Vacation – Part I

I’ve been wanting to write about our vacation to Florida for some time now and just could never get around to it.  We’ve been home for more than 2 weeks now so this should be challenging.

We left on a Tuesday and arrived at the resort at Amelia Island at a fairly decent time….pretty close to what we planned.  We drove through quite a bit of rain, but nothing like what we experienced driving to KC last year.   I am thinking it was around 2:15.  But it was quite a walk to our room.   We were on the 3rd floor and still had a nice view of the ocean.  After changing, we went down to the pool area and hung out, but soon Julie wanted to go down to the beach.  I must say I didn’t enjoy being on the beach as much as I thought.  It was fairly deserted and the water was wavy and choppy, but what really drove me crazy was how windy it was.  Maybe I am confusing the experience with the next morning when we also went to the beach, but I think both days were windy.  I went back to the pool area before the others did but they joined me about 30 minutes later.

That night we ate on the premises at a pretty delicious pizza place.  I can’t recall the name, but liked it a lot.  It’s obviously a slow time for the resort as hardly anyone was around.  There were a bunch of shops there, but most were closed.  Even miniature golf was not open, which was something we wanted to do but had to wait for the next morning.

So the next morning we tried their miniature golf course, which wasn’t bad.  Certainly offered plenty of shade.  We also went to the beach one last time before we packed it all up and headed for St. Augustine.  It rained on the way to St. Augustine and was pouring when we entered the visitor center.  But when we hit our first destination, the rain had slowed down considerably.

Our first destination was Castillo De San Marcos, a fort much like one we visited in St. Petersburg years ago.  I really enjoy such forts, but Grace went into complain mode and Roman joined her.  After leaving there, we went to their shopping district area, which went a little better, but this time I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I knew there was really not much for me to buy.  So after eating some pizza at supposedly the second best pizza place in the NATION (it was OK), we hit the road once again and headed for Orlando.

(to be continued)

Long Day of Fencing

Yesterday Pope hosted the fencing tournament and it was one long day.  I become officially certified as a director after taking the test on Thursday night at Chattahoochee High School (weird test, by the way) and then got observed Saturday.  I alternated between score keeping and directing, but didn’t get to watch Roman until the DE’s.  Julie came and watched him in his pool and he won all 5 of his matches.  The pool I was directing was VERY competitive as no one fencer won all his matches even though we had some of the best in it.  Therefore, Roman was actually seeded 6th after the pools.  Unfortunately, in the field of 32 he lost to a teammate.

The meet went on until nearly 5pm and then we went home, sat for an hour, and went out to Keegan’s.  I was watching the Royals lose at the time, so I didn’t mind leaving, but I missed out to Cagle’s pumpkin patch because I had to drive Roman since we didn’t go straight over from the meet.  I was disappointed at the adult turnout (two other couples and not the coach) and the fact they didn’t have the Royals on TV, since they came back and won!  I got us out of there at 8pm, but that’s still a long time to spend with the group.

Reading Ignited?

So earlier this week I got not one but TWO notifications that a book I put on hold was in.  So now I have 3 weeks to read both “Tell No One” (which I started) and “Front Runner” (new Felix Francis). I don’t know if I can do it.  Going to be REALLY tough, considering I read none of it this weekend.

The Week(s) in Games

Still haven’t managed to write consistently, but oh well.  Watching the Patriots vs. Colts right now and hoping i can focus enough to write.

So I got the games from IELLO while away and started by bring Nyet with me to play at work.  I did not go to the Jason’s Deli meetup after getting back from vacation.  I enjoyed Nyet, especially the artwork.  Later that night, Roman and I played Sapiens, which I also really enjoyed, but the argument from reviewers is that it could lead to analysis-paralysis, and I can believe that.

I was able to attend the Jason’s Deli event the following Monday and broke out Medieval Academy to play.  I was skeptical of how it would go as I don’t think Penny Press went over well, and that was on me.  But Medieval Academy was a hit with me, Andy, and Misty, and would have been even better with more people.  Great game.  I also played Will’s Age of War, which reminds me of a bit more complex Easy Come, Easy Go, but is essentially a dice game.  Also got in some Codenames before I had to leave.  As I started to think about if I missed a game, I just remembered I played a guy’s prototype and it did not go well at all.  What was supposed to take 15 minutes took over an hour.  The game was too close to Specter Ops.  Have a hard time believing he’s never played it.

Our Thursday Throwdown a few days later was Codenames, so twice in one week.

Saturday was a big day of games because it was Roman’s confirmation.  He picked the games and we introduced his sponsor John to Fluxx, playing a couple games of this.  We also played Codenames (again!) and that got some heated arguments going.  I once again picked the assassin when paired with Roman.  Oops.  We also played a game of Resistance and easily sniffed out the spies (Roman and Mike).  Later that night, Roman’s friend Noah was over and we played Rattlebones (lost again), but the highlight was getting out Dogs of War.  Just love the game and came one shy of winning (Mike won).  We ended up playing until almost 2am unfortunately.

I went to Jason’s Deli again this past Monday and played 4 games: Hey Waiter (they didn’t like it), Impulse (I didn’t like it), Mascarade (I won), and Between Two Cities (unique scoring but was a little lost).  Mascarade was a lot like Coup, and I am not so sure I am a fan of it, just as I am not much of a Coup fan.

But this past Thursday we did get in one of my favorites at work: Colt Express.  Love that game.

Halloween Boot Camp

Today I started a “boot camp” in our company gym in which each day you are given a different exercise (disguised as a task) to earn points.  It’s all on an honor system.  Whoever scores the most at the end of the month wins two tickets to some corn maze.  I really don’t care about the prize; I was just looking for some variety.

Today the task was to escape zombies by running (or walking) one mile.  Though I am not much into running, I was able to do a running mile.  I already got a look at tomorrow’s exercise and it looks brutal.  There are nine different exercises with about 10-20 reps of each.  You are supposed to do 10 sets!  First, I am not sure how long that will take, but it doesn’t matter.  I can’t see my body holding up.  We’ll see.  I am told we will get points even if we just do ONE set.

So Far, So Good

I’m doing fantasy football again after a couple year hiatus.  I focused on getting top notch receivers and so far it has worked; I’m 3-0!  Not sure it can last.  My running back situation is kind of a mess.  But hey, I did pick up the Denver Broncos defense and those guys have been red hot.  Not too shabby with Matt Ryan and Jimmy Graham either.

Fencing Season

Fencing season has started again, with the first tournament a little over a week ago. Once again I am volunteering, though I am not getting to do the scoring software like I hoped.  They need people to direct/ref, and once again it’s the same people doing it for the most part.  The thing is that this year they require certification and I am not certified so the first tournament I only kept score.  And there is another tournament on Saturday in which I will only keep score.  While there was to be a clinic tonight to get me certified, that has been postponed to Saturday, October 10….the same date as Roman’s confirmation, so I won’t be there.  Oh well.  Not my fault.