Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
A busy weekend, indeed. Friday evening I get a call from Marni inviting me to dinner with the gang at a tiny Asian restaurant in the Tops plaza on South Clinton... a place I've overlooked the six dozen times I've been there. Rachael picked me up and we enjoyed a long overdue delicious meal family style before heading off to the dollar theatre to watch the Simpsons movie.. finally. A quickie evening, but by the time I got home, I still had enough energy and oomph to make an apple pie that would become crucial to the enjoyment of the rest of the weekend.
Saturday I had plans to meet up at Chris's house to play a game called Warrior Knights, a potentially five/six hour game. He asked us to review the rules earlier in the week... something I just never got around to doing. Finally finding his house in his huge housing complex, a different gang chomped down dozens of tacos from Taco Bell before delving into a game that I eventually won shortly after four. Very quick. Of course I won... it was my first time playing. But it was pretty interesting... a battle of wits over control of cities and managing a council and feeding your troops. Definitely something to play again.
Since I had dinner plans with Deb at the casino, I left Chris's and raced to meet up with Jennifer, Deb, Anita and one of her friends. Gambling a little (and losing a bit of money) we hungered ourselves up before sitting down to eat. We were all ravished. The food was great.. prime rib and delicious steak. These guys know what a good meal looks like. We caught up.. I made them laugh... I was a little hyper and I had a great time. I felt like everything was rushed.. but I gambled a bit more before leaving for Rochester around 7 to meet up with another gang to go through the Haunted House. (videos on previous post) I was a bit late... as always.. but everyone was waiting patiently, thankfully. For $15, we enjoyed four different haunted houses...
The first one was themed like an insane asylum, which was probably the best out of all of them. The other three, while not as good, were still a lot of fun to go through with the whole gang. We had so many people that we had to split up into groups of 5. I kept getting yelled at for using my cell phone to give a little light for the walkway. I can't stand absolute darkness. It's too disorienting. You can clearly hear me being berated by not only Jake, but employees to 'Turn off your cell phone!' Oh well. After finishing up with that two hour adventure, I headed to Jake's house (with pie) to watch the movie 'China Town' with Jack Nicholson. Filmed in the 70s, it follows a
Sunday included a morning errand of helping to carry a 500 pound piece of paper cutting machinery off a van, onto a dolly of suspicious working status, into an
But of course I had more to do. I raced off to the Simon School to meet up with my group to pound out something more concrete than the disappointment that we presented to the professor last week. For some reason, they all seemed to want to convince me of their points, like I was the leader. Okay. Sure. But we did get a good plan of action in place
Since Lindsay was back in town from her trip, and Rachael had offered to take me out to dinner to thank me for the help earlier that day, the four of us (Jake too!) went out to Indian Food at Thalia of India down on Winton/Jefferson. Unfortunately, we waited for an hour for our food to finally come. Good as it may have been (and very atkins friends, thank you) I felt cheated: time wise, water wise, temperature wise, blah blah.
Phew. But no, we ended up meeting up with Marni, Sara and Ben for a board game (and the rest of my pie) for the rest of the evening, watching tv, eating ice cream and joking about everything and nothing. I practically lived with the Massey's this weekend... hmm, sick of me yet? I guess the video of Spider Sue makes up for that. Marni and the gang watched it at least 60 times. Nice.
Posted by Luke at 11:52 AM
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Not sure how interesting these videos will be, but the screams are pretty funny. You can't see anything. This is a couple of us going through a couple haunted houses tonight... ! And you can hear Jake yelling at me to close my cell phone since it was giving off light and spoiling the 'complete darkness mood'.
Posted by Luke at 12:18 AM
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Posted by Luke at 8:37 AM
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
This weekend I drove down to the Washington, DC metro area and visited Laura for a weekend of catching up, eating and much needed Wii playing. In my traditional and repetitive manner, I left late getting on the road and spent about 7 hours (after golf carting around on campus all day) getting down to Alexandria, VA.. arriving shortly after midnight. Laura greeted me at the door and her husband, Luke, quickly offered to take the edge off by getting me something to drink.
Saturday we spent the day at Six Flag America... an amusement park very much like our own Darien Lake. Between the traditional bumper carts and pirate ships.. to the more adventurous Mind Eraser and Joker rides.. four of us spent the day laughing, screaming and having a great time. Having stopped at Five Guys burger joint right before and then eating delicious Thai food right after, the day was fun filled and fully recorded by my kodak and cell phone cameras. Did you see the videos? Cause I've shown pretty much everyone else them at least once.
Laura and Luke introduced me to the Wii. While I have seen the Wii in action at Amber's house and have seen how much fun people can have with it... much like guitar hero.. I have not partaken in the fun. But being the daring soul that I am (???), we played Wii bowling, tennis and Mario Party 8 for several hours. Laura's Luke kept the amaretto sours flowing.. which wholely took the edge off of Laura kicking my ass in every game. At least I beat Luke at Mario Party on Sunday.
Sunday included a delicious lunch at an Indian basement-ery, with plenty of naan bread.. though I think the poor restaurant had to hire extra help for as many trips back to the buffet that we made... the food was wonderful and exotic and everything that non-American food should be. We walked along the Potomac River... enjoying some of the fitness exercising the walking trail insisted you try (my favorites included the 'hand walk' and the 'bunny hop') and then made our way into Old Towne to shop the high life at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Maybe not high, but I love fancy grocery stores... so much so that all my gifts for people this trip are in the form of food. Hey, who wouldn't want that?
