New blog

Posted in Uncategorized on May 24, 2016 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

This blog is moving once again, and getting more focused.  My wife and I will both be contributing to it and it will follow along with our adventures both in the outdoors, and with our first child due to arrive in a couple weeks.  So please join us at


Sidewinder Trail

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2011 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

Sidewinder Trail, a set on Flickr.

Great day on Sidewinder trail with the guys from and SoCalFJ

Bet you thought I forgot all about this blog

Posted in My Ramblings with tags , , , , , on February 6, 2011 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

Well, I knew it had been a long time since I had posted here, but I did not realize how long until I signed in a few min ago.  A fair amount has happened since last years Comic-Con, most of it pretty boring, some of it not that good.  I will not bore you with everything, and but I will promise to post more often. (we both know that will probably not happen)

Jumping ahead to more recent stuff, we got screwed by Engine Pros in Corona Ca.  The short of the story is they “rebuilt” the motor in our Camry.  Originally it was supposed to be $1400  and a week to 10 days, we ended up over $3600, an additional $400 in outside diagnostic, 4 months, and the car does not run .  The State Bureau of Automotive Repairs is involved along with the Better Business Bureau, and we are getting prepared for court.  If you want all the details, I would be more then happy to share.

We got one snow shoe trip in this winter, Paige got a bad sprain at work not long after, and is just able to put a little pressure on it now so we have not been back yet.  I am going to try and get in at least one solo trip before we lose all the snow this year.


I have to Backpacking Hammock to try out, one is the BlackBird Hammock from WarBonnet Outdoors, and one is a DIY Gathered end hammock.  I have had them both out to the park for a little test, but it is not the same as spending a night in the woods.  I also have an awesome new fishing rod from St Croix.  I am just waiting for the reel to come in.  They were  rod and the WBBB were both Christmas presents.

and now we are up at the Lodge watching the Superbowl

Comic-con 2010 Thursday

Posted in comic con, Mobile, My Ramblings with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)


Well, I did a horrible job of posting today, partly because of how much time was spent on the dealer floor.  We have covered about half of it which is surprising. I normally barely finish on Sunday.  Not much is catching my attention so we are moving pretty fast.

Got in to see Danny Elfman this morning.  Good panel, mostly audience questions which can be hit or miss but it went well. He was rather nervous but did fine.

I will try and finish of the rest of this in line in the morning, for now it is off to bed. 

Comic-Con 2010 Preview Night

Posted in comic con, My Ramblings with tags , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

Well, preview night was short for us, but good, and we accomplished what we set out for.  Got two pieces of art from Ruth Thompson, and got a new copy of Fluxx. Ruth asked if she could draw us sometime this weekend, should be interesting.  I will try and get photos of the art I got tomorrow, in the mean time, here are a couple shots of the Green Lantern car out front. 

Blogin from the evo

Posted in comic con, My Ramblings with tags , , , on July 17, 2010 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

Just testing the phone getting ready for comic con next week .  I will be blogging again, and trying to get some photos along with the posts.


Posted in My Ramblings with tags , , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

“In the first place we should insist that the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equity with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming an American and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to the American Defense Society in 1919.