The 2008 Hupfer Family Christmas

With all of the running around that Stephanie and I have done over the past week and a half (it seems like a couple months), I’ve only had a few chances to snag a couple solid hours on my laptop. With the time that I was able to squeeze in today I decided to edit up some video that I took during my family Christmas fun about a week or so ago. The video below (or here on YouTube) will give all of you a little glimpse into the madness that is now the Hupfer Family Christmas.

Some of the highlights include some dancing and a Hup and Steph theme song rendition by Madison, introductions of my nieces and nephews, a visit by Santa and a glimpse of my dad’s annual Christmas tradition of collecting all of the trash with his huge, yellow trash bags. It’s funny that after all these years those gigantic pieces of yellow plastic remind me of Christmas more than about anything and when they appear it still gives me and the rest of my family a great laugh together. You have to love the random family traditions – in my mind they’re what make the holidays something special.

Enjoy the pics and check back for some more Hup and Steph holiday fun as I we get a chance to catch up on everything. We take off back to Palo Alto tomorrow at 6pm, so we’ll be getting back to the ‘real world’ in no time. :)

Stephanie and Riley with a perfect pose

My dad and his famous yellow trash bag

Riley, Reese and the jolly fat man

I take one knee and Stephanie takes the other

This was Santa’s idea

The fam – I still can’t believe we were able to take this

Wow, we have a lot to catch up on…

There is SO much that Stephanie and I need to catch all of you up on – this has been quite the eventful vacation and we’ve barely had a minute to rest with all of the running around that we’ve done. Well, most of the holiday madness is over, which means that I can actually get on this laptop and get a little bit of much needed work done. It’s hard work coming back to Indiana to visit, but it has been so refreshing to get to see everyone after being gone for over 9 months. Like I said, a lot to catch up on.

One funny thing that I wanted to let you all know about is that as I sat here preparing myself for several hours on the laptop I opened up Pandora so that I could listen to some Coldplay and what song comes up first? Britney Spears – Toxic.

Either Pandora has a secret crush on Britney Spears that I’m not aware of or it somehow knows how much I’ve been dancing around to Britney’s new song Womanizer. Hmmm….

Will be catching you all up with plenty of pics, videos and stories that may or may not include:

Nothing says happy holidays like office parties with German beer

It’s almost time for Christmas and you know what that means – it’s time for holiday parties! Holiday parties are great for getting everyone that you work with out of the normal office situation that you normally see them, which normally results in you actually talking to them like they’re real people and not just your co-workers. It’s kind of funny how you can literally work with a group of people for an extended period of time and for whatever the reason is, never actually get to know them as real a real person. An office dynamic, even for a company that has less than 20 employees like mine, is something that has always interested me due to the fact that so many awkward situations can be created so naturally on a daily basis. I guess that’s what happens when business gets in the way of acting normal, eh? If you need proof, just look at The Office, which has taken this dynamic and turned it into one of the most popular shows of all time.

It’s funny ’cause it’s true. :)

Anyways, last night Stephanie met me up in San Francisco and we headed over to my office holiday party which was taking place in a reserved party room at Shroeder’s, a German restaurant that’s a short, yet chilly walk away from my office. Of course I wore my Christmas sweater so that I could help get everyone into the Christmas spirit and Stephanie rocked her new North Face jacket that she likes almost as much as she likes Reddi-Whip.

The party ended up being a really great time. It was nice to introduce Stephanie to everyone and to finally meet all of my co-worker’s significant others, kids (they were all so cute!) and family. The food was great, the beer was better and of course any type of event in December that lets me rock out my infamous Christmas sweater is A-OK with me.

One other thing worth mentioning is that I finally had the chance to chat with a guy that I work with named Chris. He works on the 3rd floor and I work of the 4th, which means that we might as well be a world apart and we’ve never really been able to chat. For the last 4 months or so that I’ve worked here I guess that I’ve never really made the effort to get to really get to know him and he hasn’t put in any real effort to me me either. Of course, this isn’t because we don’t like each other or that we don’t like meeting new people. The fact is that we’re both maniacs when it comes to working and neither of us have ever taken the time to grab lunch, a few drinks, coffee or whatever. Well, last night we finally got to talk for a while, which was great, and I even got to meet his girlfriend. He’s a really interesting guy who has a lot going on and it was good to finally pick his brain for a bit and see what his world was like.

