Friday, October 30, 2015

A First Trip to Dave and Buster’s

When my brother and sister-in-law were living in Dallas, they loved to go to Dave and Buster’s on date nights.  I had never been to one, but I finally had a chance to fix that back on the 17th.  (Yes, I’m still back that far behind.)

After the mud run, I met up with my friends Chris and Charles.  Hadn’t seen them in a while, especially Charles.  Anyway, we headed out to Dave and Buster’s.  If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a restaurant and arcade.  Most of the games give you tickets (electronically on your card) that you can then redeem for prizes.

Actually, Chris and Charles hadn’t eaten there before.  They were planning to eat elsewhere, but I suggested we eat there.  The food was good, but our service was lousy.  Everyone else seemed to be getting good service but us.

The games were fun.  There were lots of skeeball and those types of games.  There are also some fun video games that, yes, can give you tickets.  I have no clue how much each game cost since you swipe your card and pay with credits, but I didn’t spend through all the credits I’d bought.  I started getting into it the longer we were there.

Okay, so the company helped, but I had a good time.  Unfortunately, the restaurant is a ways from me, so I don’t know when or if I will go back and use the rest of my credits and redeem my tickets, but you never know.

Oh, and yes, I did make sure my brother and sister-in-law knew where I was so they'd be properly jealous.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Word Association for October 29th

Let's get this week's word association done.

  1. your point :: Is????
  2. scarf :: Cold
  3. termite :: Building
  4. willing :: Able
  5. silk :: Blouse
  6. center :: of the Universe
  7. flash :: Barry Allen
  8. warehouse :: Shipping
  9. costume :: Halloween
  10. candy corn? :: Okay, but not that great

Monday, October 26, 2015

Gladiator Rock n Run Rose Bowl 2015

I am going to catch up this week.  Really I am.  (Of course, I held off last week so I’d have stuff to post this week.

Anyway, back on the 17th, I took on the Gladiator Rock n Run for the second time this year.  This time was at the Rose Bowl.  Sadly, they only had the 5K course this time, not the 10K option that I’ve done in the past.  Still, it was fun to be back since I skipped it last year for that stupid Slime Run.

I did this with one of my friends from ultimate Frisbee, Nate.  This was his first mud run, and we both had fun.  There was the usual variety of obstacles, a little light on the mud since this is mainly around the Rose Bowl on the streets of Pasadena.  But there was enough to give him a feel for getting muddy, and he’s talking about doing one with me again in the future.

The thing that killed me on this was the stairs.  We start by running into the stadium and going up the down the stairs three times.  I was fine doing that.  I could tell my legs were shaky later, but I felt great all day on Saturday.  Sunday, I woke up and my legs were killing me.  I played ultimate that afternoon hoping to loosen them up, but it didn’t help.  It was late Tuesday afternoon before they started to feel significantly better.  Just in time for a run Tuesday night, in fact.

Before next year, I must start doing stairs as a workout.  I climb the stairs at work and at home, but never that many at once, which was my problem.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Word Association for October 21st

It's been a couple of weeks.  Let's do some word association today.

  1. Frustration :: Disappointment
  2. Ordered :: Food
  3. Imagination :: Creative
  4. Horizon :: God
  5. Flu :: Vaccine
  6. System :: Breakdown
  7. Bombastic :: Trump
  8. Windows :: Computer
  9. Pumping :: Iron
  10. Scorched :: Earth

I've been listening to a song from Downhere's first CD, which includes this in the chorus.

"Because I'll never hold a picture of the
Whole horizon in my view
Because I'll never rip the night in two
It makes me wonder who am I
Who am I
Who am I
And great are You."

And that's who I got from Horizon to God.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Walking and Playing

Yes, I still need to catch up on my blog.  I’m still almost two weeks behind.  (That’s what happens when you just post once a week.)

So, on the 10th, I had two events with some time home between them.  I started the morning with the Walk for Life in town.  This annual event raises money for the local crisis pregnancy center.  It was just a two mile walk, twice around the block where we started.  It wasn’t an exciting route, but I walked with some people from my church, and that was fun.  I raise some money via my co-workers.

After some time at home, I headed out that might.  Met my friend Ann for dinner and then Angelique joined us for Guys and Dolls at Glendale Centre Theatre.  I’d never seen this musical before, and I really enjoyed it.  I’m not sure that I agree with the messages of the film, but I still had a lot of fun.  The music was wonderful and there were lots of laughs.

As you can see, it was an eventful day.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Squeezing In a New Couch

I’m falling behind again, aren’t I?  Let’s see if I can catch up.

For example, the first weekend of October, my new couch arrived.  I’d ordered it the beginning of September, and I was told it would take 6-8 weeks, but it arrived in 4.

The reason it was going to take so long?  I was going for the upgraded foam, which was firmer.  I was thinking of the couch lasting longer that way, but the result is a couch that is a little too firmer than I wanted.  I’m kind of regretting that, but I’m sure it will be better – eventually.  Meanwhile, my back is getting a little better very slowly.  My old couch was so far gone it was killing my back.

But when it was delivered that Saturday, it made for an interesting day since I had plans in the morning (Hallmark Ornament Debut), lunch with a friend, and then dinner and a play at Glendale Centre Theatre that night.  Fortunately, they delivered the couch first thing in the morning, so I was able to get on with my day without any complications.

And I had a good rest of that day.  It was nice to catch up with my friend over lunch, and the play was a lot of fun that night.  It was Guys and Dolls, which I’d never seen before.  I’m not sure I agreed with the morals, especially at the end, but it sure was a lot of fun, and they did an amazing job with it as always.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Another Premier Party

We are in full TV season mode again.  My last two returning shows premier this week, in fact.  But that meant that last weekend my friend Christy had her annual premier party for Once Upon a Time.  We once again dressed up in costumes and got together for dinner and then watching the premier.

Christy is the only one I know well out of the group; the rest are all people I only see once a year at these events.  But I’m getting to know several of them better over the years, and I really look forward to this party each year.

Yes, I went as Dr. Hopper again.  Boring, I know.  The costumes were so great this year with most everyone else going for a fairytale version of a character.  It was a blast.  The food was good.

And the premier?  I’m not doing full recaps this year, but I am loving this season so far.  The second episode was strong as well.  If only the same could be said for Castle.  (Please, don’t get me started on the stupid way they’ve taken the show this year.  The writers have definitely decided to kill it.  I will be shocked if it gets picked up for another season because I suspect that fans will stop watching in droves after last week.)