Wednesday, March 29, 2006


check it out... if you thought juan was still in tucson at repp..... THINK AGAIN! Juan is out building his dream compound.

Best thing I've Read all Day.....

"There's this guy in the cafe where I get my morning coffee who is chewing with his mouth open. While the process of food being ground down into a bolus for eventual processing by the digestive system is probably interesting from a biological standpoint, I don't think I need to see the process firsthand.

Thing is, if I walk up to this guy and say "Wow, you know it's really disgusting when your mouth sounds like a regiment of soldiers marching", he'd probably smile and show me some of those little poppy seeds stuck to his cream cheese teeth, and say "muh can chooo howemma muh mwunt"

And no, I'm not trying to take away his Constitutional right to be disgusting in public, but really, our teeth are inside our mouth for a reason (not manners necessarily). "

Who feels this pain. Eating lunch with people who can hardly contain themselves with the noise, slurps, and food filled open mouth laugher. I had to leave the table.

i am z greatist

doesn't Daniel Istrate work for these guys?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


thank you,
best regards,
my best,
do you have a daughter?,
or maybe nothing at all...

how do you end your emails & facsimiles?
i cant say that i have found one that i like.
heh... so sometimes i use" cheers,"

Something for thought.....

Monday, March 27, 2006

SOFTware, eh?

So in an effort to get another week up and running on the blog I thought I would ask what software everyone is using/learning/failing at in their respective office environments. Is anyone using some of the 3d modeling software that generates construction documents based on the model?

Here we/I use:
AutoDevil LT 2006
Struc-Calc (this one is especially fun to learn)

Friday, March 24, 2006


So I have to admit that I've been secretly lurking, enjoying the same 5 commentators and wondering what has happened to my friends who now all find themsleves gainfully employed, stressed and too busy to blog.

Today and the past few weeks really have been madness. We have a monster of a project deadline coming up and a review commitee who is going to pay the insane fee to have IBC review our set. This of course has caused a horrific amount of stress and fatigue. As a result more coffee has been drunk by all involved (I'm the remote exception to coffee blitz - hot coco) and I have such a severe knot in my neck that is creeping into my back that I can hardly turn my head to the left. This causes a problem when my 6'5 boss comes to my desk, always on my left! (slightly- Wyatt-esque)

A unusual break was offered yesterday when a man who runs a concrete plants is looking to put one in posh Stowe, Vermont. He wants us to design a barn to fit over it and hide the contents of a redi-mix. An odd assignment - which is now mine. I am the ultimate render-er a cause for much stress and elation. I get to avoid autocad - except for my demotion to millwork and finishes and I also get blamed with the classic line - "Its all the models fault!"


Thursday, March 23, 2006


What I did today: Now I prefaceing this with the statement that none of this is bull shit and all of this was actually done by me. Nothing will be over emphasized and it will all be legit, take it as you will. So ive turned a new leaf---- When your performance review is “YOUR TOO CONFIDENT AND ITS GOING TO GET OUR ASS IN TROUBLE, if you don’t know something just say I don’t know?”

So heres my day.

TASK ONE: New office remodel build out construction coordination
Re-evaluate previous take-off for unistrut for office
Find $1400 overcharge in local distributor
Call distributor and tell him to come pick up ALL of the merchandise he delivered yesterday and restock it all with a full refund
Find new dist, get that ordered for Tommorow

Delivery coordination:
20 sheet plywood on 35 foot truck
500’ of 20’ sticks of steel unistrut
Large boxes of hardware for build out

Our new office is on the corner so worming a 35’ delivery truck TWICE is a trick.

**stop and realizing I have half the Potential of James Kennedy**

Receive advanced copy of DWELL and proof read
_btw John Messina has a project on page 194

***write secret love letter to James Kennedy which I will never mail because im too embarrassed***

Email with IT guy to get our server moved up and running

Finalize WEBSITE with web designer
In the process

Meet with client about possible moonlight project
She wants to tear down a clear channel billboard on her property in the city. But you cant tear it down unless you have a legitimate building permit. So no matter how audatious, Covered in HAIR, EARTH AND SKY, Meeks what the hell is that but im sure its brilliant, the damn thing is as long as it passes code it will suffice in destroying the billboard. The client is also interested in this company, so we are talking of putting a completely off grid living unit in the skeleton of the billboard in the middle of an intersection. I'm not shitting you this client is legit.

