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Life Happens

Posted on October 13, 2021 by under Confessions, Life, Travel.    

The other day I got an email from one of my hotel rewards accounts. I asked Brian about it because I wasn’t sure if it was a phishing scam. Something happened to my account but I hadn’t logged in and done anything. After Brian did some investigation, he found out that someone had hacked into my rewards account and redeemed some of my hotel points. They used my hard-earned points to book a room in China. This naturally pissed me off. I mean, I would like to visit China (not right now — but at some point) and I would like to be able to use my points. Scammers just make my blood boil.

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Thankfully, Brian got it all sorted and they are giving me my points back. I haven’t checked yet but I’m hoping that my points will be there for me to use on a future stay. These points really do help to keep your travel costs down.

For instance, when I traveled to Arizona for a PPA tournament back in February, we stayed at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa which is easily $500 a night. Our hotel costs would have been nearly $3000 if I didn’t have enough hotel points to cover most of it. Anyway, points are very important.

Speaking of shitty things happening… My websites also broke this week. First, www.ictpickleball.com broke. Then when that finally got fixed, this site broke. My host restored this site from backup but, in the meantime, I lost two blog posts that didn’t make the last backup. So much crap happens.

But there are good things that happened too… On Sunday, World Pickleball Day of all days, I finally beat my friend Karen Fox at singles. I have never ever beaten her, in the history of us playing singles against each other, ever. I usually get a handful of points at best. We played one game on Sunday and I beat her 13-11.

It reminded of the time that I played singles against my friend Donnie Lesperance a couple of months ago and almost beat him. He ended up beating me 12-10 because I couldn’t close the game. If I ever beat Donnie in a game of singles, I am throwing a huge party!

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Here’s a group photo of those of us who played in the World Pickleball Day pickleball tournament at Chicken N Pickle in the afternoon. Not many teams competed but we had a ton of fun. We got food and drinks and even got goodie bags. Oh, and I won some silent auction items. So, while we didn’t win at pickleball, at least I won some things. LOL.

On Tuesday I received compliments about my pickleball game from a couple of pickleball players that I admire and respect. Melissa Youngers paid me a compliment on how I played in Monday night league and then later that evening Steve Vetter said I played “incredible” in our Tuesday night league in a group text with a couple of other friends. Two compliments from a couple of amazing pickleball players in the same day is pretty darn awesome.

There are some other crappy things that have happened to me of late that I don’t really want to talk about. It’s nice that there’s these occasional, little rays of sunshine to keep my mind off the negative stuff. Anytime I go through a rough patch, I always remind myself to count my blessings.

I have actually gotten out of practice but I think I’m going to start this again just to preserve my sanity. Every morning start my day with three key things I wish to accomplish and then, at the end of the day, think of three positive things that happened or three things I’m grateful for right before bed. I’m absolutely certain that if I commit to doing these things consistently each day things will start to change for the better and even more good things will come my way.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a wonderful day. GNG.

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Road Trip Weekend

Posted on September 24, 2021 by under Hobbies, Travel.    

My friend Ramon Lozano invited me to play with him in a tournament in Lenexa on Saturday, September 11. It was the same weekend as the Kansas Senior Games so I decided to take that Friday off work and make a pit stop in Topeka to check on how my friends were doing.

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While at the park, I bumped into a former coworker, Denise Fundis, who retired from Westar Energy a few years ago. I was surprised to hear someone call out for “Cherrie” because everyone I know from pickleball knows me as “Ching” and when I turned around it was Denise.

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Here are some pictures of some of my favorite picklers. Can you believe these guys are seniors? Pictured above: Matt Conrad, Kim Blackmon, Tiffany and Donnie Lesperance. Below: Chris Wilson and Janelle Lindeman.

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After watching a few matches at the Kansas Senior Games, it was time for me to head to Mary Ann’s house in Shawnee to drop off my stuff before we met some of our friends for dinner at KC Daiquiri Shop.

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The tournament I played in was held at Bois D’Arc Park in Lenexa. It’s a great park with eight spacious, dedicated, and lighted pickleball courts.

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The tournament had a great turnout and was very organized. Jeremy Reimer and his team of volunteers did a fabulous job.

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Devon Fuller and I unintentionally reverse matched in the morning.

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Ran into Aaron Trost at the tournament. That was such a nice surprise.

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Mary Ann took her mother Judy for a walk and they came by the park and watched a few games. I think I might have convinced them to try it. Hoping to see them play at the next tournament.

