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Kimberly’s Birthday

Posted on July 31, 2021 by under Events.    

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The Friday night pickleball group celebrated Kimberly’s birthday last Friday at Nahola. Brian took one for the team and ended his video game stream early so he could pick up our pizza and have it ready so that none of us would have to stop playing to get food and so the food would be ready by the time play was over. He is such a trooper. It’s Kimberly’s birthday so we wanted it to be special.

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I got a couple of large pizzas — one all meat and one cheeseburger — and some cheesy bread sticks for everyone to share.

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The gang really wanted cheesy bread but when I called they immediately told me they were out of medium sized pizzas. I told the lady it was fine because I was ordering large pizzas but when I got to the cheesy bread she said they couldn’t make it because they make it out of the medium pizza dough. So I ended up getting three orders of cheesy bread sticks instead.

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I really didn’t need to get the cheesy bread sticks because we had more than enough pizza for everyone and we just ended up having most of the bread sticks leftover. I suppose it is better to have more food than not enough.

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Here’s a picture of our kick ass Friday night group. I love these peeps and I love my Friday nights at Nahola. So glad Debbie included me and made me permanent on the roster. Until next time. GNG.

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Logan’s 21st Birthday

Posted on July 14, 2021 by under Events, Family, Food and Drink.    

Brian and I went to mom and dad’s on Sunday for a “family get together” to celebrate our nephew’s 21st birthday. First of all, it’s crazy that he is 21. That means Brian and I have been together for over 21 years. These are the kinds of situations that make one feel super old.

Anyway, Brian and I thought it would be just our immediate family — mom and dad, Jenni (Logan’s birth mom), Jenni’s husband Adam, Matt (Logan’s dad), Jennifer (Logan’s stepmom), Logan’s brothers Quentin and Eli, and maybe a couple of other people. Mom put us in charge of picking up birthday cake and I never thought to ask how many people would be attending because she just said “get together” at her house, which usually means just us. Heck, Brian and I didn’t even bother to dress up. We just came in our workout clothes.

The funny thing is, when Brian went to Costco to order the cake, he debated whether to get the smaller round cake or the bigger sheet cake. He called and asked me and, although I assumed it would be just us, I recommended that he get the bigger sheet cake (the same one that we bought for his and Karen’s birthday celebration at the Belmont) because it’s always better to have extra than to run out.

Once people started arriving at the party, he told me he was glad that we got the bigger sheet cake. He was worried that we got too much cake and, after the fact, we may not have gotten enough.

He was like, “I didn’t realize your mom invited the entire Filipino community.” I replied, “Neither did I.” He goes, “Now I see where you get it from.” Brian has always accused me of inviting too many people to our parties.

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So anyway, here are some pics from the “get together” this Sunday.

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Jenni and Brian patiently waiting for the buffet to open.

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Mom and dad went all out for Logan’s 21st. They even decorated.

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They were also absolutely serious about not allowing any food or drinks at this table… In case anyone had other ideas.

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They seriously went all-out. Look at all this food!

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We had some pancit, which is a staple at Filipino birthday parties because the noodles are meant to signify long life.

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Menudo is always a crowd-pleaser.

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Dinuguan is not really for everyone but I love it.

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I made the mistake of referring to these as “shrimp” — no, no, they are prawns!

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The rice pilaf was great but I think there should have been more lumpia, which are usually the first to run out at parties.

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And then there’s beef — something less exotic for the gringos.

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Besides the chocolate cake that we brought, there was fruit and flan and bico for dessert. Mom and dad truly went above and beyond for this party.

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Brian and I came hungry and were not disappointed.

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Here’s a picture of my plate with a little bit of everything.

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I’m not so fond of feeling old but I was very grateful for the opportunity to enjoy delicious Filipino food which I really only get to enjoy once or twice a year. Thanks to Logan for having milestone birthday to celebrate. Until next time, GNG.

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Player Social at Lulu’s Downstairs

Posted on July 5, 2021 by under Events, Travel.    

