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Experience Adventure the Idaho Way

Silverwood Amusement Park - Athol, Idaho
Idaho boasts a number of great places to see and activities to enjoy in both land and water. It is no wonder why Idahoans love to invite visitors to their state. While in Idaho, here are some of the best things to do that can kill your boredom:

Skiing and Boarding
Country-style skiing is what you can enjoy in the beautiful mountain resorts in Idaho. Some of the most recommended resorts are Tamarack Resort, Sun Valley Resort, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Silver Mountain Resort, Brundage Mountain Resort and Bogus Basin Mountain Resort.

While in Idaho, fishing is something you should try. In here, you can spend some time for fly-fishing at the South Fork of the Snake and Henry’s Fork. It’s either you practice catch-and-release or catch some fish for dinner. Idaho is such an ideal fishing spot.

Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking
Water adventure is done best in Idaho as it is known for having more whitewater river miles compared to other states. The best whitewater rafting spots are found at the Payette, Lochsa River and the Snake.

Fort Hall Indian Casino - I-15 Fwy, Exit 80
Casino Adventure
For those who are on the hunt for casino entertainment, Idaho boasts its own share of casino hubs. If gaming is what you are looking for, you can spend some time at the Fort Hall Casino, Coeur d'Alene Casino, Clearwater River Casino & Resort or Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino and Spa. However, if going to any of these places takes so much time, an exciting alternative is through mobile casinos using your phone or tablet.

Golfing is such delightful activity in Idaho. It is home to the best golf resorts in the world. It is for this reason that people come to Idaho. A golf vacation package is truly worth a try.

Family Activities
Idahoans make sure that every minute is spent productively and meaningfully. Since the state is gifted with natural attractions, people will always grab the chance to spend some time enjoying the great outdoors. Activities such as camping, boating and swimming make families bond together. Although Idaho is quite laid-back in lifestyle, some people go for a picnic bringing their gadgets with them so they could play mobile casinos.

Spending some time in Idaho is a confirmation that there will never be a dull moment. From undiscovered municipal gems to world-class resorts, Idaho will guarantee you unending recreational activities. While there is a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sceneries, it would also be fun to explore casino games at


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I have no idea why, but I've had a major case of writer's block for the last.... well...


And I don't know why.  Interesting things have been happening to me, and a lot of it has been blog-worthy.  So why aren't I writing all of it down?

For example, I started a new job 2 months ago and have had some fun experiences.  My company's parent office is in China.  And while my office is in Los Angeles, the big bosses are all overseas.  Because of this, I'm one of the few 'round-eyes' in the company.

I say 'round-eye' because when I went down for orientation, they put me in a hotel in the City of Industry.  Essentially Asian-town.  I was the only white boy in the entire hotel.  Someone bumped into me and said "Watch it, Round-Eye" so that's my slur.

Speaking of slurs, I learned "ne-ga" in Mandarin is a filler word.  Like saying 'that... that thing.'  Everyone in the hotel would say 'ne-ga' this and 'ne-ga' that.  On my last day there, a college basketball team was staying in the hotel.  All black.  They heard 'ne-ga' as 'nigga' and you can imagine the result.

I have also become a content creator for Manderstanding, a place for men to converse and enjoy the finer things.  While they're working on finishing their website, I'm helping manage the Facebook page.  There, I go by 'Dom.'

I get to create little gems like the picture you see to your left.  I also get to be in charge of 'Submission Saturdays,' where women submit sexy pictures for us to feature.  Think of Chivettes but on a smaller scale.

Essentially, I get to look at boobs a lot.  So I can't complain.

Lastly, I witnessed a rant at my local grocery store.  There was a coupon for eggs on all the cartons.  50 cents off this carton of eggs, when you buy any "Real California Cheese" brand cheese products.  Most Idahoans don't like California, and one dude was going off.  "I DON'T WANT TO BUY ANYTHING THAT BENEFITS CALIFORNIA!"  It was 'Motherfuckin Mexicans' and 'Motherfuckin Liberals' and something about Obama and Paris Hilton.  I forget.  Long story short, not only did the guy not want to buy those eggs, but he wanted to yell at the store manager for being so insensitive and 'anti-Idaho.'  Best. Grocery Trip. Ever.