So that was my day…. Its all there and it was all accounted for…

thank you coffee and bob villa for pushing me through that 5:00 drag:

(theres plenty more of where that came from...)

Quarterly reviews

Doing a good job around the office is like urinating in a dark suit, it gives you a warm feeling, but nobody tends to notice.

Office Cubicle Cartoon

Curious as to how everyone is perceived in their respected offices. have you had a review with your higher authories? Did they tell you, " Were so pleased" or "Maybe you should use more soap when you shower"?

a haiku ode to outlook

contacts, sacred inbox
outlook illuminate today
speak our plans to me

computerland is getting to me.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

caption contest

Top 5

This past weekend was really, really, really exciting. I spent Sat. & Sun recovering from a very long Friday. In honor of High Fidelty (one of the movies I watched while lounging on my couch) here are some Top Five Lists:

Top 5 AutoCAD commands:
1)Undo (Ctrl-Z)
2)Erase (E)
3)Save (Ctrl-S)
4)Explode (X)
5)aoWpsifh%# da{sfdl (that is me mashing on the keyboard when a AutoCAD decides to randomly shutdown)

Top Five Distractions at Work:
1)Lindsey - She is the receptionist for one of our clients and my brain stops whenever she is in the office
2)Capla05 Blog
3)Searching through my music folder just to see if I put a CD on there and forgot about it.
4)RubberBand Wars - my boss is pretty sneaky with his shots, I've been beaned upside the head more than once
5)Having to talk to Reproductions when they fuck up an order (at least once a day)

Top Five Albums:
1)John Coltrane - the Blue Train
2)Portishead - Dummy
3)The Velvet Underground - Loaded
4)MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
5)DJ Krush - Krush

Top Five Reason why Arizona B-ball never had a chance in the Tournament:
2)No Team Leader
3)Lute's Hair
4)Lack of dominant big man
5)No consistentcy - If it wasn't for Williams the last game would have been a blowout

Alright, this was all I could think of to jumpstart the blog. I need to get back to work. Have fun...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Let's bring it back to life

Thursday, March 16, 2006

party over here

So who's going to get their firm to fund them coming out to LA for the big AIA-fest this summer?
Here's what it's all about:
LA AIA Convention
I'm using my student ID for a $25 membership. Otherwise it's $475!!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

sol-am dunk

show em the road to indianapolis, sol.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

ESPN Bracket

Come join the Cala Alum NCAA Challenge on

Once you've created your bracket & account search for the Group title "CALA Alum"

The password is: nader

or just use this link:

Monday, March 13, 2006

aside from your sally...

who is getting paid to fill out their brackets today?
who is brave/stupid enough to take UA all the way?

i am definitely taking cal, UCLA, wash and the cats in the final 4.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

and now for the rest of the story......

In typical ChuPaCaBra style I had NO clue that Meeks was coming to town until Doug told me to pull a U-turn in the airport parking lot and my truck was accosted by a man in a Gorilla mask.  After the fact it was noted that running through the airport in a gorilla mask was probably breaking all kinds of homeland security so we made a quick exit.


When we arrived at CASAFROST in Ballard we promptly went down to the bars in old town.  Had a few beers, a few more, some more beers-  Meeks “man I haven’t eaten anything in a..WE..Whileee… We should get some fries..”  Down to My new Chovies and thew some darts.  Doug became a master of the NINE dart celing toss before uttering those fateful words.  “Man im not that drunk”




Thus began the stumbling laughing and some more drinking on the way back to my house.


