How weird is that date? ...2/29/00. Remember, this was supposed to be another 'bad date' in the whole Y2K bug thing. Right. Well how are ya? Things with me have been going GRREAT! As you can see - I just returned from skiing at Crested Butte. Beautiful mountain. ...and lots of good skiing. The whole family went - Dad, bro, our spouses - and even little Trey. Only 6 months old and already hitting the slopes. Well, kinda. Gotta give mucho thanx to my folks for organizing and paying for most of the trip. I did manage to get everyone there and back on the corporate jet. Mom, Dad, Jacqui and I got bumped up to 1st class on the way there. Bill, Ilonka and Trey had to ride in coach because of their buddy pass class...bummer. Getting back was not as easy - I wasn't sure we were going to all make the flight - but they managed to find room for us (coach class sux).
The skiing was AWESOME. Thursday was a little warm - but sunny and lots of packed powder - very little ice and a good base. I spent the morning with Jacqui, 'helping' her get the courage to conquer the bunny slope -and finally the 'big lifts'. She'd never been on a chair lift before! Friday it snowed ALL DAY. I made a couple runs but it was miserably cold, wet and near impossible to see anything. Funny thing - Jacqui actually skied longer than any of us that day. A testament to my superior teaching skills I'm sure. Saturday was ...a gift from the ski gods - sunny with new snow. Devin and Sally drove to Crested Butte and joined us - maybe they brought the good weather? Whatever - we were thrilled to have it. Devin and I took off and hit the hard slopes...blues and blacks. It was great to have ya there Dev - for the company - but also because it allowed me to challenge slopes I normally wouldn't alone.
Couple Misc. things.....St. Frag-rick's day LAN party is coming!! Yes, that's right - AND - jeez I almost forgot the SAFARI PARTY!! Pictures from both those will be up within a couple weeks. Also, I've been asked to be Webmaster of the Gig-O-Rama website. That's a pretty kewl thing in my book. ...also - I guess I'm going to go ahead and put some captions on the Crested Butte Pics....liven things up in there. If you read this far - I'm amazed....seems like I could write something like...I KILLED JFK and no one would be the wiser.
I'm tired. It's late. posting pics of skiing is less fun than skiing.
Yesterday was the Gib-O-Rama. I posted a bunch of pics and screenshots on the Quake Stuff page. Go check it out!
I've re-arranged the site a little - added the 'Picture Index' page. That was the result of my brother's suggestion, so thanx Bill. In other news - the day after tomorrow is the GIB-O-RAMA. I'm going to try to remember to take my camera and get some pics to post - for all you 'newbies' who wonder what a real LAN party looks like.
AND - most exciting of all - the Crested Butte ski trip is coming SOON!
The LaStrada party pics have arrived! These were taken Sunday, Feb 6 at Julie's surprise B-day party. It's funny how the pics go from being pretty tame (sober) to ...umm....not so tame.
Tame Tame Tame - the drinks have just arrived
This is Jacqui's natural happiness - she wasn't drinking this day.
No, that's not our limo back there - but we're getting happier anyway.
Ask the birthday girl how she got that pretty hat.
Always some interesting faces at LaStrada brunch. Hmmm, matching hats.
Ken says "gimme three more - I can handle it!"
Gosh, those drinks are so colorful - we should all have one - YEAH!
The Blues Sisters - "We're on a mission from God"
Julie and Carmen shout at each other over the music,
and I'm just a little too excited to have a full drink - no you can't buy it from me.
This is just scary
Go Ken GO!!! Sunday brunch at LaStrada is FUN!!!
We had a surprise party for Julie this weekend - at LaStrada. Sunday brunch with bottomless momosas. You can just write off the rest of the day after partying at LaStrada Sunday afternoon. As soon as I get the pics from that wild day - you know I'll post 'em. Till then - here are a few more Cancun pics - thanks Julie & Ken!
I want to go back to Cancun - and spend another day just like this!!!!
....or just relax on the beach.....
Our last night in Cancun, might as well have some steak and lobster - with beer of course.
01/31/00 5:18pm (..and yes, I posted on this page a day early because January 2000 was getting too big with the *NEW* Paris pics, Gib-O-Rama AND X-mas pics - so go ahead - call the Web Police on me!)
Party Pics from CANCUN ! Yeah baby YEAH!
Jacqui, Julie, Ken and I went to Cancun, Mexico this past weekend. One of the most exciting things of the whole trip was just GETTING TO THE AIRPORT! I'm lazy and waited until about 30 minutes before we're supposed to leave to pack my bags. No problem - we'll take the tollway - pay a buck and avoid traffic. We're still on schedule then - OOPS - missed our exit. Ok - no prob - we're close - just get off at the next exit. Well - there ain't no turning around on the beltway there....so we find ourselves wandering around the backroads of North Houston - with the airport in sight - I mean you can't miss those BIG ASS planes! But we can't seem to actually GET TO THE AIRPORT! Finally, after stopping for directions (yes - men can do that) we get there.
YAAHOOO! - we made it to the airport. And man - it was close - with about 30 minutes till the plane leaves we finally find a parking spot and rush with our bags into the terminal. We ask the first guy in a uniform "where's the FunJet check-in?" You know what he says - "That's terminal A - you are in terminal C - you need to go downstairs - get on the train...past terminal B....." OH MY GOD!! We start to run.
FINALLY we get to the check in.
I'm so rushed - I dump my bags off and start to head for the jet when the lady asks me
"Where Are You GOING?"
I say I'm going to CANCUN! "Not without checking-in with me first you're not!"
She assured us that we would not miss our flight - and was VERY nice.
We Made it! You can see Julie and Ken at the front of the pack.
Ken, if you don't wipe that smile off your face we'll never get through Immigration/Customs.
I don't know why - but right after getting into Mexico our camera stopped working. So - Ken&Julie - I need pictures from Thursday - the PARTY BUS ($1 Coronas) - the Beach! ...and any other good pics y'all took. I didn't buy a camera until the next day - Friday morning at the Cancun markets.
Free Tequila - No kidding - help yourself!
I will never look at shopping the same.
Something about that look scares me....where's my wallet?
Stay away from these hombres!
Our Hotel behind us. We're done shopping and READY FOR THE BEACH!
Ain't they cute!
The view from our Hotel room window. This pic doesn't do justice to the real thing.
Is it the drinks - or am I really seeing double?
The next morning (Saturday), we boarded the boat for our BOOZE CRUISE to Isla Mujeres.
That's our boat - the blue one - docked at our first stop at Isla Mujeres.
I took this pic from a little boat headed out to the reef for some snorkeling.
The fish were NOT afraid of drowning.
Look closely - can you see the shark?
After snorkeling, I enjoy some cold beer on the Isla Mujeres beach.
Just behind me - Julie and Ken snuggle in the sun.
"Look how BLUE the water is"
"Look how TASTY this beer is"
We avoided the crowds at the shops....and found this nice cantina on the beach.
The sun is setting on our last night in Cancun. What should we do?
If you've got some neat pics - send 'em my way PLEASE!