Memories of the Viaduct and Joe Torre

While no one will exactly be shedding tears that the old Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle will be removed in the coming months, the structure does hold some fond memories in my heart. As much as a freeway can hold memories. The two-level, raised freeway running along Seattle’s waterfront is a true blight on…

Historic Boise Depot

One of my favorite things about Boise is the Capitol building located in the heart of downtown. Even though it is starting to get hidden a bit as Boise becomes a real city and grows up as much as out, when you catch glimpses of the building it is stunning. On a recent Sunday afternoon,…

Idaho Botanical Garden’s Winter Garden aGlow

One part of moving that you don’t really think about until the holidays roll around is family traditions. Some family traditions continue no matter where you live – when you open gifts, where you celebrate Christmas Day, what you eat, etc. Other traditions can’t easily be replicated everywhere. For example, it’s difficult to find a…

The Perfect Game: 10 years later

Ten years ago today on a blistering hot West Texas night I pitched a perfect game. Everything was working: my 60mph fastball, my slider, my curve and even my nasty forkball in the dirt. It was a thing of beauty to watch. You see, 10 years ago is when I somehow convinced Veronica Sandate that…

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Drive around the sprawling metropolis of St. Louis, Missouri and you are likely to see the Cathedral Basilica’s giant green dome in the distance. While the Cathedral is stunning on the outside in its own right, what is hidden in the interior is truly breathtaking. The 83,000 square foot building was built between 1907 and…

Remodeling, the never-ending story

While some people are trying to build a wall, we’ve been trying to tear one down. Ever since we bought our house more than two years ago, we’ve dreamed of taking out the wall that separated our living room and dining room. Apparently in the 1950s they valued small, boxy rooms, otherwise the wall made…