Sweet and Sour Sauce

Because I don’t spend enough time in front of the computer throughout the week, I decided to take my talents to the back porch and do some serious blogging. I am still undecided if I am grossed out by the term “blogging” or turned on. It’s still up for debate.

Today has been an oddly productive day and I honestly don’t remember the last time I have had a Saturday where all I did was hang out at the house and get things done. I have done all my laundry, cleaned the house and cleaned out my pond in the backyard. I also have had a few new additions to the fam.

I’d like to introduce you to Steve II (orange one), Mark II (black one on the far right), and Gary (orange and white one). They’ll be joining us for cocktails on the back porch this spring. I’m a little worried about Steve II. I’ve already had to rescue him from a rock because he beached himself. He’s the wild card of the bunch.

I have been blowing up the vacations as of late and I have one more this week before buckling down for a few months until June. At the end of February, a buddy invited me along to go to Colorado to ski at Wolf Creek. It was a blast!

It was about a 10 1/2 hour drive from OKC and we stayed for 4 days, skiing for 3 of them. This was only my second time to go skiing and the last time was 9 years ago when I was a junior in high school. I picked it up very quickly again and we did work on the slopes. I am looking forward to going back again next year. I took a ton of video and I am slowly making a short compilation of everything. I will post that when I get it done (in the fall).

Just last weekend, Cole and I took a short little vacay up to St. Louis for some Mardi Gras fun. Apparently, Mardi Gras is a big deal in St. Louis. Who would have known? It was a short 8 hour drive from OKC so we both took the Friday off and drove up. Cole lived there for a year a couple years back and so we met up with his friend Jeff for the weekend. It was a ridiculous time. Saturday was the big festival and parade in downtown St. Louis.

Sunday was a struggle. We didn’t leave STL until roughly 2pm making it a loooooong drive home. We stopped in Tulsa around 7:30 and had dinner with our friend Joel. I finally got to my house at 11:15 and immediately crashed. I didn’t fully recover until Thursday morning. It took a toll on me big time. That’s why I am so thankful for this weekend in town to recoup.

On Tuesday of this week. I am hitting the road again to drive to Dallas to meet my friend Greg. I plan to hang out in Dallas Tuesday night and then Wednesday morning, we’re going to drive to Houston where we will catch a plane and head across the big pond to London. We honestly haven’t planned one thing while were there and I really feel as if that will make it that much more fun. I’ve never been so I am really excited to visit for just under a week. I’ll have plenty to discuss on this topic in the near future.

I get back to OKC on Tuesday next week and we’re FINALLY getting into a basketball league. Last season, the Cosmic Penguins took home the regular season crown but got taken out in the semi-finals in the tournament. This year, we have pretty much the some game plan going into it, but we’re not sure how we’re going to handle this added pressure. Last year, we played on Sundays. This year, we’re playing on Tuesdays. The biggest question mark going into the season is “Are we going to get the same production out of team when we’re actually all sober and not recovering from the night before?” I’ll keep you posted on how the Cosmic Penguins do throughout the season.

Topic Change. I’ve written about this before but I wanted to kind of explain the whole situation. I have reverted back to my old ways…. my sweet and sour sauce days to be exact. I love it. There isn’t a whole lot that I get worked up about and I generally lead a care free lifestyle currently. I used to be this way back in college (sophomore and junior year to be exact). Then things happened and I was forced to plan everything in my life and I kind of got away from how I was usually. I must explain the situation in order for you to grasp the dramatic change in my attitude the past 7 years.

For some reason, I was pretty high strung freshman and sophomore year of school. I got worked up about the littlest things. I knew I did. My friends knew I did. It effected/affected (yep, still don’t know what to properly use those) me everyday. I’m writing this like I was a trainwreck… I really wasn’t, I just was pretty high strung. Then one summer, the summer after sophomore year, I flipped a switch. I told myself I wasn’t going to get angry over little things. I was living in Dallas at the time, interning for the company that I eventually went to work for. I was sleeping on my friend’s couch in Deep Ellum. I had just recently purchased a record player and was living the dream. Scott, Kurtis and Steffen came down to visit me one weekend and we went to a soccer match at the Cotton Bowl one Saturday evening. It got out late and we went through Ronnie Mac’s drive thru. Inside was closed so we parked the cars and ate on the curb. At this point, we’re all having a good time telling stories and laughing when Scott gets up and says, “Hey! Watch this.” By saying this, you are forfeiting the right for whatever it is your doing to end well….. Scott then serves up a closed sweet and sour sauce container and spikes it with full force. I want to think he meant to spike it into the ground, however, he spiked directly into my right eye. He delivered an unbelievable facial. Sweet and sour sauce went everywhere. At this point, we hadn’t all hung out at all during the summer, so they weren’t aware of my leaf turning so they fully expected to be walking back to the place where we were crashing. Instead of punching Scott directly in the throat, I took a fry and scooped that sauce out of my eye and ate that delicious treat. The crowd burst into applause and from that point on (until senior year) I enjoyed a pretty laid back life.

Aaaaaaaand that is the way things have been lately…. (super antic-climatic ending to a post. You’re welcome.) Until next time, fin.

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