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We got up rather late (9-ish) and went to church shortly thereafter. Mainly it was a ceremony to honor mothers, being Mother's Day.

So afterward, we came back to the house, grabbed a quick lunch (bratwurst & salad), and Scooter came by about half an hour earlier than we expected, so we ran around and left out shortly after 1:00.

The drive to Sherman is interminable going the back roads, because there is just nothing to look at. Trees. Sign. Trees. Grass. Trees. Grass. Bridge. Grass. Cows. Grass. Cows. Sign. Grass. Grass. Cow. Barn. Sign. Grass. Cows. Trees. Grass. McDonald's. Then you meet Hwy 82, and you're basically there.

So we got tickets for the 4:00 showing of Van Helsing, then bummed around the mall for awhile. +Kyle had a nosebleed shortly after we arrived.

Really, all we did was play in the arcade. I did pod racing, but the screen is going out, so it wasn't a very successful run. +Kyle found an awesome game that senses your movement - you're a member of the Japanese police, and you go in, taking out the yakuza (Japanese mafia). Very very cool. If you duck, the viewpoint ducks. Hide behind a wall, likewise. Stand up to fire, etc. It's really awesome. They need it in Huntsville if they don't have it already. Can't remember what it was called, though. Scooter very nearly beat Soul Caliber. On the very last guy, in the very last battle, the enemy overtook him with a series of devastating blows. He said it was the closest he's ever come to beating it without using any Continues. ^_^ After that, he challenged us each to air hockey. +Kyle won 7-6, in a very long match. The puck flew off the table several times. My game wasn't nearly as long, but I still did pretty well - 7-6, but Scooter won that time. My weak spot is the right side of the goal, and I didn't guard it very well.

After playing, it was getting close enough to 4:00 that we decided to head toward the theatre. We got there about 10 'til, and the place was pretty much packed. Our seats were in the front row of the stadium area, which is placed *about* as far back as we like to sit, so they were decent.

Van Helsing - possible spoilers ahead )

After the film, we went for Chinese at China Star. It was of course quite good. It's no Formosa, and hopefully one of these days we can show our friend what REAL Chinese tastes like...but it was still good. We made small talk...largely about the movie.

by now it was about 7:30, and thus far too early to think about calling it a night, so we decided to go back through Durant and do the Sunday night bowling deal. It didn't start until 10, so we put our names on the list - lane 16 - the first lane we ever played. Since it was rather early yet, we went for coffee at the Waffle Shoppe. I don't remember much of the conversation...just enjoyed the company. I know 80s cartoons were discussed at some point. Probably plans for the future. Reminiscence... I tried not to think about the fact that this was our last outing.

So...Bowling! On Sundays, it's a $5 cover (shoes included), and each game is a quarter.
We can play four games in two hours, so this turned out to be a good deal. We still never broke 400, but it was a lot of fun. Scooter & I split a pitcher again, but I didn't get nearly as blitzed as last time. :P That's probably the last time I'll be combining alcohol and any kind of publicly recreational activity, simply because +Kyle only drinks the really dark beers. Maybe if Des comes along, or if we go anywhere with Gamegod and Geekgrrl. Ian's not old enough yet.

The place shut down around midnight, so since I had to be at work later, we figured it was a good idea to get back to Madill. It seems like the ride home was pretty quiet. Bridges were discussed. At some point in the evening, Scooter informed us that the Roosevelt Bridge between Kingston and Durant sways, and he had had to stop on it one time (due to traffic, I think), and noticed it then. Once again, I am not looking forward to the one over the Mississippi on I-40. I always dread bridges of any sort, anyway, but that one is just...yikes... +Kyle jokingly said he was going to cross it and I could follow him or not, but I don't think he realizes just how much they scare me. Worse than high places. Upon a Googling, I find the term to be "gephyrophobia", and that it is a fairly common fear. Meh. Doesn't make me not have to drive over it!

Overall, it was a great day. I can't believe how much I'm going to miss these outings with our illustrious friend - even when he's on a down cycle. Yes, we'll do similar activities with friends in Alabama...I'm really trying to look forward to that...but this especially hurts.
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I have been sick ALL WEEK. It just started with a sore throat Saturday, but I didn't really think anything about it. It's Spring...allergy season galore, etc. Sunday it was about the same, but Monday it was definitely uncomfortable. Tuesday, I decided it was definitely a cold, but figured I wasn't contagious by this point. Wednesday, I was miserable and really needed to not be at work, but as it was Wednesday, I kinda didn't have much choice. Thursday, I stayed home. I was just exhausted from it - slept much of the day, and part of the night as well. Thursday night, we watched Lost in Translation, which was sweet, but also a very sad story, to me. Hits a little close to home right now.

