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Driveway Art

I’m not much for drawing. The only type of painting I’ve done is interior house wall paint – and hate it. Crafts, no not that either. This is my version of crafting.


Driveway Basketball Court Painted Lines


And every court needs a logo. So, this is painted at the entrance to the driveway.

first questions to Siri

Got my new iPhone 4s today. Siri is the much ballyhooed virtual assistant that responds to voice commands on the 4S. I gave it a try.

KB, “Siri, what are the nearest golf courses?”
Siri, “I have found 9 golf courses that are nearby”

KB, “Who is my wife?”
Siri, “I don’t even know who you are. Go to your Settings to tell me.”

Made me laugh.

Torrey Pines

#3, par3

I was in San Diego for business and before things got started, I snuck over to play Torrey Pines, South – site of the 2008 U.S. Open Golf Championship, where Tiger won in a playoff against Rocco Mediate.

The place was beautiful, having wonderful practice putting greens and friendly staff. And it is clearly a municipal public golf facility. No pretense or prestige. Welcoming to all.

Loved the course and the views of the pacific. It reminder me a lot of Kingsbarns. Playing from the Whites, measuring 6,628 yards, doesn’t seem all that long, but the prevailing breeze off the ocean can really make for some long tough shots.

The element that struck me as the most challenging, were the numerous and strategically placed bunkers. Off the tee, I was consistently try to avoid one, but had another to consider. The greens are well bunked too. And huge & deep.

travel case: drive, 5wood, 4, 6, 8, pw, sw, putter

Greens were in good shape, and putts broke a lot more than I could ever figure out. My only complaint is that there is very little drinking water on the course. There is only a dinky fountain at the turn, and no where else.

I paid $183 and walked on as a single after only waiting 60-minutes at mid-day on a Thursday. I think I was a little bit lucky. Shot 90 with one birdie, a few pars, and a lot of bogies and doubles.

Fantasy Football Team Name

QB Peyton Manning, Ind
QB Tony Romo, Dal
RB Steven Jackson, StL
RB Felix Jones, Dal
RB/WR LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ
WR Anquan Boldin, Bal
WR Austin Collie, Ind
TE Kevin Boss, NYG
D/ST Cowboys D/ST,
K Nate Kaeding, SD

espnfflogoI need to come up with a Fantasy Football team name for the new league I am in.

Key players on my team are:

  • QB, Peyton Manning, Ind
  • QB, Tony Romo, Dal
  • RB, Steven Jackson, StL
  • RB, Felix Jones, Dal
  • RB, LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ
  • WR, Anquan Boldin, Bal
  • WR, Austin Collie, Ind
  • TE, Kevin Boss, NYG
  • D, Cowboys, Dal
  • K, Nate Kaeding, SD

I need your help in picking a name. A few I have come up with so far are:

Who’s the Kevin Boss?

Austin Border Collie

You’ve Got to be Kaeding!

Anquan Boldin the Beautiful

The Joy of Peyton with Bob Ross

Like any of those?

btw, Bleacher Report has a great list of the Fantasy Football Names: The 50 Funniest of 2010,

My favs are…

Orton Hears a Who

Burrested Development

Ahman the Inactive List, Again

Bros Before Shiancoes

Revis and Butthead

Snakes on a Reggie Wayne

Do Us All a Favre and Retire

But I want to be original. Got any ideas for me to consider?

Disney & Sea World

IMG_3889In May, earlier this year, we took a family trip to Disney World / Orlando, FL. It was the first trip that ‘chele and I planned that was 100% for the kids. But somewhat to my surprise, it was a ton of fun for us all.

We didn’t have a budget in mind, all we knew was that we wanted to kids to have the experience while they were at this age, so we tended to pick thing that were at a mid-priced level.

First good decision was pulling the kids out of school for a few days and going on a low traffic week. I shudder to think what those parks and the lines look like on peek weeks.

Coronado Springs Hotel

  • Pool – very good, with a fun water slide.
  • Food – very good variety and fresh food that didn’t feel like ‘quick service’ but was categorized that way for the meal plan.
  • Bus – the hotel is ‘on property’, but not on the Tram-line, so a bus took us to the park. Waiting for the bus wasn’t fun, but didn’t cause any problems.


Double-Stroller Rental

  • Best investment of the week. It’s been years since our kids have been in strollers, but thisgave their little legs a needed break and allowed ‘chele and I just to walk and talk with each other and not worry about where they were.

Magic Kingdom

  • IMG_4019The fireworks were simply amazing, and I don’t throw that word around lightly.
  • Monsters Inc. Comedy Floor – Definitely fun, and a nice change from all the rides. And they read Erin’s joke she submitted, “What does acloud wear under her dress? Wait for it…. Thunder Pants!”
  • It’s a Small World – As old and as ‘simple’ as this ride is, it was the favorite for the kids. Same for me when I was 7.

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids is a river raft ride that is a lot of fun, not too scary and you get a bit wet.
  • I was underwhelmed by Animal Kingdom, but we did skip a few things and got caught in a scary lightening storm and downpour.



  • Great place this EPCOT. Again, the stroller was huge here. As well as the access to a few much needed beers.
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends was very good, with Turtle Talk with Crush being most entertaining.
  • Buzz Lightyear Ride – Good for all ages.
  • Mission: SPACE – Erin lost her marbles on this ride, but laughs about it now. Conor loved it. If you are claustrophobic, probably not for you.


Sea World

  • The animals in al. the shows were cool.
  • The Believe show with the killer whales was impressive, but the theatrics they try to produce miss the mark. They’d be better off focusing on the animals and steering away from the stuff that Disney does a lot better.
  • Had lunch at Sharks Underwater Grill restaurant which was great. An entire wall of the restaurant is the shark tank, so sharks swim by every few seconds while you are chomping on your sandwich.

No regrets from anyone. As much work as I’ve done with Disney over the years, I developed a new respect for what they are able to do with their parks, hotels and people.

Will go back, but not for a few years. So many other places to go.