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Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday 55

Welcome to Friday 55. The object of the game is to write a story using exactly 55 words. If you participate, be sure to drop a comment at G-Man’s blog so others will know how to find your story.



Elbow on my chest, hands in my mouth, the man is hard at work. Pressure, a hint of pain. Crack. A surprised gasp tells me something’s went wrong. A drill spins, the smell is sickening. A chisel and several tools, I can’t name, tell me I’m in for a long morning. My tooth’s been pulled.

Be sure to check out my post over at Oh, Get a Grip!. This week we are discussing the pros and cons of the ménage. Is three a crowd or just a good time waiting to happen?

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Loss of Wisdom

Well, after today, I will apparently be a bit dumber. I’m getting one of my wisdom teeth pulled. Yay, me…

I hope you all have a better day than I likely will.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dar-Wednesday

It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.


(26 January 2007, Texas) In a world full of wonders, man invented boredom. So work time becomes play time. If you work in an office, you reproduce your naughty bits on the copy machine. If you work for an arc welding company? A plastic bucket, welding materials, and a single spark can combine for a play date with a bang.


"I was on the computer when I heard the boom," said a resident of the trailer park adjacent to the welding shop. "It shook my house. The whole neighborhood could feel it!"


Just for kicks, a 30-year-old welder and four co-workers had attempted to blow up a plastic bucket. Our man placed a striker, a spark-generating device used to start a welder's torch, in the plastic bucket and sealed it. Then he filled the bucket with acetylene, an explosive gas used for welding. The plan was to toss the bucket in the air, and watch it explode when the striker sparked.


Before that happened , however, our Darwin wannabe inadvertently kicked the plastic bucket, and the striker struck a spark. BOOM. The explosive force turned the lid of the bucket into a whirling saw that flew through the air and struck the man in his right arm, nearly severing it. He also sustained lacerations to his right leg.


No one else was injured in the blast, and no charges were filed, as it was felt that the perpetrator of the incident had already been sufficiently punished.



I also need to take a moment to let you know that Pixels and Pain is now available in e-book format. Please pick up your copy today.


Pixels and Pain






Here is a blurb:


Explore the dangerous domain of a madman…


Johnny Walker is a FBI agent on a personal crusade to catch a killer. One year ago, his little sister was brutally murdered and the police still don’t have a suspect.


Mary Marshall founded a watchdog group to rid the world of online predators after her sister fell victim to a charismatic stranger she met on the popular networking website, HiyaSpace.


As the similarities surrounding their losses draw these two together, they soon embark on a desperate quest for answers—a quest wrought with peril, betrayal, and unimaginable horror.


In a virtual world where everyone’s a friend, and everyone’s a suspect, will Johnny and Mary be able to track down and stop an internet serial killer whose unspeakable deeds threaten to destroy them all?


Or will these two hunters become the prey, unable to escape the web of Pixels and Pain?



Thanks for staying with the post through the self-indulgent plug for my new book. The Dance was my all time favorite book, until I wrote this one. If you enjoy my writing style at all, this new book will blow you away…

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Released!!!!

Weirdly Volume II: Eldritch is available today at Wild Child Publishing.

Here is the blurb:

From paranormal to weird, from chilling to odd to scary, Weirdly Volume 2: Eldritch will sate your lust for strangeness in bite-sized pieces. Each tale weaves its own spell. Vampires, beasts, ghosts, evil creatures and, of course, every day people inhabit Weirdly’s pages.

Soldiers must reach their destination before the undead get to them first... What does the picture on the wall mean to Jen? Fate holds something in store for Lewis—but is it what he wants? Lillie embarks on another quest... Is the young man who sees and hears fluffy beings insane? An old letter urges a young woman to the train station—but is the train that puffs into view real? All these tales and more. Dare you read them?


Esprit de Corps is my contribution to this anthology. It is the story of a group of Army Rangers trying to get out of Al-Rutbah. They aren’t worried about insurgents keeping them from reaching their destination. No, it’s the hordes of zombies they must overcome to make it home.

Be sure to pick up a copy today. This is a collection of stories you don’t want to miss.



