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Monday, July 13, 2009

At the Beach...

After attending the Monai presentation, Eric really wanted to be someplace tropical. So, he closed his eyes and clicked is ruby red loafers together and said "there's no place like the Bahamas, there's no place like the Bahamas, there's no place like the Bahamas"...and when his eyes opened he was magically in the Bahamas.

-Brian and Jeff

Urban Agriculture

If your interested in Urban Gardening or just Gardening in general then check out this event at the AIA office downtown. I happen to live next to the Fremont Community Garden. It is incredibly successful and is always full of urban dwellers growing vegetables, flowers and playing the occasional game of Bocce Ball.


Deep Thoughts...

Many of you might remember a skit on SNL called "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy". A skit in which one man's thoughts about whatever ridiculous thing popped into his head were shared. I recently came across a few publications of his best work and thought I might share some over the next few weeks. Yes, they are rather dumb...and yes, they make no sense but they are funny and guaranteed to make you laugh.

“If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong though. It's Hambone.”


The Music of Second Saturdays

This past Saturday I set out from my midtown abode to explore Second Saturdays Art Walk in Midtown. It's always nice to walk around with thousands of strangers and explore all that Midtown has to offer. What I found interesting this time out was all the live music that seemed to be everywhere. So I thought I would share...

This performance was completely impromptu. It was a promotion for an upcoming event at Harlows nightclub entitled 'HAIR - a tribal rock concert'. So if your a hippie or just a fan of the musical then check it out July 16th at 7pm.

Barber's Shop is a must stop for me. As an old soul I love the vintage feel of this automotive shop. The walls of the shop are littered with old 'art'...vintage signs, car parts and accessories. They usually have a down home rock-a-billy band playing and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer flowing. Barber's has been in business for 29 years, specializing in Alfa Romeo and other vintage European sports cars. They also restore and sell vintage Vespas as well as new scooters. check them out at 18th and L.

A totally random occurrence as I walked through the streets. This little group was content just jamming to whatever moved them. They had a nice little crowd gathered around them with one gentleman in a motorized wheelchair with a 30 pack of natural light in his basket. That is what's so fun about Midtown and Second Saturdays. You just never know what or who you'll run into. If you haven't been, or haven't been for a while check it out next month.


Exploration Bahama

A nice quiet stroll on the beach
such a little explorer Tom is...
These are a few images from a recent site visit to a project in the Bahamas. Look for more to come about this new and exciting project. Thanks to Tom and Terry for giving everyone the low down on how great their trip was, how awesome their tans are, and in general making everyone extremely jealous about a week in the tropics.
-Brian, Tom, Terry

Hot Italian - Midtown

After over a year of renovation, Hot Italian finally opened to a packed house a few months ago. They serve up some authentic Italian thin crust pizza's and gelato, and of course birra and vino, along with a variety of merchandise, all from Italy. Next time you're downtown, stop by and check it out. If you choose to ride your bike, they have the coolest bike parking in town. Check them out at 16th and Q., across from Fremont Park.


Monday, July 6, 2009

4th of July Festivities

Good food and some heated Wii competition. Another successful WP lunch time get together. Thanks to everyone who brought, baked, stirred, cooked, and grilled food for the event. To top everything off, and start the 3 day weekend off cream cones to finish the day.

Let Sleeping Interns Lie

Yes, that is our interiors intern Ashley grabbing a few minutes of shut eye in the library. The best part is that she has no idea the pictures were taken and is seeing these for the first time, like everyone else. So, if you can't find Ashley at her desk, and paging her doesn't work (because she's sleeping)...check the library.

What Do You Do When The A/C Breaks...?

Eat popsicles of course...

Thanks Cigi!

Here are a few pages from the latest Nana Wall brochure...featuring the Yocha De Ye Golf Club.

No Bag, No Problem

As is typical when you make a retail purchase you usually get a huge bag with the stores logo on it to carry your goods. I was pleasantly surprised that when purchasing this particular pair of shoes that they did not put the box in a bag. They simply attached a small rope handle. One might say this is genius, I say it's common sense...and I also say I wish I would have thought of it!
- Brian

Newest WP puppy

She is a black lab, weighs in at 17 pounds and is a complete bundle of energy. We had an interesting weekend of saying “no” to all the rocks in our backyard that she tried to eat, a few accidents in the house and her nipping at the backs of our legs as we played with her. She is a lot of fun and a great addition to the family.