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It was Michelle Dreilling’s birthday that day so we took a birthday selfie.

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Ramon found me an awesome women’s doubles partner, Karly Williams, for the 4.0+ women’s doubles division in the morning. After being nearly flawless in the round robin pool play (losing only to Rachel Chai-Wise and Suparna Garinger), we ended up not performing as well in the single elimination bracket and took fourth place. Not bad for our first time playing together, though.

Ramon and I struggled a bit in pool play (we were 4 and 3) but managed to take second place in 4.0+ mixed. The joke was that we were saving everything for the single elimination bracket which, in the end, is what really matters.

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I’m glad we medaled because I didn’t want to let Ramon down. I felt like this was my audition and I had to perform well to be invited to team up again.

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Of all my medals, this is my favorite one. First, because it actually says what event it’s for on the back and none of my other medals do. And secondly, because it is my first one with my friend Ramon. I’m hoping there will be others.

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Anyway, the tournament was super fun. I’m definitely going to try and play in it again next year (or whenever they have another). I’ll try to bring some more people from Wichita next time too. Until then, GNG.

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KC Daiquiri Shop

Posted on September 23, 2021 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

I was in the Kansas City/Overland Park area last weekend for a tournament and stayed with my friend Mary Ann. She organized a dinner for us on Friday with Joy and Molly. Jackie, another friend of ours who has since retired from Evergy, also joined us. Joy selected the restaurant. Jackie was going to meet me to pick up some bowling balls and we asked her to join us for dinner instead.

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Joy picked this place called KC Daiquiri Shop which has a New Orleans vibe. They had several daiquiri flavors that you could mix and match. They had pre-made flavors but you could also create your own.

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Joy is super into pictures while Jackie is completely averse to pictures. The rest of us are somewhere in between. Naturally, we had to take a bunch of pics because Joy just loves them. Jackie was a pretty good sport about it.

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Jackie tried to hide and avoid the pictures at first but she eventually caved and we got a few great group photos.

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Here are some pictures of our dinner because food pics are kind of my thing. I can’t go to dinner anywhere and not take pictures. The food was pretty good but I think the best part was the daiquiri selection and also the live music.

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I am so grateful to Mary Ann for getting everyone together and setting this dinner up. It was fun catching up and visiting with my lovely coworkers (and former coworker) who I hadn’t seen in what seems like ages. And I definitely enjoyed reconnecting with Joy. She is like my soulmate because we are alike in so many ways. We immediately bonded when we first began working together in the Communications Hub of One CIS.

I have known and worked with Jackie longer because Jackie is legacy Westar Energy. I didn’t meet Molly and Mary Ann until I joined the OCM team for One CIS but Comms Hub is where we all bonded. The three of them even came to visit me (and attend my Zumba class) a couple of years ago.

I will write more about the Lenexa tournament and the rest of the weekend next time. Until then, GNG.

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Another Day, Another Dinner

Posted on September 15, 2021 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

These are pictures from our dinner at Industry on Saturday night. It’s another restaurant that was close to the hotel and pickleball tournament venue. It was a really good location for a tournament, actually. It’s in a shopping area with lots of restaurants nearby for dinner options.

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Anyway, cheese balls or cheese cubes must be an Oklahoma City thing because both restaurants we ate at offered their own version of it. Chris said the ones at Industry (the big round balls pictured above) were better than the cubes he had the previous night at S&B. Brian and I will be back in November. I curious to try some other places and see if they also offer some form of cheese ball or cheese cube thing.

Until next time. GNG.

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S&B’s Burger Joint

Posted on September 14, 2021 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

The blog is behind so I’m going to attempt to catch it up this week. These are pictures from our dinner at S&B Burger Joint on our first night in Oklahoma City a couple of weeks ago. The restaurant was conveniently located close to our hotel and Lifetime Athletics where the pickleball tournament was being held.

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I celebrated my 50/50 mixed doubles gold medal with Chris Wilson with a pretty drink. Chris had a peanut butter milkshake.

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The drink was good but not great. Honestly, it’s way prettier than it tasted. I enjoyed the bonus cotton candy that came with it.

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Pretty drinks are kind of my thing. LOL.

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Anyway, Brian and I had a wonderful time hanging out with Chris, and Kimberly and Eric Howe at dinner. It was the perfect way to end the day and kick off tournament weekend.

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