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August 4, 2008

i'm still on vacation

just tried to learn how to surf...what are you up to this summer?

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This week, we're off to our first vacation in 12 years - first one since before the kids showed up!

Posted by: Zaren at August 4, 2008 1:11 PM

Hey! You're not dead! Huzzah!

And my summer is somewhat less productive, I've been reading a light novel from Japan and playing Sonic and Megaman games.

Posted by: Blank-Mage at August 4, 2008 1:13 PM

Well I have tried to sky dive, I have moved into a new place, got a new notebook, a newer car, and got into college. Most importantly though is that I have found a better job... It just means I'll be busy and my videos may become a bit more staggered.

Posted by: Gordon at August 4, 2008 1:43 PM

I'm watching all the Lord of the Rings (extended cut) movies again. Should be finished by winter.
Also, I'm learning how to code in php.
yup yup!

Posted by: Bardiel at August 4, 2008 1:45 PM

I've been hanging out at the beach, pointing at this guy named Ze and laughing.

Posted by: Rubrick at August 4, 2008 1:46 PM

Getting my happiness back.
And you, ze, have been instrumental in this. Along with lolcats and craft beer.

Posted by: Alexandre at August 4, 2008 1:50 PM


also, making a skateboarding movie (community project) and attempting an organic chipping green at the family golf course.

and surfing!

Posted by: rambly at August 4, 2008 2:07 PM

Taking advantage of my time out of class to get some recreational reading in. I can read faster than I could at the start of summer and finished a lengthy novel in two days. Hooray! Oh, and saving money for when I enter the real world next year. Gonna have to grow up sometime, I guess . . .

I also discovered your site over the summer, too! The Show helped me relax between GRE study sessions.

Posted by: Cerebelle at August 4, 2008 2:13 PM

Surfing is an absolute blast. Very exhilarating.

I've just been working on the house and completing a graduate degree this summer. In about a month, I'll actually get to go on a vacation that will include a concert, the beach, a boardwalk, a casino or two and total relaxation. I cannot wait.

Posted by: Ian at August 4, 2008 2:51 PM

had a dream and you were in it. we just kinda shot the shit awkwardly. it was fun.

Posted by: jaymoo at August 4, 2008 3:05 PM

Back from two weeks of camping... awesome, as usual.


Posted by: Shelley at August 4, 2008 3:14 PM

Thinking about my future. My car was stolen just this week, which has given me the perfect opportunity to rethink my carbon footprint and alter my lifestyle accordingly.

Posted by: Michael at August 4, 2008 3:21 PM

It is always summer here in Florida!

Gee, I bet you look great in your t-back surfing!

Posted by: hoop at August 4, 2008 3:44 PM

Wow Ze Surfing! I don't imagine I could ever muster enough grace or agility to be good at that one. I suppose I'll stick to surfing the rolling fields of Alberta.

I got hitched this summer. We had a Pajama wedding! I married a Kozie! I also got accepted into University, and have been catching up on a lot of reading, mostly girlie romances involving studly dragon men, and fantastical story's. I recently thought of becoming a publisher, and being the designer at that publishing company.

Choices Choices Choices...

Posted by: SetanaZen at August 4, 2008 4:51 PM

Posted by: n0s0ap at August 4, 2008 4:57 PM

I'm learning dreamweaver, updating my illustration portfolio an taking care of my mum who broke both her ankles (nothing sinister she tripped).
Saw the Police in concert- SOOoo good. Eating watermelon- SOooo tasty and teaching myself to cook 'real meals' with actual recipes.

Surfing sounds pretty awesome, I'm betting you rocked it.

Posted by: Kerri-Penny Wylde at August 4, 2008 5:26 PM

Reading "How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life" by John Fahey. Also studied guitar in Rome for two weeks. And re: Michael's post: just sold my car so I can bike and bus more - go for it!

Posted by: ben at August 4, 2008 5:55 PM

I've been working on this:

I've also been building a web based choose-your-own adventure game for my girlfriend's birthday.

Posted by: s at August 4, 2008 6:41 PM

Trying to get a job, failing. Finding an apartment for next year (tricky). Learning to play the guitar and working on building a new friendship.

Posted by: Annabelle at August 4, 2008 6:58 PM

Trying to get a job, failing. Finding an apartment for next year (tricky). Learning to play the guitar.

