism.....but when you spend a ga-zillion hours trying to read over the title 24 document (which is the 346 pg. energy guideline document required for a building permit), you get a little nutts. Not to mention our ARE exams are harder, longer, have more restrictions on the time period allowed for completion ( on all 9...5 years) and that the final exam is oral. yikes.

Some title 24 reading....
Exception 1 to the Standards §100(a) states that qualified historic buildings, as
defined in the California Historical Building Code Title 24, Part 8 or California
Building Code, Title 24, Part 2, Volume I, Chapter 34, Division II are not covered
by the Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

time at work: 8-6 is standard. But last night it was 9-5:30 and thencocktailss at the office. No massage for me this week though. :(

How leaked about the club?


So who told the traders about the chipotle club. It clearly drove that stock price sky high, too bad none of us got in on this... I would have bought some for sure.
Oh, and I work 8-5 or 9-6 or 10-7, basically from whenever I show up until 8 hours, unless I feel like spreading the hours out another way during the week so I can go skiing in the afternoon.


if anyone else is working on a job with a Weapons Of Mass Destruction storage room, i was wondering what kind of interior finish you wouls spec? we are leaning towards a tripple layer plytanium system, any suggestions?

today's accomplishment:

i get the treehugger.com newsletter; do you?

santiago perez does too - ever since i signed him up a few hours ago.

small victories. small victories...

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


faithful jetta, last seen winter 2005, astoria, ny. it didn't seem sad or anything, we don't believe it ran away, spare tire on front driver side (flat) answers to "stubby" or "lowenthall." please return my roomate's baby, (preferably without parking tickets, summons, warrants ect.) fond memories of pushing him across the street and back every week on said flat tire, -sniff-, those were the days... please help :(

I work 8-5 M-F, but add in the commute and its a 10-11hr day.

Also.. People don't drive in the snow, they sit on the highway and wait ... watching snow fall as accidents pile up. Monday was a 15mile stretch of 7 accidents and a serious jack-knifed truck that closed down the pike for the day. But dispite all, I am the proud new owner of a Honda CR-V (Anglin and Chang would be so proud!) Beautiful fuel economy!

nice. i knew you guys were out there somewhere.

and for a second i was wondering what hat im wearing in the PBS picture.

Look at this cool pic I found on the internet...

(sorry D-man, I couldn't resist.)
(and I'm a 9-6, M to F, I don't get paid for my lunch break)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cad Guerilla

Instead of CAD monkey take a look at this rare sighting of the illusive silver-backed Guerilla in it's natural habitat of a studio.

(FYI Frosty - Schedule of 7-5 M-Tr, 7-lunch time on Fri.)

Monday, January 23, 2006


come on frost, you know that no one answers questions on the blogger. the assumed response when faced with a question is to ignore it and post something about yourself or drinking.

glucksters typically come in at the bummish hour of 930 or 10, even the upwards of 11. im usually 9 with the exception of jobsite days, which could be 7 or 8. 1 hour commute. definitely no all nighters but i cant say that i get out of work early.

sorry jessica, i had to do it. but in a loving kind of way (like folan grading frosty) and with doubt that you - nor the internet - have many pictures of me.

When do you get to work

I'm sick and tired of friends and family giving me shit about getting to work at 9-9:30.  What is your typical work day/week,   except you Kuchen we all know your pulling 8-8 6days a week. 


Ps. If your wondering why my work email signature appears on this thing, you can post blogs form your email.  The blogger site is a dead give away that your dicking around, this way it looks like client corerspondace, and the increased typing sond goes a long way for your next raise, I.E. an increase in assumed auditory efficency. 


-next time you log on to post a blog look around, there is an email link setup somewhere in the settings TAB.


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In case you have been in a cave, the apocalypse is upon us. The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super BOWL!! in typical Seattle style the Crowd sold out and the nosie was a deffening 112 decibals on the field, thats just above leaf blower but slightly under chainsaw. Also it has become evident that I might not fit in to this city after all. When the Seahawks took thier last knee and won the game the crows poured into the streets for a jubilous and under control appropriate celebration. You can see my disapointment, maybe we can settle this after we win the superbowl.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Did you get the memo?

Today's beer thirty is a giant projector presentation of Office Space on the wall in the middle of the main "office" space. Always interesting when you here "damn it feels good be a gangsta" bumping through the office...

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Home Library

Two reasons why I was very excited to see these books on my shelf at home.

1> I lived and breathed architecture for five years, and am looking forward to a long career in said profession, but there is a lot of other things in my life outside of it.

2> If I see grad students near them I get to call the cops cause they will be trespassing. If I see Domin near them, then I get to shoot him in the kneecap for being in my house, which is kind of a creepy thought.

