At the moment, we're preparing for the tournament registration and I'm waiting for Heather to get all "girly-ed up." Blow dryer still humming. Lucky I woke her up early! :)
I came up behind her and got this picture...Can you tell it's a little dark in the room?
We found a "Blair Witch" type house VERY close by. Windows broken, weeds, trash, boarded up stuff, the usual abandoned house. Guess where we're going tonight with the full moon! I have the video camera all charged up and camera ready...Hope we make it back - safely.
hmmm, where do you think we might be going? :)
Front: It's 489...[pause] Do you know X?
Me: Yes, I do.
Front: They left a message and didn't want to disturb you because they knew you were probably tired. They are on their way and will arrive a little before noon.
Me: Thank you! Was that the full code?
Front: I'm sorry, it's 4891. Can I help you with something else?
Me: No thank you. I appreciate the personalized voicemail :)
Me: [Punch in the code. Invalid code: 12 characters required]
I figured it out even in my half dazed state. I slept well though, but Heather's totally zonked. It's pitch black in here so you really can't tell the time but I know I have to wake her up shortly for breakfast! Hasta folks!
We decided that we needed some munchies and use the restroom so we stopped and bought a couple of things :) Can you guess which are mine and which are Heather's?
One of those was consumed immediately.
Heather didn't last long after this and it was time for a power nap. As I was nearing our destination, I smelled the most foul stench. It wasn't until I drove a little further that I discovered the source - The mile of cows! It seemed like an endless mass of cows everywhere. Heather slept through the whole thing. Lucky her.
Heather knows her job and packed up our stuff to go to our room. Oh, we got here at 6:30 pm Pacific. It seems we have some baseball guys in the room next to us. One has Heather's number 9.
Nothing in that little cooler except water and sports drinks. We must bring the green blanket and black pillow. I'd be in trouble if I didn't bring them... ;)
I brought the PS2 again with some new games for Heather but when she went down to drop off the cart, I noticed that half the power cord was missing. Damn. I looked up a Best Buy in the area and we zoomed down there. Just as we got into the parking lot, Heather spots a SONIC. Her eyes lit up, so I told her that I'd take her.
I bought the power cord and drove up to Sonic.
It's been a year since I've been to a sonic (Nationals in Midland, Texas). Last year, I remember them taking forever to get our order for something really simple, but today the rollerblading girl got to us real quick.
Heather is throwing the Sonic frisbee in the hotel room, trying to hit me. :) I'm ready to zonk and she's all rested up and wanting to play her new games.
There doesn't seem like much to do here so we might go to the "Jelly Belly" Factory. Doesn't that sound exciting? Uh...didn't think so.
The temperature today was 106 F. Tomorrow is supposed to be the same!
Now, can you imagine if you saw Oscar come into your room? I don't think it would give you that warm fuzzy feeling would it. But, they say most of the patients aren't really aware of what's going on and Oscar goes and snuggles with the patients before they die.
The makers of Aquafina ADMITTED PUBLICLY that their water doesn't come from some mountain top, super clean glacier river, or other perceived pure source but from THE TAP.
These bottled water companies are making BILLIONS on hoping we will assume their water is better than purified or filtered tap that you have in your home.
What do you think about this? Think the price will go down on bottled water?
I posted the skype photo down below since you guys kept bugging me about it!
DOW fell 300+ today, Yikes! Wonder how many are going to go on buying spree. Was your portfolio hurt much?
Agree to disagree or argue to the end?
But what was interesting is that I suddenly, was conscience enough to know that I was actively listening and trying to decipher who it was and what my response was going to be. Hmmm, OK - A follow up text message.
I can't remember the very first part of the call, so I'll have to ask. Crazy... that's all. I don't think that I'll be a zombie. OH!? That just reminded me! If you use Zombie in your blog, your content rating goes to PG. Just a random thought.
You ever get a call at a weird time and wonder who the heck is calling or why?
Here it is in the dark. It's a gyro with blue LEDs and they are spinning in my hand like crazy. It kind of looks like an alien eyeball, doesn't it?
Did you see the debate where they asked the candidates if they would work for the minimum wage? Most said, "yes." I liked Obama's answer stating that since everyone on the stage was doing well financially, then of course they would. I doubt they would...