Posted by: Annabelle at August 4, 2008 6:58 PM

Just got back from a wedding! Drinkin' and talkin' round the campfire in an orchard in Rural NY State.


Posted by: CJspider at August 4, 2008 7:02 PM

Taking classes in film making and production. A lot of it is extraneous since I only want to do a simple program, but the process is still fascinating.

Posted by: Hyperbolic Dan at August 4, 2008 7:28 PM

Summer school suuuuuuucks.

Posted by: bill at August 4, 2008 7:46 PM

surfing is so much harder than it looks. i've tried a few times and only managed to ride a couple of waves...

i've been bowling, iron chef crab cookoff'ing, partying, hiking, swimming and volleyball and that was just this weekend lol

Posted by: Duncan at August 4, 2008 7:46 PM

I'll be a sophomore in college next year, and I have a mini internship at an engineering company, and am making way more than I've ever made before. I've learned that I don't want to spend the rest of my life in an office, at any cost. Still want to be an engineer, though, just not an office one..

Posted by: Brian at August 4, 2008 7:51 PM

"Stay-cationing" and saving some overhead by living at home.

I've never wanted to dive back into the world of engineering more.

Posted by: ultravphunter at August 4, 2008 8:08 PM

i doubt youll get back to me...
but, what beaches do you surf at, ze?

not that i am going to stalk you, but theres not many surf spots around this new york area (unless your traveling.)

Posted by: john at August 4, 2008 10:40 PM

I've learned how to make all those lattes we used to watch you drink. And that Chicago actors make lots of imaginary money.

Posted by: Jim at August 4, 2008 10:41 PM

working 3000 miles from home in california for the summer. tring to have the summer of a lifetime seeing all there is to do and see in west. In San Fransico this week can't wait to see the city on friday if I don't end up working another 14 hour day...and i wanted to try to learn to surf but didn't make it..

Posted by: Logan at August 4, 2008 10:50 PM

I've been learning to play the banjo, becoming an expert on perennials, attempting to walk my dog while riding a bike (sustaining only minor injuries thus far), testing my limit for number of consecutive days wearing the same pair of jeans without washing them, and alternately severely sunburning myself then hiding inside for prolonged periods of time.

Less excitingly, I have also had a bad-paying job, sustained lingering ankle injury from said job, and been laid off from it.

Posted by: Cathy at August 4, 2008 11:22 PM

Working way too much.

Still had two weeks of visiting with family and friends on a cross the province road trip. Always amusing to try to catch up 2 -3 years in a day.

Posted by: Val at August 5, 2008 12:57 AM

I got engaged.

Posted by: Than at August 5, 2008 1:39 AM

i'm up to summer this summer.

wishing i was still a kid and on summer break so that i could play in the sprinkler and not feel anxious about anything. maybe i'll pretend this weekend.

hopefully: will launch a little somethin' by the end of this month. (yay! a project! for real! not just in my head!) but don't want to lose my motivation by talking about it.

Posted by: ingrid at August 5, 2008 5:11 AM

This Summer I'm off to Aberdeen, Inverness, Manchester and London. Being a best man, seeing Les Miserables at the theatre, and going to learn some new skills too

Posted by: Chris at August 5, 2008 7:52 AM

I'm getting married this summer!

Posted by: Jen_ at August 5, 2008 9:01 AM

We've been putting off this huge Summer reading list. Who gives a 1,000 pg. book to a kid (Texas, James A. Michener).

Posted by: Rach at August 5, 2008 11:02 AM

Most of the time it's Work Work Work :_(

I'm doing lots of motorcycle riding on the weekends. Plenty of pretty, unspoiled landscape to see in the N. GA mountains.

Posted by: BinaryJesus at August 5, 2008 12:10 PM

Look at you getting outside. Isn't that precious. I havne't been able to take any time off because of work. I think I should do so soon, because I believe this is killing me.

Posted by: alan at August 5, 2008 12:19 PM

Working all the time. I scorekeep softball games for my town. i do 1 double header a night m-f, 1 double header in the mornings t&thr and i do 2 double headers on sunday 1 in the morning one in the evening.

august is picking up with recreational stuff though. i have a few parties to go to before school starts up again and my very own 21st birfday BBQ.

