Category Archives: ETC

Reflection: The Spark

Part of the suggested reading prior to my first semester at ETC is a book called The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire That Lives Within Us All, by John U. Bacon. It was a quick read.

The book presents a behind-the-scenes look at Cirque Du Soleil, and the culture they cultivate. It’s presented via the fictional story of a sports agent who takes a sabbatical with Cirque. Mild spoilers ahead (though it’s not a very spoilable book). Continue reading

Consumption Record

brioche mini-burgers

I’ve finished lots of experiences since I last posted about one, and haven’t had a chance to reflect. Here’s a quick blurb on some favorites. Continue reading

The Journey: Livingston, MT

We had a pleasant drive from Post Falls to Livingston. We passed through Idaho Panhandle National Forest, over 4th of July Pass (early, I suppose), into Montana and Mountain Time, and over the continental divide. Once down out of the mountains, we got to see some real grassy rolling hills.

We’re really been enjoying the mix cds Jon sent with us. We haven’t picked a favorite yet; I think that 70s mix is pretty fantastic, though.

We stopped in Butte for fuel, then when we reached Livingston we learned that the Kampground Of America we’re staying at is nearly 12 miles off the interstate, on the way to Yellowstone. We won’t make it that far south, but it is a beautiful area.

We promptly set up our tent and started a campfire for canned ravioli and s’mores. Took me three tries to get the fire going in the wind; my cub scout days are pretty far behind me, I guess.

It’s hard to tell whether Reggie is taking to the camping life or not. On one hand, she loves being outside so much, rolling in the grass, lounging in the sun, and watching the bugs fly around. On the other hand, she doesn’t like being tied up and has been barking at everything new… which is everything. It’s been a full-time job keeping her quiet so we don’t bother our neighbors, and to make matters worse a group pulled in and set up next to us at midnight – I think she kept us up until 2 growling at the wall of the tent. Still, she’s done well on the trip and seems to have calmed down today.

(That’s Alleson yawning like Reggie.) You may have heard about the flooding in North Dakota. It’s very dry here (we got just a few drops of rain last night, and then it stopped) but the river nearby is nearly over its banks – down at the boat ramp, you can’t actually see the boat ramp.

This morning the sun and the dog woke us up very early – Reggie and I took a walk at about 6AM so Alleson could sleep a little longer. Once we’d both showered we put the kettle on for a breakfast of instant oatmeal with fresh bananas. It only took me two tries to get the fire going this time! Alleson enjoyed her Stumptown coffee, and I even put a little in my hot cocoa after waking up so early.

We hope everything is going well at home. We’ve really been enjoying the goodies our family and friends sent, from all the snacks for the drive to the awesome GLOWSTICKS we were surprised with last night! We have to eat our way in and out of the car right now, you are all too generous. Best wishes, Brad and Alleson.

The Journey: Post Falls, ID

My wife Alleson and have embarked on an epic adventure!

I’ve been accepted to Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, a world-class interactive media Masters program that pulls students from all around the globe. They bring the arts together with technology and develop amazing media experiences for companies like Microsoft, Oracle, and Electronic Arts, to name a few. Graduates of this program end up at places like Disney Imagineering and Pixar, or start their own companies. Oh, did I mention Anthony Daniels is on faculty?

In order to take advantage of this amazing opportunity, my wife and our puppy and I are moving from Portland, OR to Pittsburgh, PA. (Of course, once I saw how many international students are coming, this didn’t seem so far. But I might have the longest drive!) We set out on Monday and are about to begin the second leg of our trip.

Our first drive was from Portland to Post Falls, ID, where my dad’s parents live. We got to spend Tuesday with them, and had a wonderful time!

First we had breakfast at the “Old European Breakfast House.” It was very good. Check out that menu!

Then we took a walk along Centennial Trail beside lake Coeur d’Alene.

Then we got a driving tour of downtown Coeur d’Alene…

…which Reggie thoroughly enjoyed!

It seems the Ironman competition occurred his the past weekend, so there were still many (very fit) people in town.

We ended our tour with strawberry limeade at Sonic!

We were also treated to a home-BBQ steak dinner, and got to spend some time with my aunt and cousin. We played an easygoing game of dominoes, then spent the late evening buying some last camping goods and repacking our luggage. Thanks for a great time, Grandma and Grandpa! We love you!