Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Awesome Mtn. Biking

I am back from Moab, UT and had an amazing time! It is so awesome out there. The scenery is gorgeous and the biking is really hardcore. I was pretty impressed. It was not your average mountain biking experience. We were able to manange though, despite having a group with a big variance in experience.

We went on a pretty basic ride the first day, just to get acclimated to the area and the rental bikes. I was a little worried about it being boring at first, but it turned out to be a good choice. Not tough, but good views, and fun. It also had a pretty good uphill that worked my legs a bit.

The second day we went on the classic ride in the Moab area. It was called the Slickrock trail and it was so cool. About 99% of the trail is o these rocks. You are following around a painted dashed line as the route. Some of the guys couldn't hang on this trail and bailed out, but a good group of us rocked it, including Dad! Everyone had to walk the bikes a little bit because there were some really tough parts, but I tried to minimize that as much as possible and I think I did a good job. I was very impressed with the women that I saw out on the trail. Not many women that I know would be riding it, and I thought that was great!



The last day we did a crazy, mostly downhill trail that was a lot of fun. It was really bumpy with rocks but there were some great jumps to be done. A few times I was worried that I was going to bite it, but I did pretty well. The end of the trail was a tough single track with a big cliff that dropped off to the right. A little scary at times. There really wasn't any time when you could lose focus, or down you went. Dad was a bit intimidated by this, and fell once close to the edge, but he kept up very well!



All in all it was a sweet guys weekend and I wish it could have lasted longer, even though my body probably doesn't. The one thing that was annoying was that the Mormons in UT do not allow real beer in the state, so we were drinking 3.2% beer. Its basically water!!

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Utah!!

I have been in a training class for work all week. It has been a good class about negotiations with contractors. I am looking forward to getting back to the construction office come September!

The Nationals are still doing well!! Tied for first. I am off to Utah this weekend to go mtn. biking with my Dad and some old friends. I am excited!! I have never been to Moab and have heard there is some great biking there! I will post an update when I get back.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Busy, Busy Weekend...

This really nice, really busy weekend started early for me!! Anyway, Thursday afternoon I took off work in the afternoon so that I wouldn't be rushed to geting to my seats for all of the pre-game activites at the Nationals Home Opener!!! What a good time that was. :) The game was really good and despite a slight lapse by the Nats pitcher in the top of the ninth, it would have been a shut-out. The stadium definitely shows its age, and the people working there definitely showed that they were not used to working baseball games. However, it was the action on the field that had most of my attention. Not only did they win the first home game, but they swept the first home series and they are in 1st place in their division! Rejoice now because I am not sure how long it will last.

On another note... I finalized all my tax stuff on Thursday and e-filed them. Now I know why there is a saying that nothing on earth is certain except death and taxes. I am not sure who said that, but its definitely true. I took my taxes to H&R Block last year, because I had never done them myself, and I was behind schedule enough that it wasn't time to learn how. I figured out what the lady helping me was doing pretty easily, so I decided that I would attempt them this year. If I hadn't procrastinated so much, I am sure they wouldn't have been a problem. Also, if I had kept all the tax info that I was sent in one place, that would have made things smoother too. But that would have been way too easy, so I spent a long time preparing them, and I am not ever sure if they are exactly right. Oh well!

Other than Fri., which was spent doing errands and stuff around the house, I spent a lot of time outdoors this weekend. Mostly because it was so nice out. I rode my bicycle and ran Sat. morning in prep for my triathlons. It was a nice crisp morning. Then I had brunch with my mom before she headed home to Pittsburgh and I went off to my softball practice. I am playing on a team in a DC Softball league this year, and it looks like it will be a lot of fun. However, I was very rusty since I hadn't swung a bat or fielded a ball in forever!

Sat. night I went to a Maroon 5 concert, that was really good. They don't have all that many songs, but they have a good sound to them and I even liked the songs that I coudn't sing along too. You know, the ones that aren't played all over the radio! There were tons of young girls there, going crazy over the band members. I guess they are hot or something...

Then on Sun. I had a busy day too. I ran a 5 mile off-road race that was pretty good, minus one small (or rather large) problem. I had forgotten to take my car key out of my pocket before the race started, and about 3/4 of the way through the race, I realized that it was gone, and I had no idea where it was!! I was so mad at myself. The last part of the race I really dropped off my time as I was trying to figure out what the fuck I was going to do! Fortuantely we got the spare from my house and I was able to get it open and we were only held up an hour. After that Andy and I headed to the Nats game to see them sweep the Diamondbacks! It was a nice day to be sitting outside watching baseball.