Posted by: Schafe at August 5, 2008 1:53 PM

I'm reinstalling Vista for the third time this week. Its raining so that makes it a bit less geeky.

Posted by: veertje at August 5, 2008 2:02 PM

Taken up rock climbing, jogging, and scuba diving. I should mention I live in Canada where the water is one degree lower than "fuck cold". I ran until I threw up, once. I am so hardcore.

I'd have to drive 6 hours to try surfing in the cold. I plan to, but not this year.

Posted by: another Brian! at August 5, 2008 3:45 PM

I tried to learn surfing on my holiday to Japan. I hope you were more successful than I was.

Posted by: A at August 5, 2008 6:24 PM

Italy and Switzerland for six weeks with wife, parents, and two year old son. Now working on a paper that isn't motivating me, reading, and trying to use a little less energy.

Posted by: Gus at August 5, 2008 6:35 PM

On my summer vacation, I set a world record. I didn't know it at the time, but I went to Haeundae beach in Busan Korea which posted a world record for most parasols on a beach.


It was fun, but crowded.

Posted by: Ramsey at August 5, 2008 8:18 PM

Finishing up an online history course, starting a new job, and planning my wedding. Also enjoying the niceties of everyday life--things such as walking, drawing, reading, writing, pondering, eating, drinking, and talking.
Mostly anticipating fall.

Posted by: Louisa at August 5, 2008 8:20 PM

Everyone has probably seen this....
I saw it for the first time today, a bumper sticker:::

Can't we all just get a longboard? :)

Posted by: mojorisin' at August 5, 2008 8:45 PM

Everyone has probably seen this....
I saw it for the first time today, a bumper sticker:::

Can't we all just get a longboard? :)

Posted by: mojorisin' at August 5, 2008 8:45 PM

Goin' to the Jersey Shore for some interesting family fun. can't wait....least I know my mom will yell at me once or twice...(I'm 37)...but she will..

Posted by: CC at August 6, 2008 3:06 AM

Overal, working. Sitting behind a computer in an office all day (not getting enough sunlight).

Can't wait until I start University this September.

Took a little vacation of work... Went to London for a few day's. Made a lot of new international friends, didn't get any sleep and took the flu home with me. Don't you just love being sick when it's hot out?

But next week the ultimate party, highlight of my year... Lowlands! The greatest music festival! 5 day's of incredable music, my best friends and an awesome way to celebrate life!

Posted by: Marthe at August 6, 2008 5:33 AM

I got the worst sun burn ever - in Iceland, damn that global warming

Posted by: koster at August 6, 2008 10:33 AM

I want to try something that is new and somewhat scary to me, like para sailing (I'm completely afraid of heights) and after that I will get drunk. After that I will mentally relax for a few days on a beach. All while being disconnected to the internets for a full week.

Posted by: Kim at August 6, 2008 11:31 AM

riding rollercoasters and going down waterslides.
trying not to eat out so much so I can pay for riding rollercoasters and going down waterslides.

making short silly videos like this:

Posted by: Craig at August 6, 2008 12:54 PM

he ze!

Surfing is cool! i've been trying to get better in kitesurfing this summer... but the weather in europe isn't that great (again)...

I've also been prepering for my new job... that should be exciting :)

Posted by: Lucas at August 6, 2008 1:35 PM

That's funny, I'm also trying to learn how to surf! Problem is, my swimming has gotten a little rusty these past years, and so I have to practice that first.

have fun!

Posted by: Kendal at August 6, 2008 2:33 PM

Oh and Ze, with your fine dancing skills, surfing should be a breeze.

Posted by: hoop at August 6, 2008 2:59 PM

Mountain biking and building climbing. Either one is likely to reduce the number of summers I have left in life. Possibly to zero.

But it's worth it.

Posted by: P Gould at August 6, 2008 3:27 PM

I helped a friend move from Champaign, IL, to Boston and with two other people emptied a 50' trailer in about 7 hours. I am not a buff person, but I finally feel like I can be.

Posted by: kenkins at August 6, 2008 5:48 PM

I'm selling art, wanna buy some?

Remember when you surf control the ocean don't let it control you.

P.S. I've never surfed in my life, just watched a lot of beach movies.

Posted by: Chris at August 6, 2008 9:18 PM

Learning to spin fiber on my new spinning wheel - and trying to hike 5 miles before work at least 3 times a week.

