Saturday, April 25, 2009

Spring Squash

The last few days I decided to get a 3-day pass to the Sport & Health gym near my office. A lot of my co-workers belong to the gym and I'm debating on whether I should switch from my current Bally Total Fitness commitment.  I liked the facilities at the Sport & Health and it is within easy walking distance from my office in Mclean, but our low corporate rate is only good for that location.  Therefore, going to the gym on the weekends would not seem practical.  I can get access to all Sport & Healths for $15 more.  I'm still debating internally about which way I'm going to go with my membership.  I'll probably wait until after Daughter is born to figure it out for sure.

Anyways, the reason I am bringing this up is that I took advantage of my 3-day pass yesterday morning and played some squash with my friend and co-worker.  He's a squash expert and had an extra racket for me to use.  The sport took a little getting used-to as the ball is very small and doesn't bounce as well as a racquetball.  The rackets are also abnormally skinny in diameter giving you an oval-shaped hitting surface to work with.  I kept missing balls off the frame of the racket and even whiffing on quite a few shots.  My friend beat me 9-0 in the first game after I had practiced some.  I then got more used to it and managed to lose 9-4 in the second game.  I really did enjoy it once I got the hang of it.   Needless to say I was sore for the rest of the day as squash makes you use all sorts of different muscles.  If I decide to join up at Sport & Health I just may start taking up the sport that shares the same name as my least favorite vegetable.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Catching Up With Old Friends

Our friends Jaime and Brian and their two daughters Noelle and Cadence were in town last weekend visiting Brian's brother in Fairfax.  We made a family trip to a BBQ last Sunday and got to spend some time with them as they took a brief road trip from their home in Massachusetts.  I remember seeing Noelle when she was just born and had never met Cadence (both girls are similar ages to our boys).  I don't believe Jaime or Brian had seen Alex before.  It was a solid BBQ and we all had a good time even despite the random injuries during the event (Alex getting hit by Josh in a swing, Josh slipping and scuffing his elbow).  

The highlight of the day for the Josh and Alex was playing with all the other kids (which I ended up supervising for over an hour) on the back porch using the giant bubble wand.  I've said it before and I'll say it again:  bubbles are kiddie crack.  They went non-stop nuts for the giant bubbles until the deck became too slippery to continue.  I took a brief video of the madness which features the two girls and my boys playing nicely together.  It was good to catch up with Jaime and Brian and their daughters and hopefully we won't go three years again before getting the families together.



Wednesday, April 22, 2009

More Observer Sightings

Bouncing back from last week, Fringe gave us a strong episode last night.  The final scene with Olivia and Nick on the roof was chilling and I don't think we've seen the last of Nick Lane.  And how about that dream scene of Olivia in the strip club getting it on with the dancer?  As we've seen with Kate/Sawyer on Lost, J.J. knows how to spice things up on his shows every now and then.

I came across some more Observer sightings (didn't catch him last night but someone did and the first clip is him walking the street from last night's episode).  I like that Fox is really pushing Fringe in a clever marketing ploy by sticking Michael Cerveris at several sporting events.






At NASCAR


At a Yankees game (hopefully making them lose)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday Night Fever

It'll be hard to follow up my called shot of Lambert singing Steppenwolf last week, but I'll do what I can this week as the show takes a time warp back to the Disco era.  So far, I've received a mixed-bag in terms of comments on my Idol previews.  People either really enjoy it (I think my Mom would be enraged if I skipped a week), and others have more colorful comments.  I admit it, Idol is gay.  It's my one gay vice.  I make sure to load up on 24, Rescue Me, Entourage and other manly shows to counteract it.  At least I don't choose to dress like this guy and sing in plays all the time.  I've also never watched a minute of this show.  For the next month and a half I will continue to turn into Ryan Seacrest every Tuesday night and I'm OK with that (not that's there's anything wrong with it).