Friday, I was better enough to come back to work, so all is more or less well. So Friday night, we partayed! ^_^ It was a last-minute thing, because VJ and I had planned to go out on the 30th, but things didn't pan out because she's got so much to do here right before graduation. So +Kyle got in touch with Scooter and we all decided to hang out...but what to do? Nothing really worthy opened this weekend, and anyway, we saw Punisher last weekend, and are going for Van Helsing next weekend. Too many movies in a row gets boring. We debated over skating, bowling, going to Sherman and hitting the mall/arcade, going to Stagecoach for karaoke, or just renting like 48 hours worth of movies and making ourselves sick. LOL!

The weather was absolutely horrendous. Lovely green sky, perfect tornadic conditions. We drove through it on the way out to Jim & Nancy's. We prayed for only rain, and from what I have heard, there was no tornadic activity, and very little hail in Marshall County, so we're very thankful for that. We did get a fantastic light and sound show, though, so that was fun.

So we debated for nearly an hour over what to do while the sky cleared, and finally decided that it was really too late to go to Sherman if we weren't going to stay for a movie. None of us was really up for karaoke. My voice is still shot, anyway, so it's just as well. I doubt the guys would get up and sing anyway. :P +Kyle and I at least will go skating next Saturday, and Sunday afternoon we'll all hit Sherman for the mall, Van Helsing, and Chinese. Probably not in that order. So that left our old standby of bowling, and boy was it FUN! ^_^ The lanes were good and slick this time, despite the weather.

We rented a lane for two hours, and did pretty well compared to our usual. Lucky lane #13. The highest game (total for the three of us) was 399. I actually made it over 100 in that game. I think my average is about 80 now, and they each tend to average around 100, I'm going to guess. Still, we played some pretty bad games, too. We can usually get four games in two hours. Sometimes we manage to start a fifth, but only if one of our games involved a lot of strikes. +Kyle didn't want anything to drink, so Scooter got a pitcher of Budweiser, and we split it just about halfway, but it took nearly the two hours to finish. :P Beer is actually pretty good when you're doing some kind of activity, and everything is just a little bit funnier for awhile. I can see why people like to drink it when they're working outside in the heat, but I'd still rather have something fruity.

So after the first game, the guys were hungry. It was after 10, so pretty much everything in Durant was closed, but Taco Mayo was still open, so we went in there. The food is pretty good, but overpriced in my opinion. It's way spicy compared to most fast food "Mexican". The cashier was cool, and the rest of the night crew was tired, but entertaining. Everyone was really nice. It definitely takes a certain kind of person to work night shifts like that. The rain really started coming down hard again, so we waited around awhile, but it let up before they closed at 11:00, so we went back to the bowling place.

Being after 10:00, it was cyber bowling for two hours. They bump the price up by $5, for a foggy, darkened room lit with strobes and black lights. It's kinda cool, because the music mix is better - more techno, danceable stuff. The fog gets a little irritating to the eyes about the end of those two hours, though. Anyway, we decided it was worthy, and played another round. First game, I made a strike right off the bat, which was cool enough, but when they start the cyber bowl, they randomize this orange pin with white stripes as the head pin. If someone makes a strike when that pin comes up, they win cash on the spot. No pressure!

So about the third round of that game, that orange pin came up in our lane...on my turn... T_T NO PRESSURE, remember? I don't even know WHAT I did, but whatever it was, it was like magic, because I knocked every single one of those pins down, and we got back our $25 for the game. I don't know if anyone else applauded, but we were all totally crunk over it at our table. WAI! THAT was completely awesome. I just did this lame football dance the whole way to the desk, I was so beside myself. I can't believe I made that strike.

Consequently, I pulled something in my hand and bowled terribly for the rest of the night, but it was still much fun, overall. We finished out the second two hours, and all bowled pretty badly, as we were getting tired, but that was okay. We went to Waffle Shoppe for coffee around 1:30.

I got quite buzzed by mistake, so I now know my alcohol tolerance is just under than one pitcher over four hours. I definitely wasn't drunk, because I was fine after one cup of coffee and subsequent trip to the loo, nor do I have a hangover this morning. I was just a bit wobbly, and pretty much everything was funny for about 20 minutes, and then I was fine. So I won't be drinking that much again. Fun, but not THAT fun.

