Twittergrams

Scoble was down at the Facebook headquarters and was able to talk to them about why it was down. Apparently they where trying to push out some new features, and it brought the site down… Whoops. What is cool about Scoble, is he made a phone call, and immediately 4940 people knew the results. Cool technology. For more info, check out Twittergram here. All it takes is a simple setup, and you are ready to phone in. Updates show up in about 30 seconds.

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Facebook is down?

So what is the deal with that? See for yourself… Upgrading or maliciously hacked? jk, I have no idea. But I sure do miss it.

Update!

It is back!

The Tubing Mishap

Or how to utterly destroy your face…

Well, here is the long story with all the gory details…

Boating started out pretty normal Wednesday, the 18th of July. I jumped onto a boat that had been rented for the Management Retreat at Pirates Cove. We rode out, and prepared for a day of tubing, and wakeboarding. Two tubes where inflated and, and the first group got into the water. After going for a little while, we decided to have a line change, and the five that were in the water hopped into the boat, and the five of us that were in the boat hopped into the tube.

It started out great, we went left and right, we went up and down. We got moving pretty quick, and the tube that I was in, went right over the top of the other tube. At this time, the guy that was behind me cracked his forehead right into the back of my head. He fell off the tube, and into the water. I was pretty sore, but held on. The guy who fell out said that he was blacking out, and that he might have a concussion, so he hopped back into the boat, and another guy jumped back on. This time when we took off, it was with a little more speed then before. The boats speed climbed, and it planed out. My speed estimates where somewhere around 25-30 miles an hour.

This is when it got a little crazy

As we where flying down the water, the driver took us into a sharp left turn. In the tube we flew out to the right side of the wake, and then flipped over. At some point during this flip, I caught the knee, and hit knocked me bad. When I came up out of the water, I felt my teeth and could tell that I was in bad shape. I thought that I had lost a lot of teeth, but it turns out that wouldn’t happen for another week. I did however manage to somehow rip off half of my lower lip in the process too. There was a large gash running under my chin, and several small lacerations around my lip.

I hopped back into the boat, along with the other injured people. The dude whose knee I hit had a huge gash that was surely from my teeth. We rode into the marina, and waited at the dock for an ambulance to arrive.

When we arrived at the dock, the local Forest Rangers where contacted, and they proceeded to call for an ambulance. After a few minutes of waiting, I heard the sirens, and headed out of the boat. It turned out just to be the Rangers, but they where anxious to help. I had left the boat with no shoes or shirt, so, as can be imagined I was getting hot standing on the baking concrete of the boat ramp. They instructed me to go and sit on the dock.

While sitting there, I started to feel a little queasy, presumably from all of the blood that had gone down my throat, and I started throwing up all over the place. The Rangers thought that it was imperative that I have an IV placed to get some fluids back into my system. They placed the IV in my left are, and let it drip for a few minutes. It was quickly realized that it wasn’t dripping right, so they went after the the cause. At the same time I looked down to see a golfball sized bubble of saline solution in my arm… They decided to start over, this time on my right arm. After feeling the prick, and hearing them grimace, I looked to see my

right arm now covered in blood. They got it in, but not without letting me bleed all over Lake Mead. After nearly 45 minutes of waiting, a backboard showed up, and they decided to strap me in. My neck and back was felling fine, but I complied to there every request. In the process, the IV was ripped from my arm, thankfully permanently. The person who received the concussion, he and I where loaded into the same ambulance, and where taken to Henderson to the hospital.

It was at the hospital that I met some of the friendliest, most caring staff ever. The ER doctor quickly brought in a well qualified Plastic Surgeon who stitched me up great. In the process I did have to undergo what he called “Nerve Stoppers” which deadened the area around my lips.

I have never understood why it takes so much pain to heal something…
At this time some of the upper management where gracious enough to fly my wife down to be with me. It was very thoughtful, and I really appreciate it. The next day after seeing an oral surgeon in Vegas, we flew back to Utah. It was good to be back home.

This has been a really traumatic experience, and there has been a lot of people who have been by my side helping me every step of the way. It will be a long recovery, but true friends and family will stay by my side. Thank you to all that have helped, I appreciate it so much.

Jake

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Could life get better? I submit that it cannot… It has been a crazy week for me. For those that don’t know, I had a pretty serious accident last week involving my face, and Parker Harriss’s knee. I have a longer post coming that has all of the gory details. Maybe a few pictures too. Thanks to everyone that has called, emailed, and stopped by and offered help. I really appreciate it.

Trailside Park

Or, How to crash on your bike while you are standing up…


Well, after one week of having our bikes, I really wanted to have some fun with them, so we checked out Trailside Park up in Park City, UT. It was a blast, there are a lot of fun features that you can hit. Ramps, teeter-totters, and big jumps make the area a blast. The ramps and stuff that you see in the movies makes it look really easy, however, it is a lot harder.

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Memorial Day Weekend

Or, How To Convince Your Wife To Get New Bikes

Well, it was a good weekend… We finally hunkered down and bought bikes. My wife and decided, after much deliberation, to go with the Diamond Back, Response Sports. Link. We were pretty pumped, and decided to go up the canyon and go camping/biking the next day. I found a good trail that looked pretty fun. We set up camp, and planned on an epic day of riding the next day.

We started camped at Salamander Flats, and then drove down to the Timpanooke trailhead. Our epic ride consisted of climbing up a really steep mountain. Getting to the top, and then turning around, and going back down. We had a good time, I guess this was the baptism of fire that we where looking for with out new bikes.

Forever?

It feels like forever since I have written something. There are a lot of things that I have notes with ideas… I think that I will hash out a few of them this weekend. So, stay tuned, great content is on the way. 

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Found out this nifty way for people to email me. Here is a nice little contact form for the blog.

A Day At The Beach…

Or, how to get nasal enemas.

Nick and I decided to head down to the beach today and catch some fresh waves. We took the scenic route down Highway 17, and enjoyed how green northern California is. Arriving into Santa Cruz, we hit up the Mike Fox Skatepark. It surprised me with the size, it looked a lot larger in the pictures. The most notable feature was the 20′ full pipe. I got some cool footage of Nick doing what he does best… Shredding.
After riding there for a while we hit up a local surf shop and came away with some wetsuits and body boards. We found some nice waves and had a good time riding them, and crashing on the shore. If you are wondeirng how to completely clean out your sinus’s, try body boarding.
It was a special day as we where able to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the with traditional mexican food prepared at a the local grease pit. From the sound of it, it wasn’t anything like the Aller/Schafer Party. Though we had a good time anyway.