Do you think businesses will raise prices to adjust to this new wage?
Today was interesting in that I got to help out a novice set-up skype, and the webcam so that we could communicate. It was really an interesting process and I'm sure all you technical support people know that you have to describe everything on the screen to guide them. That sometimes doesn't work, but I've been doing this since I was 17 and when I'm about to get frustrated then I pretend they are teaching me something I have no clue about. We finally got everything working and I saw her smiling face on the screen. I think she's hooked. The funniest part was that she covered up the camera EVEN after the computer was off.
Do you get frustrated easily when trying to help someone if they don't understand?
Anyway, on a different note, a friend is RVing around the country and somehow ended up in San Diego! I took her, and her little girl out to lunch at a place they had wanted to go to. We sat outside for a long time talking and then I took them back. We have tentative plans for tomorrow if things go well.
Nothing really exciting at practice for the girls except they are in the playing with their sweatshirts and fine tuning their play. They received their new red sweatshirts with a grey liner today. They wanted those instead of jackets. We sang "Happy Birthday" to one of the moms today, she's 29 today! :)
The tournament was supposed to start at noon, but when I showed up ready to go, there was nobody there! I called up one of the teammoms and she was hustling ready to get over there. It had been moved back to 1:45 p.m. Yikes!
Everyone finally got checked in and I asked the country club guy if they would loan a cart to me so that I could zoom around and take photos. He throws me the keys and I'm off! Look at all the crazy golfers jetting down the paths. It was a shotgun start and half raced to the 5th hole to start.
I saw some spider webs on some of the clubs as they were loading them onto the carts.
Nice putt, Armando! John answers with "Even a blind squirrel will stumble into an acorn every now and then!" :)
Nobody was supposed to laugh at each other's play but it's really hard not to when you hear the ball hit someone's house and the ball starts bouncing around the backyard. RUN!!!
I had a GPS in my cart with four cupholders but no horn? What's up with that? BTW, she did have to hold on several times. Like I said, we had a turbo cart.
Four years ago, I thought this was "Eastlake." We took some team photos on this hole and they came out pretty good! Everyone laughed at me about this for a while.
Having to stop "shooting" for each of the golfers to go through was a bummer, but we managed to get through it. I took several photos today for backdrops.
The reason we had the golf tournament - The Girls. We raised a ton of money. Here, the girls are presenting the raffle items to the winners after the golfers ate their dinner. Even all the rose center pieces were raffled off. The silent auction went well. Pretty much if you bid on it, you got it!
I probably went around the golf course 4 times and had a good time. Our team moms did a good job in setting this all up - thanks!
Tomorrow is the Golf Tournament,dinner and auction afterwards. Another busy day scheduled.
7/23/07: Seems like each year someone breaks a finger playing football. This year was no exception, except that it was the manager's wife that did this year!
Reminds me of my first real date where I borrowed money for flowers, the car, dinner, etc... And yes, I did pay them back. ;)
I'm curious as to how many of you downloaded the book from the net, before it was even out on the shelves. So, did you peek at the ending? Or do you have the willpower and read it straight through?
I was watching a CNN story asking the question as to whether there is more reading by kids because of the Harry Potter books. There is even a government study on this, but we don't need a study. My guess is that they aren't! They might be reading more...but it's Harry Potter, or their MySpace comments :)
Did you get the book already?
No practice today since we did another fundraiser at PETCO again. I took a carload of girls with me. We raised a good amount of money for our trip and ran out of sunflower seeds, cracker jacks, and peanuts with the girls dividing into teams and spreading out. I found free parking this time and nobody gave me any grief! :)
Tomorrow we have our "Beach Party/BBQ" in Coronado instead of practice! Should be fun, see ya there maybe?
Do you like going to the beach?
If you made 28% more pay would you get all bent out of shape because you didn't make 30% and go into a panic? If that margin were only 3.5%-6% then that 28% would seem like heaven. I guess like everything else people don't realize until things get worse (gas prices as an example, or compared to other countries) how things aren't as bad as they might seem.
