My First Hockey Game
Originally uploaded by Club Josh.
Ducks vs. Sharks pre-season game. Thanks to Neil who gave me the tickets. I had never been to a professional Hockey Game (at least that I can remember) and actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Tiffany and I really got into the action and booed the bad plays and laughed at the guys who kept face planting onto the ice when no one was around (it was the pre-season after all). One of my favorite moments was when I bought some food and the lady behind the counter gasped when she saw the total: $16.50 for a hot dog, pretzel and two bottles of water!
Daniel and I spent the day Saturday out and about hitting the Golden West College swap meet and then traipsing up to LA to hit our favorite store Flight 001. We were on a mission to get some info for our trip next month as well as shop for smaller luggage. Since we want to incorporate some discount airlines in our plans, we want to make sure we have lighter luggage to take with us. Of course, this means doing laundry overseas which can be an adventure!
We ended our night with dinner at Bob’s and then a walk around downtown Burbank and a stop at a few Ross’ for some formal clothes. When we returned back to my place, I knew there was trouble a foot. The street next to my complex was shut down for some unknown reason and from the looks of things my complex was without power. Sure enough as I went back around to the other entrance, my whole complex was without power.
Thankfully, it wasn’t that warm out, but the damage to my fridge was done. All the ice cream was melted and the food I just bought two days ago was all thawed out. I walked to the 7-11 to get some ice to see if that could save some of the food, but in the end I decided not to risk it and just threw it all out. On my walk, I did see a car had smashed into one of the power poles on the street. This one pole seems to be the Achillies heel of my complex since it took out both power and cable. I got home at 10pm and it wasn’t until 9:11 the next am before the power was back on and then 11am before the cable worked again.
In the chaos of it all, I discovered my lighter did not work (again 7-11 to the rescue!). Since September is Emergency Preparedness Month, I think I need to go out and get a survival kit for the house including some battery operated lanterns and some more canned food and water. Also it helps to have a fully charged Nintendo DS Lite since Daniel and I were able to play Mario Kart DS among other things by candlelight to keep ourselves amused.
I am in the middle of planing my often delayed return trip to Europe. It has taken me forever to get everything organized (and am still trying to do so). What has struck me is just how much more expensive it is – even since 2002. Most hotels in London are now $200 a night and the airfare is over $700. To boot, the Euro is now way stronger than the dollar so even if I wanted to skip the UK, it would still cost a fortune.
The original plan was to leave next week and meet my mom in Spain and my friend Jonathan in Geneva. We ended up pushing the vacation to the end of October, thereby eliminating any cost savings by meeting up with friends. I also wanted to drive around the UK and visit places like Nottingham and Scotland as well as some of our favorite sights from Living TV’s Most Haunted. As I sit here grappling with costs, I am forcing myself to give up certain things I wanted to see. I even got to the point where I was thinking of just ditching Europe all together and going to some other location. heck, for the price of 2-3 weeks in Europe, I can go to New Zealand.
I set a goal of this weekend of getting my final flight information and getting reservations for hotels. It is hard when you haven’t settled on an itinerary. It reminds me of Europe 98 when we had a vague idea of what we wanted to do and we ended up scrambling to find hotels and plane flights and forked over considerable dough.
Speaking of sticker shock, has anyone looked at the price of cars lately????
A nice 4.7 Jolt this morning centered in the Santa Ana Mountains. To me who was lying in bed (yes I sleep in on the weekends) it was a slight roll then a jolt and that was about it, nothing too major. We are due for a moderate to large seismic event in Southern California and fall is rapidly approaching. Make sure you stock up on your disaster relief supplies, you never know what is around the corner!
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This past week we were all jolted by the news that Doug from work passed away from a long battle with Cancer. I worked with him for a few years at my Dad’s shop and had many occasion to talk with him then and of course growing up. Doug worked with my Dad for over 30 years and was practically a member of the family. His oldest son is the same age as Sarah and so they were often visitors to my Dad’s house growing up. Doug never had it easy – there was always something going on at home or in his life. No matter how bad he was feeling (especially when the cancer first started) or whatever was going on, he would always pause and ask how things were going in my life and the ever popular what’s new at Disneyland question.
I had the honor of being a pallbearer this weekend for Doug along with my brothers. It was my second time being a pallbearer as well as the second time seeing a dead body in a casket. To be honest, it is a bit creepy – nothing what it is like in the movies – especially when its someone you knew so well. As I sit here I am looking at the picture of Doug from the funeral service and I remember the image of his body in the casket and it is hard to believe that is the same person.
Doug – we will miss you. I’m glad you will be able to spend time with Andrew.