Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: February 2013

I should have posted this when I first saw it a few weeks ago, but every one of my Canadian friends on Facebook beat me to it. Only last night did I realize that it’s unlikely that all of my readers around the world has seen it, so here it is. Astronaut Chris Hadfield teamed up with the Canadian band Barenaked Ladies to record a truly special new song – I.S.S. (Is… Read More

My wife and I decided to take a trip into the mountains this weekend, so we bundled up the kids and headed up a snowy Snoqualmie Pass on Friday to Suncadia Lodge near Cle Elum, WA. We routinely pass this resort on the way to Lisa’s parents place, and finally decided to give it a try. Suncadia is set along the Cle Elum River, and, as you can see by the picture… Read More

It’s Presidents’ Day here in the USA today, which means the kids are home from school and I am off my daily ritual. Since I can’t sit down and write with them running around, I took the time to take care of a few things that needed taking care of. Namely, I did some garage reorganization. It’s a small thing, but I finally mounted a rack on the wall for my road… Read More

I just finished reading Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, and I have to say, it’s one of the better written books I’ve read in a long time. Under The Never Sky is set in a post-apocalyptic future where small groups of Dwellers huddle under domes which protect them from massive electrical energy storms. Life in the domes is clean and neat and pristine—designed to be that way after the world… Read More

Last week, I started a new series of posts on the most important music in my life. This entry stays in the 1980’s and sits on the line between pop and rock, which is pretty much where I spent many of my formative years. Being a teenager in the ‘80’s meant I have fond memories of the bands with big hair. And none was bigger that Bon Jovi. I’ve listened to the… Read More

This is the fourth post in a series I started back in January 2012. You can read the first three by following these links: Pain and Illness, Dreams and Fear. When you think about writers coming up with ideas for stories, you might think that the muse strikes like a bolt of lightning—out of a blue sky, with no forewarning. Sometimes it does. Your brain just pulls it out of the ether,… Read More

While I’ve been recovering from GBS, I’ve powered through a number of Ken Burns documentary series, including Baseball, The Civil War, and The National Parks. I learned a lot from these series, as they filled in some of the many gaps I have in my knowledge of American history and culture. I was born in Canada, and, despite the majority of Americans thinking the US is the center of the world, we… Read More

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about all the types of music I’ve listened to over the years. I’ve listened to quite the variety, but some songs, and albums (back when the term album meant something) really stand out as milestones in my life. I know what the first record album was I ever got: Dimensions ‘79—a compilation album with 1979’s greatest hits. Side-A, First Track: Kool and the Gang’s Celebration…. Read More

Yesterday was the release date for Marissa Meyer’s book Scarlet, the second book in her Lunar Chronicles, following on her fantastic book, Cinder. She kicked off her book tour at the Garfield Book Company at Pacific Lutheran University, which is about 20 minutes from my house, and my wife’s alma mater. Since both my wife and I had enjoyed the first book so much, I figured I’d go and support a local… Read More

January saw a further fall in my TV watching. There just isn’t much left in my queue that I want to see. I long ago finished off the ‘must-see’ part of the queue, and the only only really great stuff left, is the brand new, just released stuff… for the most part. Best movie of the month award goes to Looper. Joseph Gordon Levitt was fantastic. Though the plot tied in parts… Read More

I started watching football all the way back in 1979, when I was 8 years old, and stuck in a  wheelchair for six weeks while recovering from fairly major foot surgery on both feet. I didn’t have a ‘team’ back in those early days. We watched a lot of the Dallas Cowboys (with Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones, and Randy White and Tony Dorsett) and Los Angeles Rams (with Jack Youngblood and Vince… Read More

…is getting new glasses. The Old Me has on frames I bought probably ten years ago. The lenses have been updated a few times, but I decided this time it made more sense to get new frames at the same time I was upgrading my prescription (Cost-wise it was $30, but I’d be without my old glasses for a week, which I couldn’t afford). The New Me is sporting much lighter frames…. Read More