Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How Old Are You? No, Seriously!

I have had a great time watching the Olympics.  However, this whole age controversy is really getting to me.  I have watched all of the gymnastics because my mom loves it and it is pretty much the only thing on at night.  I didn't think that I would get so into this whole thing but I just can't help myself when I know that we are getting cheated.  Some of these girls are undoubtedly younger than 16.  

What do you think?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Vacation 2008: Days 1 & 2

This trip has been quite the experience already.  Our family has been blessed with great health and safety.  Here is a quick recap of all that has already happened on this epic journey.
We decided to leave the house on Monday morning at around 7:00am.  This, however, did not happen just like every other time we have set a time to leave the house for vacation.  There is always something that we have forgotten after we thought that we had everything in order.  This happened many, many times of course and we just about brought the whole house with us on this trip.  

After we finally got out of the house, we traveled to Starbucks.  I love that place.  Well, I have in the past at least.  We went in their to spend $20 on coffee which is already ridiculous.  After spending this outrageous amount on coffee and pastries and waiting for 10 min to get all of it, i was very disappointed when my EXTRA HOT peppermint mocha was COLD!  I was astounded again when the cashier told me that there were no knives.
  This was very important as I had ordered a plain bagel with 2 cream cheese packets.  How could I except this.  I decided to be nice and not complain though because I wanted to have an okay start to this vacation.  Instead of the knife, I used the handle of the spoon which was the only utensil that they had in their possession.  My cold EXTRA HOT peppermint mocha was now colder than before because of the stupid knife incident.

I got over my bad Starbucks experience and got ready for a long ride to Sedona, AZ.  I started out the trip in the back of the van.  I ended up putting my legs across all of the suitcases.  It was way more comfortable then sitting straight with no leg room at all.  
The only problem was that when it came time for me to get out, I could not do it.

I then drove for about 150 miles down the most boring road in the world.  I am sure that we will find a road that is more boring on this trip, but this highway had nothing by it.  After that long drive, we stopped for lunch.  The place that we stopped was the hottest place in the world.  I am sure of that.  It had to of been at least 107 or 108.  The heat was overcome by my oh so sweet Panda Express 2 entree plate: half fried rice, half steamed rice, orange chicken and some cream cheese ragoons... aka cream cheese wontons).

After the great lunch, we saw a huge dome in Phoenix.  We were guessing what it was and we were stupid enough to not even mention football.  It was indeed the University of Phoenix Stadium.  It was way cool and we had fun taking some pictures there.

After driving for another couple hours, me and the family were excited for some great sight-seeing in Sedona, AZ.  We were surprised at how much construction was going on for such a small town.  It was almost like they were building the whole city over again.  
We thought that we had gotten through all of the construction and we started on our way through a canyon.  Or so we thought!  We saw some great rocks within the first mile.  After that, there was nothing really spectacular.  There was just a bunch or trees and that was about it.  We were so confused because of all of the great things that we had heard about the canyon.  I was bummed out big time because I was looking for some good pictures.  We kept going through the canyon for like 15 miles until we finally found civilization.  We still don't know what happened and we still don't know where all of the spectacular rocks are.  

We then searched for about an hour for a hotel in Flagstaff, AZ.  There were about 20 hotels in that town and almost all of them were sold out.  Who knew that Flagstaff was such a popular place?  We finally found a hotel and after we settled in we went out for dinner at Olive Garden.  It was great and I loved my food.  I ate almost all of it except for a couple pieces of calamari which I gave to my brothers.  One of them choked on it and the whole restaurant held their breath.  Well, not really because I don't think that any of them cared that much.

It was a cray day!

Today was a little bit more mellow.  I started out the day on a bad note when I woke up to the noise of Dora the Explorer at 5:30 in the morning.  We had breakfast and then got out on the road.  It was an easy day but a long day.  

We had a great time taking pictures and we saw a lot of trains.  It was crazy how many trains there were.  I drove again and let me tell ya... there are some dumb truck drivers out there.  

We got to our hotel here in Albuquerque, NM and I was surprised when I got inside the room.  We have a BIG flat screen tv in our room.  It is awesome and I just watched Michael Phelps get his 10th gold medal.

