Mom and Hannah in STL – 11/4/2017

Hannah likes the St.Louis Blues and wants to see them in person. So we got tickets so she could see a game in person. As an added bonus, my mom came in town with her. I wasn’t going to let mom miss a good time, so we had lots of parallel plans to keep us busy!

Hannah and Danelle

Left to Right: Danelle, Hannah, Laura Berlin

Danelle had some things to do, so we took a side trip to Grafton, IL twice. There was an event, something like Tugboat Days going on. So there was a river tug available for tours. We went up Saturday and found out the tickets had sold out.  Not one to let something that get me down, we took a minor tour of Pere Marquette State Park and the fantastic views it offered.

It was decided that we would go back early Sunday morning and see the tug before mom went home. So the next day, we took the ferry out to look at the tug.

And because it was Sunday, we all got the tour. Here are some photos of a tugboat.


One of the twin 16 cylinder engines.

Mechanic’s workbench.

Twin generators always on for power.

A few spare parts.

From the pilot house looking back.

Looking from an upper deck down to the front

Wires used to tie the barges together.

Selfie of our group

The boat we’re about to tour

From the tour, it sounds like life as a deckhand is mostly about scraping paint and re-painting all day. Maybe I don’t want that job 🙂

Hogan Haake

Hot Exhaust – 12/23/2017

I occasionally go out to the garage in the winter and start my motorcycle (Kawasaki Concours C10). I like to hear it and believe its good to get the fluids circulating every so often. I happened to notice extra heat coming out of the vent. I saw that the exhaust header was glowing. This was due to the choke being on.

Of course, I’m a curious guy, so I had to see how hot it actually was!

Over 700 degrees is nuts and probably bad for the engine. I’ll be more careful with the choke in the future!

Hogan Haake

DevUp Conference – 10/16/2017

My employer, DeckCommerce participated in the DevUp conference (formerly Days of .NET) this year. This meant that the company had a booth for recruiting. It was a fun place to gather and talk about the company to others in the community.

Christa Range and Jenny Fritz were the primary people at the booth.

And no booth is complete without some sort of giveaway. We had a plastic thing that nobody could figure out. Once explained, it made sense, so I suggested that they have a contest for a creative use of it.

It was an interesting talking point, but a disappointing give away. But we live and learn as a company. Here are a few photos from the event itself.

The keynote address to kick off the event was around javascript development.

Looking to my left

Hogan, Gretcen Grote, Maggie Ma

Dave Bubenik, Jeff Hug

It isn’t something our company does, so most of us left early to check out vendor booths.

Chad LaCroix trying to pay attention


Gretchen Grote wondering when I’ll stop taking photos!

Overall it was a good conference with lots learned. If you’re still wondering what the give away does, its a cell phone holder. Plug in your brick through the hole and place your phone on the ledge.

Hogan Haake


Kids and Friends – 10/7/2017

We had a Groupon for bowling with 6 people. The kids each wanted to invite a friend and before we knew it, the kids each had two friends. So Danelle and I decided to watch while the kids and their friends had fun.

Before I knew it, all four friends were spending the night.

Lucky for us the friends are well behaved and the evening went well!

Hogan Haake