Oh yeah, and this happened on my Facebook page:

And yes, the typos have already been pointed out to me.
So yeah... Plenty to report, yet I'm oddly allergic to writing on this blog.

What's been going on in your lives?  Anything interesting?


What I Learned as a Blogger Idol Judge

I blogged earlier about being a judge for the Blogger Idol competition this last year.  It was fun, but not without blog-worthy experiences.

For those of you not in the know, Blogger Idol is a writing competition.  Over 200 (felt like 600) bloggers auditioned this year, and a council of judges had to pick their favorites.  A Top 12 (13) was picked, and they squared off weekly in writing competitions.  Immunities were granted, people were voted off the island, and controversial eliminations were rampant.

Back to my experiences.

I didn't want to share this information before the competition ended, because some people could have misinterpreted some of my comments for bias.  Was I a little biased?  Read and find out...

During the judging process, all judges had to read ALL auditions and assign points from 1-50.  If they did extra credit, a submission could earn up to 53 points.

...yet you'd be surprised how many auditions received a 51, 52 or 53 without doing the extra credit...

Most of us adhered by the rules.  Every now and then someone would forget.  Or ignore.  I dunno.

When reviewing auditions, here are a list of observations.  If you auditioned and this applied to you, this is probably why you didn't get in.  If you're thinking about competing in 2014 and want to stand a chance, make sure you're don't fit into any of these categories:

  • Holy blogger-templates, batman!  It surprised me how many people were still using basic, out-of-the-box layouts.  Your blog is a reflection of you as a writer and you as a brand.  'Cookie cutter' layout screamed 'cookie cutter blog' to me, and you immediately lost 8-10 points on design alone.
  • Everyone is a mommy blogger, even if you have a penis.  MY. GOD.  Kids are adorable.  I've blogged about my children before as well.  But come on... COME ON... that can't be all you write about.  Even if it's a nice trick, a one-trick pony will never go far in a writing contest.
  • (This one may call out 1-2 in particular... sorry)  I know you like pink.  It's a neat color.  And I'm not against the pink layout, but when your link buttons are pink, and the test is a slightly different shade of pink, I can't read shit.  They just look like mystery-squares with no purpose.  That's a 50 dkp minus.
  • You have 6 Facebook fans, but over 5,000 twitter followers?  And both accounts have been open for the same time?  WTF??
  • You submit two posts to review.  One is when you break up with your boyfriend, the other is your road to recovery.  You mention you dated for less than 6 months.  The posts are dated 16 months from each other.  AND YOU STILL HAVEN'T MOVED ON.  *backs away slowly*
  • Your submission piece is 3,100 words - of which 2,500 is pure ramble.  Do you have a 'you talk it types' program you use for your blog writing?  Because OH MY BALLS some of these posts wanted to make me gouge my eyes out.
As a blogger myself, I am most proud of my first 1-2 posts (go read 'em, I'll wait).  Because of this, I'd usually go to a blog I liked and read their first few posts.  First posts = first impressions, and it often gave be a better gauge of writing than the submissions did.

My favorite observations didn't come from the auditioners, but from the other judges...

27!  Because FUCK YOU.
We did have a few rogue over-scoring judges (again, giving 53 out of 50 points, with no extra credit done...) but what I loved most were the rogue under-scoring judges.

I tried not to let the other judge's scores influence my marks, but you would notice patterns after a while.  You saw clusters of 30s.  40s.  High-40s.  Marks would be very similar, with a minor deviation...

...mostly.  One post was scored like this:  48, 50, 45, 43, 27, 44, 42


This confused me for a while.  The final scores were an average score, and the top average scores made it to the finals.  Was this to prevent non-favorites from getting in, in the hopes of getting your friends in?  Or did the judge just NOT like the writing style at all?

But then I noticed it was more than one judge doing it.  And they didn't always go rogue.

And then I found a post I didn't like, gave it a 34, and was the lowest score by 11 points...

Sooo I dunno.

Now that I've auditioned (2011) and judged (2013) I have a new insight on how things work in the BI world.  Will I audition again?  Probably not.  Will I judge again?  Maybe.  There were some headache-inducing times, but I did discover about 10 new bloggers I love to read.  That alone made the process completely worth it.


Oh SNAP, it's 2014 already?

Wow, 2013 went by quickly.

Happy 2014, all.  I'll be back.