Archive for the ‘Photos’ Category


Mom and Sam

December 31, 2017

Saying goodbye at the Albany airport on December 26th.






The Unknown Citizen

November 10, 2013

On Thursday I attended a film of Alan Bennett’s play-within-a-play The Habit of Art as performed by the National Theatre. It centers on poet W.H. Auden, whom I know mostly as the author of “Funeral Blues” (featured in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral) and “The Unknown Citizen” (featured in my 10th grade English class).

Perhaps the latter poem was on my mind the next morning when I noticed this rain-soaked cardboard sign. Whoever had used it was gone.

unknown citizen


The center of attention?

November 8, 2013

My favorite pictures of me racing (e.g., from the 2005 World Cup 100K, 2006 Houston Ultra Event Weekend, 2006 Sunmart 50-Miler, and 2009 Sundodger 8K) now include this shot from the 2013 PNTF championships, taken by Seattle Running Club president Win Van Pelt.


It’s a nice image of me grinding away on the unrelenting Lower Woodland Park course. But there’s more. Behind me, clapping, is beloved coach and world-class talker Tom Cotner. At the extreme left is Doris Brown Heritage, one of the all-time greats of American distance running.

Often the most interesting people at a race are not the ones racing.


Lego Kids Fest in Portland

October 13, 2013

Phil and I met up with my old college friends Ian and Heather and their two boys.

The temerity of youth, part 1: hiding in Vader’s cape.

The temerity of youth, part 2: picking a Wookiee’s pocket.

Why, yes — these ARE the droids we’re looking for.

Tutancrowther, the boy king.

New construction: a robot with a giant lobster claw.


Special report: agents infiltrate Wild Waves theme park

September 7, 2013

According to posted signs, Wild Waves forbids visitors from taking photographs or videos of any kind.

But the world needs to know about the water slides, roller coasters, and junk food that lurk inside those gates.

Today, Special Agents Phil and Kai obtained what are believed to be the first-ever non-sanctioned photos of Wild Waves, shown below.

Their detective work complete, the pair proceeded from Federal Way to the SeaTac airport, where they boarded a flight to Russia, where they will be seeking asylum.

They hope you like the pictures.

IMG_20130907_140349 Investigating a bottleneck at the Raging River Ride.

IMG_20130907_143802 Impressive teamwork.

IMG_20130907_153956 Spy duo or boy band?

IMG_20130907_161721 A “Do not climb on the Dragon” sign can be seen behind the dragon’s head. If you’re going to break the rules, you might as well break all of them simultaneously, right?

IMG_20130907_162825 To everyone’s disappointment, the Disko Flashback Boogie Ride did not include music.


Vacation photos

August 18, 2013

Scenes from recent trips to Idaho and Oregon, as photographed by me, Leila, and Jimmy Knowles….

015_banjo_lesson McCall, Idaho: my dad gives Karen her first banjo lesson.

018_me_mom McCall: me and my mom.

Samick Bend, Oregon: I looked for famed ultramarathoner Kami Semick, but she had moved to Hong Kong, so this was as close as I got.

PK Bend: the Bolivian dish “pique a lo macho” (in progress), a favorite of Leila’s Peace Corps friends.

Kevin Bend: Kevin Tanksi, our charismatic, knowledgeable, and funny whitewater rafting guide.

Deschutes Bend: drenched but happy on the Deschutes River.

tree hugger Bend: a Willa Tree (on the trail to Blow Lake).

at Blow Lake Bend: at Blow Lake.


Hydrophilic Philip, age 6.75

July 19, 2013

Phil’s lessons at the Ballard Pool have been going swimmingly.

poolside picture 1

poolside picture 2

poolside picture 3

poolside picture 4


An OK Christmas

December 29, 2012

The title of this post and all photos below were stolen from Leila, from whose Oklahome Phil and I just returned.

019 Santa bore a suspicious resemblance to Leila’s brother David, but his presents were accepted nonetheless.

037_rotated Phil looking impish as usual.

035 Karen, Melanie, Phil, and Parker prepare to ravage the gingerbread house.

036 A post-tornado gingerbread house.

029c Body by God … All cases accepted.

031 An impromptu jam session at a neighbor’s house.

045 Murray, the tallest of Leila’s brothers, barely fit into his Go-Kart. He won the race anyway.

028 The child-prodigy vet describes his latest surgery: “The horse’s liver was THIS BIG!”


Cute soccer pic

December 8, 2012

Phil at Lil Kickers

Phil didn’t like his soccer class enough to want to continue through the winter … but at least we got this nice photo out of it.


Pictorial highlights from recent trips

September 8, 2012

In August, Phil and I and my girlfriend LZ visited her family in Idaho and mine in Vermont.

Fingers crossed.
Phil crossing his fingers in the hope that LZ’s uncle’s sailboat’s motor would work. (It did, eventually.)

The hike to pick huckleberries, a Z family tradition, took an interesting turn when we discovered this skeleton, which shook Phil up a bit.

Phil and Camille
Phil and his cousin got along much better than they did a year ago. (This photo and the next one were taken by my sister.)

GC and LZ
Another “what a difference a year makes!” photo.

At Phil’s request, Grandpa Jack built a firehouse with a retractable door to accommodate Phil’s Lego minifigures and vehicles.

Aunt Beverly’s gift to Phil, which he named Balto after the sled dog who helped deliver diphtheria antitoxin to Nome in 1925.