Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Look what the cat dragged in...

So...last night in Minn-e-sotah, Dan and I took in a little Poison and Firehouse.

The concert rocked like only an 80's hair band can rock. We have probably never had so much fun and CC was amazing on guitar. He even sang a song (that was pretty crappy, but anyway...). So, if you happen to be near a Poison concert in the next few years - GO. There is nothing quite like hearing "Every Rose Has a Thorn" in person - oh and from the 15th row on the floor. Yes kids...we felt the heat and the sweat and the spit from our seats. Amazing.

In case you all were curious - here is my new ride. I just bought it this past weekend and LOVE it. Oh and it has a sun roof - which is the closest you can get to a convertible with 4x4. Now on to off-roading...

Friday, August 25, 2006

We're a-movin' on ...over! :)

Geez, there has been some surprising, excellent, and wonderful news on DAMFINOBLOG recently! But, oh no, not enough, I have more to add!

It's time to let the cat out of the bag. Sheriff, Buttercup, and (as of yesterday) Damfino already know this, and I choose now to let the rest of the DAMFINO community know what's up.

The "Michigan McCabes" will soon be "The young Iowa McCabes"!!!! Yep, we're movin' - back "home" - to Iowa!!

Long story short, we got a taste of being closer to our Iowa family and friends by moving to Michigan, but we're still not close enough! Plus, that darn drive through construction-ridden Chicago sucks...

Initially we'd talked about moving to the Minneapolis/St. Paul region. But, as fate would have it, a recruiter for a position in M/St. P called Trish and said she was actually looking to fill positions at Rockwell in Cedar Rapids. We took that as a sign, and it was SO on from that moment!

Roughly 3 weeks ago Trish applied on-line for a few positions. Four Rockwell managers contacted Trish over the following 2 weeks! She had phone interviews with all of them, and interviewed on-site last Friday and Monday. A Rockwell HR rep called Trish yesterday and extended 3 initial offers!

Rockwell is doing a lot of hiring, and with Trish's great on-the-job performance, experience, work ethic, and background, I knew it would just be a matter of time. This is pretty darn ridiculously quick, though!

Of course there are major and minor details to work out, but we'll be moving soon!

I do wish we could've had more folks visit us at our MI home, but that's moot now - now you can have a much shorter drive and visit us at our Iowa home!!! Oh yeah, I am gonna be hosting some killer poker tournaments!


Thursday, August 24, 2006

In Honor

In honor of Josh's special day - I thought I would share this video clip from Camp last year. Josh does a heck of a job at hoping on a raft.

Josh raft on Vimeo

Beware - there is some Jed nudity involved.


I have a question for you...

She woke from a dream
Her head was on fire
Why was he so nervous
He took her to the park
She crossed her arms and
lowered her eye lids

Someday somebody's gonna ask you
A question that you should say yes to
once in your life
Maybe tonight
ive got a querstion for you

She'd had no idea
started to cry
she said in a good way
he took her by the hand
walked her back home
they took the long way

someday somebody's gonna ask you
a question that you should say yes to
once in your life
maybe tonight
ive got a question for you

My older brother Josh decided to blow my mind yesterday and announced that he has asked his girlfriend Christi to marry him.

Holy Crap!

She said yes.


Apparently the sneaky devil had been saving up for a ring for a while (penny-pinching miser has not bought me any McDonald's for months!!) - and finally yesterday he tossed the ring at the girl.

I guess I am in a state of shock! I have not had many bonding hours with Christi - looks like we are going to have to take down a bottle of Gin together and discuss the world and why we are here. I mean - she is going to be my sister in law!!!

But the most mind swirling fact is that Josh is getting married! MY BROTHER!!!! I am so proud of him!

Way to go my man! May the heads begin to spin with this news.

I have added a little slide show to celebrate - it does include music.

Question on Vimeo


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

We Used To Be Friends

A long time ago
We used to be friends but I
Haven't thought of you lately at all

Come on now sugar
Bring it on bring it on yeah
Just remember me when

We used to be friends
A long time ago
We used to be friends

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Who needs a vacation!

