Fantasy Football Good Luck Charm?

It’s fantasy football season. In my free time over the past few weeks I’ve slowly ramped up my research on NFL players and my strategies for the two main fantasy football leagues that I’m in. I won’t be giving away any tips or insights because that’s my business, not yours! See, I’m pretty serious about this stuff. Both of the leagues I’m in hold live drafts every year. If you’re not familiar with fantasy football, live drafts occur at one location as opposed to simply drafting online out of convenience.

I’ll be making my way to Latrobe, PA this Saturday (Aug 5) for the McNeil Fantasy Football League draft, a yearly event that typically includes wiffleball, booze, Dino’s chicken wings, electric dog collars, booze, slap-bets and loose women. Just kidding, that last one isn’t true. I see some of the people in this league once a year, others I see a few times a year, it’s a nice weekend to catch-up, have a blast and download more memories into my brain that I’ll remember for a long time.

This league is an auction-style draft so it’s important to be there, right in the heart of the action. If you haven’t been involved in an auction-style league before I highly recommend it, it’s pretty damn fun. I’ll use one of my future Father University posts as a ‘Draft Recap’ with analysis of my picks. Some readers may not like that article, but I’m in charge so I’ll do what I want. Maybe I’ll get Jacqui involved in the analysis somehow who knows.

Speaking of Jacqui (pictured below, one year ago, checking out one of the fantasy mags I typically buy for research. Right after I snapped this picture, she tore LeVeon Bell’s photo right off the page), my fantasy footballing has sucked ever since her birth in November of 2013. Not sure why, I’m going to chalk it up to my life changing immensely and things were uneven. I’ve never liked odd numbers, so I think having three people in our family subconsciously messed with my decision making when it came to fantasy football. Does that sound weird? Yes it does, but that’s what I’m going with.

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Now that Jules (pictured below with sweet good luck charm headband) has come into this world, we’ve got four people in our family so everything is good with the world. No odd numbers to mess with my head. I truly believe she’s going to be my fantasy football good luck charm this year and moving forward. We’ll let the season play out and see if it fixed the fantasy mediocrity I’ve churned out over the past 3+ years. If it doesn’t fix the issue, then I just suck at fantasy football, I’ll be okay with admitting that.

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I love you Jules, let’s bring home some fantasy football championships to our happy, even-numbered family for years to come.

Until next time. PEACE.

Alexa: Watch Jacqui Fall

So I used my employee discount and a few gift cards that I earned through my training at Amazon to get a great deal on an Alexa Echo device on Amazon Prime Day. If you’re not familiar with the Alexa devices, they’re speakers that are voice activated. You can play music, games, connect it to SiriusXM, check weather, traffic and even shop on Amazon as long as you hook it up correctly through WiFi and your Amazon account.

Anyways, you have to preface your command with “Alexa” or it won’t respond to you. Watching and listening to Jacqui try to get Alexa to do what she says is hilarious. I think she’s been successful at activating it once out of a hundred times. The device doesn’t pick up the way she says Alexa, which is more like “Ayeck sa” so it’s a struggle for her most times. Usually she’ll tell us what song she wants and we command Alexa to play it for her. It’s a pretty neat piece of technology especially now that we’ve got SirusXM hooked up in the house.

Alexa tip: Don’t ask Alexa to turn the volume up to 10 because it’s loud as hell. I think it’d be fine if you’re outside, but it gets so loud in a confined space that it’s hard for Alexa to hear the command you shout back at it to turn it down. ALEXA! TURN DOWN THE *%$&@#! MUSIC!

Jacqui gets so excited when certain songs come on, once in a while she’ll lose her footing and fall. Not terrible falls, but falls that make me cackle, then she gets upset and runs out of the room a la Joe Dirt after being made fun of by Robbie about crying.  You can watch that clip here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=318cfxyJg3g) She ends up being a good sport though and comes back in and jams out with me.