P.S. - I'm really just jealous, frosty, cause our office library sucks ass and doesn't any cool books in it.

Office library

Two reasons why I was very excited to see these books on my desk in the morning.

1> I did not have to buy them and the complete set of these books is a really beautiful thing.

2> there are no grad students, or Christopher Domins within a twelve mile radius to camp outside the library (like they are waitng for an XBox 360 or some sort of fishy sink bomb to come out of the microwave) to snatch them up and have a 62year 5 day 4min 34sec checkout and put them up on their bookshelf to add color and balance, knowing full well they still look like pompus fairys next to Dale's kinetic toys.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


as an applicant for the 2006 CAPLA/NYC SCHOLARSHIP OF THE STARS AND OTHER THINGS TOO, you may earn the prestigious opportunity study marvelous new york city.

scholarship adornee will enjoy their own FREE private couch, radiator, and astoria skyline view of the triborough bridge. also included is one evening of aggressive drinking* at the expense of chupacabras east.

*side effects may include abdominal cramps or pain, abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fluid retention and swelling, headache, heartburn, indigestion, itching, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, rash, ringing in ears, stomach pain, vomiting, abdominal bleeding, anemia, black stool, blood in urine, blurred vision, changes in heatbeat, chills, confusion, congestive heart failure, depression, dry eyes and mouth, emotional volatitity, fever, hair loss, hearing loss, hepatitis, high or low blood pressure, hives, inability to sleep, inflammation of nose, inflammation of the pancreas or stomach, kidney or liver failure, servere allergic reactions, shortness of breath, skin eruptions or peeling, sleepiness, stomach or upper intestinal ulcer, ulcer of gums, vision loss, vomiting blood, wheezing, yellow eyes and skin.

(seriously though... who wants to plan a trip? seattle? oakland? phoenix? $99-109 each way)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

get your kicks in 2006

So, I'm still here, in sunny LA. I only log onto this thing at work, so I don't ever have photos to show. For the holidays I was in Chicago in the not so bitter cold. They were having a heat wave apparently, allowing for cool upper 30's to low 40's most of the time I was there. There were literally people in shorts and t-shirts for this, I couldn't believe it. Finally made it to the IIT campus, there was no one there, but the door was unlocked. Snapped a few shots inside Mies' glass box and bolted for fear of being tazed by an over zealous security guard. I also made it to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the one Folan spoke so highly of. I'm going to try and make it there each time I go to the windy city, there's usually some pretty cool stuff there. I finally saw a Dan Flavin piece, and some originals of Cindy Sherman's Film Stills which I had researched for Capstone. Went to a New Pornographers concert for New Year's, flyin solo, which I'm getting used to. My grandmother turned 80, so there was a big party for that. Now I'm back in downtown LA, slaving away. Currently trying to clean up drawings we r'cvd from someone using Vectorworks to use in ACAD. So messy...so very messy. I think we're going to try and do a competition soon...I found one that I think Doug would be interested in:
cart shelter
Starting to plan for my trip to Europe in August. Three weeks backpacking alone, should be quite a learning experience. So that's about it...oh, did someone say music?
Album / Artist
Tyt Tak / EU
New World Observer / Dead Beat
Timbuktu / Issa Bagayogo
Riverrun Project / Underworld (download from their website: underworldlive.com)
The Loving Sounds of Static / The Mobius Band
Let me know if anyone is interested in Coachella this year...I think it's supposed to be Depeche Mode and the White Stripes headlining....
Oh yeah, just in case somebody hasn't seen this yet:
The Chronic-cles of Narnia
Great stuff
keep on keepin on

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

how does it rank


It's not the amount of rain...it's the lack of sun, the endless seamless undefinable low lying grayness that rolls in one day after the perfect summer and then sits there, like a drunk passed out on your couch, seeming not to move or ever ever go away for the next 6 months while the people of the city vacaintly look at the sky trying to remember when was the last time they saw the sun.

Glad your diggin it though.

Seattle Rain

Apparently Seattle has been making some headlines for breaking records for rain.  Its true it has been raining straight since Dec 19th 2005 that’s no big deal.  For those of you who think it rains a lot in Seattle and would never want to move here because it is SOOOO depressing, here you go.


Seattle ranks 44th among US cities for rainfall with an average yearly rainfall of 36.2 inches (92 cm). This compares to 145 inches (368 cm) in the Hoh Rain Forest (part of Olympic National Park in Washington State), 129 inches (327cm) in Hilo, 65 inches (165 cm) in Mobile, 60 inches (152 cm) in New Orleans,  58 inches (147 cm) in Miami, 49 inches (124 cm) in Atlanta, 45 inches (114 cm) in Houston, 44 inches (112 cm) in Boston, 40.3 inches (102 cm) in New York City, 39 inches (99 cm) in Washington, D.C., 34.5 inches (88 cm) in Chicago, 19.5 inches (50 cm) in San Francisco, 15 inches (38 cm) in Sequim (on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, 12 inches (30 cm) in Los Angeles and 4 inches (10 cm) in Las Vegas.