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Monday, June 23, 2008

Weekend Recap

We had a pretty low-key weekend. With all of the rain that’s pounded the area lately, the water level of our lakes are up to high to use any of the docks. So, we Spent most of Saturday traveling from dock to dock and lake to lake in search of a place to drop our boat in.


When we failed miserably, I had to console myself with a nice leisurely bike ride. As I’ve not yet talked myself into adding a side car, I had to do one trip with my son and one with my wife. It was still a great way to enjoy the nice weather.


Sunday morning we caught wind of one dock that was open to the public, so we loaded up the boat and struck out for another grand adventure. Apparently it was not a very well kept secret. The line to the docks was nearly an hour long, but as avid wakeboarders in need of a fix, we waited it out. It was worth the wait.


I’m leaving for New Orleans in about an hour. I’ll only be there for a couple of days, but my internet access might be sketchy for most of the trip. I’ll catch up with everyone when I get back.



So, how was your weekend?

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday 55

Welcome to Friday 55. The object of the game is to write a story using exactly 55 words. If you participate, be sure to drop a comment at G-Man’s blog so others will know how to find your story.



As I knelt before the cool blue waters, with my hand extended, I caught the image of my face staring back at me. My attention came to rest upon my eyes. It was then I realized that just as the pond held a reflection of my face, my eyes held a reflection of my soul.

I now have the Friday position over at Oh, Get a Grip!. This week we are discussing weddings as it is the most popular time of year for such.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mona's Meme

MEME!!

1. At what age do you wish to
marry?

A: In my next life it shan’t be until I’m closer to thirty. :D

2. If the end was near and you had the chance, what would you say to your beloved?

A: I can think of no one I’d rather spend these last few moments with. Let’s make wild monkey love…

3. If sex is a game … would you be good at it?

A: I suppose it would depend on the scoring (longevity, creativity, frequency, number of partners, or number of orgasms induced in your partner?), but then I couldn’t ever imagine treating sex as just a game.

4. Where is the place that you want to go the most?

A: Back to the mothership.

5. If you could have 1 dream come true, what would it be?

A: New York Times #1 Best selling author, James Goodman

6. Do you believe you can survive without money?

A: If I had to. I am more than equipment with the knowledge to live off the land, but it would sure be hard to go to that after living in such luxury for as long as I have.

7. What are you most afraid to lose?

A : My love.

8. If you won $1 million, what would you do?

A: Pay bills with it as far as it would go, if there was any left, I’d bet it all on one hand of blackjack.

9. If someone broke your hand, what would you do?

A: I’d show them the sound of one hand clapping.

10. List 3 good points of the person who tagged you.

A: Mona is a compassionate and giving soul, her creativity is outstanding as is evidenced in her wonderful blog posts, and she has a quick wit, often providing me with my biggest smiles of the day.

11. How would you feel if your parents stopped giving you cash to spend?

A: Well, first I’d feel relieved that they finally felt I’d managed to get my shit together enough to support myself, second I’d feel shamed that they had to continue to give me money while I was well into my thirties.

12. Describe your fantasized-life.

A: I would be independently wealthy and travel the world with my wife and son with out a care and living every moment of life to its fullest.

13. What is your ambition?

A: To be independently wealthy.

14. What is the one thing that would make you think someone is bad?

A: Bringing harm to a child… on any level.

15. What are the most important things in your life?

A: My family everything else is expendable.

16. Are you a shopaholic or not?

A: NOT!

17. If you had the chance, which part of your character would you like to change?

A: Nothing. I’m fine with the man I’ve become. I feel I’ve corrected the majority of what I viewed as my character flaws over the years and I’m in a happier place for the effort.

18. Do you believe in yourself?

A: I believe in you.

19. Honestly, do you think life is fair?

A: Fair is a place you go to ride attractions. Life is what you make of it. Sometimes things go your way, sometimes they don’t.

20. Are you an optimist or pessimist?

A: I am the eternal optimist.


For the following meme, I would wish to tag :

Anyone who wants to take up the baton. If you choose to play, let me know so I can read your answers.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dar-Wednesday

That’s right, it is time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.



