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.
What's on my mind
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.
Today is Friday and once again I woke up at 4:15 AM PST (7:15 back home). The difference is that this time I was able to fall back asleep for one hour. I’m trying to stay going to bed early and waking up early so that I don’t have too bad of jet lag when I get back.
Yesterday was very enjoyable and interesting. It’s been worth the trip so far.
If you want to see my notes on the conference, see my other Internet Marketing Blog.
Have you ever noticed that whenever you fly somewhere people always ask you “how was your flight”? I guess it’s because flying on a plane can be so different each and every time. Yesterday was no different.
My first leg of the trip was from Charlotte to Dallas. (Why oh why have I still not learned to never book a two-leg flight? It is SO worth the money to fly direct, yet I always cave in.) I worked the morning and got to the CLT airport at about 2 PM. My plane takes off at 3:20 PM EST.
Anyway, I ended up at the back of the plane sitting next to a nice lady who ended up being very interested in my house! Go figure! I told her our entire situation (it was a three hour flight) and she took my contact info, my real estate agent’s name, and the napkins I drew the floor plan, survey, and front elevation of the house on. (All looked a little off, but I think she got the general idea.) Come to find out, she is thinking of moving out to NC and loves Black Mountain. She is a real estate agent herself in Arizona. She’s going to have her daughter check out the house. How funny would that be!?!
I landed in Dallas and went straight from one gate to the other. (Grabbing a McD Big n Tasty along the way and eating it in line for the next plane. My blood sugar would have freaked out otherwise.)
The three-hour flight from Dallas to Vegas was not as pleasant. I had a window seat again, but it was at the back of the plane behind the engine. I hate sitting near the engine. It’s so loud. Plus the guy next to me was a big guy (not fat, just big – normal shape, just Texas sized) with back and knee problems. He was also a talker. Thankfully, he just so happened to have worked with the guy on the other side of him and so he mostly talked to him, not me. He took some muscle relaxers and two alcoholic drinks and seemed to be a little more relaxed by the end of the flight.
I landed in Vegas early – about 6:30 (9:30 PM EST) and took a shuttle to my hotel (Circus Circus). Both the shuttle and checking in took forever so I ended up in my room about 8:30 PM. My wife booked me this hotel room. It’s on the 27th floor. Circus Circus is a huge place. Part of it is a Casino. (Everything is here. Even the airport has slot machines in it!) But it also has circus shows for free near the lobby every hour. It has a huge shopping area and six restaurants. It’s walking distance from the conference.
I got to bed about 9 PM (Midnight back home). I was so tired. We just changed our clocks last weekend and I have barely adjusted to that. So it felt like 1 AM.
I woke up at 4:15 AM and could not go back to sleep. So now I’m blogging from my hotel room.
My hotel room is pretty nice. The room has circus pictures in it and the curtain looks like a “big top” curtain. It’s fun looking, but not childish. Of course, I think my mom decorated my room in clowns at one time, so I sort of feel right at home here. Mom, I know you are reading this, so feel free to make a comment below if that is true.
Of course, being on the 27th floor right on the Vegas strip gives you quite a view. I’ll try to take a picture and post it here later.
So anyway, my flight was long and boring, but I made it. I’m going to take a shower and look for a killer buffet before my conference starts – I have plenty of time.
This week I’m heading to Vegas for a Blog Convention. I can’t wait!
To get ready, I wanted to start a personal blog and that’s what you are reading now.
I feel it is important to make a distinction between my personal comments and my business blog. In general, those that want to read one may not want to read the other.
So here goes!
Thanks for checking it out.