I think that this is a situation that most people wouldn’t really pay attention to as they went on with their day-to-day lives, but for me it was something that made the holiday party even that much better. Not to mention that Chris is putting together an office basketball team for a league here in San Francisco that starts here soon. Looks like he just picked up one hell of a free agent, which I guess means that it’s time to dust off the ol’ Hupfer jump shot.

Ready to rock out to The Killers, Death Cab, Franz Ferdinand and Jack’s Mannequin tonight at Oracle Arena

Tonight me, Stephanie and a few radical friends from Palo Alto are heading to a concert tonight at Oracle Arena in Oakland to relax, rock out and hear 4 great bands. The bands on tonight’s bill are The Killers (awesome), Franz Ferdinand, Death Cab for Cutie (super awesome)and Jack’s Mannequin (Stephanie says they’re awesome).

Oracle arena is home to the Golden State Warriors NBA team and sits right next to the Oakland Coliseum, which is where both the Raiders and Oakland A’s do their thing. Of course, it’s also where we went with my niece Madison, my mom and my sister Angie to see Disney On Ice, which we had to make a video for.

Here’s a video from each one of the bands that are playing tonight in case you’ve never heard of them or in case you want to get a feel for what we’ll be jammin’ to tonight. :)

The Killers – When We Were Young

Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

Jack’s Mannequin – The Resolution

Getting my demo on tomorrow night at the SiliconValley NewTech Meetup

Tomorrow night I get my second official chance to show the people of Silicon Valley what HubPages is all about. Me and two other web startups are going to do a 5-minute demo at the SiliconValley NewTech Meetup, which is a very popular event that introduces new web-based businesses to around 150-200 people right here in Palo Alto each month. My friend and fellow web-geek Vinnie Lauria hosts the event that, according to him, is going to have some special election-friendly additions to it such as real-time streams of the vote count during the presentations.

Wish me luck and I’ll keep you updated on how it goes. :)

Rain Rain Go Away, I want to see Jason Mraz play!

After 7 months of living in California, I had yet to see any form of substantial precipitation until this past weekend, when it actually rained for a solid 2-3 days straight. The funny thing is, that although I have always held a firm stance on my hatred for rain, I almost enjoyed it while it graced us with it’s soggy presence for the few short days it was around. Now that I’ve had my fill however, I don’t mind if it takes some time to come back around again.

All this to say the weather worried me this weekend because we have been planning for the past few weeks to travel up to Berkely to see Jason Mraz at the Greek Theater on campus. Amazingly we woke to a bright sun, shiny day…complete with a beautiful rainbow! It was an absolutely perfect day for an outdoor concert. We have never been to the Cal. Berkeley campus before so we enjoyed checkin out some of the college scene while we were there. It was an absolutely gorgeous campus and a fabulous music venue and there’s nothing like going to an outdoor concert in November and having perfect weather. Needless to say, you can’t really ever count on that in Indiana. It’s now during the time of the up-coming winter months that Ryan and I are really starting to think this whole California perfect weather thing wasn’t such a bad idea after all :)

So even if we did start our weekend off being pretty lame, we certainly didn’t end it that way. We chalked up yet another fabulous adventure and had a great time exploring a new area. Not a bad concert either. Mr. Mraz certainly has a way with that guitar and ukulele of his.

P.S.– It’s good to be back. It’s been far too long since Ryan and I have updated, we’ll both be trying to make this more of a habit. We can’t be leaving you hanging right?!

A one-win dynasty with the Janitorial Honeybees

So we have found some new friends. :)

New friends who not only throw amazing parties, but friends who also do other awesome stuff.

Awesome stuff like playing softball for teams that are named The Janitorial Honeybees.

Well, this past week our new friends had us join the team for their last game. The last game that would decide whether or not they would end the season as complete losers, or if they would finish with one final and only win of the season.

Stephanie and I joined up forces with the Honeybees for this final battle and helped them fight through 5 demanding innings that were filled with drama, action, heroics and letdowns.

After the dust cleared, the impossible had happened. The Janitorial Honeybees had came out on top for the first time all season. It wasn’t an easy win, but it was a team win and a win that will never be forgotten by me, Stephanie, the rest of the Honeybees and of course the random homeless guy who was drinking a Budweiser on the sidelines.

Yep, the Janitorial Honeybees ended the season with a solid 1-11 record and if you ask me, that’s a solid foundation for a future.

I can’t wait until next season – the dynasty begins.

