Events Family Observations

Remembering on Memorial Day


The award-winning 35mm short film,”Reveille”, starring David Huddleston and James McEachin, was released in 2004 and is the work of my long-time friends at Brothers’ Ink Productions – Donovan Montierth, Adam Montierth and Jason Walters. As I remember my grandfather, Wilmer Kiser, who served our country during World War II, I think “Reveille” is a fitting tribute on this Memorial Day.


Changing of the Guard

In a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, I was able to view the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Here is my video of that ceremony:

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: Changing of the Guard

Observations Projects

What do you think about the Nissan Cube?

Asymmetrical design. Inspired by a raindrop.

I heard about the new 2009 Nissan Cube about six months ago. The vehicle caught my interest when I learned the design was asymmetrical and inspired by a raindrop. Although it’s not a hybrid, the rated gas mileage shown on the Cube’s home page is an improvement over the car I currently drive (also a Nissan).

The all-new 2009 Nissan Cube
The all-new 2009 Nissan Cube

I am still trying to decide if I am sold on this design but I think it is definitely unique. I haven’t seen a “live” Cube yet but I’ve heard that it looks a little weird and that the novelty of it’s design might wear off pretty quickly as an owner. I’m curious what other people think. Do you think you’d consider buying a Nissan Cube?

World premiere of my Nissan Cube movie.

If there is any television advertising for the newly-available Cube, I haven’t seen it but Nissan has set up a pretty interactive microsite. On the site, they encourage visitors to create their own Nissan Cube movie.

And now, my directorial debut… the world premiere of my first Nissan Cube movie:

You can also see it here at

DIY Hobbies Projects Soap-making

Fight Club and Soapmaking.

Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter Soap

I was given a great gift for Christmas – new soapmaking ingredients I haven’t used before. Among them were Cocoa Butter, Clary Sage Oil, Avocado Oil and Ginger Root Powder. Since then, I’ve been wanting to experiment with some new soap mixtures but haven’t had much time until this last week.

As a hobby, making soap is a great stress reliever. It’s a mixture of science, art and aromatherapy all in one. I had a pretty busy week and by Thursday night, I was ready to “degauss” (as my coworker and friend, Noah, likes to say!).

So I popped open a beer (gasp!), laid out all my supplies and spent an hour on the following creations. Click on the picture of the soap  for notes on the ingredients.

Shea and cocoa butter homemade soap
Shea and cocoa butter homemade soap

I finally watched “Fight Club“.

Fight Club DVD cover art (C) 1999
Fight Club DVD cover art (C) 1999

Have you seen the 1999 movie “Fight Club”? I love watching movies but apparently I missed that one. A couple of months ago, after mentioning I make soap, people were asking if I had seen the movie. Everyone was surprised that I hadn’t. I think the actual response was “WHAT?  You make soap and you haven’t seen Fight Club?? That movie’s awesome! Tyler Durden makes soap!”

Another friend at work, Michelle, loaned me her “Fight Club” DVD before Christmas. After a bit of prodding, I finally watched it yesterday. All in all, I liked it and thought it was a decent movie. The movie has a large following of fans that can probably add more to this analysis. For me, I now understand the Tyler Durden/soapmaking references. I’d say more but I’d be breaking the first rule of Fight Club.

Want a bar of soap?

Want a bar of soap? Leave a comment and be entered into my drawing!

I don’t sell my soap. It make it, give some away and use most myself. I’m not making soap in large enough quantities to supply a lot of people but I’m going to try something new with this batch.

Comment on this post by 7:00pm (Arizona time), Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 on why you want a bar of soap. The names of those who comment by this time will go into in a hat. After that, I will draw one name from that hat and award one of the bars of soap pictured above to the person whose name I draw.  Comment all you like, but I’ll only put your name once in the hat. (Gotta be fair, right?) Make sure you put an email address I can get back to you with. I’ll only use that so I can ship you your free bar of soap – I’ll even pay for the postage!

I’ll post the winner’s name by Friday, January 30th. Good luck!