Last night, we hosted a few friends for Wrestlemania. Over the past few years, they have been great to invite us to their place to watch Wrestlemania and the three other big Pay-Per-View events(Summerslam, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble). They recently had the house they were renting, foreclosed on so we were happy to host this year. The match of the night was Ric Flair/Sean Michaels. It was a retirement match for Flair and it was a great one. He lost but, they put on a good show with Sean bouncing off a table that collapsed after he had already hit it full force. The Money in the Bank match was one of the better matches as well. Ladders and flying bodies. Several that-had-to-hurt moments. The overly-hyped match between Mayweather and the Big Show was better than I expected, but had the expected outcome. Overall, it was an ok WM, but not a great one. It was great to hang out and eat munchies with our friends more than anything.
Yesterday, we made a trip to the Military Surplus store to get Jesse some new boots. At the beginning of this year, he asked for some black boots and I rummaged through my closet and came up with a pair of arctic mountain boots from my time in Alaska. He was excited and took them as his own. Less than a year later, he has now outgrown them thus the trip to the surplus store. He got the largest size they had and hopefully they will last him at least 6 months.
Another only in the High Desert story.
Armed robbers beat two men, force them to run away naked
Renee came up with the idea for this design and it is now available through our CafePress.com store. Get this or other designs with the “First Impressions are the most Important” graphic on them. You can also purchase some of Doug’s Photoshop shirts too.
Over the weekend, we had some clouds move in and begin to drizzle and rain. While looking out at the rain, I noticed the drops began to drift a little and become bigger. It was snow! It was just in spurts and then would change back to rain before eventually becoming a steady flurry that began blanketing everything. It accumulated a little and after stopping the snow melted into the soil except on the mountains and some more exposed areas. It was something to see snow falling while the California Poppies in the yard were blooming.
For the third year in a row, ORU has secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament by winning their conference championship tournament. Now it is a matter of what seed they will receive. I am hopeful that they will get at least a 13 or 14 seed. They haven’t won in the tournament since 1974 and winning a game would definitely be a boost as the university has had a lot of turmoil this year. The women also earned an automatic bid by winning their championship. Attending games while a student there was a fun time and I hope they will do well in the tournament.
As some of you close to us know, about a year and a half ago, we experienced some major change in our lives due to both of us being terminated from the same employer within months of each other. The long short of it is that we appealed to a “State” agency for help clearing our names and reputations. The employer was able to convince the agency that we were no good, lying employees that deserved what we got. Yesterday, we received the final correspondence from the agency telling us we have hit the end of the process. Needless to say, I was a bit hurt to know that a good reputation and job history can be tarnished so easily, and holding an employer accountable for false accusations so hard. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad to be working where I am. I am making more money and being treated with respect, while the former employer is now in turmoil as its leader is on administrative leave. Part of me wants to gloat over that, while another part prays that they see what they have put us through and change. We may have been down as a result of what happened, but we were not out and better things are ahead for us. Our future is brighter than our past.
We have noticed California Poppies are blooming in the front yard with a few more opening each day. I would like to weed, but I will wait until these blooms have run their full cycle. Surprisingly, it appears we have about three Texas Bluebonnets also poking through the ground. Two years ago, we had a couple come up which were promptly eaten by the rabbits. Hopefully, these will bloom and then go to seed before they fall victim to the rabbits. We have a lot of greenery (for the desert anyway) and should see a lot of wildflowers as things continue to warm up.