It just so happened that when I took this picture my mom was watching the gymnastics on the tv.  So that is why there is a huge picture of a girl on there.  

Okay... I am done typing now.  All of the other updates will be much shorter than this.

If you want to see some of my pictures then check them out here

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Not Quite Around the World In 14 Days

I will be taking a trip for the next two weeks.  A LONG, LONG trip with the fam.  We will be traveling to these places in this order: Sedona, AZ -- Albuquerque, NM -- Colorado Springs, CO -- Denver, CO -- Grand Island, NE -- Kansas City, MO -- Denver, CO -- Beaver, UT -- Las Vegas, NV.  That is 3,633 miles people!!!

When I first heard about my parents ideas to travel all the way to Nebraska and Kansas, there was no way that I would be joining them.  It did not take long, however, for them to find a way to get me interested.  My dad and I will be attending a Denver Broncos preseason football game.  This is a dream come true for me.  I have absolutely loved the Broncos for... well, ever since I can remember.  You may have had a clue from one of my earlier posts about my cat... his name is Elway.  If you are any kind of sports fan, then you should definitely know this name.  If not, just stop reading right now because you are a disgrace.  Anyways, my parents got me some great seats for this game against the Packers.  I am super excited for the 22nd to roll around even though it is just a preseason game.  Who cares?  It is a definite fulfillment of one of my biggest dreams.  The rest of the trip is just time for me to think about the game and how great it will be.
This whole journey will take place in our spectacular mini van. I have recently gotten my license which is huge for me going in to this grueling time with kids screaming in the car because they are tired of some movie and they want to watch a movie that is even more boring in my opinion.  Even though the bros will probably not stop this trend, I will have much, much more leg room then I would if I were in the back seat like on previous trips to the ends of the earth.  I would drive the whole trip if I could, but my Mom has assured me that I will not be doing that.

If you would all pray for the safety of my family and I over the course of this trip, it would be greatly appreciated.  

What kind of trip(s) have you taken this summer?

My Dad As... An Olympian

This week, I had a very easy task.  The 2008 Olympics in Beijing have started.  This event has been much anticipated by me and my family.  We enjoy watching the many different competitors in their select sports.  
The Opening Ceremony for these Olympic games was phenomenal.  If you did not see it, then you missed out big time.  The most interesting thing in this ceremony was the fact that there was only 2008 people on the field at any given time.  I thought that what they were able to do with this many people was amazing.  All of the performers were perfectly synchronized in almost every aspect of their performances.  It was a spectacular sight.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Farve "Jets" Away From Green Bay

I would like to introduce you to the newest NY Jet.  I was so surprised last night when I heard the news that Favre would be seen in Green and White.  I could have sworn that he would have ended up in Tampa due to his lasting relationship with Jon Gruden.  But it doesn't matter what I think obviously.

One problem that has formed from this trade is the fact that EA Sports has already created Madden 09 with a picture of Brett on the front in his Packers uniform.  They have already made millions of copies of this new game and it is being released this month.  To fix this problem they have now changed the cover to a picture of Favre in a Jet's uniform.  They will continue production with this new picture on the front of the case.

What have you thought about all of this Brett Favre stuff?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Take Five And A Half Minutes

My Dad As... Darth Vader

May I introduce to you, Darth Greg.  I have gotten few replies from readers as to what I should create my dad as for each week.  The one person that gives me great responses is the author of ANIMAL, VEGETABLE OR MINERAL?, Mr. JB.  Therefore, I decided to grant one of his requests.  Even though I am not a Star Wars fanatic, I think that you will agree that this is pretty hilarious.  I find it harder and harder to pay attention to my dad on a Sunday morning.  I cannot seem to get these pictures out of my brain.  Some people may think that this is disrespectful or something, but I can assure you that my father thinks that this is just as funny as I think it is.

Please give me some more ideas people.  Anything that pops in your head?

Jesus is My Homeboy. Offensive or Not?

I have seen this t-shirt in many, many stores before.  It is all over the internet and I have seen a lot of people proudly walking around with this shirt on.  Some people find the statement "Jesus is My Homeboy" kind of offensive.  I do not know what to think really.  

What do you think?

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