The theme this week blows chunks.  I am not a child of the disco age of music and am not looking forward to hearing seven songs from that era.  I think Lambert and Iraheta will adapt best to this format while Anoop and Kris may be a little lost.  Once again I'm going to try to find a needle in a haystack and select some choices for this week.

Matt Giraud - Dude got saved last week (how many chances has this guy had with his butchering of Coldplay and other popular tunes) and will need to put forward his best effort to avoid being one of the TWO people kicked off tomorrow night.  I'm putting him on "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang if it qualifies as a "disco" song (it's on this list).

Danny Gokey - He'll need to do a crowd-pleaser again and I'm thinking the old staple of "Get Down Tonight" by KC & The Sunshine Band will do the trick. 

Lil Rounds - Lil is on her way out the door after a slew of sub-par performances.  I'm pretty sure she has to go with Diana Ross or Donna Summer tonight.  I'm gonna say Summer and "Love to Love You Baby" although "Hot Stuff" may work as well.  She'll screw it up regardless and sing her way out of the competition.  Glad I switched my Idol pool pick from Lil to Lambert after week 1.

Anoop Desai - Noop Doog will try and do something that borders on being an R&B ditty.  Kool & The Gang's "Celebrate"  should qualify although he'll have to put a current spin on it to avoid being too cheesy.

Adam Lambert - Trying to go two-for-two I'm throwing out "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees.  I bet someone does this song tonight and it might as well be Adam.  Too bad he wasted "Play That Funky Music" on iTunes week as that would have worked here.

Allison Iraheta - For another song that I think "someone" will perform, I select "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor for Allison.  

Kris Allen - Kris Allen and disco music just don't go well together.  I really enjoyed his rendition of Falling Slowly last week (I had to go YouTube the Oscar award winning song to really appreciate it), but I'm not sure what he should sing tonight.  I really HATE this theme and I want it to end so I'll go for a shot in the dark with "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge.

As for all the criticism over the judging this year, I think Kara is a quality addition and don't mind her at all.  If Paula would just retire to become a full-time crystal meth addict, we could get back to the three-judge set and I wouldn't have to pad my Fringe DVR recordings.  

Monday, April 20, 2009

Too Many People in China

When you head out to the beach this upcoming Summer and have to deal with the annual beach crowds, just be happy you don't live in China.



Check out more pics here courtesy of The Chive

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Teeing It Up

Since I am currently infected with a major dose of Masters Fever, I had to get out to the range this weekend and took Josh along. Each time I take him out to hit balls he gets better. He managed to rip a few good 5 irons straight down the middle (his Dunlop kids clubs have 5/6, 7/8, 9/PW combo irons). He's getting better at not trying to kill the ball every time. I plan on trying to get him enrolled in some formal golf instruction course next year. The problem is that he's "good" at too many sports right now. Teeball (he was probably the best batter in class today) and soccer are his two best sports and there's no way he's not going to grow up learning golf. Surprisingly, the sport that might have to sit on the back burner for now is basketball. Unfortunately he's inherited his b-ball skills from good ol' Dad. Here's another YouTube special from the range yesterday.

As for golf, my plan is to take him out on a local Par 3 course sometime soon. We're lucky to live in an area with a plethora of Par 3 courses nearby. My idea is to take Josh, my brother and probably Doe out in a foursome and have Josh play his own ball and "learn the ropes" of the sport. I just want him to get used to the rules of golf as up to now he just knows how to "crank one" off the mat at the range. I'm sure he'll shoot well over 100 for 9 holes, but at least he'll get some experience playing "real" golf. I'm thinking we may try to take him out for 9 shortly after Daughter is born so he'll have a chance to go have some fun with Dad after all the attention is bestowed upon the first Granddaughter in the Rose/Gecik family.

I just have to satisfy my golf itch somehow. I was hitting some phenomenal drives and 4 irons at the range yesterday and can't wait to play 18 again. Not sure how that is going to happen with the third child on the way though. At least Tiger Woods Golf 10 for the Wii comes out in two months.