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iPod says...

whats everyone caddin' to these days?

you can take the chupacabras out of (or the sac off of...?) studio but you cant take the studio out of the chupacabras. continue to contribute to music proliferation.

in the spirit of john cusack & high fidelity - "current top five albums, in no particular order":

my morning jacket - z
the clientele - strange geometry
the silver jews - tanglewood numbers
architecture in helsinki - in case we die
and audiobooks.

spread your word.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


i am so disappointed.
either you really do think i'm an idiot; or dental coverage, 401k, 9to5, and RFIs have rendered you completely humorless. either way you got punch'd

Monday, January 09, 2006

Off to a crazy start...

If any of you have read Jack Kerouac' On the Road then you might understand like what my holidays were like. I took two weeks off of work as I had a bunch of time off I needed to use up. The first week I went to Denver to visit with my sister and her family. Nice traditional celebration, and then I came back to Tucson. So the night I flew in I met up with some friends at the Buffet (first sign of trouble). Around closing time we decided we didn't want to be in Tucson for the New Years, so we all piled into my car went to each other's houses grabbed a change of clothes and left. First stop San Diego, didn't sleep there, but partied with some people I don't know. At this point we've been up for over 36 hours and are running on adrenaline, booze, a hot-boxed car, and stupidty. So we leave for L.A. crash during the day at some kids apartment in Thousand Oaks. Don't really do anything there except sleep for 8 hours. Drive up to San Fransisco. Stay with some friends who live in Knob Hill. Did the New Years thing there, hit a couple of house parties, went to club for which we all had to buy nice outfits (luckily the girl we were staying with was the bartender there so we didn't have to pay the $60 cover charge - it was Azul Lounge for you San Fran dwellers), hit up a bar called Delerium (it had a red tinge to it, but reminded me of Ches), went to another bar (i think it was called tongue and groove? that was still serving beer at 4am. Hit up the end of a warehouse/rave party (that was lame), and then wafflehouse. Around 10am we leave San Fran for Reno. Stayed at another person's apartment, went to some really cool local bars that had good jazz music. It was a nice bookend to the beginning of the trip. Called work and said I wasn't going to be able to make it in till Wed. morning on account of losing track of time. They were cool with it. We leave Tues morning (around 5am) take turns driving and sleeping. Make it back to Tucson in just over 14 hours, almost stopping for a night in Vegas, but realizing we barely had any money for gas to get home and were out of time. All in all a little crazy and I spent last weekend sleeping. Good times. The pics are some random shots from San Fran. And since it has been so warm here we have decided to also go skydiving next weekend. I don't know if that is really a good reason, but what the hell.

P.S. Meek's twin (the red-haired kid that was two years behind us) interviewed for a job at my office today...kinda funny


Recovery from a long holiday is always slow...suddenly the job I thought I loved seems a little too organized and scheduled. What stay until 5? Its pitch black at 4! But my holiday was great, just chilled out (literally) in our NH apartment and spent our break alone and declined all empathetic invitations to join in someone elses holiday traditions. We loved it! We have also now become regulars at the IKEA in Stoughton, MA! Horray, I was just about ready to trek it to NJ for some furniture. Most furniture stores out here only sell depressingly Victorian styles and overstuffed floral patterns. We now have a fully assembled place and an income to support the makeover. I finally feel as if I am out of the live-out-of-box college scenario. Now that flight prices have dropped I'm off to a much needed return home to 75 degrees and sunshine!

I hope that everyone had a great holiday and isn't too begrudged about returning to the scheduled world of office life and regular work hours.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

"give me one ping and one ping only"

so in case everyone hasn't got the word, i quit my job at polshek to go work for an interior design firm out on long island. i have to take the train way out there which sucks and the commute is long but i think the work speaks for itself. i don't want to brag but look for me in "architectural digest"!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


the holiday's have come and gone. some of us got way more wasted than we should have. some of us went to bed early every night.
So what was your greatest holiday story?
well, I got to see Kuchen in a wig trying to act like a sexy little bitch. Pictures will soon be posted.
Please share your hoilday adventures in your new lives....

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A sweet little note from Laura

Laura Carr sent me this little ditty this morning. Thought we could all follow her suit.

"My time off has motivated me more than ever to turn to a life of crime so that I can rob banks, deal drugs, whatever, in order to perpetuate my inner desire to stay home, sleep late, eat expensive foods and goof off all day. I also, hate working. "

Monday, January 02, 2006