The messed up thing about all this that 30 companies make up the DOW. Yup, that's right! I'm hangin' in for the long run, just a bump in the road and the shocks can handle it. :)
I really like the Call of Duty/Battlefield series, but I prefer the more modern type of game-play. I currently play "Americas Army (level 93/100)," as my stress relief when I have time, but I see/hear that Call of Duty 4 will have modern tech, then I will end up playing this too. I won't give AA up because I will get that 100 honor. Might take me forever, but I will do it!
The age verification is because the game shows depiction of violence. The game looks cool and I can't wait! If you get it for me, then I'll be your friend to the end :)
I arrived at the end of someones shift and the lady told me that the next person would cut my hair, because she was going home. I smiled and said, "That's OK! I understand, I'm not in a hurry - I'll wait." She looked at me and took a deep sigh and said, "Come on, I'll take you."
I'm pretty chatty and she asked me a ton of questions besides the what can I do for you, how long has it been, etc...It seems everyone thinks they know what I am, but each person says something different; I always think it's funny. Uneventful, I know but that's it...
Can you guess by my facial features what ethnicity I am?
This is the first time that I have started with a question, but that's what came to mind just now. I went to the movies and while waiting for the movie to start I looked around and noticed that most of the girls faced away and the guys faced towards as they crossed in front of everyone. So the next time you go to the movies, let me know what you notice.
When was the last time you got ticket, and for what?
The lady took their photos and got upset (the look and comment made towards me) that I was there with my camera. I didn't take a team photo where she had set them up, but I moved them somewhere else. I got the manager's blessing so I was ok. We took several photos, and some "buddy" pix.
Here's the photo that I took of Heather after the "official" photos were taken. I haven't done anything to it yet so don't get all critical on me! :)
What's the longest that you have been FORCED to be without internet access, and what did you do to cope?
These programs allow employers to see exactly what is on your screen at any moment by bringing up your workstation. My work decided to use a "BLOCK EVERYTHING" policy, where any personal e-mail (entry point for evil viruses), social networks, eBay, etc...are verboten. No minesweeper, or solitaire for you, changing your settings, wallpaper, nada! We even have a sticker in red lettering on our phones that read something to the effect of: "Use of this phone constitutes authorization to monitoring at all times."
Some say that employer's shouldn't be allowed to invade your work privacy. But, where there's a will there's a way...
What's your take on this?
We dropped off the girls in the parking lot and let them do their thing. After that we got lost looking for a parking spot. We weren't about to spend $20 bucks on parking, and wandering around downtown when the streets are blocked off isn't fun. By the time we circled around, it was time to leave :)
Do you like going to sporting events?
This is Heather's idea. She noticed that the TV was on a sliding tray and she pulled it out all the way. She faced it towards me and then said, "Dad...look the TV has legs!" I thought it was funny and snapped a few shots. I really didn't notice the guys head in the TV but it seems to make the photo complete. :)
It reminds me of a book we purchased way back where you can setup photo illusions using just perspective. I We did a couple of the tricks at Balboa Park in San Diego and they turned out pretty cool. Hmmm, I need to dig that book out of the attic.
Have you ever taken a trick photo?
The girls faced two teams that will be going to "the show." Those teams were South Huntington Beach and Downey. We had faced SHB at State and won 11-2, but this meeting was VERY close. It was 0-0 until the 7th. Bonita was home and with two outs, got a line drive to bring in the game winner, 1-0.
In the championship game, almost the samething. It was 0-0 through most of the game and then Bonita busted it open 5-0. The girls needed some good games and I spoke to the SHB coach and he said that he was looking forward to facing us again at Nationals.
I was going to crop the lamp out but Heather wanted it to stay, so there it is! She's passed out right now on her bed, with FIVE pillows!
Heather selected this one of me for my self-portrait for this tournament. I had no say in what photo to put up. She just said, "The one where you can see the camera, dad!"
Her: How can I help you Sir?
Me: It appears as though we're experiencing a situation that would prevent us from thoroughly enjoying our stay at your establishment.
Her: How can we make your stay more pleasant?
Me: I believe five pillows would remedy the situation.
Her: [giggle in the background] I'll make sure that five pillows are brought up to your room immediately.
Me: Thank You! I appreciate your prompt attention to our needs!