Enchantments Backpacking Trip

Heading to the Enchantments in the North Cascades this weekend!  I am very excited about this trip.  Here is the email from the trip leader summarizing:

Hello folks,

We are nearing our EPIC hike/camp up to the Enchantments. I’ve been looking forward to this hike for a few years and actually won permits this year. I was 111th selected out of over 1500 applicants!

Details:

Permit is for a party of 6 people.

SEPT 2- Mike has suggested that we stay at his friend’s cabin near Lake Wenatchee/Plain on the night of Sept 2nd. Mike, please confirm the availability of the cabin for this night. If that cabin is a no go, we can always drive up early from Seattle on Sept 3. Permits are available for pick-up at 4:30pm at the front porch box (Wenatchee River Ranger Station). The rangers remove the permits from the pick-up box at 7:45am on Sept 3. If we don’t pick up the permits by 9:00am on Sept 3, they will re-issue to another party.

SEPT 3-Trip start date (hike in)- Pick up permits around 8pm (if we haven’t already done so). Route- I’ve told the rangers that our party will enter the Snow Lake trail and exit the same. I’ve heard and read that entering via the Asgaard Pass/Stuart/Colchuck trail is a near sin. However, I don’t have a problem with exiting this route. We will need to let the rangers know before the “Trip start date” which route we will exit the Enchanment zone. The Snow Lake Trail to the Enchanments is 10 miles one- way, begins at 1400 ft and gains 5400ft. We will be spending most of our time about 7000 ft (camp/day hikes/swim/ etc). Set up base camp. Explore the surrounding Lower Enchantment Lakes.

SEPT 4 and 5- Day Hikes.  I would like to hike as many of the peaks as my bum knee can handle:

SEPT 6-Trip end date (hike out and drive home).  I set it up so we drive home on a Sunday and beat Labor Day traffic.  Thank you very much.

Fun Ways To Pass The Slow Seattle Time

Seattle may be a sleepy city, but here are 5 ways to pass the time like a rockstar:

  1. Start a business selling prayer
  2. Meet up with interesting people
  3. Text a girl and say, “I love you”.  Follow it up with a text saying “Oops, meant that for Girl #2
  4. Watch Metalocalypse Season 2 with a case of fine French beer and a buddy
  5. Climb a mountain

Purple Food Recipe

Step down Midnight Cook!  A real chef is in the house now.  Tonight I cooked myself up a mighty fine meal of Purple Food.  Not many people can dare dream of achieving culinary perfection, but I just served myself up a tasty dish of it.  A picture is worth a thousand words, so check it out below:

purple food recipe
purple food recipe

So how did I do it?  Purple Food Recipe:

Defrost 10 hunks of frozen Costco chicken for 20 minutes.  Throw said chicken in a pan on medium for 15 minutes, turning once.  Get bored and throw in a bunch of blueberries.  Work on your to do list for 20 minutes and forget the food.  Come back, add mustard & balsamic vinegar… yeah yeah the online recipe says to use red wine vinegar and a bunch of other crap you don’t have, but that’s for internet nerds like the Midnight Cook.  We are MEN!  MEN WITH BALLS!  Footballs, basketballs, and frisbees.  Cook for another 20 minutes while you G-Chat online with your homies.  Eat.

The Power of Outsourcing

Outsourcing can be enormously powerful for either an organization or an individual. I personally use Elance.com to outsource my copywriting, certain types of programming, and even business needs. Elance is basically Ebay for services… You post a project that needs to be done and various providers bid to offer you their services. You then choose the best bid and put your money into an escrow account and wait for the project to be delivered.

A short list of examples of outsourced work:

  • Scheduling assistant to call people
  • Research to find 1,000 blogs in a target industry
  • 100 500-word articles for a website
  • Accounting work
  • Basic bookkeeping
  • Programming in any language you can imagine
  • Translation in most spoken/written languages
  • School work
  • Legal work
  • Public relations campaigns

… and many other types of jobs.  The limits are only your own creativity.

Poor Neglected Blog

To my loyal fan base, I must apologize for neglecting my blog recently. The summer has been crazy busy and I’ve been buried in work and various events. I will do my best to post more regularly now, but I can’t make any promises!

District 9 Review

I enjoyed this movie and recommend seeing it. Other than a few pieces of the plot that didn’t make sense, District 9 is an interesting way to pass a couple of hours.

Inglorious Bastards Review

Failure. Movie kinda sucks.

Crazy Girlfriend Video

Thanks to Trent for this hilarious video of a girlfriend who goes crazy when her boyfriend goes to Europe…

Genius Marketing: Give Away AK-47 with Car Purchase

The car dealer in the video below has a genius marketing sense… he hasn’t spent any money and got enormous web traffic & foot traffic to his car dealership. The YouTube video has 800,000+ views already. Not only that, but he is supporting the 2nd Amendment!

I love it! Also, this guy destroys the retarded reporter.

“God, Guns, Guts and American Pick-up Trucks!”

“You don’t have a problem with GOD do you? I’m just curious.”

Rage on Nationalized Healthcare

The recent proposals to nationalize healthcare have finally galvanized freedom-loving Americans to protest. The last few years have seen so many rights and freedoms taken away from Americans through idiotic programs/policies like Cash for Clunkers, the Stimulus, the bailout, the Patriot Act, and others that I thought most Americans had surrendered entirely to socialism. All of those programs though are much smaller steps to a communist nation than nationalizing the healthcare system.

Most people don’t realize it, but our healthcare system is already partly nationalized: the government blocks anyone from providing medical care except those it deems worthy. The reason healthcare in America is so expensive is that the supply is so dramatically limited by Byzantine government rules and regulations. Its one of the most fundamental principles of supply & demand: if supply is restricted, prices will rise. Bring back freedom to the medical care industry and prices will drop enormously.

Politicians have made healthcare insurance companies into the scapegoat for rising healthcare costs, which is false. Healthcare insurance companies essentially just provide a financial service to limit the risks of incurring large costs from medical care. Think of it like your mortgage: the more expensive your house, the higher your monthly mortgage payment. Insurance companies have not been driving up the prices, government regulations have. Insurance companies basically just match their fees with the overall cost of healthcare. Nationalizing the insurance industry will not make healthcare costs drop. Instead, healthcare will become a rationed good… you will have to get a bureaucrats approval to get your cavities drilled, heart surgery done or other medical procedures. Other countries with a similar system have long wait times to receive needed medical care.

Fortunately, Americans are finally beginning to stand up for themselves and fight back against unwanted & unneeded government expansion. I was happy to hear about the protests at town hall meetings against the cancerous growth of the government on American life recently. Hopefully, the onrushing tide of regulations and bureaucrats will be slowed but I doubt it.