So what did we talk about until about 3:30 in the AM? All kinds of interesting topics like:
The planet's natural ability to maintain itself without the help of mankind (and in fact, how mankind's attempts to "save the planet" often create worse problems than we perceive - i.e., smog in overforested areas, and other ozone related problems.)
The Myth of Overpopulation
Viruses (bodily, not digital - everything from ebola to the flu - and why relying on antibiotics is only helping the weak to survive longer - not increase longevity of LIFE)
Said Longevity - People are living longer years now, but their bodies are breaking down at earlier ages than, say, 50 years ago. Mr. Hamby comes to mind.

Hmm...that's the first time I've remembered so many topics so readily over coffee. Interesting.

Well, I'm off to cut out my cloak, and hopefully get it sewn up, as I'm going for the last fitting at Nancy's tomorrow. Then I need a DDR fix in a major way.

'Nother post on why this worked out so well at some point, but...not yet...


Apr. 23rd, 2004 10:53 pm
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Friday evening was much fun. +Kyle & I debated what to do for quite some time, and had just about decided to go pick up a DVD player. I had to run back to work to pick up this week's paper, and when I got back, we had company - Scooter was on his way to his parents' house for the weekend, and stopped to say hi and see if we wanted to go do anything. We stood on the porch for about an hour just mulling over ideas and seeing who could do the most pull-ups on the rafters. (+Kyle did three, over-handed, no less.)

It started to get dark, and we considered either bowling or skating. Ardmore or Durant. Potential for clubbing afterward about the same. Decent coffee vs. not so great coffee. We opted for the coin method of choosing, and heads was bowling, so it was off to Durant after a change of clothes. Fortunately, we had all already eaten.

Durant Bowling Center was still having their April special - $20 for 2 hours at a lane, and a free pitcher of whatever you want to drink. Not a bad deal.

The weather was dreadfully humid, and the air conditioning inside wasn't high enough to do much about it. Everything stuck to everything else. Next time I'm bringing some powder or something for my hands. Yuck.

The first two games, I don't think any of us broke 80. I don't think I even broke 50, actually. Just could not find that rhythm. It didn't help that the first lane they put us in was warped or something. The floor was sticky, too. All in all, it was pretty bad. They moved us two lanes over, and things improved, but still no one was scoring very well. +Kyle did better than either Scooter or me - combined, in some cases. LOL! Poor S. just could not find it for anything. I felt kinda bad for him, but he seemed to be having a good time, despite. There is also the fact that he was on his very last cigarette (of which we're VERY proud!)

About halfway through the third game, I found it. I can finally bowl left-handed, I can step off properly, my speed is WAY up (like double what it was) and I even made a couple of strikes. THAT was satisfying. ^_^ I think I had a 10 lb. ball, down from a 12, although thinking back, it could have been as light as an 8. I'm pretty sure it was a 10, though, because the 6 was WAY too light.

Speaking of a 6, one of the guys found a bright orange ball on a nearby lane, and they both started playing with it, throwing it in rather a shot-put fashion. +Kyle kept getting strikes with the stupid thing. Scooter lost his balance in doing so, and managed to fling himself into the lane instead. We all laughed, and he said that he really should have just gotten up and taken a bow after that one. LOL! I want to say he managed to knock one pin down, but I can't remember for certain.

I think we managed 4 and a half games. I was doing pretty well by the end of the evening, and even Scooter managed to win the final game, but +Kyle smacked us both around, scorewise. He was just on. I'm definitely hoping to be able to get over 100 next time we play. I think I can do it now that I've found where I need to be. I have a killer hook, so with practice, I should be able to cultivate it into something useful.

+Kyle doesn't need any help. He made three strikes in a row during one game, and at least two others separately in the same game. I'm pretty sure Scooter will do better next time, since he'll be detoxed.

Next time, we're going to go on a Sunday night when they have a $5 cover charge, and each game is a quarter. Should be a little cheaper that way, and we can stay longer than two hours if we so choose.

About 11:30, our two hours were up, so we went to the Waffle Shoppe for coffee and chit-chat. It was good that we did so, because as soon as we got there, the bottom fell out of the sky and drenched Durant. The power kept going out for a second or two, but the weird thing was how badly the weather affected the radio.

We talked about all kinds of oddities. +Kyle's whole "the land before time was only this big" big bang thing kept creeping up throughout the evening. I can't remember specific topics. We wander from one thing to another every time, and it's always just interesting.

Don't remember how late we stayed out, but it was great, as always.

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