Education update: I’ve been taking the girls to the public library once a week for about a month now. Jacqui typically grabs two DVDs while we’re there and once in a while I’ll see a book that I think she’ll like. The most recent book was called Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in 9 Innings. It’s about a girl that played baseball with the boys back in the day and the boys accepting that the girl was damn good at baseball. It was cool. I try to get books that aren’t all about princesses and girls being pretty so Jacqui isn’t brainwashed into thinking that’s all she needs to be. Just wait until she starts taking jiu-jitsu classes after she turns 4. I’m sure she’ll look cute in her little jiu-jitsu uniform, but let’s hope she’ll learn how to snap some dude’s arm, if they deserve it, of course!

Jules update: Jules is starting to mumble “dada” over and over. It’s probably because that’s all I say to her. Not ashamed. I’m not sure what Jacqui’s first word was, but Jules’ will be “dada” because I’ve got more control over the situation now. She had her 6-month appointment a few weeks back, she weighs more at 6 months than Jacqui weighed at a year, lol. I knew she liked to eat, but damn! She’s a healthy baby girl and can’t resist the sweet, sweet Mother’s milk that’s offered to her many times a day. She’s starting to eat more foods too and loves it. The excitement that fills her body when she sees a spoon with food on it is second-to-none. I’m sure I could give her a dozen chicken wings and she’d finish at least half of them. Anyways, she’s healthy and growing, that’s all that matters!

Upcoming events: Heading to Port Allegany this weekend for my cousin Kelly’s wedding. Should see some cousins that I haven’t seen in a while, so that’ll be fun. One of my good friends from Port is getting married that same day, sad I’ll miss that one, but a decision had to be made as to which one we’d attend. Next weekend I’m playing in a golf scramble tourney with some friends here in Ohio, then it’s Fantasy Football Draft season starting August 5 in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe draft is an auction-style draft, and we’ve got a sweet tradition of playing wiffleball for hours before the draft begins. Also, DINO’S WINGS BABY! It’s so much fun, don’t be jealous.

Latrobe Fantasy Football Draft Fun Fact: A few years ago, we were at a bar in Latrobe and saw Steelers’ head football coach Mike Tomlin. He walked by our group and my friend and fantasy league-mate Josh McNeil decided to ask Mr. Tomlin if I looked like Steelers’ mediocre defensive end Brett Keisel. Tomlin looked at me quickly and as he kept walking past us, said “NO”, and off he went. Case closed. For years I heard that I looked like this Keisel guy simply because I had a beard. Sorry, but Mike Tomlin confirmed it, folks!

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That’s it for now.

Until next time. PEACE.

Jacqui Q&A: Volume 2 (Game of Thrones Edition)

D: What’s your pet fish’s name?

J: Umm fizzy. It’s dog fish.

D: No it’s not. What is your fish’s name?

J: Um Jon Snow.

D: Do know why his name is Jon Snow?

J: Yeah. Why?

D: It’s named after a character from Game of Thrones. Do you know about Game of Thrones?

J: Yeah. That means when people shoot.

D: Shoot? What do you mean?

J: Shoot means when you lost your wallet. It means like “Oh shoot, I forgot my wallet.”

D: Okay, I see what you mean. Who do you think should sit on the Iron Throne?

J: Nala the king. Simba the king.

D: But Simba isn’t in Game of Thrones?

J: I’m going to pick Jon Snow.

D: Okay, we’re on the right track. Why should Jon Snow be on the Iron Throne?

J: Cuz Jon Snow is in the snow! Cuz he’s a little, a little Game of Throne.

D: Okay. Well, how about Littlefinger?

J: Linger finger? *singing* Who’s linger finger, who’s linger finger, who’s linger finger?

D: He’s a little weaselly, creepy character that is playing the Game of Thrones.

J: Yeah he should be king. Linger Finger can be the king.

D: Okay let’s try something different. I’m going to show you some pictures of the characters from Game of Thrones. Let’s start with Tyrion Lannister.

J: He’s practicing.

D: Practicing what?

J: That means when you always practice to roll around.

D: Okay. Moving on.

J: Who is that lady?

D: Arya Stark.

J: She looks like a bad lady. Bad lady! It’s killing time.

D: Okay, probably shouldn’t have shown you that picture of her getting stabbed.

