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December 2003
I grew up surrounded by art lovers. Once a month, while most kids were watching the latest episode of Muppets from the relative safety and comfort of their bean bag, I was somewhere in downtown Seattle following my Dad through a gallery full of brightly oiled canvases and glass sculptures. It wasn't so bad in the summertime, but that's roughly a four week window, so most of my time was spent wet, cold and bored. Times have changed, however, and now you can find me wandering galleries in Portland's Pearl District instead of watching Must See TV.

November 2003
Although I'm competitive by nature, I was always in the shallow end of the talent pool when it came to non-academic scholastic activities. I attempted to play an instrument in middle school band. While I did manage to achieve second seat as bass clarinet, there were only two of us. Senior year in high school, I started out ranked 3rd on our varsity tennis team and ended my career at 10th of 12 players. There was, however, one bright exception to my extracurricular career: chorus.

October 2003
One of my favorite "your mama" caps in elementary school was "Your mama has three in her mouth and two in her pocket." While I enjoyed hours of laughter, and a few tears after getting punched for saying it to the wrong guy, I realized that teeth are no joking matter.

September 2003
I'm a fairly competitive person, at least that's what my Yoga instructor tells me I've always enjoyed sports and recreational activities, especially races. This includes running, although I tend to prefer the stopping over the actual running. I've participated in a few 5K and 8K runs but am not much for distance running. As such, it made complete sense when a friend asked me to join his team a few years back for the Hood To Coast Relay. Naturally, I accepted the offer.

August 2003
I was recently driving back from the Oregon Coast when I noticed a bumper sticker that absolutely moved me. It read: "If you can read this...thank a teacher." The sticker was a simple reminder of the value of education, yet hinted at our society's general lack of acknowledgement and respect for the institution. Rather than rant and rave, as we at Anvil are prone to do, we're actually going to do something about it: Anvil's First Annual Get SMART Gala, September 13th at Bridgeport Brewery in Portland, Oregon.

July 2003
I haven't had cable television for over a year, but I still manage to check out my favorite programming on Discovery, TLC, History Channel and Comedy Central when visiting family and friends. While kicking back at a New Year's Eve party, I "discovered" Monster Garage, a new show on Discovery Channel that's generated so much interest that it's already spun off two popular new shows. I believe we can learn something from all this mechanized mayhem.

June 2003
A few months ago, I found myself sitting on the edge of bed staring out the window of a cozy bungalow in Sayulita, Mexico. I'd just arrived earlier that evening and was finishing unpacking when I hit a wall, of sorts. I was surprisingly exhausted from a day of travel, and was having a difficult time figuring out what to do with the envelope of traveler's checks and cash in my hand. While most trusting or naive tourists would simply drop it in a nightstand drawer or slip it into the underwear drawer, I was apparently not one of those people.

May 2003
I remember the first and last time I got caught cheating. It was the most valuable learning experience of my entire high school education. Señor Abrahamson was my Spanish class teacher. By my junior year, I was halfway through my required two years of non-immersive foreign language studies. In that time, I developed a strong rapport with Abrahamson and became comfortable with my cognitive learning habits. Unfortunately, those habits occasionally included cheating.

April 2003
I’ve taken my share of spills over the years, as I’m sure we all have. Whether it was a stray shoelace, an uneven crack in the pavement or a ripple in the carpet, I’ve managed to put on a show for friends and strangers alike. None was more entertaining, however, than my collegiate experience at Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham, Washington.

March 2003
I’m a city boy. I grew up in Seattle next to I-5 and commuted into the low-income area known as the Central District throughout high school. In my four years at Garfield High, I witnessed plenty of fights, crack smoking and even a shooting. Whether it was the immortality of youth or general naiveté, I never really felt endangered. As time has passed, I’ve come to realize it wasn’t such a bad way to live.

February 2003
Since its inception in 1996, Anvil has strived to provide content that is innovative and insightful, and, every once in awhile let’s hope, funny. Historically, much of this has come in the form of the written word, photographic images and Flash animations. While we’re still waiting for due respect from the Pulitzer board, we will continue to evolve the publication. I believe the latest addition to the Anvil repertoire will elevate us to an entirely new journalistic and artistic level. If our readers don’t agree, there are always our porn and online gaming ventures to fall back on.

January 2003
Over the recent holiday break, I watched the movie "City Slickers" with my family. Toward the end of the movie, Billy Crystal and his two sidekicks discuss the best and worst days of their lives (not including the days their children were born). Being close to the New Year, it seemed apropos to reflect on my own best and worst days. It did not take me long to realize how challenging a task that would actually be.