The Andy Aupperlee Explosion 5000

Tag: Curtis C

Midnight Ski Crew: Alpental by Moonlight

by on Mar.12, 2012, under Nature, Places, Ski, Sport, Vistas, Washington State

Curtis in a flash
40 second exposure of Curtis Cappel and headlamp skiing by me.

The email arrived in my inbox last Tuesday.

Hey Everyone-

Short notice, but tomorrow night there will be clear skies and a waxing gibbous moon with 99% of of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated. So you know what that means…. skiing by the light of the moon!

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of a moonlight ski tour, and tomorrow night we just happen to have an almost full moon AND clear skies. If anyone is interested I’d totally be down for an easy tour from the Alpental parking lot to Snow Lake and back. If we can get organized enough we can even do JetBoil s’mores on the moonlit shores of Snow Lake.

Any takers?

-Gus

Besides wondering WTF a waxing gibbous moon was, I was in for sure. Seldom do I miss an opportunity to ski tour with buddies here in Seattle, and this was a once in the season kind of opportunity. If you’re unfamiliar with the Pacific Northwest winters, the mountains here get feet upon feet of snow. The only downside to this blessing is rarely do we enjoy clear skies. Needless to say, no cloud nights with a full moon during the ski season practically never happen. Wednesday night just happened to be the exception.

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Tennis Hoes & Golf Pros

by on Jul.03, 2009, under Belltown, Nightlife, Party, Seattle

Mojo

It’s birdie time! Last weekend we had more than just the mojo working when the Explosion 5000 met a college tradition: Tennis Hoes & Golf Pros. A familiar cast of characters, clad in their country club finest, descended on Seattle’s Belltown and proceeded to paint the town plaid.

Warning: Images of Superfisky in women’s tennis clothing follow. Also, this post contains photographs of original artwork by Superfisky, which might make your boss question what exactly you’re looking at on the internet.

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Bar Crawl Birthday

by on Mar.31, 2009, under Nightlife, Party, Seattle, U-District

The District Lounge

The night kicked off at the District Lounge in the Hotel Deca. I know what you’re thinking… a little classy for this group. We are talking about the same collection of people who demolish boots of beer, turn quiet mountain cabins into dance parties and carelessly jump off giant logs in unison. Everyone was on their best behavior, although this quickly changed as the night progressed.
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Kay Kay at The Crocodile

by on Mar.28, 2009, under Belltown, Music, Nightlife, Party, Seattle

Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground at the Crocodile

Last night Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground played the recently re-opened Crocodile in Seattle. Croc 2.0 is gorgeous. The back bar is huge and well staffed; it didn’t take long to get a PBR. All the fixtures and finishes, from the balcony to the men’s room, are first class. The new, wide stage also suited Kay Kay’s large ensemble perfectly.
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Cabin Fever

by on Mar.03, 2009, under Events, Nightlife, Party, Washington State

Hey there, Bear
Cabin fever is serious. As we shiver through the early days of March, please be careful to diagnose and treat any symptoms related to this ailment. Since the Andy Aupperlee “explosion” (that’s what we’re calling my S&F), this blog has gotten uber serious about medical issues. The best form of treatment is prevention, and that’s why I’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to this subject. Also, all ad revenues from this post will be donated to the Society for the Advancement of Cabin Fever Knowledge (SACK).

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A Birthday in Three Acts

by on Sep.09, 2008, under Fremont, Nightlife, Party, Seattle


ACT I: Feierabend.


Kristen, Curtis, Claire, Chris & Kate.
Feierabend. Seattle, WA. September 5, 2008.
Nikon D300. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens @ 11mm.
Aperture Priority. 1/6 sec @ f/2.8. ISO 1600.

I knew the evening was destined to be a classic the moment I read the email. What Kate succinctly proposed had enormous potential: “Hi friends! This Friday is Chris’s birthday and Curtis and I were thinking what better way to celebrate then a little DAS BOOT!! Let’s say 8:30ish at Feierabend (near REI). ” As a similar email did nearly a year ago, this note was followed up by several references to this movie, and of course this movie too. I immediately thought back to the last time I traipsed through the halls of Feierabend. It was this same group of friends and things got, well, German.

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