J: Stabbed. Stabbed.

D: What about this guy? His name is The Hound.

J: He’s happy. It’s a hound finger.

D: No, just The Hound.

J: That guys is not cool. That’s a majorly guy. That’s a Game of Thrones. He likes to bah bah bah bah.

D: He likes to what?

J: Game of Throne.

D: What about this guy?

J: Um I think he’s one in snow. I don’t know.

D: Well guess what. That’s Jon Snow.

J: I have my fish Jon Snow. I have my fish Jon Snow, I have my fish Jon Snow. Awwww he’s rolling and making angels.

D: Well, he’s just laying in the snow in a pool of blood.

J: Blood? Why?

D: Well, this probably wasn’t a good idea to show you these photos.

J: But he was rolling in the snow.

D: I know. Okay, one more. What do you think of this woman?

J: A dragon! She’s riding a dragon. That dragon name is Chay the Dinosaur. Maybe it’s a dinosaur but, it looks like a dinosaur.

D: Why is she riding on the dragon?

J: Because she likes dragons. She likes, she likes, she likes dragons. This is just a little dragon.

D: Okay, last question. Who do you think will sit on the Iron Throne when the show is over?

J: That lady down there. Or Christoff. That’s from Anna and Elsa and Olaf and Sven.

D: Okay, so we should look out for a new character named Christoff in Game of Thrones?

J: And I want Anna too. And Olaf.

D: But he’s a snowman. I guess winter is coming though right?

J: I want Sven.

D: Okay, I’m ending this because you just keep talking about Frozen.

Enjoy Season 7, ya’ll!

Until next time. PEACE.

Jacqui Q&A: Volume 1

Figured I’d try something a little different for this post… Jacqui is designated with a J, I’m the D in case you guys couldn’t decipher that. I’ll probably do more of these focused on certain entertainment and sports topics. Enjoy!

D: What’s your name?

J: Ummmm, the answer is I want to go to the park with you.

D: That’s not your name, what’s your name?

J: I’m Jacqueline Barnard. And I’m Jacqui. And I want to go to the park with you.

D: I get it, you want to go to the park. Maybe tomorrow. What’s your favorite movie?

J: Umm Tarzan, I want to watch Tarzan.

D: Are you just saying Tarzan because we rented it at the library today?

J: Yeah I want to watch Tarzan.

D: Okay, after my questions. What’s your favorite song?

J: Umm that one that we saw’d yesterday while I was taking a bath.

D: Which song?

J: Twinkle twinkle little star. I love that song.

D: Okay… Who is your family?

J: Mommy and Daddy and Jules.

D: Okay, cool. What is your favorite thing to do?

J: I love the zoo. *ran into the other room for some reason* Got my computer. How about you answer questions now.

D: So you want to ask me questions now?

J: Yeah, what kind of answer do you want to tell me?

D: You’re supposed to ask me questions.

J: Do you like your toes wet?

D: Do I like my toes wet? No, I don’t like my toes wet.

J: Do you like walking down the street?

D: It depends on what I’m doing. Any more questions?

J: Do you like walking down the street with me holding my hand?

D: Yes, I enjoy that very much.

J: Do you like walking down the… the… Do you like walking down the sidewalk?

Q: Yes I prefer walking down the sidewalk.

J: And do you like driving?

D: Yes I do.

J: Do you like Momma to drive?

D: Yeah so I can take a nap.

A: Do you like to watch a movie and at night and so at wake up time? There is a picture of me of when I was sleeping on Mommy’s phone.

D: I like movies, that’s cool about the picture.

J: The weather is sunny. The answer is I like to play with my toys.

D: What’s your favorite toy?

J: The guy I got from McDonald’s. The bad guy.

D: What about Paw Patrol?

J: Um yeah. Chase, Zuma, um Sky, and I need work to do on my computer.

D: What kind of work are you doing?

J: Trying to get the animals to press today.

D: Interesting. What are they pressing?

J: I’m pressing my animals and numbers. I want to practice writing my numbers. What kind of letter am I practice today? What’s that under the table?

D: We can practice the letter ‘U’ today. That’s a box under the table.

