Close, but no cigar!

Well, for the second time this year they predicted snow and for the second time this year, we just missed it. The mountains out our front door show we were actually within just a few hundred feet of getting the white stuff, but missed out again. Renee was not happy and I am sure Jesse wouldn’t have minded a snow day either. They say we have another chance coming up, but I won’t hold my breath.

I’ll huff and puff and blow your house down.

Last night was one of the windiest nights I can recall in some time. The house was literally rumbling because of the wind. Before going to bed, I had to go out and tie the Christmas lights to a pole on the porch as they had been half blown off of the roof. As we were trying to go to sleep, a loud crash indicated the BBQ had also fallen victim. Prior to leaving for work, I had to put the grill back together, gather the chairs that had blown off the porch and figure out where the recycle can had disappeared to. It’s still quite windy out, but not nearly as hard as last night. I thought we might wake up in OZ as the winds reminded me of our days in Oklahoma huddling in the hallway under a tornado warning.

RANT WARNING!! – Ok, so it wasn’t as easy as I thought…

It turned out it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be to get DSL up and going at our place. I had to spend 2 1/2 hours on the phone with Verizon tech support in Manila trying to get the DSL modem to communicate with their servers. It had been shipped in the wrong configuration to communicate with their network. My next challenge was trying to get Jesse’s PC to connect. It took two days of my uninstalling and reinstalling drivers and updates on his PC before his PSP helped me discover that the problem was the modem. I rebooted it and viola it works. Lastly, there was the issue of canceling my dial-up service with Verizon. When I called, I made sure to tell them my e-mail address would remain with my DSL, but it was canceled anyway. I then spent 1 1/2 hours arguing with their tech support in India that the problem was on their end. The idiot “tech”(using the term very loosely) kept wanting to screen share and I had to explain to him it was an issue with their database and that I was only using a web client to access my e-mail. I literally had to walk him through what needed to happen before he was able to fix it. Then the guy had the nerve to say “if you had told me this in the beginning” after I repeatedly stated what the issue was over a dozen times. I am glad I have DSL, but I really dread ever having to call Verizon tech support as they are not the best. Like all other major companies, they farm out their tech support to guys with binders who cannot deviate from what is in front of them and engage logic to solve a problem. Ok, I now return you to your rant free lives.

Rage Against The Waters!

Yesterday we traveled to San Dimas and went to Raging Waters(a la Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure). We enjoyed ourselves and went on a few of the slides, the lazy river and spent the majority of our time in wave pool as it’s Jesse’s favorite. Today, we are all nursing sunburns with Jesse getting the worst of it. Nothing like bringing home souveniers you didn’t pay for.

It was nice to escape the Mojave even for only a day. The water was great and crowds were not too bad compared to Hurricane Harbor at Magic Mountain. Stopped for dinner at Panera on the way home which is also a plus.

Back from the rock quarry…

Spent the weekend raking gravel in the front yard/drive and am feeling my age. Jesse and Renee lent a hand and the yard is looking better. Still has some work to do, but it looks better than it did. Not as many weeds as the previous years since it has been so dry here (it is a desert). Had a huge Easter meal at one of the local restaurants(Mollie’s…salad, soup, cornbread, ham, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and a piece of cake for $10 each). We ended up bringing a lot home. Not much else going on.

Look before you crest…

After discovering a bolt in my tire last week, I decided to replace all four tires on my truck rather than just one. I decided with Renee to get All-Terrain tires since the sidewalls on my tires were getting so beat up on our dirt road. To try the new tires out, we went driving in Juniper Flats, an area in the mountains by our house. While following the trail, we came to a point where the trail appeared to crest the top of a very high hill next to a powerline. I decided to slow down and stop before proceeding as I could not see past the hood to the downside. Good thing I did as the trail ended and there was a pretty steep drop on the other side (shown from the opposite direction above). We ended up spending the next 30 minutes crawling down a trail on the side of a mountain before reaching level ground. No guardrail and no way to turn around. Turned Renee’s knuckles very white. Fun for the whole family.

Supercross, Zoo, Laser Tag & Star Wars

Well, we have been married for 17 years as of the 17th. We took a trip to San Diego and spent some time with Jim.

We went to Supercross at Qualcomm Saturday night. Boy has Supercross changed since the days of old. It’s like a rock concert with pyro and laser lights now. The night started with rider intros and James “Bubba” Stewart did a face plant while doing a nose wheelie during his intro. Later in the main event, he took the lead, but on the 8th lap came up short over the finish line jump (View 4 images¬†leading up to crash)¬†and crashed hard, bending his handle bars. He managed to finish in 5th even after crashing and being passed by several racers. Fun night overall.

The next day we went to the San Diego Zoo and took the guided tour as that place is way to huge to walk in a day. That night, we went to Ultrazone for some Laser Tag. The first game, Renee and I joined Jesse for the fun. With 33 people running around it was quite a bit to keep track of. Jesse went again after that with only 17 people and had a much better time.

Sunday we left San Diego and headed to the California Science Center in Los Angeles to see the Star Wars Science Exhibit. It was pretty neat to see the minatures from the movies along with costumes from the characters.

All in all, it was a pretty busy weekend. Its always nice to return home to sleep in our own beds.