Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dinner Out

We took the short drive over to National Harbor for dinner tonight. It's only a few miles away, over the Potomac in Maryland but we don't get there often. Lots of new restaurants that we will need to try. The Italian place we tried tonight was pretty good but maybe not Alice to visit often.

A Little Mousy

Hanging with the Kia Gal at the Washington Auto Show. Grandpa and Nicole are looking for new rides and the boys liked the classics. It was a good three hour outing.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Team Outing

The little Patriots caught the West Potomac high school game this evening after practice. They were being boys.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wrong Day

The school snow day turned out to be today and not Monday. I didn't get to hang with the boys while I was home Monday but got home a little early to hang with them today. Not much snow really. Another miss in the storm department.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Little Something

I'm in Dallas until tomorrow but I'm hopeful we get this little storm on Sunday night so that I get a day with the boys. I'm taking a day off Monday because I'm working this weekend so school being cancelled on Monday would give me a day hanging with the boys. 1-3 inches of snow coming overnight and into the morning causes schools to cancel in these parts.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Better Result

Shooting is contagious. The little patriots had a much better shooting day and beat Vienna 49-41. They led the game the from the first few minutes of the game and while Vienna got within 2 a couple times, we came back and made shots on our end. Sam got into foul trouble early so Dylan got a lot of minutes at center and while he didn't score, he went for every ball, took some good shots and hustled up and down the court. He had 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Sam played well and came up with 7 points, 6 rebounds and a steal.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Again, the little Patriots couldn't buy a basket in the first half of their game and ended up losing 48-44. The team they played could shoot but our guys could not get a roll in the first 14 minutes. It drives me crazy. This has happened before where everyone goes cold at the same time. We were down 25-11 at half and worked our way back too late. It didn't help that one of the refs was horrible and the parent from the other team keeping the book was observed erasing a foul for one of their players to avoid having him fouling out. Nicole tracks them for us and our assistant coach watched him erase the a foul. Not that the bad calls and cheating would have fixed our shooting but it didn't help. We have another game tomorrow. Let's hope thing go better.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Plain Talk: We're in sad state compared to Minnesota

I thought this was interesting and provided a good comparison of economic theory.  Now investing that surplus into something that will pay dividends when the economy goes south again is the trick that most states fail.  They always seem to spend the rainy day fund before it's actually a rainy day.

Plain Talk: We're in sad state compared to Minnesota 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Side View

Old and New

Saw the doctor today and I don't need to see him again for another year. Just have to monitor that space in the picture on the right. That's filled by some plastic that may have to be replaced someday. I'm still only bending it to about a 120 degrees but I can do most everything I need to do and I'll keep working at it.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Jonathan passed this ball to Dylan and Dylan found Sam heading to the hoop for 2 points. Just like it's supposed to work. The little Patriots won again today, 59-34. They have a bonafide winning streak going on here and an entire weekend without a loss. Dylan got a lot more minutes today, scoring 4 points, snagging 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Sam played well with 10 points, 8 rebounds and a steal.

The Patriots are starting to gel as a team and I think could go on a run the rest of the season.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Complete Game

The boys got their first non tournament win today agains Chantilly. They have four tournament wins this year but we're 0-6 in regular season play until today. The went up by 10 points early in the game but lost that lead and trailed by 4 early in the second half. The thing that changed today was that the boys dug deep and went on a run to win 57-44. They have been in all the games this year but their shooting was weak and they had too many turnovers. They decided that wasn't going to happen today and as a team, pulled together a complete game.

Sam had 11 rebounds, 6 points and 2 steals. Dylan started and had some good minutes in the first half pulling in a couple rebounds and a steal but didn't get a lot of playing time in he second half. Coach found a line up that was scoring and stuck with them for a good portion of the second half. I was responsible for the book today. It's more fun to do it when they win.

Thursday, January 08, 2015


Temp around 10 degrees, a little snow and negative wind chills make schools close around here. Winter has finally arrived in DC.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Snow Porn

I made my first trip back to the gym downtown today since my knee surgery in October. I typically get there at lunch time 3-4 days a week and it felt good to be back. It also gave me an opportunity to take snow pictures, which is nice.

First Snow

Maybe two inches but it sure snarled up traffic. DC drivers, not so good in snow.

Sunday, January 04, 2015


We lost a winnable game today against Arlington. The little Patriots shot somewhere in the 25% area from the field and only lost by 8. When one goes cold, they all go cold. Here's Dylan getting the inbound pass and Sam heading to the hoop. Good team with bad luck.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Oldest Friend

When I say oldest, I mean the boys only 40 plus year old buddy. Mike came over to play on the two new game machines today. They love playing video games with him and he can give them competition, unlike me.

Thursday, January 01, 2015


Dylan's favorite football team crushed the Florida State Poor Sports. It was fun to watch and we will see them again in the national championship game. A majority of the Florida State team ran off the field at the end of the game and didn't shake the Oregon players hands. That's kinda pathetic.