Well, that's it for now. If I think of other fun things, I will write them later.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Washington NATIONALS!!!!

I was one of the lucky 46,000 fans in DC to get tickets to the home opener for the NEW Washington Nationals. I was just looking over the schedule for the festivities this afternoon and I am so excited. I can hardly contain myself. To be a part of the historical first crowd to see a regular season game at RFK in 34 years is an amazing thing. And I get to see our President throw out the first pitch. Not that I am a huge fan of Bushie, but its still a cool tradition to see. I have my digi camera all charged up and ready to go!

Now, on another note, the Steelers schedule came out yesterday and I am not sure how I feel about it. There are 3 Mon. night games and a Sun. night game. I love watching those late games, but I usually don't pay close attention to them, like I do when my beloved Steelers play. So that is annoying to me. If I could have my way, they would play at 1:00pm on Sun. every weekend, but alas, that is not the case.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Buffett at Nissan!

I am not exactly very happy with Jimmy right now because of his whole summer tour thing, but I am very excited that I may have a lead on 2 lawn tickets that I was unable to get when the tickets went on sale. And I think that they aren't going to be quite as much as I have paid for scalped tickets in the past! I think I can deal with the concert being not on the 4th of July weekend, because I have another tradition that happens that weekend. I am more disappointed with the Wed. night part of the show. Thursday would be better, but a Wed.??? I need to get Jimmy to realize this isn't right... I guess I just have to take a half-day off work, I might just have to be sick, to properly tailgate, Buffett style!

Oh yea, by the way, for those of you who don't know me... you will have to get used to me referring to Jimmy like we are best friends. That's just my obsession speaking. I would love to hang out and be friends with Jimmy because he has such a cool lifestyle and does so many fun things.

A few weeks ago he was down in the Caribbean, just cruising around and he stopped in a bar and played a few songs. Just Jimmy, his guitar, and his barefeet. I am so jealous of the people who were there that night. I think that is my dream evening, just a few people, a bunch of drinks, and Jimmy with his guitar.

Back to reality, I am just going to have to live with seeing him in Va this summer, on a Wed. albeit. He really needs to get on the ball and put out a full length DVD, or multiple DVD's, of his live concerts. Because we all know he won't be playing forever....

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Sports

I am a big sports fan. I just recently bought an XM portable radio and I love it. The XM has Major League Baseball and Nascar. Now there aren't many sports that I won't watch. It must be that competitive nature that I have in me.
I have just gotten back into baseball this year. A lot of it has to do with the fact that DC now has a team. I used to play little league when I was younger, and I have always loved the Pittsburgh Pirates, but after the strike a number of years ago, football and hockey got my attention. I also love my Steelers and Penguins! But back to the diamond... the excitement of the playoffs and World Series last year started my renewed interest in the sport. I think it had to do with the fact that I have a few Yankee's friends and a bunch of Red Sox friends. I am really excited about the Nationals this year. I was so excited that I bought a 20 game season ticket package! Well, this Thursday night is the opening game. I have a feeling it is going to be amazing, even if they don't win.
Without the hockey playoffs to pay attention to this year, I think that drove my interests back to baseball. Again, that competitive nature... Now its not just athletic sports that I am drawn to, although some would say that auto racing is very athletic because of what the drivers go through. I have been following Nascar prety regularly. I am a huge Tony Stewart fan. It all started when he ran the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600 all in the same day. That's 1100 miles of racing in one day. He was on the radio today talking about that. But my motorsports interest doesn't end with Nascar, I am a big motorcycle racing fan. I am going to some races in CA in July and I am exstatic about those!!
I think I have spewed off enough about sports for today, but I am sure that they will be a common thread through out this blog.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Here We Go!!!

I am not sure what it is that drove me to start a blog, but here goes. I was hanging out with some people this past weekend who have them, and after looking at theirs for a while today, I decided that I would give it a go.

I know you can read about me in my profile, but I'll give you a little more here. I am a huge Buffett fan, despite the fact I am annoyed about his concert tour this summer. a.) I didn't get any tickets, thanks to wonderful ticketmaster, b.) the show at Nissan is on a Wed. night! and c.) it isn't on the 4th of July weekend.

I try to be very active in the outdoors, and now that it is nice out, I am going to try harder at that. Plus, I need to get out and get training for the Triathlons that I have signed up for this summer. I have a hard time deciding whether I would rather spend time at the beach or in the mountains. I think a place that has both of them would be great!!

Well, there you have it, a few tidbits for now...