(February 2005, Canada) Canadian winter nights are long and usually quiet, but one exception was the night Constable Morgan responded to a drunk driver call. He caught up to the errant driver and fell in behind in order to establish the commission of the crime. In a short distance, the driver missed a curve and slid into a snow bank. Morgan switched on his lights, stopped his patrol unit, and approached the driver's door.

The driver decided to flee. His tires, mired in the snow, spun wildly but the car went nowhere. Constable Morgan thought he would have a little fun. He began running in place alongside the driver's window. The driver was surprised to see the Constable keeping up with his car. The speedometer read 100 kph.

Constable Morgan broke the window glass with his flashlight and ordered, "Pull over!" The driver's response? He jammed the pedal to the metal!

The car's speedometer had reached 175 kph yet, astonishingly, the Constable was keeping pace and ordering the driver to stop. Finally, convinced he was never going to outrun the fleet-footed officer, the drunk man let off the gas, turned the wheel, and brought his car to a "stop." The Constable escorted the man to his patrol vehicle, which had magically followed the two on their mad dash across the snow-covered tundra.

The man was charged with DWI, speeding, and failing to yield to a policeman. Brought before the judge for arraignment, the man, who had not quite regained his wits, saluted the incredible athletic prowess of the local officers.



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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Now That's Just Weird

Weirdly Volume II: Eldritch is a collection of strange tales that will be released on June 24th by Wild Child Publishing.

Here is the blurb:

From paranormal to weird, from chilling to odd to scary, Weirdly Volume 2: Eldritch will sate your lust for strangeness in bite-sized pieces. Each tale weaves its own spell. Vampires, beasts, ghosts, evil creatures and, of course, every day people inhabit Weirdly’s pages.

Soldiers must reach their destination before the undead get to them first... What does the picture on the wall mean to Jen? Fate holds something in store for Lewis—but is it what he wants? Lillie embarks on another quest... Is the young man who sees and hears fluffy beings insane? An old letter urges a young woman to the train station—but is the train that puffs into view real? All these tales and more. Dare you read them?


Esprit de Corps is my contribution to this anthology. It is the story of a group of Army Rangers trying to get out of Al-Rutbah. They aren’t worried about insurgents keeping them from reaching their destination. No, it’s the hordes of zombies they must overcome to make it home.

You may also recognize another familiar name on the cover. Yes, Bernita has the distinct pleasure of having short stories in both volumes of Weirdly. You may also recognize a couple of other familiar names from the cover.

Be sure to pick up a copy next week. This is a collection of stories you don’t want to miss.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Weekend Recap

Well, as you might’ve guessed we had an excellent day at the lake. We’d hoped to begin the festivities Friday evening, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. Saturday, however, was a perfect day to be at the lake. There was virtually no wind, plenty of sunshine and the water level was up high enough to prevent the lake from being overcrowded. Here a few photos of the boat and of the day. It seemed that I was always driving or riding so some of my son’s friends took the pictures while we were on the water. Much thanks to them.

We’ll begin with the promises pictures of the boat:











My son showboating.



Thinking about his next trick.


What goes up, must come down…


And here is a couple of pics of me:

Preparing to launch…




Where did I go?




So, how was your weekend?

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday 55

Welcome to Friday 55. The object of the game is to write a story using exactly 55 words. If you participate, be sure to drop a comment at G-Man’s blog so others will know how to find your story.

Waves lap at my face. Gripping a padded handle, I give the signal. My knees draw to my chest. I spring from the water. My board planes out. The wake swells before me. Nearing the edge, I push out as I pass the crest, launching myself in the air. I can fly... for several seconds.

Ah, yes… wakeboard season is in full swing. I’ll be sparse for the most of the weekend as I gallivant around the lake, shredding waves behind my new boat. Life is good…

I now have the Friday position over at Oh, Get a Grip!. This week we are discussing vacations, past and present.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

I'd Rather Be Wakeboarding...

Today’s the day I go pick up my new boat. It is a Sea Ray 205 Sport. I’ll have proper pictures next week, but until then, maybe these will hold you over:



But mine is blue rather than red. I couldn’t find any pictures with the right color in it.







That will be all. Let the games begin…

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dar-Wednesday

That’s right, it is time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.


(15 January 2008, Sweden) The Darwin Awards have celebrated many bone-headed things burglars do in the commission of their crimes. For instance, taking a shortcut down a 55-foot sheer rock face.


