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Friday, January 31, 2003

Snow Surfing

We're off to Lutsen today. Jill, Chris, Kelly & I are riding up together. I'm going to try snowboarding tomorrow despite everyone's warnings that I'll likely twist my right foot off. I feel like Ralphy in the Christmas Story - you'll poke your eye out. So what this means, is that I will twist my foot off and will have to make up some ridiculous story about the demon possessed chair lifts. At least I own a pair of crutches. So what they'll be several hundred miles away. Details.

Kelly's armed with his flask. I'm just plain dangerous.

Thursday, January 30, 2003

And the winner is...

Pappa Wayne wins the playoff pool by 1 point. If I would have been indecent enough to just pick against him for the Superbowl we would have tied. The fact that he would have won the tie-breaker? Well, that's beside the point.

I won the season by 2 points. Frank came in 2nd place. So phhlbbt.

Can't wait until next year. You'd better bring it!

Monday, January 27, 2003

Bowling Recovery

It's possible that bowling may send us all to AA. Unless it sends us to the poorhouse first. Crown fits nicely in a flask which fits snugly in a coat pocket. Who said they were out of style? After losing 5 pts on the lanes, we took up space in the bar with Butchy et al and then made our way to Heather & Mike's for some Catch Phrase and Chris & Jill's Captain Silver. I thought it was a good idea to drink directly from the flask. It was. Until I got home and the world started spinning like a top. After we made the 20 mile journey home, I found out that we were invited to stay overnight at the Rymers.

I couldn't even drink a beer during the Superbowl. That either means that I'm getting old or that I'm allergic to flasks. Unfortunately we're going to have to hear a lot more from Sapp and Keyshawn-give-me-the-ball Johnson. The Raiders didn't show up to play. The whole team was solemn on the sidelines until the last 2 minutes of the game. So the Bucs who won 0 games in their inaugural year in '76, finally take the championship 27 years later. Gruden deserves accolades of credit. For his tremendous coaching and for giving credit to Dungy. Go Vikes?

Thursday, January 23, 2003

Adventures in Babysitting

I never thought I'd be this excited about babysitting! We're going to watch the Rymer girls tonight while Heather & Mike live it up at Kieran's for his sister Steph's birthday celebration.

I get to see that little angel Claudia!

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

New Photos!

I've posted 2 collages on the photos page.

Check out Kris & Jake's 70's Murder Mystery Party and the Saturday Nite Live gang's always entertaining afterbar.

I've also updated the baskets page with 2 Christmas presents. 1 for Heather and the round reed masterpiece for my Dad.

Don't worry I'm still working on Shelly's wedding photos. There are just so many I'm having a hard time narrowing the field down!

No More Motel 6

We made the mistake of staying at the Motel 6 in Richfield (Mall of America). Not only was there a dispute involving a knife and 3 squad cars during the night, but there also was no running water in the morning.

I complained because that's the whole reason why you stay at a hotel, duh. I got a credit for $10.37. I said that's not enough and was told to call the manager, Jarod, who would be there in an hour or so. I called 2 more times on Saturday but the manager was never in.

I called Monday but the manager wasn't in. I called Tuesday and finally spoke with Dave, the manager on duty. I explained the situation and he said they'd probably send me a certificate good for a year. He'd call me back. I never got that call.

I called today and spoke to Dave who explains that since they were not at fault for the pipe bursting, there would be no compensation. What? He then makes the mistake of saying that I signed the slip for the $10.37 credit and so they wouldn't do anything else for me. I'm now expecting a phone call from the elusive manager Jarod so that he can tell me the same thing that Dave did.

This is so ridiculous. I will never stay at another Motel 6 again. Ever. I would strongly encourage you to do the same.

Monday, January 20, 2003

My First Barfight

I invited friends to meet us up at Lil' Ditty's piano bar at the Mall of America sometime after 8pm on Friday.

When Heather, Mike and I got there Chad & Wendy were already there holding us a table. Shortly thereafter, Jill, Mandy, Scot, Kris, Jake, Heidi and another Scott arrived. Chris and Tim joined us and it was a riot.

Kris, Jake, Heidi, Scott & I headed to the motel at bar close and met my cousin Shannon and a few of her friends. We threw back a few crown & cokes and laughed about the miniature bar brawl that topped off the night. If you've ever been to a piano bar before you might already know they sing all the songs you know and love with a twist and make a habit of calling people up to the stage to make spectacles of. A girl wearing a long coat and jeans was up right in front of us bending over to the song about her rear and Tim lifted her coat up. She got all up in arms and started calling him every name in the book and causing a scene. Tim blew her off and she went back to her boyfriend a few tables over. The rest of the evening she glared our direction and flipped a few birds here and there. I don't know exactly how it started but at about 12:15 I look over and Kris & Jake are at their table and I can tell Kris is in a heated discussion with someone. I went over to try to get them back over to our area. So I'm saying things like, c'mon guys it's not worth it, screw them let's go and this woman says to me, "that's my daughter and I don't appreciate those kinds of things said about her" & I said "I understand, I'm trying to get us out of here but she should keep her mouth shut". Next thing I know Kris has a grip of this girls' hair, I get hit in the head and swung back to get out of the way. Kelly pulls me out of the pile and all you can see are these 3 girls trying to hit Jake and all of these girls' boyfriends back about 10 feet. Pathetic. So security shows up finally and breaks everyone up. Someone says a girl wants to press charges against Kris because her lip is split open. I go running after Kris because there's no way she's going to admit to anything - 1st she didn't hit anyone and 2nd because she's got too much to lose. So we go talk to the police who were in agreeance with us that this is ridiculous. If anyone presses charges, everyone gets in trouble, not just 1 person. She decides not to press charges and we're sent on our way. Tim comes out and congratulates me. Apparently I'm the one who split this girl's lip. Go figure the diplomat ends up kicking someone's ass.

