The wishlist

My daughter is going to be 12!!! I can't believe how time flies. I blinked a couple of times and she grew up on me. Well, since it's her birthday soon, she came out with a monster wishlist. Definitely plenty of options and I noticed that she wants a camera. Between all the family and Christmas, I'm pretty sure she'll get one.

She's been taking pictures since she was tiny. I would show her how to use my cameras and she would pretend that she was a TV reporter and "document" everything with the little movie making ability of the camera - Canon G2. I know, ancient 2002 model but it did the job and still does. Sometimes you can't take a DSLR with you and not look like a dork, lol.

So...I'm looking at one of those Canon point and shoot with a nice big display on the back (almost all of it) It will sure beat my first camera - a Kodak 110 that I got for sixth grade camp! I still have it for nostalgia.

What kind of camera do you want to get?

Buy two get two coupon

As we were leaving the house, I checked my mail and received a Carl's Jr. coupon for their new phillysteak burger. Ok, lets try this sandwich. I knew that going through the drive-thru was mistake but went anyways. I clearly state into the little order box, "I have a buy one get one free coupon for the Philly Steak Burger. " The lady says, "ok. That's $3.76."

Not that simple. I get to the window and pay and the guy hands me the bag. I check to make sure this monsterous order is correct. Nope. Just one sandwich. Remember, I'm in the drive-thru!

Me: I'm missing my free sandwich.
Guy: You paid for one sandwich.
Me: When I ordered at the box, I stated I had the coupon.
Guy: We don't do that. You have to buy another sandwich because you didn't give me the coupon when you ordered.
Me: I was at the box, I ordered it with the lady. How was I supposed to give it to her?
Guy: Next time you can get your sandwich.
Me: No ... I'd like my free sandwich, please.
Guy: Well, I didn't press the button for the order to say free.
Me: Of course not, you didn't take the order. She did.
Guy: Guy hands coupon to lady that took order.
Lady: Ok, I'll give you the sandwich free this time since it was my fault. She tells the back to make another sandwich.

I think this time, huh. You're doing me a favor. I park the car and the lady brings it out to me. I thank her with a smile and drive away.

How to almost lose a football game

Did you see the Charger -v- Raider game? Better yet, did you read/hear all the hype before the actual game such as - Chargers a bazillion, Raiders 0. I knew that this was a sure fire way to lose the game based on over-confidence. We all knew this it just needed smack on the noggin.

Never under estimate your opponent.

Then as it looked like the Raiders were going to win the game, and the Chargers got that "forward pass" penalty, a break. Whew, an ugly win, but a win none the less.

Do you feel that the Chargers are as good as their record?

USC Trojans defeat Notre Dame

Do you remember last years USC -v- Notre Dame game? A close one, eh? Not this year! A blow-out by USC, 44-24. Many are saying that USC will play Ohio State if USC can beat UCLA in their final game. I want a high scoring good ol' fashion shoot-out and throw in a 4th and goal with 5 seconds left.

Who's your team?

Lucid Dreaming

While organizing my books today, I re-discovered a book on "Lucid Dreaming." For those that don't know what lucid dreaming is; it's the ability or in my case, attempted ability to actually take part in the dream and being aware that you are dreaming rather than justing watch the dream.

Being an active participant in a dream sounded pretty cool and I tried it many years ago. I think the closest that I came to it actually working was a brief moment when I was dreaming that I was playing volleyball and then I said to myself, "I am dreaming!" That was it. Of course that was a far cry from being able to fly, and doing all the things that you can't do in real life and get away with it because it isn't real.

What would you do if you could control your dreams?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Whatcha thankful for? Hopefully we won't take those little things for granted because there are a gazillion people that would give anything to be in our shoes.

The turkey isn't the only one stuffed today. Even got some white meat for my turkey sandwiches later on. What happens when you get about 20 people stuffed and filled with liquor and then play TABOO? Boys versus Girls with a race to 25 points. Boys 1, Girls 1. No tie-breaker due to a two hour tv special. Plus, many were all comfy and zonked out on the couch. Can't forget about all the "Devil's Advocate" debates. Can you defend your position, or crumble under the pressure from everyone tossing questions at ya. Temperatures rise but it's all in good fun.

You going shopping tomorrow?

Breakfast for a friend

"Get outta bed, you lazy bum!" What a message to leave on the answering machine, huh? I called Melanie at 10:30a and she promptly returned my call. We met for breakfast and talked about things, basically catching up with the goings on in our lives. I paid and just then remembered that I forgot the T-Shirt that I had purchased for her from Texas. I'll stash it in the car and give it to her on Thanksgiving. Now off to go watch the Chargers -v- Broncos.

Watch them Squirm?

What is it about NBC's 'To catch a predator' series that everyone likes? I was watching this and talking to a friend on the phone and we knew exactly what the guy was going to say, "just to talk and nothing else." Uh huh.

But do we watch because we like to see them squirm and see if they will try to escape? Or how they try to talk their way out of the situation even after they are presented with the chat logs and photos...Most of the guys admit that they have seen the series themselves and now they get their own 15 minutes of fame.

I saw the doctor that had to call his wife to bail him out of jail - $30K, and that he would explain later how he got busted in a sting but that he didn't do anything. Kiss that career goodbye.