Early one morning, two men broke into a gymnasium (high school) east of Stockholm. After a profitable stroll through the building, they were startled by a janitor. They raced out of the building into the pre-dawn darkness. Fearing imminent detection, they took a shortcut to safety--down the face of a steep 55-foot rock escarpment. But in selecting this convenient shortcut, they failed to consider three crucial facts:


First, it was pitch black. Due to the northern latitude, the sun rises late in Sweden. Second, it had rained during the night. And third, the rock in eastern Sweden is granite, the type of rock that is polished into posh floors and fancy countertops. The danger of slippery granite is a well-known fact for residents of the area.


Escaping down a granite cliff, in the rain, in the dark? Try tilting a slab of polished granite, pouring water over it, and making a controlled descent while carrying a load of loot. This is the province of mountain goats, not humans hoping to pass on their genes. In short, one of the burglars slipped and fell head-over-heels to his death, bringing a new meaning to "the crack of dawn."


His worldly riches were scattered around him.



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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Book Review: Rain Fall

I picked up a copy of Rain Fall by Barry Eisler while I was at a convention in Pittsburgh. This techno-thriller set in Tokyo lay in my TBR pile for far too long. It was an excellent read with a very intriguing premise in that the hero is a former CIA agent turned assassin who specializes in hits that look like death by natural causes and is told in first person. Mr. Eisler gave him a unique voice, which evolved and changed as the story progressed. Incorporating several different writing styles, from terse and suspenseful to flowery and sweet, the story creates a bevy of emotions I assume must be raging within the once cold heart of Junichi “John” Rain.

John Rain is a Japanese American konketsu, or half-breed, born to an American and a Japanese Father. This mix gives him characteristics that make it difficult for him to be accepted by either culture. Living is life as an outsider makes it that much easier to follow the path that lead him into the jungles of Vietnam where he honed his killing skills. Twenty Five years later, he is a world weary hit man still thriving off the heightened sense of self that only a man who’s been in combat will know and the only way to maintain it is to constantly be at war. It is a system that works for him. Well, it worked fine until he met a woman. Though this is a common theme throughout history, this one is different in that she is the daughter of his latest victim. Complicated? Absolutely and it is this sort of “out of the box” thinking that sets this book apart from the cookie cutter thrillers I all too often stumble across.

The story provides a fascinating glimpse into Japanese culture and a horrifying glimpse into government corruption at its worst. This is the first book in the series, so you know the hero will survive. The questions is what will he do with his newfound awareness and conscious? I have a feeling he’ll now use his powers to better the world, becoming a solution rather than part of the problem. I look forward to reading the next adventure of John Rain.


Synopsis


John Rain Kills people for a living. His specialty: making it seem as though death by natural causes. But he won’t take out just anyone. The job must be an exclusive. The target must be a principal player. And he’ll never murder a woman. Half American, half Japanese, but out of place in both worlds, Rain bases his operation in Tokyo, where even a crowded subway car is filled with opportunities—like slipping a pacemaker-jamming device onto a victim. John Rain may not be a good man, but he’s good at what he does. Reliably discreet, coldly efficient, Rain is the best hit man money can buy… until he falls for the beautiful daughter of he last kill.


Rating: 5 of 5 Stars






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Monday, June 09, 2008

Weekend Recap

Friday afternoon I had to drive to Muskogee to pick up my son. He was extremely homesick as he’s apt to be when he spends an entire week away. We missed him something fierce as well.

Friday evening we went out to eat at a local restaurant. After dinner we played video games and called it an early night.

Saturday we went to Bass Pro Shops to look at their big boat sale. Yes, we bought a new boat and no I don’t have pictures yet. We signed paperwork, but I won’t actually take possession of it until this Thursday. It is a fully loaded 2008 Sea Ray 205 Sport with a wakeboard tower, racks and integrated Bimi top and a tandem axle trailer with a swing out tongue.

Saturday night we went to see the Tulsa Talons. I’d never been to an arena football game before and found it quite the treat. It was like regular football on speed. The field is half the width and half the length of a standard football field so there is a lot more touchdowns. It was very exciting and a good time was had by all.

