What's on my mind
Unbelievable. After going 18–0, the Patriots lose the most important of them all. Amazing.
There were dozens of us crowded around the big screen TV at my sister’s house in my home town of Milford, Massachusetts and there was a whole lot of screaming during the last few minutes.
It was a good game and I’m amazed that the Giants were the team to topple them. All of us were shocked and disappointed. But the one thing we agreed upon was that it was better to be beat by Eli than Payton.
For all of you that want to complain, gripe, or tease me, feel free to comment below. Just remember that the Cowboys and Colts weren’t even in Arizona this week.
If you are a fellow-Patriot fan, feel free to comment below as well.
I still think this decade’s Patriots are the best franchise ever in the NFL.
Sandy and I flew in to Massachusetts via Skybus last Saturday and my mom and dad picked us up.
On Monday we took my nieces, Becky and Kayla Bonnell to New Hampshire. We wanted to do something fun with them. So on Tuesday we went over to Mount Cranmore. We got a full day pass which included equipment rental, lift ticket, and even a two-hour lesson.
My wife knew how to ski, but my nieces and I had never done it before. In the beginning, there was a lot of falling, as this video shows…
But after our two-hour lesson, we all started doing better.
So last night we got about 2 inches of snow up here around Lake Norman. When I got up there was about that much on the rooftops and grass. It was raining at the time, so the roads were just a little slushy.
This week I’m in Florida trying to help out with my new nephew Sam Lighttiser. He was born on October 22, 2007 and we were down to visit back in November when he was only a few weeks old.
His father has already made a website for him at http://sam.lighttiser.com and you can see more pictures there. But I thought I’d post a few here as well. These are from our first visit in November.
Tonight I did a little work on this blog. You’ll notice that the look and feel of it is different. The theme is more colorful and easier to read.
I’m also excited about the widgets on the right side. In particular, I’m happy to be showing my twitter feed. This shows what I’m doing (and thinking) on a more regular basis.
Sandy and I flew to Florida on Sunday and today we were babysitting our little nephew. I have a ton of pictures of him so I’ll be posting them soon.
WARNING: This post is a little gross.
Saturday I had a friend (Ian Ragusa) over for the afternoon and we did a few things around the house. Sandy made us dinner – beef stroganoff and pumpkin pie. After dinner, Sandy and I watched the football game and went to bed.
I woke up Sunday morning at 3:30 AM with terrible stomach pains and threw up several times. The same thing happened at 5:00 and 6:30 AM. It happened a couple more times after that.
I don’t mean to be gross, but it was the sickest I have been in probably 20 years. As the day went by, I spent most of it in bed. About noontime I drank a half glass of water. In the afternoon, I had a half piece of toast. In the early evening I had about 4 saltine crackers. At about 8 PM I had a half bowl of soup.
Here’s the crazy part. I wake up today and I’m fine. (My stomach muscles hurt for obvious reasons, but I ate a normal breakfast.) I ate breakfast and am at work now. Also, my wife never got sick at all.
I think I’ll call Ian to see if he got sick. Strange!
I learned something this morning. For months now I have been driving through McDonalds several times per week buying an egg McMuffin for breakfast. But my wife tells me it’s too expensive.
So this morning I finally broke down and made my own eggs for breakfast. Unfortunately, I turned the heat up too high (trying to rush) and ended up forcing down fried eggs that were runny on the inside.
Last week Sandy and I went to the game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Boston Celtics. In case you have not heard, Boston is basically dominating all sports this year (Patriots, Red Sox, and now the Celtics).
The really amazing part of this is the Celtics part. The Boston Celtics have not really been all that good since I was a teenager and Larry Bird and company were absolutely amazing. So it’s a real throw back for me to see the Celtics actually have a good team this year for the first time in a long time.
At any rate, I was dying to see this new and improved Celtics team. So I bought tickets over a month in advance to this one of only two games that they are playing here in Charlotte. Sandy and I went to the game last Saturday.
As most people know by now, there are quite a few New Englanders in the Charlotte area, especially up here in the Lake Norman region. So it was no surprise that there were several green shirts throughout the auditorium. My wife had an all green sweater on and I had my Boston Bruins sweatshirt. (The only Boston team that still needs support.)
The Bobcats were actually winning through most of the game. With seconds left in the game, the Bobcats were ahead by 2 points and had the ball. They just had to inbound it and hold on to it. Sandy and I were standing, but expected to see our beloved Celtics lose.
The fans around us were screaming and yelling. We stood quietly and disappointed.
You can see what happened next in the video below.
Needless to say, I pretty much lost my mind. The entire auditorium fell somewhat quiet, and every “green-shirted” audience member was jumping and screaming. I was the only one in my section screaming and yelling except for four guys in New England Patriots sweatshirts in my same row. I had to practically climb over two big Bobcat fans to give them high fives.
Sandy and I watched for a minute or so and then went out to the hallway to find our way home. There, several fans with Boston Red Sox hats and green shirts on were all slapping high five.
Everyone else looked so dejected.
Wow! What a game!
I think I’ll go buy tickets for the next time the Celtics come to town on Saturday, April 5.
Now that we are half way through the season, the Pats have a bye week and are not playing.
Sunday football without the Patriots is like when you are a little kid and can’t play outside because you are too sick. Sure, you know everyone else is outside having fun, but you don’t even care.
I didn’t watch any games today until I just noticed that the Colts are losing at half-time. Now this is something that could be enjoyable. Either Manning has to have a big come-back or they are going to lose. Either way should be enjoyable to watch.