River des Peres Trash Bash – 10/19/2019

It wouldn’t be fall without us participating in another River des Peres Trash Bash. This year, Danelle was working a the festival site coordinating activities and food. And I was leading a clean up along the River des Peres not far away. And of course, its Cross Country season, so Corvin is out running with the team.

The three of us before things got busy.

Brian Waldrop giving a safety talk.

Sara Wright was here to help!

Cleaning up along the River des Peres.

My canoe is useful as a cooler!

Lots and lots of pizza.Something like 80 ordered.

Look mom, I made the local news!

Yeah, that’s about it. We cleaned up lots of stuff and the weather cooperated!

Hogan Haake

 

Danelle and Friends in the Lab – 10/17/2019

Danelle has been spending a lot of time in the lab sorting “bugs” from her samples.  Luckily, she has been getting help from some students who are looking to get some lab experience. Karen and Maria have been her reliable helpers this year.  This time, Danelle even got me in on the act as we tried to use AI (artificial intelligence) to speed up the process.  We were taking pictures of the animals she has collected so we can let the computer count how many are in each sample.  It didn’t end up working, but it was worth a shot to try to cut down on counting time!

Karen looking at her sample jar and getting ready to look at the contents under the microscope. Danelle is doing the same behind her.

Maria helped me as we tried to get photographs of the sorted bugs.

A sample photo of the scuds from jar 220. That’s a lot of bugs!!

Danelle putting a bug in a vial.

Hogan Haake

Cell Phone Repair – 8/13/2019

Sonora has been having bad luck with cell phones recently. The newest one she has was dropped and the screen cracked quite badly.

Her phone was a low end phone and paying a company to replace the screen was almost the cost of purchasing a new phone. Lucky for us, we heard about one of her friend’s dad performing this task himself at home. With the help of a Youtube video and parts online, a new screen and tools came in the mail.

I take no credit (nor do I have painted nails) for any of the repairs. Here are a few shots of the process. Its been a few months since the repair and you would never know an amateur replaced the screen.

Thanks to my amazing wife Danelle who did all the work and made it look easy!

Hogan Haake

July – 2019

Another crazy month of random activities has come and gone. We used to dye our hair as a family, but I’m getting old and less fun. However, Sonora dyed her hair what is supposed to be red and blue but looks more purple and pink.

Corvin and Sonora both got some quality time with both cats at once.

As always, Danelle is looking smokin’ hot!

Hogan Haake

Stream Team Picnic – 7/27/2019

My sister Hannah was in town for the weekend. We took her to the annual Stream Team picnic held on the last Saturday in July. Danelle is involved, so we had work to do, but Hannah didn’t mind. During the drive down, I wanted to impress my baby sister by showing her how cool I am! I sure hope it worked.

Sonora tried to impress her aunt with a more subtle style.

Once at the picnic, I went off to cook a few hundred hamburgers and hot dogs on a massive grill. Hannah made herself at home.

A look at some of the festivities.

Eventually, after lunch, I switched roles and turned into the shuttle driver for the tube float. I put a few tubes on top of the van to maximize the passengers I could take. I’m proud to say I didn’t loose a single tube after all of the trips!

Later that night when we were back at home, Hannah, Danelle, and I walked up to the VFW hall near my house to get a few beers. Talk about a great finish to an already great day!

Hogan Haake