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He comes home a winner (Las Vegas, Day 2)

Yesterday was a long day and today felt even longer. You already know that yesterday (Sunday) started at about 6 AM for me, when I headed to the gym for a light workout (arms and shoulders). Well, eventually, Jen and Jason got up and we all scrambled off to First Breakfast. I had a massive waffle with a hunk of whipped cream the size of a softball on it. After breakfast, we went back to the room, but with Doug still sound asleep, we figured we needed to be elsewhere.

Las Vegas, Day 2

Saturday surprise!

[Written on May 27 and backdated to May 26]

Saturday was a long day! I was up at 5 AM because I couldn’t sleep any longer. I packed up the remainder of my stuff and headed off to LAX to catch my plane to Las Vegas. There were no lines. I checked in at the Premier check-in counter, went through the premium security “line” (there was no one in line) and was at my gate 10 minutes after arriving at the airport.

I had some time to kill so I watched the season finale of Heroes which I hadn’t seen yet, and which I thought was terrific! I made sure I was the first person on the plane because I didn’t want to run into Mom and Dad, who were taking a flight about 2 hours after mine. Mom was still in the dark about the big surprise in Vegas. She thought I was flying home today.

The flight was short and uneventful. So short, in fact, that I couldn’t complete the crossword puzzle in the magazine. When I got to the gate, I found that he11o_sunshine and jkashlock‘s flight was getting in early, so I walked over to their gate to meet them. We then headed to baggage claim so I could get my bag. We were also able to check into the hotel. All that was left was to wait for Doug.

His flight got in early but we couldn’t find him and he wasn’t answering his phone. Finally, at close to 11 AM, Jen spotted him wandering around upstairs. We found out that his phone was broken and he had been wandering around looking for us. We caught a taxi to the hotel, checked in, and then headed to another hotel for lunch so that we didn’t run into Mom and Dad prematurely.

Finally, around 2 PM or so, Dad called and told us to meet him at the Bally’s sports book. We walked over there (in the near 100 degree sun) and met him. He led us to where mom was sitting at video poker. He told her he had a surprise for her, while we all hung back. She closed her eyes as instructed and we all stood around her. Then she opened her eyes. From her reaction, I think she was pretty surprised!

Lots of activities the rest of the day. We had drinks at a bar in the Bellagio. Then we decided to go to the pool, which we did. I would be remiss to mention the fact that at one point, I was spirited away by a bunch of bachelorettes, as a part of a bachelorette party, which Doug and Jason would have no part in. I didn’t mind. After, I went back to the hotel room to rest for a little while. At 6:30, we headed to Emeril’s for dinner. More drinks. And excellent food. Doug and I shared some tuna steak tartare for an appetizer and I had–you guessed it–the copper river salmon for the main course.

After dinner people wanted to go gamble but I was beat. I headed back up to the room and went to sleep. I don’t even remember Jen and Jason getting back. But I did hear Doug come in just before 3 AM. He had lots of beads and he said he’d lost $100 all told. It was a fun day.

Groceries and shopping and bills, oh my!

Back from grocery shopping. I also went to get Zeke some more of his canned food. They were completely out of the small cans (which is the first time that has ever happened) and so I had to get him some of the larger cans. But I was told they should have the small cans soon.

When I got home, I unloaded the groceries and then did a little cleaning up of the back yard. I’d been meaning to clean out the recycling bin for a while now, and I got that taken care of, as well as getting rid of a bunch of trash.

I took care of four bills that needed to be paid

I spoke to Mom, wishing her a happy Mother’s Day. I spoke briefly to Dad as well.

The laundry is underway. It looks like I’ve got 4 or 5 loads to do.

And I spent about 15 minutes on the phone with customer service for a service issue that I needed to get cleared up. I hate being on the phone with customer service because try as I might to explain things in the very simplest terms, using as few words as possible, and as clearly as I can, I inevitably have to repeat myself two or three times.

Great minds

Last night at 8:30, I sat down for a video chat with Mom and Dad. We had arranged the video chat because they wanted to watch me open the gift they sent me. I was eager to do so as the package had been sitting in my living room for two days and I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what it might be.

So there, on a live video chat, I opened it up with Mom and Dad looking over my shoulder.

You’re not going to believe what they got me

Dinner at Daniel’s

Doug had to work most of the day yesterday and he finally got home around 5 PM. Shortly after he got home, he, Mom, Dad and I headed out to the Keg to have some drinks and sit around chatting, while Rachel, Ruby and Carson got a break from our hijinks. We then headed over to the restaurant around 7:30 PM. We had to take two cars and we dropped Carson off at Theresa’s house on the way. Doug was playing Richard Cheese in the car and Dad was in the back seat and Doug managed to leave the car at the worst parts of “Baby Got Back” and “Badd”, leaving me to fend for myself.

Daniel’s in Bellevue is on the 21st floor of a hotel and when we were seated, we had a pretty nice view of downtown Seattle in the distance. The food was really good. I had a 13 ounce fillet mignon with a peppercorn brandy sauce, and a baked potato. I had some clam chowder, too. Ruby was with us and was very well-behaved. She had a hamburger and fries, and some root beer, all of which are among her favorites.

It was a very nice dinner and a very nice evening, and we were all wiped out by the time we got home last night. Now it’s 8:30 AM (PST) and I’ already hungry again! My flight leaves Seattle at 5 PM this afternoon.

