Monday, July 21, 2014


So, blogging obviously didn’t happen this last week.  Let’s get up to date on some things this week.

Like starting with the auto accident I had a week ago Saturday.  I was heading to ornament premier at Hallmark. (Yes, they have released some of their Christmas ornaments already, why do you ask?)  I was at a light, and it changed very quickly.  As in two cars went through, the second on yellow.  The car in front of me stopped.  I stopped.  But the car behind me ran into me.  Fortunately, it was just the two cars and two drivers involved.  At first, I thought my spare tire cover was all that was damaged, but then I started hearing a scrapping sound.  Turns out my exhaust pipe is hitting some support bar, so I took it in to a body shop.  They found damage on the door and are checking out my spare for me in addition to everything else.  I should have the car back at some point this week.

I also have a rental, which has been fun.  Plus I’ve been enjoying the AC in it (mine in my car went out in June).  Ironically, we’ve had an usually cool spell for July with temps in the mid 80’s.  By the time I get my car back, it’s supposed to be over 100 again.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Word Association for July 15th

I really need to get some updates going, but for today, let's do the word association for the week.

  1. Joke :: Laugh
  2. Away :: Home
  3. Reaction :: Shock
  4. High :: Low
  5. Movie :: Fun
  6. Decide :: Vote
  7. Afternoon :: Evening
  8. Contrarian :: No!
  9. Understand :: is a three edge sword
  10. Zone :: Defense

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Word Association for July 9th

Time for a little word association, don't you think?

  1. Onion :: Cry
  2. Greek :: Food
  3. Construct :: Building
  4. Crunch :: Sit up
  5. Bottom :: Out
  6. Cream :: Ice Cream!
  7. Slamming :: Door
  8. Jerk :: Inconsiderate
  9. Closed :: Open
  10. Texture :: Smooth

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mostly Quiet Fourth

Last weekend was a three day weekend.  And how did I celebrate?  Wild and crazy person that I am, I didn’t do a whole lot.

Friday, some friends invited me over for a BBQ, so I spent most of the afternoon and evening with them.  We watched a couple of movies with their kids and played with them some, and meanwhile we chatted and caught up on life.  It was a great time to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.  We didn't try to go see any fireworks, although we did hear some illegal ones the neighbors were setting off.

Saturday?  I didn’t leave the condo all day.  Do I know how to party or what?

Sunday was the usual – church and my ultimate Frisbee pick up game.  Actually, I should point out that I started the long weekend with my other usual pick up game on Thursday night.  Lots of ultimate going on these days, just like I like it.

Now it’s back to work for a full week.  At least today I feel like I’m making progress with my assignment.  When I left work yesterday, I wasn’t sure I had it, but it all clicked into place today and the help I’ve gotten from co-workers has made that even more obvious.  It feels great.  Hopefully, I’ll still feel that way when I get into work tomorrow.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Decisive Win

I was late to my ultimate game on Tuesday night.  After picking up my car from my mechanic, I had some things to do at home, some of it involved just vegging.  Anyway, I got to the field about 45 minutes after the hour.

And we were already up 7-2.

Yeah, it was almost pointless for me to have gone.  But I did jump in the field once for the first half and several more times in the second half.  I was our sixth sub, almost an entire team in subs.  They had one sub, who showed up about the same time I did.

After I got there, we let  them score a few more points than before, although I was only scored on once.  Final score was 17-11 or 10, depending on who you ask.  I heard both.

Unfortunately, I didn’t real feel like I contributed anything other than run around on the field.  I was never really open, so I never got the disc.  Heck, most of the scores were real quick hucks to the end zone (on both sides), so there wasn’t time for me to contribute much.

Still, after our close loss last week, getting a big win like that was definitely wonderful.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Word Association for July 2nd

Here's this week's word association.

  1. Delicious :: Dessert
  2. Element :: of Surprise
  3. Cohesion :: Working Together
  4. Course :: Meal
  5. Blister :: Foot
  6. Incomplete :: Sentence
  7. Socks :: Shoes
  8. Instruction :: Teacher
  9. Pill :: Swallow
  10. Impressive :: Work

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

New Job

This is my second week on a new job!

I’m working for a company just a tad further north than I was working in Burbank.  It makes taking an alternative way to work in the morning very attractive, although it still won’t help me in the fall when schools start back up again.  Half of my horrible commute to work will still be trying to get out of town.

This is a temp to hire job, so it could still only be a temporary thing, but I do have money coming in again.  Unfortunately, the pay as a temp isn’t that great.  Hopefully, it will go up if I am hired.

So far, I’m doing basic accounting type stuff.  It seems like it could be more challenging, but hopefully that will come as I prove myself.

Of course, I’m having to adjust my reading and hobby time again.  I really was enjoying all that free time.  But considering what my bank accounts were saying about not being fed, this is a very, very good thing.

Friday, June 27, 2014

And a Loss

Yep, I'm leading with the big news again.  My summer league team finally had a loss this year with our Tuesday night game.

We knew it would be a tough game from the start since the team we were playing was the other undefeated team.  And we were right.  We started out with an early lead.  And my early lead I mean two points.  That was all the lead anyone would have all night.  The usual pattern was one point ahead, tie it up.  And at the end, we didn't have our usual three point surge for the win.  Instead, we let them get two in a row to end it 15-17.

However, we are now 3-1 overall.  That's still a winning record.  I can live with that.  I can live with that big time.  In fact, I'm thrilled with that record considering winter league is the first time I've had anywhere near a winning record in years (and we had an even record).

Personally, I don't remember getting scored on all night.  I was thrown the disc once, and I passed it on no problem, even gaining us some good yardage.  So even though we lost, I'm actually still quite happy with the night over all.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Word Association for June 25th

Here's this week's word association.

  1. Closed :: Business
  2. Tourists :: Vacation
  3. Footsteps :: Sand
  4. Ginger :: Snap
  5. Way :: One Way
  6. Designer :: Clothes
  7. Mattress :: Bed
  8. Disaster :: Natural
  9. Chips :: Salsa
  10. Campaign :: Election

Monday, June 23, 2014

Gladiator Rock n Run – Irvine

Just over a week ago on the 14th, I did the Gladiator Rock n Run in Irvine.  It will be the last event I do at the Great Park since that area is about to become a subdivision.  Honestly, I don’t think they ever did much with the land, but it was a great place for obstacle races.

I actually met up with some new friends down there.  While I’ve been part of the meet up group for mud runs, I’ve never actually tried to meet up.  This time, I did, however, since I couldn’t get any of my friends to do it with me.  I met up with three guys who were very nice, and we had fun running together.  Of course, it did highlight just how out of it my upper body is since I couldn’t do any of those obstacles.

Anyway, it was a fun day.  The course was challenging without being too challenging.  I had fun and got muddy.

Afterwards, I got together with family friends Chris and Joy for a late lunch and a fun afternoon of visiting and hanging out.  It meant I didn’t get home until very late, but it was so worth it.

I think this will be the only Gladiator Rock n Run I get in this year.  They are doing one in San Diego in August, but I’m not willing to travel down that far.  Sounds like fun and it is their longest one.  Four different companies have mud runs scheduled for the last weekend in October, and Gladiator’s annual trip to Pasadena is one of them.  I’m signed up for a different race, however, so that one is out.  I guess that means I’ll just have to wait until next year.