2nd Anniversary (Happy Halloween)
Too tired to find camera in luggage but here is the rundown on our adventure to Washington, DC:
And Tired. Left DC this morning at 10:30, arrived in Indiana at 8:30...hauled ass stopped twice (1 hour lunch, 30 min stretch and gas)...very exciting, tons of pics and great stories. Was actually in the Capitol when the vote about Rosa Parks went through...we were standing in the Rotunda when aids came thru and told some tour guides...awesome.
We went to the book store yesterday to get a travel guide for Washington DC. We ended up with the National Geographic one, an excellent book and much better than Fodor's or Frommer's. Then we spent the better part of the evening searching for hotels. Giving the limited budget and my general cheapness we found one outside of DC for almost $100/per night. Then after a little soul searching, transportation costs comparison and a little egging from the wife we found a hotel right in the middle of downtown DC, 2 blocks east of the White House and 3 blocks north of the Smithsonian Institute, it costs a bit more per night ($140) but a) when are we in Washington again and 2) we do have credit...so damn the cost and full speed ahead. The great thing is that I negotiated free parking (usually $10/day) and we are in walking distance of EVERYTHING!!!!
Went to see Moving Out last night on the Broadway ticket in Indianapolis. Let me say first that I love Billy Joel, he was one of my first concerts and I traveled many times to see him when New York shows sold out. Let me also say that I enjoy Broadway shows, my last night in New York City as a resident was spent on Broadway. Just setting the scene.
It was a long week and I am very happy it is here! The boy is going camping this weekend and the wife and I are going to Moving Out, the Broadway show that is now on the road. That should be fun, I love Billy Joel and the wifelikes culture so it is a good match up.
I think I will spend Saturday in the garage. It is a big mess and needs tending to! My workbench is a disaster and the sports equipment area looks like a bomb hit it. Also the car needs cleaning and we should prepare forour road trip next week.
We have 2 movies and about 60 hours of TV to watch. I would love to get caught up this weekend. It looks to be a rainy one so keep your fingerscrossed!!!
Also I am looking at upgrading my camera, if anyone knows where to find a Digital Canon Rebel for CHEAP, let me know!
Have a great weekend!
If you are an avid viewer of Inside Edition then watch carefully today. Ms Norville did the entire show from my station. They tied up the newsroom for about 2 hours and it was actually a very neat operation, they knew thier joband did it well.
Look for a cameo by yours truly, big guy, mustache and black shirt. I don't think they were taping at the moment as I had the scripts to input into theteleprompter but hey you never know.
Tonight is Survivor Night in my family. We go over to my parents, have dinner and all watch Survivor together. We have been doing this since we moved out here and enjoy it very much. Tonight is also the boys concert, it snuck up on me. I, as always, was kept out of the loop and was surprised when told we needed to buy him new shoes last night for the concert. What concert I asked, his band concert tomorrow, we've been talking about it all week...but not to me.
Little did I know when I wrote the Monday post that last night would have happened. And that is why I love the sport of baseball (after all my football gushing last post). 2 outs, 2 strikes, 9th inning and 1 strike away from going to the World Series, a shot over the fence and we are going to Game 5. I prefer American League to National League and neither love nor hate Houston or St. Louis, but last night's game is what is So Right aboutbaseball...
Getting ready to direct newscast but wanted to stop by first. Everyone have a great weekend, I am off to work some OT, a baseball tourney, mow lawn, clean house top to bottom and oh it is the wife's birthday and I've yet to get her a gift.
After yesterday's post of getting involved, I had a Troop Committee meeting last night. I went straight from work to the meeting then got home at 10:45 and had dinner. Reminded me of my union days when I would be out of the house from 4am till after 11pm then up at 4am again the next day. But those are the sacrifices we make...
