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about the site...

Thanks for visiting my website! I hope you enjoy your stay and are able to find your way around without any problems.

I created this site as a project, but it turned into a different few things. First off, it is a blog; simply a place where I can write some of my scattered, random thoughts, and occasionally rant a little bit, about how the man is keeping you (and me) down.

Secondly, it has become a place where I have posted some photography, so feel free to check some of that out as well. And lastly, This site will be used as part of a a few different projects for my masters degree. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments, concerns during your stay: (

about me...

A little about me, let’s see...Well, I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, then moved to Los Angeles for college and about halfway through that I moved out to Boston. After falling in love with New England (go Pats/Sox!), I made my way back to SoCal and got two degrees from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, CA (a BA in English-Writing & an MS in College Counseling and Student Development). Then I moved up to Oregon and woked as a Hall Director at the University of Portland in Oregon. From there, I moved down to Mt. Shasta, California. Man, I love this place. Mountains, sun, snow, and family. What more could a man ask for?

Besides all that, I love writing, backpacking, photography, homebrewing, music (recording, composing and listening), playing/watching sports, and exploring new lands.

Brew Labels

It’s Spring Break here at the University of Portland and things are pretty stinkin’ quiet. I hope and pray that this week is as stress-less and productive for all of you as it has been for me. Also, it’s March Madness time!!! The happiest time of the year. God bless us, everyone!

So awhile back I wrote about a new hobby of mine: brewing beer. Yup. I’m officially a homebrewer. I started brewing in October and well, I’m on my 6th batch this week…

For awhile I’ve been meaning to post some of the label designs we’ve come up with, so here are the first 6 beers that we’ve actually finished, and designed (and for the most part, drank)…

Fresh Cab Porter

McBaggins Stout


Coco Brunutte Porter

Tortured Brown Ale

Clever Girl Bourbon Stout

And that’s it…for now. I’ll post some more in a few months. Hope everyone else is having a wonderful week!


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1 comment

CoRri - Clever Girl FTW!!! Can you just send me a label? hahaTuesday, March 22, 2011 - 9:52 pm

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