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Monday, March 31, 2003

The Top 3 Reasons I'm a Lucky Lady

  • I got breakfast in bed last weekend
  • Even after I went out with the girls
  • And forgot that I promised him a Friday Night Fish Fry.

    Sometimes it's easy to forget what you've got when you see it every day.

    You're da bomb baby!

  • Friday, March 28, 2003

    Surgeon General's Warning:

    Tonight's Girls' Night Out will be celebrated by Jill, Jill and Cari. It is likely this will be bad for someone's health. Parental discretion advised.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2003

    Coat Clepto

    Dear whomever stole my pretty light blue spring coat:

    Thank you for stealing my favorite spring coat on Saturday evening. I really appreciate the fact that you didn't have the curds to just ask, I mean really, I might have said yes.

    Now that you're the unrightful owner, you need to know, that coat just got back from Vegas and has a coffee stain on the left sleeve, look you'll see it. It needs immediate dry cleaner attention. It's hopeless though I'm sure as since you're the type of person who would steal someone elses coat, you're not likely to actually take care of it - I mean if it's dirty, just go steal another one.

    Sincerely,

    Cari Berger

    Tuesday, March 25, 2003

    Sin City?

    Sunday, March 16th
    5:20am - Walked in form of zombie to bathroom where showered making all efforts to stay sleeping during cleansing ritual.
    5:45am - Paced apartment recalling pictures of all packed necessities in mind ensuring would not arrive in Vegas without any underwear.
    5:50am - Left apartment in blur. Met Dad, drove to airport.
    6:20am - Arrived at HHH terminal.
    6:22am - Found end of check-in line for Champion Air. It was about 400 people deep. Dad sent me for coffee while he held our space in line. Found fresh coffee plus Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason for $6.99. This was going to be a great day. The coffee was too hot to drink but I needed the wake up immediately so I removed the lid encouraging it to cool off quickly. I was worried about being bumped and burned but assured myself that my Dad was there to protect me, besides I was on vacation. I was invincible.
    6:34am - Old man and old woman are walking my direction. I back up a step to let them through but then they stop as if I'd invited them to cut in line. Dad says, "If you're looking for the Champion Air line, the end is over there." The old man moves abruptly towards me and before I know it, coffee is on my hand, wrist and yet I'm strangely worried about it getting on my luggage. Everything is in slow motion now. Luckily, the burn was just superficial and was gone by the time we arrived in Vegas. Is this the way you want to start a vacation that is based so much on luck?
    9:45am Vegas time - Broke nail on way to pick up rental car.
    10:10am - Check into MGM. Assume we will not be able to obtain room until 3 or 4 as have watched other guests be turned away. Pleasantly surprised room is ready. Change out of coffee stained shirt and into brand new Vegas clothes.

    Let the fun begin!

    On my suggestion, Sunday evening we saw Jubilee at Bally's. It was absolutely fantastic! The typical Vegas showgirl/variety show. Very entertaining. Dad promised to tell everyone that I took him to see a booby show.

    Monday, March 17th
    Went to the Hoover Dam in the morning. What a fantastic thing to see! It's a short 30 minute drive and it's just amazing. The tour is definitely worth it - you see a narrated slide show and then take an elevator down 400 or so feet to take a look at the generators. It's just something else to see this gigantic structure coming out of a mountain.

    Monday evening we were amazed by "O" at the Bellagio. It was truly Cirque du Soleil at their best. The entire show is done in, over and around water. Synchronized swimming, trapeze, contortion, diving, russian trapeze and on and on... It's a must see.

    After the show, we made our way to Fremont Street (downtown) for the St. Patrick's Day celebration. After all I have been in the USA for 24 years today! The street is covered and a light show commences on the hour - we arrived a few minutes before the show started. We gambled a bit and I had green beer served in a ceramic leprechaun named "Mr. O'Lucky." We met up with Greg, Kevin and his girlfriend at the Golden Nugget before we left. We ended up having "dinner" with them and taking in their NHL faux-star meeting, hotel room trashing stories.

    Tuesday, March 18th
    Tuesday morning we went to the Stratosphere intending to go up in the tower and ride the Big Shot and the Rollercoaster, but both rides were closed due to wind. We toured the casino and played a bit. Dad wasn't feeling well so I had him drop me off at Ceasar's Palace while he went back to MGM for a rest. I played Kelly's $5 on the money wheel, lost and headed to the Venetian in search for the green adventure shoes I saw in the Jay Leno magazine. Turns out they don't carry them so I headed to the Bellagio to pick up my Dad's statue he bought from "O". I then started walking towards the MGM. I didn't think it was very far away - after all I could see it. 40 minutes later I'm finally at NY NY which is across the street from MGM. One of the bike chariots there kindly asks me if I'd like a ride anywhere. I asked him where the heck he was back at the Bellagio! Back in the room, I took a short cat nap and then we headed down to eat - we planned on seeing the Treasure Island and Mirage free shows. Dad still wasn't feeling well though and in the end we decided it'd be best for him to rest so he'd be OK to see the Grand Canyon on Wednesday. I made a night of gambling at MGM - winning 350 quarters on my first 75 cents on the Wheel of Fortune machines. Was loads of fun. Made my way to the black jack table where I played for over 3 hours. I just about broke even and headed up to bed at about 11.

