Lone Elk Hike With Jake – 11/3/2018

Jake and I had not met up in quite a while. We decided to meet early morning and go on a hike. Its always fun to hike with long time friends as there is always plenty to talk about. We started out on the White Bison Trail that goes around the park. During the hike we saw several deer that Jake wished he saw during hunting season.

About half way through the hike, we saw a female elk standing there. It was far enough away, we were not concerned. However, as we came around a nearby building, we saw her male counterpart very close. The trail went between the pair. We waited for a couple minutes, but they didn’t move and we didn’t want to get in their way, so we hiked back the way we came.

Back at the parking lot, there was a group of elk between the truck and us. They watched us for a while before Jake slowly went around and got in so we could leave them in peace.

What a great way to catch up with a friend and enjoy a morning! During the hike I used my new Zippo pocket hand warmer. It was very good at keeping me warm and I was glad that I had it!

Hogan Haake

Creepy Treats – 10/30/2018

Halloween is one day away and we were making chocolate covered treats for a party.

Danelle with some of the normal treats.

I decided to have some fun and make some special creepy treats. I started by breaking up some pretzels to get some different shapes, then I made my creepy treats.

Hogan Haake


New Microwave – 12/27/2018

Our microwave gave out. The light comes on and it makes noise, but nothing gets heated. So its time to put a new one in. We’re cheap, so we’ll do it ourselves. Step one was to remove the old one. This was of course the easy part. then we (Danelle) had to measure and prepare for the new one.

Here is is ready to put in. You can see the original color of the kitchen here.

And a brace to hold it in is installed.

Then we have only to unbox and install.The finished product.

There is a 1/8 inch gap at the top where it doesn’t meet the cabinets, but we’re happy.

Hogan Haake


River Des Peres Trash Bash – 10/20/2018

I was a site leader for the RdP Trash Bash again this year. This year, it was a little closer to home. Our site was Deer Creek in Webster groves where it goes under Brentwood Blvd. Sonora and I got there early to wait for Panera to deliver breakfast.

I’m not sure what Sonora was doing here, but I know that we were laughing and having a good time.

Preparing in the new shelter where we’ll set up base camp.

Webster Groves parks and rec department was sponsoring this specific cleanup location. There were several Webster Groves employees there to help. This also meant that they brought out the big toys to help. We had all sorts of tools and even had occasion to use the backhoe!

Most interesting of all of all for this cleanup is the man cave that we removed from under the bridge. Somebody had spent a lot of time. I was torn about cleaning it up. It looked cool and they didn’t seem to be bothering anybody, but all of that stuff would eventually go down the river as trash in the next flood.

And if you didn’t catch it in the last image, that is a current publication of Cowboys & Indians magazine. Strange!

Hogan Haake

Dev Up Conference 10/9/2018

My employer was kind enough to sponsor part of the DevUp conference this year. Additionally, they sent the whole development staff for professional development.

It didn’t take long for us to get seats and get comfortable for the opening Keynote about the future of technology.

Maggie on my right.

Jeff on my left.

They went all out on the opening this year. With a talk about the future, it just made sense to have a DeLorean there!

Of course, it wasn’t all learning, we did stop to have some fun!

Chad showing that cutout what real muscles look like!

A couple of beers!

This was a HUGE Foosball table, we had at least 12 people playing and still had to move to different positions to cover them all!

Chocolate covered bacon, does it get any better?

I did pretty good at this blackjack table. It may have had something to do with the way the dealer dealt his face down card… You would have looked too if it meant winning 🙂

Overall it was a pretty good conference. I had lots more photos including one of a sleeping co-worker. But some people are over sensitive so some things will just have to be remembered!

Ohh, one last note, if you’re reading my blog and you run a conference center (yeah, like anybody is reading this crap), please put your screens up higher. If you’re sitting in the back, important pieces of a visual just become the back of people’s heads!

Hogan Haake