I can't believe my first bar fight was an accident. Phooey.

Friday, January 17, 2003

Happy 26th!

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to Kelly
Happy Birthday to you

Hope this year is full of bliss honey

Thursday, January 16, 2003

Bach Does Broadway

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar is scheduled to open at the Orpheum theater in downtown Minneapolis on January 28th. I was a bit shocked and a little amused to hear that Sebastian Bach is cast in the part of Jesus.

For those of you who didn't get into the hair bands of the 80's, Bach was the lead singer of Skid Row famous for "18 and Life", "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild" I was a huge fan.

Apparently this isn't his first stage appearance as he was cast in Jekyll and Hyde in 2000. What do you know, there is life after hair band!

Other stories: Citizen Times and Preview

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Announcing Claudia's Webpage!

Naturally, the beloved God-daughter of the web-geek has her own webpage.

*Warning: Viewing this webpage may make you want to have your own.

Monday, January 13, 2003

Kris, Jake, Heidi, Jake, Kelly

Kris, Jake, Heidi, Jake, Kelly & I went to Wild Mtn Friday night for some midnight-skiiing-Lutsen-preparing. It was loads of fun & no bones were broken which is always a plus. I did fall down and drew the attention of 4 ski patrols who had to help me up because my glasses were fogged up and I couldn't see. Luckily I hurt nothing but my ego. Did I mention I fell down on level ground? I forgot how much fun skiing was albeit expensive. We got home a little past 3am.

Saturday morning we made our way to the butcher and picked up our meat. We stopped at Joan & Arman's and visited for an hour or so. They're so much fun to be around it's a shame we're so far away. Then we headed to my Dad's to stock his freezer. He sent us home with some chicken which we split with Heather & Mike.

From Dad's we went to Mom's to do laundry and play games. We had lunch and talked & laughed while trying to play Catch Phrase 3 way. It works, but it's hard to decide how to score. We decided we'd each get points for the correct answers given while being the clue-giver. We also played Remote Possibilities which is so much less complicated than the instructions make it out to be.

And then there was bowling. There was a great 1st game and lousy 2nd and 3rd games making us all sad but at least we bowled with the In-Laws so the company was good :) Marlene bowled us over again. There was much beer tested and unfortunate karoake singing. Butchy ended up wearing some of his own second-hand beer home. I have pictures to prove it. I've been extremely slow at picture posting lately, but someday this year they'll be here :)

Sunday, Heather, Mike, Alex & Claudia came over to my Mom's for brunch. We visited all day and then made our way to the Rymer's for burgers and chicken poppers. Mmm mmm good. We went home, watched XXX and crashed.

Tonight is bowling and the start of another crazy week.

Friday, January 10, 2003

In Case You Were Wondering...

It is possible to pull your arm muscles by holding a newborn baby all day.

I spent the day at Heather's yesterday. I played with Claudia and Alex and had lunch with Heather. We hadn't had one of those days for quite some time! Kelly came over after work and the boys made us tacos for dinner. We watched Must See TV and bid our farewells during news hour.

I love that little Claudia so much, she'll never cease to amaze me. I'm going to enjoy this as much as I can.

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

The Top 10 Things I Haven't Written About

Not in any specific order...
10 New Year's Eve at Shelly & Brent's was loads of fun. Shrimp, Lobster & divine Crab Legs were enjoyed. We played Outburst and Pictionary. Who knew naming the 12 gifts of the 12 days of Christmas could be so difficult? I said French Chickens.
9 We had another game night with Kris & Jake after bowling on Saturday. We played Catch Phrase until we were all in pain from the laughter. We made a huge dent in the Crown Royal.
8 We've been on the lookout for freezer space - where oh where are we going to put 200 lbs. of beef??? (We pick up our 1/4 cow on Saturday)
7 I have a headlight out. It's been out so long I'm afraid the other one is going to go and I'll be driving in the dark. Who knows maybe this will improve my driving.
6 We're officially working towards buying a house. Save save save. Donate donate donate. :)
5 I'm overdrawn. Stupid stupid. By $7.43 Even more stupid stupid.
4 I gave Jill her own shiny bowling ball for Christmas. & a vintage bag. Her Dad gave her a bowling shirt with her name on it for Christmas. Everything is coordinated in blue. She's officially a bowler.
3 I am patiently waiting for KS95 to announce my name in their Big Plastic Payoff contest. OK not so patiently, but waiting never-the-less.
2 I absolutely love my new Pressure Cooker. What did we ever do without it???
1 I think I'm addicted to the hand-held UNO game.

Peace out - make it happen.

Monday, January 06, 2003

31 Glorious Days

Claudia's a month old today! I can hardly believe it!

I lost my voice with the new year and apparently haven't caught up with it yet. I was feeling fine on Friday but my condition's worsening daily. My aunt Shari is very sick. I sent her a card today. I hope we're both feeling better soon!

You know you're really sick when you don't even want to bowl tonight. Well I suppose that's assuming you're a bowlaholic like me.

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