- Jeff and Kim

I dare ya...

Some of you may have noticed a few of your collegues acting rather strange lately. Well, check out this list of office dares and it might answer a few questions. Eric, Jeff and Brian have attempted and completed a few over the past few weeks. The list is at Brian's desk so if you complete one, come over and sign your name by the completed dare.

1) Run one lap around the office at top speed.
2) Ignore the first five people who say 'good morning' to you.
3) Phone someone in the office you barely know, leave your name and say,"Just called to say I can't talk right now. Bye."
4) To signal the end of a conversation, clamp your hands over your ears and say “lalalalalala”
5) Leave your zipper open for one hour. If anyone points it out, say,"Sorry, I really prefer it this way."
1) Say to your boss, "I like your style" and shoot him with double-barreled fingers.
2) Babble incoherently at a fellow employee then ask, "Did you get all that,I don't want to have to repeat it."
3) Page yourself over the intercom (do not disguise your voice).
4) Shout random numbers while someone is counting.
1) At the end of a meeting, suggest that, for once, it would be nice to conclude with the singing of the national anthem (5 extra points if you actually launch into it yourself).
2) Walk into a very busy person's office and while they watch you with growing irritation, turn the light switch on/off 10 times.
3) For an hour, refer to everyone you speak to as "Bob."
4) Announce to everyone in a meeting that you "really have to go do a numbertwo."
5) After every sentence, say 'Mon' in a really bad Jamaican accent. As in "The report's on your desk, Mon." Keep this up for 1 hour.
6) While an office mate is out, move their chair into the elevator.
7) In a meeting or crowded situation, slap your forehead repeatedly andmutter, "Shut up, all of you just shut up!"
8) At lunchtime, get down on your knees and announce, "As God as my witness,I'll never go hungry again."
9) In a colleague's DAY PLANNER, write in the 10am slot: "See how I look in tights." (5 Extra points if it is a male, 5 more if he is your boss)
10) Carry your keyboard over to your colleague and ask, "You wanna trade?"
11) Repeat the following conversation 10 times to the same person: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, it's gone now."
12) Come to work in army fatigues and when asked why, say, "I can't talk about it."
13) Posing as a maitre d', call a colleague and tell him he's won a lunch for four at a local restaurant. Let him go.
14) Speak with an accent (French, German, Porky Pig, etc) during a very important conference call.
15) Find the vacuum and start vacuuming around your desk.
16) Hang a 2' long piece of toilet roll from the back of your pants and act genuinely surprised when someone points it out.
17) Present meeting attendees with a cup of coffee and biscuits, smashing each biscuit with your fist.
18) During the course of a meeting, slowly edge your chair towards the door.
19) Arrange toy figures on the table to represent each meeting attendee, move them according to the movements of their real-life counterparts.
And if that wasn't enough for you... How to keep a healthy level of insanity:
1) At lunchtime, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.
2) Tell your children over dinner. "Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go."
3) Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.
4) Put your waste basket on your desk and label it "IN".
5) Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over his or her caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.
6) Finish all your sentences with "In accordance with the prophecy."


Bad Joke of the Week

"I was standing in a park watching some people play frisbee. I thought to myself why is that frisbee getting larger...and then it hit me."


It seems like everyone is jumping on W+P's bandwagon and starting blogs. I highly doubt we were the first, but we were one of the first that I know of. HOK, a rather large firm...large enough to have a full time editor of a blog has started posting articles recently. I'd really like to hate this blog as it is the big corporate type but it has a lot of great articles. I guess if we had 2000+ employees in 24 cities on 4 continents we'd have a ton of great articles to post too. But, of the 2000+ employees only 36 get to actually post anything. Can you say censorship? I kinda like our anyone can post anything attitude. There is no editor, as evidenced by the horrible grammar and spelling that sometimes accompany my posts. But our blog is grass roots to the core. Watch for more 'big name' firms to start blogs in the near future...or twitter about what's going on...or become friends on facebook... or whatever.

if you care to check out HOK's blog...CLICK HERE


Roseville Concert in the Park

- Jodie

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