The next morning was a seen from Omaha beach.  Frost is up at ten with a mild headache, the New York crew can only utter two words UHHHHH BAAAUUUGGHH!!!!!  To the porcelin gods, breakfast consisted of Doug thowing up toast in under 45 seconds and a long stare at scrambled eggs.


Got out on the town at about two and cruised Seattle, while walking past a site im working on we notice that NBBJ has moved out and there office door is open….proceed to skulk around and scope the carnage that used to be a 250+ architecture firm.  Snag some LEED certification credentials and head to the roof top.  I had interviewed there once and I knew there was a roof top garden deck.  Quickly located the three ChUPaCAbra’s surrvyed what they would one day own in a mass triumphant city wide enclave of pranks.



Tuesday, March 07, 2006

the hangover that wouldn't die,

yes, prior to the G3 meeting at the CHUPACABRA BAR, triple no-whip lattes were sacrificed at the high altar of postmodernism in an illegal ceremony on the rooftop "breakroom-of-paradise" at nbbj. this angered the gods so terribly we heard mt. st. helens speak: "morefield, i brought you into this world and i can take you out..."

Incase you are Bored?

Here is a little link:

incase you are missing building models.


I mean...COME ON

Your telling me there was a Chupacabera Summit in Seattle and not a single blogger worthy event took place. The fathers of the blog in the same palce for an extended period of time, with alcohol involved. Entertain us dammit.

Training for the white man.

Being PC is fun. PCism is not just an attitude; it is a way of life! PC offers the satisfaction of knowing that you are undoing the social evils of centuries of oppression.
Sure. You just have to feel very guilty.

Old email, But creative.

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, best wishes for anenvironmentally conscientious, socially responsible, low stress,non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday,practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasionof your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for thereligious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choicenot to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

Also a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medicallyuncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendaryear 2006, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice ofother cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Americagreat, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any othercountry), and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physicalability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexualpreference of the wishee. By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greetingis subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable withno alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others,and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the solediscretion of the wisher.

This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual applicationof good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of asubsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty islimited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the solediscretion of the wisher.) HAPPY 2006!

renee cheng

i know that meeks has better office emails than this, but hey something has to break
the 5-day crust that kills the blog around the weekend time.

"whoever ate all of my oatmeal, please don't do it again....or else!

thank you"

Thursday, March 02, 2006

how much waste do you produce in your job?

It is estimated that 2.5 to 4 tons — about 3 to 5 pounds per square foot — of waste is created during the construction of a typical home.

8,000 lbs of waste are typically thrown into the landfill during the construction of a 2,000 square foot home.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Sweet architecture website

In our unending search for the coolest architecture site to emulate this one came right to the top. This is the ultimate in sublime architecture sites.

Mcmillian would be my favorite to watch woo the ladies.

Does anyone know of a way to find good consultants?
For example, if I need a contractor in an area, it there a site that may have information as to who other smart design firms have used or which local contractor may be the most suitable to work with?

i nominate geoff gay

Hello there,

My name is Danielle Barba. I am a Casting Producer for ABC's "The Bachelor". We are starting our search for the Prime time shows next "Bachelor". In the past we have gone down the doctor, heir, and athlete route. This time around we are interested in finding an architect. I would love to get the word out to your firm and hear from any possible candidates who may be interested.

Would an email blast be possible?

Basically we are searching for a 27-33 year old single, handsome, successful, charismatic guy who would like to be whisked away to an exotic, tropical location dating 25 beautiful girls. Any referrals or suggestions would be helpful. I would love to give you more information. Feel free to contact me with any questions. If any candidates are interested they can submit the following information - name, age, occupation, location, contact information, photo and a small blurb about themselves to Hope to hear from you!


Danielle Barba
Casting Producer
ABC Network

march madness

so its almost that time, and after this weekend, we'll see if az is even going to be participating.

either way, its about time to get our alumni march madness competition going. only bragging rights are up for grabs now b/c we all know we couldnt count on one another to do it for money. also, i will be coordinating this, not frosty, so we won't have to deal with any wack scoring system like was used last year.

reply to this with your email, or shoot me one yourself if you're in.