Sunday we decided to go for a leisurely jog before this week’s storms had time to get into full swing. The wind was still absolutely brutal at times gusting up to forty miles an hour and it seemed we were running against it no matter which direction we turned. We only managed to eke out three miles before we called it quits. It felt like we ran six.

That afternoon we went to my nephew Jordan’s birthday 5th birthday party. He is just adorable. It didn’t matter what he opened, that was instantly the best gift ever. Ah, to be young again…

Sunday evening we just battened down the hatches and weathered out the next round of storms. This weather pattern is really getting old. I’m just saying…

So, how was your weekend?

Friday, June 06, 2008

Friday 55

Welcome to Friday 55. The object of the game is to write a story using exactly 55 words. If you participate, be sure to drop a comment at G-Man’s blog so others will know how to find your story.

Her eyes are closed, but fluttering with the pleasure she feels from the warmth. Her lips are suddenly dry, she wets them with her tongue. A fine sheet of sweat coats her body. Her skin tingles from exposure. It’s time. She rolls to her stomach. “Honey, will you put some suntan lotion on my back?”

I now have the Friday position over at Oh, Get a Grip!.

Oh and have you read the amazing review of The Writing on the Wall by none other than our very own Mona?

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Grownup Meme

I found this meme over at Lime’s blog and I just couldn’t resist stealing trying it.



Meant to be completed by those out of high school) Tired of all of those surveys made up by high school kids? 'Have you ever kissed someone?' 'Missed someone?' 'Told someone you loved them?' 'Drank alcohol?' Here are 50 questions for the people who are a little more "mature"...

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
Do taxes count as a bill? I mean that’s still money that will no longer be going to what I want it to. Freakin’ IRS…

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
The Melting Pot. It is the perfect spot for couples and we like to sneak off for that little treat as often as possible.

3. Last time you puked from drinking?
I’m not sure. It has been years to say the least. I do know that there are several times I probably would’ve felt better the next day if I had done so.

4. When is the last time you got drunk and danced on a bar?
Yeah… don’t really have to be drunk to do that, just hanging out with a rowdy crowd. You know like I did a few weeks ago. Thinking back, that may not have made it into my weekend recap.

5. Name of your first grade teacher?
Mrs. Brotton. It’s odd that I remember that as I went to a different school every year.

6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
Lime’s answer for this one would be very hard to beat, so I’m just going to say wakeboarding.

7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Older.

8. How many colleges did you attend?
three to learn, fourteen to party.

9. What made you decide to wear the shirt you have on right now?
It was on the top of the stack in my “relaxed” draw.

10. GAS PRICES?
Suck big green donkey dicks or something a little less crass, like they blow.

11. Where would you move if you could live anywhere?
Atlantis.

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
Time to make the doughnuts. Then I strapped on my Nike Airs and hit the pavement.

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
Wow, that was great!

14. Favorite style of underwear?
Boxer-briefs.

15. Favorite style of underwear for the opposite sex?
Removed.

16. What errand/chore do you despise?
Laundry, which I’ve already started for today.

17. If you didn't have to work, would you volunteer?
Absolutely. There is no greater reward you can receive than the feeling of pride you get when you help your fellow man.

18. Get up early or sleep in?
Get up early and stay in bed.

19. What is your favorite cartoon character?
Beavis.

22. When did you first start feeling old?
Don’t know… I’ll have to get back to you when it happens.

24. Your favorite lunch meat?
Prosciutto.

27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
Negahachi, batman! I love being married to my wife. I can’t imagine life being any other way.

29. Favorite guilty pleasure?
Fully loaded Omelets. You know, with two kinds of cheese, tomatoes, onion, bacon, sausage, ham and prosciutto.

31. What's your favorite alcoholic drink?
Tuaca.

32. Cowboys or Indians?
Indians, duh!

33. Cops or Robbers?
Cops.

34. Who from high school would you like to run into?
Stephanie Johnson. She seemed to be having such a rough time when I knew her, I just wonder how she turned out.

35. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
Z104.5

36. Movies or Documentaries?
Movies.

37. The Cosby Show or the Simpsons?
Dexter or Lost, neither of the above choices appeal to me.

38. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
Pleading the 5th.