J: Do I like playing with my cousins? That’s it.

D: I think you like playing with your cousins, yes.

J: Also get Charlotte and Ben is coming!

D: Charlotte and Oliver are coming soon, yes. Not Ben. Ben was here a few weeks ago. What do you think of your sister Jules?

J: She likes walking, likes to stand-up and sit down. Do you want the blanky? Is that what you said? She’s a little silly head, lalalala, that’s all.

D: Okay, thanks for your time.

J: Do you want to answer my questions?

D: No thanks. Already did. Last question. Who will win. Floyd Mayweather or Conor McGregor?

J: ME. Me. Me.

D: You’re not fighting. Floyd Mayweather or Conor McGregor?

J: Conor Mecker.

D: Okay. Who? Conor McGregor or Floyd Mathweather?

J: Floyd Manamer.

D: You’re just saying the last name I say huh?

J: Okay.

Until next time. PEACE.

 

 

Grocery Pick-Up: It’s Awesome!

I know grocery pick-up isn’t a new concept, but it’s new to me and being able to swing by the grocery store (Giant Eagle) without getting out of the vehicle is absolutely freaking awesome. I pop on to Giant Eagle’s website, order my stuff and select a half-hour time slot to drive into the VIP section of the parking lot and they bring my groceries out to me. Also, you can sort by cheapest price and sort by what’s on sale so I feel like I’m being more savvy with shopping.

I’d say this saves me about an hour trip to the grocery store, I’m not sad about it. It’s not like many memories are made in grocery stores, right? Most of the memories I have of going to the store with my Mom involve her getting pissed at me or my brothers. Sorry, Momma! I’m sure it was a treat for her to go by herself and not have to worry about her little piss-ant children running around, wondering where we were or begging for the expensive cereal with marshmallows or promising to buy us a cheap-ass toy to keep us from being little buttholes.

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(Note: The above photo is not a real photo of my Mom toting around two screaming children, it’s a stock photo, carry on…)

The grocery pick-up service costs $4.95, but Giant Eagle has it set up to where it’s free for the first three times you use it, which is smart because it lures you in and shows you how easy and time-saving it is. I’ll continue to use it after my next free run, mainly because I don’t really want to shop with children and that’s worth $5 to me. Yes, this particular store, like many others, has the large, cool race-car carts that Jacqui can pretend to drive, but let’s be honest, it’s a bitch trying to maneuver those things down the skinny checkout isles and I’m not into it.

This isn’t an advertisement for Giant Eagle, it just so happens that I use to sling meat for Giant Eagle and I’m mostly loyal to their stores unless I want a bottle of gin or raspberry vodka, then I go to Kroger because they have a liquor store.

Anyways, that’s all I wanted to touch on today. Will have more fun, kid stuff in my next post.

Until next time. PEACE.

My Bad

It was brought to my attention last night from my good friend Thomas Nasto that I haven’t posted a blog in over a week. My bad. I won’t make excuses, other than Jules is starting to be more of a butthole as she gets older and requires more attention than she has in the past. Now don’t freak out about the word ‘butthole’, the girls know I use that word as a term of endearment and it’s harmless. I usually just say ‘butt’ anyway, butthole is for when I really get angry.

Jacqui is fairly easy to deal with recently, she has her ‘drive-Dad-crazy’ moments but I can always seem to smooth things out with her pretty quickly by offering to teach her new letters, coloring books or throwing on a movie (shhhh don’t tell anyone, screen time is BAD!). Speaking of movies, Jacqui’s movie flavor of the week is Moana. It’s pretty good and has some catchy tunes in it. By the way, Jacqui is learning the letter Q this week. It’s probably the easiest letter she’s been able to pick up on because it’s just a circle with a slash through it. She says “it looks like an apple”, I guess it sort of does if you look at it from a certain angle. So far we’ve learned J, A, C, Q. Can you guess what letter might be next?

(JULES BREAK – I’m in my office, I hear cries. I threw her in the Exersaucer to see how much of this I could write before she started flipping out. Gotta go for now.)

Okay, back.

