Saturday, March 29, 2008

Another Day, Another Dollar

Saturday's Project
Originally uploaded by psubuzz

Today, Dan (pictured above) and I decided to build a patio for the the grill I got for Christmas. Four hours and $100 later, mission accomplished. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be though the blisters that are currently forming on my hand will hurt for awhile. The REAL question is whether or not the garbage trucks are going to pick up the 350 lbs. trash can of dirt on Thursday.

I know you're asking, what in the world were you doing with dirt in the trash can.... well, ask Dan... it was his idea. ;)

Local Sport News (3-29)

In local sports news, the Wizards won a big game over the Kings tonight 114-108 further improving their impressive March record.

Meanwhile, the Flyers lost in OT and Carolina won big over the Trashers making it harder for the Caps to make the playoffs. I think our only hope is going to be catching up with Boston or Philly, but Boston has a game in hand at this point, so I guess we'll see how the weekend plays out.

And Then There Were None...

No Big Ten teams left in the tournament. It's not that I'm surprised that both Michigan State and Wisconsin lost to Memphis and Davidson respectively, I'm more surprised at how badly they were dispatched. Wisconsin couldn't find an answer for Stephen Curry and Davidson and MSU was completely run out of the gym by Memphis. They say that this could be the first Final Four that contains all of the #1 seeds... I guess we'll see if that's the case on Sunday when play completes.

In our NCAA draft pool, my money pick of Stephen Curry is keeping me within striking distance and if Davidson somehow finds a way to dispatch of Kansas on Sunday, he could be my ticket to the cash this year. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Billygoat is Back

The arrival of spring and warmer weather of course means that it's time to start the trail running again. I figured that since I had been doing 3-4 days of cardio a week over the winter that I would be able to slide back into trail running without a problem...

I finally found a web site that has a great explanation of what the hike/run is like. Click here for more information.

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Sadly, I was only able to run the trail in one direction yesterday and had to hoof it back on the towpath. This morning, I woke up with sore legs from the various muscles you use to maintain your balance as you make your way over the various rocks and branches. Oh well... can't wait for the next run... It's so peaceful out there, though yesterday the quiet was broken up now and again by what appeared to be Fire and Rescue were practicing something on the river as they were speeding up and down in about 4-5 different rafts.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Grenade Ho!

I was racking my brain this morning about what was newsworthy or worth blogging about, and fortunately the daily crime report produced by the City of Alexandria came through for me... Directly from the report:

400 block of Crown View Drive. 03/24 between 3:00 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. The reporting person, a 48 year-old Alexandria man, reported a grenade attached to a basement window in a residence. The Alexandria Fire Department, Arlington County Bomb Squad, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Army Emergency Ordnance Disposal (EOD) responded to the scene. A perimeter was set up and several homes were evacuated. Army EOD safely removed the device from the home.

As you can see from the image below, it's not a neighborhood where one would expect to be requiring a helmet or flak vest, but there's always something interesting going on in Alexandria.

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If you live in the area and do not subscribe to the Alexandria enews, I highly recommend it as you learn a lot about your neighbors by the crimes that are committed... Click here to subscribe.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Fun

Bunny on the Loose
Originally uploaded by psubuzz

Nothing says "Happy Easter" like a baby in a bunny suit. I hope all of you had a peaceful and relaxing Easter!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Badger Fan

Badger Fan

Hoping the Big Ten can continue to represent.

Friday, March 21, 2008



Lauren is apparently bowling here...

Tournament Time

For some reason this Thursday and Friday haven't felt the same as they have in past years. Not sure if it's the fact that not as many of the peeps are able to take the time off, or if it's watching it in the living room versus the "cave" of a few years ago, but it has lacked the excitement of previous years. I am sure this so-so feeling is a combination of the factors mentioned above, and changing priorities, a lackluster day one of the tournament, and a few other life changing events over the past few months... In any event, it feels like a little bit of the magic, or "madness" if you will, has disappeared for the moment. Honestly, up until Davidson's win over Gonzaga, and W. Kentucky's win over Drake, I was more interested in doing some spring cleaning than watching hoops.

Side note: how in the world is W. Kentucky beating Drake an upset? Since when did Drake earn the right to be "upset?" Makes no sense to me.

Anyway, Georgetown advances, and of my NCAA draft team (see below), only one guy (from Kent St.) has been eliminated in the first round... Could mean big things for Team B-rad...

Team B-rad
Josh Shipp - UCLA
Darrell Arthur - Kansas
Stephen Curry - Davidson
David Padgett - Louisville
Connor Atchley - Texas
Wayne Chism - Tennessee
Lazar Hayward - Marquette
Keaton Grant - Purdue
Kyle Weaver - WSU
Al Fisher - Kent St.
Keith Benjamin - Pittsburgh
James Mays - Clemson

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

3 Goals in 4 Minutes

After a sluggish 1-0 first half DC exploded to make it 4-0 by the 68th minute. Not a bad first home game of the season.

UPDATE:Game finished 5-0 after the flurry during the second half.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Milking Cows

Milking Cows

Dan has done this before.

Ragin Rabbits

Ragin Rabbits

Lauren and Leslie in action. Some have rhythm and some don't. In this case, Lauren does not...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Angry Face

Angry Face

What gene thinks of me blogging.

Yeah... This close

Yep... 3 rows behind the bench.

Monday, March 3, 2008



If you have not heard of the movie stardust I highly recommend you checking it out. We netflixed it and while we were thrown at first by the fantasy nature of the movie we were pleasantly surprised in the end. The cast includes Robert De Neiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, sienna Miller, Claire Daynes and a few others that you would recognize. It's a great break from reality and a fun movie to watch. Which is just what I needed last night after this weekend. Check it out and let me know what you think. 

Sunday, March 2, 2008

More Fun

More Fun

Well, the weekend is over... But it didn't end without a little more excitement. It took a battery reset to get the speedometer working again after the car's fun on Friday.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

And it Continues

And it Continues

I'll have to take some better pictures with my camera but after getting about 6-8 inches of snow last night it has started again this morning (I guess it's still morning though I went to bed this morning... But I digress).  It should make for some more good sledding (yes, we went sledding last night... Morning - sorry).



Safe to say that we were not expecting the "snow emergency" when the group left national airport this afternoon.  And when I say national airport, I mean there was a lot of subterfuge going on before we arrived here at Deep Creek. That being said, before we settled in for the evening we dealt with a stuck MDX, a stuck Mercedes, and a stuck infinity sedan in the snow up here... Snow that everyone down in Alexandria did not deal with this evening.

In any case, we all finally arrived safely, though I definitely got my fill of snow for the winter... Pictures to come. (the fact that I had to push multiple cars this evening is a little annoying and unexpected).

But like I said, I will post some pictures of the debacle when we get back.