Archive for March, 2006

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Untitled – March 30, 2006

March 30, 2006

I have a facebook.com profile. And a new feature facebook added this year is a March Madness tournament bracket challenge. You fill out a bracket see how you are doing compared with others from your college and also see how you are doing nationally. My rank at UW is currently 1909 out of 2577. But the most amazing thing about the entire thing is who currently is in first place at UW.

The person in first place is an Asian freshman girl named Jessica. She is from Redmond and is majoring in Architecture Art/Art History – this information is known from her facebook profile. Her favorite TV shows include Project Runway and One Tree Hill. Her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. But somehow, in her infinite wisdom she picked George Mason to make it to the championship game. While it should be noted that she also picked Big Sky team Montana to make it to the Final Four – which may show a general lack of understanding of college basketball.

But who am I to say that she is wrong. Jessica is in first place. She correctly picked George Mason’s progress thus far. George Mason upset MSU, UNC and UCONN. Jessica’s first place run is as amazing as George Mason’s run at the title. Who would have ever expected an eleventh seeded team to make it to the Final Four, then again, who would have expected the number one fan of Project Runway beating out the boys and coming close to winning the bracket challenge. I am pulling for Jessica – I hope she wins it all. She gives us all hope that with a little luck and vision, anything is possible.

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Untitled – March 28, 2006

March 28, 2006

I received a phone call two days ago from my friend Brian. As you may recall, I went to his wedding over the summer. It was a lot of fun. Here are ten of the 82 photos the professional photographer took. Enjoy.

Photo of Traci and Brian on August 20, 2005 at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of Traci and Brian on August 20, 2005 at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Another photo of Traci and Brian on August 20, 2005 at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Another photo of Traci and Brian on August 20, 2005 at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of the entire wedding party on August 20, 2005 at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of the entire wedding party on August 20, 2005 at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

 Photo of myself, Brian, Traci and Tracis maid of honor Anna on August 20, 2005 at Tracis house in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of myself, Brian, Traci and Traci's maid of honor Anna on August 20, 2005 at Traci's house in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

 Photo of myself, Brian, Traci and Anna on August 20, 2005 at Tracis house in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of myself, Brian, Traci and Anna on August 20, 2005 at Traci's house in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of Brian and I on August 20, 2005 at Tracis house in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of Brian and I on August 20, 2005 at Traci's house in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of Traci and Brian on August 20, 2005 in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of Traci and Brian on August 20, 2005 in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

 Photo of Traci and her parents and Brian and his parents on August 20, 2005 in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of Traci and her parents and Brian and his parents on August 20, 2005 in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of Traci and her brothers and Brian and his brothers and myself on August 20, 2005 in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of Traci and her brothers and Brian and his brothers and myself on August 20, 2005 in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of Traci and Brian on August 20, 2005 at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

Photo of Traci and Brian on August 20, 2005 at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT. Photo courtesy of Brian Brown.

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Untitled – March 22, 2006

March 22, 2006

It was beautiful in Seattle over the weekend. I went to Discovery Park and Golden Gardens with a couple of friends. Here are the pictures:

 Photo of my friend Justin Yonk at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, WA. Photo by Nick Peyton.

Photo of my friend Justin Yonk at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, WA. Photo by Nick Peyton.

Another photo of Justin Yonk at a slightly different location - Discovery Park, Seattle, WA. Photo by Nick Peyton.

Another photo of Justin Yonk at a slightly different location - Discovery Park, Seattle, WA. Photo by Nick Peyton.

A photo of the crab with red seaweed. Photo taken at Discovery Park, Seattle, WA. Photo by Nick Peyton.

A photo of the crab with red seaweed. Photo taken at Discovery Park, Seattle, WA. Photo by Nick Peyton.

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Untitled – March 14, 2006

March 14, 2006

The night of the social I remember looking at her ring finger – something I never thought myself doing. And she didn’t have a ring. A single guy like me has to check these days because so many people my age are married. So as I mentioned before, I asked her out. A few hours after I sent my email, I receive this response that says that she not only seeing someone, she is married.

This is by far a first for me. As I read her email, I felt shocked and embarrassed. I couldn’t believe I asked out a married woman. But then I realized that it was not that bad. With time, it will become a good cocktail party story – another self-deprecating story I add to my collection that will always get a laugh. She still wanted to get coffee and we did. We talked about college experiences, athletics, work, movies and relationships (or my recent lack of). She promised me that she would help me find someone.

After reflecting on this, I am glad that it worked out this way. I made a new friend. And in these troubling times, it is nice to have a good laugh with new friends. And now I will always have this story – another lesson learned.

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Untitled – March 12, 2006

March 12, 2006

I have talked at length in my blog about my futile attempts at pursuing the opposite sex. Whether that be with Jorgie, Tully’s Girl, or others. All my stories end with the same result – with me learning some painful life lesson. Well I am about to pursue another painful life lesson. I met this girl at the GPSS social on Thursday, and I started to talk to her. I was funny, she was funny and we talked. There was a good vibe. Since then we started to email each other and we continued the banter over email. Talking about work and school and the banality in both. Well, today, over email, I asked her out for coffee. I mused that she probably already had a boyfriend and I would be out of luck, but I have a good feeling. With all this sunshine today, I cannot help being hopeful that she will say yes.

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Untitled – March 10, 2006

March 10, 2006

When I was a kid, I remember my parents always being excited when the car went over a certain mileage on the odometer. Whether that was 10,000 miles or 100,000 miles, there was always some celebration. Well when I bought my car in June, it had about 43,000 miles on it. The other day when I was driving to Olympia, my car went over 50,000 miles. I thought this occasion needed to be photographed. As I drove on I-5 outside of Tacoma, I reached down to grab my cell phone from the center console. As I grasped it I started to fumble with it. I barely got the cover opened. I stumbled through the features on my phone before I got to the camera. Meanwhile, my car is going back and forth out of control in the early morning traffic. I finally hit the right features and snapped this photo.

Photo of my odometer at 50,000 miles. Camera photo by Nick Peyton.

Photo of my odometer at 50,000 miles. Camera photo by Nick Peyton.

I don’t know if it was worth it almost crashing my car to take the photo. You can see my speed is well over sixty miles per hour – and in hindsight that seems scary. I always thought it was strange that my parents were excited by mileage and the significance of a random even number. But after risking my life to take that photo, I am beginning to understand.

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Untitled – March 5, 2006

March 5, 2006

I went to Paul and Kelli’s Oscar party tonight. At their party, they had a contest to pick the winners – all 24 categories. Last year, I got my ass beat. So this year I studied up, read some articles and watched almost all the movies in the top six categories. This year, I tied Paul for first place picking 16 out of the 24 categories correctly.

The score was Paul 13, Nick 12 with four categories left. Paul and I had all of the same picks except for Best Picture. So at best, I could hope for a tie. He picked Brokeback Mountain and I picked Crash as Best Picture. Needless to say, I was quite excited when Crash won over Brokeback Mountain. It is a shared victory, but I got a clutch performance.

I correctly picked, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Art Direction, Original Score, Original Song, Documentary Feature, Film Editing, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, and Makeup.

I know I had said in few blog entries ago that I thought Brokeback Mountain was going to win Best Picture, but that was before I saw Crash. Crash was a great movie. I loved it. See the winners of Oscars tonight – you won’t be disappointed.