Trottomatic » Rich The Website of Rich & Humuhumu Trott Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:27:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 480 Fri, 02 May 2014 02:27:24 +0000 Wanda is 480 days old today.

She took her first steps.

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198 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 02:18:46 +0000 Wanda is 198 days old today.

Humu, Wanda, Wanda’s Grandma, and I went out for breakfast this morning. Wanda sat in her high chair at a restaurant for the first time. Overhead were remote control model airplanes and a running model train set. It was kind of like my dad was there to see it.

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197 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:51:25 +0000 Wanda is 197 days old today.


Photo by Humuhumu

Wanda, her Grandma, Humu, and I went to explore Forest Creek, which used to be known as The Shire. Our friend Heather Gregg told us about it. It was supposed to be a housing development themed in a way that brings Tolkien to mind. I’ve read that the Tolkien thing was not intended, at least initially. But clearly it was embraced at some point as one of the two streets in the development is Ring Bearer Court. (The other is South Shire Lane.)


Photo by Humuhumu

The Shire was never completed because it went bankrupt when Bend’s housing market collapsed. It’s a sad story, so we’ll gloss over it and get to our experience today. I’ll just add that eventually a company purchased the whole development and building is starting again, although without the same wacky awesome commitment to theming.

I wouldn’t make a road trip to Bend just to see Forest Creek (aka The Housing Development Previously Known As “The Shire”). But if you’re in central Oregon already, you could do worse than to kill 20 minutes on a sunny day stopping by South Shire Lane and Ring Bearer Court to see this sadly half-finished but gloriously half-baked vision. Be sure, though, to get out of your car, look at the map they’ve posted, and walk along the path behind the houses among the ponds (stocked with fish), tiny amphitheater (maybe a sock puppet show would be at home there), “secret” doors, and a few other treasures. Sadly, the newer construction there isn’t anywhere nearly as over-the-top as the amazing building (and separate garage) at the end of South Shire Lane. And I don’t have high hopes for the forthcoming townhouses, but who knows? Anyway, totally worth checking out from a “this was a crazy idea, I wish they had succeeded” perspective.

As we were looking at the most thoroughly themed structures, I said to Humu: “Imagine living here and putting a tiki bar in the basement. It’s like your life turns into one big turducken.”

Humu’s take on Forest Creek: “First it was sad, then it was cute, then it was weird.”

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196 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 02:42:20 +0000 Wanda is 196 days old today.

Humu, Wanda, and I are having a great time in Bend, Oregon. We’re here so Wanda can spend some time at Grandma’s house. This morning, we walked up Pilot Butte, one of three extinct volcanoes in the continental U.S. that are within a city. (The others are in nearby Portland, Oregon, and surprisingly in Jackson, Mississippi.) We went there because, you know, extinct volcano in city limits. Do I need another reason?

I finished a pair of job descriptions for some one-year positions I’ll hopefully be hiring for soon. Nerds interested in a great work environment and a project with a social conscience, take note.

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Wake Up, You Sleepy Astronauts! Tue, 29 Mar 2011 02:29:31 +0000 I submitted the song below for NASA’s contest to pick the song that would wake up the astronauts on the final shuttle mission later this year. The public will vote to pick a winner. But NASA didn’t even pick this song as one of the ones that could be voted on, which frankly makes me question everything about the space agency.

The song was written by Anu Kirk and Rich Trott with a line or two (and the whole idea of writing a song for the contest) suggested by Jessica Forys. The song is performed by Palace Family Steak House and features the Final Frontiersmen. Performers on the recording are: Anu Kirk, Rich Trott, JP Lester, Joel Primer, and Ted, Kelly, and Greg from the Final Frontiersmen.

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New York Times Cook Book Project Fri, 04 Mar 2011 05:31:23 +0000 Look what my awesome wife got for me!

The New York Times Cook Book

The word glögg appears in a chapter title—no joke!

This can only mean one thing: I will embark on an attempt to cook every recipe in the book in the order in which they appear.

Stay tuned.

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Deputy Marriage Commissioner Thu, 22 Apr 2010 06:36:14 +0000 We are thrilled that our friend Jessica will be officiating our wedding!

Today, at City Hall, she was sworn in as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner so that she could legally perform the wedding.

Sorry about not getting her face in the photo.

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Hawaii FAQ Sat, 20 Feb 2010 19:25:44 +0000 Earlier this month, I finally redeemed the very generous gift for my 40th birthday from Humu and her mom: a trip to Hawaii for Humu and me!

The first question everyone asks is “Which islands?” Oahu, Hawaii (“The Big Island”), Maui.

The next question is usually “Where did you stay?” Waikiki, Kailua-Kona, and north of Lahaina (which were the fancy accommodations of the trip–it was a Westin resort).

“Have you ever been before?” Nope.  First time for me.  (Humu lived there as a child for a year and had been there once before as an adult.)

“What did you do?” Too much to answer, but some highlights were:

  • Volcanoes National Park: hiking, driving, pit craters, caldera, lunar-like lava, all of it
  • seeing the sun set over the ocean from the patio at Don The Beachcomber’s in Kailua-Kona
  • watching ridiculously large waves at the beach near Mama’s Fish House on Maui
  • seeing a whale…from the window of the inter-island flight
  • seeing college friends who live on Oahu, seeing a friend who used to live in San Francisco who now lives on Maui, and meeting a childhood friend of Humu’s who now lives on Oahu
  • spending time with Humu somewhere where we (mostly) weren’t thinking about work, what needs to be done with the house, and wedding planning

“Where are the pictures?” Alas, I’m not much of a shutterbug.  The only picture I took was of a display in one of the airports.  It was about macadamia nuts and the display prominently featured a recipe.

“Did you have a good time?” It was amazing!  Thanks, Humu + Schmama!

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The Most Important Mix Tape Of Your Life Wed, 06 Jan 2010 05:41:15 +0000 I officially now know why people choose Pachelbel’s Canon in D for their processional music at their weddings.  It used to puzzle me a little bit, but now I get it.

Picking something else that’s appropriate is daunting.

The music that’s played while people wander in, the music that’s played for the processional, and then the music that’s played as the bride walks down the aisle—it’s the shortest but most important mix tape of your life. Each piece has to be perfect but also has to fit with the other pieces.

Pachelbel works, and everyone knows it, so they go with it.

No disrespect to Johann, but ours will be a Pachelbel-free wedding. Humu has her music picked out. I’m working on selecting mine. And it’s a lot harder than I anticipated.

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Trottomatic Halloween Sun, 01 Nov 2009 16:35:11 +0000

It’s probably not very hard to figure out which one of us carved which pumpkin…

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