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Feeling Spontaneous

Posted on July 22, 2021 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

Brian and I were feeling spontaneous this past weekend and decided to drive up to Topeka. We had to reschedule our nail appointment but Saturday was truly the perfect day to do it because the pickleball tournament portion of Sunflower State Games was going on. It basically allowed me to kill two birds with one stone. Brian has never been to Wheel Barrel, one of my most favorite restaurants in Topeka, so I could take him there and then also catch some Sunflower State Games matches.

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I got a pic with Kim Knotts and Karen Fox to prove that I was there. 😉

I tried to watch as many matches as I could but Brian was getting hangry and put his foot down so we finally had to leave and go to the restaurant. I texted my friend Tom who lives nearby and he met us at the Wheel Barrel.

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Tom is a regular at the restaurant. He even has his own beer mug on the wall labeled “Tom Terrific.” We were already seated when he arrived. When he came in, the server greeted him by name and when he came to sit at our table she was like, “You didn’t tell me that the friend meeting you is Tom!” I made a mental note to drop his name on future visits.

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It was great to see Tom. It’s been too long. Anyway, here are some pictures of the sandwiches that Brian and I had.

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I had the Monte Cristo which is one of their award-winning sandwiches while Brian had the Hangover sandwich, which is everyone’s favorite.

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The Wheel Barrel has amazing sandwiches and they also have yummy cocktails. Brian didn’t drink because he was driving. I think we will have to return sometime when we are staying overnight.

There are a few more restaurants that I used to frequent when I spent a lot of time working in Topeka that I want Brian to try so we will definitely need to make another trip. For now, we can cross the Wheel Barrel off the list.

Until next time, GNG.

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A Day with Lauren and Pat

Posted on July 17, 2021 by under Hobbies, Travel.    

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Lauren Stratman and Patrick Smith’s pickleball clinic at held at the Oklahoma City Chicken N Pickle this week.

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Lesli Toubassi, Will Williams, Bill Schantz, Dan Harris, Barbara Clark and I all made the trip. We got to ride in the fancy schmancy Chicken N Pickle van, which is actually super nice and roomy. The van has tall ceilings. I can stand up all the way and not reach the top. All 6’7″ of Michael Harris almost fits.

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The Oklahoma City location is a lot like the Wichita one. They are all very similar really with slight variations to the layout.

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I do prefer the court configuration in Wichita but the covered outdoor courts at the OKC location are quite nice. Specially on a hot, sunny day.

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Here are some snaps I took during the clinic.

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We also took a group photo.

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And some fun photos like this Pat sandwich one.

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And one with both Lauren and Pat.

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There wasn’t really anything new or earth-shattering at the clinic. Much of what we covered were things I had learned or heard from other people already but we did have some super fun drills. I recommend doing these clinics with your doubles partner or a friend so you can learn the drills together and can do them regularly days and weeks and months following the clinic.

It was such an awesome day and I am beyond grateful that I got to participate in it. Until next time, GNG.

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Phantom Canyon Brewing

Posted on July 12, 2021 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

We tried to hit as many breweries as we could while we were in Colorado so on Sunday night we went to check out Phantom Canyon Brewing in downtown Colorado Springs. I didn’t get any outside pictures because it was rainy that day so all I have is this one pic of inside the restaurant.

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I did get some pictures of our food, though.

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Brian got the beer cheese soup because he likes to get it anywhere that it’s offered. Plus, he wanted to compare it to the a similar soup at Cerberus. I think the verdict is that the Cerberus version is better.

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He also got pretzels and cheese which is what he likes to order when he’s not that hungry. I got the fish and chips.

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I don’t remember what drink Brian got but I’m pretty sure it was a porter. He was in a bit of a porter kick while we were in Colorado.

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We had some leftovers which I wanted to give to a homeless person. However, Colorado is one of those places where you can’t just give food to someone who looks homeless because they could be a hipster.

Anyway, we ended up driving back to Monument Valley Park and putting our leftovers on top of one of the trash cans. We had seen some homeless people digging through a specific one at the park so we put our bag of leftovers there, just on the outside lip of the trash can so they wouldn’t have to dig all the way down in it to find food.

This ended up being our final dinner in Colorado. We thought we were going to stay one more night and leave on Tuesday morning but my singles event ended up finishing early and the hotel allowed us to check out after 2 PM without penalty. Brian and I hurried to pack up and check out before they changed their mind because it saved us $200 to leave a day early.

Anyway, that’s pretty much it for this trip. I’m pretty sure we will be back soon. Colorado is a fun place to visit. Until then, GNG.

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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Posted on July 9, 2021 by under Travel.    

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The Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum is another neat tourist attraction that we went to check out while we were in Colorado a couple of weeks ago.

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Here are some pictures from our tour.

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This place was really neat. I am glad we went to check it out.

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Garden of the Gods

Posted on July 8, 2021 by under Travel.    

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Brian and I really wanted to check out Garden of the Gods because he hadn’t been there since he was a child and I hadn’t been there since the early 90s when my family first moved to the US. The weather made it a little tricky though because of the rainy weather forecast. We made it to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post just as the rain started to really come down.

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We decided to wait it out by having lunch at the Trading Post. We were sure that the rain would eventually stop and the weather had pretty much been like that all weekend. It was start and stop throughout the day but it was really coming down hard right at that moment.

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We shared chicken tenders and frieds, which were just so-so, and I got Brian a big truffle for dessert. For myself, I got a double scoop ice cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone. I got one scoop of French silk ice cream and a scoop of cappuccino ice cream – something for me and something for Brian because I was sure he would want to share my ice cream with me.

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Brian enjoyed his milk overload truffle.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my ice cream. The best part of the ice cream was my chocolate-dipped waffle cone which actually had chocolate coating all over the inside. Sometimes on these dipped waffle cones the chocolate is only at the top part. This one had chocolate all over the inside. It was so good!

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We ventured out once it stopped raining. I was amazed at how many people were out despite the weather.

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We just went to the popular sights so maybe that’s why there were so many people around. We didn’t bring any hiking shoes, and Brian isn’t much of a hiker, and I really didn’t want to go hiking if the ground was wet so there was no hiking in the cards for us this trip.

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We just went out and took some selfies. That’s pretty much the extend of our Garden of the Gods adventure. I’m sure there will be other tournaments in the area and we will be more prepared when we return. We will have to set aside time for hiking. Brian won’t be thrilled but I will make him go hiking with me next time.

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Until then. GNG.

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