Archive for July, 2009


2010 Chevrolet Equinox

The new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is here! I am so happy that Chevrolet decided to re-design the Equinox as this vehicle needed it the most to compete in the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). I love the new styling for the 2010 Chevy Equinox as it looks good and is not to over the top. The best part of the Chevrolet Equinox is that is affordable starting just below $22K.

What I was looking forward to most about the new Equinox was to see the new 2.4L 4-cylinder which gets 32-MPG HWY. That is about 600 miles on a tank of fuel. To get 600 miles on a tank of gas means only 5 fill ups before your next oil change.

I got to test drive my first Equinox the other day and it was an AWD Equinox with the LT2 trim package with power sunroof and chrome package. The best feature on the vehicle to me was the back up camera that comes up in the rear view mirror. After driving the Equinox I found it pleasantly quite and very sturdy when turning and maneuvering even on a parking lot.

Overall I am very impressed with the new Equinox as I see the 4-cylinder being sold the most. With the more equipment the price can jump up into the mid $30’s which I think is a little much for this car. But the LS and LT1 are a great value.

Things to ponder

What confuses me is that the 2.4L 4-cylinder in the Equinox gets 32 MPG HWY but the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse with the same engine only gets 30 MPG HWY, how that works I do not know.

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Enumclaw King County Fair

CATS 4-H is Purrfect

CATS 4-H is Purrfect

This past weekend was the Enumclaw King County Fair at the Enumclaw Expo Center.  When I was a kid the fair was the biggest thing to come to Enumclaw.  I used to spend all summer doing yard work for neighbors to earn enough money to spend it at the fair.  The fair had a special day where we called it armband day where you bought an armband for $10 and you got to ride all the rides all day!

King County sold the rights of the fair to the city of Enumclaw.  This was the first year the fair was under city of Enumclaw control.  It was free admission and it was Sophia my fiances first time experiencing the fair.  Although the number of rides were down it did not matter to us as we walked around the barns to look at the animals.  There is nothing better then greasy fair food and people watching.


Sophia Kraljevich Birthday

Sophia turned 23!  She is currently working at the Enumclaw Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  She works 12 hour shifts from 4 to 4.  For Sophia’s birthday she got to wake up at 3:30 AM and go to work.  We went to lunch at Truffles Cafe at the hospital which has some really great food.  After work Sophia went to her girls night or should I say Bachelorette Party.  I was not allowed.

The night before I made the drive up after football camp to Mount Vernon to go to dinner with Sophia, Lana, Sandy and Steve.  We ate at Il Granaio which is a Italian Restaurant.  The food was great.  We did not take pictures, opps!

Happy Birthday Sophia

Happy Birthday Sophia


Enumclaw High School Football Camp

Enumclaw High School Football

Enumclaw High School Football

I spent the past week at University of Puget Sound Football Camp.  Enumclaw High School Football Team took 75 players to the week long camp.  We brought three teams, a varsity squad, Junior Varsity and Freshman team.  It was a great opportunity for our players to stay in the dorms, get to know each other and come together as a team.

One of the great things about camp is the chance to compete. This was EHS Football 2nd year in a row to come to UPS to camp.  This year there were 10 teams at camp: Skyline High School, Bothell High School, Puyallup High School, Orting High School, Auburn Riverside High School, Kentwood High School, Tahoma High School, Eastlake High School, Bonney Lake High School, Timberline High School and Sprague High School from Oregon.

The Hornets had the opportunity to scrimmage against Orting, Bothell, and Puyallup.  We had the chance to play against Auburn Riverside, Timberline and Skyline on the final day where parents and friends had the opportunity to watch!



Coldplay 020

On Saturday July 11, 2009 I made the trek over to the Gorge Amphitheatre in Eastern Washington for the Coldplay concert. I bought tickets months ago for Andrew and myself. Those who made the journey over the mountains were myself, Sophia, Hillary, Andrew, TJ and Jordan. The concert started at 7 as it is always so difficult to pick a time when a band is going to be on stage. With no idea when doors opened or if the opening bands started at 7 we decided to get there early.

We drove over and stopped in Ellensburg for some dinner. Campus U Tote Em is one of the best burger and milkshake spots in town. To say it was warm that afternoon was an understatement. While driving we all watched the thermometer gauge crawling up as it was about 95 when we arrived at the Gorge.

