Saturday, September 15, 2007

Some of the things I did on my summer vacation...

It was a good summer, cut short by the week of deluge and crap weather...but good nonetheless. For the first time in several years I actually got out and enjoyed a summer before it was over. Yeah me!

Moved in June. It was just across town, but a hassle anyway. Not that it didn't go smoothly - it did - but any move is a drag and this one was certainly that. The best part of it was getting a dish hooked up. I like it so much better than cable - better channels, cheaper and great service. I have to admit that I spent a lot of time just going through all the cool channels and getting caught up on shows that I couldn't

The new place is a couple of blocks from a big park. Not the best park ever, but the river runs through it and it's where they do the Fourth of July fireworks. So the fireworks were going off a couple blocks away. It was pretty cool. I love the boom of fireworks show.

Done a bit of disc golfing this year. It's a good time, but I well and truly suck at it. My friends don't seem to mind too much and they put up with me doubling up their scores. No pictures of any outings - I'm not sure why, but carrying camera around a course is a hassle and that might have something to do with it.

Watched Live Earth this summer. Is it just me, or was that the biggest event that should have made an impact, but didn't really seem to? Huge event. Huge issue. But barely made a dent in anyone's conscious. How much better would the world have been if Al Gore had become president instead of George W? Well, I'm guessing we wouldn't have had 150,000 troops mired down in Iraq and the trillion dollars spent so far on the 'war' wouldn't have been tossed out the window, the response to Katrina wouldn't have taken nearly a week, and the rest of the world wouldn't be wondering what kind of douche bags would elect someone like George W. Bush - twice. Just a thought or two...

Germanfest was another summer winner. Okay, more of a fun diversion than anything else. My favorite gyro cart was there again so I got to feast on them. How they always manage to have cute foreign girls working there every year is one of life's mysteries, but I'll never complain.

There was a rainy day, but it didn't dampen the party mood amongst the oldsters this thing draws out every year. They just polkaed with umbrellas.

I've been down to the farmers market almost every Saturday this summer too. It's only a few blocks away and is a great reason to get up on Saturday morning. I go down, grab a coffee and buy some local produce. It's nice - a bit of European flair for my terribly American life.

Went to a Packers preseason game a little while back. That was - of course - a good time. There's not much that compares to a football game at Lambeau Field. It's just a great vibe. Saw my old neighbors out front. Odd? Why yes it was. But this is Wisconsin and it's almost commonplace to run into people halfway across the state. What can I say? It really is a Wisconsin thing.

Bought a new mountain bike shortly after the move and I love it. It's a Trek and it is really a beautiful piece of rolling fun. Did a lot of riding around town this summer. It was nice to get some much needed exercise. It was especially nice to save a ton on gas too. There was also the added benefit of cutting down my personal contribution to the pollution level. I did indeed feel a bit smug riding my bike to the grocery store and to work.

But, the weather is turning. And with it, I had to buy a new car. to me.

Got a terribly practical used Pontiac GrandAm in a sober shade of metallic tan. I know - crazy. That's just how I roll. At least that's how I'm rolling now. It's a nice car with low miles and is in great shape, so I can't complain. I'll love it more when I walk out to it in the dead of winter with snow all around, turn the key and hear it start. My love will know no bounds then.

So, there it is. The Reader's Digest version of my summer. Feel free to flesh it out with some nights at the pub, some days laying out in the sun, and with a visit from my friend Eileen. Toss in some bold experiments with cooking and the discovery of two new favorite drinks too.

Till later...tchuss!


The Zombieslayer said...

Great to see you back!
The Packers will kick ass this year. I'm predicting 10-6 and one playoff win. That's a huge improvement.

I'm just hoping Favre will play a few more years. I'd hate for P Manning to catch his records.

As for frisbee golf, keep playing it. I've lost many a frisbee in water, trees, shrubs, or whatever, but the ones who are good are the ones who keep playing.

Shawn said...

The Pack might just be awesome this year...I sure hope so. I was happy to see Favre toss the ball for even the short time he did in the preseason game. I don't know how many more chances I'll get to see him play at Lambeau.

So far I haven't lost any discs yet...but that's probably because I've got no distance on my toss. It does truly suck to play with guys that are really good...but eventually I might get at least respectable.

Laura said...

Great summer tales... good to have you back. BTW, I'm gonna be in Milwaukee for a conference Sep 24-26th. I dunno how far you are from "the good land" but drop me a line (my email is in my profile) if you wanna have a beer.

Shawn said...

Hey Laura! I'll see what the work schedule is looking like...a beer sounds good.

dbackdad said...

I love drunk old people. Couldn't help thinking of Strange Brew after that video.

Farmer's Markets are cool. We go to the Phoenix one just about every week. There's one vendor there that makes great eggplant lasagna and bruscetta to die for.

Glad to have you back blogging. Sounds like you had a slammin' summer.

Laura said...

Every time I see an Octoberfest now I think of Beerfest... Dback & Shawn - if you've not seen it - rent it. It's seriously funny shit.

Cool - lemme know Shawn if you're free. The eve of 24th & 25th are really the free times, so if you're around Mon/Tues that week, let me know

The Zombieslayer said...

You haven't lost any discs yet? Don't tell me you play that game sober. ;)

Shawn said...

ZS - Busted! Never played anywhere near sober... I've come close to losing discs, but only because after spending a bunch of time climbing through bushes looking for my buddies' discs I've forgotten where mine was. Fortunately, IQ isn't part of the game!

thephoenixnyc said...

you were missed, very muc, I hope you are doing better

The joke of LIVE EARTH is that the message backfired. They got taken to task for using so much energy.