(JULES BREAK – I literally just sat down and I hear cries again. Going to have to go back to the living room. Lady Gaga Bad Romance might be my best option to settle her down. It may be mid-morning nap time.)

She’s now sitting on my lap as I write this. Here, I’ll let her type something:

DVVVVVVVVTT

FD X   Bxf   NCCXCCCCCCCCCCCCXCXXXXXCAaaaKgvui lolijhhhhhhhhhhhhhh1 vv                                               vcxbBHC 

Okay enough of that, she almOST DELETED MY WHOLE POST AND SHE JUST TURNED CAPS LOCK ON.

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Anyways, time to cut this post off because I think it’s time for me to pump her full of Mother’s milk until she drifts off into a sweet half-hour or 45-minute nap. She use to sleep for 2 hours. Not anymore! She also has been eating every 1.5 -2 hours and just recently started chowing down on breast milk/food combinations like bananas and sweet potatoes. This one loves to eat, her eyes get as big as Oreos and grunts like a baby gorilla when she catches a glimpse of real food.

Update: Heading to PA Friday through Tuesday of next week so next post might be delayed. I’ll apologize in advance.

Jules would like to say bye:

 2s22xxxxxxvvvvvvv v                                 vc                               43b4

Until next time. PEACE.

Bad Romance

So, when Jules is upset or crying, my go-to song to calm her down is Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. I don’t really sing it though, I kind of do my own vocalization that involves loudly bellowing the “Ohh ohoh oh ohhhh” that you can hear at the beginning and throughout the song. I haven’t done any scientific studies, but 8 times out of 10 it calms her down long enough to go get her a bottle or change her diaper. I don’t remember really ever having a song for Jacqui, I just remember watching a butt-load of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” video while Jacqui stared and danced.

Since we’re on the topic of music, let’s talk jingles. Jacqui now has some jingles/TV commercials memorized and I think it’s hilarious when she participates in them as they’re on TV. It’s not like we sit her in front of the TV for hours on end, but she’s picked up a few which are highlighted in a comprehensive list below. Good advertising, fellas.

Menards – “Save big money at Menards…”

Kit Kat – “Gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat Bar!” (Okay, so this may be because I modified the words a little bit after I feed Jules to “Gimme a burp, gimme a burp, burp me up a piece of that Mother’s Milk…” Not a great visual, but it fits so lay off.)

Nationwide – “Nationwide is on your side.”

JD Equipment – I can only share this video so it makes sense. I wrote and had this produced for the company I used to work for. I played it a lot when I first put it on YouTube and Jacqui got used to it. https://youtu.be/tyn5sFP6gj4. (You don’t need to watch or listen to it, but the link is there in case you want to. WordPress wants me to upgrade and pay to be able to put videos within my blog. Not happening.)

And my favorite… ARBY’S – WE HAVE THE MEATS. It’s simple, easy to remember and true because Arby’s most definitely has the meats.

Well that’s all for today, folks.

Until next time. PEACE.

 

Friendship, Indiana

The wife and I strapped in the girls and headed west to Friendship, Indiana last Friday morning for our annual June camping trip. My in-laws have a campsite on the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) grounds in Friendship and we typically go out every year during their Spring shoot. The campground gets packed full of campers and shooters and there is a huge market/fair type deal that goes on as well. It’s a pretty cool experience, even if you don’t shoot and go for the camping and other activities.

My father-in-law Jim is a former NMLRA president. I snapped a photo (below) from the education building of the past presidents and I can say that I never knew Jim when he was only rocking a mustachio. Let’s just say that I’m glad he’s got a full beard now.

One thing I didn’t do this year is throw the tomahawk that my mother-in-law got me for my birthday last year. I threw tomahawk for the first time last year when we were at Friendship and did rather well, but was turned off by the heat and humidity this year… Well, and due to the fact that I just wanted to be a lazy ass while I was out there. Anyways, we may go out in September during the Fall shoot, maybe I’ll throw it then.

Weather update: The weather app on my phone is still set to Friendship, IN – The “real feel” this moment is 97 degrees. Gross. Swamp ass city.

