Wednesday, September 27, 2006
OAKLAND , (CA)--Oakland Raiders football practice was delayed nearly two
hours today after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery
substance on the practice field. Head coach Art Shell immediately suspended
practice and called the police and federal investigators. After a complete
analysis, FBI forensic experts determined that the white substance unknown
to Raider players was the GOAL LINE. Practice resumed after special agents decided
the team was unlikely to encounter the substance again.
This actually happened two weekends ago now, but I've been lazy about posting. Brad won the Sports Jeopardy contest on 570am. The last time he won something from them it was Harlem Globetrotters tickets. This time he found out his prize was a lot better -- a trip for 2 to Vegas including 2 nights at the Stratosphere and 2 entries to a poker tournament with a $10,000 pot for the top 4 finishers.
We didn't trust either of our cars for that trip so we rented an Impala for $12 a day online. Friday after he got off work, we headed out and made it there at 11:30pm. At first we were disappointed that the check in line was long causing us to miss a midnight tournament, but later found out that the $20 entry fee didn't include about $100 in add-ons and fees. When we checked in, we got a bag of Stratosphere goodies from the radio station including a tote bag, shirt, hat, cards, dice, and bottle opener. We put the stuff in our room and then drove around to a few of the casinos, but didn't play much other than Brad playing some blackjack.
On Saturday they had a breakfast for us and we got our seat assignments for the first round. Luckily we both got the first session. We found out that 16 people from each of the 2 sessions would move on to a final tournament in the afternoon. In the first round, Brad said he was struggling to get good hands, but he managed to build up enough of a pot to make the finals. I dominated at my table early on and built up the biggest pot in the room when it got down to the 16.
We had a break during the second session, so we got something to eat and then used our free tickets to go to the top of the tower. Brad had never been up there before. It was scary just watching the people on the rides on top of the tower being dangled over the edge. Definitely not for us.
We went back for the finals at 3pm. They told us that everyone would go back to having the same amount of chips to start which didn't make me happy. Neither of us got many good hands, but we were both able to hold on for a while and knock people out. Brad finished in 18th place overall and I got 12th. If the pot was split up the way tournaments usually are, I would have been in the money so that gives me hope for the future.
We finished just after the USC game started so we watched that and then headed over to the Rio for the world's largest buffet. The line took forever, but the food was great once we got in. We followed the Noah's Ark rule of buffets: two of every animal. I had at least a taste of 8 different creatures. Mmm...creatures.
After dinner we acted like geeks by waiting for the Star Wars slot machines to open up. We had to go to bed early by Vegas standards because I had to work on Sunday afternoon so we had to leave at 7am to beat the traffic and make sure I got there on time.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
We went home to veg for a bit and watch a couple shows. TK and I got hungry so we headed over to a Bar and Grill near the house. Had a couple of burgers, watched the Dodgers lose.
We slept in late today. I had tickets to a Diamondbacks game for the afternoon. The ballpark is really cool. I liked the way it was set up. The Rockies beat the Diamondbacks badly. The Rockies had an amazing game, pulling of incredible plays and getting runs when it counted. Arizona did something I have never seen before which is have a concert after the game. 10 minutes after the game ended, Lonestar began a concert. They played for over an hour. It was really good and it was included in the price of the ticket.
Back at the house TK and I hung out for awhile. Then we decided to go to dinner and a movie. We headed over to Friday's for some good eats. Our waiter was hi-larious and good looking. At one point he started doing the Robot, 'nough said! Once we finished dinner we headed across the street to the movie theatre to watch Step Up. TK hadn't seen it, couldn't think of anyone else who would go see it with her and I had free tickets. We were the only ones in the theatre which was kinda cool, I havent had that happen in a really long time. Then we headed back to the house, and went to bed somewhere around 4:30am.
TK and I slept till around 9am when Arlynda called letting us know when her flight would be coming in to the airport. We went to pick up Arlynda and then met up with her aunt at Chill's for lunch. After that we drove around, showing Arlynda her aunts second house, the store and then headed back home so R could hang out with Grandpa for awhile.
We watched the Oregon football game which wasn't all that exciting until the very end. After that R needed to head back to the airport so she could finally make it back home. When TK and I got back she took a nap in our room, I started to watch the USC football game with Grandpa but I fell asleep on the couch. After that I read some of my book and used the computer.
I woke up at5:45am got the car packed up and left for Arizona. I got here at noon o'clock.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
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Sunday, September 03, 2006
Angela showed up around 9-930 to help with the last of the stuff and take some photos. Here is what we think it may look like when they get to Florida (but the other way around) We decided to be all artsy and take a photo in the mirror.
Hell's Angels We couldnt get her to give us a normal smile, so we decided to do it for her. Sad Charlie
Finally a smiley photo
You will be greatly missed Charlie.
Friday, September 01, 2006
On Wednesday night, Brad and I got to go see the Foo Fighters acoustic show at the Pantages Theatre. This was a big turn around for me since I used to hate them and it took years for me to get into them. I wasn't sure what to expect since I haven't heard any of their acoustic album and was just hoping they'd play enough of their hits to keep me entertained.
I really liked all the newer songs they played. Usually if I don't know the song a band is playing I get bored quickly. This was definitely not the case with the Foo Fighters. Every song was great. They also did a good job of mixing the new songs, hits, and talking with the audience. Dave Grohl made it seem like he was taping an episode of VH1 Storytellers as we got commentary on about half of the songs. He talked about how he got started in music and how he came to be a part of Nirvana. He said that when he got set up with a tryout for Nirvana, he called Kurt Cobain and while talking about music, Dave mentioned hearing a horribly depressing singer from Washington the night before at a party in Hollywood. It turned out to be Kurt's then girlfriend (Courtney Love).
The show started with Dave playing "Razor" by himself. The rest of the band (along with former Foo/Nirvana/Germs guitarist Pat Smear, Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee, and violin by .thatdog's Petra Hayden) joined in at the end as Dave began to really rock out. Dave soon broke his "no Nirvana ever" rule by playing the one song he wrote for them, "Marigold". For the encore, Dave played "Friend of a Friend", "Best of You", and most of "Everlong" by himself before the band joined him for the final verse.
The Foos seemed very comfortable doing the acoustic thing and they really seemed to be having fun with the songs and the audience interactions. Hopefully they'll be willing to mix things up a bit more in the future as far as doing acoustic as well as plugged in shows.