Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Conversation Between Expecting Parents

Husband: Hey!  Remember that time I did three loads of laundry and an enormous pile of dishes yesterday?

Wife: Yes I do. Remember how I've been carrying your son for the last 30 weeks?

Husband: Yes but you aren't considering all the work I did in such little time.  You see, work equals power multiplied by time.

Wife: .......shut up

Disclaimer: The names in this dialog have been withheld to protect the innocent....and the guilty.

In other news, today we crossed the 30 week mark.  Ten(ish) weeks to go!

Keep It Real!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Eyes on Politics

Two blog posts in three days.  To the few of you out there who have complained that I don't post your hearts out.

On a day when I'm not in a rush, my morning routine includes turning on the laptop and checking in with a few websites.  Email....obviously.  Then Facebook.  Sometimes Craigslist to see what weird stuff my fellow Los Alamosans are trying to sell.  But one place I always check on before signing off and finishing my getting-ready-process is the CNN website.

Today's headlines seemed like nothing new at first....kidnappings, threats of war, consumer warnings, etc.  That is, until I read the following headline: "Comedian Running for President"

Oh please let it be for real and let it be someone hysterical!

I clicked on the link and, to my great surprise, found that the one and only, Roseanne Barr, a Green Party member, is running for president.  See it for yourself here.

Oh my gosh!

She looks so much better than I remember her looking in the 90s
I couldn't believe it.  I quickly zipped over to the Wikipedia page on the candidates for the 2012 Presidential Election to double check.

That's right.  I confirmed what I read on CNN by double checking with Wikipedia.

We all know that, the way our country is politically shaped, no one who runs for the Green Party is going to become president.  Maybe someday in the future....but not any time soon.  But people who run for these smaller parties do so in an effort to get the word out and have some national publicity for their platform.  And good for them.

Man...I hope her campaign lasts a REALLY long time.  The comedic relief for me personally, even if she is completely serious as a "candidate", would be priceless in the midst of all the junk that comes with election season.

Now before you get too excited, settle down.  Nothing gets too darn serious until the Green Party Convention this summer.  As of current, there are a handful of other candidates also vying for the Green Party nomination.  But how could they put forth anyone else?  She's SO patriotic!!

So stay glued to whatever device through which you gather your political news, folks.  It's sure to be an entertaining ride, however long it lasts!

Keep It Real!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Back from Aspen

Yesterday, Leni and I returned from a week in Aspen with great friends that we knew from our Texas days when he was still in school.  We'd been looking forward to this trip since it's planning stages in the Fall and it was well worth the wait!

One house.  Six rooms.  Four bathrooms.  Thirteen people.

Leni and I, having the shortest distance to travel (7 hour drive), were the first to arrive and, after opening up the house that we had rented and greeting the second arriving couple, the next order of business was to zip down to the Aspen airport and pick up our good friends, Josh and Kalyn.  Next, was a trip to the grocery store to tackle a serious list of food to buy.  It took 6 of us a little over an hour to accomplish this.  Almost $450 later, we walked out with (almost) all the ingredients we used to feed that many people for the week.  The price sounds like a lot but when you divide it out on a per person-per day basis, it's incredibly darn reasonable!

Check out took so long!
After the return from the grocery store, more people started arriving and the excitement started mounting as people talked about looking forward to getting on the slopes the next day.  

I should probably mention that this was the 4th of several ski trips for which this group has gathered since 2008.  Not being able to ski these days, it was more of a chance to see good friends and hang out for me.  I spent a lot less time by myself than I had prepared for, which was a welcome change to my expectations.  One recent addition to the group (just married in this past Fall) only skied for a day and a half due to a pre-existing knee I got spend some time getting to know her.  Another guy had an unfortunate fall on his 3rd day and ended up with a messed up shoulder and not being able to go back out.  There was a day in the middle of the trip where several people, including Leni, took a rest day as well.  

During the days, I often drive to the ski resort to meet the gang for lunch.  During the first day that I was checking out the ski hill where the group spent most of their time (Snowmass), I found this funny sign outside a restaurant in the village:

Did you spot the grammatical error?

On two days, we drove into the city of Aspen to wander around the ritzy but beautiful downtown area.  As far as skiing goes, the Aspen area is actually comprised of 4 separate mountains and one of them had runs and lifts that came right into the downtown area:

Aspen Mountain as seen from downtown
During the week we were in Aspen, another of those 4 mountains, Buttermilk, was host to the 2012 Winter X Games.  

Saw some sweet runs through this half pipe super pipe
Of course, the finals of the best events were in the evenings of the last two nights but what we found was that parking was far too much of a hassle (lots were filling up in the early to mid afternoon!) to try to attend in person.  It was such a relief when the decision was made to just stay in our warm house and watch it on TV - no doubt providing better views and replays anyway than had we been standing there with a 1000 other people.  Because the dirty little secret about the X Games is that, for most of the events, unless you have a VIP pass, you end up watching it on an on-site big screen anyway because so much of the competition course is not visible from the bottom of the runs where the crowds are gathered or there are too many people blocking your view.

One set of events that I ended up enjoying that I didn't think I would was the snowmobile stuff.  I often think of snowmobilers as being reckless, loud and inconsiderate jerks - and that may still be the case!  But seeing them whip up in the air and move those heavy machines with their bodies was pretty darn incredible.  We got to see the first ever attempt at a double back flip in competition (unfortunately, he failed...broken arm...ouch!) followed by the first ever successful competition completion of a FRONT flip.  Think about it for a second.  A back flip is totally intuitive considering how the vehicle leaves the jump but a front flip is a completely different story.  Watch the video of it:

Absolutely insane.  Amazing moment for the rider as well as the sport in general.  Another record made on that same night was Shaun White's snowboard performance in the super pipe.  Athletes get 3 attempts in achieving the highest score and, like in the 2010 Olympics, he had secured a first place win after only the second round.  For his final run, he nailed all his tricks and received a first-time-ever-in-the-x-games perfect score of 100 from the judges.

The excitement for these records and events was palpable around both the local area as well as our house with our friends and I'm so pleased that we got to experience Aspen during this special event.

So we're back.  Tired, but pleased to have spent quality time with people we don't often see.  I'll admit that the 7 hour drive each way was uncomfortable at times for my back and it was a blessing to have Leni doing all the driving.

I can't wait to be able to ski again next year.

Keep It Real!