I loved watching Jacqui play and interact with her cousins, Luke and Ben, during our trip. Lucas is a little older (8) and Ben is around the same age as her. It’s nice that they get along so well considering they don’t see each other very often. Who knows, maybe we’ll move back to Pennsylvania in the next few years and she can see them a lot more? Jules couldn’t say it, but I could tell she absolutely hated the hot weather. She spent most of the daytime in just her diaper, got a little heat rash and fed a lot because she was sweating more than usual. I think she and Jacqui both have the Bova sweat gene in them so that’s fun!

Anyways, the wife and I splurged and just bought two brand-new cots so we could stop sleeping on the ground while we camped. I slept great on this trip because of that cot and I’ll be honest, the cots are in the running for the Barnard Family 2017 Purchase of the Year Award. They’re XXL cots, so they’re big enough to hold my large ass and also large enough to hold my wife and both daughters if needed. SCORE!

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Well, off to tend to the girls before work tonight. I may try to get another post in on Thursday or Friday. I’d like to get Jacqui’s complete thoughts and answer any questions she has about the original Lion King movie. We watched it this morning, worked on the letter ‘C’, now she’s watching it again. She’s very confused as to where Kion is. If you don’t know who Kion is, I suggest you watch Lion Guard, that’ll catch you up pretty damn quick.

Until next time. PEACE.

Garth Algar

My youngest daughter, Jules, has been battling a fever for the last few days and hasn’t been as smiley as usual. It’s like she wants to smile, but suppresses it and the result is a face that makes her look like Garth Algar from Wayne’s World. The picture below may not be the best portrayal, but I didn’t feel like sitting there with my phone in her face to try and capture the perfect shot.

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Medical update: As of Noon today, her fever has gone down and she seems to be returning back to her normal, jovial self. Not going to chalk the fever up to teething because my wife nor I can feel any pushing through. Her little body may be just fighting off an illness.

Medical update two: I actually think I feel a tooth coming through now, so between the time I wrote the first medical update and now, I’m pinning her fever and cranky behavior on her first tooth.

Medical update three: I stubbed my left toe last night on my way into our home office. I popped it on a Radio Flyer wagon wheel, I became instantly angry and yelled a few choice words not suitable for children’s ears. My toenail bent back and had freaking tire treads on it. Hey, it happens… I’m not sure if Jacqui heard me or not. She knows what I said is bad, that’s all that matters.

Educational update: Jacqui learned about the letter ‘A’ yesterday during school time. Just like letter ‘J’, I wrote a bunch of As on a paper, she traced them with a marker. She caught on to ‘A’ a lot quicker than ‘J’ and actually made a few on her own at the bottom of the page. I was proud because she kept saying “Apple, Apple Pie and Airplane” and kept repeating my instructions on how to write the letter… “Up, down, cross”. I then let her draw/write whatever she wanted on the back of the paper. She opted to draw some As inside of some monsters. BOOM. EDUCATOR OF THE FREAKING YEAR.

We didn’t do an ‘A’ lesson today, instead I taught her some Home Economics in the form of frying an egg and rearranging our home office. Also. she helped me bake banana bread the other day. It turned out okay, not as moist (I know some people hate that word, but it’s used correctly here so back off) as I wanted it to be. Next time I’ll cook it five minutes less than I did, maybe that will moisten it up.

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Fun update: My wife, myself and both girls went to the drive-in the other night. We saw Wonder Woman and Baywatch. In-depth reviews below.

Wonder Woman: Not a huge superhero movie guy, but this was a pretty good and entertaining movie. I liked it. Jacqui liked it too before she fell asleep with about 20 minutes left. I’m glad she watched it because it showed her that women can kick some major ass!

Baywatch: It was okay.

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Photo: Mom and Jacqui looking for airplanes before the drive-in movie started.

Well. That be it for today, folks.

Until next time. PEACE.

 

A Nice Little Trip

So with this new job at Amazon, I get to create my own schedule based on the number of hours they need during the next few weeks. So far, my schedule has been Mon – Thurs, 5PM to 1AM. I’m getting more used to it, I’m going to shoot for that kind of schedule every week if I can, why not? Amazon did give us the option to not work on Memorial Day, so of course, I didn’t work, that gave us an extra day for our Port Allegany visit.

