Archive | October 2006

Courier for sale

The Copley newspapers in Lincoln, Springfield, Peoria and Galesburg are for sale, it was announced today. Seems like a big shakeup.

Jax Hat piñata

Gil from WIU made a video at Jax Hat 2006.

No longer MVP


Before we went on vacation, my doctor had me get an echocardiograhm to generate some data on my mitral valve prolapse. The results are in and the test verified that I either outgrew MVP or that it was misdiagnosed originally (I think that was when I was in Junior High). All results came back normal and I no longer need to take the tons of preventive antibiotics for minor things, like when I go to the dentist for a cleaning.

We are still trying to sell the house. The financing fell through for our buyer, so we are back to having open houses on the weekends as well as random showings.

We found several ticks on Sassy, we aren’t sure where she picked them up. We may have to look into anti-tick medication for her.

Oops, typo

Some creative misspellings found on a local resturant’s menu: Hogie, tenderlion, sauarkraut, Thrusday, goden brown, fahita, baked potatoe, Hooiser.

UPDATE: I noticed the typos have been fixed since I brought them to the resturants attention.

Illinois Hat

Seven of us from Jacksonville/Springfield Ultimate (plus Willy came over from Bloomington) went to the Illinois Hat Tournament last Saturday in Urbana. My team didn’t do so well (sixth out of eight teams, I believe), but I had a good time and we had really nice weather.

Illinois Hat photos by Gio. — See if you can find me in this photo.

We took a couple high school students from Springfield who’ve been playing with us for a couple months, Cory and Marcus, and they got to experience their first Ultimate tournament. I think they had a good time.

For my own notes, let me see if I can remember names (Guido, Carlos, Craven, Hot Sauce, Katie, Zil, Chris, Geoff, Andrew, Schmalz, woman, woman, P___ )

The days are getting so short that we looked into renting a lighted field for Thursday nights, but it seems that the park district has raised their rates 150 percent. So we’ve had to go from playing three times a week to just Sundays. I’m disappointed about that.

Leaving Las Vegas


We are packing up and getting ready for our flight in the morning. Today we had nothing planned, just a relaxing random day.

I signed up for the GameWorks rewards program to get 100 more points for free, we spent them after lunch on Dance Dance Revolution and air hockey. I picked up a carton of Coke Blak (4) on the walk back to our place and drank them throughout the rest of the day. We enjoyed our room’s 42″ plasma screen… I played 360 while Jantina napped and then later this evening we watched some of our Blockbuster Online DVDs that we brought with us.

We had a blast in Vegas, but now we are looking forward to getting back home and into a normal routine.

42 Plasma, 360, and coke blak
View more of my Las Vegas photos in my “Las Vegas” set on Flickr

Las Vegas: Day 6


we rented a car and drove to the Hoover Dam. It was impressive to see the size and learn about all the engineering that went into creating such a structure. We went in to see the generators, into one of the diversion tunnels, and then back to the top to see a few more educational exhibits.

For lunch we found ourselves at In-N-Out Burger. Christopher strongly suggested that we eat there while we were out this way. We were not disappointed! They don’t freeze their beef, they use 100% cholesterol-free oil for frying their freshly peeled potatoes for fries, and they don’t use preservatives in their spongy rolls … it all tasted great!

After lunch, we drove to Red Rock Canyon and did some hiking and amateur rock climbing. It was a perfect day, cool breeze and no clouds. We really enjoyed climbing around and seeing the little desert animals.

When we returned to the strip, we caught a quick meal of Hot Dog on a Stick at Fashion Show Mall and banana toffee gelato from the Bellagio. During the walk we happened to catch the pirate show in front of Treasure Island, it wasn’t that great but the effects were impressive.

Troy enjoying In-N-Out Burger
View more of my Las Vegas photos in my “Las Vegas” set on Flickr