Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gobble, Gobble Bowling

I can finally give a good bowling update after weeks of really bad scores...

1st - 137
2nd - 106
3rd - 146

Nightly average:  130
And I got a TURKEY!!!  (A Turkey is THREE STRIKES IN A ROW!)

Pretty darn good since last week I didn't break 100 on any of the three game, and my average (before this week) is 108.  So this week for me was VERY good.  Ironically, we are in last place.  We won 3 of 4 games, so we might bump up a bit, but we'll see.  We're off next week for Turkey day (gobble gobble), and the week after that is my building Holiday party, so I might miss part, if not all of that week.  Might have to go bowl a couple of games in between to try to figure out what I did right!

I must say....  It's quite fun when you bowl well...


Monday, November 17, 2008


Friday night, we met a friend of ours for dinner who loves sushi and has been wanting us to go with her to try it out.  We were quite skeptical, but figured it'd be good for us.  I'd had california rolls before, and wasn't overly impressed.

We tried an assortment of different things, and all in all, it wasn't bad.  I did fairly well with the chopsticks, mainly because I'm not going to let a little thing like the lack of a fork keep me from eating dinner!  The miso soup was a tad difficult with the chopsticks, but that another day....

We tried raw red tuna, snapper, salmon, and yellow tuna.  The flavor isn't bad, it's getting past the texture of eating raw fish.  we also had rolls that had shrimp with cream cheese, and a deep fried roll with spicy ahi tuna.  Of course, you can't go wrong if you deep fry anything!

I don't remember at all what anything was called, or what I would try again, but I'd definitely go back, and try some different things as well.

Oh, and the japanese beer was pretty good too!


Friday, November 14, 2008


Bowling this week was position round.  I'm still not 100% sure what that means, just that we were in 37th place (out of 39) and we bowled the 38th place team.  We won 1 of the 4 games.  Which will likely drop us down to 39th place.  I came no where near my average on any game.  92, 99, 90 were my three games.  UGH.  Luckily, in two weeks, we get a week off.  I can't for the life of me figure this stupid game out...  But I sure have fun seeing everyone each week.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day

Today was Veteran's Day.  One of my dearest friends is a Veteran and is currently serving in Iraq.  He has been there since March, and is not expected home until at least March of next year.  So my Veteran's Day thoughts are mostly about him.  Especially since it is also his birthday.  

So today, I celebrate Glen's Birthday, as well as celebrate Glen as a Veteran.  Be safe, my friend.  Lots of love to you!!!  Here's to birthday's from the past...  


Monday, November 10, 2008

Saturday Surprise Party

Saturday night, we went to a surprise party for our friends B&B.  Their birthdays are just a couple of days apart, so a combined party was the way to go.  They thought they were meeting at another friend's house for drinks before heading out to the Hibachi place for a b-day dinner with another couple.  They were, in fact, coming to the house for the party.  And they were late for their own party!  Quite comical.

The group of folks there was very diverse, and a lot of the folks were people we already knew.  We did meet a few new people from as far away as Maine and Boston.  We also met 3 new dogs, Abby, Axle, and Major.  

All of the people that I bowl with were there, of course, 2 of them being the guests of honor.  I'd say all in all about 30 folks.  

At one point, someone we had just met, "A", decided to tell us their life story.  Their partner, "P", was with them, and A told us that they were going to break up with P in two weeks.  I have no idea how or why they felt comfortable telling us this, and we were certainly surprised.  Um, what are we supposed to do with that info???  Anyhow, P engaged us in darts.  D was a natural, and won the first game by a landslide.  P was very nice, and I hope they will find someone to make them happy, as it sounds like A is not the one.  

Another friend confided in us, that they had leftover Obama campaign signs that they put into the yard of the 2 guests of honor, who were big McCain supporters.  I have no doubt that was an additional surprise for them when they got home from the party.  I also find it quite funny that people will confide all sorts of things in us...

A dancer was brought in (who was actually there the whole time appearing as a friend of a friend), and performed for the b-day guests.  I think that's who it was originally for anyway.  It seemed that just about everyone there enjoyed the dancer for quite some time.  

Lots of alcohol was consumed, lots of laughs were had, lots of food was eaten, and some interesting conversation, to be sure.  And who knows what happened after we left.........


Thursday, November 6, 2008


Well, I sucked once again.  Certainly not improving, that's for sure.  Our team has now officially dropped into last place.  We are 39th out of 40 teams.  Not last place, you say?  Well, the 40th team is a "ghost" team used to fill an empty slot to make an even number of teams.  They don't have any members.  So yep, last place.  My scores definitely helped to get us there!

1st game - 95
2nd -        105
3rd -        104

But this week we have an excuse, right J???  It was (wait for it......)  THE TIME CHANGE!  We were so bloody tired by the start of the second game that we just pooped out.  

Yep, that's our story, and we're sticking to it...


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

More election stuff...

Wow!  3 posts in one day on the same subject.  And the day isn't over yet...

I guess we can all agree that major elections like this bring out the worst in some people and the best in others.  Wouldn't you agree?  And some people are just downright rude...

Now, I'm not ashamed of who I voted for, but in my position, sometimes it's best to steer clear of political talk.  It's in my best interest to stay neutral for my business' sake.  So, I don't answer or engage in political discussions at work.  Period.  

Today at lunch, someone blatantly asked me who I voted for.  I responded by saying that I don't discuss politics at work.  They responded by saying that it doesn't matter, they'd already voted, but they wanted to know where I stood.  Again, I said that it was personal, and that I didn't really want to discuss it.  Their reply was, "Well that right there tells me who you voted for."  

Huh?  Really?

I simply responded that it shouldn't, and that my telling or not telling doesn't reveal a thing.  This is someone that I have to work with day in and day out.  Choosing not to tell them who I voted for was a personal choice, and something that they should have respected.  UGH!  

Somehow, I doubt that's the last of it.  Not just from this person, but from anyone...



So, I went to vote this morning.  My polling place is in a city golf course "club house".  City owned, so not much of a club house, really.  I pulled up about 7:15, to see a line backed out to the street, and then double-backed into the parking lot.  I knew it'd be a wait, but had to do it.  

It was cold and rainy and dreary, but there was a colorful line of umbrellas, from plain black, to rainbow, to university logo'd, to patterned, to clear.  All kinds.  Kind of representative of our nation, if you will.  People from all backgrounds, and all walks of life, turning out to vote in this historical election.  Doesn't matter who you're voting for, it's indeed historical.  There were few grumblings in line about the wait and the weather, but most were excited about being a part of it all.  My polling place is near a university, so I heard a lot of young people talking about this being their first election.  How exciting for them!

It took about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get through the line, with at least 1 hour and 30 minutes of that being outside in the rain.  And then it was over.  I was number 210 in the P-Z line (last name), and my ballot was number 558 into the machine.  At 9:00 am.  

As I walked to my car, a gentleman sitting in his car, apparently waiting for someone else, said to me, "Feels good to have voted, doesn't it?", to which I answered, "Yes, yes it does."

Now we wait....


I voted...

Did you?