Well that was quick. Cara and I packed up and took off for Frye Camp on Tuesday night and a few short days later we returned home. The time slipped away all too quickly.

Camp this year was sorta rainy - but we had a very nice Wednesday where I actually got to get a little bit of a tan! Josh did not make it up but Prego-Hol and Dan did, as well as Caleb-Mom-Grandma-Aunt Dee-Heather - and Caleb's friend Oliver!

This was the first trip up for Cara. She seemed to really enjoy the place, but methinks she is quite the city girl. She liked the fishing (of which we caught none!) but when it came to swimming in the lake - Cara sorta winced. BUT - she did swim with me a few times!! She is a good girl!

This pic is the final morning we were there. The sun lit the lake in such a beautiful way - I did not have to work to make these pictures look unbelievable! I have made another little video of all of the pictures - feel free to take a look.

Camp '06 on Vimeo

Finally, when I got home I found a nice little package from Iowa in the mail! OUR SEASON TICKETS!!!! First game is September 2nd!!!

Pce out folks,


Monday, August 14, 2006

Frye Camp '06

Hello kids,

Well - it is that time of year again. Time to load up the fishing gear, slap on some tanning lotion and pack up the mouse traps. It's time to head to Frye Camp!

I will be gone for the week - I know you will all miss me desperately! Don't stress it, I will return.

Until then, here is a picture of Cara running at Farm Bureau. She would kill me for this - but she never reads the blog. Serves her right then!


Thursday, August 10, 2006

pretty pictures

Not much to report today - I just wanted to toss up some poster images that I have been mulling over for the past couple of weeks. First is some Spider-man 3 stuff! The above image is a killer poster! It works with the teaser quite well. Below are two singles of Peter and Venom (Brock Landers) - pretty flipping sweet!

If you have not seen the teaser - then head on out to and watch the HD version. Sam Raimi looks to hit this one out of the park just like Spidey 2!

Ok, now here are some really cool posters. The film is Grindhouse, but it consists of two stories; one directed by Robert Rodriguez called "Planet Terror" and the other directed by Quentin Tarantino called "Death Proof." I could care less about Rodgriguez's stuff - but Tarantino always brings his A game. "Death Proof" is starring Kurt Russell and looks to kick some major @ss!!

Grindhouse opens in April and Spider-man 3 opens in May - YEEEEHAAAAAA!


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Caleb hearts iMac!

This is my little brother Caleb. When Caleb gets an idea in his head he is pretty determined to see it through. So when my mother mentioned that they might get a computer - Caleb began his qwest to drive her insane.

Last week, after many challenges and choices about Mac Mini's and Macbooks - Caleb got himself an iMac! I could not be happier for the family. This is a really strong machine, built with the Intel Duo Core processor and about 160 GB of hard drive space. He has iMovie and iDVD at his disposal - and also the ultra cool Garage Band! I made a song in about 20 minutes!!!

Here is the song - and some pics of the Kern Returns to boot!

Jed's song on Vimeo

So now my little brother will be on the internet all of the time... I fully expect him to write me daily - and to use this new machine to make a ton of movies and soundtracks.

That's what I would have done!!


Monday, August 07, 2006

"We're gonna rock yer f*cking socks off!"

Finally... finally! How long have we waited - it seems like it has been years upon years since we loved the D! They have been away for such a long time - but now they have finally arrived.

"Tenacious D! Pick of Destiny!"

We all know the tale; two simple men find one another - and the perfect rock band was created. If you don't know of the D then you should not be reading this blog.

JB and KG - together - searching for the one guitar pick to lead their band to rock heaven.

Here is the trailer for the film and it looks like it will follow the story of the D pretty closely! We can see they are once again re-telling the tale of challenging Satan, our dark lord, to a rock off!

I also caught a glimpse of old Sasquatch in there! He is from the TV show that was on HBO. Good old Sasquatch... maybe this time they will stay friends.

I have no idea when the film is supposed to hit theaters - the release date has changed up so much it is hard to follow. We just need to take solace in the fact that a trailer has arrived - and the D will be here very soon.

Until then...



F*CK YEAH!!!!"

hail satan! HAIL SATAN! hail satan! HAIL SATAN!!!!