Monday, January 28, 2008
<----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
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...
- 8ackgr0und N015e's diary :: ::
They are rude
Arrogant foreign policy
We need 400,000 troops
Don't let politicians get involved
Leave it to military with blood on their boots.
President policy good
Patriot Act good
Electric snooping good
Capturing Saddam mistake
Clinton peace dividend bad
We need more troops
We need more ships
Constitution has 10 Amendments
Immigration is bad
Secure border from immigration
America is safe
America is not safe
America is safe
Petraeus is good
Strategy was bad
Now it is good
Sarge is confusing
We are bullies
If not listening we bomb them.
If listening we give them money.
Oily, Wrinkles and Carrot Face are making fun of Bunny Ears.
Olympics got attacked
Fight. Fight. Interrupt. Fight.
Healthcare best in the world.
War funds for health care
Inflation needs to be under control
They don't need Hillery care?
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.
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.
Republican elephant hate democrats
Temporary work program.
We are all God's children
12,000,000 illegal immigrants
Juliani was a mayor.
John Micane never supported amnesty
Charge $5,000 to stay
Immigrants should not be rewarded
Fight.Fight. Interrupt. Fight
Do not sent 12,000,000
Ronald Reagan on some commercial.
New York is a Sanctuary City
Send people to the end of the line to live there.
They can deport themselves.
Get rid of income tax
oil costs $100 per barrel.
Oily, Sarge, Wrinkles and Carrot Face making fun of Bunny Ears.
Beagle Eyes is listening to Bunny Ears.
We need wind, solar, nuclear
Reduce green house gases
Reduce gas emissions
Reduce our demand
More about amnesty
Legal immigration good
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.
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
Thursday, January 10, 2008
When I was at UNC, I joined the fencing team and kept busy with that for 2-3 years. After I graduated, I didn't pick it up again. A couple years later, I took a 12-week course, but again, never found a place to practice regularly. (Hey, the only place nearby only did fencing on my poker night!!) Over winter break, though, I found out that a new branch of the Denver Fencing Center was opening in Golden. Perfect! No driving to the tech center or Boulder during rush hour! Last Monday I went to my first Intermediate Foil Skills class. The snowy drive was scary but worth it. I was the only one signed up for that class, so it was a private lesson.
Holy Cow. Fencing in itself is a heck of a workout. Doing so after several years, definitely. But a private lesson too? It was intense and I felt it for days-it was great! I'm looking forward to getting back into it.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Thank you, Iowa.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
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