There were a lot of complaints about the recent USA Pickleball Great Plains Region regional championships in Colorado Springs last weekend because of the choice of location and the issues that went along with it. However, they did something kind of fun that we didn’t get to do at Middle States in St. Louis last the previous month. Great Plains Region hosted a player social.

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The player social was held at Lulu’s Downstairs in Manitou Springs. It’s a really neat event venue. I’m glad we went because I probably wouldn’t have gone out of my way to check that place out.

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Lulu’s Downstairs has a speakeasy feel and really interesting decor. The front area has a nice bar and then if you go into the back they have a stage with ample seating for shows and such.

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I think the social was meant for you to meet other players but, silly us, we pretty much stuck to our own group. We found the “mob booth” and spent most of the time hanging out in there visiting with our Wichita pickleball friends plus our friend Ben Paquette from Texas.

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Bruce Meyer said he also went to the social but we never saw him. I think he arrived after we left. We left about the time that they decided to close the downstairs portion and made everyone move to the bar upstairs.

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Some people skipped the social altogether but it wasn’t a bad turnout overall.

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Here are some pictures of the “upstairs” otherwise known as just Lulu’s.

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That is all for now. Until next time. GNG.

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Picklemania MMXXI

Posted on July 1, 2021 by under Community, Events, Hobbies.    

My Rotary club held our first pickleball fundraising tournament a couple of weeks ago at Terradyne Country Club and it was a huge success. We had a goal of 64 players (32 teams) and we actually had 70 players sign up.

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Here are some pictures from the tournament.

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We had eight courts for the tournament so we had two brackets going in the morning and also two brackets in the afternoon. In the morning, we had a competitive bracket and also an all women’s bracket.

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I loved how some of the ladies wore matching outfits like Michelle Pease and Lesli Toubassi (aka Tou Pease in a Pod).

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Karen Fox and Jody Vinson (aka Drop It Like It’s Hot) won the women’s bracket.

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As you can tell, we love our Electrum paddles.

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After a long championship battle against Kim Knotts and Chris Heck (aka FSU) that ran all the way past lunch, Lori and Dave Belew (aka Notorious D.I.N.K.) won the competitive bracket in the morning.

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My friend Erica and I won our bracket in the afternoon, which felt a little silly to me. I think I won’t play in the future. Mostly I signed up because I wasn’t sure if we could get enough players.

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Erica and I wore our matching BIA shoes for Steve. LOL.

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Mike Ellison and Adam Korfhage (aka Mike and Adam) won the all men’s doubles bracket in the afternoon.

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I am so grateful to everyone who played, volunteered, and came out to support our event. I’m look forward to making this an annual fundraising event for our club.

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Birthday Celebrations

Posted on June 25, 2021 by under Events, Family.    

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We had a lovely dinner with the Dills last Thursday. Jay and Becca wanted to get together to celebrate Brian’s birthday since they couldn’t make the birthday celebration happy hour at the Belmont. Brian’s mom and dad arrived that day to spend Father’s Day weekend and to celebrate grandma’s birthday so they joined us for dinner. I had no idea Jay was buying. It was very nice and generous gesture.

It was great to catch up. I feel like we never really get to see them any more. BTW, check all the short hairstyles. Seems like Mama Dill, Becca, and I all have the same idea for the summer.

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Saturday night was grandma’s night. We celebrated her 99th birthday at Carrabba’s. It’s a huge deal because it her last double-digit one. Their relatives Jill and Cinda joined us for dinner.

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Here are some pictures of grandma reading her birthday cards and opening presents from everyone.

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Our friend Joe photo-bombed one of the pics when grandma was reading one of her cards. She and Brian had no idea that he was behind them.

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Here’s a video of grandma opening her presents from Dave, Donna, and the cats.

One final video from dinner on Saturday night.

We are so blessed that grandma has her health (for the most part) and that her mind is completely sound. At my Rotary club meeting last week, we learned that one in three people over the age of 85 have some form of dementia. Granda’s eyesight may be failing and her body is as frail as that of any almost centenarian but her mind still as sharp as it ever was. I hope that, if Brian and I ever live to be her age, that we are as blessed with a strong mind as she is. Until then. GNG.

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