Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Second Best Western

We stayed at the Best Western in Winter Haven, Florida about two weeks ago for one of my best friend's wedding. Even though the weekend was great, the hotel left a lot to be desired. First of all, there were ants in the room. Not too many, that's not the point. Maintenance came (after I had to call twice) and left a trap in the ceiling, but it didn't help. With a pack and play, and two kids worth of stuff, we just decided to just stay in the room and suck it up. Then, the air conditioner went out one of the three nights leaving us sweating in bed. It worked just fine the other two nights, so we're not sure what happened. Oh, and to add insult to injury, their wireless internet didn't seem to work either, but that was the least of my worries. What really got me irritated was the General Manager's "parking spot". He always parked his large, white pick up truck under the covered guest drop off area. Of course, we arrived in a torrential downpour, and had to back up under the cover (in front of his truck). He was there the next two days as well. I asked the front counter about that, and eventually talked with the GM himself. I told him that I thought he shouldn't be allowed to park there, and should leave that open for the guests. Guess what he told me?? He said "that parking spot is one of the benefits of his job". I'm sorry, but that's BS!!! I don't have a problem with him parking up close IN THE PARKING LOT, but not under the covered drop of spot. What's funny is there was a sign that said "No Parking". I guess that meant "No Parking Except for the General Manager". What's even more funny, is the picture of the hotel that I've attached came directly off the Best Western Corporate website. If you look closely, you can see his truck in the very same spot!!! I sent my thoughts to the Best Western Corporate Office, but I don't expect a reply. If I hear something, I'll be sure to let you know. Okay, I'm off my soapbox now.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Habitat For Humanity

This morning, and most of the afternoon, I helped build a Habitat for Humanity house for my parent's church. The young home owner's name was Nicole, and she was very, very sweet. She has two daughters, and in 13 weeks, they'll have a house they can call home. Man, talk about being tired at the end of the day ... I'm so tired, I probably won't even be able to finish this [Zzzzzz].

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Diamonds Are A Man's Best Friend

Yeah, I'm a huge baseball fan, so what!! I'll have you know that I've been to EVERY current MLB team's stadium, and then some. I've been to the 30 current stadiums, as well as some of the newer ones. That means I've seen both the old stadium, and the new stadium in cities such as Houston, San Diego, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Pittsburg. I've even seen the Expos play in Montreal, Puerto Rico, and now Washington. Don't believe me, here's the tickets from the first 30 stadiums to prove it. There are actually 32 tickets in the frame. There is an additional one from the Yankees/Braves World Series Game 2, and two different tickets from the two Astros' stadiums (Astrodome and Enron Field).

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Not Sure Why ...

Don't ask me why, but I now have a blog. Call me a push-over, call me a follower, call me whatever you want, just don't call me late for dinner!! It seemed like the thing to do, and if I wanted to stay in the foosball/lunch clique at work, I figured I needed to create one as well. And yes, if everyone else jumped off a bridge, I would to .... they wouldn't do it unless it was fun!!!

What Did You Just Say??

Yes, you heard right, I said CORNHOLE!! A few months ago, I was introduced to the widely growing game of cornhole. I played it once, and I was hooked. The game is also known as Baggo, Bags, or Bean Bag Toss, but I prefer the term cornhole. Since I also pitch horseshoes, bowl, and have pitched slow-pitch softball, the game's technique of tossing 1 pound bean bags underhand came very naturally for me and I picked up the game very quickly. I love pitching horseshoes, but not everyone can do that. Throwing 2 pound metal horseshoes the distance of 40 feet was tough for some people (and especially kids). So, a game where you can throw a 1 pound bean bag only 27 feet was definitely more popular. Since I have 9 nieces and nephews, I decided to make a set of boards myself so we could play at family gatherings and parties. I will leave you with a picture of a generic cornhole board, but will post a picture of my set of custom made boards very soon!!