Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Luke!

So my Uncle Jim gave me tickets for any of the Busch theme parks, and it just so happens that Williamsburg is home to Busch Gardens Europe! I surprised Luke with a trip to the park for his birthday. I asked him what he thought I had planned for the birthday and he was like I don't know, it isn't Busch Gardens is it? That kind of discouraged me from thinking he'd like the whole thing, but I went along with it anyway.

I had him blindfolded for the drive over there, but when we got to the parking lot he could see where we were b/c he was laying down. He said he was pretty upset that we were going there b/c he didn't want to spend the $100 or whatever it would've cost to get in. Then I told him about my sweet deal and he was able to have a fun day.


We got to the park almost when it opened so we got to ride 3 of the big ones before noon, which was pretty fast I thought. Here we are in front of 3 of them...they were all kind of intermingled.

The "Griffon" is supposedly the scariest ride in the world!?!? It takes you some 200 feet up and then hurdles you 90 degrees straight down at 70 mph. Dang, was I scared. Then I looked over and saw an 8 year old little girl getting in the line for the front, so I figured if she could take it, I could take it. And I could, it was pretty fun I might add. Oh and they hang you at the 90 degree angle looking down at the crowds below for a couple of seconds before they drop you, that was kind of scary :)


We must be old people, by the time 3:00 came around, we were ready to hit the road. We made it just in time for happy hour at Sonic!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Got my keys

So Steph and I got our Virginia driver's licenses the other day. We looked almost as excited as this guy. He must have just turned 16. That's all.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

NItro is in the house!

So as some of you may know, Luke and I played on a co-ed indoor soccer team with people from Luke's work. We are definitely going to miss playing with team NItro (especially since that was the only work out we got all week) Well at our last game, we received a "team ball" signed by our fellow teammates and of course Kevin the ref. We intended to take a picture of us with the ball at all the key points along the drive from Austin to Williamsburg, but it is pretty impossible to find a good spot that says "Good-bye Texas", "Welcome to Arkansas", etc...so all we got was the one in Memphis :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

My beef with gasoline pumps

So, Stephanie made this thing to keep people updated on our life here in faraway Virginia land. Seems kind of narcissistic to me, but hey, I guess I am kind of fascinating.

Anyways, on the way up here we filled up with gasoline probably 5 or 6 times. During that time, the silly machine at the pump that's always bothered me just a little bit was amplified due to the frequency of filling the tank. To understand my peeve, let's walk through a typical refueling scenario. Each step lists the text on the pump screen and what it's really trying to say in parentheses:
  1. Press debit or credit or prepay inside. (You look suspicious and we are concerned you will steal our gas.)
  2. Please slide your card. (We will beep at you incessantly if you do not press debit or credit first, even though it does not matter)
  3. Please enter your 5 digit zip code. (This is the easiest number for a thief to find out about you, he can enter your name on the internet white pages and presto, we've kept your identity insecure)
  4. Would you like a car wash? (These normally range in price from a $3 light rinse, to a $15 complete scrub with a giant blow dryer at the end)
  5. Are you sure you don't want a car wash? We offer it at a discount. (Your car is dirty)
  6. Select grade. (As if those numbers really mean anything to you)
  7. Begin fueling. (We've likely removed the little holder thing because we don't trust our own mechanism. We'd rather have you stand there in the heat or rain or cold and stop it yourself.)
  8. Replace nozzle. (Enjoy the gasoline smell after it drips on your hand.)
  9. Would you like a receipt? (If you say yes, the printer will jam and not print anyway, so you might as well say no.)
Oh yeah, I wrote all that. Think about that next time you pump.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

We're part of the blog world!

So we decided that since we're shipping off to a far away land, we would start a blog to keep all you friends and family updated on what we do :) I hope you enjoy!