Hope you are having fun!

Posted by: mydogpetey at August 6, 2008 11:14 PM

i went to an awesome nerd/science camp and now im in washington/oregon looking at colleges. Portland is nice. looking forward to being back at home soon though.

Posted by: nic at August 7, 2008 1:29 AM

Working in an accountants where I'm leaning all about tax and so forth, but also working on improving my solitaire and minesweeper game.
After this mindnumbingly boring summer, I'm looking forward to going back to uni in september.
How did the surfing go?

Posted by: Matt at August 7, 2008 8:01 AM

Blue. And fried egg with legs. Hell yeah.

Posted by: v at August 8, 2008 3:12 AM

Ze, have you gotten up yet? Once you feel what it's like to drop in and stand, you'll be hooked forever.

I was lucky and got to learn in Costa Rica. Stood up my first time out. Spent the rest of the day falling on my ass but it was too late, I had the bug. Even though I'm still a beginner and the cold SF water requires a wetsuit, I still love going out when I can. But summer in the Bay Area typically means lousy waves so I'm mostly not surfing and instead spending time catching up on movies, playing in my band, doing some fun art, and trying to put together the next gig.

Posted by: dhl at August 8, 2008 4:14 AM

At 35 years of age, I am trying to get back into skateboarding - I have never really "quit," per se, but I don't spend much time on my board and really want to get back into it for the fun of it and the exercise that goes along with it.

I got the wife to accept that I am going to build a mini-ramp in our backyard and can't wait to do it (although street skating is still my forté).

Posted by: Jason Bunting at August 8, 2008 3:37 PM

dear ze,

this summer, i am learning how to ride a bike again. the wind on my face makes me feel so freeeeeeee. i hope you enjoy surfing.

Posted by: bran at August 8, 2008 7:14 PM

for you surfing should be a breeze,Ze but
for me i could say other ways , have much

Posted by: cassy at August 9, 2008 2:55 AM

I would love to see the expression you make when you see a really big wave. Maybe you could put a video camera on some part of the surfboard to take us through your surfing experience? It it's too late to do this as it takes some planning, perhaps you could surf again immediately so we could see your expressions?

Posted by: Melinda at August 10, 2008 10:22 AM

learning to solve the rubiks cube .. blind.

Posted by: Jason at August 10, 2008 12:00 PM

I'm plotting ways to move to the South of France - there's a secret beach east of Frejus and I want to live there.

No good for surfing though, which might be a good thing, depending on how well you got on with the learning.

Posted by: Elika at August 11, 2008 5:33 AM

We have kite surfing here, as the reef prevents any "good" surf waves, but also means we don't get washed away by hurricanes. I've never done it, but its pretty funny to watch :) Hope you're funny to watch for the good reasons, and not cause you've just seriously injured yourself!

This summer I'm trying not to expire from the heat+humidity while doing all the afternoon enrichment for my zoo critters :) It involves making lots of fruit icepops which I may just have to steal one of these days!!

Posted by: helsbells at August 11, 2008 10:35 AM

Mostly working... cleaned out my storage, though, finally. Wow, what a lesson that was - I'll never make the mistake of thinking I need to keep all that stuff, pay for it month to month, many times what it was worth, and expect to use it or even want it in the end! Especially that moldy boxspring. Yecccch.

Posted by: Marianne at August 11, 2008 1:55 PM

Working too much. Sleeping too little. Treading water day in and out. Confusing summer flings and trying to remember to eat.

I show up to see friends from time to time, but because my body is seated at the table certainly doenst mean Im there - or anywhere, for that matter.

Posted by: laura at August 11, 2008 10:38 PM

Working in a law office in Seattle and deciding whether or not going into environmental law would mean selling out.

Posted by: Mariah at August 12, 2008 7:31 PM

Stole a dragonfly's wings, and fell in love with an albino rabbit. It's snowing in my mind.

Posted by: theMexperiment at August 17, 2008 8:17 AM

I'm mostly chained to my desk.
Improving my tennis game.
Daring people to eat gobs of wasabi for my amusement

and *not* blocking your view in the movie theater. ;)

Posted by: strayfarce at August 20, 2008 12:44 PM

work work working the summer away so i can afford to study abroad/live/eat in London again this year!

Posted by: Anna at August 27, 2008 2:16 PM

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