Swarm honeybees! Bzzzzzzzzzzzz…

Teacher Stephanie graduates her class of 2008

Last weekend, Stephanie officially graduated her first class of California preschoolers here in Palo Alto. It was my first time seeing her school, meeting her fellow teachers and of course seeing all of the crazy kids that she deals with every day of the week.

Let me simply say that I have a whole new respect for her and for what she does each day while teaching at that preschool. The kids are awesome and hilarious, but it takes a special type of person to teach them every single day. Isn’t she awesome?

Of course I couldn’t miss out on getting some video of the sweet graduation action. Check out the video below or over here on YouTube when you get a chance and be sure to leave a comment and tell Stephanie congratulations!

A San Francisco reunion with Rev Peyton and his Big Damn Band

It’s kind of funny how as life goes on and as you get exposed to more and more exciting things your tolerance for this excitement seems to go up just the same way that your tolerance for cheep beer goes up in college. If you have been following this blog for it’s seemingly short-lived life, Steph and I have done some things that have just blown us both away. Things that afterwards we say to ourselves, “Damn, this might be hard to top…”. Well, somehow, someway we always seem to top whatever it was and end up with some amazing footage/pics/stories to prove it.

But, getting back to what I was first saying, even though we keep on trumping one amazing experience after another, the bar of awesomeness that is required to get us both super excited about doing something keeps on rising even higher and higher. So, it has been our mission to keep on finding these things that seem to always give us those little butterflies that pop up in your stomach when you are about to do something that you are truly excited for.

Lucky for us, the butterflies are basically built into the adventure that we’re taking on tonight. I mean, we’re going to see the Rev in San Francisco, California and when I say the Rev, I mean The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. The same Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band that is from our home of Indianapolis, IN. The same Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band that makes people go insane(and sometimes naked) at their shows. The same Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band that has been traveling all over the freakin’ place in a van spreading some Big Damn Love. The same Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band that features Breezy, a crazed, washboard-shredding, facial-expression-rocking woman(who also happens to be the Rev’s lovely wife). Oh and yes, the same Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band that is led by the one and only Rev Peyton, whose guitar playing and screaming is second only to his brother, Jayme, who keeps the Rev on beat with a barrage of some ridiculously fast-paced drumming.

Did I mention how excited that Steph and I are for this show?

Anyways, here are the details on the show, if you happen to read this blog before the show tonight shoot me an email at and we’ll get crazy at the show together.

Where: 12 Galaxies in south San Francisco
When: Doors open at 8pm with Ha-Ha Tonka opening up at 9pm and the Rev following, probably around 10pm
How Much: Tickets are $10 online, but we’ll probably buy ours the old fashioned way – at the door when we get there.

One more thing – here is a video that I wanted to dig out of the archives for everyone to see. It’s when the Rev and crew were selling all of their stuff so that they could hit the road for good. Man, I can’t wait to see these guys.

Back Home Again in Indiana!

Yep, we took a little vacay to spend some time at home with our friends and family. My awesome roommate from college, Holly, is getting married this coming Saturday and Ryan’s 10 year High School reunion just happened to fall a week before, so we figured we had a pretty good excuse to come back to good ol’ Indy for a bit. I can’t tell you how weird it felt to fly into the Indianapolis airport and think to myself, “I’m on vacation… in Indiana” haha. What a vacation it has been though; it’s only Tuesday and we’ve had enough fun to last us for the whole week already!

Shortly after arriving we headed up to P-Town for Ryan’s high school reunion. Wow.. really is all I can say. I didn’t know that Donnie’s( a little photo for your pleasure) could hold that many crazy Pendleton Arabians at one time! You know it’s a good reunion when you didn’t even go to the high school that the reunion was celebrating and you still had the time of your life. That’s all I have to say about that :)

Last night we attended our first Mojo Monday Night at the Spot since we left for CA two months ago. It was an awesome night, and we stayed out on the deck for most of it just soaking up the fabulous Indiana summer night. It’s comforting to come home and be with your old friends again. It really makes you step back and reminisce a little about the fun times of the past, and know that you always have an incredible support group of friends at home. It’s funny how I don’t really feel homesick at all when we’re actually in California, but coming home kind of brings some of those feelings to the surface a little when you re-live your previous way of life for a bit. It’s true that you have to move away to truly come to an appreciation of your home where you grew up. I know that I’ve viewed Indiana a little differently this time around. It’s our home and it will always be here, we’ll always love it, but there’s so much left to experience and explore.

Now it’s time to go and live up the rest of our week here! More to come on our crazy Hoosier adventures :)

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