Black Friday

I was up at 6 AM this morning after falling asleep almost instantly last night, and sleeping soundly through the night. Doug had to go into work this morning and he left around 6:30 AM. People finally started getting up around 7:30 AM. We had some bagels for breakfast and spent most of the morning just lazing around.

I upgraded my return flights home tomorrow night. I am wait-listed on the flight from Seattle to San Francisco, even though it looks as though there are plenty of first class seats. I am confirmed in first class on the flight from San Francisco to Baltimore. I have a 4 hour layover in San Francisco, and I plan on having a good dinner somewhere in the airport there to kill some of the time. (You know what would be a good idea: movie theaters in airports. I could go and see the new James Bond movie or something to kill the time while I am waiting for my flight.)

Doug is going to try and get off work at 2 PM. Mom and Rachel just went out to get some lunch for us. We are having dinner tonight at about 8 PM at Daniel’s Broiler in Seattle. I am very much looking forward to that meal. For some reason, I’ve felt hungry day.

Mom wants to go shopping and Rachel may want to go too, but I’ve been trying to convince them not to. It would be insane to be at a mall today. You’re liable to end up crying.

Thanksgiving dinner

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, courtesy of Doug and Rachel. Rachel’s sister Theresa and her son Alex were over to have dinner with us as well. We had a turkey, some delicious mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, new potatoes and onions. It was all delicious. After dinner, we had a birthday celebration for Ruby, who will turn 3 years old on December 1. We had pumpkin pie and birthday cake, and Ruby got to open some presents.

We also had an iChat video chat with jen_ashlock and jkashlock since they were in New York and couldn’t be here for Thanksgiving.

I am both stuffed and exhausted. I was ready to go to bed at 7 PM (after having gotten up at 1 AM PST this morning)! But it looks like I’ll be off to bed in the next hour or so.

Gloomy morning

It’s a pretty gloomy, almost fall-like morning today. I took today off because Mom is in town and we were going to head into Annapolois, but we are waiting to see what the weather is going to be like for the rest of the day.

I’m about 1/4 way through Fritz Leiber’s The Wanderer and it’s slowing down on me a bit. I don’t know if I’ll have the patience to finish it up. I may bail on it today and start on something else.

I’m not going to say anything about the fact that today is 9/11. It’s all you hear about when you turn on the news and the blogsphere is overflowing with 9/11 stories and sentiment (although I was pleased to see that Ken Jenning’s made no mention of it on his blog this morning). I can’t add anything new to what people are saying, and frankly, I don’t believe that anyone else can either.

Thank god for baseball!

I got a good night’s sleep last night, after a long day yesterday. After breakfast this morning, Mom and I went for a walk around Buddy Attick lake in Greenbelt. We then headed up to Baltimore for the Yankees game. The weather was perfect today, with great breeze blowing in off the harbor. And of course, the game was great too with the Yankees winning 9-4. After the game, we headed to the inner harbor and ended up at McCormick and Schmick’s for dinner. I had their Sockeye Salmon and it was outstanding (still, not quite as good as Copper River salmon, but close).

In Baltimore, I parked at the Sheraton Inner Harbor, which is where I usually park if I am going to the Inner Harbor after the game. It’s about halfway between Camden Yards and the inner harbor. About 1 block from the stadium, we passed a small church with a sign out front that read: “The Yankees are coming. God bless us all!” I thought that was amusing. After the game, we passed the church again as we headed toward the harbor, and we noticed that the sign had changed. It had been altered by one word. It now read:

The Yankees are going. God bless us all.

You’ve got to love a church that (a) has a sense of humor; and (b) can figure out a way to mention the Yankees on their sign only a block a way from Camden Yards (the sign never mentioned the Orioles).

Tourtist day

I got to bed really late last night, and then had to be up at 5:30 this morning in order to pick up Mom from the airport. So up I was and headed to BWI. Mom’s flight was right on time. We picked up her luggage and headed back down here. She managed to get some sleep on the plane.

We had breakfast at IHOP and then headed back home so that I could watch the space shuttle launch on NASA TV. I was anxious, as usual as the countdown approached liftoff, and I watched carefully as the shuttle cleared the tower, rolled over and accelerated on it’s way into space. Fortunately, it was a smooth launch! We’re back in business!

At about 11:30 AM, we headed downtown. First, we stopped at Pentagon City so that I could show Mom where I worked. We went up to my office and I proudly demontrated my view of the inside of the Pentagon City Mall from my windows. Then, we headed to the National Mall, where there was some kind of big, carnival-like event going on. We walked from L’Enfant Plaza, along the mall to 14th street, then cut over to 15th and walked up to Pennsylvannia Avenue. We walked along Pennsylvannia avenue, passing behind the White House, and a protest of Bush (where some of the protesters were being arrested) and continued along, into Washington Circle and finally into Georgetown. Down at the Georgetown waterfornt, we stopped at Nick’s Riverside Grill for a late lunch.

We got back home around 5 PM and I flipped on the Yankees game and watched the Yanks beat the Orioles 3-2, while Mom napped. We ended up having late dinner at the Outback Steakhouse.

I’m pretty tired at this point, however and so I’m off to bed! It was a nice day, a lot of walking, but fun.