Laura made a tempting and very appetizing dinner before her husband may have inadvertently broken a wine glass into shards into the main dish. As exciting as every aspect of the trip was, it wasn't as heart pumping as the near death experience that her Luke had after a minor mishap with a boiler beaker of pre-beer form and yeast. I guess my hobbies are equally as dangerous, but far less intoxicating. No pain, no gain.. and his beer tastes good. If you like beer.
I left Monday morning back to Rochester around 7am, obviously as previously mentioned, and enjoyed the drive back.. even if it felt to drag on forever. But Laura is worth it.. and I don't see her enough. Miss you, already, Laura!
Lots of pictures from the weekend, but they're hidden away here. Enjoy!
Monday, October 22, 2007
You cannot imagine the beauty of the drive I had from Washington, DC back to Rochester, NY this morning. On Friday, on my way down, I got a quick glimpse as the sun was setting, but I had the full range of colors this morning. Enjoy! I know I did.
You'd think I was being incredibly lazy blogging about a weekend over a week after it happened. But last weekend I went to New York City with my sister Nola. We left around noon on Friday and got there around 4pm. We hung out, walked around and waited for Sheila to get home from work. Tired and hungry, we went to this fantastic Thai restaurant right down the street a little and filled up on yummy rice and noodle dishes before heading downtown into the city to enjoy a crisp fall evening, skateboarders in the park and seeing Times Square all lit up at night. Enjoyed a show in the window of the M&M store and made our way home after enjoying a couple drinks and nachos at Cosmic Cantina Mexican bistro bar.
Saturday we went to Central Park and laid in the sun for a couple hours, met up with Russ and walked through China Town, Little Italy (getting a delicious lunch) and shopping through a very cool part of town. We shopped, we walked, we laughed, we subwayed and we ended up in Brooklyn for more shopping before heading back to Sheila's place for mixed drinks and Greek take out food. I love Sheila's block...! We headed out to a Hookah bar down the road for a couple hours before making our way back home.
Sunday morning (late) Russ left us for his place and Sheila, Nola and I headed to Little India (Jackson Heights) in my car for Indian food and bodega shopping. We spent the rest of day taking it easy, getting supplies, hair cuts, eating and a quick nap before leaving at 4pm to get back to Rochester by 10:30. All in all a wonderful and delicious weekend.. and the food was great too!
Posted by Luke at 2:29 PM
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I'm in D.C. (Alexandria) with Laura and Luke (if you didn't guess!)... today we went to Six Flags with the sweet free tickets I got through MyCokeRewards.com Nice! Enjoy the pictures!
Christie enjoying the bumper carts...
Laura & Luke, being all married and crap...
Laura & me! I think we're in front of Superman
Kill her! 'lectrify her! :)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
So I had this huge homework study session going last night and then today from around 10 until 2.. and then I had to meet with my group to work on stuff from 2 until 4... but this was also the same time Jake and Dennis were going GeoCaching (along with me if I didn't have schoolwork)... but I was able to get ahold of them around 5 and drove up to 'Seth Green Park' up in Northern Rochester to join in on the fun.
When I got there, Jake had said to climb down the hill and then climb up another hill to get to the cave entrance. CAVE? Oh yes. This mother was HUGE.. and spewing water out like a waterfall. I finally got to them.. and realized this cache was gonna be one of the hardest if not the BEST cache we've ever done. By the time I got there, Jake and Dennis had already swam through neck high water inside the cave 1/4 mile down to find a tiny plaque that gave new coordinates for the 2nd part of the cache. So I joined them in trying to find the ammo box for the next 2 hours... all along it getting dark.
Cave entrance... I did not go in here.
Video of Jake and Dennis looking for the cache... we're almost ready to give up.
Jake ready to throw up... tired as hell and losing hope (and stinky from the sewer!)
Dennis found the cache!
Dennis now examining the bounty... it's all old and rusty...
Had a great time.. plus afterward, we all met up at Marni's and watched a 4 episode marathon of Survivor... having a kick ass time and eating quiche, oreos and leftovers from parties... oh, this season is hilarious!
Posted by Luke at 11:54 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
It's funny that Buffalo even has a metro service, but it's cool that it does. One line... runs from the University about 5 miles down to the Sabres HSBC stadium. Clean, fast, cheap.. it works!
Posted by Luke at 6:46 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
So tonight we had a small 4 person dinner party planned... sorta impromptu from a discussion I had with Nicole on Sunday. However, texting occurred, lots and lots of texting... and plans expanded to NINE PEOPLE being invited to come to MY PLACE tonight. I made a ton of delicious food and I'm hoping everyone had a great time! Here are a couple pictures from tonight...
On the menu:
Two bottles of wine
Chips & salsa
Green Bean Casserole
Corn on the Cob
Butternut squash fries
Fresh baked bread
Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Had a ton of fun.. plus the conversation was exceptional. Looking forward to seeing these guys again.
Katie & Nicole
Arman & Katie
Utsav & Nicole