39. Do you like the person who sits directly across from you at work?
No one sits across from me. I’m a lone wolf.

41. What famous person(s) would you like to have dinner with?
The Dandy Warhols.

42. What famous person would you like to sleep with?
Whoever my wife picks out for me.

43. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
On several occasions actually. And no, I don’t feel the need to elaborate.

44. Last book you read for real?
As opposed to just pretending to read? I’d have to say the one I’m on now. Hard Rain by Barry Eisler.

45. What is the last book you recommended to a friend?
Deep Blue by David Niall Wilson.

46. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
In the hold of a C-130 just an hour before I jumped out of it.

47. Have you ever woke up in a strange place and had no idea how you got there?
Oddly enough, yes, but it has been over a decade since anything like that has happened.

48. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
I’d be a mega-successful writer and that would be my full-time job.

49. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
Huh, that’s a no brainer. The new career.

50. Just how OLD are you?
Old enough to know better, but still too young to care.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Dar-Wednesday

That’s right, it is time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.


(6 July 2006, Ohio) Insurance fraud is harder than it looks. Just ask Musa and his son Essa, who hired an arsonist to burn down their Steak Thyme sub shop so they could collect the insurance money. They promised the arsonist a $60,000 a year job, although where he would work once the shop was ashes is unknown.


Three times he tried, and three times he failed to destroy the sandwich shop. Whether it was a Molotov cocktail thrown through the window, or chairs doused with gasoline and set ablaze, the result was the same. Minor damage. The neighborhood was up in arms over the apparent "hate crimes" repeatedly being committed against the two Jordanian immigrants.


Musa grew tired of throwing good money after bad. This was getting him nowhere! For the fourth arson attempt, only 12 hours after the flaming chairs fizzled, he and his son decided to help their hired hand. They spread gasoline around their eatery. A single match would do the trick.


Tragically, they had more talent for arson than their amateur arsonist. They took a cigarette break. One flick of a lighter later, a gas explosion took out one wall, and burned both men so severely that, despite several weeks of hospitalized care, the men died.



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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Weekend Recap

Check THIS out! If you click on the link, you’ll see that I’ve received a most awesome review for The Dance. They gave it their highest rating. The review site has a place to leave comments as well, if you are so inclined. ; )

Where have you been? Oh, wait… it was me that was AWOL. Well, I’ve been rather busy.

Friday afternoon I had to drive my son to Muskogee. He’s spending a week with his biological mother since he is officially out of school for the summer.

Friday evening we ordered Chinese takeout and watched movies. We decided to make it an easy night because we knew it was going to be a hectic weekend.

Saturday morning we got up and decided to jog four miles to get the day started right. A thunderstorm rolled in while we were finishing the last leg and we barely made it back to the house before all hell broke loose. Needless to say, we made excellent time for the run.

We had a few things to do at my wife’s lab, so we cleaned up and headed out. I say we, she worked and I shot the bull with one of my friends that happened to be there (not so odd as he is one of the owners).

After that my wife suggested we grab some dinner at Hooter’s. She loves the chicken wings and what kind of husband would I be if I denied her something she really enjoys? So, I suffered through an hour and a half dinner being doted on by the restaurants staff of rowdy ladies.

That evening we were invited to participate in a special event at one of the local casinos. It was four hours of bingo. No admission, but plenty of nifty prizes. They also had an open bar. Free booze for four hours? Wisely, they also set us up with a free room for the evening.

Sunday we had another mother of a storm. This one killed power to the house for most of the day. I had a cookout scheduled for that afternoon, so I stood on my porch and cursed at the angry roiling clouds and seventy mile an hour winds. I guess the big bad storm must’ve realized I meant business because it moved on and left a beautiful sunny day in its wake.

Electricity is not really necessary for a proper cookout, so I proceeded to prep the meal. As luck would have it, the lights were back on (and more to the point, we had power for music) before my guests arrived. It was a smashing time.

Monday morning, I had to head over to Ponca City (about a two hour drive) for a meeting. I planned to ride my bike, but the stupid rain was still showing up on radar so I decided not to chance it.

Other than that, I didn’t do much.

So, how was your weekend?

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