It was the first time to the Gorge for everyone except Sophia and myself. It was a beautiful evening. We arrived just in time to get a nice stretch of lawn on the upper part of the lawn. As the sun was setting everyone waited patiently for Coldplay to come out.

It was a fabulous show! The band set up 2 mini stages on the left and right sections of the reserved seating area. Some of the highlights of the show was when the band sang Yellow and they had giant yellow balls flying throughout the crowd. They also did a cover of Billie Jean in tribute to Michael Jackson.

One of the coolest parts of the show was the stage and the use of these 4 giant balls. They would be spinning above the band and have writing on them, then they would change the effects and have them project pictures and even just change random colors.

Coldplay as on stage for about 2 hours and played a good range of old music and new! We had a great time and I definitely recommend seeing Coldplay live!


Tyson Gamblin Benefit Concert

Music is a huge passion of mine. I am the type of guy who likes albums not just songs. I like finding the new and upcoming bands and also finding great albums. For instance the Pinkerton Album by Weezer does not get much love compared to the Blue Album, but I think Pinkerton is just as good.

I think you can learn a lot about someone by what type of music they like.  My favorite question to ask someone is if they could have a benefit concert in their name with 5 bands living or dead what bands would they have preform? This for many is a very difficult questions that takes some time to think about.

There are a lot of variables to consider. For instance does a particular band you like not preform that well live or not sound that well live. Another thing to consider is if they are dead how would they compare to someone living and preforming now. I have had a wide variety of answers from friends and strangers who they would have preform at their benefit concert.

I will share with you my top 5 bands that I would have preform at the Tyson Gamblin Benefit Concert.


The closest I have been to a U2 concert was in Dublin, Ireland where a U2 cover band was playing. The cover band was probably the closest thing to a real U2 concert. Actually, the real U2 band saw them play once and thought they were so good they gave them all their old road gear such as clothes, amps, guitars and equipment. Seeing U2 preform live would be awesome as they can definitely put on a great show.

The BeatlesThe Beatles

The greatest band of all time. I really fell in love with the Beatles when I was on one my European excursions where I was listening to my ipod constantly. I had pretty close all the albums on my ipod and I was amazed how many songs that I recognized that I did not know the Beatles originally did. Not only is their music great it would be great to see the band preform together.

The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones

I made the mistake of not attending a Stones concert in Seattle a couple years back. They are like dinosaurs, but they sure can rock. Their music is great and I can always throw in a Rolling Stones CD and not skip through it. Seeing Mick Jagger work a stage would be great. For the Tyson Gamblin benefit concert I would want them a little younger though.


I was in Edinburgh, Scotland and missed a Radiohead concert. One of the few things in life I regret. Radiohead according to Rolling Stone Magazine is always one of the top 3 bands to see live each year. My favorite thing about Radiohead is their ability to mix good solid rock songs with some nice mellow ballads. A good mix to have for my benefit concert.


I mean come on, who would not want to see Freddie Mercury on stage and work his magic. One thing is the man can sing and two he was a pure entertainer. I have seen some of his outfits at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. After watching pieces of American Idol and seeing the finale, Adam Lambert better join Queen because they could definitely still bring it.

On the bubble:
Kings of Leon, Muse and The Arcade Fire.  There is a Good chance I can still see these bands preform live; that is why they are not part of the Tyson Gamblin Benefit Concert.


4th of July 2009

I do not remember a 4th of July ever where the weather was this warm.  Normally the 4th of July you are anticipating rain and wearing a sweatshirt at night to keep you warm.  Not this year as it was 85 degrees and sunny.  The Gamblin family never had a real 4th of July tradition.   Sophia on the other hand has a 4th of July tradition that I think I will be adopting.

Sophia and I spent our 4th of July at her Besterfar’s house on Lake Meridian in Kent, Washington.  It was a beautiful afternoon where the lake was full of people.  The 4th of July events start with all the boats clearing the lake at 6:00 PM.  Soon to follow is the boat race in the middle of the lake (paddle boat races that is).  After the paddle boat races is the boat parade where all the locals decorate their boats and cruise around the lake.

At 10:00 PM the barge comes out and the firework show begins.  It was a great show this year full of new fireworks and a lot longer.  It was nice to sit on Bestefar’s lawn on a blanket and watch the firework show.

The best part of the night was playing rummy.  Sophia and I play rummy all the time.  It was nice to actually play with 4 people this time.

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