    Wednesday, March 19th
    Woke at 7am and embarked on the 4.5 hour drive to the Grand Canyon at 8am. Was absolutely incredible! Took lots of pictures and stopped at about 4 of the observation points. Headed back to town at about 2:30.

    Saw the 8:30pm Pirate show and the Volcano at the Mirage. Took a leisurely walk back to the MGM. Tomorrow was going to be an early one - had to be at the airport by 6am!

    Thursday, March 20th
    Bye bye Vegas. <sniff>

    Most Memorable food:
    Rainforest Cafe: MGM - Crabcake sandwich
    Noodles: Venetian - Shrimp and hand rolled rice noodes, also shrimp soft noodles, mmmmm!

    Can't wait to go back!

    Monday, March 24, 2003

    Loser

    3 things that didn't happen to me in Vegas:

  • Hit the 39.2 million dollar jackpot on the Megabucks machines
  • Won a PT Cruiser
  • Thought lost wallet, spent an hour searching, crying and ultimately cancelling all credit cards only to find it an hour later.*

    * This might have happened, just not in Vegas.

    I'm buried in e-mails, voicemails, projects and sunshine. I'll jot down more details tomorrow. Wish us luck at bowling tonight!

  • Friday, March 14, 2003

    Viva Las Vegas

    In 48 hours, I will be in Las Vegas. I can't wait!

    Tuesday, March 11, 2003

    A Man's Job

    I've always been in a "man's" job so I've become accustomed to having to prove myself maybe a little more than the next guy. And honestly, I'm OK with that. I guess it could be because I'm short. Probably more about the fact I was teased and made fun of as one of 2 Asian kids in school. I've always looked at people's put-downs as a reflection of themselves and not of myself. If you're comfortable with where you are in life, you don't say things like, "You have an office? What, do they just give them to anyone? How do you rate?" Why is it so hard to believe that I could have a real office? With a door. I'm on fire about it. I couldn't even respond. I know, hard to fathom me being at a loss for words. If only he knew that I probably make twice as much as he does, too.

    Have a nice day, asshole.

    Monday, March 10, 2003

    Claudia's Baptism Photos

    You can see them here.

    Troopers and Scratch Bowlers

    One of my most popular destinations is Heather & Mike's. 694 to highway 100 is the obvious route and the speed limit is 60 and 55 respectively. I'm comfortable going around 70 on 694 and I have a hard time slowing down on 100. Lately however, I've been feeling like it's my turn to be awarded a speeding ticket so I've been trying to be careful.

    Thursday evening, I was on my way to meet Heather at about 8. I wasn't alone on 694 but I was the only one who took the exit to hwy 100. About 100 yards into 100, I noticed I was going 70 and slowed down to about 62. In my rear view, I saw a car gaining on me fast. Sometimes my instinct tells me, you can speed up too! but this time, I thought, let him get the ticket. Turns out, it was a trooper.

    That fateful evening we were headed to New Hope Bowl. We emptied a pitcher of miller lite and then made our way to the lanes where the leagues had just finished. To our surprise the lanes had about an inch of oil on them which made my ball nearly worthless. It also left a nice greasy residue on the ball. This is the suspected reason why Heather threw the ball behind her instead of the direction of the pins. The lingering leaguers laughed. I barely broke 100 that first game and didn't do all that much better the second. Heather redeemed herself by throwing a turkey and finishing out with a 160! We found out later that the Thursday night league is a scratch bowling league. The median average is a humble 210. I averaged that. Over 3 games.

    Heather, 2 words. Lawn Ornaments.

    Friday, March 07, 2003

    1969 Thunderbird

    I listed the T-Bird on Carsoup.com.

    429 Thunderjet V8

    Check it out!

    Tuesday, March 04, 2003

    Prayers for Debby

    It is with a heavy heart that I tell you Debby's son Nick was involved in an automobile accident on Saturday. We don't know any details as of yet but his funeral was this morning at 10am in Palestine, TX.

    Debby, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.

    Monday, March 03, 2003

    Winter Wonderland

    Well, it's winter once again in Minneapolis. We got a nice bit of snow this morning. I live 6 miles away from work. It took me 45 minutes. Co Rd B2 was backed up due to a sand truck so I thought I'd be sly and cut over Dale to Co Rd C. What was I thinking? Co Rd C was backed up even further! I made the best of it though. What else could I do but enjoy the KQ morning show while intently monitoring my rear view mirror willing the tailgaiting school bus not to hit me.

    Alas I am at work and wish I couldn't make it. We're remodeling our building and guess who's responsible for planning, budgeting and ultimately moving the call center's telephones? Lucky me.

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