Good Beating

I hadn't been to the gym (LA Fitness) in awhile and I knew that I'd be a little rusty when I stepped on the court. I wasn't wrong let me tell ya. My opponent Angel kicked my booty 11-5, 11-5. Beaten by an Angel - lol. I was given the ball to serve for the third game but politely said, "Thanks for the games." I promptly proceeded to the empty basketball courts and shot about 50 baskets. I only made four in and close doesn't count. A guy was watching me miss all my shot and smiled. Made the last shot and then called it a day on that. I said, "Next time I'll make FIVE :)"

Met a lady named Susan and we talked on the bench while I was waiting for another court to open. I ended up going to the cycle for an hour and she saw me up there and waved a couple of times. As I left she asked if I was going to be here tomorrow. I told her it depended on how my legs felt.

PS3 Frenzy

Have you seen the long lines of people sleeping in front of electronic stores. Crazy isn't it? But it looks like many are trying to make a quick buck on eBay. Seems like they're going for about three times the retail value and that's a good incentive.

What would you stand in line for days for?

The Signing Party

Mariah had a party and everyone was invited. It's a signing party where you officially accept the scholarship. In this case, Oklahoma State pretty far but maybe we'll find a way to go see here play. I got there and there were a lot of people there already. I gave Ria a monster hug and she showed me her broken pointing finger. Only three weeks and it's off. Good thing that vball season is over.

It was pretty cool. I was wondering how long before the tears began to flow and it happened real quick. She thanked everyone for their involvement and making it all possible. It was cute. Nope, I didn't take the camera; those duties were proudly taken on by Lil Ms. Heather and she snapped a gazillion photos with a little point n shoot.

Her best friends were there, BV (high school and softball) people, and family. We stayed until everyone had left. Next party - Heather's!

Titled Untitled Title

Rumsfield resigns (booted) as a result of all the mounting pressure from all sides.

I'm in the process of writing an online payment system for my daughters softball league. It appears as though we need a seller's permit. We won't be collecting tax since we are a non-profit organization. Mark will check into it.

Went to the opening of Barnes and Noble in the Otay Ranch shopping mall. I really liked the store. I went with the intention of going through the whole bookstore, but didn't get to finish because I had to head for the monthly board meeting.

The president bought yokozuma's to feed the board members before the meeting. We discussed some new rules for the upcoming year, planning for registration and other topics to get ready for the new season. We ran over the time limit by 10 minutes. Talked with Naomi, Armando, John T, and Donna after the meeting.

Got the gloves on and cleaned the guest bathroom and bedroom. Dang trash and recycle day tomorrow. The bins are full. Yawn...Good Night.

A Hot Day in San Diego

Seems today was rather busy. Got my laundry done early and headed out for the harbor. Couldn't be late for my lunch outing. As I arrived and looked for parking I saw a bazillion pigeons in the lot. I expected that they would move and scatter but there was a "slow" one in the crowd and he became a casualty. As I rounded the lot, I saw a little kid move the bird so that it wouldn't get squished further. :(

My friend bought a deluxe crab sandwich, soda and chips for me just because. Find out that we both missed each other's b-day so we are gonna head out for dinner this weekend to celebrate. Stayed there for about an hour and half. Ran into some other friends and got teased as usual but I dished some back.

I decided to take a new route home and ended up stuck in an apartment complex. Some tight turns and back on the freeway. I saw a woman give another driver the finger because the driver wouldn't speed up/down enough to get on the freeway. Appears the slow lane woman was talking on her cell.

Dropped off a check at Dawn's house and then headed home. Just as I got all settled in my daughter texts me that the Mariah's Volleyball CIF game (play-offs) is tonight. I ask when, and she responds now. I find it interesting that she'll text men when she can just call. I ended up calling her and asking for the details. I headed over and watched them practice.

My daughter does the drills with the high school team and IMHO is very good. Troy (Mariah's dad) says she's a stud. I notice that she shows good control and has mentioned that she wants to be the setter and make the Varsity team as a freshmen. I still remember teaching Heather how to play sand volleyball and how much time I spent trying to get her to just pass the ball straight. I don't take credit for her ability. She has that internal desire to excel in everything she does (My daughter in whom I am well pleased) Oops...the volleyball match. I noticed the poster board collage of REAL PHOTOS that Heather made for Mariah. Guess all the seniors (3) had one.

The Bonita Vista Barons won the first two games over Rancho Buena Vista Longhorms in a HOT gym. They kept the doors closed and as spectators we wondered what the girls had to endure; I'd find out later.
BV just need to win one more game and they finally win a first round CIF game in Mariah's stint. RBV didn't want to roll over yet and won the next two games. Tie-breaker goes to 15 and BV won!

Mariah started to cry since that's all she wanted - a first round win. I gave her a hug to congratulate her on both her win and full scholarship in softball to Oklahoma State. I'm proud of her. I've watched her grow up and saw/see how much effort she exerts to get what she wants. Kissed my daughter good bye for the night and head to get a bite to eat.

Bought a drink at Subway and ate at Alazan's(sp) very good carne asada burritos not the biggest but really good. Headed home and cleaned up some. Watched saved DVR stuff. Trillian is being a PITB. It took me a long time to delete inactive accounts (some since 1997); longer than it should.

First Off

My older blog is no longer available. With a new change in life, comes a new blog. I've started this one with hopes of updating it on a more regular basis, but we all know what ends up happening. I also will be putting up the memories (prior to November 7, 2006) as they come up in a different section.