Visiting Port A was a nice little trip. We left Friday morning and pulled in to my parents’ house around 4, unpacked and visited for the rest of the night. Both of my brothers eventually arrived and we just kind of drank beer/wine, BS’d and hung out for the rest of the night.

On Saturday, my Mom put together a little party/picnic for my brother Jordan and his fiancee Kate and her family so we could all get to know each other a little better before their wedding in September. It was a fun time, it’s nice to meet new people and welcome them into the family. FYI: My brother Jordan is marrying a ‘Katherine’ and my brother Chad (aka ‘Weez’, aka ‘Vincent’) married a ‘Katherine’ last September, so there will be two Katherine Barnards. Luckily one goes by ‘Kate’ and the other ‘Katie’ so my brothers won’t mix them up, that could get awkward.

The party continued after the family picnic, a few of my friends that I haven’t seen in a while stopped by and stayed a while. We drank some beers, passed around a bottle of Fireball and munched on some Utz Jalepeno Cheddar chips (pictured below). They were freaking delicious. Some of my youngest brother’s friends stopped by too, at one point, we were all arguing about LeBron and Michael Jordan… Actually, I think there were a few ‘greatest of all-time’ arguments being finalized at this point in the night. Who else was brought up as the possible GOAT in NBA history? I’m glad you asked because I have the list right here: Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Magic Johnson, Kobe, Karl Malone, John Stockton and Shawn Kemp. This is a shotty list as a bunch of legit names were shouted out, these are the ones that I remember.

Long story short, the late-night ‘LeBron vs. MJ’ discussion was manifested by one of my buddies (to conceal identity, we’ll call him Jerry Fawver) just to see who would get fired up about it. My brother, Jordan, added to the entertainment by graciously and confidently channeling his inner Steven A. Smith. Actually, he was making some good points, but all-in-all, it was hilarious. The night ended with me, Beef and Weez discussing the best villains of all-time in TV show history. Shout out to Ramsey Bolton (Game of Thrones) and Trinity (Dexter, season 4) for that discussion.

Sunday was pretty relaxed. Me, my wife and the two Katherines headed to Kane, PA and checked out Flickerfest at the Flickerwood Winery. Not a ton going on, a few vendors, some music… We ended up doing some tastings then headed to CJ’s Distillery, also in Kane. We all got a specialty cocktail and then headed back to Port for family dinner. Monday was also pretty relaxed. My wife, myself and Grammy Barnard took the girls up to my old elementary school playground, messed around there for a little bit, then headed down around the high school and Jacqui went down the huge slide that has been there for probably 40+ years. I was always afraid to go down it because it was high and the metal always felt like hot lava. Jacqui didn’t care, she went down that slide like a boss. After the playground tour, we headed back to my parents’ house and had another family dinner.

Overall, pretty solid trip to Port A. I didn’t visit any bars, which may be a first, but I don’t really care about that any more unless there is a group of my friends going. I didn’t hear about anything going on so I didn’t worry about it. We headed out early Tuesday morning, we were home with plenty of time to spare before my 5PM – 1AM shift started.

Zoo update: We met one of Jacqui’s day care friends at the Columbus Zoo last Tuesday. We’ve got a membership so I don’t feel pressured to traipse around the whole zoo trying to see every animal. It was particularly nice on the day we went because we hit up the zoo playground then touched and gawked at some reptiles on our way out. One of the photos below shows Jacqui in-between her friend and her friend’s dad, holding hands and walking. I thought it was cute so I snapped a picture. As long as Jacqui doesn’t randomly just go up to dudes and hold their hands, I’m cool with it.

Education update: Been slacking really. Between our trip home and traveling yesterday, haven’t had much time for Father University school time. We did go to the grocery store this morning, I had Jacqui count out some of the items I bought, but even I got sick of that and just bulldozed my way through the store to get done.

Okay, this has been a long enough post.

Until next time. PEACE.

port a college may 2017

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zoo collage may 2017