Monday, January 28, 2008

Ski Weekend! (more pictures)


<----View of ski lift out our window!



This weekend, Toni and I had a very rare chance to get out of town for the weekend! Now that he's officially done with poker, he has weekends off for the first time since we met! His friend Rick, from Montana, was in the state (the other side, but still, Colorado!) for a skiing/family reunion at Powderhorn Ski resort. That's by Grand Junction....about 5 hours and 8 ski resorts away, but we had a great time!

The down side: for the first time in weeks, it was actually WARM and sunny in my neck of the woods....we are talking 50 degrees! Of course, we crossed the continental divide and into a snowstorm and windy day, but a good time was still had by all.

It is not easy to take pictures while skiing. But, we stayed in Rick's timeshare condo, which literally looks right out at the ski runs and lift ! And we all had some post-skiing beverages after a day on the slopes. Toni got ambushed by his friends as we came back from the ski lodge bar...I got out of the way and took pictures! A good time was had by all!

On a related note, the day after my first day skiing this season, I had a fencing class. Tired legs!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

From a 9-year old's eyes

This was from the blog Daily Kos, and I think it's a nice wrap-up of a debate!

The Republican debates according to a 9-year old (w/Poll)

Sun Jan 06, 2008 at 01:59:36 AM PST

I've avoided watching the debates until now because I saw them as little more than exercises in media manipulation. This time, I wanted to watch the Republican debate just to hear the other candidates respond to Ron Paul. Unfortunately, I had a scheduling conflict so I asked a kid to take notes for me. As the debate began, I drew a quick seating chart of the candidates to help the kid keep track of who said what and then ran off. BTW - this is not snark. This is a straight rendition from a 9 year old. The only changes I made were for spelling errors (except the names).

It must have been more difficult than I thought to keep track of all the new names. That's the only reason I can think of to explain why this reporter devised a new naming strategy to keep track of the candidates. Aside from that, it seems they got all the high points.

Follow me below the fold for the 9-year old's rendition of a fight between Sarge, Wrinkles, Bunny Ears, Oily, Beagle Eyes and Carrot Face...

They are rude
Interrupt alot!

Beagle Eyes
Arrogant foreign policy
We need 400,000 troops
Don't let politicians get involved
Leave it to military with blood on their boots.

Carrot Face
President policy good
War good
Patriot Act good
Electric snooping good
Capturing Saddam mistake
Surge mistake
Clinton peace dividend bad
We need more troops
We need more ships

Wrinkles
Constitution has 10 Amendments
Immigration is bad
Secure border from immigration

Sarge
Bush right
America is safe
America is not safe
America is safe
Rumsfeld failure
Petraeus is good
Strategy was bad
Now it is good

Sarge is confusing

Bunny Ears
We are bullies
Policemen
If not listening we bomb them.
If listening we give them money.

Oily, Wrinkles and Carrot Face are making fun of Bunny Ears.

Carrot Face
Olympics got attacked

Fight. Fight. Interrupt. Fight.

New topic

Healthcare best in the world.
War funds for health care
10% inflation
Inflation needs to be under control

Oily
They don't need Hillery care?

Bunny Ears
People go to India for heart surgery
airplane + hotel + surgery = 50% of cost in America.
People don't have health insurance.

Wrinkles is making fun of Bunny Ears again.

Wrinkles and Oily fighting about man dates.
Oily says man dates are ok sometimes.
Wrinkles doesn't like dating men.
Fight.Fight.

Back to health

Beagle Eyes
Get everyone insured!
We have disease care.
Affordability is good.
$1,000 for Kleenex in a hospital (no way!)

Incentives to keep cost down.
The power of the pharmaceutical companies.

New Topic

Unattributed
Republican elephant hate democrats
Temporary work program.
Secure borders

Beagle Eyes
We are all God's children

Carrot face
12,000,000 illegal immigrants
Juliani was a mayor.

Sarge
John Micane never supported amnesty
Charge $5,000 to stay
attack ads

Wrinkles
Immigrants should not be rewarded

Fight.Fight. Interrupt. Fight

Oily
Do not sent 12,000,000
Ronald Reagan on some commercial.

Wrinkles
New York is a Sanctuary City
Send people to the end of the line to live there.

Beagle Eyes
They can deport themselves.

Bunny Ears
Get rid of income tax
oil costs $100 per barrel.
Inflation bad.
dollar down
gold up
oil up

Oily, Sarge, Wrinkles and Carrot Face making fun of Bunny Ears.
Beagle Eyes is listening to Bunny Ears.

Sarge
We need wind, solar, nuclear
Reduce green house gases
Reduce gas emissions
Reduce our demand

Oily
More about amnesty
Legal immigration good

New Topic

Sarge
Obama doesn't have the background to lead.

No candidate likes Obama.
Republicans don't think he'll be a good president.
Obama gonna win.

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Here is a list in case you haven't already figured out which nickname refers to which candidate:

McCain = Sarge
Thompson = Wrinkles
Paul = Bunny Ears
Romney = Oily
Huckabee = Beagle Eyes
Giuliani = Carrot Face

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Let the race begin!

"Wake me up in 2008" is a bumper sticker that made me laugh out loud when I read it. Now, 2008 is finally here, and the democrats are strong and energized. According to my friend John, about 234,000 dems in Iowa went to the caucuses last night-compared to 125,000 in 2004 (US News and World Report). I am thrilled that Obama won because I like what he has to say, am ready for a change in leadership, and I think he has a very good chance of winning. For political nerds like me, elections are like the superbowl!

Thank you, Iowa.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Top 10 of 2007

10. Summer hikes
9. Christmas with Mom's side of the family
8. Thanksgiving with Dad's side of the family
7. Camping at Jumbo Lake with Toni & his family
6. Oregon with Toni
5. Watching the Rockies go all the way to the World Series
4. Mom's wedding
3. Graduation from grad school
2. The rest of Peru
And the number one thing of 2007...
1. Hiking the Inca Trail and ending at Macchu Pichu

Happy New Year!