Coming back home to visit is serious business

Stephanie and I have been home now for almost a week and I think that we’ve packed about as much as we possibly could have into this crazy Midwestern rendezvous. We have been to my 10-year reunion in Pendleton, we have seen all of our friends in Indianapolis, we have partied WAY too much(and WAY too late), Stephanie has hung out with her parents and grandparents, we have seen my nieces and nephew in Kentucky and as I write this we are in Michigan because Stephanie is a bridesmaid for her college roommate’s wedding. She’s actually at a lingerie party for the bride while I am siting here in our hotel room getting my Internet fix. It all works out, right?

Since I have been unable to sit front of my laptop for any extended period of time the past couple days, I have some PhotoCrank work to get done, but after that I promise to post all of the details of our Midwestern adventure. It’s well worth the wait to see some of this stuff, believe me.

But, until then, I’ll leave you all with this pic of Stephanie and I rocking it out on the dance floor last night at Arnie’s at Newport on the Levee. I’m not sure what we were doing, but feel free to Crank it by clicking on the purple button with the plus sign (+) in the bottom left of the photo.

Stephanie wears men’s underwear in public

Ever since this past Saturday when Stephanie and I went to Bay to Breakers in San Francisco I have been wondering how to possibly blog about it in a way that lets all of you know how amazing the event really was. Basically, it’s a 12K ‘race’ that goes through the middle of one of the craziest cities in the entire world. The race is for real and was actually won by a really, really fast Kenyan who could have beat us all in his sleep.

But, the race is just a small part of the crowd who comes out to experience Bay to Breakers – most come out to dress up, push floats, drink lots of alcohol and stumble the 12K (if they actually finish) through the streets of San Francisco. There are over 150,000 people who participate and I would have to guess that over 80% were of the drunk, stumbling kind. Stephanie and I spent all day in the madness and after taking in all of the sights, sounds and shots we both agree that it was most likely the most amazing day of both our lives.

If you need proof of the awesomeness, check out the Facebook pics over here. Consider yourself warned and please prepare yourself for the naked man that me and Stephanie both snapped a picture with. Yeah, I said naked.

Here are a couple pics that I wanted to Crank for all of you to enjoy below and go ahead and make your plans to come out for next year’s installment – we’ll definitely be there and you should, too.

Stephanie in men’s tidy whities and me in her running shorts. What a couple, eh?

Stephanie put the split in banana split. Awesome.

Abdo rocked out a nightie like no one’s business.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at AOL?

Beer, chess, beer pong and hanging out at the AOL building. Just another day in Palo Alto I guess. Me, Stephanie and some of my newest homies and co-workers headed over to the AOL building tonight to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some chess and some cerveza (that’s beer for all of you non-Spanish speaking folks). Here are some pics that thought deserved some time to shine in this bloggy-blog. Be sure to click the Crank Buttons in the bottom right and of the pics to see what I added to each one. Believe me, each one has a story of it’s own.

Also, be sure to check out the video that I created for the event at the bottom of the post or over here on YouTube.

Nerds Gone Wild! Photobucket party in San Fran

Last night me and my man Jeff headed up to the ‘big city’, aka San Francisco, to chat with a big time radio station about utilizing the awesomeness of PhotoCrank for their online properties. The meeting went awesome (another post here soon) and needless to say they were really diggin’ what we have going on with the product – which gives me a great feeling going forward. The opportunity is amazing out here in Palo Alto and it seems like with each day more and more doors are opened to me. It’s incredible, really.

After the awesome meeting Jeff and I decided that we needed to celebrate by heading over to an invite-only party that was thrown by the guys over at Photobucket (Wikipedia entry). This entire week San Fran is hosting the Web 2.0 Expo, so almost every cool, hip and rad Internet outfit are throwing parties to celebrate. Photobucket definitely has the means to throw a sweet bash (open bar, food, the works) considering that they were bought by FOX for $250 million about a year ago.

The party was an amazing time and I had the chance to meet some AMAZING people including the 8th guy to work at Napster, the 3rd guy at Photobucket and Jeff even met the guy who created AOL Instant Messenger. God bless that man, I think that me and all of my friends owe him a high five for what he’s given our generation. Like I said, awesome people…now I just need to get in touch with all of them.

Here are a few photos from the bash – click the Crank button in the bottom right-hand corner of each pic for my thoughts on each one and feel free to get your Crank on, too.

Playing with PhotoCrank on Facebook.

First off, I should probably let all of you know that until I get a blog set up over at PhotoCrank I will be using this blog as a sort of testing ground for some ideas and thoughts that I come up with. For example, below is first a screen shot of a comment that I saw one of my Facebook friends Nicky left on her other friend’s pic. It basically said that they wanted to be Photoshop’d into a pic that was posted and a light went off in my head. After seeing this I quickly realized that this could be a quick and easy way to use PhotoCrank, so below I did just what she asked – in a PhotoCrank sort of way. Let me know what you think.

Yep, we live in a cottage in California

It’s true – Stephanie and I call a small cottage in California home and sometimes I even feel like we’re living in The Shire, but it still amazes me every time that I tell myself that we live there. The weather, the other space around our cottage and the people who live around us are all equally amazing and when you put it together it does seem a little far-fetched sometimes that we actually live in this place.

As I was getting ready to leave for lunch a couple days ago I realized that most of you have never seen where Stephanie and I now call home, so consider this your own little private behind-the-scenes tour of our new place. If you ever want to come visit, just let us know – we’re ALWAYS up for meeting someone new.

Crank’n Steve Hayes

Today’s Crank is my man Steve Hayes, who is an Indianapolis local and a great friend of mine – not to mention a half bad musician. I’m going to crank a couple photos of him to show him how much I love him…is there a better way to show it?

Here Steve is traveling and playing some of that rock & roll music that he seems to love to much. Feel free to crank in your own thoughts on these two pics and tell us what you’re thinkin’.

Crank’n Mitch Maxson

I decided to Crank my buddy Mitch with the cover image of the book that we wrote together, MySpace For Dummies. I must admit that I have become a sort of Crankaholic since I’ve been digging into the ins and outs of my gig out here in Palo Alto with PhotoCrank.