What a slow week. Last night was only Tuesday (Scout Night), Oh My God SLOW!!! Tonight is committee night for the Troop and I am on it. While it is a Scout run Troop we must approve and advise the boys and they just finished planning the entire year and we have to approve it. Last night I was asked to be on a Board of Review. Normally we are assigned to them by the Advancement Chair and I have sat on several. However this one was for an Eagle Palm and the Scout asked me to sit on it for him. To the non-Scouter an Eagle Scout is the highest rank one can achieve in Scouting, the requirements are hard, the path is long and only about 1 in 100 Scouts receive it, I am one. After you achieve Eagle if you have time (Scouting ends at 18) you may earn Eagle Palms, for every 4 Merit Badges and 3 months service. This is my 2nd Palm with this Scout and he deserves it.
The wife and I moved in together right after college. I worked some 65 miles away part time and the wife (girlfriend at the time) was a waitress in the next town over. Needless to say money was tight but we got along. We did not have enough money to go to the laundry mat but the previous tenants left a portable washer. It was a tiny thing on wheels that you rolled up to the sink, it had two hoses coming out of it. One you attached to the kitchen faucet the other you stuck down the kitchen drain. You control the water temperature using the hot/cold on the kitchen sink and it held 2 shirts or one pair of jeans at a time. We took the wet clothes and hung them out to dry outside, during the cold Oswego winters (-20) we had an enclosed porch off the back of the house that was our 'dryer'. I remember one fight we got into over food and money. Little Ceasers opened up down the block from us (Pizza, Pizza) and was having that 2 for $5 deal, 2 pizzas for us would feed us for days. However the next morning we awoke to find that the other pizza was never put in the fridge and was now covered with ants. The pizza went in the garbage and the argument ensued. While I am sure I am to blame (as always) the fact that we had spent $2.50 on the pizza and now had to throw it out was very traumatic to us and a strain on the wallet. Apparently we got over it, we'll be married 13 years this January.
Shock and horror visited the boys face this weekend when we went to a new restaurant to have lunch. We walk into the sports pub and he asks for a table to see the IU game (they have several TV's showing ESPN, college football, etc). As we sit the waitress gives the wife and I menus and the boy (12 going on 12 in March) 3 crayons and the kids menu with connect the dots and tic tac toe. He looks at her like "What the @#$%" and then looks to his parents with his jaw on the ground knowing what is to come next..."Wat a good widdle boy you are, mommy and daddy are so proud you can order by yourself, do you need a booster seat? No, OK, let us know if you have to go boom boom or wee wee." I know I will be paying for that one in therapy for years to come.
Wow, I posted like a mother this week. Last night Survivor was interesting. I am glad Brooke is gone, leave poor Lydia alone, she is working her ass off for you guys, enough already. The Steph, while I love her is a jinx, get her off the island NOW!!!
Been in a fowl mood lately, nothing series just a funk. Noone has really bothered me and I have not really lashed out at anyone, home or work. Just feel like being left alone for the past few days. Ever feel like that?
So President Bush announced his newest nominee to the Supreme Court and low and behold it is a woman. I will put aside the fact that this woman is not a judge, has been in Bush's employ for the past 10 years and was actually a Democrat who voted for Gore in the last election and totally not qualified for this position. The point I want you to see is that although I would be glad to see another woman put on the Supreme Court, the fact that this nominee HAD TO BE A WOMAN is why I feel political correctness will destroy this country. They were not looking for the best candidate to fill this position but the best FEMALE candidate to fill this position and we didn't even get that. I am surprised that this was not a black woman, HOME RUN for the political correctness team, add to that either blind or in a wheelchair and she would have passed the Senate 100-0.
I have had this post in my head for awhile now but did not want it to come out the wrong way but then saw a story in the news the other day and felt that enough is enough...Racism is alive and well in America and I feel that the black community has been fostering it for a long time.
With today's win over Boston and Cleveland's sad loss to Chicago, the New York Yankees win their 8th consecutive AL East Division Banner. I gave up several months ago when all was dark and bleak but never stopped cheering for them. This was a well earned and hard fought victory, I hope they have the stones to go all the way, I do not think so but there have been other Yankee miracles in the past!!
It is Saturday morning at 7:00am and I am up. We went to the movies last night (A History of Violence, AWESOME) and then tried to clear out some backlog of TV (got to bed after midnight). Now I am awake with no hope of getting back to bed. I actually awoke at 6:00am but tried to stick it out and return to slumberland, to no avail.