My Vacation

I just got back from a vacation to New York City. I went with my sister Julie and her friend Kate. We left on Saturday and returned today, on Wednesday. It was a great trip. Mainly, we went to go to the US Open Tennis Championship which started on Monday.

On Saturday, we walked from our hotel at 47th and 7th Avenue to Columbia University at 116th St. It was quite a walk. Mainly, we walked all the way through Central Park and then over a few more blocks to get to Columbia. It was fun. Then, we took the bus back to Mid-town. That night, we went to see "The Drowsy Chaperone". It was fantasic!

On Sunday it was raining quite a bit, so we didn't do so much walking. Though, we did head south this time. We wanted to find the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, which was around 20th St. We found it and it was completely under construction. I think it's located in the Grammercy area of Manhattan. From there, we walked west to Chelsea and then back up toward Mid-town. As it was raining pretty hard by then, we stopped at a mall and then at Macy's. Neither impressed me that much. That night we got tickets to see "Avenue Q", which was HILARIOUS!

Monday was the first day of the US Open. We took the number 7 train out to Queens. It was raining most of the time, but it was supposed to stop around noon. It did and it turned out to be a beautiful day. We watched tennis all day, which was great. The Agassi match, which Julie really wanted to see, ended around 1am. Then, we, along with about 5,000 other people took the number 7 train back to Manhattan. We got back to the hotel around 2am. That was a long day that was a lot of fun.

After sleeping until around 10, we headed back out for more tennis on Day 2 (Tuesday). It was raining most of the day, but had a little break around 1. A bunch of matches started, but kept being stopped because of rain. Finally, around 3 all the players left the court and play was cancelled for the day. Since no matches finished, we can exchange our tickets for next year. So, now we have to go back because we already have tickets.

On Tuesday night, Julie and Kate went to see "Chicago", which I had already seen. I went to see "The Phantom of the Opera", which I hadn't seen. It was ok. I'm glad I saw it, but I enjoyed the other two plays we saw more.

Here are the pictures I took on the trip.

Second Annual “No Wuss” Picnic

Today is the Second Annual No Wuss Picnic. A little picnic with my niece Emily and nephew Jack where we ride our bikes to a park and have some fun before they head back to school. It's called "No Wuss" because participants HAVE to ride their bikes to get to the picnic. No one in cars are allowed because they're wusses. The weather is beautiful and it should be fun. And my other niece Abby, who is two will also be attending for the first time this year. She can come because she will arrive on the back of her mom's bike. I'll post pictures if I remember to take my camera. Here are the pictures.

Got Grapes?

I do. My grapevine, planted only a few months ago, had grapes. (Note the "had" in the last sentence.) My cousin Janet showed me some purple grapes from her grapevine over the weekend and that made me take a closer look at my grapevine. I noticed the green grapes and thought, "Cool, I have green grapes, I wonder how they taste." Genius that I am, it didn't occur to me that Janet had purple grapes and I had green grapes and they both came from the same vine, from my Aunt Lucille's house. So, stupidly, I picked my grapes and thought I'd give them a try. Well, as is probably obvious now, purple grapes start out green. When they are green, they are NOT ripe or ready to be picked. And when they are green, they taste TERRIBLE. They also have a much bigger seed thing inside them, which almost caused me to crack a tooth. So, this just reaffirms the fact that I have a lot to learn when it comes to gardening.

Something is DONE!!!

I had the urge to completely finish something. The only thing I have that could be completely installed is the ceiling fan, so I installed it. Took just under two hours. Here's what it looks like:

I finally got a shot of the floor with just about all the paint gone.

Paint is Mostly Gone

I rode my bike over to Home Depot on the way home from work today and picked up some more sandpaper. It didn't take long to finish taking the last of the paint off the floor. There is still a bit that I might have to do right along the wall, but I'm not worried about that right now. I think I can now switch to the big sander that Janet is letting me use. Hopefully, I remember how it works.

Back to Work

After a long weekend in Tennessee, it's back to work on the house. Amazingly, while I was gone, no little elves showed up in my house to finish sanding the floor. It was still in the half-finished state that I left it in last week. So today I did a little sanding. Actually, it was a decent amount of sanding. I used all 12 sandpaper belts that I had and probably could use around six more. I still have about six square feet of crappy paint to remove and then I should be able to use the big sander to make the floor smooth, instead of trying to remove crap from it. I'm hoping that while I'm at work tomorrow those elves might finally show up. I'll leave some cookies out to see if that entices them.